The Chelsea Girl Look - Beauty Addict

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

The Chelsea Girl Look

Wondering what these three makeup items have to do with this album cover? Well, you're looking at MAC Lipglass in Nico Now, NARS Blush in Nico, and NARS Lip Lacquer in Chelsea Girls. And there's the original Chelsea Girl herself, on the cover of her debut solo album in 1967.

Though Nico died nearly 20 years ago, her sound and her look continue to inspire musicians and makeup artists alike.

Born Christa Paffgen in Cologne, Germany, Nico was a model, actress and singer who worked most famously with The Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol, in addition to a successful solo music career.

Nico has a great story and was a muse to so many tastemakers and musicians in the 60s and 70s - she appeared in several of Warhol's experimental films (including Chelsea Girls), Bob Dylan wrote a song for her, and she sang lead vocals for Velvet Underground on one of the most influential rock albums of all time. Check out her Wikipedia page for more info - she has a connection with nearly every influential filmmaker and musician of her era! So, I thought it would be fun to feature a few of the products that bear her name:

MAC Lipglass in Nico Now is part of the limited edition Originals collection. It's described as a mid-tone grey purple with multicolored pearl, but trust me, it's lot more wearable than it sounds! In fact, it's the lip color I've been reaching for the most these days.

NARS Blush in Nico is a pale, natural, glowy shade that does for cheeks what All About Eve shadow duo does for eyes. It's perfect for a subtle glow, or use it as a highlighter in combination with a darker blush.

NARS Lip Lacquer in Chelsea Girls is a nude beige gloss that makes a perfect pairing for a dark smokey eye without leaving lips looking "dead." The glossiness keeps the lip looking fresh, while the peachy-beige shade won't compete with a dark eye.

Aromaleigh also makes a gold-hued, loose powder mineral eyeshadow called Nico. Her influence certainly lives on!

So slick on a coat of Nico Now gloss, highlight those cheeks with the NARS blush, and listen to "These Days." I think a spritz of Bond No. 9 Andy Warhol Silver Factory would be a perfect finishing touch!