Beauty Flashback: This Week's Retro Icon Is Linda Evangelista

08 February 2013 by

As NY fashion week kicks off it seems only fitting that the first of our brand spanking new beauty flash backs is dedicated to the supermodel who embodies everything we love about NYC’s minimal beauty style. Yes ladies, we’ve got a lot to learn from original queen of the catwalk Linda Evangelista this season. Nicknamed the ‘Chameleon’ because of her ever changing hair colour and style, it’s the 90’s NY Linda we love best, a moment captured in time by iconic fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh’s black and white images of the super.  Here’s why she’s rocks our world right now…

1. Business Like Brows

For starters there’s those business like brows. Precisely arched but not too thin, not too thick  (take note Cara D) allowing her to brush them up into a bushy boyish style at a moment’s notice or just as quickly slick them down into a glossy power arch. When Graziadaily met La Linda (Yes in the flesh!) she told us she was all about her brows and in fact always insisted on doing them herself for shoots and shows to make sure they were just so. Her best brow friend? A not too soft, not too hard brown pencil two shades darker than your natural hair colour.

2. The No Make-up Eyes

Then we have those smouldering ‘no make-up’ eyes. Very S/S 13. Now when we say no make-up we don’t actually mean no make-up. In fact Linda revealed to us that the night before a shoot with Lindbergh, the photographer would request that she slept in her eye make-up to get that melted into the skin, sexy smudged look. And they say models always take their make-up off…. Get the look without sleeping in your make-up courtesy of Clinque Chubby Stick For Eyes in Bountiful Beige, £19.00. You might also want to take a leaf out of the super’s beauty book and apply your make-up in the best light possible. FYI Evangelista keeps her make-up on a sliver tray that she can move from window to window until she finds the perfect make-up applying light…

3. Scrubbed Skin

Next up is that scrubbed skin. Glowing and foundation free in the way that only a supermodel or dermatologist-seeing New Yorker can! Now we know for a fact that back in the day a tub of Vaseline and spritz of Evian Facial Mist were every make-up artists best friend when it came to getting this kind of skin but thankfully today there are foundations that cover and give the same fresh, plump look. Try a layer of Yonka Bon Mine, £32.80 to get a moist golden glow and follow up by pressing Mac Face & Body Foundation, £26.50 onto skin with your fingers.

4. The Androgynous Crop

Finally we come to that androgynous crop, the crop of all crops! Floppy but flattering, mannish but sexy and most importantly kept short at the sides but always slightly longer on top. A quick swap of the parting and she’s transformed from androgynous elfin to lesbian chic, to dolce vita glamour and back to boyish beauty. Make like Linda and style yours wet look for evening edge and scruffed up during the day.  


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