April 18 2014

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38 posts tagged "Jason Wu"

Winging It, Backstage at Hugo Boss


hugoboss“The inspiration isn’t anything or anyone—it’s the brand,” said hair pro Guido Palau, who was on hand for Jason Wu’s debut for Hugo Boss. Palau “amplified” the German label’s “chic and rich” aesthetic by crafting a simple, low ponytail. A deep side part was made, Redken Satinwear lotion was added for smoothness, and strands were blown dry. He then coated his hands with Forceful 23 hairspray and raked the length into a low tail, tying it off with a string of black elastic to finish.

“We’ve been talking to Jason about architecture meets nature,” explained Pat McGrath. The makeup guru translated this conversation into a soft, angular wing using a khaki green shadow. “We were playing between a green and a gray, and the green worked,” she noted. The hue appears to be working for many a New York designer. Now, to see what the Europeans think.

Photo: Sonny Vandevelde;

Making Faces With Jason Wu and Lancôme


jason-wuAt this point, the maquillage at Jason Wu’s show has practically become the apogee of beauty at NFYW. From last season’s gilded gaze to Fall 2013’s indigo eyes, Wu’s faces, courtesy of Lancôme these past few seasons, have consistently been ones to not only collectively admire, but to also aspire to. Now the beauty brand is making those aspirations obtainable via a new interactive digital beauty program that allows you to virtually try on Wu’s runway-worthy looks for size in real time.

The French beauty behemoth has aligned with FaceCake to introduce Swivel Close-Up, a cosmetics try-on technology that allows the public to experiment with both the beautiful androgynous look from Friday’s show, along with classic products from the brand. The hi-tech contraption is being unveiled exclusively at DreamDry’s flagship in Flatiron to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the popular blow-out salon.

Users are able to test out everything from eyeshadows to blushes to lipsticks and glosses using a touch screen, shop the products selected, and share their virtual makeover pictures on social media. Pro tip: It’s best to try out the system while wearing a natural face of makeup, otherwise it’s hard for selected shades to digitally appear over your fire-engine-red lip or of-the-moment green shadow.

Swivel Close-Up is currently slated to remain at DreamDry (35 West 21st Street, New York City) through the end of the month and is open to the pubic.

Photo: Sonny Vandevelde;

Beauty Sound Bite: Dye Hard



“I feel like a social experiment—I think they want to see how short they can get [my hair] without actually shaving my head.”

Bunte walked Jason Wu’s very first show, then decided to take some time off to study at Central Saint Martins in London before returning to the runway. “I leave the designing up to Jason,” quipped the catwalker. As for her cropped cut, she said the length requires her to color it every three weeks. “I use the John Frieda Precision Foam—I’m basically a pro now,” she said of her at-home skills. We appreciate a girl who isn’t afraid of a pair of scissors or a DIY dye job.

Alluring Androgyny, Backstage at Jason Wu


jason-wuThe look at Jason Wu is always glamorous, but the gold glitter sprinkled across lids last season gave way to a more subdued—but strong—brow and a flat “boyish” bun for Fall 2014. “It’s a feminine/masculine look,” said mane master Odile Gilbert.

“This is something new for him—we’ve never done messed-up [hair] before,” explained Gilbert. The sides were kept “tight” (slicked back with Kérastase Touche Perfection), but she allowed for “movement” on top. In back, she pulled the length up into a chignon, but not in the traditional sense—sections were wound and secured to form a tight mass of hair. “There are about fifty hairpins in there,” she added. “The idea is to make it as small as possible…you don’t know where it starts and finishes.”

Makeup artist Diane Kendal “enhanced all the girls’ natural features” with a light coverage foundation, and contoured their faces with the bronze shade in Lancôme’s Blush Subtil Palette in Rose Flush—dusting it underneath the cheekbones and in the banana of the eyes. The pink hue was placed on the apples of the cheeks, while a pearly highlighter was applied to the tops of cheekbones and lightly across the lids. Black liner was worked into the roots of lashes for definition before fringe was subsequently curled. Kendal’s focus remained on the arches, which were filled in with a powder in the same tone as each model’s hair so that they “didn’t overtake the face.” She also slightly elongated the brows to create the “illusion of them being straighter,” she said. A combo of balm and foundation on lips rounded out the boy-meets-girl maquillage.

Photo: Sonny Vandevelde,

Flashback Friday: Crowning Glory


hair-accessoriesFlashback 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: Laetitia Firmin-Didot

The Moment: Bold Baubles

The Motivation: There was many a gem on the Spring 2014 runways—and we’re not talking about your standard bangle or statement necklace. The soft, braided updos at Dolce & Gabbana were laden with treasures, ranging from leaves to antiquelike gold coins. Jason Wu got in on the action with rose gold barrettes, while a sprinkling of iridescent flowers decorated ponytails at Honor. And it’s not just this season that we saw various accessories affixed to models’ heads: For Fall 2013, Rodarte offered up barbed-wire headbands, Meadham Kirchhoff embraced diamante barrettes, and Dolce & Gabbana once again sent out a bevy of luxurious crowns (this time inspired by the Byzantine Empire). While we don’t suggest you head to work wearing a tiara, we do encourage the use of a few choice jewels—such as the subtle yet elegant choices in this image, shot by Neil Kirk for British Vogue.

Photo: Neil Kirk for British Vogue, July 1987, courtesy of