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Colorful Summer Shadow Done Right, Courtesy of Nicola Peltz


nicola-peltzNicola Peltz, who stars in the latest Transformers blockbuster, is on a serious beauty streak (just check out her smoky eye from last weekend for proof). And for the up-and-comer’s Violet Grey feature, she showed off another lid look that had us swooning over our computer screens. Inspired by the lush garden setting, makeup artist Kate Lee said, “I wanted something that was bright and fresh but would also play up her eye color. This peachy pink was perfect.” Keeping the rest of the face relatively bare, the face painter reached for Chanel Le Blush Crème in Presage, a blendable formula that’s more forgivable and less intense than powder. “The key to applying a color like this is to take a soft, domed eyeshadow brush—I used Laura Mercier’s Ponytail Brush. First, lightly swirl the bristles into the Chanel cream blush, and in a painterly manner, gently sweep the brush along the socket, blending very lightly out to the brow bone and inwards to the lash line,” she explained. The finishing touch was one coat of Serge Lutens Cil Cellophane Mascara. While we never really considered using the spectrum seen at sunset across our lids, hot young things like Peltz and model Gigi Hadid encourage us to think beyond the beige.

Photo: Courtesy of Violet Grey

Beauty Nostalgia: Reminiscing With…Kate Lee


Beauty Nostalgia is a weekly 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: Kate Lee, Chanel celebrity makeup artist.

The Product: “My most memorable beauty moment happened in about 1984. I was in my early teens, loved makeup, and spent most of my time transforming myself and my friends into mini versions of Toyah Willcox, Boy George, and Siouxsie Sioux. I remember saving my birthday money to buy a Boots No. 17 lipstick called Twilight Teaser. The color itself was a very pale pink lilac, but once you put it on your lips, it was an intense space-age purple. The overall effect had an element of ‘death pallor,’ since it had a way of draining all the color from your face. At the time, this appealed to my gothic/punk sensibilities, so I used it on my lips, mixed with black liner on my eyes, and sometimes in stripes in my hair! [It was a] good all-around multiuse product! I still own one very dry tube of my beloved Twilight Teaser. It’s hidden in my makeup vault, along with other obsolete products that I dream, one day, I will re-create.”

Photo: Getty Images

Makeup Bag Check: Anne Hathaway


The Mission: Give Anne Hathaway a “slick and chic” look for her homecoming at the New York premiere of Les Misérables.

The Face Painter: Celebrity makeup artist Kate Lee

The Face: To create a “truly flawless” complexion, Lee went for a velvety finish with Chanel Perfection Lumière Long Wear Flawless Fluid Makeup SPF 10. Cheeks were given a subtle apricot glow courtesy of Laura Mercier Cream Blush in Praline.

The Eyes: Looking for a “shimmery, wet-looking effect when [Hathaway] blinked,” Lee dusted Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Fantasme, a frosted pearl, across her lids, brushing on a thick coat of its Le Volume de Chanel Mascara in Noir on top and bottom lashes before placing a strip of individual lashes along the upper lash line “to add shape and volume.” Lee spent an equal amount of time beefing up Hathaway’s brows, which she filled in with Anastasia Brow Powder and then set with its clear Brow Gel.

The Lips: The focal point of the look was Fall’s favorite bordeaux pout, which Lee custom-blended using three different colors: Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Rouge Noir and Palpitante, and “a touch” of its Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour in La Somptueuse.

The Result: A Best Actress award in the beauty department—and a preview of what’s to come when awards season begins next month.

Photo: Rob Kim/FilmMagic

Pre-Fall Treatment Tips From The Pros


As temperatures in Manhattan hover around a cool 60 degrees (and our over-air-conditioned office continues to resemble the deep Arctic), we can almost feel our tan fading—a sure sign that the seasonal beauty transition is soon to be upon us. Dermatologist-to-the-stars Dr. David Colbert touched on the topic here last week, recommending Fraxel laser treatments, microdermabrasion, and gentle cleansers to help minimize and reverse the physical effects of sun damage, but we’ve gone one step further and solicited a few of our favorite experts in all things skin, makeup, and hair to reveal their tips for easing your way out of summer and into a beautiful fall.

Who: Tammy Fender, aesthetician and founder of Tammy Fender Holistic Skincare
What: Slough-off summer’s dead skin
How: “As the intensity of the sun and heat come to an end, this is the perfect time to begin some form of intensive exfoliation before the drying harshness of winter sets in. It’s a wonderful way of removing the build-up of sunscreen, evening out skin tone, and refreshing the complexion to ultimately promote cell renewal. This process allows the skin to breathe more efficiently and allows for deeper absorption of the coming season’s rich moisturizers.”
Try It: Tammy Fender Epi Peel, $80,

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