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Reminiscing With…Makeup Artist Jenna Menard

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crabtree-cropBeauty Nostalgia is a column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.

The Pro: Jenna Menard, Clinique’s Global Colour Artist

The Product: “Scents can quickly take you back to a time and place. One that does it for me instantly: Crabtree & Evelyn Nantucket Briar Bath & Shower Gel. It brings back my whole childhood. My mom was a hairstylist and was obsessed with not only my hair looking good but smelling good. Every once in a while, she would break out this shower gel and wash my hair with it. She’d always tell me: ‘It smells better than shampoo, and it won’t hurt your hair if you use it every once in a while.’ To this day, the scent brings back memories of her washing my hair in the salon in our basement. From time to time, my mother gives me a bottle of this shower gel as a gift, and it reminds me of being a child with the best-smelling [strands] in school!

Clinique Makes Runway A Reality

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Karen Walker has a certain way with color. Season after season, the New Zealand designer debuts bold prints and solids layered with pops of yellows, oranges, and pinks; even when black dominates the runways, Walker still tends to look on the bright side. Her Spring show was no exception and featured an additional piece of eye candy in the form of a coral lip. Walker has been the lucky beneficiary of Clinique’s decision to get into the backstage beauty game, and her season-spanning partnership with the brand and its global color artist Jenna Menard hasn’t disappointed. To make models look “youthful and feminine with a sophisticated twist,” Menard whipped up the pink-y melon hue because, put simply, “it’s less expected than red.” Six months after its debut, Menard’s magic bullet is about to arrive at the retail level. The limited-edition Long Last Lipstick in Runway Coral will debut on www.clinique.com next month—and is prime for the pairing with any number of flirty floral summer dresses.


$15, available May 2012 at www.clinique.com.

Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images; Courtesy of Clinique

The 411: Clinique’s Jenna Menard

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Jenna Menard has long understood beauty’s transformative power—since she was a kid, in fact. Her mom ran a tiny hair salon out of their Pennsylvania home and Menard vividly remembers watching how her clients’ moods improved after a styling session. It was a desire to impart that same feeling on a daily basis that drew Menard to a career as a makeup artist. A regular contributor to magazines like Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vanity Fair, Menard has a particular fondness for Clinique (it’s what her mom used and the brand of her first-ever mascara purchase), so you can imagine her excitement when she landed a gig as its global colour artist earlier this year, a role that has afforded her the opportunity to take her makeup know-how on the road. While she spends a good deal of time traveling, Menard is fiercely loyal to New York’s bounty of beautifiers. Here, she shares her favorite addresses.

The Hair Hero: Heather Packer at Cutler Salon

“I want low maintenance all around in case I don’t have time to make it to the salon more than a few times a year. Heather has mastered my long layers so that there’s just enough texture and my ends still look healthy.”

Cutler Salon, 465 W. Broadway, NYC, (212) 308-3838, www.cutlersalon.com.

The Queen of Color: Amy Hudson at Marie Robinson Salon

“I feel fortunate to have a dream team of artists who I always go to for my cut and color. The true mastery is that they’ve figured out how to cut and color my hair so that it continues to look great as it grows out. Amy meticulously hand-paints select pieces to give me that natural sun-kissed color.”

Marie Robinson Salon, 155 Fifth Ave., 4th fl, NYC, (212) 358-7780, www.marierobinsonsalon.com.

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