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July 25 2014

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Get the Deets Behind the Mirrored Liner at Dior Couture

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dior-couture-fw-2014-beautyPeter Philips spent his whole weekend single-handedly cutting seventy pairs of silver adhesive eyeliner that he used on the Dior Couture runway. And just hours before the show began, he received word that the house had worked out a way to produce them. (Look for them on-counter around the holidays.) “The collection explored contradictions, so we wanted to keep it pretty and pure. I just wanted to add one element that was highly contrasting and artificial,” he explained. Metallic liner emerged as the ideal counterpoint to the mirror-and-orchid set. Philips calls it the “empty eye”—meaning no mascara—bolstered by a little white kohl to fade out the lower lashes and a sweep of yellow and white shadows from the forthcoming Candy Choc palette under well-groomed brows. To even out the base, Philips reached for Dior’s new Star Foundation (for drier complexions, he used Capture), followed by a combo of Dior Blush in Rose Corolle and Starlight on the cheekbones (available internationally in October), and polished off pouts with Rouge Dior lipstick in Trompe L’Oeil (a peachy nude). Nails, too, were kept short, neat, and nude, with one coat of gel polish in Muguet followed by a layer of Dior Glow. “She looks like a fragile flower but with historical and futuristic crosscurrents,” he said. “When she moves, she catches the light.”

For hair, the look was natural and unforced. “It’s fresh and modern without reference to any past,” noted Guido Palau backstage. “Raf Simons’ Dior woman has put her clothes on and [needn't] over-bother with her hair.” Palau employed Redken Pillow Proof dry shampoo for texture, added a few extensions, and let the parts fall where they may. “We’re entering a transitional time in beauty where things seem to be much simpler. Women can’t complain anymore that they can’t do it,” he noted, adding with a smile, “which means there are no excuses anymore!”

Photo: Sonny Vandevelde / Indigitalimages.com

Wing Women: A Breakdown of the Beauty Look at Atelier Versace

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versace-atelier“Donatella said she wanted to do something different,” explained face painter Pat McGrath. “She wanted couture-modern, but also something graphic, aerodynamic, and fun.” McGrath realized this vision via a thick, two-toned wing in peacock teal. To provide dimension, she applied a lighter shade to the center of the lid and swept a darker hue up toward the temple. A delicate veil of shimmer powder, faux fringe, and “tons of mascara on top lashes only” completed the eyes. The rest of the face remained neutral: Groomed brows, light contouring on perfect skin, and a pale lip balanced out the dramatic shadow. Ditto for nails, which were “natural pale” but ultra-shiny.

The hair was high-gloss, too. “This chignon is very un-Donatella,” conceded hair guru Guido Palau. To lend topknots edge and structure, the pro employed Redken Hardwear gel to shape models’ strands. He then moved the classic style closer to punk territory by using Forceful 23 hairspray and ironing the bottom few inches into a geisha-style flourish. Stella Tennant stood out and received a customized look sans extensions. “Along with the makeup, it’s very rock ‘n’ roll,” noted Palau. “This is a strong woman.”

Photo: Sonny Vandevelde / Indigitalimages.com

Red, White, and Blue Beauty (Minus the Nail Art)

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I want to make the “lip selfie” a thing. Blame it on my constant craving to experiment with the ever-expanding spectrum of lipsticks on the market. On the day I snapped this photo, my hair was particularly white (and not its usual plavender). When paired with Jin Soon’s Cool Blue nail lacquer and Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Fascinante, I wound up with a look I’ve dubbed “unintentional patriotism.” If your hair happens to be platinum, this lipstick-mani combo is an easy beauty boost that channels the 4th of July spirit (without resorting to tacky nail art—#sorrynotsorry). For an added dose of Americana, don some denim, fringe, or—the obvious—stars and stripes.

Orange Lipstick: This Weekend’s Beauty MVP

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No matter where you’re headed this holiday weekend, you can probably count on sticky, super-humid temps. Since foundation, mascara, and other melt-away makeup is out of the question, we’re leaving room in our toiletry bags for other TSA-friendly beauty gems and saving space by taking only one tube of lipstick: a bullet of bright orange. Paired with beachy waves and bare skin, a swipe of juicy tangerine is all you need to pull together your look (and complement a tan). In fact, the color works for both day and night, as proven by Taylor Swift (spotted on the streets of New York City) and Alexa Chung (glammed up for the Serpentine Gallery’s summer soiree in London). You can opt for a sheer, easy-to-wear formula, like Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Sheer Candy Glossy Balm in Tangy Mandarine, or try a more opaque finish with NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Timanfaya. You can even pair this bold hue with your bikini—though we suggest a long-wear version if you plan on splashing in the sea.

Photo: Getty

Brows and Black Liner: The Ultimate Summer Beauty Duo

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The fashion set flocked to London’s Hyde Park for the Serpentine Gallery’s annual summer soiree. It was the catwalkers who kept it simple last night, however, that ultimately won out (in terms of beauty, at least): Arizona Muse and Cara Delevingne.

Both models kept their looks fairly unfussy, ensuring that melted makeup and incessant touch-ups wouldn’t be a part of their party agenda. Delevingne, whose brows have always been an iconic asset, paired her arches with a thick, black band along her top lashes, while Muse accentuated her dark blond strands with defined brows, liner, and a few swipes of mascara. As we venture into the dog days of summer, we’ll be keeping the following budge-proof basics close at hand: MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set and Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Precision Longwear Eyeliner.

Photos: Getty