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5 posts tagged "Vogue Paris"

Smoke And Mirrors


gisele-french-vogueWe didn’t see smoky eyes en masse on the runways, but Gisele Bündchen’s November cover of French Vogue certainly makes a case for a comeback. Perhaps the real reason black and gray shadow will never be retired, however, is purely scientific. Assistant clinical professor at Harvard Medical School and research psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital Nancy Etcoff released her findings on the power of makeup and perception in a 2011 study that focused on looks labeled as natural, professional, and glamorous. Now, she’s revealing part two, on which she collaborated with CoverGirl, focusing on the sexy look, characterized by “dramatic [makeup] that showcases heavy contrast around the eyes.” Participants rated women wearing the sexy look as being more daring, sociable, and healthy (albeit “less stable” than those who were bare-faced). “This just reaffirms our initial finding that the sexy look gives off social power cues, driving others’ perceptions of a woman’s beauty, power, and dominance,” explained Etcoff at a recent industry event. But the effects of dramatic eye shadow didn’t stop there—she also discovered that women who were taught how to apply the sexy look had an increase in positive moods, a decrease in negative ones, and an overall boost in self-esteem. Who needs therapy when you’ve got tools like CoverGirl’s SmokyShadowBlast stick at your disposal?

Daria’s Nose Ring: Love It or Hate It?


Daria VPHere at, we live for any form of a Daria Werbowy sighting, and have been ogling her new August cover of Paris Vogue (which hits newsstands on the 19th) since it leaked earlier today. The supermodel was shot by David Sims—who she recently worked with on the Salvatore Ferragamo Fall ’13 campaign—for the French publication’s London-themed issue. Sporting nothing but a snug Ralph Lauren military jacket, Werbowy looks naturally gorgeous with artfully mussed tresses, natural makeup, and a rather conspicuous nose ring. The piercing has drifted in and out of style over the past few years (recall the door-knocker-size septum hoops from Givenchy’s Spring ’12 couture collection), but Werbowy’s flawless visage is the most convincing argument for the trend we’ve seen in a while.

Throwback Thursday: Moss’ Mulberry Mouth


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: Kate Moss

The Moment: Burgundy lips, in their original glory.

The Motivation: Not that we need a reason to celebrate Ms. Moss’ illustrious career, but the super-est of them all did celebrate her thirty-ninth birthday this week and hasn’t lost a beat since she shot this 1993 editorial for Vogue Paris. If the four hundred-plus pages in her recently released tome Kate: The Kate Moss Book weren’t enough visual evidence, this shot is yet another reminder of the ingenue’s timeless appeal: Fall’s favorite burgundy lipstick looks fresh and new on a 19-year-old Kate, who paired the pigment with clear, luminous skin, subtly lined eyes framed by thin, darkened brows, and a black Yves Saint Laurent topper that Hedi Slimane updated for his Spring 2013 Saint Laurent show. No wonder Moss was such an outspoken fan of the designer’s first collection.

Photo: Max Vadukul for Vogue Paris, August 1993; Courtesy of

Raquel Gets Ready To Rock


While platinum blond has been the big hair color story backstage for the past few seasons (catwalkers like Britt Maren, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Siri Tollerød, and Kasia Struss have all been tempted by the peroxide bottle), something dark was afoot for Spring. “[She] just looks tougher with the brown hair,” coiffing star Guido Palau said of Struss after he took her brunette at Balenciaga. “It’s a little more tomboyish,” he explained of the chocolaty shade, an opinion that is apparently shared by styling star Paul Hanlon. In this month’s issue of French Vogue, Hanlon gave a typically dirty-blonde Raquel Zimmermann the tough-chick treatment, sculpting wispy dark chestnut strands with a messy fringe to complement a rock-inspired editorial that seems to say, “Blondes may have more fun, but brunettes are not to be messed with.” What do you think of the Brazilian stunner’s bad-girl makeover?

Photo: Yannis Vlamos /; David Simms for Vogue Paris, December/January 2012

Bella Fleck Tones


We penned a love letter to freckles earlier this summer, and now that Fall is making its rapid return we’re realizing that all of those adorable speckled flecks don’t have to fade with our tan. At least that seems to be the message the makeup artistry establishment is trying to send. At Chloé, face painter Charlotte Tilbury turned to MAC’s trusty Lip Pencil in Hodge Podge to stencil a few light spots across models’ cheekbones, and in the September issue of Vogue Paris, Chanel creative director of makeup, Peter Philips, did the same for a “Hippie Living” story starring Anja Rubik. In classic Philips form, Rubik’s beauty marks come in a range of colors—yellow, pink, white, and dark green—a perfect complement to the multi-hued beaded braids that coiffing star Christiaan wove around her face. It’s a little costume-y, sure, but turning your eyeliners and lip pencils into multi-use face pigments can be a good look when executed well at the right venue—say, the Spring shows? That ought to get the street style bloggers’ attention.

Photo: Inez & Vinoodh for Vogue Paris, September 2011; Luca Cannonieri /