20 posts tagged "Rag & Bone"
If you’ve never experienced Bite Beauty’s all-natural array of lip products, its Collector’s Edition might be the crash course you need to get acquainted with the brand. Twenty shades of its Luminous Créme lipsticks were selected to comprise a comprehensive gift set that almost replicates the mixing-matching experience you’d get at the company’s lab in Soho. Double-ended tubes make creating a custom color easier than ever—whether you want a multidimensional ombré effect (seen at Rag & Bone this past season) or, if you’re feeling extra adventurous, a two-tone look (circa Emanuel Ungaro Spring 2010).
Bite’s bullets are also packed with the antioxidant resveratrol (the same ingredient that justifies a nightly glass of red wine), so over time, fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth are diminished. Each duo is boxed separately to make sharing and stocking stuffing a snap, but we won’t tell if you take the Ebenezer Scrooge approach and keep them all for yourself.
Bite Beauty Collector’s Edition Lip Layers Set, $98; available at sephora.com.
Rag & Bone looked rather sporty for Pre-Fall 2014, incorporating racer stripes, mesh, and leather into its black and white collection. To complete the athletic apparel, the designers added an accessory that is perhaps a precursor to what we’ll see on the ice (worn by figure skaters) at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi: scrunchies. This isn’t the first time the extravagant hair ties have made an appearance on the runway—they showed up at Marc Jacobs in Spring 2010 and at Ashish for Spring 2013. Carrie Bradshaw may have made this astute observation on Sex and the City many moons ago, “[Women wear scrunchies] in the bathroom maybe, when they’re washing their faces…No woman who works at W magazine and lives on Perry Street would be caught dead at a hip downtown restaurant wearing a scrunchie,” but times, they are a-changin’. If Birkenstocks can make a comeback among the street-style set, anything is possible.
Flashback Friday 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: Arizona Muse
The Moment: Tropical Punch
The Motivation: When I came across this photo of Arizona Muse by Patrick Demarchelier for British Vogue‘s February 2012 issue, I immediately longed for summer, or at the very least, a vacation in a warm, palm tree-laden destination. But aside from daydreams about jet-setting to an island that’s far sunnier than Manhattan at the present time, I noticed that Muse sported multiple Spring 2014 trends: pastel-blue shadow (seen at Miu Miu), along with bold lips (on display for the first time at Rag & Bone). And instead of being swirled on her apples, the blush was dusted low on her cheeks (a technique face painter Tom Pecheux employed at Marni). While I’m not one to wear color in more than one place, Muse certainly makes a case for breaking the makeup rules.
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.
Gucci Westman claims that she knows more about Manchester United (a British soccer team), and coaches leaving and coming thanks to her designer husband David Neville, than she does about makeup—but we beg to differ. Inspired by the bright colors and fervor surrounding the impending World Cup in Brazil, the face painter took a new approach at Rag & Bone. “It’s [the label's] first-ever lip adventure—I’ve done a stain, but never anything this full-on,” she says. A blend of Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Carnival and ColorBurst Matte Balm in Mischievous (out in January) was applied with a brush, but the rest of the face was made up using mostly fingers—Westman told her team to press the product into the skin for that lived-in look.
The lids were slightly more toned down in comparison to the models’ orange pouts—a combo of ColorStay Shadowlinks in Charcoal, Onyx, and Cocoa was applied and then wiped off using flat cotton swabs and makeup wipes. Post-shadow deconstruction, Westman applied a mix of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, Dr. Hauschka Eye Contour Day Balm, and Revlon Skinlights Face Illuminator onto lids for extra sheen and rubbed a shimmery brown powder shadow along the lower lash line. Her inspiration: makeup leftovers after a really fun night out. “The next day you look pretty good, even though you’re hung-over,” she joked. The rest of the face was kept simple—defining only the brows with a pencil and using Illuminance Cream Shadow in Not Just Nudes on cheeks and Skinlights in Pink Light (also launching in January) on the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, and chin for additional glow. Westman topped everything off with a spritz of Evian Brumisateur Facial Mist to give the girls a fresh, dewy look.
Guido Palau set out to reinvent the brand’s cool, wearable hair using only two products. He made clean center parts with a comb and slicked strands down around the crown to the point just above the temples using Redken Forceful 23 finishing spray. For contrast and texture, he wet the length and worked in the lotion-like Satinwear 02 before letting the hair air-dry. And instead of being hidden, the ears became the focal point of the style—with small sections being pulled out in front and the rest tucked behind. “When girls are young, their ears stick out and it adds a certain charm—I wanted to emphasize that here,” he explains. We were certainly smitten.