20 posts tagged "Thakoon"
At last night’s Divergent premiere in Los Angeles, Zoë Kravitz worked a look we saw on multiple runways this season: underliner. In lieu of the darker pewter band on top, Kravitz rimmed her lower lashes with the shade and winged it out past the outer corners—a technique seen at Thakoon, Giles, and Topshop Unique. To complete the cat-eye shape, a silver shadow was shaped over her lid and around the tear duct, making for an ethereal-yet-futuristic effect. As for her glowy skin and smattering of freckles left untouched across the bridge of her nose: pure complexion perfection.
“His inspiration this season was a girl from northwest America who loves Patagonia and comes to New York to shop,” said makeup artist Diane Kendal of the designer’s muse. To reflect that same “spontaneous” spirit on the face, Kendal created a reverse cat-eye using NARS Eyeliner Pencil in Mambo—starting from the middle of the lower lash line and kicking it out past the outer corners. She topped it with reddish-brown shadow from the forthcoming Dolomites Duo. “Black is typical,” Kendal said of her shade choice. “This represents that she does what she likes to do.” The rest of the complexion was just as unfussy and fresh—using highlighter on top of cheekbones and across the lids for a subtle sheen.
The hair was less about a Seattle native armed with an American Express card, and more about a girl who hits the gym. “She has beautiful hair, but she’s been sweating,” said Odile Gilbert, who prepped strands with Kérastase Spray à Porter (a volumizing spritz) to lift the roots and blasted the back with dry shampoo for a fluffy, matte texture. After making a deep side part, Lift Vertige gel was generously applied to the front sections for a “wet” effect before they were tucked behind the ears. A few pieces of length were given a similar treatment with Touche Perfection cream. “There are some elements [in the collection] that are part of the sports world,” Gilbert explained of where she found her athletic inspiration. Appropriate, seeing as the Sochi Olympics are in full swing.
Hand in hand with the holidays come those alluring GWPs (gifts with purchase). Normally, I’d say those plastic pouches that masquerade as pochettes and totes that nobody in their right mind would actually buy are a total waste of cash and closet space. This season, however, I’ve noticed that many a beauty brand is stepping up its game. Perhaps the trend started with Jason Wu’s sophisticated take on the freebie for Lancôme, but Clark’s Botanicals Radiant Skin Collection, complete with a black clutch designed by Thakoon, is definitely keeping pace. The exterior is covered with a shimmery onyx material that can only be described as tinsel meets Astroturf, but inside is where the real magic lies: Included is a gold-flecked balm, facial mist laced with Swiss apple stem cells, and deluxe samples of the brand’s Smoothing Marine Cream and Deep Moisture Mask.
NARS’ coveted Guy Bourdin collection also contains several cosmetic bags, my favorite being the Promiscuous set that features four Mini Velvet Matte Lip Pencils and one Velvet Gloss Crayon. Stamped with a patent cobalt kiss, the soft, zippered coffret is vaguely reminiscent of a Nylon Prada pouch (minus the price tag). But no matter which option you choose, getting more bang for your buck this year is definitely in the bag.
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Makeup artist Diane Kendal revealed that the designer was revisiting the classics for Spring 2014 (with delicate pearls and jewels sprinkled throughout the collection), so she kept the look simple, with the exception of exaggerated, seventies-inspired lashes. “We did the mascara like that to give [the models] a little something, without making too much of a statement,” said the face painter. To achieve the thick and spidery fringe, the top lashes were curled and coated with at least three coats of NARS Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara. For an ethereal glow, Kendal used a light-coverage foundation to even skin tone and NARS Matte Multiple in Cappadoce (launching this spring) underneath the cheekbones, for a subtle contour, as well as on the inner corners of the eyes. Another all-in-one stick, this time in Anguilla, was used on the apples of the cheeks, for a fresh finish, and the lips were topped off with the same formula in Laos to add a hint of natural color and shine.
The hair, created by Odile Gilbert, was less pristine and precious—and inspired by Look Eight from the show (where a pearl-strap bag was wrapped around the model’s neck). After making a messy side part, she applied Kérastase Mousse Bouffante throughout and blow-dried hair, using her hands in lieu of a brush—twisting pieces as she went along. Laque Dentelle hair spray was misted all over before large sections were wrapped around a curling iron that was held vertically—this technique produces less volume, Gilbert explained. To lend texture and a matte finish, Powder Bluff (a dry shampoo) was spritzed throughout. An elastic string was then wrapped twice over the hair and around the neck to create a slight bend—and the cord was snipped just before models hit the runway. “We wanted the hair to enhance the shape of the neck and frame the shoulders,” she said. If you can’t get your hands on one of Panichgul’s extra-long bead-strap bags, opt for this backstage beauty trick to create the face-framing effect instead—your wallet will thank you later.
Former face of Miu Miu, Hailee Steinfeld, hit yesterday’s Teen Choice Awards sporting dramatic blue eye makeup and an equally impressive manicure. We’re used to seeing the 16-year-old more barefaced, but the fact that she opted for denim-colored shadow over black or grey makes it feel fresh and reminiscent of the indigo eyes seen this past Fall at Thakoon and Jason Wu. “It was still smoked, but not as hard as a black eye would be,” makeup artist Stephen Sollitto says of the more youthful navy look. While he didn’t employ quite as much sparkle as face painter Diane Kendal did at Thakoon, a touch of Ramy OMG! Over Mascara Glitter & Liner was dotted on the inner corners of Steinfeld’s eyes for a brightening effect.
As for her nails, celebrity manicurist Ashlie Johnson took inspiration from the whimsical and graphic pattern on her House of Holland dress—using a combo of Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Élixir and Blue Satin to create starbursts on Steinfeld’s ring fingers. Her pinky was painted blue not only to tie back to her bold makeup, but in honor of Secret Deodorant’s Mean Stinks campaign (where girls are asked to paint one nail blue and “pinky swear” to stop bullying). When it comes to this teen, beauty runs deep.