It wasn’t necessarily Linda Evangelista’s hair that made her career, but it certainly skyrocketed her into the supermodel stratosphere. After mane master Julien d’Ys chopped off her length on the set of a Peter Lindbergh shoot, Evangelista appeared on the covers of Italian, French, and American Vogue in a matter of two months. “Sure, I like my short hair. It also quadrupled my rate. I did get sick of seeing it on everybody, though—every stewardess, every salesclerk, and in every restaurant,” she told the fashion glossy in a 2001 interview. In today’s Throwback Thursday video, Style.com’s editor at large, Tim Blanks, plays favorites, naming Evangelista as his most beloved super of all time. Her range of emotions in front of the camera and on the catwalk are what put the model at the top of his list, but here on Beauty Counter, it was her impressive span of cuts and colors that caught our eye. Whether she went short and brunette or appeared on the runway as a blond with bangs, we love the ever-changing chameleon that is Evangelista. And perhaps it was the supe herself that summed up her beauty philosophy best: “Any reaction is a good reaction as long as they notice.” Click here to see ten of our favorite Linda looks.
Upon seeing Isabel Lucas on the red carpet at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Electric Slide, we didn’t quite know where to start: At first we were envious of the wraparound braid situation happening, then her naturally gorgeous brows, and after we had taken in her red lip, we finally arrived at the black liner smudged below both eyes. Lucas brilliantly capitalized on a recent Fall 2014 runway trend (seen at shows likes Thakoon and Topshop Unique) and added kohl solely along the lower rims—leaving her lids bare. This reverse smoky eye might just be sexier than the original.
When I arrive at the Mercer Hotel where Emma Roberts is primping for the New Yorkers for Children Fool’s Fête, the actress is curled up in white sweatpants and a black crop top she picked up moments ago from nearby Topshop. “In twenty years [kids] are going to look back at pictures and say, ‘Can you believe they walked around wearing a crop top, that’s so embarrassing,’” quips Roberts. “It’s going to be the demise of our generation.” Her secret to getting those crop-top-worthy abs, however, is anything but gimmicky: “I worked out. A lot. I realized the only way to get abs is sit-ups—you can go around it as much as you want, but if you want abs, you have to do the sit-ups. I started working out with Andrea Orbeck—she [trains] some of the Victoria’s Secret girls, so I was like, ‘Done. Help me!’” In addition to crunches, the actress also heads to yoga “realistically once a week.” She adds, “It’s more about feeling good. I’m never going to be ripped every day of my life.”
Flat tummy aside, she’s not against indulging in carbs (her pre-red-carpet ritual normally includes iced coffee, French fries, and a dessert), an action that caused her to recently get pulled over. “I was eating a mini bagel, actually, and I was driving to work. There was a cop on a motorcycle, and I smiled at him because I always smile at cops. Then he pulled me over and he said, ‘You just made eye contact with me. You know you were doing something wrong.’ I was like, ‘What do you mean?’ He said, ‘I saw you talking on your phone.’ I said, ‘No, I was eating a bagel,’ and the bagel was in my lap.” (For the record, the ticket stated that Roberts was talking on a black iPhone, when her mobile is very much hot pink.) To make matters worse, Roberts had forgotten her license at home, which had flooded the day before—a minor mishap that earned her a second ticket. “I was so upset—I felt so ripped off. He had no mercy,” she says.
Despite her recent write-up over breakfast, the preparations for the night’s gala go off without a hitch. Hair pro Ryan Trygstad adds a few “Chloé-inspired” waves to Roberts’ bob and finishes with Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. Makeup artist Nick Barose creates flushed cheeks via a dusting of pink blush and a rosy lip with Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Bright Berry, which he makes more stain-like by tapping it onto Roberts’ mouth. “I wanted to do something girly, flirty, easy, and not too overdone,” the actress explains. In lieu of a long gown, a ruffled Chloé shift from the Summer 2014 collection and heeled booties fit the bill. Roberts says she specifically requested closed-toe shoes to hide her “Coachella feet.” (She doesn’t have many “hang-ups,” she admits, but feet are one of them.) The finishing touch: a generous misting of Roses de Chloé, which she applies to her neck first, then spreads by rubbing her wrists over top. “When I travel a lot, everything gets kind of gross, so I’m always spraying perfume in the suitcase and then shutting it,” she adds. “It starts to wear off [your clothes] and smells like your natural self.”
In less than an hour, her transformation is complete and we have covered a myriad of topics, ranging from how Coachella has evolved (“The first year I went, five or six years ago, and it was much more grunge, every man for himself,” she said. “And now it’s like, ‘Come over to the Patrone tent.’”) to SnapChat, her recent addiction (“It’s so funny—if you have funny friends. If your friends are lame, then it’s boring.”). Roberts’ “hot date” for the soiree is not her fiancé, Evan Peters (though he supervises the getting-ready process), but a close girlfriend. “I’ve gone to some things alone and it’s always the awkward standing in the corner, like sipping your champagne, pretending, ‘I totally know everyone here.’ Instagram!” While I’ve pulled that very same trick a time or twenty, somehow I can’t imagine the bubbly, caffeine-fueled Roberts ever being a wallflower.
Here, behind-the-scenes snaps from our beauty pre-game:
I’m not one for lacquered lips, but Dree Hemingway’s appearance at the premiere of X/Y in New York City this weekend may have just changed my mind. She kept things casual in a University of Michigan shirt and high-waisted skirt, but added sheen via patent pink lips and Dolce & Gabbana gold hoops. A dusting of matte bronzer and a swipe of mascara on top and bottom completed the look. There’s nothing like a little gloss to make a worn-in college tee feel shiny and new.
Between film premieres, parties, and celeb-studded events around the globe, this week was full of memorable hair and makeup looks (including Solange Knowles’ tangerine eyeliner and Lupita N’yongo’s graphic wing). Here, we recap five more of our favorite beauty moves.
Camilla Belle; Jimmy Choo’s Choo.08 Party; Beverly Hills, CA
When you’re wearing prim neutrals, add a loud mouth to keep things youthful. Belle opted for MAC’s nearly-neon Retro Matte lipstick in Flat Out Fabulous.
Chanel Iman; Spotify Brunch at the Soho Desert House; La Quinta, CA
You know we love a good dye job. Chanel Iman rocked the trend at Coachella with rainbow streaks of pink and teal.
Kate Bosworth; Alexander Wang x H&M Party; Indio, CA
Coachella veteran Kate Bosworth knows how to beat the heat in style. Laid-back waves and flushed cheeks (à la Stella McCartney FW14) looked effortless and fresh.
Jourdan Dunn; StyleCaster + UGG Coachella Party; Villa Sereno, CA
Blue eyeliner typically conjures up bad prom photos from the eighties. But Jourdan Dunn’s take—worn on the lower lash line with bare skin—looks as cool as her snow cone (and conjures up memories of Chanel’s most recent Resort show).
Emma Stone; The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Premiere; Berlin, Germany
This Amazing Spider-Man 2 star has been sporting some winning beauty looks as of late. Bouncy, flapper-inspired curls and a wash of pale blue eyeshadow played off her Chanel dress.