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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: Willy van Rooy
The Moment: Full Fringe
The Motivation: With the rise of Kardashian and Ko., faux lashes have lost a little of their Old Hollywood appeal. And admittedly, we’ve never been that adept at gluing on fake fringe. This season, however, we may just have to step up our skills. Makeup artists are lashing out on the reg—from Pat McGrath at Gucci and Versace to Lucia Pieroni at Rochas. In lieu of reality TV, however, we plan to look at the runways and shots like this British Vogue image for beauty inspiration. The photo was captured in 1967, but judging by what’s trending on the Fall 2014 catwalks, we doubt anyone would bat an eyelash if we said this was snapped in the past few weeks.
The sixties are alive and well this season and everyone, from New York to London to Milan, is getting in the spirit. Eugene Souleiman channeled Françoise Hardy at Peter Som; Pat McGrath was inspired by Britt Ekland at Gucci; Mia Farrow was the icon on Paul Hanlon’s mind at Moschino; and today at Versace, Guido Palau crafted a slight bump in the hair—a surefire marker of the very groovy decade. When it comes to appliances, however, we don’t usually expect a throwback. White Sands, a haircare company, developed an attachment for your blow-dryer that acts like the “salon hoods or bonnets” of yesteryear, setting curls or locking in moisture from treatments, hands-free. Model Doutzen Kroes even appeared to be wearing a similar contraption on set this week. Will the concept take off like Mary Quant’s miniskirt or the bikini post-Beach Party? If the runways are any indication, going back in time just may be the wave of the future.
The Gucci woman always has sex appeal, but in lieu of the bombshell beauty we’ve come to expect, a swinging sixties character took her place this season. To channel the era and icons like Marianne Faithfull and Britt Ekland, Pat McGrath used a taupe-y gray shadow to emphasize the crease and employed a combination of black pencil and liquid liner along the upper and lower lashes—extending the shape straight past the outer corners but not winging it up, she explained. After rimming the waterline with a beige pencil to open up the eyes, a full strip of falsies was placed on both top and bottom to complete the lush look and play off the shag furs and psychedelic pastel tones in the collection.
Mane master Luigi Murenu mentioned Faithfull as a jumping-off point for the “disheveled but beautiful” hair, but also noted a more contemporary reference: “a more coiffed Kate Moss.” He made a side part and swept the hair across models’ foreheads before bending the length around a curling iron for texture. The ends were flat-ironed to lend “strength and modernity” to the style. For “personality” and to keep strands in control on the catwalk, he gently twisted back a small section on either side of the face and joined them at the middle of the head, discreetly pinning everything into place before misting all over with hairspray. “Last season there was a lot more structure,” he said, but whimsy (a word not usually associated with the Italian house) was in full force today.
I was patiently waiting for someone to bring the sleek and “surreal” strands seen on Prabal Gurung’s Spring 2014 runway to life. Leave it to Camilla Belle to nail the formaldehyde-dipped look at last night’s Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts gala. While she skipped the retro pastel lipstick in favor of a more subdued nude (to play off her plunging, peach Salvatore Ferragamo gown), the actress sported metallic smoky eyes that were reminiscent of yet another show: Gucci. A backstage beauty mash-up on the red carpet is always a pleasant surprise.
Many a makeup artist made a case for hitting the gym this season (well, kind of). The dewy complexions churned out to accompany the athletic aesthetic at Vera Wang and Gucci were definitely the best incentive I’ve seen in a while to take a brisk jog. Face painter Munemi Imai, however, has a less physical solution to getting that healthy, illuminated look: Mun No. 1 Aknari Nighttime Dream Youth Serum, a blend of prickly pear, Argan, and rose oils. And although the name might suggest adding this formula to your before-bed routine, it’s so light that I’ve been patting it on in place of my regular moisturizer. Here, Imai demonstrates how to get that Spring 2014 glow:
Apply one pump of oil to your palm and use your finger to dot some onto your cheek. Then spread the formula out toward your jawline and underneath the eye. Repeat these steps on the other side of your face. After placing a dot in the center of your forehead, massage it out onto the temples. Then rub your palms together and work the oil underneath the eyebrows, over your upper lip, and chin. Spread any leftovers onto your neck and cuticles. Top it off with foundation, like Imai’s go-to: RMS “Un” Cover-Up, and add a light dusting of translucent powder to set. In my opinion, her method beats breaking a sweat any day.