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The Summer Buzz Cut Seen at Christopher Kane


buzz-cutThere are days that I wake up and just want to end the endless battle of bed head by picking up my boyfriend’s buzzer in lieu of a brush. (I imagine Britney Spears experienced a similar morning back in 2007.) One model who’s taken the pixie trend to an entirely new—and minimalistic—level is Alina Levichkina, who is featured in Christopher Kane’s latest Resort lookbook. Paired with the designer’s floral motifs and Day-Glo parade of neon lace, her no-frills crop provides a nice juxtaposition to the unconventional-but-still-feminine clothes. I’m adding this catwalker to the list of ladies—Lupita Nyong’o, Erykah Badu, Demi Moore, Grace Jones, and Natalie Portman among them—who shed a gorgeous new light on losing every inch of length.

Photo: Courtesy of Christopher Kane

“Little Moments” Make a Big Impact, Backstage at Christopher Kane


christopherkaneOutside of the clothes, brows were the stars of the show at Christopher Kane. Makeup artist Lucia Pieroni brushed arches up and filled them in with NARS Brow Perfector, the finished product resembling a young Brooke Shields. “These brows should look naturally full, not painted on,” Pieroni explained. She created a “shaft of light” down the center of faces with Illuminator in Copacabana and a forthcoming Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Andromeda. Highlights were placed over cheekbones, the bridge and tip of the nose, Cupid’s bow, and chin. A touch of Pure Matte Lipstick in Bangkok was pressed onto models’ mouths like a stain, and lashes—in what has become a defining feature for Fall 2014—were left bare.

Kane simply wanted “the girls to look like how they look,” said mane master Guido Palau. “Younger designers don’t tend to reference iconic women—they get off on how the model looks naturally. Little moments rather than big moments,” he noted. To craft these “little moments,” Palau used Redken’s Shine Flash for texture and sheen, keeping the length fairly straight and flat. To finish, he made a sharp center part and nonchalantly tucked the hair behind the ears. In the end, these subtle nuances brought the larger picture to life.

Photo: Sonny Vandevelde;

Throwback Thursday: State of Hair


French Glamour - cropThrowback 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: Lived-in Locks

The Motivation: Remember the days when your mother told you to brush your hair before leaving the house, and a perfectly coiffed ‘do was the look du jour? Well, those days are long gone. Never has there been a time more obsessed with looking undone (Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, Christopher Kane, Burberry, Versace, Roberto Cavalli, and Bottega Veneta—cases in point). Our inspiration? The above shot from a 1989 issue of French Glamour. The French have always been masters at achieving the I-just-rolled-out-of-bed-and-look-like-this hair, and if the carefree strands we’ve seen on the New York, London, and Milan catwalks are anything to go by, we’re bound to see the style in its natural habitat: Paris.

Photo: Jean-Pierre Prunier for French Glamour, 1989; courtesy of

Backstage At Christopher Kane: Pure And Simple


christopher-kane-makeup-ss-2014When determining the status of the look at Christopher Kane, things were far from complicated. “Christopher’s collection is very designed, very beautiful, and he likes to have a juxtaposition in the hair and makeup,” hairstylist Guido Palau explained. After strands were washed with Redken Cleansing Cream Shampoo and an off-center parting was made, he opted to work with each model’s natural texture. Fingers were Palau’s only tools, as he rough-dried everything with a few drops of Diamond Oil to cancel any frizz and finished with a spritz of Powder Refresh for volume. “A [polished] blow dry would only take away from the beauty of the collection,” he said.

Makeup artist Lucia Pieroni also elected to use her fingers over an arsenal of brushes. Models’ skin was massaged with NARS Optimal Brightening Concentrate to prep it for Radiant Cream Compact Foundation. Next, Pieroni strategically placed highlights on the cupid’s bow, cheekbones, temples, and eyelids with Illuminator in Copacabana for fairer skin tones, or Orgasm for darker complexions. Additional glow came courtesy of The Multiple in Copacabana (applied to the same areas), and lashes were left mascara-free but curled.

Barely-there nails completed the understated look with just a sweep of Leighton Denny Nail Colour in Starkers, followed by a clear and glossy topcoat. The total package was certainly a study in simplicity, but it undoubtedly allowed the pastels, prints, and graphic cutouts in the collection to take center stage.

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Makeup Artist Lucia Pica Takes Us Inside The Cover Look Of Issue 04


After a full month of shows and three intense weeks of production, the fourth issue of is here! And as our biannual glossy starts populating newsstands across the globe, it will become increasingly difficult to escape the lasting image of Ellinore Erichsen’s deep, kohl-rimmed cover glance, which is thanks to the magnificent handiwork of one Lucia Pica. “Ellinore was supposed to be more of a rebel—a cool goth-y girl in the school,” the makeup artist explains of the direction for the story, which took us inside Christopher Kane’s high school in Scotland to get a real glimpse of the environment from where his genius came. Here, photographer Alasdair McLellan’s go-to face painter explains the ins and outs of the on-set creative process, how to get Marta Dyks’ killer spider lashes, and what makes a rule breaker where makeup is concerned.

What was it like working with Alasdair and Christopher on this story, and how did you come up with the idea for the makeup look?
“Normally, you talk about the story and interpret it. For this, it was all about Christopher’s background. We went to his school and a music hall, so we wanted to represent two girls. One of them, Ellinore, was more of a rebel—a cool goth-y girl in the school—and that needed to translate throughout the story, so I kept the smoky eye, and then when we moved locations and switched outfits, I gave her more of a goth look, with a dark matte mouth. Marta was more of the wide-eyed, natural-beauty kind of girl in the group. Working with Alasdair for so long, I know the things he’s attracted to, and I really relate to his aesthetic. We always have to be open to changes, though; it works or it doesn’t. Funny enough, we did this makeup, and we weren’t sure if we had done too much, so we took it off and tried a few different things, but then we went back to it!”

I can see why. Ellinore’s smoky eye is beautiful. How did you get just the right amount of smolder without going overboard?
“I really wanted it not to feel too glamorous. But when I say, ‘organic,’ or ‘homemade,’ I don’t mean not well done—just more lived-in and less technical. So I used a black Givenchy Magic Kajal Eye Pencil, and I blended it around the eye and mixed it with MAC Eyeshadow in Smolder. Then I added a little Vaseline to make it balmy. Another good feature to give it that gothic tint was the thin brow. I used MAC’s Eyebrows in Velvetone. Then we put loads of mascara, like when rebellious teenage girls put a mountain of mascara on and it looks amazing and you’re like, ‘How did they do that?’ “

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