24 posts tagged "Prabal Gurung"
Keeping in step with another supermodel last night (Kate Moss), Rosie Huntington-Whiteley arrived at the British Fashion Awards sporting a lush, ruby colored pout. What set her look apart, however, is how her velvet, matte pout juxtaposed her glossy, slicked-back strands (reminiscent of the hair and lip combo seen at Prabal Gurung for Spring 2014). Two finishes, it seems, are twice as nice.
Flashback 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: Donna Mitchell
The Moment: A Futuristic Face
The Motivation: Whether it’s the influence of The Hunger Games or art, we’ve noticed a recent shift toward the experimental in maquillage. With the new installment of the series, Catching Fire, out today in cinemas, we thought it was a great time to highlight this image, taken from a seventies edition of British Vogue. Not only does the photo remind us of Octavia (a member of Katniss’ “prep team,” whose skin is dyed various shades of pale green), but Mitchell’s lipstick is also reminiscent of the chemical peach hue used at Fendi and vintage pastels employed at Prabal Gurung for Spring 2014. In the Capitol, beauty is of prime importance (with stylists and hair and makeup gurus assigned to each of the competitors), which, interestingly enough, is quite similar to the goings-on backstage in the fantastical (and dog-eat-dog) world of fashion.
Jennifer Hudson debuted a cropped cut on Saturday at the BET Black Girls Rock red-carpet event—adding her to the list of ladies who lost a few inches in the past few months (i.e., Coco Rocha and Beyoncé). She paired her short style with a retro pastel lip—reminiscent of the Pepto pink used at Prabal Gurung. Two well-executed trends in one place is always a winning combination.
I was patiently waiting for someone to bring the sleek and “surreal” strands seen on Prabal Gurung’s Spring 2014 runway to life. Leave it to Camilla Belle to nail the formaldehyde-dipped look at last night’s Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts gala. While she skipped the retro pastel lipstick in favor of a more subdued nude (to play off her plunging, peach Salvatore Ferragamo gown), the actress sported metallic smoky eyes that were reminiscent of yet another show: Gucci. A backstage beauty mash-up on the red carpet is always a pleasant surprise.
Lipstick has never been easy for me. The bright zing of red, orange, or pink on the mouth has never been my style. Oh, trust me, I’ve wanted it to be—there’s something effortlessly cool and quirky (traits I deeply admire) about the saturated lip effect. But I’ve never been much good at it, you see. Finding the right shade is challenging because, as I’ve learned, the wrong tone of crimson or coral can really make you appear like you have caught a bad stomach bug, or perhaps even worse, are trying oh-so-desperately hard to wear a certain “look.” The odds of me wearing lipstick became slimmer after I had two kids, and the fear of kissing off any kind of vivid pigment on their chubby cheeks further convinced me to stick to simple, clear lip balms (or maybe a tinted rose if I was feeling bold). But I can’t deny the siren appeal of the rainbowlike bullets. The spring runways were full of optimistic inspiration, too, particularly in the form of matte orange shades seen at Rag & Bone, Prabal Gurung, and Fendi, where a pinky-orange made me blink twice at its beauty. Sigh, if only.
Well, OK, full stop on that pining. As luck would have it, a perfumer friend of mine passed along a sample of Albeit Matte Stylo Stick in Geranium, a new release for fall from Anthropologie. I admit, it sat in my handbag untouched for almost a week. But the other day, I traced on the rosy coral and was completely transformed. The tip of the crayon is conveniently shaped to conform to the contours of your mouth, making it ridiculously easy to apply on the go (no fancy lip brush required). The papaya-rich, nourishing formula is an appealing cross between a lip balm and lipstick, so it melts into your skin for a complexion-flattering finish that doesn’t fade away too soon. In fact, if you blot and reapply, the color lasts a good three to four hours. As for remembering to wear it in the first place? I’ve discovered that time-honored secret shared among lipstick girls: When your color looks this good, that’s all the motivation you need.