38 posts tagged "Jason Wu"
“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.
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.
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.
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.
Jason Wu launched a nail collaboration with CND three years ago, followed by a scented candle with Nest Fragrances in 2012, leaving the growing number of Wu acolytes the world over to wonder when MObama’s favorite American designer would extend his reach into cosmetics. Wonder no more: Today Lancôme announced that it will partner with Wu on his first makeup range, due out in September. [Lancôme]
Rihanna went back to her red-bowl-cut roots last week—although she appears to have tired of it already. Riri’s latest hairstyle evolution is the classic side shave with extensions—an oldie but a goodie. [Coco Perez]
Looking for some quality beauty tips from the Fall shows in Copenhagen? MAC senior artist Elke W. has all the backstage details. Those two-toned lips at Vivienne Westwood? A layering effort of MAC Chromagraphic Pencils in Rich Purple, Process Magenta, or Burgundy and its Lipmix in Mid-Tone Nude, which was inspired by “plastic doll-like porn lips.” Fascinating. [Twitter]
Before she becomes a first-time mother, Kim Kardashian will become a six-time fragrance producer. Her Honey eau de parfum will bow in the Fall, a few short months before baby Kimye. [Hollywood Life]
In other celebrity-fragrance news, Adam Levine wants the world to know that his debut scent will not be “another bullshit celebrity fragrance.” Instead, the spicy, Indian jasmine, Australian sandalwood, rose petal, and vanilla men’s eau will be understated and elegant—”like Tom ford,” Levine says. Those are some pretty lofty ambitions, but the star from The Voice certainly seems to think that he’s up to the challenge. [WWD]