Rethinking That 'The Face' Cover

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Here's a reference: Bridget Hall on the cover of The Face, January 1998. It's a photo crying out for a moodboard. That true blue eyeshadow (but it's probably straight-up paint) all the way up to the eyebrow. That imperfectly applied red lip. There's no real rhyme or reason for it—it's not sexy, and it's certainly not natural or wearable. But that hasn't stopped it from influencing editorial makeup application for nearly two decades. Most recently, that face (the face) made it onto the runway in Céline's show last season. Still iconic...and still a bit unwearable in everyday life.

Maybe it's the dregs of Fashion Month almost past, but it feels like it's time for a more directional look. And The Face cover, in all its creative un-wearability, is ripe for that sort of thing. Take the concept of a blue eye and a red lip, but play around with the opacity and hue and you've got a fun activity to hold you for an evening or two. Here's how we did it IRL:

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Eyes: Dolce and Gabbana The Eyeshadow in Summer Hue 104

_Lips: Shiseido Veiled Rouge in _Carnevale
RD 506

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Eyes: ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Taco

Lips: Chanel Travel Makeup Palette

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Eyes: Nars Eye Paint in Solomon Islands

Lips: Nars Audacious Lipstick in Lana

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Eyes: Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner in Cobalt

Lips: Temptu Color True Lipstick in Coral Blaze

Rachel Ballinger photographed by Tom Newton. Makeup by Jen Steele.

Rachel is wearing a Ganni sweater (look 1), a vintage tee (look 2), a Ganni shirt (look 3) and a Maje blouse (look 4).

More blue eyeshadow—specifically, 14 additional shades of it— right this way.

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