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April 20 2014

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Flashback Friday: Chop, Chop

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naomi-kirstenFlashback Fridays is a 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 Models: Naomi Campbell and Kirsten Owen

The Moment: Cropped Cuts

The Motivation: Surfacing first at Marc Jacobs’ Spring 2014 show, where models were sent onto a wrecked-beach runway with razored blond wigs (made to appear as if a kid had cut into them), then again at Fendi, where choppy black mops reigned supreme, it’s clear that something big is happening with short, almost-hacked-off hair. Miley Cyrus was an early advocate of the look, and as we watched, horrified, Lena Dunham joined the cropped-lock crew on the season finale of Girls. For all intents and purposes, it seems that long, luscious strands are out, and short and shorn are in. Should we decide to go the same route, we’ll be taking inspiration from this Peter Lindbergh-lensed shot, featuring a baby-faced Naomi Campbell and Kirsten Owen sporting the color that’s now trending: platinum.

Photo: Peter Lindbergh for Six, 1989; courtesy of www.supermodelobsession.tumblr.com

Beauty Sound Bites: She Bangs

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“I went through all the stages of grief…first you have disbelief, then you have hysterical upset, then you have anger, and then you have acceptance. And that was kind of what happened to me, in a three-minute period after I realized that I actually cut my own bangs.”

In an attempt to fit herself with faux fringe, Rossum’s harmless DIY experiment quickly turned into disaster. “It wasn’t like, Oh, that’s a wispy, cute piece. It was like, Oh, that’s a serious mistake,” she said of the three-inch-deep cut she made into her own hair. “It wasn’t anything that could be feathered in lightly,” she quipped. Above, we pay homage to Rossum’s growing pains with a scene from the season finale of Girls. What can we say, snips happen.

Beauty 411: Rheanne White

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RheanneWhite-cropSince the premiere of HBO’s Girls, a great many people have, understandably so, come to care deeply about Lena Dunham—what she says, what she wears, what she posts on Instagram, and, naturally, what she does to her hair. And though the pixie has experienced a major celebrity surge this year (see: Jennifer Lawrence, Pamela Anderson and, briefly, Beyoncé), Dunham’s crop was among the first and, in our opinion, the best. The stylist responsible for the wispy pixie perfection? Rheanne White. And as of this month the longtime freelance stylist, whose handiwork has graced the pages of such magazines as GQ, Vanity Fair, and Marie Claire, is sharing her talent with the masses thanks to the opening of her first eponymous salon (Rheanne White Salon, 14 Jay St., 212-966-2928; rheannewhite.com). Here, White shares some of her own go-to products and places, many of which, it should be pointed out, are a mere stone’s throw from her new Tribeca digs.

THE HAIR STYLING TOOLS: Shu Uemura and Layrite
“I love Shu Uemura’s Essence Absolue Nourishing Oil-in-Cream because it’s so user friendly. It’s great on fine to thick hair with curls and waves, and a quarter-size amount is all you need for shine and control. And Layrite makes the best pomades—they’re all water-soluble. I use the Men’s Layrite Super Hold not just on my male clients, but also on women’s short hair any time I want to give a style that piece-y look.”

See shuuemuraartofhair-usa.com and layrite.com

THE SHAMPOO DUO: Kérastase and Shu Uemura
“Kérastase K Powder Bluff Dry Shampoo is great for making a good hair day last a little longer. Just spray at the roots to soak up an oily scalp and get that bounce and texture back. And Shu Uemura Ultimate Remedy Shampoo is a cure-all for winter hair.”

See kerastase-usa.com and shuuemuraartofhair-usa.com

THE SKINCARE ESSENTIAL: Mun Skin
“Makeup artist Munemi Imai makes the best face oil. I use the No. 1 Aknari Nighttime Dream Youth Serum every day and put any remaining product on my hair.”

See munskin.com

THE HOME SCENT: Le Feu De L’Eau
“Le Feu De L’Eau make the most divine candles. I can’t pick a favorite—I burn them all on different days at my salon.”

See lefeudeleau.com

THE ACCESSORY GURU: Pamela Love
“I love everything she does. I want it all. So badass!”

See pamelalovenyc.com

THE SKIN APPOINTMENT: Diamond Facial at Shibui Spa
“My facialist, Kate Walsh, uses Natura Bissé, an amazing, family-owned skincare line from Barcelona that focuses on gentle-but-effective exfoliation. She also uses muscle manipulation massages to leave the skin plumped, hydrated, and glowing.”

377 Greenwich St., New York, NY, (646) 203-0045; thegreenwichhotel.com/shibui-spa

THE MASSAGE: Euphoria Spa
“They have too many amazing massages to pick just one. It really depends on what you need that day. I’ve had the Myofascial Release and Craniosacral Therapy—a hands-on massage technique that involves applying gentle, sustained pressure into connective tissue restrictions in order to alleviate pain, improve flexibility, restore motion, and create fluidity. Deep-tissue massage is also applied when needed.”

18 Harrison St., New York, NY, (212) 925-5925; euphoriaspanyc.com

THE ONE-STOP-BEAUTY-SHOP: Space.NK Apothecary
“This is my go-to when I’m in need of a new face cream. I love RéVive—worth every penny!”

90 Greene St., New York, NY, (212) 941-4200; us.spacenk.com

THE WORKOUT: Aqua Cycling
“Give this in-water spinning class a try. Trust me—it’s so much fun and gives great results without the post-workout soreness.”

78 Franklin St., New York, NY, (212) 966-6784; aquastudiony.com

THE CAFFEINE SPOT: Laughing Man
“This little gem has some of the best coffee and teas in the ‘hood. We only serve their goods at the salon.”

184 Duane St., New York, NY; livelaughingman.com

Photo: Taea Thale

Michelle Williams is Louis Vuitton’s Latest Siren; Lena Dunham Wigs Out; and One Direction’s New Cosmetics Line

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louis-vuitton-michelle-williams-02_resizeThis morning, WWD released images from Louis Vuitton’s latest accessories campaign, shot by Peter Lindbergh and starring new spokeswoman Michelle Williams. In her first major fashion endorsement since a Band of Outsiders gig several seasons ago, the A-lister sports an artfully mussed pixie cut by Sam McKnight and a siren red pout courtesy of Stéphane Marais.

Lena Dunham has been papped all over New York and Brooklyn while shooting season three of Girls. But she’s her own best advertisement, taking to Instagram to post a few selfies in wigs, accompanied by expectedly witty captions such as: “It’s 1973 and this aspiring backup singer is looking for love in all the wrong places” or “It’s 1984 and this club promoter (Ronnie) had to move back in with his ma.” Needless to say, the posts got their fair share of likes.

Teen pop sensation One Direction has teamed up with MUA Cosmetics on a range of products for UK beauty and health retailer Superdrug. The heartthrobs’ Little Things Collection will include lipsticks, lip polishes, cheek tints, and nail lacquers—in a range of colors and flavors. Harry Styles is reportedly a fan of the strawberry lip polish, while Louis Tomlinson is into vanilla.

Lena Dunham Makes History, Nails A Classic Manicure

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In case you somehow missed it—you know, because it wasn’t televised and the number of high-powered celebrities in attendance paled in comparison to the SAGs or the Globes—the Directors Guild of America held its annual awards ceremony this weekend in L.A. In attendance were the usual suspects: Ang Lee, Steven Spielberg, et al, as well as some newcomers, like Ben Affleck, who won the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film Award for Argo, and Lena Dunham, who continued her awards-show sweep by becoming the first female director to win for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Comedy Series for Girls. “I’m terrified every time I step on set,” effused a beaming Dunham when she accepted her award, although she admitted that she’s getting more and more self-assured in that regard—and on the red carpet as well, it would appear. The multitalented twenty-six-year-old was wearing a custom color-blocked Thakoon dress and a demure red manicure. A self-professed fan of nail art, Dunham’s beauty look seems to be evolving—nay, maturing—as her stock continues to rise. Nothing wrong with keeping it classic. Thoughts on Dunham’s latest dose of lacquer love?

Photo: Getty Images