August 20 2014

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Throwback Thursday: Brighter Is Better


Pola by Irving PennThrowback 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: Pola

The Moment: Contrasting Colors

The Motivation: Fashion and beauty go hand in hand, and this season’s catwalks proved again just how true the saying is. From Marc by Marc Jacobs to Prada to Céline to Miu Miu, blocks of color covered models’ lids in much the same way these daring shades dominated the runways. A prime example: Prada’s street art-inspired set and coats. And so it was with plenty of excitement that I discovered the above shot (lensed by one of the greats, Irving Penn). By pairing a bold, glossy lip with even bolder eyes, model Pola makes yet another strong case for the rewards associated with breaking the beauty rules. After all, life is never just black and white.

Photo: Irving Penn for Vogue, 1972; courtesy of

Beauty Sound Bites: Shade Shifters



With so many models switching up their strands this season and the entire cast at Prada undergoing dye jobs in less than forty-eight hours to form “gangs” of “antiqued” brunettes, blondes, redheads, and raven-haired beauties, Spring 2014 made a strong case for the power of change…a shade change, that is.

“Color can give you a stronger identity,” said hairstylist Duffy. He went on to add that “Charlotte Free is the American Kate Moss” because of her decision to defy her agent and think pink. Seems like showing your true colors (or at least rocking the hue you believe you should have been born with) not only sets you apart, but also helps pave the way to the top.

Photo: WWD

Make Your Mark With Temptu


temptuBackstage, there was a lot of airbrushing going on, but the pros weren’t perfecting complexions Photoshop-style—far from it. Pat McGrath scrawled muted shades of mustard, green, purple, and blue across lids at Prada, while Peter Philips erased hairlines at Alexander McQueen by blasting models’ foreheads with black paint. McGrath admitted that the spray gun was “a new medium” for her, but true to form, she managed to use it in an unconventional way that would make graffiti legend Banksy proud.

Interested in “tagging” a few features of your own? Get your hands on the limited-edition version of Temptu’s Airbrush Makeup System that features a removable GelaSkin designed by Jade Lai of Creatures of Comfort. The navy sticker that covers the machine’s base is dotted with the same dandelionlike pattern printed on the skirts, shirtdresses, cropped pants, and tanks in Lai’s Spring 2014 collection. Create a flawless canvas by applying the Airpod Foundation and Blush (included in the kit), then take a cue from this season’s European runways and color outside the lines.

Temptu Limited-Edition Creatures of Comfort Kit, $149, available at and NYC and L.A. Creatures of Comfort boutiques.

Photo: Courtesy of Temptu

Who Run the World? Girls…Backstage at Prada


PradaIt was all about rebellion this season at Prada—whether that concept was translated through application, texture, or color. “The look is simple, but there’s a darker thought to it,” said hairstylist Guido Palau. “These girls aren’t sweet and innocent, there’s a ganglike mentality to them.”

All thirty-nine models were separated into packs according hair color—a task taken on by British dye master Josh Wood, flown in less than forty-eight hours before the big event. “We’ve taken away what you’d normally add to color, like highlights and depth, as the idea is to create an illustration of a girl—[similar to] how you would draw or paint hair,” said Palau. To execute Mrs. Prada’s vision, Wood “antiqued” brown, black, blond, and red hues to lend a “singularity” to the varying tones. And while the end result was “flat,” it wasn’t lifeless. “This is [an example of] quietness in color at its highest volume,” said Wood, who went on to explain that the catwalk concept translates to the real world in the form of simpler dye jobs that are just as contemporary as their more complicated counterparts. Styling was far less of a process: Palau spritzed damp strands with Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray Foam, made a severe side part, and swept the front section low over the forehead—letting the length air-dry or using a blow-dryer and just his fingers to add movement.

Face painter Pat McGrath played up the “women in revolt” theme by leaving the skin raw (save for spot coverage with concealer), dabbing moisturizer on cheeks and clear balm onto lips. The eyes are where the real action was: She used the Temptu Airbrush Makeup System to “graffiti lids with anti-eye-shadow colors” such as muted blue, green, purple, orange, and yellow. “It’s a new medium for me,” McGrath said of the high-tech spray gun. “I’m creating imperfect makeup using a perfecting tool.” Brows were bleached to allow the scrawl across the crease to take center stage.

When it came to hair—whether it was above the eyes or on the head—the girls weren’t left with much choice. “No color, no show,” Wood said of the parameters surrounding the casting. But what model would let a little thing like a major shade change stand in her way of walking Miuccia’s runway?

Photo: Gianni Pucci /

Throwback Thursday: Drip Dry


Christy-Turlington-Vogue-UK-October-1994-Nick Knight-80s-90s-Tumblr-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: Christy Turlington Burns

The Moment: Wet Hair

The Motivation: We admit we’re huge Christy Turlington Burns fans, but right now it seems the whole fashion world is, too. From Harper’s Bazaar‘s U.S. June/July cover to a new Calvin Klein underwear ad (where she reprises her role from the late eighties), this original super is proving that the nineties really are back. Not only does the above Nick Knight-lensed shot provide one more example of how gorgeous this top model is, but it highlights another trend: wet hair. We spotted damp strands (considered one of hairstylist Guido Palau’s trademark looks) on the Fall runways at Prada, Marni, and Giambattista Valli. A dip in the pool (or in the case of today’s NYC weather, getting caught in the rain) never looked so chic.

Photo: Nick Knight for British Vogue, 1994; courtesy of