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Skip the Elastic and Try This Ponytail Trick Seen at Valentino Couture Instead

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valentino-couture“It’s Ophelia,” said makeup pro Pat McGrath of the “serenely beautiful, ethereal girls” at Valentino. The overall effect was centered on pale, highlighted skin and deft contouring. McGrath used light gray shades around the eyes and a white hue on the lids, sweeping brown mascara through lashes as a finishing touch. A tiny bit of concealer to perfect complexions, a dash of lip balm, and it was done. “It’s about sculpting with light and shade,” she noted.

To make hair appear wet, Guido Palau misted Redken Shine Flash all over before crafting waves with a series of clips—ultimately leaving strands down save for a small section twisted around the length like a loose ponytail holder. (We suggest you steal this move straight off the runway and whip it out next time you find yourself missing an elastic or simply want to pull back curls without creating a dent.) “The beauty of the Valentino woman is very well defined: She’s always very serene and feminine,” Palau explained of the finished package.

Photo: Gianni Pucci/ 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

Take Your Liner to a “Dangerous” New Level

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Eyeliner is making a serious statement on the Resort circuit this season. Backstage pro Peter Philips used a liquid formula to sketch graphic parallel lines on top and bottom lashes at Dior; Pat McGrath smudged shimmery blue, gray, burgundy, or khaki green pigments around catwalkers’ eyes at Louis Vuitton; smoky, kohl-rimmed lids accentuated by gold leaf on the inner corners appeared at Chanel; and makeup artist Vincent Oquendo crafted party-girl eyes reminiscent of Penny Lane in Almost Famous at Marc Jacobs’.

For the latest issue of Jalouse, however, Oquendo took a new textural approach to the trend, lining model Ali Michael’s upper lashes with black Duo Eyelash Adhesive and flat, gunmetal studs purchased from M&J Trimming in New York City. “I was inspired by the nineties and Nancy Downs [actress Fairuza Balk] in The Craft, so I wanted it to look dangerous but still feel fresh,” he said. “She was styled with all of these chokers and chains, so I translated that to Ali’s face.” For those who want to take the goth-punk aesthetic one step further, try Oquendo’s combo for a bewitching-but-subtle plummy-black lip: MAC Lip Pencil in Nightmoth and Lipstick in Cyber.

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Photos: Instagram

Try Pat McGrath’s Green Juice for Glowing Skin

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pat-mcgrathThis column reveals the personal beauty recipes, homegrown remedies, and family concoctions that the industry’s trusted pros rely on for staying radiant.

From the Kitchen of: Makeup artist Pat McGrath, who recently teamed up with Juice Generation to share her thoughts on the benefits of eating well for the release of The Juice Generation: 100 Recipes for Fresh Juices and Superfood Smoothies. Here, she gives Style.com an exclusive new recipe.

“One of my absolute favorite drinks is the classic all-green juice because the ingredients provide the ultimate hydration for skin. It also detoxifies and helps cleanse your digestive system. Ginger in particular has multiple benefits, such as maintaining normal blood circulation, preventing the cold and flu, and strengthening your immunity.”

One for the Recipe Box: Pat’s Skin-Glowing Green Juice

1 lemon, squeezed
2 tablespoons ginger
2 cups kale leaves
1 cup spinach
1 cup chopped celery
1 tablespoon parsley
1 cup cucumber

Combine all the ingredients into a juicer and blend well. Pour into a glass and enjoy.

Flashback Friday: The Glitterati

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glitter-cropFlashback Friday is a feature 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: Ewa Witkowska

The Moment: Shine Time

The Motivation: We’ve touted the merits of glitter before: The Fall 2014 shows saw the sparkly stuff applied to lip, lid, and beyond. Should you want to make an impact, we suggest taking inspiration from this image of model Ewa Witkowska and entering the extreme end of the shine spectrum. Backstage pro Pat McGrath reached for latex to adhere reflective particles to catwalkers’ eyes at Dior, but for beauty civilians, a less temperamental, metallic cream shadow provides plenty of grip. To intensify your look, brush brows up and set with gel.

Photo: Raymond Meier for Vogue Russia, 1999; courtesy of www.supermodelobsession.tumblr.com