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April 20 2014

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Flashback Friday: In Search of Bright Lights

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stella-tenantFlashback Fridays is a feature on Beauty Counter in which we pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.

The Model: Stella Tennant

The Moment: Nearly Neon

The Motivation: With New York fashion week right around the corner, now is the time we start wondering what beauty looks and trends we’ll discover at the tents (or, in the case of many a designer, the multiple off-site locations). Barely-there makeup was de rigueur last season, but there was the occasional jolt of color that brightened our day—take, for example, Gucci Westman’s traffic-stopping orange pouts at Rag & Bone. It may have been a first for Marcus Wainwright and David Neville, but Stella Tennant and readers of this 1995 issue of i-D were already well versed in the power of electro-tangerine lips. The model’s loud mouth is a prime example of what we’d love to see more of for Fall 2014 to counteract the cold, gray skies we’ll likely have to endure while schlepping from show to show.

Photo: Craig McDean for i-D, 1995; courtesy of www.supermodelobsession.tumblr.com

Flashback Friday: Chop, Chop

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naomi-kirstenFlashback Fridays is a feature on Beauty Counter in which we pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.

The Models: Naomi Campbell and Kirsten Owen

The Moment: Cropped Cuts

The Motivation: Surfacing first at Marc Jacobs’ Spring 2014 show, where models were sent onto a wrecked-beach runway with razored blond wigs (made to appear as if a kid had cut into them), then again at Fendi, where choppy black mops reigned supreme, it’s clear that something big is happening with short, almost-hacked-off hair. Miley Cyrus was an early advocate of the look, and as we watched, horrified, Lena Dunham joined the cropped-lock crew on the season finale of Girls. For all intents and purposes, it seems that long, luscious strands are out, and short and shorn are in. Should we decide to go the same route, we’ll be taking inspiration from this Peter Lindbergh-lensed shot, featuring a baby-faced Naomi Campbell and Kirsten Owen sporting the color that’s now trending: platinum.

Photo: Peter Lindbergh for Six, 1989; courtesy of www.supermodelobsession.tumblr.com

Flashback Friday: Crowning Glory

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hair-accessoriesFlashback Friday is a feature on Beauty Counter in which we pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.

The Model: Laetitia Firmin-Didot

The Moment: Bold Baubles

The Motivation: There was many a gem on the Spring 2014 runways—and we’re not talking about your standard bangle or statement necklace. The soft, braided updos at Dolce & Gabbana were laden with treasures, ranging from leaves to antiquelike gold coins. Jason Wu got in on the action with rose gold barrettes, while a sprinkling of iridescent flowers decorated ponytails at Honor. And it’s not just this season that we saw various accessories affixed to models’ heads: For Fall 2013, Rodarte offered up barbed-wire headbands, Meadham Kirchhoff embraced diamante barrettes, and Dolce & Gabbana once again sent out a bevy of luxurious crowns (this time inspired by the Byzantine Empire). While we don’t suggest you head to work wearing a tiara, we do encourage the use of a few choice jewels—such as the subtle yet elegant choices in this image, shot by Neil Kirk for British Vogue.

Photo: Neil Kirk for British Vogue, July 1987, courtesy of www.supermodelobsession.tumblr.com

Flashback Friday: Biba Beauty

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Angelika Kallio by HiromasaFlashback Fridays is a feature on Beauty Counter in which we pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.

The Model: Angelika Kallio

The Moment: Swinging Sixties

The Motivation: Lensed by Hiromasa in the mid-nineties, this editorial was meant to capture the Biba baby-doll look that Barbara Hulanicki’s shopgirls wore in her London store. According to makeup artist (and Biba cosmetic enthusiast) Lisa Eldridge, the Polish-born designer would do her employees’ makeup—ensuring they all sported the same porcelain skin, lush lashes on both top and bottom, and neutral lips. “You couldn’t be a Biba girl without a great set of fake lashes,” the pro explained. As for Kallio’s pencil-thin brows, those are a trademark of her own generation.

Photo: Hiromasa for Marie Claire UK, courtesy of www.supermodelobsession.tumblr.com

Flashback Friday: String Theory

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carly-hangerFlashback Friday is a feature on Beauty Counter in which we pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.

The Model: Carly Hanger

The Moment: Eye Appliqués

The Motivation: We’ve seen neon triangles, crystals, pearls, neoprene, and lace applied to lids backstage. So upon stumbling across this image shot by Donna Trope, we couldn’t help but think of the last time we saw a makeup artist spin a standard spool of thread into backstage beauty gold. At Dries Van Noten’s Spring 2014 show, master of invention Peter Philips painstakingly layered tiny strands of tinsel-like string across models’ lashes with tweezers for a subtle—but striking—effect. Eye-catching, indeed.

Photo: Donna Trope, courtesy of www.supermodelobsession.tumblr.com