280 posts tagged "Chanel"
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.”
“To get liquid eyeliner right, I always look at the eyes straight on—I never apply makeup to a closed eye. I make two dots, one where I want the line to start and another where I want the line to end, and then I draw a straight line. It’s all about connecting the dots.”
Every face painter has his or her own technique for creating the perfect swoosh with liquid liner—a product that can trip up even the steadiest of hands. I’ve heard of penciling on a stencil before tracing over the top with eyeliner, crafting the shape in three parts, and even using a credit card to nail a sharp edge. Leave it to this master of maquillage, however, to make achieving the often-finicky flick as easy as a kindergarten worksheet. With strong, graphic eyes appearing on multiple couture runways (Chanel and Giambattista Valli) thus far, it seems studying up on the classic look isn’t a bad idea. Consider this your Cliffs Notes.