August 2 2014

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9 posts tagged "Alexis Mabille"

“Butterfly Kisses,” Backstage at Alexis Mabille


alexix-mabille-couture-spring-2014“Alexis thinks the most beautiful part of the girl is big eyes, but with only a tiny bit of mascara,” makeup artist Carole Colombani noted as she brushed a last touch of pink contouring powder on a model’s cheekbones backstage at Alexis Mabille. She used MAC Pigment in Pure White to create a discreet highlight on the inside of the eyes and Clear Lipglass to lend the ultimate sheen to nude lips. Hair maestro Odile Gilbert, on the other hand, had a few dozen flurries of white paper butterflies to contend with—she dubbed the finished look “Butterfly Kisses.” “Pin it back, add a ponytail, and let the butterflies go,” she said, laughing. The sole product used: “Hair spray. Lots.”

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Scrapbook: Couture Beauty


Couture BeautyFrom hand-painted hair to secret supermodel sightings to an up-close-and-personal encounter with those Chanel nail rings, the backstage beauty heroics at Couture week were plenty inspiring.

Here, Celia Ellenberg shares her snaps of all the action.

Hand-Painted Hair and “Futuristic” Makeup, Backstage at Alexis Mabille Haute Couture


Alexis-Mabille-Backstage-Beauty-Haute-CoutureHairstyles that are created to complement a collection’s clothes often turn out better than those that introduce an entirely new theme or idea; hairstyles that are created with a collection’s clothes often turn out even better. “It’s Boldini, but modern and more abstract,” Odile Gilbert said backstage at Alexis Mabille referencing the Italian painter whose flowing brushstrokes guided much of Mabille’s Couture designs—including those that made their way on top of models’ heads. “They’re flowers,” Gilbert explained of the pieces of hand-painted tulle that she took from select dresses and shellacked onto a Mexican-style head-wrapping technique that required copious amounts of professional-grade gel. “It’s a lot of work,” she admitted, combing product through panels of hair to create a sleek base for the fabric appliqués-turned-hair-accessories.

To keep it all from skewing too romantic—and to add a “touch of the futuristic” to the equation—makeup artist Carole Colombani dusted a mix of MAC Blush in Prism and its Sculpting Powder in Sculpt high onto the cheekbones and along the temples, cutting the light pink color with a sheer wash of its matte white Eye Shadows in Gesso and Blanc Type that extended from the outer corners of models’ lids. Then, mixing MAC Pigment in Silver with its Mixing Medium to create a molten-pewter effect, Colombani traced just the inner corners of the upper lash line with the metallic hue that was revisited on nails in the form of Essie’s No Place Like Chrome polish, which was dotted with alabaster moons. And lest you forget this was a Haute Couture beauty look, not your average ready-to-wear affair, false lashes upped the glamour quotient while lips were individualized per girl, using a blend of MAC Lipmixes in Fuchsia, Midtone Nude, and White.

Photo: Getty Images

Throwback Thursdays: The Girl With The Feathers In Her Hair


Throwback Thursdays is a new 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: Kate Moss

The Moment: Feathers embellishments.

The Motivation: Remember, like…two years back, when out of nowhere feathered hair extensions took the street-style set—and young Hollywood—by storm? They became so popular, in fact, there were reports of a shortage of the long, colorful plumage that also happens to be used by fly fishermen. Luckily, it was a fleeting thing, but birds of a fashion feather have been flocking together for quite some time. From Alexis Mabille’s Fall 2011 Couture show to Jason Wu’s Spring 2012 runway, editorial hairstylists have been using the colorful accessories for years, as evidenced by this Arthur Elgort-lensed shoot for Vogue Italia circa 1992. Ms. Moss appears to have entwined her feather headdress with a Heidi-style braid, and finished the look with an unexpected smoky eye. (Kate, always a trendsetter.) It goes without saying that this would be a great way to up the ante on the summer festival circuit, where feathers and fringe tend to show up en masse.

Photo: Arthur Elgort for Vogue Italia, 1992; Courtesy of

At Alexis Mabille, Swarovski Marks The Spot


Beauty marks are funny things: Either you have them or you don’t—or you draw them on when the mood suits you. Fifty years after her death, whether Marilyn Monroe’s famous mole, located on her left cheek, was in fact real or used for dramatic effect is still being debated. Either way, the black blemish was a striking part of her look—and “faking it” remains an essential face-painting tool for makeup artists who have been ushering in a drawn-on spot revival of late. After Spring’s embrace of 3-D eyeliner, the idea of fabricating well-positioned beauty marks persisted into Fall (the blue circular under-eye stickers at Anna Sui immediately come to mind), a notion that reared its pretty, penciled-in head during Resort, too, courtesy of Peter Philips’ custom-made velvet CC stickers at Chanel. Today in Paris, it turned up at Couture as Carole Colombani adhered individual black Swarovski crystals onto models’ faces, adding a particularly extravagant detail to Alexis Mabille’s ode to old-school glamour, which included a slick of MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo. While it wasn’t a direct Marilyn tribute, the fact that the dots traveled from cheek to temple and back again throughout the show is certainly curious…

Photo: Filippo Fior /