The No Makeup-Makeup Redux

You’ve heard it before, you’ll hear it again: The overwhelming beauty trend from New York Fashion Week this season was a natural look. Glowing skin with a bit of a highlight, brushed up brows, everyone’s own version of nude… And honestly, it always look really, really nice. Maybe not creatively inspiring, but Fashion Month is four weeks long—every city’s got to have its own wheelhouse. New York’s seems to be wearability.

But Estonian model Tiiu Kuik (pronounced TEE-you) has got a knack for the not-so-normal. Her favorite makeup artist is Kabuki—he of the Jeremy Scott shows. It’s an elevated taste picked up over something like 30 seasons in the industry (Tiiu’s 28, been modeling since she was 13, and says she feels like 100 years old in model years). She’s certainly got the wisdom to go with it: “Fashion’s new favorite word is relatable,” she says, compared to when she started back in 2001. “It was definitely different back then, in a good way and in a bad way. There was a lot of hair, a lot of nails… I had to get acrylics for every show.”

Not to go against our inherent New York-ness, the look we did with Tiiu is natural with a bit of a wink. The foundation is standard (eyeliner, blush, gloss), but the colors are refreshed. Her waterlines are taken care of my Mr. Tom Ford—his High Definition Eyeliner in Burnished Gold on the top for some lightness, and Ebony on the bottom to define the eye shape. The consistency of the liner is creamy, but gritty enough not to move around too much if you like to tightline.

On her cheeks is Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Soft Plum. If you’re new to blushes, bronzers, highlighters, or any sort of powders in general, splurge on the Ambient Lighting collection. It’s like walking everywhere with a big candle illuminating your face. Purple, with a hint of bronze-y taupe, is actually quite neutral (and a nice choice for someone as cool-toned a Tiiu), but you get the adrenaline rush of “Oh Lord I’m using purple blush!” It’s a nice feeling.

And because the office (Tom in particular) is still on the People Don’t Wear Enough Lipgloss Bandwagon, consider this a whole-hearted plug for Troy Surratt’s version, called Lip Lustre in Étoile. It’s lightweight and clear, with a whole bunch of suspended glitter for a little party-party wherever you apply it. Tiiu is wearing it on her lips and lids. No, it’s not quite reinventing the makeup application wheel—but not everything needs to break the mould. Sometimes a little purple blush and golden gloss will do.

Tiiu Kuik (The Society) photographed by Tom Newton.

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All The Backstage Beauty From NYFW F/W 2016

We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming for a special dispatch from New York Fashion Week. For seven days, Tom and company will be out and about snapping pictures, gathering soundbites, and inhaling all of the free food Spring Studios has to offer. For real time updates, you can follow us on Instagram @intothegloss and on Snapchat @glossier.irl. Then check back here, where we’ll be covering the looks in more detail. Let’s dive in:

Diane Kendal (MAC): “We wanted it very clean and fresh and simple, so basically we’re just evening out the skin, filling in the eyebrows slightly, and using taupe in the [crease] of the eye and a white eyeliner all around. It’s a lot of greys and taupey browns—in that sort of color palette. On six girls we are doing a matte red mouth with MAC Lady Danger—very simple and chic. We aren’t using a lip pencil, we’re using a brush. We dab the lip with a tissue and go over with loose powder to take any shine off. We wanted the skin to look dewy with just touches of highlight on the cheekbone and down the center. I think it goes with the look of Proenza’s inspiration…the simplicity, and adding a pop of color.”

Anthony Turner (Bumble and bumble): “It’s a very modern take on a classic hairstyle, and we’ve tried to slot it into the Proenza world and make it feel cooler and a little bit more downtown. We’re using a Bumble and bumble Prep Spray throughout the whole hair and then doing a really low side part, but really messy—very, very quick. I’m using a hairdryer and the nozzle allows me to dry the hair a lot quicker. With fashion shows, time is of the essence. Then I’m going through the hair with a flatiron because I don’t want it to be romantic, I want the ponytail to be stick straight. I’m then going through the hair section by section using Bumble Cityswept. It gives the hair an oily, gritty feel and it’s meant to look like gym hair—a little bit sweaty and worn-in. Then we just whip the hair back into a low ponytail… It holds well, and the Cityswept gives it some great shine.”

Julie Kandalec (Essie): “It’s a satin finished [nail] and the shade is called All Eyes On Nudes from the Cashmere Matte collection. This one has a mica pigment in it so it’s a little pearlescent and isn’t super matte—it gives a great texture. We talked about coloring and things like that, but we wanted this texture. There’s a lot of textures in the collection, like leathers, so I wanted something that would speak to that versus the color. It has a cooler feel to it.”

Pat McGrath (Covergirl): “Anna was talking about ‘pop-psychedelic’. Lots of Biba-esque drawings and dresses and all the Sui intricate detailing—the ‘60s, but something more unusual. The look is very simple and clean with a false lash and very natural, beautiful, gorgeous skin. We started with Covergirl Clean Matte Liquid Foundation mixed with a little moisturizer for that lustrous finish. Then we used the TruNaked Waterproof Pencil and I used the ebony side close to the lashline. Then mascara, and then we apply a double layer of lashes. It’s all about the big, graphic lash. Five girls are getting some spikes, and some girls are getting lashes drawn on…faint but very pretty. We also used a bit of our [forthcoming] TruBlend Contour Palette on the cheekbones to give a little bit of luminosity. It’s a very fresh look.”

Garren (R+Co): “[It’s] during the psychedelic period, but it’s not like Woodstock. See how it’s natural? It’s just that beautiful, youthful hair. It’s about letting hair have its personality. We used R+Co’s [forthcoming] Twister Curl Primer on the natural, curlier hair. It formulates the curl and adds control to it, so if you have soft wavy hair, it’ll encourage the wave. If you have frizzy curly hair, it’ll encourage a softer spiral so it doesn’t look frizzy. Then we have a leave-in detangler, but I figured I could use it to soften. It’s good for bleached and damaged hair. The look is not volume, it’s more movement. The volume will come when they are walking down the runway. I’m so over the over-done, over-polished thing. For this day and age and the way the girls are, they don’t work with their hair, they just let it be. They keep it in good condition.”

Dick Page (MAC): “It’s about individuality, so we’re trying not to let the makeup get in the way of that. We’ve come up with the idea using just eyeliner—black, blue, or brown liner, or some girls have nothing. And we’re also trying not to be too obvious about it, so it’s quite random. Some girls get it on the top lash line, some girls get it on the bottom, some girls get both. We’ll do a little flush in the cheek, but there’s nothing really graphic. She’s so perfect just the way she is.”

Jin Soon: “It’s done/undone. The look is more buffed, without any color, so we wanted to do a satin finish top coat. This gives a really even tone. No color underneath. This just kind of filters the look.”

Tom Pecheux (MAC): “The inspiration was a kind of fucked up Audrey Hepburn. On the skin, we just concealed where needed and contoured gently with a darker shade of foundation. The brows were groomed and filled naturally, but we used MAC Haughty and Naughty Mascara on the top lashes and applied it very thick and messily. Then we used a combination of eyeliners in Grey Utility and Costa Riche under the eye and smudged it. On the lips, we used a [forthcoming shade] to kind of beige them out.”

Dick Page (Shiseido): “On pretty much all of the girls, it’s just beautiful skin. A little bit of fill in the eyebrows, nothing too strong. But then on six girls, I’m doing a little painting on the eyelid with Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Caviar. I just wet the brush, load it up, and do a very simple paint detail. You can see the brushstrokes. Lip balm on the lips, nothing on the cheeks.”

Paul Hanlon: “The hair has a bit of a ‘70s thing to it, like that Cher one-length hair. It’s natural but a tiny bit more polished. We’re doing a middle part and flatironing the hair so it kind of looks like curtains, and we’re using a little bit of Fekkai serum in the ends. We might use Brilliantine on drier hair. And then Elnett. I mean, you could probably do every show just with Elnett hairspray, because it’s everything. You can gloss it, brush it out, you can make it hard, you can make it soft… It’s just the best.”

Deborah Lippmann: “I just got off the plane from doing the Grammys, so if I don’t make sense, please be a little forgiving. We’re actually doing kind of a layered nail look for Narciso—we’re taking this really cool taupe, She Wolf, and then we’re softening it with one coat of Like Dreamers Do. A lot of people are like, ‘Why don’t you just pour them all together?’ It just doesn’t work that way. You have the get the right amounts of opacity and sheerness. And we’re using Flat Top over the top because Narciso loves a matte nail.”

Diane Kendal (MAC): “It’s very Oscar to have that woman who likes to wear makeup, and we were also trying to make something classic a little bit more modern. The focus is on the eye, with a dramatic eyeliner. We’re using a MAC Creme Liner and drawing a rectangular piece coming through the center of the eye out towards the outer corner, and then straightening it across. On top of the pencil, I’m using a black creme liner, and then drawing a line in the contour and putting mascara just on the outer corner of the eye where the liner is. The rest of the face should have a fresh, healthy glow—a highlight on the top of the temples and down the center of the nose, filling in the eyebrows, a hint of a lip, but nothing detracting from the eyes.”

Guido (Redken): “The collection has a lot of soft pinks and it’s very feminine. There’s something about the Oscar woman that should be effortlessly sensual without being pushed in any way. So we did a chignon just below the crown of the head—it’s kind of like a painting of the hair, with soft wisps around the face… It’s 18th century, very womanly and very painterly. I used a Redken Express Primer to blowdry the hair which gives a little texture, and then I put a little Windblown in it for some hold. Then I’m catching it in a ponytail, but leaving the front out. It feels easy, even though it was thought-out. Definitely ‘uptown!’”

Sunday Riley: “The skincare process takes roughly five minutes. We try to keep it down to two or three if we can, but we want to pamper the girls as much as possible. We see a lot of redness and irritation, especially in these evening shows. So we’re starting out with our Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm. We apply just a small amount of that to the girls’ faces to remove any leftover makeup and to soothe the skin, and then we remove it with a warm washcloth. We follow with a flash facial, which is one pump of Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser and then two to three pumps of Good Genes. Then we remove the facial with a warm washcloth and apply the Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream, which is a brightening treatment infused into a next generation water cream, and it’s amazing. And it’s not tacky, which I think a lot of hyaluronic acid products are.”

Michelle Saunders (Essie): “We’re modernizing an 18th century French manicure. During that time there was no polish used—just a shiny, buffed nail with white pencil to clean underneath. It’s called a vintage glow manicure, and that’s what we’re doing today. We’re mimicking that using a shade called Hi Maintenance, which is so sheer and mimics the natural nail bed. Then we’re using our Matte About You Finisher which gives a satin finish, and highlighting the tip with Allure. It’s the most elegant manicure that you could ever have, because in the 18th century, a sign of a well-groomed nail meant health and vigor. History lesson!”

Guido (Redken): “The approach was a cool girl with a messy ponytail, a side part, and bangs. The ponytails have some grip to hold the hair out of the way and create some character, some individuality, in the front with broken pieces—and it was high on the crown, which is really flattering. I used Redken Wax Blast to get it a little edgier, so it wasn’t so soft, and it had a little shine. It was very texturized and felt very cool.”

Jin Soon: “The color reads more like a cool, downtown girl. So we did one shade of pink, so it’s kind of cool, and a little punk. We applied a Matte Maker Top Coat. It’s really good. I wish I could tell you the shade, but I can’t. It’s coming out in May!”

James Kaliardos (NARS): “We’re doing a tough, but ethereal, look for the show. For foundation, we’re using NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint—the Mulleavy sisters really like a finished look, and this does that but still keeps your skin transparent-looking. It’s important that it doesn’t look like a mask. The blush shade is Liberté, because we all care about freedom, up high on the cheek, and we’re also using a Contour Blush in Paloma, which is really alive-looking. The lip is really dark and matte—it’s a Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Train Bleu—and we’re drawing to the full extent of the lip, diffusing the ends with a Q-tip. We’re also darkening the brows with black Audacious Mascara and lining the inner rim of the eye with a metallic white pencil. It’s about mixing elements of fairy dust, moonlight, goth girl, and tough bitch.”

Odile Gilbert (Schwarzkopf): “The look is ‘naughty romantic.’ We’re wetting the hair and then squeezing the hair with a blowdryer and diffuser, to get this natural-looking texture, and finishing with an Osis Dust It Powder. From there we have some girls with a middle part, some girls with a side part, and we’re applying real flowers and crowns—then putting the hair into a bun or chignon. When they walk, the flowers should shake.”

Gucci Westman (SK-II): “The inspiration for the beauty look was the individual, strong personalities of these girls. We wanted to enhance their own beauty without cloning them, so it was very important to achieve their best skin possible. We actually used a lot of SK-II, like the Facial Treatment Essence, which we just massaged into the skin. Then we used SK-II’s [forthcoming] R.N.A. Power Cream as the last step. The makeup was minimal—I used some of MAC’s Eyeshadow in Wedge blended with their Powder Blush in Sincere over the eyes. Other than that, it’s pretty ‘real girl.’”

Julie Kandalec (Essie): “We wanted something that was unexpected, but not weird. We chose a really rich, opulent green—it’s called Stylenomics, and we’re using just one coat over everyone so it reads green on the runway. Two coats would be too dark, and it’s flattering for everything, so we didn’t think we needed to change it up.”

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Yadim (Maybelline): “The show is futuristic, but it’s also about speed and propelling forward. They wanted the girls to feel like they were in a time warp. The makeup was very natural, because in general, Opening Ceremony isn’t a big makeup moment. But we did have a makeup moment today with this amazing theatrical glitter. It’s silver but with all different color holographs in it. We applied it to certain parts of the models’ faces, almost like they’re morphing—it sticks and we’re literally adhering it with moisturizer. On the skin we’re using Maybelline Fit Me Foundation, blended and mixed with moisturizer so it doesn’t feel heavy. All around the eyes, we’re using a Brow Drama Crayon as a taupe-y wash. We’re highlighting with Maybelline’s Strobe Stick [launching in June] to give that kind of beautiful, dewdrop skin. And Baby Lips on the lips—a little on the eyelids, too. One of the references was Blade Runner and this idea of a future society, but we were careful to make it feel modern, too.”

Jimmy Paul (Bumble and bumble): “It’s the idea of motion. It’s futuristic, but at the same time, the hair is quite do-it-yourself. One side is finger-waved, and the other side is quickly gelled back with Bumble and bumble Bb Gel. In the back, it’s a little more natural—just a little bit of Dryspun to give it a wet look. If you don’t brush it, it gives a slightly crispy texture. But if you do brush it, it’ll go clean, so that’s a tip for the models who have shows after this. More than anything, the hair is inspired by girls in New York. Girls on the street, girls going out…but in spaceships.”

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Diane Kendal (MAC): “The inspiration for Prabal this season was a poem by Lord Byron called ‘She Walks In Beauty,’ so we really wanted the girls to look like they were walking in nature, having that flush, being in the elements. We decided on a wash of color over the face—on the cheeks we’re using MAC Cream Color Base in Vintage Rose just on the apples, blending down a bit, and we’re using a highlighter on top of the cheeks to give that gorgeous dewy effect. For the lips we’re using a pinky color, but mixed with foundation, so it gives a really beautiful stain. And we’re using two more bases on the eyes, Tint and Dusk, all over the lid to the eyebrow—using the brown-y one more in the contour. It’s all applied with fingers, for that worn-in look.”

Anthony Turner (John Masters Organics): “The hair follows the idea of this woman who’s been wandering through a forest—it was once something, but now it’s been a bit weathered by the wind and the rain and the rest of it. It’s very romantic and pretty. I’m using John Masters Organics’ [forthcoming] Volumizing Foam through the roots and then the Sea Mist through the middle and end, to make the hair fluffy and ethereal. I’m using my fingers to dry the whole thing and to lift the roots in the front, and I’ll crunch it with my hands to create a little bit of wave. I’m securing the hair into a ponytail, but as a nod to that Edwardian feel, I’m twisting the hair starting from the sides back into the ponytail. I’m doing it really quickly, and I’m trying to enjoy the little mistakes. It shouldn’t feel like event hair. It’s ethereal, but it should look a little rough around the edges.”

Keri Blair (MAC): “The nail is actually nude, but what’s unique about it is we’re starting with a base called Delicate, which is MAC’s manicure shade—it’s a lovely sheer pink. But we’re customizing the nude for each girl. It’s as if the girl came to her manicurist and said, ‘I want the perfect nude for me.’ The makeup is really transparent and a little bit wet, and the nail is the same way. The hand is also very luxurious and pampered, with MAC Prep & Prime Essential Oils, and the nail is really elegant and lacquered, too.”

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Tom Pecheux (Maybelline): “We’re making the girl really beautiful in a fresh, natural way. The inspiration is from the collection, which is very wintry and extremely feminine, so the makeup is a bit warmer… You can feel the winter. There’s a nice foundation of skincare, and we’re using a lot of Maybelline Cream Contour and highlight, with a pale eyeshadow—we mixed a beige gold and a copper gold, depending on the skin tone. The eyebrows are a bit groomed and fuller than they are naturally. We also used a tiny bit of a rosy cheek, so you can really feel the gold and the shimmer. On the lips, we dabbed in a white matte lipstick, to create that pale, monochrome finish. It’s very groomed, but natural at the same time.”

Orlando Pita (Phyto): “When we went into the [runway show] meeting, I saw the clothes and thought we shouldn’t have complicated hair. There are all these beautiful coats and collars and shapes, and hair would just obstruct that and not show it off. If the girl has long hair, it’s a simple knot tucked in the back. I have girls with natural hair, I have girls with short little bobs… We’re using some Phyto products to keep the hair moisturized and healthy, but other than that, we’re letting girls be individuals. There’s been sameness for way too long. This is so refreshing.”

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Tom Pecheux (MAC): “It’s an individual eyeliner look for each girl, and it’s very conceptual. I used MAC Liquidlast Liner in Point Black. I’m freaking myself out because there’s no room for mistakes, but you just have to let it go and keep it organic. The rest of the face is very nude, with a bit of contour and a bushy eyebrow—but very gentle. We used MAC Concealer to give the skin a sateen, matte finish. We have to treat the skin because it’s so dry, burned by the wind! No product is getting in, everything is just sitting on top of the skin. We’re fighting the cold.”

Odile Gilbert (Kérastase): “The Altuzarra hair is classic, natural, and imperfect, inspired by Sharon Tate in the ’60s and Kate Moss in the ’90s. We prepped with the [forthcoming] Kérastase L’Incroyable Blowdry Lotion on damp hair, and we styled for each model’s natural hair texture and style. For straighter hair, we used Mousse Bouffante on the mid-lengths and ends of the hair, and then blow-dryed with a diffuser while fluffing at the crown. For curlier hair, we used Curl Fever and blow-dryed with a diffuser again, touching the curls up with a curling iron. We fluffed and shook the curls instead of brushing them. For all looks we finished with Laque Dentelle to give hold, but still allowing for the hair’s natural movement.”

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Diane Kendal (NARS): “For Alexander, this season’s inspiration was youth culture’s take on high fashion. We did a very ‘morning’ makeup look—the girls have been up all night partying, so we just prepped the skin by moisturizing and used a light foundation to cover any blemishes. On the eyes, we applied this NARS Velvet Shadow Stick in Dark Angel all across the lid, into the contour and underneath the eye, blending that with a brush. We also went over with some moisturizer to leave a kind of a residue. There was no mascara, but on blond girls we did a very thin black liner close to the lashes to give definition. The blond girls are also getting their brows bleached, and we’re using a black brow pencil on the darker-skinned girls. We used applied lip balm on the lips and also on the eyes, just to give it a really worn-in look. And Penny Lane Cream Blush on the cheeks—just on the apples, to make them look healthy.”

Guido (Redken): “We’re reiterating the idea of individuality and different kinds of beauty. If they’ve got a cut, we’re going to emphasize that and make it stronger—if they’ve got natural hair, we’re going to emphasize that, too. A lot of the shapes are based on the ’70s, that kind of feather cut or shag. We used Redken Wax Blast to give texture. It’s got hold and a bit of shine, but with some separation—great for longer hair. It adds a little personality, but doesn’t make it too big. We also used this new Beach Envy shampoo [launching in March]. It shampoos the hair but leaves it with a beach texture. And we let it dry naturally.”

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Mayia Alleaume (MAC): “The inspiration is ski, so the girls are going to be very simple. There’s a contrast on the skin between shine and matte, so we used just a tiny bit of MAC’s [forthcoming] tinted Strobe Cream on the lid and on the cheekbone. And we don’t like powder, so we work with this MAC Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Gel that works like a powder to mattify the skin. On the cheeks, we tried to just give them a natural blush, like they’ve been outside. We did the brows with the MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set—we don’t draw, it’s more of a brush with the right color. And for the rest, we want to keep [the models’] personalities, so it’s nothing dramatic. Curled lashes, beautiful skin, it’s super simple.”

Laurent Philippon (Bumble and bumble): “It’s a case by case situation [with the hair]—the variety resides in the casting, really. So we really want to work with and enhance whatever we have. We’re using Bumble and bumble Prep with some Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil as a liquid conditioner. Sometimes we’re doing a little bit of curling iron, and we did a few heads of extensions as well for girls who need it for when the hair is thinner, to make it look full and healthy. It’s all about having healthy-looking hair, but keeping it very cool and contemporary. A lot of the hair when it’s good hair, we’ll just wet it and let it dry as it is.”

Yadim (Maybelline): “I think that the Jason girl is becoming cooler and younger, and I think there’s something to be said for the sense of rebellion that young girls have. Just a really clumpy spider lash, but only at the ends and not on the roots. It’s a little bit childlike and destroyed. We shwished mascara back and forth a couple times on the lashes, the roots are not getting any, only the ends. I’m putting a bunch of them together to make four or five really big lashes. On the ends is an all purpose clear gloss and it looks amazing. Then what we did was put a little taupe on top—almost like a wash—for depth.”

Deborah Lippmann: “It’s kind of a younger, edgier Jason Wu, but she’s still chic and a little grungy. The grungy girl who still does her nails! We were originally doing red nails, but until the girls got dressed and went down the runway, it just seemed like too much of a departure. It became a full, opaque beige called Fashion–appropriately. It’s the color I use most in fashion shows. This has a little too much yellow in it for my skin, so when I’m applying it to myself or someone who has a pinker skin tone, I have to apply very, very thin coats, otherwise my cuticle turns red. Your body literally says, “Nope, that’s not right.” For darker skin tones we would do a normal application and for girls with lighter skin tones we do it very sparingly.”

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Emi Kaneko (MAC): “The look is a little messy with a sweet element… We came up with ‘Dangerously Sweet.’ We used a MAC Kohl Power Eye Pencil in Feline all around the rim and inside the eye and it’s quite thick. I have the girls blinking afterwards so it’s been worn in. There’s no mascara and nothing on the brows—the liner is the big star. For the cheeks we used this Cremeblend Blush in Something Special, applied kinda like she’s been out and about in the winter of New York—like today! For the lips, just a little bit of Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Back in Vogue. We used it as a stain, so the lips look wind-blown, not chapped.”

Naomi Yasuda (MAC): “We did a reverse French manicure for the show. Crime scenes were one of his inspirations, so I wanted to do something a little bit spooky and goth but fun and young at the same time. We prep the nails with a base coat and applied MAC Nocturnal Black Pigment. Then we used either MAC Flaming Rose or Fabulous Fete a little bit above the cuticle line. The top coat was MAC Shadow—it’s a semi-sheer translucent black polish. It darkens the base and gives depth to the red and silver, but also retains its vividness.”

Photographed by Tom Newton. Story updated as of February 19, 2016 at 2:25pm.

We’ll be updating throughout Fashion Week. In the meantime, catch up on all things NYFW in The Backstage.

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The New Sk8r Girls In Pop Magazine

Brianna Capozzi and Stevie Dance make such a good pair. Between the two of them—and everyone else in the Venice Beach skater girl story from the most recent issue of POP—they know how to shoot exactly what I feel like looking at right now. It’s all about that sun-filled hazy film grain, good skin, clothes that don’t feel stiff or sophisticated, and a wink (if you’ll allow me to be a bit cheesy). “We wanted to make a story that had the types of women we grew up admiring,” Stevie told me. “Ones that look like the girls on your family beach holiday that were always unedited and healthy and unaware. Ones with bodies. Ones without haircuts. Ones with big smiles.”

Everything is fun and light, and we got to be included this time in the smallest way—a little smear of some Balm Dotcom. Makeup artist Ingeborg prepped all the girls using it on their lips, she confirmed via email. The issue is still rolling out in the US, but it’s out on Instagram if you follow Stevie, Ingeborg, Shaughnessy Brown, Sophie Koella et al. Fitting for now since Stevie and Brianna found most of the girls on social media. One of the girls, Jeet, is from Bondi Beach, Australia, and had never been to the US. “She flew herself over and showed up wanting to go to In-N-Out with some flip-flops on and a silk beach dress in her bag and not much else,” Stevie told me. “Georgia [Fowler] is an Aussie too and has the body of a human weapon—I’ve known her since she was a kid it seems….Sophie is a living Los Angeles angel, Becca [Hiller], Shaughnessy, Cayley [King]—each of them special and unique and of their own magic.”

And there you have it. Girls inspired by girls. Magic.

—Tom Newton

Images from POP Magazine, Issue 34, Spring/Summer 16. Photography by Brianna Capozzi. Fashion by Stevie Dance, POP’s Fashion Director (and ITG contributor). For more of the issue, visit

Remember Lara Stone’s unretouched Juergen Teller photos for System? Tom does. Let him tell you all about it.

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Five Reasons Not To Be Afraid Of Red Eyeshadow

Red eyeshadow is to the makeup world as Russell Crowe is to the movie industry. A little dangerous, but inarguably versatile and probably right for the role regardless of the situation. It’s funny that red in particular carries with it this bad rap—it’s classic to the point of being ubiquitous on lips, so why not give it a little more walking room on your face? (Unfortunately we can’t in good conscious recommend using that same red lipstick on your lids. A) Bacteria. B) Certain pigments in lipstick actually have the ability to semi-permanently stain your lids.)

Disregarding the common associations for a minute (pink eye mainly), red is warm, neutral, and comes in a wide range of tones…a little something for everyone! So below is something of a beginner’s guide we put together with the help of makeup artist Grace Ahn and Athena Wilson’s face + transformative haircut. Not sure which kind of red look suits you? Here’s how to sub it in for a color you already use. Get outside your comfort zone a bit—it’s good for you!

Instead of bronze…


Grace started small here, using Kat Von D’s Metal Crush Shadow in Raw Power blended out until the concentration was so slight, it almost looked taupe. Keep the rest of the face bright with this look—neutralize any redness under the eye with something like MAC’s Eyeshadow in Omega and bring out the cheekbones with MAC Blush in Prism. Grace used Maybelline’s Lash Discovery Mascara in Black on the lashes (“It’s a super tiny wand so you can get all the way into the root”) to make the look a bit more feminine. Accentuate with Rosebud Salve on the lips.

Instead of orange…


Grace paired a sheer wash of color here with a glossy finish. Start with Nars Single Eyeshadow in Persia. Because the color skews more orange or yellow than it does red, blending below the eye won’t look sickly at all–go for it. Then reach for Make’s super great product Face Gloss. Any lipgloss will do, but Face Gloss wears longer than most of them, while feeling more like Eight Hour Cream. Best non-lipstick lipstick Clinique Black Honey works for lips… It’s as light as the eye, but a little deeper in color to ground the face.

Instead of a standard cat eye…


Grace swears that Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Liner in Iridescent Red is the only viable red eyeliner on the market. (Holler in the comments if you’ve found another option, though.) Layer it directly above a swipe of Surratt Beauty’s Auto-Graphique Eyeliner (“the best formula and the best brush that doesn’t leak”). For a bit more drama, Grace used Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Volume Mascara (heh), plus a combination of Madina Chic n’ Shine + MAC Blunt Blush to contour. Nude lip courtesy of Le Metier de Beauté in Cashmere.

Instead of pink…


Something graphic! The bold color can be found at the center of Dior’s 5 Couleurs Palette in Trafalgar. (It should be noted that while the in-your-face-ness of this look is obvious, the Trafalgar palette is supremely wearable and has a lot of not-red in it, too. Well worth the money.) Wet the sponge tip applicator that comes with the package and start outlining and filling in. It’s lot on the eyes, so stick with MAC Lipglass on the lips.

Instead of a dark smoky eye…


Rituel de Fille’s Eye Soot is a given here—so good, Grace used two, in Nightshade and Viscera. Blend one out on the top, then layer another just on the lid. Smudge Sephora’s Diamond Eyeliner in Swagga for some twinkle in your eye.

Athena Wilson (Marilyn) photographed by Tom Newton. Makeup by Grace Ahn.

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Sarah Brannon, Model

“I never wanted to move to New York City—I never even wanted to visit. I always wanted to live in LA, but it’s super different and I never really fit in. I felt like I couldn’t be myself, but I was 18 and I didn’t really know who I was either. Plus, LA is hard because you have to drive. I couldn’t go out at all and I lived with a scout from LA Models and I slept on an air mattress for four months. When I moved to New York, I was so miserable though—I actually dyed my hair dark the first day I came here. My hairdresser Ali [Fares] did it at Salon Ishi uptown…I’m actually going there tomorrow. When I go in there, it feels warm and welcome, so that means it’s not super bougie. It works for me even though I’m not a super fancy Upper East Side lady. That’s why I love Brooklyn because I feel like I can be myself. I like to go to Spa Castle, but I hate going to these spas in places like that because I feel like everyone is judging me. I try to avoid those places all together, but Salon Ishi is like home.

In my second season, Guido [Palau] cut only my bangs. So he cut them really short, but they grew out finally, and then this past season Guido cut my hair again at Wang. It’s one thing if I get a haircut—I don’t really care—but bangs are a big thing. My hair grows so fast, but you just have to deal with it. It’s grown so much and my bangs are super long so I’ve just started pushing them to the side, and eventually they’ll just start blending in with my hair. This season we are doing nothing! I can’t deal with any more hair cuts!

My color gets super faded super quick, which kind of sucks, but if I’m not working, I don’t wash my hair because I want it to stay healthy. When I do wash my hair, I use the Bumble and bumble Quenching Shampoo and Conditioner. It did wonders for my hair—so expensive, but it’s totally worth it. It’s all I use and it works fine with my hair. If I’m not working I’ll wash it like twice a week, max, but if I am working I’ll wash it whenever I get done with work, which could be every night.

If I’m going out, I’ll usually leave it natural or I wear it in a low bun that’s super loose with wavy, natural hair—very relaxed and pretty. Every once in a while, if my hair is a little flat, I’ll use a sea salt spray, which gives it a little bit of heft and wave and texture, but for the most part I don’t do anything to it.

I’ve always struggled with acne. It’s mostly hormonal acne on my jawline and on my chin. I was always trying new shit and it never worked out, so eventually I was like, ‘I’m just gonna cut the crap and do something super basic.’ I got a Cetaphil Antibacterial Bar and I started washing with that. At the same time, I got the Kate Somerville EradiKate…and they have a Clarifying Treatment Toner and then I’ll use the Oil Free Moisturizer. But the spot treatment is the most important. My friend who is a makeup artist, Lisa Aharon, introduced me to the brand, saying, ‘I’ve had so many clients use that stuff and it really works.’ I’ve literally been using it for three weeks and this is the best my skin has looked when I’m not wearing makeup in two years. I’m really fair and my skin has like pink tones in it so I get redness even if I’m not broken out, but the toner helps with that. The moisturizer is really thick and creamy, but not too heavy. It makes me glow—it’s the perfect product. Oh, I also have the ExfoliKate from her as well, but I’ll use it maybe once a week, max. Every time people say, ‘Oh you should try this or that,’ and I never do, but a lot of people told me about Kate Somerville and I tried it and it worked.

When I’m doing my makeup—I don’t do this every day—I’ll use the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick, followed by the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant Light. When I got it the salesguy said that most people use it as a setting powder, but for me it’s a bronzer. I put it on my cheekbones to shape my face a little. I like to use this Sephora Pro-Stippling Brush or their Airbrush Sponge. Together, the products give me a little bit of color and shine, too. If I don’t feel like doing the Make Up For Ever, I’ll use the Givenchy Mister Light Corrective Pen. I use it only in certain areas like under my eyes because it makes it brighter. Then, I have the Hourglass Mineral Primer, but I’ll only use it if I’m going out and want to look amazing. It’s not heavy and it helps my concealer stay better. If I’m going out and drinking and sweating, it really helps. I don’t use it very often, but it’s supposed to look amazing in pictures.

If I need an eyelash curler or mascara, I’ll just go to CVS. Last time I was at ITG, I got the Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch Mascara and I like it because it’s not super chunky and it makes my lashes really long and thin. I’m also crazy about Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Rose Velvet right now. Also, my mom does this thing where she wears this reddish-brown lipstick and I’ve just been super inspired by her lately and the whole ’90s thing. Think Winona Ryder–super dark hair, pale skin, blue eyes­. I see these girls wearing a matte brownish lip, so I got one. But I have to be careful with colors because my skin tone is hard to work with. Like, I’ve always loved a smoky eye, but I feel like I’ve learned [from makeup artists] what looks good, what to do, what not to do. I’ve strayed away from that and instead do very simple lips or eyebrows because I feel like it draws too much attention, especially with my style. I feel like I can’t go too crazy with my makeup.

My brows are really thick and curly, so the shape can get kind of wild. It’s about shaping them and dying them. They wash out really easily and turn a weird greenish color, though. I use the Sephora Waterproof Retractable Brow Pencil in Midnight Brown. It has a little brush at the end and I have to brush my brows because they’re crazy. That’s all I really do for brows. They’re pretty dark, so that’s a statement. My inspiration is Joan Jett. She’s a fuckin’ bad ass and she wears whatever she wants and she’s not afraid. She’s not a girly girl and she’s not going to dress like that for men–she’s gonna wear whatever the fuck she wants and I love that! It inspires me to be myself and wear whatever I want.”

—as told to ITG

Sarah Brannon photographed by Tom Newton at her home in New York on January 13, 2016.

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