August 21 2014

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Flashback Friday: In Search of Bright Lights


stella-tenantFlashback Fridays 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: Stella Tennant

The Moment: Nearly Neon

The Motivation: With New York fashion week right around the corner, now is the time we start wondering what beauty looks and trends we’ll discover at the tents (or, in the case of many a designer, the multiple off-site locations). Barely-there makeup was de rigueur last season, but there was the occasional jolt of color that brightened our day—take, for example, Gucci Westman’s traffic-stopping orange pouts at Rag & Bone. It may have been a first for Marcus Wainwright and David Neville, but Stella Tennant and readers of this 1995 issue of i-D were already well versed in the power of electro-tangerine lips. The model’s loud mouth is a prime example of what we’d love to see more of for Fall 2014 to counteract the cold, gray skies we’ll likely have to endure while schlepping from show to show.

Photo: Craig McDean for i-D, 1995; courtesy of

Mouthing Off At Rag & Bone


ragandboneGucci Westman claims that she knows more about Manchester United (a British soccer team), and coaches leaving and coming thanks to her designer husband David Neville, than she does about makeup—but we beg to differ. Inspired by the bright colors and fervor surrounding the impending World Cup in Brazil, the face painter took a new approach at Rag & Bone. “It’s [the label's] first-ever lip adventure—I’ve done a stain, but never anything this full-on,” she says. A blend of Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Carnival and ColorBurst Matte Balm in Mischievous (out in January) was applied with a brush, but the rest of the face was made up using mostly fingers—Westman told her team to press the product into the skin for that lived-in look.

The lids were slightly more toned down in comparison to the models’ orange pouts—a combo of ColorStay Shadowlinks in Charcoal, Onyx, and Cocoa was applied and then wiped off using flat cotton swabs and makeup wipes. Post-shadow deconstruction, Westman applied a mix of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, Dr. Hauschka Eye Contour Day Balm, and Revlon Skinlights Face Illuminator onto lids for extra sheen and rubbed a shimmery brown powder shadow along the lower lash line. Her inspiration: makeup leftovers after a really fun night out. “The next day you look pretty good, even though you’re hung-over,” she joked. The rest of the face was kept simple—defining only the brows with a pencil and using Illuminance Cream Shadow in Not Just Nudes on cheeks and Skinlights in Pink Light (also launching in January) on the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, and chin for additional glow. Westman topped everything off with a spritz of Evian Brumisateur Facial Mist to give the girls a fresh, dewy look.

Guido Palau set out to reinvent the brand’s cool, wearable hair using only two products. He made clean center parts with a comb and slicked strands down around the crown to the point just above the temples using Redken Forceful 23 finishing spray. For contrast and texture, he wet the length and worked in the lotion-like Satinwear 02 before letting the hair air-dry. And instead of being hidden, the ears became the focal point of the style—with small sections being pulled out in front and the rest tucked behind. “When girls are young, their ears stick out and it adds a certain charm—I wanted to emphasize that here,” he explains. We were certainly smitten.

Photo: Ivan Lattuada/Indigitialimages

Diane Kruger Shows Off Her French; Gucci Westman’s Beauty Beginnings; What Your Nail Shape Says About You; and More


dianekruger_resizeDiane Kruger, who was recently announced as the new face of Chanel skincare, appears in a short film accompanying the house’s La Commence de Beauté campaign that debuted today. The actress and Karl Lagerfeld muse discusses her views on beauty in fluent French. “I believe that beauty is not skin deep. I believe that beauty is something that you earn,” she said. “It’s a question of curiosity, culture, a certain strength of character.”

New online beauty destination Byrdie is off to a productive start this week. Today, renowned makeup artist (and Revlon’s global artistic color director) Gucci Westman opened up about the first time she wore makeup. “I think I was maybe 15. It would have been a baby blue eye shadow—this is terrible—a sort of cool blue mascara, and blue on the inner waterline with really, really thin plucked eyebrows, pink cheeks, and bronzer—God, don’t ever do that. It’s because I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup, so I brought stuff to school and put it on in the bathroom. I thought I looked major.” We’ve all been there, but it’s reassuring to hear about professionals fumbling early on, too.

Despite years of manicures, we’re still never quite sure what to say when asked “round or square?” To clear up that question, Vogue Australia broke down what your nail shape says about you. According to the article, ladies who opt for round “favor timeless over trend-based pieces…and like nails to take a backseat to sartorial choices,” while square girls don’t mind “trying loud colors or exploring nail art.” Meanwhile, those who keep their claws super short are “low maintenance,” and fans of “stiletto” talons “don’t shy from the spotlight.”


Revlon x Marchesa; One Direction Has Its Beauty Moment; And More…


Marchesa-RevlonFollowing a collaboration with Le Métier de Beauté in 2010, and a signature scent that was launched last year, Marchesa has secured another beauty partnership, this time with Revlon. Lending its special brand of lavish luxury to the increasingly popular nail game, the fashion house will do three different 3-D appliqué press-ons with the storied New York beauty behemoth. Revlon has also confirmed that its artistic director of makeup, Gucci Westman, will helm the backstage team at Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman’s runway show in September. [WWD]

Also making the nail world turn today is word of Orly’s new Shade Shifters, gel top coats that change color with your mood as your body temperature rises. What will they think of next? [MTV]

You know that cup of complimentary tea you often enjoy at the salon or spa post-treatment? It’s becoming an essential part of the business of beauty. [WSJ]

After much speculation, One Direction’s first signature scent has finally arrived. The fruity floral is called Our Moment and smells of pink grapefruit, wild berries, freesia, creamy musk, sheer woods, and white patchouli. Mothers, hide your daughters. [WWD]

In other boys-who-like-girls-who-like-their-namesake-perfume news, the name of Justin Bieber’s next eau has been leaked! The follow-up to the pop star’s monster success with his first two eaux, Someday and Girlfriend, will be called The Key. [Hollywood Life]

Photo: Stefano Masse / In Digital /

Banana Liner 2.0


Banana liner—or banane, as François Nars often refers to the single arched pencil etching that is customarily drawn through the crease of the eye, en Français—is a classic sixties-era makeup mainstay. You may remember seeing it last season at Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, and Moschino, when the decade experienced its latest resurgence. But there is a way to modernize the popular lid embellishment, as we learned from Gucci Westman at Rag & Bone’s Fall show—and makeup artist Polly Osmond in the new issue of Numéro. “The typical sixties shape starts closer to the nose,” Westman explained backstage in New York, choosing to start her stroke toward the center of the eye and drag it straight out toward the temple, rather than in a more perfect crescent shape. For her part, Osmond went the other direction, starting her line almost on top of model Nadja Bender’s nose and keeping it soft and slightly diffused. “This feels more obscure,” Westman said of the benefits of experimenting with newfangled approaches to old techniques—and making them seem new again in the process.

Photo: Liz Collins for Numéro., March 2013; Luca Cannonieri /