12 posts tagged "Chloe"
A common occurrence among those who receive blockbuster holiday palettes brimming with possibility: You hit pan on your go-to shades—the universally flattering neutrals that are appropriate for day but can be easily amped up for night—while bold, attention-grabbing hues of green and blue are barely touched.
The truth is, not everyone can pull off a lid splashed with color like we saw on the Chanel runway for Spring 2014, but the barely there look (seen at Chloé this past season) is wearable and achievable—without having makeup master Peter Philips at your side. Beauty brands are also taking a more minimal approach. Urban Decay recently released the Naked3 (which has already sold out twice), a collection of twelve flesh colors ranging from cream to dark brown, all with a rose gold undertone. Another one of our favorites is the aptly named The Essentials palette by Clarins, which features eco-friendly formulas in ten nude shades. And for on-the-go touch-ups, Bobbi Brown’s limited-edition Smokey Warm Eye Palette is compact enough to fit in a purse and boasts six versatile shadows in matte and shimmer finishes. Beige, it seems, is anything but boring.
It is fair to say that both Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have mastered the art of the smudged smoky eye. Never forced or too “done”—their shadow always looks perfectly lived-in. And last night at the opening of Club Monaco’s Fifth Avenue flagship in New York City, Ashley’s makeup was no exception. Instead of standard black or gray, a warm camel shade was wrapped around her eyes and run along the inner rims (similar to the sepia tone used at Chloé). Much like the look Diane Kendal created in Paris, she kept her skin bare but luminous, brows brushed up, and lips pared down. The one key difference between the celeb and models on the catwalk: black mascara was used on Ashley’s top and bottom lashes to define and add a subtle hint of drama.
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: Gisele Bündchen
The Moment: A Youthful Glow
The Motivation: I’ve been poring over Rizzoli’s latest tome, Chloé Attitudes, for weeks, not only admiring the stunning imagery that chronicles the label’s history, but also the makeup looks that have graced the runways. The house has been a huge fan of some of fashion’s biggest faces, like Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, and Linda Evangelista—all of whom appeared in ads at one point or another. So when I stumbled across the above shot of a very young Gisele (before she earned her Victoria’s Secret Angel wings and was credited with bringing sexy back to modeling), I couldn’t help but feel there was a cosmic connection in place. Not to mention her luminous, freckled skin, berry-stained lips, and palm-frond green liner that had me at hello.
“She’s more intellectual than previous seasons,” hairstylist James Pecis said of the Chloé girl. “This is a woman that’s done and has healthy, expensive hair.” Now, those are three words (“done,” “healthy,” “expensive”) we haven’t heard all season—with organic and slightly grungy textures reigning supreme for Spring 2014. To achieve the sleek and luxurious look, Pecis washed the majority of models’ strands with Bumble and Bumble Seaweed Shampoo and Conditioner in the two tiny sinks backstage (a step necessary for getting the lightness and bounce he desired on the runway). For fullness, he misted TIGI Bed Head Superstar Queen for a Day Thickening Spray from roots to ends and blew hair dry using a paddle brush for smoothness. Extensions were added for extra body before a flat iron was run through thin sections. A precise center part was made with the pointed tip of a rattail comb and set with L’Oréal Elnett hair spray. “It’s the little touches that are going to give the look strength—like a hard, clean line in the middle of the head,” he explained.
In contrast to the hair, however, the makeup by Diane Kendal was par for the course: barely there, but beautiful. She prepped skin with a moisturizer and applied a light-coverage foundation. The top and lower lash lines were rimmed with MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Duck before a cotton swab dipped in moisturizer was used to wipe it off, leaving a shadowy sepia tone behind. The hollows of the cheeks were subtly defined with MAC Pro Sculpting Cream in Copper Beech and the apples topped with Cream Colour Base in Bronze. Kendal added a touch of the sculpting cream in Accentuate (a pale beige) to the tops of cheekbones and just above the brows to catch the light. Similar to the technique used to achieve the foggy leftovers around the eyes, she worked moisturizer over the entire face to produce a “residue” that rendered complexions luminous.
From rollerballs to bubbles to traditional atomizers—I thought I had seen and spritzed it all when it came to fragrance. But painting on a scent, now that’s something even I, a jaded beauty editor, had never experienced—and exactly how you apply the latest iteration of See by Chloé. “It’s an entirely new and playful gesture,” Françoise Mariez, senior vice president of international European marketing at Coty Prestige, explained to me before the brand’s Resort presentation. Using the nail-polish-like applicator, you can add a touch of the clear, perfumed gel precisely to your pulse points. And while the faceted bottle might be a shrunken-down version of the original eau, it contains the same Michel Almairac-crafted scent—a blend of feminine notes such as apple blossom, jasmine, and vanilla. I’m tucking this mini into my bag and whipping it out the next time I need a brush with something sweet and sophisticated.
See by Chloé Paint A Scent, $35, available at select Chloé boutiques and, in September, Sephora.