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Flashback Friday: The Eyes Have It



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: Christy Turlington

The Moment: Bejeweled Lids

The Motivation: At first glance this may not appear to be a beauty shot, but look a little closer and you’ll be sure to spot Christy Turlington’s sparkling lash lines. Much has been placed on lids in the past: neon stickers at Atelier Versace; gold string at Dries Van Noten; neoprene at Fendi; lace, pearls, and jumbo glitter at Chanel. And Fall 2014 was no different. Makeup maestro Pat McGrath created incredibly beautiful “mothlike” lashes and brows at Alexander McQueen with hand-cut feathers, and used liquid latex instead of standard shadow at Dior. And seeing as eyes are the windows to the soul, why not add some extreme embellishment to attract even more attention?

Photo: Arthur Elgort for Vogue UK, 1990; courtesy of

Flashback Friday: Art-spiration


denis-pielFlashback 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 Moment: Painterly Eyes

The Motivation: Makeup pro Peter Philips used lids as his canvas at Chanel’s Spring 2014 show, swathing them with bold flashes of color via cakes of theatrical paint. (The swatches had to be strong so that the crowd at the Grand Palais could see models’ eyes from the last row of the stadium-style seating.) This image from an eighties editorial, however, offers a softer version of Philips’ modern-day approach. Powder shadows appear to be the formula employed here, lending a more delicate finish. Should you be feeling bold enough to DIY (perhaps make it your look for this weekend’s Coachella festivities), be sure to base with a primer so that the pigment stands out…and stays in place during your dance party.

Photo: Denis Piel for Vogue US, 1983; courtesy of

If Saint Laurent Had a Makeup Baby, This Is What It Would Look Like



Sky Ferreira is no stranger to sparkle. In fact, when I first met the catwalker-turned-singer, she was wearing bedazzled Saint Laurent stockings (the same pair she sported on the way to the hospital after she injured herself onstage in California during Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz tour). But it isn’t just her gams that are getting the glimmer treatment—her makeup artist, Amy Chance, has been sticking to a combo of Make Up For Ever lilac glitter and Rimmel London Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss lipstick in 107 for the past week. The cat-eye shape Ferreira is so fond of is reminiscent of the sixties-inspired black wings expertly sketched on lids at Saint Laurent’s Fall 2014 show, while the shimmery aspect might as well have stemmed from the twinkling Mary Janes models wore on their feet. Combine the two ideas together and it’s a match made in makeup heaven.


Photo: Marcus Tondo,; Instagram

Glasses: The New Nighttime Accessory


SZA's Private Listening PartyAt Bobbi Brown’s optical launch yesterday, she condoned glasses for evening (and not in the Corey Hart kind of way)—a point illustrated brilliantly by Audra the Rapper at SZA’s Private Listening Party in New York City. Take her clear frames away and suddenly the septum ring, bright bubblegum lips, and black liner don’t look as edgy or interesting. What easier way to bring your look into focus than to slip on a pair of specs? Having four eyes has never been so fierce.

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Bobbi Brown’s Top Tricks for Women Who Wear Glasses



Ask a makeup artist about eye makeup (which we saw a lot of on the runways this season) and he or she can likely wax on for hours. Ask a face painter about eyeglasses and the ones that look best on you and you’ll likely hear crickets chirping. While the two are typically disparate subjects, they should, in reality, go hand in hand. Here to bridge that gap is Bobbi Brown, a beauty mogul who has worn glasses “every single day” since her late 30s and is launching a new collection of optics in tandem with her Perfectly Defined range of makeup (including new gel liner pencils, smudge-proof mascara, and a gentle lash curler designed for women with almond-shaped eyes). With more and more celebs ditching the contact lenses in favor of traditional lenses on the red carpet (hello, Tina Fey and Meryl Streep), it’s about time someone focused on framing your eyes with more than just eyeliner. Here, Brown’s best tips:

Set it and forget it. To avoid having concealer or foundation transfer onto your frames, skip the primer (“It’s too thick,” Brown says), minimize the amount of eye cream you apply, and dust the area under your eyes and around the bridge of your nose with a thin layer of powder.

Define your brows. Lightly filled-in arches provide a “bit of lift” and lend a “polished” finish, she explained. “Makeup under glasses gives you more style and strength in your face.”

Disguise dark circles. Not only do frames help hide a multitude of sins—like crow’s-feet and fine lines—but they’re excellent camouflage for shady areas, like the inner corners, notes Brown. “You don’t see small, tired eyes, you just see the glasses,” she said.

Beware of the tortoise. The pattern is timeless, but a too-orange tone can make skin look sallow—especially if you fall into the fair category.

Skip the sticky stuff. The wet-eye look often created by coating shadow with gloss or Vaseline? Just don’t. “The only trend [you can’t wear with glasses] is really textural,” said Brown.