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How to pull off mod beauty trends without looking outdated

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"If you can convince yourself that you look fabulous,"Andy Warhol once said, "you can save yourself the trouble of primping." Maybe so, but who wouldn't want to spend a little extra time this season – when the seriously groovy, mod-inspired spring collections of designers such as Marc Jacobs and Miuccia Prada are still fresh in everyone's memory – to channel Edie Sedgwick, the Warhol Superstar and 1960s It girl. Sedgwick's strong brows, Bambi-like lashes and pale skin informed the beauty look created for Jacobs's show by the makeup guru François Nars, whose own brand NARS – not coincidentally – has just launched a limited-edition Andy Warhol range of makeup in dazzling pop-art hues.

If colour is what you're after, look no further than Michael Kors's recent runway presentation, where models sashayed down the catwalk with thick arcs of either kelly green or turquoise liner applied above the creases of their eyelids. Alternatively, take a page from the Versus show and give the classic black cat eye a 21st-century update by painting it on in electric blue.

For an even bolder take on mod beauty, though, check out Anna Sui's spring show, where models sported pink, peach and lavender wigs in styles reminiscent of the cuts that Vidal Sassoon used to give model and mod fashion muse Peggy Moffitt, as famous for her shortly cropped hair as she was for her Kabuki-like eye makeup. Incidentally, Sassoon, who revolutionized women's hair care in the sixties with his signature wash-and-wear cuts, is poised for a revival of sorts come January, when the brand he founded releases a Pro Series range of colour, care and styling products for the masses.

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No matter how mad you are for mod, however, the trick is not to be "too literal with how you reinterpret it," says Toronto-based hair and makeup artist Vanessa Jarman, who created the looks on these pages. In other words, make sure to keep your mod look "modern," which, more than 50 years ago, was the original meaning of the term.

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