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It’s All in the Details, Backstage at Narciso Rodriguez


narcisoSubtle—it’s a word we’ve often heard backstage at Narciso Rodriguez, and this season was no different. Inspired by an iridescent, gray-green paillette on a slipdress from the collection, makeup pro Dick Page added a flash of sheer pink or mint from the forthcoming Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio in Static to the inner corners and lightly along the upper and lower lash lines. “The interference pigments in the green reflect gold, and for the pink, they reflect red-violet,” he explained. Arches were filled in and lips were topped off with Lacquer Rouge in Viola, a rose-brown. “There are a lot of really bold color choices in the collection—I would have been happy to swipe one of those for the face—but it just seemed to make more sense with what we’re doing to keep it open and transparent.”

To create the “controlled” but not “board-like” hair, Paul Hanlon saturated the roots with CHI Volume Booster and the mid-lengths and ends with Silk Infusion, then blew them dry with a round brush. A flatiron was glided through to smooth out any kinks before a hairspray was misted section by section across the crown and brushed through with a bristle brush to form a “graphic line around the hairline,” Hanlon explained of the sleek, center-parted strands. The length was then tucked behind the ears before a wax was glossed over the surface for shine. “The formality of the hair and the brow gives the face the structure—the rest is just decoration,” Page said of the finished product.

Photo: Sonny Vandevelde;

A Sun-Savvy Bracelet You’ll Actually Want to Wear; Narciso Rodriguez May Venture Into Makeup; and More


june-bracelet-cropAside from the announcement that Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim have teamed up with Intel to design a smart bracelet, reports on another piece of innovative arm candy that made its debut at the Consumer Electronics Association show in Las Vegas. Netatmo’s June bracelet, designed by Camille Toupet (who has collaborated with the likes of Louis Vuitton and Harry Winston), tracks your UV exposure. The gem—available in platinum, gold, and gunmetal—contains sensors that transmit data wirelessly to your smartphone, sending its wearer notifications on when to apply sunblock, put on a hat, and slip on sunglasses.

Narciso Rodriguez and Beauté Prestige International inked a deal regarding the brand’s “fragrance and cosmetic activities.” Seeing as the designer doesn’t have a makeup line just yet, perhaps this is a sign of things to come. [WWD]

It’s not just fake bags and Rolex watches people are pushing on both the streets and online—counterfeit beauty products are equally big business. MAC and Chanel are two of the many brands being consistently knocked off, and some of these imposter eyeshadows boast dangerous levels of lead and bacteria. Consider the few extra dollars you spend on the real deal a bargain in comparison to the bill you’ll rack up at the dermatologist’s office. [Yahoo! Shine]

The Viceroy Zihuatanejo is serving up “spa tapas.” These mini treatments—ranging from a 15-minute head massage to foot massage—are available while you sit on the sand. We could use one of these tapas right about now.

Throwback Thursday: An Eighties Attempt at Minimalism


Renee Simonsen by Michael Zeppetello, L'Officiel March 1988 - cropThrowback 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.

Photo: Michael Zeppetello for L’Officiel, 1988; courtesy of .

A Math Lesson in Makeup, Backstage at Narciso Rodriguez


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The king of minimalism didn’t stray far from his roots this season when it came to hair and makeup (although the designer did display a new hem length on the runway). But behind the barely there maquillage was a study in both physiology and proportion, explained makeup pro Dick Page. “Rather than projecting the idea of painting the face, I thought about how everything is mobile and three-dimensional…it’s almost like when you do a life drawing in art class and have to think about structure.” For brows and lashes, he mixed three parts gel to one part brown mascara to achieve the optimal shade and texture. On lids, he blended Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Shoyu with a bit of moisturizer for a transparent finish, and applied the same shadow formula in Yuba to the inner corners to subtly catch the light. Page also concocted a custom shade of blush, with fairer girls receiving a ratio of two parts Lacquer Rouge in Metalrose (a reddish pink) to one part Hellebore (a plum), and used the same tones for darker complexions, only with the equation reversed. To apply, he pinched a cosmetic sponge to create a domed shape (seen above) that is optimal for working the product into the skin. A blend of foundation and Lacquer Rouge in Camel was tapped on to the lips for a muted effect.

Hairstylist Paul Hanlon kept things classic with what he described as an “old salon blow-dry.” He started by spritzing Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection from midlength down, and added Volumizing Mousse all the way through. Then Hanlon blew strands dry in large sections using big, round brushes. For a hint of sexiness and as an ode to the forties (a reference given to him by Rodriguez), he added a deep side part, hair-sprayed the top to cancel any flyaways, and used a drop or two of Treatment Light on the ends for separation. Simple, yet impactful—just like the collection.

Photos: Ivan Lattuada /

Throwback Thursday: The Milkmaid Braids to End All Milkmaid Braids



Throwback Thursday offers the perfect opportunity to pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.

The Model: Carmen Kass

The Moment: Heidi braids

The Motivation: It’s hard to believe, but Narciso Rodriguez’s cult-favorite For Her fragrance is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. Even harder to believe, though, is the fact that this Inez & Vinoodh ad image for the musk-laced scent has gone unchanged since its debut in 2003, even as new iterations of the iconic eau have come and gone. Why, you ask? For the same reason Rodriguez chose to use this preexisting shot from his 1998 fashion campaign, rather than an entirely new image, in the first place: It’s damn near perfect. You could easily argue that Kass, her hair the color of corn silk and twisted into a Eugene Souleiman-designed wispy, plaited coronet, has never looked better, embodying the visual interpretation of femininity and grace that Rodriguez, with the help of the noses Francis Kurkdjian and Christine Nagel, hoped to bottle. The word timeless is certainly overused, but it’s never rung more true than it does right here.

Photo: Courtesy of Narciso Rodriguez For Her