23 posts tagged "Michael Kors"
Today, Michael Kors summed up his cosmetic philosophy in 140 characters or less:
“In your beauty wardrobe, bronzer is the white shirt: It goes with everything.”
Above, we pay homage to the designer’s must-have product with looks from seasons past and present. Whether the inspiration is après-ski, safari, or a romantic romp—bronzer always seems to be part of the Michael Kors equation. Which is probably the reason why his eponymous line contains not just one but three extra-large compacts of the glow-getting powder.
Throwback Thursday is a column 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: Renée Simonsen
The Moment: Going Back to the Basics
The Motivation: If New York’s Spring 2014 collections are any indication, over-the-top color—with the exception of a statement lip in vibrant shades of orange, pink, and lilac—is taking a backseat to pristine skin and barely there makeup. From Donna Karan to Proenza Schouler to Narciso Rodriguez, an au naturel finish was the goal, and it’s a look that has stood the test of time. When we spotted this image of model Renée Simonsen, we were struck by her fresh face in a time of serious excess (sure, a slightly smoky eye is present, but it doesn’t overpower her porcelain skin and pared-down pout). It seems that even in 1988—when blue eye shadow, rouged cheeks, and frosted lipstick ran rampant—less was more.
The models at Michael Kors may have appeared bronzed and glowing (as they so often do), but makeup artist Dick Page was thinking in black and white, wanting to “just see tone and structure in the face.” While there were forties elements to the collection this season, Page didn’t proceed with a red lip, which would push the look strongly in the wrong direction, he explained. Instead, he evened the skin with a light layer of base and added warmth back in with Michael Kors Sporty Bronze Powder in Glow dusted along the hairline from temple to temple in a “horseshoe” shape. Page accented cheeks with Sexy Bronze Powder in Flush, a slightly rosier shade. To camouflage any darkness around the eyes, he encircled them with MAC Eye Shadow in Brule on fair-skinned models, and a brown-gold hue for deeper complexions. “It cancels shadows almost like concealer, but [the pigment] is so [sheer] you don’t read it as makeup,” he explained. After coating lashes with brown mascara, Page created a stain via layering: first applying a lip balm, painting on Glam Lip Lacquer in Dame (a berry hue) with a brush, blotting, putting on another coat of balm, adding one more coat of color, blotting, and sheering it out with a final slick of balm. (Phew!) To diffuse the edges of the lipstick, he rimmed the mouth with the same shadow used on the eyes. “The girl looks very healthy, alive, and animated because Michael really likes that kind of energy—so [we did] that in the most precise and discreet way possible,” concluded Page.
As for the tousled updos created by hair pro Orlando Pita, where models were meant to look as if they’d just had “a romp,” he began by randomly curling sections with a one-inch curling iron to add a bend to the hair. For the undone, chunky texture, he worked Schwarzkopf Osis+ Dust It (a mattifying powder) into strands with his fingers, then twisted them into a loose chignon—being sure to leave loads of pieces out around the face, as the designer requested “bits flying,” and set with hairspray. When asked how he skirts the balance between romantically rumpled and plain old disheveled, Pita said, “You have to go over-messy for the runway or a photograph; the film and light polish everything up.” I think it’s safe to say I won’t have any trouble nailing that part.
While a natural, beige nail seems to have won out this season at New York fashion week (appearing at Derek Lam, Vera Wang, and Michael Kors among many others), the manicurist at Proenza Schouler has no intentions of going bare:
“Nail art has been alive for years—Brooklyn, Queens, Harlem, Detroit—for me it never dies. It may go down to a solid [color] or something more mild [for Spring 2014], but I’m always going to have a party.”
And to that, we say: Lacquer up and dance like nobody’s watching.
Compared to her older sis Beyoncé, who tends to stick to a consistent beauty routine (perfect highlighted, wavy locks; tawny makeup with a bit of shimmer; and a neutral pout), Solange Knowles takes a more adventurous approach, and has recently experimented with everything from lengthy box braids reminiscent of Janet Jackson circa Poetic Justice to vibrant red-orange lipstick straight out of a J.Crew catalog. Last night, the ever-present singer performed at Atlantis Super Wash Center in Brooklyn, for The Fader‘s #uncapped series, rocking edgy turquoise floating “banana” eyeliner in a crescent shape just above her curled lashes. It made us recall Dick Page’s work backstage at the Michael Kors Spring ’13 show (right) and, more recently, the electric-blue kohl under-liner from Chanel’s Resort runway (left). What do you think of Solange’s blue period?
Photos: Yoshi Okamoto; Getty Images; Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com