7 posts tagged "Numero"
Nude nails made a comeback at the Fall shows and continued to dominate more outlandish, allout nail art experiments for Spring—with a few notable exceptions, that is. Missoni and McQueen got minxed and Sophy Robson etched individual hieroglyphics onto tips backstage at Topshop Unique, while Jin Soon christened the “slim silhouette” backstage at Prabal Gurung. But as the battle between neutral and next-level manicures raged on, we noticed another trend rearing its pretty polished head: matching lips and tips. Before Mary Quant started picking nail lacquers according to clothes rather than lipsticks in the 1960s (the British designer revolutionized more than just hem lines), it was all about corresponding pout and polish colors. Both Jason Wu and Donna Karan reprised the tradition with classic crimsons and deep burgundies at their shows in September—and makeup artist Maud Laceppe and manicurist Michina Koide have modernized it in the new issue of Numéro with an electric blue mouth and fingers lacquered in the same powdery shade. We’ve personally moved on from the-crazier-the-better varnishing acts, but we’re always plenty happy to give credit to creativity where credit is due. Would you do blue?
There’s so much beauty happening in photographer Sebastian Kim’s gorgeous spread in the new issue of Numéro, it’s hard to know where to begin. Best to start at the top, then, and work our way down. How do you make deep, side-parted marcel waves modern? By coating them in gray-tinged hair powder, of course. It’s a technique we spied backstage at Thakoon’s Fall 2010 show, when coiffing star Eugene Souleiman employed copious amounts of talc to complement strong brows and a minimally painted face. We would’ve thought it ill-advised to add a complex makeup look to such intricately styled hair. But then we laid eyes on Nimue Smit’s berry-brushed lids, matte wine-stained mouth, and similarly colored moon manicure—all of which serve to heighten the hauntingly beautiful effect of her sculpted silver set. Thoughts on the Dutch stunner’s latest turn in front of the camera?
When we saw the beauty look backstage at Erin Wasson x RVCA’s Fall show back in February, we were confused. We’re all for arty makeup—especially on the runway—but the one blackened, spiky eyebrow and short, horizontal black lip line combo that was happening backstage seemed less like creative experimentation, and more just plain misguided. If you asked us about the one beauty moment from this season we thought would never, ever, ever have legs off the catwalk, this is the show we would’ve singled out. It appears, however, that we were slightly too quick to write off makeup artist Charlotte Willer’s liberties with liquid liner; behold Sasha Pivovarova’s latest editorial in the new issue of Numéro. That is indeed black eyeliner that’s been unconventionally drawn around her lower lash line and lower lip. Somehow, we’re finding the editorial version an easier pill to swallow—or maybe we’re just hungry for a new season of shows to obsess over.
This month’s issue of Numéro features a black-and-white spread starring cover girl Heidi Mount, in which the model dons a series of broad-shouldered blazers, geometric prints, and structural hair styles to match. While we were originally going to post a Minnie Mouse-inspired look from the story, courtesy of hairstylist Diego Da Silva (picture two French twists wrapped over mesh netting and pinned to either side of her head), we opted for this one in order to reassure you that you too can do milkmaid braids. That’s right; they look way more complicated than they actually are:
Step 1: Part your hair where you usually wear it and make two medium-tight braids on either side, à la Pippi Longstocking.
Step 2: Wrap one braid across the crown of your head, securing on the opposite side with a bobby pin.
Step 3: Repeat with other braid.
Step 4: Add additional bobby pins where needed.
Heidi’s incarnation is particularly lustworthy due to the addition of clip-on bangs and some hair extensions, which make the braid coronet appear even thicker than her tresses might normally allow. For the thin-haired among you who fancy yourselves marginally arty, another way to beef up the style is to add fabric strips for dimension and color to each section before you braid. Yes, it’s a direct Frida Kahlo rip-off, but life is supposed to imitate art on occasion, no?
There’s something about incipient Spring that brings on a shift toward a more neutral color palette. And while you’ll see it in all of the new collections on shelves now—with eyeshadows in “Sand Dune” and lip shades of the “Almond Kiss” variety leading the charge—short of pale pinks and sheer creams, the kind of true-to-flesh nail polish hues perfected by companies like Uslu Airlines seem to get less attention. But not this year. Between editorials like this one from last month’s Numero and a major shout out backstage at Miu Miu (that’s Shu Uemura’s Innocent Beige, in case you were wondering), the fashion world’s embrace of deep tan lacquers should end “Ballet Slippers” reign at the top. You can accessorize the color with a peach or black smoky eye as pictured above. But we’re partial to a technique we frequently borrow from Adi Gil of the design collective THREEasfour, who once told us that she likes to add French manicure tips in neon colors to her nude fingers.