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Colorful Liners You’ll Want to Wear Poolside


I usually forgo eye makeup come summer because it’s seemingly too high maintenance (humidity and shadow don’t usually play well together), but the colorful mascara seen at Stella McCartney’s Resort garden party inspired me to rethink my approach. My weapon of choice for achieving the look: the new, highly pigmented Slim Aarons x Napoleon Perdis Poolside Gossip eyeliner duos in High Society (turquoise), Privilege (emerald), and Power (chocolate). These double-sided markers apply more like a Sharpie (with both a pointed and angled tip for a thick or thin flick) and less like a pencil that smudges every time you blink. Inspired by Aarons’ images of wealth and power, specifically Poolside Gossip shot in Palm Springs in 1970, this trio captures the saturated, almost-electric tones routinely found in his work. “The women [in his photos] are so polished, yet there is an effortlessness to their look…casual, but almost unattainably so,” noted Perdis. The face painter perfectly sums up my aesthetic vision for the next three months (although I’ll likely ditch the helmetlike blond blowouts seen here for more effortless waves). I may even stash my sunnies the next time I find myself stretched out in a lounge chair with martini in hand in order to give these brilliant liners the attention they deserve.

$35 each;

Photos: Courtesy of Napoleon Perdis

The Fab Five: Winter Whites



The blustery weather has subsided…at least for today. Keep the polar vortex spirit alive with these white-hot products. Considering the multiple appearances this shade made on the Spring 2014 runways—ranging from Altuzarra to Ralph Lauren—expect it to reign long after the ice has melted.

Napoleon Perdis China Doll Gel Eyeliner in Yang: Run a thin band of this creamy alabaster formula across your top lashes à la Kenzo Spring 2014, or use it all over your lid as a smudge-proof shadow base.


Guerlain Gloss d’Enfer in Stardust: Top off your go-to lipstick with this limited-edition shade, or wear it alone to add a hint of multidimensional shimmer to a bare mouth.


Formula X for Sephora in Cloud Nine: Inspired by the French manicure, this translucent polish provides a wash of white in just one coat. Add another layer for a more opaque finish.


Butter London Wink Cream Eye Shadow in Alabaster Gaze: Frost your lids with this silvery hue, or dab it on just the inner corners of your eyes for a brightening effect.


Jin Soon Nail Polish Toppings in Polka White: Like a blizzard in a bottle—matte, white glitter pieces suspended in a clear base look like freshly fallen snow over your standard polish job.

$18, (available in March)

Summer Down Under: The Top Ten Beauty Looks from Fashion Week Australia


Photo: Clockwise from top left, Getty Images at Michael Lo Sordo; Getty Images at Lisa Ho; Getty Images at Shakuhachi; Getty Images at Watson X Watson; Xiaohan Shen at We Are Handsome

Considering the endless spells of dry heat, Australian summers typically beget beauty routines that mainly consist of sunblock and lashings of waterproof mascara; it’s no surprise, then, that fashion week Australia always runs the risk of favoring a “no makeup” makeup look over more complex trends. What we saw this week was anything but, however, thanks to a thriving creative spirit and the imported face-painting stylings of British makeup maverick Val Garland. “What I love about Australians is that they have no fear and are willing to give it a go. They’re very enthusiastic, and you feel like everyone is so happy to be here,” said Garland, who made a surprise cameo at the shows this season. Here, we round up the ten best backstage moments from the week that was.

Lisa Ho
Lisa Ho’s woman never lacks sensuality, and Val Garland gave it to her in spades, courtesy of a dark, lacquered lip—”Like an oil slick,” she said of the precise texture—and gloriously glossy skin. Bodies were given that quintessential Bondi glow with the cult-favorite gradual tanning product Summer by Beauty Department, while ghd hair director and session stylist Alan White added “a power element” to strands via a segmented hair parting and a dual texture that was accented with tinted extensions in midnight blue. By cutting the extensions two inches beneath models’ own hair, White aimed to “create chicness, not a color statement,” he explained.

Watson x Watson
If you were in the market for a true-blue Aussie beach experience, you didn’t need to look any further than Watson x Watson, Somer and Liberty Watson’s young upstart line. “It’s when you go to the beach and your hair soaks up the elements like salt and it grows in texture,” Redken hair director Philip Barwick explained of the saturated strands that were pulled back into a half-up bun. “The shape comes from when you get out of the water and brush it off your face and the ends of the hair are blown out and windy.” The makeup here was similarly summery, inspired by the pink zinc that was a popular staple for eighties-era teen queens. To prevent the look from becoming too juvenile, Maybelline artists added a touch of glamour via bronzed contours and a clean base.

We Are Handsome
“[It] references the relationship that Guy Bourdin and Charles Jourdan had,” stylist Jolyon Mason explained of the direction for the swimwear label’s presentation, which manifested itself into a preference for the photographer’s beloved jewel-toned smoky eyes, high-blush contours, and shiny red lips. Fluffy seventies disco hair and tanned limbs, courtesy of St. Tropez, rounded out the homage, which got a small dose of the here and now via crazy and colorful nail decals from Rock Beauty London.

Michael Lo Sordo
Michael Lo Sordo loves geometry. The designer (who was recently nominated as a finalist for the Australian Woolmark Prize) kept his hair-and-makeup look sleek, simple, and contoured for Spring but asked his face-painting team to add a few, er, points of interest: blue triangles were painted onto models’ temples to serve as “futuristic beauty spots,” rather than architectural cat-eyes, as was the case when a similar technique was employed backstage at Erdem for Fall 2012.

At first glance, the beauty look at Shakuhachi was a little Givenchy Spring 2012, but makeup artist Natasha Severino’s references had nothing to do with the underwater theme Riccardo Tisci honed three seasons ago. “My brief was ‘techno chic,’ ” she explained backstage. “There were a lot of metallics and prints in the collection, and the silhouettes were almost raver. We wanted something to offset the metallic fabrics and shoes, so we decided to go with a white pigment powder overlaid with a glitter.” To add a touch of “glitz,” Severino stuck a single Swarovski Crystal underneath the lower lash line to provide an “extra ping” as models walked down the runway.

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Makeup For The Marchesa


Painted, sketched, and photographed by seemingly just about every famous artist in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Marchesa Luisa Casati has been many things to many people. The eccentric, flame-haired beauty who wore snakes as necklaces and pranced cheetahs in diamond collars through the streets of Paris, Milan, and Capri played living muse to Man Ray and Salvador Dalí, and she’s inspired countless contemporary designers. Galliano, Lagerfeld, and Armani have all dedicated collections to her, as did Tom Ford during his tenure at YSL, and where do you think Georgina Chapman got the name for her fancy dress label? Now the Marchesa has taken her rightful position as beauty icon with not one but two different makeup collections created in her image. The enormous, dark-rimmed eyes Peter Philips whipped up for the Chanel Cruise show were a direct shout-out to Casati’s own sultry aesthetic, while makeup artist Napoleon Perdis channeled the provocateur for his fall color range. His Divine Marchesa collection just debuted with a Boudoir Mist Spray Foundation in five shades; an opulent Dramatic Eye Shadow Quad; Black Sapphire, a matte black nail color; and Ravishing Rose Lip Shine, a vermilion lip stain in a black rose-shaped trinket. It’s enough to pull off a very convincing Casati—live python jewelry not included.

Photo: Courtesy of Napoleon Perdis

A Refresher Course From Pixi Cosmetics


As most savvy shoppers know, Target seriously amped up its beauty offerings last summer by adding collections from makeup artists Jemma Kidd, Napoleon Perdis, and Petra Strand. If you haven’t already, we’re assuming that you will be making a trip to the retail giant in the near future to stock up on a variety of summer essentials from its Loomstate collaboration, so we thought we’d give you a heads-up on how to accessorize them properly. Because dark circles, sallow skin, and all the other unattractive results of being overworked, overtired, and over-partied definitely will not go with that new wardrobe of certified-organic cotton staples, we give you Strand’s three-part plan for a streamlined approach to a healthy, luminous glow. Start by spot-treating with the brightening magic of her Pixi Cosmetics’ Brow Lift (which can be used as an all-over invisible highlighter as well). Follow up by layering the radiance-enhancing pure pearl powder of Pixi Brightening Primer under Pixi Illuminating Tint & Conceal, which packs a moisturizer, light-coverage foundation, sunscreen, luminizer, and concealer into one handy tube. Good news for anyone looking for a one-stop shopping experience—and for those of you who have a tendency to burn the candle at both ends.

Photo: Courtesy of Pixi Cosmetics