Leave it to Rihanna to take one of our favorite summer trends and transition it seamlessly into a new season. We loved the look of sunglasses and a bright statement lip during the steamy months, but we like a monochromatic mouth and accessory done up in a rich, warm brown (a ’90s shade that’s making a serious resurgence) even more. RiRi’s fuzzy velvet frames and chocolate lipstick would pair just as well with a cozy knit as it does her tank top and feels right on point for fall. To get the look, try Italia Independent sunglasses in Brown Velvet, $197, in tandem with MAC Lipstick in Tabla, $16.
Flashback 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: Adeline Besse
The Moment: Body art and bijoux
The Motivation: We recently revealed our obsession with Flash tattoos and discussed the power a bauble has to instantly elevate a bathing suit. And it appears that Jalouse understood the impact jewelry and ink can have when worn in tandem in 1997. For the last weekend of summer, we plan to re-create the editorial concept in full—replacing the henna seen here with an easy-to-apply metallic tat that washes off well before fashion goes “back to school” (i.e., studies the Spring ’15 collections) next week.
The emerald and cobalt lashes seen at Stella McCartney’s garden party were one of the highlights of the Resort 2015 season—at least here on Beauty Counter. And for the September issue of Jalouse, the man behind the makeup, Vincent Oquendo, continues to perpetuate the trend for Fall with this look he created on Scout Willis—pressing MAC pigments in green, blue, yellow, and orange on top of all-white lashes. The key to replicating this flora-inspired fringe, he noted, is to build a solid base with primer. (His favorites: Dior Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum and Make Up For Ever Lash Fibers.) “You should prime your lashes like you prime a wall before you paint,” he said. To get the “clumpy-but-separated and almost furry” texture seen at shows like Prada, curl lashes and work the formula in at the roots and pull out toward the tips. “It’s similar to hair: If your roots are soft and you’re trying to [create] a major ‘do, it’s all going to wilt,” Oquendo explained. “When Guido [Palau] is doing models’ hair backstage, he sprays all the product near the scalp.” After you’ve neutralized lashes and rimmed your waterline with a white pencil, do as he did on set and blend pigments with MAC’s mixing medium or white eyeliner before pressing them onto lashes. Or take the easy road and opt for an already colored mascara (like those from Chanel). “You’ll have more control with mascara, and wearability will be better than pigment,” the face painter explained. To open up the eye and make it look bigger, follow Oquendo’s lead and place the brightest shades in the center, fanning the darker tones out onto either side. Make the fad your own by devising your own color combos. “A pop of metallic liner underneath aubergine lashes could be really pretty,” he suggested. Polish off the Technicolor fringe by framing it with a bold brow. “You need structure to make this look wearable,” he said. Whatever it takes to get to the beauty gold at the end of this rainbow, we’re willing to give it a go.
For a long time, the bob was the style du jour for the soccer mom set, but a recent wave of cool girls (like Rose Byrne, Jourdan Dunn, and Sasha Luss), as well as a flurry of fall campaigns, has made the classic cut feel fresh again. Add to that list Emma Stone at the Venice International Film Festival and you’ve got yourself a solid, statement-making trend. While the lead actress in Birdman arrived on last night’s red carpet with tousled waves and side-swept bangs, we’re digging her blunt, straight strands spotted along the canals today. Though we aren’t the biggest proponents of a blow-out, we think we could DIY the “done” look (as opposed to the messy bed-head style we’ve adopted all summer long) if we hacked off a few inches. What can we say, we’ve never been more inspired to say good-bye to the split ends, fire up our flatirons, and usher in a sleek and polished new season.
Blame it on Lorde, blame it on Joan Smalls, and, like so many big beauty trends, blame it on Rihanna, but we’re really digging a purple lip lately. Finding the right hue, however, that offers moisture, staying power, and serious color has proved to be a significant challenge. Enter: Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Lacquer in Ultra Violet and Always Sharp Lip Liner in Violet. When paired together, this dynamic duo makes for the perfect electric plum pout (similar to the one spotted on Brit pop singer, Melissa Steel). I’ve found that filling in my lip with the self-sharpening liner (yes, it amazingly comes to a perfect point with a twist of the cap) is the best way to create a budge-proof base. Topped with this non-sticky gloss infused with staining pigments and glossy-finish pearls, and the result is anything but shrinking.