Eyeliner is making a serious statement on the Resort circuit this season. Backstage pro Peter Philips used a liquid formula to sketch graphic parallel lines on top and bottom lashes at Dior; Pat McGrath smudged shimmery blue, gray, burgundy, or khaki green pigments around catwalkers’ eyes at Louis Vuitton; smoky, kohl-rimmed lids accentuated by gold leaf on the inner corners appeared at Chanel; and makeup artist Vincent Oquendo crafted party-girl eyes reminiscent of Penny Lane in Almost Famous at Marc Jacobs’.
For the latest issue of Jalouse, however, Oquendo took a new textural approach to the trend, lining model Ali Michael’s upper lashes with black Duo Eyelash Adhesive and flat, gunmetal studs purchased from M&J Trimming in New York City. “I was inspired by the nineties and Nancy Downs [actress Fairuza Balk] in The Craft, so I wanted it to look dangerous but still feel fresh,” he said. “She was styled with all of these chokers and chains, so I translated that to Ali’s face.” For those who want to take the goth-punk aesthetic one step further, try Oquendo’s combo for a bewitching-but-subtle plummy-black lip: MAC Lip Pencil in Nightmoth and Lipstick in Cyber.
With the holidays nearly upon us, Beauty Counter is taking a mini break to enjoy the festivities. And we encourage you to slick on some red lipstick and do the same. Whether your merriment entails Chinese food and a movie or piling presents under a tree, we leave you with this very special gift: Daria Werbowy discovering the joy of twinkle lights. See you Thursday—same time, same place.
“Santa’s foxy,” said Style.com’s associate news editor, Katharine Zarrella, after watching this video. To be precise, he’s a silver fox. Above, The Art of Shaving preps jolly old Saint Nick for his big night out. What can we say, a less-than-lithe guy who can sneak down chimneys and pull off head-to-toe red is quite a smooth man indeed—and now he has the facade to match.
Seeing as we are now on day six, you’re probably starting to feel the effects (at least I am)—and that scratchy throat brewing. So I caught up with lifestyle expert Kim Daly to get her take on how to avoid a total health meltdown before Milan:
Models aren’t bitchy—they’re hungry. During fashion week they run from show to show, with barely time for a bathroom break in between. Add to that the often abysmal spread of mini muffins and cookies in the hair and makeup area—empty carbs that offer nothing in the way of nutrition—and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. Blood-sugar spikes quickly followed by crashes will make anyone moody. Whether you’re walking the runway, covering the beauty trends backstage, or sitting front-row, these healthy eating tips will help you stay focused and energized for the remainder of the week.
Try to sit down for at least one meal.
It doesn’t have to be fancy—you can fill up on salad at Whole Foods or grab a plate of veggie quiche at Le Pain Quotidien if you have time. This will help maintain a level of normalcy for your digestive system, so your body doesn’t go into starvation mode and start hoarding all the calories you do manage to take in as fat.
Pass on the Red Bull and Diet Coke.
When a hectic schedule has you up before the sun and out way past dark, you’re guaranteed to experience fatigue. Relying on caffeine makes things worse. It blows out your adrenal glands, which depletes your energy stores and makes it nearly impossible to fight off germs. (That’s why everyone ends up with a cold by the last call time.) Stick with water and green juices made with spinach or kale for added vitamin power.
Entertain the Munchies.
Having a small zip-top bag filled with carrot sticks, nuts, raisins, or a combo of all three will save you when you’re spending your “lunch break” in a cab between Marc by Marc and Oscar de la Renta.
Few know the origins of Labor Day (myself included). I’ve always viewed it as my last chance to store up energy, and sleep, before New York fashion week. The holiday actually began in 1894 as a way to appease union members after the Pullman Strike (i.e., factory workers took issue with the Pullman Company, which built the majority of freight and passenger cars in the U.S., and effectively shut down railroad traffic west of Detroit), a cause that one could say is slightly more noble than beauty rest—though I’ll just agree to disagree on that one. In order to hit the ground running next week, the Beauty Counter blog will also be taking a sabbatical—albeit a brief one—on Monday. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with our latest feature on tattoos (in case you need inspiration to get inked over the weekend) and some solid Labor Day advice inspired by this image from Glamour magazine’s July 1955 issue: Eat ice cream like it’s your job—because you’ll most certainly work it off as you dash between shows all of next month.