April 20 2014

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17 posts tagged "Kenzo"

Life Aquatic, Backstage At Kenzo


kenzoMessages against overfishing were abundant at Kenzo—with No Fish No Nothing scrawled across the doors of the La Cité du Cinéma and a sweatshirt in the collection. The idea was also reflected in the iridescent fabrics (with a sheen similar to that of scales), sunglasses with fish-eye-like baubles that wrapped around ears, an “aquatic sound system” in middle of the catwalk that jolted with every beat, and a floor-to-ceiling waterfall that served as the backdrop for the runway.

To reflect the marine movement, makeup artist Aaron de Mey mimicked the “crest of a wave” by drawing a graphic band of MAC Acrylic Paint in White across the tops of lashes with an angled brush, abruptly ending the line at the outer corners. “It looks like zinc on the lids—[providing] the reverse effect of classic sixties eyeliner,” he said. In addition to oceanic inspiration, de Mey cited Black Flag (a punk band hailing from Hermosa Beach, California): “I experimented with black, but it was too heavy and literal—punk is a feeling of being opposite to everyone else, and the blunt shape makes it feel more aggressive.” The rest of the face was kept bare, applying concealer only where necessary and dabbing a heavy cream on the tops of cheekbones, chin, and down the bridge of the nose to lend a dewy finish.

To give strands an underwater—yet androgynous—feel, hairstylist Anthony Turner blew them dry using mousse and his fingers for texture, then made a boyish side part and slicked the top section back behind one ear with a wet-look gel. “It’s almost how a boy would grease the side of his hair,” he explained. And in lieu of schools of fish, a gang of tough L.A. girls (similar to the idea at Prada, but with a far more West Coast vibe) served as the pro’s muse. Turner left the length dry, but used a curling iron to create ridges and marks—his interpretation of how women in the street “badly tong” their hair. He topped everything off with a liberal amount of L’Oréal Professionnel Infinium hair spray for added shine and control.

Press-on tips designed by Naomi Yasuda were based with MAC Nail Lacquer in Nocturnelle (an ebony hue) and streaked with Vestral White using a skinny liner brush. The abstract art not only picked up on the patterns at the beginning of the show, but popped against the cobalt, fuchsia, acid yellow, and sea foam green colors splashed across dresses, blazers, midriff-baring tops, minis, and floppy beach hats. If taking a stand looks like this, I’m ready to join the cause.

A French Import Arrives Stateside; Oprah’s Big Beauty Reveal; LaLa Anthony Talks High-Fashion Nails; And A Month Of Manis In A Box


bioderma crealineBioderma Créaline, the French makeup remover beloved by makeup artists, models, and editors the world over, is available on Sears’ website, says While we’ve found a few select stores that carry this gem in New York City, now every beauty junkie nationwide can easily get her hands on a bottle of this non-greasy, water-like formula. The only question left is, what to do with the extra space in our suitcases next time we return from Paris fashion week?

Oprah showed off her hair-raising September cover on Instagram. According to The Cut, the super-sized wig weighs roughly the same amount as a Chihuahua (3.5 pounds). But if there’s anyone that can wear a ‘fro this fantastic, it’s the Queen of Talk. Winfrey’s top tip for pulling off a massive mane: equally large earrings. “Otherwise they just get lost in the hair,” she says.

The reality star, basketball wife, makeup creator, and newly minted Caress spokeswoman LaLa Anthony just revealed to that blue, orange, and yellow Kenzo patterns are splashed across her nails. What’s next, Proenza Schouler’s photo prints?

Speaking of manis, reports that you can get nail wraps designed by finger painters like Britney Tokyo and Natalie Nichole of Nail Swag mailed to your doorstep each month by Scratch, a nail wrap company with a commitment to creativity. Your box will come brimming with tools, accents, and three sets of wraps that can be used to create four different manicures—not to mention, a special surprise created by each edition’s collaborator.

Throwback Thursday: Liza With An “L” (For “Liner”)


Throwback Thursday 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: Liza Minnelli

The Moment: Lower-Lash-Line Liner

The Motivation: As huge Arrested Development fans, we were more than a little excited when we heard that an entire new season of the cult-favorite show will be released on Netflix—all at once—on May 26, reuniting us with one of our favorite characters: the vertigo-afflicted Lucille 2, played by Liza Minnelli. It’s one of the legendary performer’s most memorable parts, next to her appearance in Bob Fosse’s 1972 film Cabaret, of course—and her decade-spanning role as an enduring beauty icon, as evidenced by this Steven Meisel-lensed shot circa 1990. It’s hard to know exactly where to begin with this picture, so we’ll just convey our excitement with a series of exclamations: those squared-off brows! That diffused, smoky cat-eye! The punky, black-rimmed lower lash line that’s reminiscent of Aaron de Mey’s “futuristic maharaja” homage backstage at Kenzo’s Fall show! Even if you haven’t jumped on board the Arrested Development bandwagon, you’ve gotta love this.

Photo: Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia, 1990; Courtesy of

Cuff Love


Call it an offshoot of the overarching punk trend that swept the Fall shows, but a lot of designers showcased a single earring on the runway rather than a set. From the tiny gold cuffs at Chloé and the sprawling sapphire-dotted branches at Thakoon to the giant nails at Versace and the Delfina Delettrez-designed magic-eye drops at Kenzo, it was often one and done when it came to ear accessories. In an interesting turn of events, hair looks were frequently choreographed around this styling decision, leaving front sections slicked back or tucked behind these “bejeweled ears,” as Peter Philips referred to them backstage at Dries Van Noten. Now, it appears as though the movement is continuing down under. As Camilla and Marc kicked off Sydney fashion week today, Marc Jacobs muse Ruby Jean Wilson sported a rhinestone-studded spiked cuff on the catwalk, leading a pack of longer-haired models with their shoulder-grazing strands pulled away from their left ears—a festive way to keep unruly locks out of your face, if anything. Thoughts on the utilitarian style?

Photo: Luca Cannonieri /; Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

“Futuristic Maharaja” Eyes And “Skater Boy” Strands, Backstage At Kenzo


Black cat-eyes—thin flicks of dark pencil drawn across the upper lash line—are a pretty standard maneuver for makeup artists hoping to incite a feeling of classic glamour. But what if you want to accentuate the lids while steering clear of that feeling entirely? “It’s all about the under eye,” according to Aaron de Mey, who used an elongated uptick of MAC Eye Kohl in Smoulder underneath the lower lash line, inside the water line, and in the root of the lashes to get the reverse effect at Kenzo—or a “punky” vibe, as he put it.

“It’s very futuristic maharaja,” de Mey said of the look, citing references ranging from Stanley Kubrick to India as he topped his hand-scrawled stroke with MAC Eyeshadow in Carbon to intensify the darkness of the pigment and its Fluidline in Blacktrack, which was used on the outer corners only to define the straight shape. “It looks strong, direct, and purposeful,” he continued of the graphic element that contrasted with Humberto Leon and Carol Lim’s incredibly rich, colorful collection—as well as skin that de Mey described as “icy” as he used a blend of its Cream Colour Base in Pearl and its Iridescent Powder in Silver Dusk to create dimension on the high planes of the face. Slicking MAC Gloss Texture across lids for a high-shine finish, de Mey concentrated a small dose of it on the center of mouths as well, which had been made slightly smaller with a finger-pressing of foundation around the edges. “It’s like the girls were sucking on ice,” he explained of the technique—which wasn’t too hard to imagine, considering the subarctic chill backstage at La Samaritaine.

“There’s a lot going on,” Anthony Turner confirmed of the bounty of prints and patterns in the clothes, not to mention the large enameled Delfina Delettrez Fendi-designed earrings that dangled from models’ ears. “We wanted to make sure we brought the girls back into the young Kenzo world,” he elaborated of the “cool, downtown, nonchalant” hair he fashioned by coating strands with Moroccanoil Curl Defining Mousse, drying them with his fingers, and then carving out messy side parts. “I was inspired by skater boys—you know, how they put too much product in their hair,” he continued, slathering lengths with its Intense Curl Cream before tucking them behind the ears and simulating a soft, piece-y frizz around the hairline and the crown, so the style felt more organic. “I live in New York,” Turner declared. “I know what this looks like.”

Photo: Luca Cannonieri /