August 22 2014

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Rita Ora and Iggy Azalea Demonstrate Some Kickass Beauty Moves in “Black Widow” Music Video



Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora dropped a Kill Bill-style music video today, but that isn’t the big news here on Beauty Counter. We’re more concerned with this dynamic duo’s hair and makeup moves—like Ora’s sultry, kohl-rimmed eyes and blunt-cut, platinum wig. The Brit’s sooty stare reminded us of the rocker look we saw on the runway at Saint Laurent for Fall 2014. As for Azalea, we appreciated how the rapper took the tone-on-tone trend to an edgy new level, dip-dyeing the bottom of her strands crimson to match her blood-red lips. We can’t say we’re surprised that these kickass blonds in skintight racing suits pulled out all the stops—both are routinely spotted on the red carpet sporting razor-sharp feline flicks, statement pouts, stiletto nails, and signature white-hot hair. While the verdict is still out on how “Black Widow” will fare with music critics, one thing is for certain: Rita and Iggy are a match made in beauty heaven.


The Best Berry Lips of Summer



Typically reserved for fall, a berry pout made a significant resurgence during the steamy months. Take Cara Delevingne’s deep purple lips, for example, which she paired with smoky eyes at the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation gala in Saint-Tropez. Another favorite: French actress Adèle Exarchopoulos’ look at this year’s Met Gala. The Blue Is the Warmest Color star’s Bordeaux-colored mouth and Hollywood waves upped the glamour factor and didn’t seem the least bit moody. And speaking of the Met Gala, no list of beauty favorites would be complete without a nod to a Givenchy-clad Beyoncé, whose oxblood lips were just the right kind of Gothic. We’re partial, however, to Kate Hudson’s subtly frosted iteration (yes, frosted), which she sported at the screening of her new film, Wish I Was Here, early last month. Whether you prefer a dark, Lorde-like maroon or a bright-but-still-bold raspberry, we plan to continue this trend long after summer days drift into cool, crisp nights.

Photos: Getty

Get Up Close and Personal With Beyoncé



It’s no secret that Queen Bey possesses an otherworldly glow. In fact, we’ve written about it in-depth here on Beauty Counter and even produced a video tutorial dedicated to the subject. But the selfie the beauty icon posted to Instagram last night took our obsession up a notch. (Not to mention it made us long for nude stiletto nails branded with our own initials instead of J+B, two letters emblazoned on much of the On the Run tour merchandise.) I confirmed with her go-to makeup man, Sir John, that there was no filter on this particular photo. (Yep, she really does wake up like this.) For mere mortals with visible pores, he suggests reaching for a glycolic scrub or fruit enzyme peel twice a week to smooth your complexion. Follow that up by slathering a rich eye cream all over. The other half of Beyoncé’s onstage summer radiance prescription: While your moisturizer is still tacky, apply a lightweight foundation for a dewy finish, then dust a matte peach blush on the apples and a “dark cinnamon” shade in the hollows of your cheeks. To take luminosity to the next level, smudge a pearlescent shimmer on the tops of cheekbones, above your brows, and down the bridge of your nose with your ring finger. Highlight eyes with a touch of glitter liner on top of a black gel formula, a trick Sir John employed for the past three shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco. “It looked like a strip of emeralds on the monitors,” he said. And when all else fails, select Hefe before posting your self-portrait to social channels to instantly amp up the bronze factor. Modern technology: Blessing the rest of us with Beyoncé’s supernatural skin.


Photo: Instagram; Parkwood Entertainment

5 Crazy Lip Colors Worth Trying


This spring brought us two jewel-toned lip looks that were seriously striking: Joan Smalls’ amethyst pout at the Met ball in Manhattan (seen below) and Rihanna’s emerald mouth at the iHeartRadio Music Awards in L.A. Ever since, my seatmate, fellow lipstick lover, and’s social media editor, Rachel Walgrove, and I have tried tracking down similar tubes to no avail. Today, however, we discovered the holy grail of offbeat, opaque colors: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics “Unknown Pleasures” Lip Tars. Our favorites from the range that dropped online today: Vain (a dark indigo with green undertones reminiscent of RiRi); Technopagan (a metallic purple bordering on navy that’s the closest thing we’ve found to Smalls’ shocking violet); Pagan (a blackened plum comparable to another makeup move the model and cover girl made last year); Covet (a camel color that has normcore written all over it); and Manhunter (a glittery red that is the next best thing to Saint Laurent’s ruby slippers). Commitment-phobes, be warned, these matte, liquid formulas have serious staying power and pack a major punch of pigment that practically requires paint solvent to take off, but our motto when it comes to mouthing off: Go big or go home.

$18 each;


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Art Imitates Beauty: How a Makeup Maven Celebrates 15 Years in the Biz



Some people toast a major milestone with champagne or a star-studded party in Ibiza, while others, like makeup artist and founder of her own eponymous line Sonia Kashuk, commissions an entire gallery’s worth of art. In what has become a trend of late, beauty companies like Dior and Creed are partnering with creative types to produce original, on-brand pieces. Kashuk has taken the concept one step further by joining forces with not just one, but seven up-and-coming artists to commemorate her 15-year anniversary with Target. “In high school I had a freelance display business, which then led me to enroll in art school. I’ve always had a very visual eye,” said Kashuk. “In my home and work environments, I’m surrounded by artwork and photography that I’ve collected for the last 30 years. I think of makeup as an art, both in its application and in its form.” And while these works that spotlight some of Kashuk’s biggest hits—like her beloved brushes, bronzers, and lipsticks—won’t be hanging in an actual museum, she plans to share them with her customers via a virtual gallery on her website and social channels. Seeing as Kashuk has painted some of fashion’s most famous faces (like Cindy Crawford, for starters), it makes sense that she’d skip the crystal (the traditional anniversary gift) and even the Cristal, and celebrate with a myriad of makeup masterpieces instead. Click here to take a private tour of Kashuk’s collection.