April 19 2014

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Pat McGrath’s Golden Touch


DiorGetting ahold of one of the most in-demand makeup artists during Paris fashion week is a feat unto itself, but I finally managed to snag Pat McGrath (for one minute and twelve seconds, to be exact) to discuss the gilded details at Dior.

The “brocade” brows covered in layers of glue, metallic theatrical paint, and glitter were as textural as they were striking—appearing as if they were cast from the precious metal itself. McGrath built upon this element (similar to the approach taken at Derek Lam) by adding “organic sweeps” of the same paint on lids and lower lash lines. The third and final touch was a band of baby blue or sea foam green eyeliner that played upon Raf Simons’ flora-strewn wonderland.

While you wouldn’t catch the majority of the fashion and beauty set within a mile radius of the Golden Arches, I have a feeling they’ll be lusting after the looks McGrath was serving up on the runway.

Photo: Sonny Vandevelde /

A Quick Beauty Recap From Christian Dior



In contrast to the futuristic-looking golden arches, gilded lids, and flashes of color rimmed along the upper lash lines (more to come on the maquillage later), the hair created by Guido Palau was “classic Dior.” “Raf [Simons] didn’t want to reference a particular era,” the hairstylist explained—so, when in doubt, a simple chignon was made modern with a “boyish” side part and a slick comb-over. Palau used Redken Hardwear 16 (a strong-hold gel) for hold and shape, twisted strands into a low knot, and secured in place near the nape of the neck. Shine Flash 02 was misted all over to mimic the metallic finish created with makeup only inches below.

Photo: Sonny Vandevelde and Gianni Pucci /

Bedazzled Beauty Redux


Christian Dior - Vibe Vixen

Throwback 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 Moment: Jewel-Encrusted Lips

The Motivation: I had one of those “Hey, I’ve seen that before” moments when I saw the ruby-red, rhinestone-covered lips (created by Pat McGrath) at the Spring 2013 Christian Dior Couture show. It turns out bejeweled lipstick has made not one, but two prior appearances on the newsstand. Singer Kelis first sported it on the Holiday 2006 cover of Vibe Vixen (which now only exists in the digital the space), and Katy Perry wore the glamorous look for the Harper’s Bazaar December 2010 issue. We wouldn’t suggest re-creating this in real life—unless you have a steady hand, time to kill, and plan on going on a liquid diet, sipped through a straw, for the day—but part of its appeal is that, unlike nail polish, we haven’t seen much texture innovation in the lip category. We’re not asking for fuzzy-coat lipstick or crackle lip gloss, but it would be nice to have an interesting new finish to break up the monotony of the satin, shiny, and matte options that we’ve seen so far this season (and have been around for ages). Here’s hoping a makeup artist in London, Milan, or Paris takes us up on the challenge.

Photos: Luca Cannonieri/InDigital I GoRunway; Vibe Vixen

Throwback Thursday: Silver Linings Playbook


Guinevere van Seenus by Craig McDean, Harper's BazaarThrowback 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: Guinevere Van Seenus

The Moment: Heavy Metal Eyes

The Motivation: Perhaps it’s our obsession with all things sparkly, but metallics (silver in particular) have never seemed more appropriate. And thanks to makeup artist Pat McGrath’s handiwork at Dior’s Fall 2013 show, platinum liner has become one of our favorite beauty looks to date. For some otherworldly inspiration, however, we’re looking to this shot of Van Seenus. Her foiled lids, combined with a futuristic widow’s-peak haircut and ombré lips, make a case for going a little overboard with a trend.

Photo: Craig McDean for Harper’s Bazaar, 1997, courtesy of

Ruth Wilson Wears Dior and Dior-Inspired Makeup to London’s Lone Ranger Premiere


Ruth WilsonRuth Wilson (who we know and love from the BBC’s Idris Elba show Luther—Netflix it tonight) has had a busy summer promoting her role in The Lone Ranger. Over the weekend, the British actress turned up at a London premiere for the film in a dress from Raf Simons’ new Christian Dior haute couture collection (she is the first starlet to wear the new lineup, beating out brand ambassadors like Marion Cotillard and Jennifer Lawrence). Wilson, who joined costars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer on the red carpet, complemented her strapless number with edgy hair and makeup that reminded us of the models on Dior’s Fall ’13 runway. Her slicked-back, wavy bouffant and fuchsia-stained lips echoed the beauty look—albeit in a toned down way—that Pat McGrath and Guido Palau created backstage before the show in February. Do you think it works for her?

Photos: GoRunway and ZUMA Press