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Flashback Beauty at Tokyo Fashion Week

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Lengths tucked into high collars, tonal hair and makeup, cornrows, and waist-grazing ponies—check, check, check, and check. The trends that dominated the runways in New York, London, Milan, and Paris made an appearance in Japan, proof that it really is a small world (at least when it comes to beauty). At Matohu and Beautiful People, turtlenecks and scarves served as the means to hide models’ long hair, much like they did at Prabal Gurung, Burberry Prorsum, and Anthony Vaccarello. The extreme tails spotted at Valentino and Chanel sashayed down the catwalks at Ujoy and Atsushi Nakashima. And from the front, the tops of models’ heads at Nakashima’s show were coated with gray paint (similar to the black powder Guido Palau employed at Alexander Wang) and lids dusted with a slate-colored shadow—both meant to coordinate with the clothes and produce a matchy-matchy effect (previously seen at Marc Jacobs). Even those Snoop Dogg-inspired braids devised by Duffy at Adam Selman made their way around the globe, arriving on the runway at Lamarck. One thing that did make an appearance in the buzzy city that didn’t get much attention in the other fashion capitals? Lips. If you dismiss Rihanna’s many wardrobe and lipstick changes, there was a lack of loud mouths for Fall 2014. Not the case today at KBF (below). This traffic-cone-colored pout is one beauty move we’ll be borrowing from the East.

KBF - Runway - MBFW Tokyo 2014 A/W

Photos: Getty

Flashback Friday: Go for the Gold…Silver and Bronze

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Amy Wesson by Raymond Meier-cropFlashback Friday 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: Amy Wesson

The Moment: Heavy Medals

The Motivation: It may only be December, but we already have Olympic fever. So it was with joy that we discovered this image from a 1996 issue of British Vogue. Model Amy Wesson sports gold on her lids, silver on her lower lash lines, and a shimmery bronze across her mouth—the same three colors that athletes hope to wear around their necks come February. Try this trio at an upcoming holiday fete and you’re guaranteed to stand apart from the red-lipped competition.

Photo: Raymond Meier for British Vogue, 1996; courtesy of www.supermodelobsession.tumblr.com

Shop Talk: Wooed by Jason Wu

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Jason Wu for Lancome

Last night, I sat down with Jason Wu to chat about his new 15-piece collection for Lancôme. There were rumors of a collaboration backstage at his Fall 2013 show, but now the designer finally divulges all the deets:

Out of all the beauty brands to choose from, why partner with Lancôme?

Lancôme makes some of the most luxurious and beautiful products in the world. I’ve made it no secret that I’m a beauty junkie and I love makeup. It’s always been such an important part of my shows, and I felt like this was a really natural progression for me.

The eye-shadow palettes are completely customized and the shades were chosen by you and are exclusive to your collection. Where did your inspiration for the colors come from?

My inspiration came from, literally, my career. I’ve always loved to use color in many different ways—sometimes subtle, sometimes really bold. I took a collection of my favorite colors and put them into makeup in a way that was wearable, sophisticated, and a statement all at the same time.

There’s a bit of a beauty backstory to the final look from your Fall 2013 show. Let’s talk about that.

We were still in development with the makeup during the last show, and the purple [now available in the Violet Streak palette] was one of the first colors [I chose]. It actually inspired the colors for my [Fall] collection, because we were thinking about using it on every girl’s eyelids. And I said: “Why don’t we put a purple dress at the end?” It just felt so right. Actually, incorporating the makeup colors into the palette of the collection was really interesting to me.

Why did you choose navy mascara over black?

Who doesn’t want navy mascara? Navy is a color that looks good on everyone, and I use it all the time [for my runway collections]. To me, it’s the chicer cousin to black. It just felt like something women would want and all the girls I work with will want. It’s a really interesting twist on a classic.

I noticed there are a lot of variations of red in the line—three crimson-colored lipsticks and three nail polishes.

For my first collection—my first of many collections—with Lancôme, I decided that I wanted to do the three basic reds that every woman should have in her arsenal: a bright red, a medium red, and a burgundy. [Red] is something that’s so glamorous, I had to make it for my collection.

When should you ideally wear each shade? Is it seasonal? Or is it more of a day-to-night concept?

Bright red is really good for spring/summer because…it’s just chic. And burgundy is a great wine color, so why wouldn’t you want it for fall/winter?

What about the shade in the middle?

There’s always a place for red lips! For that mood, and that mood, and every mood in between [points his finger three separate times] there’s a red. Wouldn’t you agree?

Definitely. Are you for wearing a bold lip and eye together?

I like to play up one feature, but I think it’s always about the balance. When you accentuate the lip, it’s about a more subtle eye. And when it’s a major eye, it’s about a subtle lip. I think balance is quite modern.

Which piece in the line are you most proud of?

That’s a hard one, but the navy mascara. I think it’s so special and Lancôme doesn’t [carry it in its existing range], so they dug it out of their archives to make it available for this collection.

I heard you designed two gorgeous lace makeup bags to hold all of your new cosmetics.

Oh, my God, it’s going to be so chic. We had a transparent lace raincoat in the Fall collection, and I thought it would be the perfect beauty bag, so it became one.

Will customers receive one when they buy your products?

Yes, and we vow for it to be the chicest gift-with-purchase you’ll ever see!

Who was your muse for the line?

Martha Hunt. She opened my show for Fall. She’s the only girl I asked to come with me tonight for this event. I felt like the second I met her she [became] one of my muses. She just wears makeup so incredibly well. In fact, she did the hair and makeup test for this collection and looked good in everything. I felt so comfortable with [Hunt] that we finalized the collection on her.

From all of your shows, do you have a favorite beauty look?

Yes, Spring 2013: the dual-toned red lip with a defined brow on Carolyn Murphy. Best thing ever. It’s so glamorous you can’t stand it. Who could resist that?

Where do you find the time between designing for your own label and acting as artistic director for Hugo Boss womenswear to create an entire range of makeup?

I try to sleep as little as possible. That’s the secret. I just really love what I do. I’m really passionate about it. I need to do things. I need to create all the time. That’s what keeps me going.

But there must be some caffeine in the mix. What’s your Starbucks order?

Iced black coffee. Nothing else. Very simple.

You always have a true look at your shows—it’s never a bare face. Do you know what you’re doing for Spring 2014?

I absolutely do and it involves this collection, but I’m not going to tell you what it is! But it’s going to be a statement. Expect another look.

I can’t wait.

Jason Wu for Lancôme launches in September exclusively at Nordstrom and Bergdorf Goodman.

Photo: Courtesy of Lancôme

Throwback Thursday: Fine Line

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Naomi-Sims-Vogue-US-1972Throwback Thursday is a column 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: Naomi Sims

The Moment: Powder-Blue Liner

The Motivation: The world of fashion never stops, and as such, the countdown to the New York shows has begun. And while a new season means new trends, new silhouettes, and a new It bag, we can’t wait to discover which beauty looks will return and which will surprise us. In particular: blue eyeliner. When we spotted the above shot (that is oddly similar to the look from Stella McCartney last Spring), from a 1972 issue of Vogue, we couldn’t help but wonder which tone of this much-beloved hue will reappear for 2014? Will it be navy, cerulean, indigo, or cornflower? And will face painters apply the color in small doses (as seen here), or use it all over lids? The only thing we know for now: We can’t keep our eyes off Sims’ spiky black lashes and icy inner rims.

Berry Berenson Perkins for Vogue, 1972; courtesy of http://supermodelobsession.tumblr.com

Crowning Glory

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alice-and-olivia-makeup-fall-2013At Style.com, a braid rarely goes unnoticed—from the thin kind displayed at Valentino Couture to Rodarte’s rosettes (a favorite of hairstylist David Babaii), we have a passion for plaits. One of my favorite looks from this past season was the slightly disheveled halo braid created by Antonio Corral Calero at Alice + Olivia (a similar version was worn by Maia Mitchell at last night’s Teen Choice Awards). The best part: This soft, romantic style is wearable by those of us to which the labels “teen” or “model” don’t apply. At Stacey Bendet’s Fall show, this band of braids was made more mature with the addition of a moody merlot-colored lip and gilded eyes. It’s a look I imagine a modern-day (and grown-up) Heidi would work in the Alps—clad in one of Bendet’s motorcycle jackets, of course.

To see which Fall looks inspired some of Hollywood’s most in-demand hair and makeup pros, check out our latest beauty guide and get their how-tos.

Photo: Courtesy of Alice + Olivia