2 posts tagged "Atelier Versace"
Throwback Thursday 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: Benedetta Barzini
The Moment: Lace eye appliqués
The Motivation: Decorative, 3-D eye adornment has been getting a lot of traction of late, what with Pat McGrath’s stick-on metallic green triangles at Atelier Versace and Peter Philips’ gorgeous tulle lashes at Chanel Haute Couture making the rounds on the blogosphere earlier this month. Using mediums other than plain old pigment and powders to embellish lids and brows is a long-standing beauty tradition, however: Diana Vreeland’s creative team ordered up this well-placed swathe of black lace for a 1964 Vogue editorial starring model Benedetta Barzini, which was applied above a jaunty cat-eye drawn on both the upper and lower lash lines, and on top of a swipe of matte white eye shadow—a good trick to ensure the precise latticework is that much more evident. Not convinced you’ve got the steady hand for this kind of task? A little trial and error with makeup artist Phyllis Cohen’s Face Lace decals should do you one better.
“It’s just very much Donatella,” Pat McGrath said of the smoky eye backstage at Donatella Versace’s Spring show in Milan, where the makeup artist had set to sculpting the designer’s go-to “sexy, cool” look, just as she has for many a season past. Versace’s desires for her haute couture show this weekend weren’t much different, as sooty, black-rimmed lids reigned once again in Paris. Although seeing as how it was a special occasion—the house’s longtime muse Kristen McMenamy opened the show while fellow supe Stella Tennant closed it—McGrath added a hint of color to the predictable onyx abyss via flashes of lime green on the inner and outer corners of the eyes. Upon further inspection, we noticed something even more interesting about the offbeat pop of green: Those outer flicks are actually stencils. “We’ve been doing it for fifteen years,” McGrath told us of the tried-and-true technique backstage at Viktor & Rolf circa Spring 2012 (above, right). “It’s something we came up with as a way to get an eye liner on quickly,” she explained of the easy-on system. The hours spent cutting out those perfectly pointed strips, however, is slightly less of a speedy process, we imagine.