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Pretty in Punk, Backstage At Topshop Unique


Topshop Unique’s girl is effortlessly cool and understatedly chic—a profile that was made infinitely clear with a quick peruse of the show’s front row. Next to Elle Fanning sat Leigh Lezark, who was a stone’s throw away from Poppy Delevingne, Pixie Geldof, Tallulah Harlech, and Olivia Palermo. “She’s the girl that everyone wants to be,” hairstylist Anthony Turner confirmed backstage, where the It-ness of it all was reinforced with a gaggle of the season’s biggest catwalkers. Cara, Jourdan, et al. got Turner’s low side parts, which were tucked behind the ears and treated with L’Oréal Beach Frizz for a shine-free, matte texture. “It’s the day after the night before,” he explained, throwing in a “nineties Kate Moss” reference as well as the words “very cool” to describe strands, thus completing the season’s hair inspiration trifecta. As models lined up before the show, Turner roughed up the hairline and broke up sections in the back, creating a randomness to the otherwise uniform coifs.

“It’s nineties grunge meets punk,” makeup artist Hannah Murray further elaborated, giving a “pretty edge” to designer Kate Phelan’s white and pale yellow palette. Mixing two Topshop Makeup Blushes in Prime Time and Flush, Murray made a makeshift, rosy eye shadow, which she dabbed with the silvery shade from its Eyeshadow Palette in Constellation to give lids a sheer iridescence. Cheeks were contoured using Topshop Lips in Beguiled, a vampish dark red that was layered with a dollop of its Balm for a dewy finish. To ensure the girls didn’t look “too done,” Murray took mouths down with a finger-patting of foundation while manicurist Anatole Rainey reprised Spring’s “nothing nail” with Topshop Nails in Nice & Neutral.

Jonathan Saunders’ Big Night-Out Beauty


“Seventies disco punk” was where makeup artist Lucia Pieroni firmly placed the makeup look backstage at Jonathan Saunders, confirming our suspicions that the designer’s woman had loosened up from her more precise, uptight beginnings. “It’s the day after a big night out,” Pieroni elaborated, cuing up a requisite lived-in liner look of the day-old variety.

Giving skin a “gorgeous, dewy finish” with highlights courtesy of luminescent shades of MAC Cream Colour Base in Luna and Hush, Pieroni relied on her trusty MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder, a rich black, to rim lids, slicking on a touch of grease and smudging the line with her fingers. The pencil was also used in between lashes, instead of mascara, to enhance the undone feel. Added to this was a stamped-on bordeaux lip, which Pieroni created with a deliberate etching of MAC Lip Pencil in Burgundy, a rich wine hue that she was adamant about keeping in the center of mouths, rather than traced around the edges. “Keep [the lips] heart-shaped and perfect,” she instructed her team, adding a dollop of clear gloss in the center of pouts, right before models hit the runway.

“She’s a bit dangerous and has attitude,” Paul Hanlon elaborated, repurposing the D-word that guided him through much of the New York shows. Spritzing hair with L’Oréal Studio Matte & Messy Salt Spray through the mid-lengths, Hanlon worked the product through the ends with his fingers and a diffuser to bring a natural movement to the look. Random sections were given a gentle wave to keep them from appearing too uniform. Then, coating his hands with L’Oréal Studio Silk & Gloss Straight Cream, Hanlon swept side parts over to the left, sculpting them over one eye to add “mystery.” Elnett Diamond Hold & Shine Hairspray kept strands in place and flyaways at bay.

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Harrods Christens Its First “Avant-Garde Hair Director”


London’s inaugural men’s fashion week kicks off tomorrow, and Charlie Le Mindu is hoping to see long locks on the runways. “I hope we’ll get a return to the seventies, when men were hippies and wore long hair like Willy Cartier,” he says. Known for a particularly cutting-edge attitude (Le Mindu can be credited for everything from Lady Gaga’s acid blue dye job and giant lip wig to stylist Anna Trevelyan’s Technicolor locks), the beauty visionary could certainly make it happen. A patron of the Haute Coiffure movement—”when a hairdresser puts all his time and all his ideas into one creation,” the 25-year-old explains—Le Mindu is about to expand his influence in a big way: Harrods just named the Bordeaux-born, London-based stylist-turned-designer the Avant-Garde Director of its Urban Retreat Salon.

Stationed in his own corner of the pristine atelier, which he’s made decidedly Le Mindu-like (human hair hats and leopard-print smocks from his Fall 2012 collection abound), the hair artist not only hopes that his young-and-hip faithful will pay him a visit at his new digs, but that classic Harrods women will take a walk on the wild side, too. “I’d like to work with the ladies who love their big blow-dries, but I want to give them colorful hair,” laughs Le Mindu, who’s been dyeing his own quasi-shaved hair black since the age of 9. Currently taking special appointments and training a team at the luxury department store, Le Mindu will officially launch his Urban Retreat experience next month.

But that’s not all Le Mindu has on his plate. Come October, he’ll unveil a line of cartoon-inspired ready-to-wear wigs (think: Jessica Rabbit), which will weigh in at just under 200 pounds each, and next week, he’ll release a special-edition line of L’Oréal Professionnel Infinium Hairspray called Mademoiselle. “I think it’s going to be quite controversial,” he explains, alluding to the fact that the “M” word is newly outlawed on official documents in France thanks to a growing feminist movement that had it legally banned, citing the fact that there is no male equivalent. (Le Mindu’s hair spray was in production before this turn of events, of course.) Luckily, the man who makes sunglasses out of hair and dresses out of thousands of custom Minx nail overlays thrives on controversy.

“Le Cheveu de Mèche Avec La Science” Palais de la Découverte Paris / Chantal Rousselin; Courtesy of L’Oréal Professionnel

Luxe Lips And Tips, Backstage At Lanvin Resort


Dark lipstick made a pretty huge impact on the Fall runways. From Gucci to Givenchy, red was decidedly dead and in its place, pouts were painted shades of burgundy, brown and mulberry. If Alber Elbaz has anything to say about it, the color scheme will be a season-spanning phenomenon. “The clothes are so luxurious, he wanted the lip to be rich as well,” makeup artist Jeannia Robinette said backstage at Elbaz’ Lanvin resort presentation yesterday.

Starting with a clean base that was prepped with moisturizer and touched up with concealer and foundation when needed, Robinette blended Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Colour in Perlé, a honey rose, with MAC Lipstick in Cyber, a deep wine, to create a velvety stain. “I’m not using liner,” she emphasized, explaining that her intention was to make mouths look lived-in and “not so done.” “It’s what women should look like, it’s powerful,” Robinette surmised, brushing brows up with MAC Brow Fix and coating lashes with a few swipes of Diorshow Black Out Mascara. Nails were given an additional dose of strength with Chanel Vernis in Pirate, a ruby red lacquer, courtesy of manicurist Roseann Singleton.

Hairstylist Fred Van de Bunt added a similar bit of confidence to the look with a high and tight chignon. It was a stylistic choice that he made for aesthetic—and convenience—reasons. “There are 26 models,” he explained—and a lot of visors. As a general rule, Van de Bunt isn’t big into product. “You can work with heat just as well,” he insisted, brushing sections of hair backward with an Elnett-spritzed Mason Pearson brush and blowing it dry as he went for a smooth, sleek finish. “This way, the girls don’t get too much hairspray dust.” Who says chivalry is dead?

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Beauty And The Beat: Talking Concealer Tips And The Hunt For The Perfect Black Eyeliner With Dum Dum Girls’ Dee Dee


Dum Dum Girls look like the coolest girl gang around when they take the stage; with their emotional imagery, soaring guitars, and gorgeous vocals, it’s hard not to become an insta-fan—if not for their sound then for their exceptional on-stage style. The bicoastal four-piece pair lace dresses, printed tights, and impeccably drawn-on cat-eyes with their sixties-meets-eighties pop, an intentional move that’s meant to strengthen the ties among fashion, makeup, and music. “It’s just a personal preference on my part,” explains the group’s founder and front woman Dee Dee (no last name necessary). “I’ve always worshiped bands and artists who covered both bases, be it the Ramones with their jeans and jackets or Roy Orbison with his sunglasses. To me, it adds something that takes it from just music to art.” She’ll be taking that philosophy (as well as a suitcase full of vintage boots and leather jackets) on the road starting tomorrow, when Dum Dum Girls kick off a month-long U.S. tour. Here, Dee Dee tells why she’s considered getting permanent eye makeup, how Spanish Sephoras are the best in the world, and what life-changing advice she got from Karen O.

The band has a really uniform look—even when you break the mold and wear, say, white instead of black, you’re all wearing white. Did you ever sit down and say, “We’re all going to wear black eyeliner and patterned tights?”when the band started, or did it just happen organically?

I definitely wanted the band to have an established aesthetic, essentially a melodramatic extension of my general style. I explained this simply to the girls, “black vintage,” and the look just evolved naturally from that.

How much clothes sharing goes on when you’re on tour?

Not too much, though Jules [guitar, vocals] tends to save me with dress loans every now and again. At this point we mainly just share and swap around all our Zana Bayne leather belts and harnesses. She’s a vital accessory!

What’s your preferred liner when it comes to drawing on a cat-eye?

The sad truth is I have yet to find the perfect eyeliner. I use cheap L’Oréal [Lineur Intense] felt tips because it is so easy to apply quickly, and everything I’ve tried, from drugstore to YSL, ends up running by the end of a set. Even the waterproof versions! I am intrigued by the reusable velvet strips Dior came out with recently, but I am going to give gel liner a try, as all the research I’ve done—relying mainly on professional dancers’ experiences—points to that as the solution. I may look like Kiss for a bit, though, as I hone my brush skills. Then again, maybe I should just get permanent cat-eye makeup…

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