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July 30 2014

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Throwback Thursday: Ace Of Lace

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Throwback Thursday is a new 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: Benedetta Barzini

The Moment: Lace eye appliqués

The Motivation: Decorative, 3-D eye adornment has been getting a lot of traction of late, what with Pat McGrath’s stick-on metallic green triangles at Atelier Versace and Peter Philips’ gorgeous tulle lashes at Chanel Haute Couture making the rounds on the blogosphere earlier this month. Using mediums other than plain old pigment and powders to embellish lids and brows is a long-standing beauty tradition, however: Diana Vreeland’s creative team ordered up this well-placed swathe of black lace for a 1964 Vogue editorial starring model Benedetta Barzini, which was applied above a jaunty cat-eye drawn on both the upper and lower lash lines, and on top of a swipe of matte white eye shadow—a good trick to ensure the precise latticework is that much more evident. Not convinced you’ve got the steady hand for this kind of task? A little trial and error with makeup artist Phyllis Cohen’s Face Lace decals should do you one better.

Photo: Bert Stern for Vogue, 1964; courtesy of theswinginsixties.tumblr.com

Stuck On You

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With the return of avant-garde, 3-D makeup on the catwalks (Spring’s sequined eyelids at Givenchy and Fall’s bedazzled brows at Chanel immediately come to mind), it is perhaps to be expected that new products that allow you to graft carefully shaped, intricately designed adornments directly onto your face in lieu of eye shadow and blush would be hitting the market. Right on cue, we give you Face Lace, a new makeup concept from Phyllis Cohen, the seminal U.K. makeup artist who shot to fame in the eighties and, along with peers like Richard Sharah and Yvonne Gold, for creating many of the decade’s most important looks. (Among her other contributions to the annals of makeup history, Cohen, an illustrator by trade who holds a masters degree in fine art, painted the shadows onto David Bowie’s face for his hit “Blue Jean” video.) “Back in the eighties, I used to make stick-on makeup adornments for Zandra Rhodes’ shows. I also used to use vinyl stencils, and I was wondering how I could combine the two things when I dreamed up the idea for this,” she explains of the 15 different, scrolling, latticework-like styles that you simply stick on and go. Sure, the patterns that debuted at Corrie Nielsen’s Fall show in London last month aren’t exactly everyday wear, but they’re ideal for the artistically challenged looking to add a touch of unique flair to an evening look—and perfect for the artistically ambitious in the post-Gaga era.


From $22, www.face-lace.com.