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1930′s Beauty, With A New Millennium Twist

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Fashionphiles with an appetite for indie magazines will be delighted to know that the entire December issue of Dazed & Confused Japan is devoted to womenswear. Beauty fiends, on the other hand, will likely be drawn to the glossy’s cover for its distinct nod to 1930′s pin curls and an equally era-specific dark lip. The particular pout model Anya Kazakova is sporting adds a modern touch to the otherwise anachronistic spread, though. Her two-toned, heavily lined stain is reminiscent of makeup artist James Kaliardos’ handiwork backstage at Rodarte’s Spring show, where he used MAC Lip Pencil in Beet in the center of models’ mouths and an angled brush dipped in MAC Pro Lipmix in black as a liner. The double-textured look acts as something of a natural plumper while also adding an edgy twist to an otherwise classic berry-color. The very 2009 bleached eyebrows serve a similar purpose, which will be discussed at length in our upcoming The Look feature. Stay tuned.

Photo: Yasunari Kikuma for Dazed & Confused Japan, December 2009

Natalie Portman Hangs Tough

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Natalie Portman is the kind of celebrity we imagine we’d be like—you know, if we were A-lister famous. She makes a point to stay out of the tabloids and lead what, by all accounts, seems to be a fairly “normal” life that includes an occasional dating interlude with a gorgeous former fashion designer or a quirky indie folk musician (swoon). When she does get in front of the camera, however, she can turn it on with the best of them, churning out stunning editorial after stunning editorial. Case in point: the cover story in the new V Magazine, which hit newsstands last week. Working the sexy androgynous angle, Portman rocks a sleek-sided pompadour, sculpted black smoky eyes, and a subtle cheek contour for a hard-edged femininity that she is seriously pulling off. Anyone want to weigh in on her glam rock-meets-The Outsiders makeover?

Photo: Mario Testino for V Magazine, Winter 2009

Natalia Vodianova Shines In Sparkle Motion

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OK, OK. We know that we’ve occasionally nay-sayed metallic makeup in this blog, but Natalia Vodianova may make proponents of us yet. Sporting both gold and blue sparkly eye shadows to complement an array of Armani Privé, Givenchy, and Dior couture in the new issue of V Magazine, the Russian-born beauty has managed to make a face full of glitter simultaneously hip and chic, with none of the teen queen-turned-glam rocker kitsch that we usually associate with the look. Take Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics’ (OCC) Loose Colour Concentrates in Authentic and Heroic for a whirl if you want to try this at home—and don’t forget the black liquid liner and multiple coats of mascara for added drama. As for the couture wardrobe, you’re on your own.

Photo: Hedi Slimane for V Magazine #62, December 2009

Sessilee Lopez Pulls An Irina

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Sessilee Lopez Irina Lazareanu

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When Irina Lazareanu returned to the catwalk for the Spring 2010 shows, she did so with her long raven locks shorn into a bowl cut. The beauty world responded accordingly, getting into a tizzy over this prospective standard-bearer for the latest revival of the Mod style. And by the looks of the November issue of Flaunt, others are following in Irina’s path. Hairstylist Greg Bitterman gave Sessilee Lopez a similar rendition of the blunt cut for the magazine’s Fall collections story, making us wonder if this is the first of many repeat appearances. Do you like the shorter style on both Lazareanu and Lopez, or do you prefer them in their longer hair days?

Photo: Fotonoticias/WireImage; Frederic Pinet for Flaunt #106, November 2009

Green Nails, The Tao Okamoto Edition

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Tao Okamoto has officially reached It model status. Forget the fact that the catwalker has been Phillip Lim’s arm candy for the past few seasons or that he had every girl who walked in his Fall 2009 show wear cropped wigs in homage to Okamoto’s signature coif. No, her “I’ve made it” moment came this month with the release of the “All Tao, All the Time” November issue of Vogue Nippon. Paris Vogue gave similar solo honors to both Daria Werbowy and Lara Stone this year, which puts Okamoto in particularly good company. The Japanese glossy features spreads from Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Søolve Sundsbø, Daniel Jackson, and Mark Segal, but we are particularly fond of photographer Glen Luchford’s work, entitled “My Colorful Furry Friend,” which shows the model in one of Fall’s biggest nail color trends. With everything from Chanel’s pale, shimmery Jade and Envy the deep moss hue from Zoya’s Truth or Dare collection to Oilslick, the blackened forest shade from CND’s new Colour & Effects line, it’s easy being green. Or at least Okamoto makes it look that way. Do you think the color is best left to professionals, or are you considering giving it a real-life test run this season?

Photo: Glen Luchford for Vogue Nippon, November 2009