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Flashback 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: Kim Renneberg
The Moment: Pastel Wigs and Graphic Headbands
The Motivation: There are a number of things about this shot that caught our eye: for starters, the lush lashes (a huge trend for Fall 2014) and a supermarché backdrop (à la Chanel’s jaw-dropping set). But perhaps the most striking similarity to this season’s catwalks are Renneberg’s pale strands and thick headband—a duo we saw at Marc Jacobs’ show in New York just a few short weeks ago. The only difference: Where the stretchy accessory contrasts the nearly white wig in this nineties editorial, the current way to wear it is more tone on tone.
From double-C branded ketchup to white rubber dish gloves adorned with black camellia flowers, the aisles of the Chanel supermarché were abundant with color. The angular wings sketched onto the outer corners of the eyes reflected not only the range of shades in the collection (including pink, orange, green, and marine blue), but the bottles of fizzy, neon-hued “Tweed Bubble” soda lined up on shelves and ultra-ripe produce piled in the center of the set. The silver shadow base, however, played off the leather-and-chain-link shopping baskets that only this particular French grocery would have on hand.
The ponytails crafted by Sam McKnight were “blown up in proportion” and “exaggerated” courtesy of tweed rags, lace, and pearls that were braided and woven into crimped extensions. (Before being wrapped around the base of the pony, the faux strands were prepped with a combo of Fudge Salt Spray and Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray.) The motley mix of textures in back (somewhat reminiscent of dreadlocks) contrasted with the sharp and smooth center parts at the front. If filling my fridge and pantry was always such a feast for the eyes, I might be tempted to skip Fresh Direct and stock up in person.
Cuticle tattoos recently hit the mass market and the general public has fully embraced the midi ring concept (Chanel clipped glittery stacks around models’ fingers for Fall 2013 Couture). Backstage early this morning before Chanel’s supermarché-themed show, however, catwalker Ming Xi gave her Instagram followers a pound—the front of her fist stamped with Kawaii-style characters, designs, and thought bubbles. While this wasn’t part of the final look—instead, many of the girls sported fingerless gloves or had their hands shoved into jacket pockets—it appears nail art is still moving on up off the runway.
British aristocrat and model Mary Charteris blinged out the hair above her eyes for the London shows. This particular beauty move took us right back to Chanel’s Fall 2012 collection and Peter Philips’ extraordinary, mineral-encrusted eyebrow art. While we love a naturally thick set à la Cara Delevingne, this It girl’s sparkly arches certainly got our attention.
Beauty Nostalgia is a column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.
The pro: Kara Yoshimoto Bua, Chanel makeup artist
The product: “Every day when I was a child, I watched my mom sit with a beautiful hand mirror in front of an antique Japanese vanity and paint her face. I gave her a hard time for taking so long, and I told her she didn’t need makeup. My mom is exquisitely beautiful—like a Japanese doll and a true artist. I studied her technique as she prepared her “canvas” by shaping her eyes with shadow and then carefully applying her perfect cake eyeliner using a small pointed paintbrush. It was a ritual, the way she got ready for the day. It was the way a woman took care of herself and a meditation. She wasn’t looking at herself in a vain way, but in an artist’s way.
As a teenager in San Francisco, I went to shows with artists, musicians, and DJs…all the punk rockers, new wavers, death rockers, glam rockers, mods, and skaters. Everyone had major style…it was the underground eighties. That’s when I was introduced to black eyebrow pencil. I channeled my mom’s style but had my own technique. I would take a lighter to warm up the hard eyebrow pencil and draw the perfect black line across the top lash line, carefully pointing the end. The liner would harden and stay on for days! You would never catch me without my liner. That was my makeup style: black eyeliner, nothing else. I no longer have that pencil, but my new version is Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Noir Intense.”