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Shop Talk: Wooed by Jason Wu


Jason Wu for Lancome

Last night, I sat down with Jason Wu to chat about his new 15-piece collection for Lancôme. There were rumors of a collaboration backstage at his Fall 2013 show, but now the designer finally divulges all the deets:

Out of all the beauty brands to choose from, why partner with Lancôme?

Lancôme makes some of the most luxurious and beautiful products in the world. I’ve made it no secret that I’m a beauty junkie and I love makeup. It’s always been such an important part of my shows, and I felt like this was a really natural progression for me.

The eye-shadow palettes are completely customized and the shades were chosen by you and are exclusive to your collection. Where did your inspiration for the colors come from?

My inspiration came from, literally, my career. I’ve always loved to use color in many different ways—sometimes subtle, sometimes really bold. I took a collection of my favorite colors and put them into makeup in a way that was wearable, sophisticated, and a statement all at the same time.

There’s a bit of a beauty backstory to the final look from your Fall 2013 show. Let’s talk about that.

We were still in development with the makeup during the last show, and the purple [now available in the Violet Streak palette] was one of the first colors [I chose]. It actually inspired the colors for my [Fall] collection, because we were thinking about using it on every girl’s eyelids. And I said: “Why don’t we put a purple dress at the end?” It just felt so right. Actually, incorporating the makeup colors into the palette of the collection was really interesting to me.

Why did you choose navy mascara over black?

Who doesn’t want navy mascara? Navy is a color that looks good on everyone, and I use it all the time [for my runway collections]. To me, it’s the chicer cousin to black. It just felt like something women would want and all the girls I work with will want. It’s a really interesting twist on a classic.

I noticed there are a lot of variations of red in the line—three crimson-colored lipsticks and three nail polishes.

For my first collection—my first of many collections—with Lancôme, I decided that I wanted to do the three basic reds that every woman should have in her arsenal: a bright red, a medium red, and a burgundy. [Red] is something that’s so glamorous, I had to make it for my collection.

When should you ideally wear each shade? Is it seasonal? Or is it more of a day-to-night concept?

Bright red is really good for spring/summer because…it’s just chic. And burgundy is a great wine color, so why wouldn’t you want it for fall/winter?

What about the shade in the middle?

There’s always a place for red lips! For that mood, and that mood, and every mood in between [points his finger three separate times] there’s a red. Wouldn’t you agree?

Definitely. Are you for wearing a bold lip and eye together?

I like to play up one feature, but I think it’s always about the balance. When you accentuate the lip, it’s about a more subtle eye. And when it’s a major eye, it’s about a subtle lip. I think balance is quite modern.

Which piece in the line are you most proud of?

That’s a hard one, but the navy mascara. I think it’s so special and Lancôme doesn’t [carry it in its existing range], so they dug it out of their archives to make it available for this collection.

I heard you designed two gorgeous lace makeup bags to hold all of your new cosmetics.

Oh, my God, it’s going to be so chic. We had a transparent lace raincoat in the Fall collection, and I thought it would be the perfect beauty bag, so it became one.

Will customers receive one when they buy your products?

Yes, and we vow for it to be the chicest gift-with-purchase you’ll ever see!

Who was your muse for the line?

Martha Hunt. She opened my show for Fall. She’s the only girl I asked to come with me tonight for this event. I felt like the second I met her she [became] one of my muses. She just wears makeup so incredibly well. In fact, she did the hair and makeup test for this collection and looked good in everything. I felt so comfortable with [Hunt] that we finalized the collection on her.

From all of your shows, do you have a favorite beauty look?

Yes, Spring 2013: the dual-toned red lip with a defined brow on Carolyn Murphy. Best thing ever. It’s so glamorous you can’t stand it. Who could resist that?

Where do you find the time between designing for your own label and acting as artistic director for Hugo Boss womenswear to create an entire range of makeup?

I try to sleep as little as possible. That’s the secret. I just really love what I do. I’m really passionate about it. I need to do things. I need to create all the time. That’s what keeps me going.

But there must be some caffeine in the mix. What’s your Starbucks order?

Iced black coffee. Nothing else. Very simple.

You always have a true look at your shows—it’s never a bare face. Do you know what you’re doing for Spring 2014?

I absolutely do and it involves this collection, but I’m not going to tell you what it is! But it’s going to be a statement. Expect another look.

I can’t wait.

Jason Wu for Lancôme launches in September exclusively at Nordstrom and Bergdorf Goodman.

Photo: Courtesy of Lancôme

Beauty Sound Bites: They Call It a Catwalk for a Reason



“The cat-eye is my favorite thing in the world. I try to give it to everybody! Felines are glamorous—I mean, they have built-in eyeliner.”

Above, we pay tribute to Wu’s furry makeup muse with a look from his Fall 2013 show (there’s a cat-eye, of course) worn by none other than model Catherine McNeil (whose hand is tatted with the word “meow” and right bicep with “cat”). Purrfection.

Photos: Luca Cannonieri / InDigital | GoRunway; Getty Images; Instagram: Cat McNeil / Instagram

Blue Period


Hailee Steinfeld

Former face of Miu Miu, Hailee Steinfeld, hit yesterday’s Teen Choice Awards sporting dramatic blue eye makeup and an equally impressive manicure. We’re used to seeing the 16-year-old more barefaced, but the fact that she opted for denim-colored shadow over black or grey makes it feel fresh and reminiscent of the indigo eyes seen this past Fall at Thakoon and Jason Wu. “It was still smoked, but not as hard as a black eye would be,” makeup artist Stephen Sollitto says of the more youthful navy look. While he didn’t employ quite as much sparkle as face painter Diane Kendal did at Thakoon, a touch of Ramy OMG! Over Mascara Glitter & Liner was dotted on the inner corners of Steinfeld’s eyes for a brightening effect.

As for her nails, celebrity manicurist Ashlie Johnson took inspiration from the whimsical and graphic pattern on her House of Holland dress—using a combo of Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Élixir and Blue Satin to create starbursts on Steinfeld’s ring fingers. Her pinky was painted blue not only to tie back to her bold makeup, but in honor of Secret Deodorant’s Mean Stinks campaign (where girls are asked to paint one nail blue and “pinky swear” to stop bullying). When it comes to this teen, beauty runs deep.

Photos: Gregg Deguire/WireImage and Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

Throwback Thursdays: The Girl With The Feathers In Her Hair


Throwback Thursdays is a new 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: Kate Moss

The Moment: Feathers embellishments.

The Motivation: Remember, like…two years back, when out of nowhere feathered hair extensions took the street-style set—and young Hollywood—by storm? They became so popular, in fact, there were reports of a shortage of the long, colorful plumage that also happens to be used by fly fishermen. Luckily, it was a fleeting thing, but birds of a fashion feather have been flocking together for quite some time. From Alexis Mabille’s Fall 2011 Couture show to Jason Wu’s Spring 2012 runway, editorial hairstylists have been using the colorful accessories for years, as evidenced by this Arthur Elgort-lensed shoot for Vogue Italia circa 1992. Ms. Moss appears to have entwined her feather headdress with a Heidi-style braid, and finished the look with an unexpected smoky eye. (Kate, always a trendsetter.) It goes without saying that this would be a great way to up the ante on the summer festival circuit, where feathers and fringe tend to show up en masse.

Photo: Arthur Elgort for Vogue Italia, 1992; Courtesy of

Seeing Blue, Backstage At Jason Wu


As makeup artist Diane Kendal worked feverishly to perfect the forty-plus girls who walked in Jason Wu’s Fall show, the compliments were coming from all corners of the room. “It’s a beautiful blue,” model Hanne Gaby Odiele remarked of Kendal’s eye color of choice as Wu himself and his stylist Kate Young came over to admire her handiwork. “It’s amazing,” Wu beamed. “It’s the perfect shade.” Color matching was the easy part for Kendal, as Wu had given her a piece of fabric from his dark cobalt finale dress to work from; the application, however, took some finessing.

“I applied it in the crease and then blended it,” Kendal explained of the inky blue pigment she swept across a blonde-again Jessica Stam’s eyes, a preview of the first piece of Wu’s debut cosmetics collection for Lancôme, due out this Fall. Using its Le Crayon Khol in Purple Dusk close to the lash line for definition, Kendal added a shimmering lilac pigment to the center of lids to create a multidimensional effect before dragging the mixture underneath and out toward the temple. Lashes were treated to multiple strokes of Lancôme’s Hypnose Drama mascara in Excessive Black, while skin was kept clean and slightly defined with a subtle peachy-bronze contour.

Not to be outdone, Odile Gilbert devised a similarly statement hair look. “I want the designer to be like, ‘Wow,’ ” she said of the “chic and elegant” updo that had no less than eight interwoven sections, she estimated. Prepping hair with Kérastase Resistance Ciment Thermique Heat-Activated Reconstructor Milk and its shine-inducing Elixir Ultime Moringa Immortel, Gilbert crafted precise center parts to add a dose of sophistication before dividing a large front panel from ear to ear and parceling out long plackets of hair. “I go like this,” she said while acting out the crisscrossing motion by which she layered strands over each other before gathering them into a tucked-under chignon that served as a veritable pincushion to secure the style. Two long silver barrettes, slid into place on an angle, increased the “wow” factor.

Photo: Luca Cannonieri /