By Courtney E. Smith

For the autumn/winter season of our award-winning Style Files series, we invited the ladies of one of our favorite indie-pop bands to stand in as our models. Annie Hart, Heather D’Angelo and Erika Forster of Au Revoir Simone, who were on a break from touring in support of their new album Move In Spectrums, stopped by our studios and let us work some beauty magic on them. The results were all tour-friendly looks for the already fashionable musicians.

Wine-Stained Lips

The ’90s are back in a big way, so make-up artist Joanna Lily Wong showed Erika how to do that brick color you remember Drew Barrymore and Jennie Garth rocking back in the day — but with a modern twist. Fall 2013 fashion shows went wild with textured lips, so we tapped into how to make that work. Joanna’s secret trick with powder and a Kleenex buffer helped Erika achieve a textured, matte look without any dryness — and it’ll last all show.

Messy Fun Bun Tutorial

We paired Annie with hair stylist Adam Markarian — who told us some great stories behind the scenes about working for Alexander McQueen — to create a messy fun bun. Annie was looking for something easy and quick to do on tour that would look sophisticated and soft. Adam showed her the right hair prep, the best twist for the messy bun and how to lock in hair pins.

V Is for Vixen Manicure

We put Heather with manicurist and nail artist Julie Kandalec — who has had an amazing year doing nail art fanatic Demi Lovato’s look on the cover of Cosmo and putting polish on Marion Cotillard before the Met Ball — and the duo cooked up their own new look: the V is for Vixen manicure. Heather told us she’s committed to wearing polish while on tour after she broke all her nails in “spectacular fashion” (tends to happen when you pound on synths and keyboards every night). Julie pointed Heather towards nudes — popular this season and good at masking chipping — but added a rock ‘n’ roll twist with the sharp black V.


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