To celebrate MAC's recent collaboration with Helmut Newton, we look back on four other beauty collabs that made us look twice.



4 Beauty Collabs That Will Give You Life

In case you haven’t heard, MAC recently released a new collection of beauty products that pays tribute to legendary photographer, Helmut Newton. Often referred to as the “King of Kink,” Newton, who was a regular contributor to Vogue and Vanity Fair, was known for his rather raunchy portrayals of glamor, and for deviating from the norm. His 1975 spread for Vogue Paris that featured Yves Saint Laurent’s infamous tuxedo, for instance, was salacious, androgynous, and markedly different from the majority of fashion photography during that time.

Newton will forever be a perennial icon in the industry, and by serving up a collection of beauty products rife with dramatic shades, MAC does an impeccable job at capturing his unabashed, contrarian, and ultimately pioneering aesthetic. 


So to celebrate this exciting new collaboration, here are four other beauty collabs that made us look twice.

Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder

To say that Victoria Beckham has been killing it ever since she ended her run as Posh Spice would be an understatement. Ever since she started her line, she’s been steadily delivering fantastic designs that strike the perfect balance between sophistication and indolence, and come complete with fluid silhouettes and luxe fabrics. And her FW16 collaboration with Estée Lauder follows in the same vein. The line includes 14 products inspired by Beckham’s favorite cities: London, Los Angeles, New York, and Paris. “I want to make women feel empowered, to feel sexy and confident. This makeup collection does that. I’m a girl’s girl, I love to make women feel like the best version of themselves,” she said of the line. The products we’re most excited about? The Eye Metals Shadow ($45) in Charred Emerald and the Lipstick ($45) in Chilean Sunset from the Paris kit.


Jason Wu x Caudalie Beauty Elixir

If you haven’t yet discovered the saving grace that is Caudalie, now is definitely the time. The French brand has teamed up with Jason Wu to launch a limited edition beauty spray. The designer gave Caudalie’s signature Beauty Elixir ($45) spray a whole new look, drawing on his own SS16 collection for inspiration. The new package design features a custom graphic lace pattern and a gold top, a nod to Wu’s Diane Bag, which lend the bottle a ritzy feel. If you’re intrigued, that’s because you should be. Inspired by Queen Isabelle of Hungary’s “elixir of youth,” the toning and hydrating spray is a favorite of celebrities and the fashion industry.


Lancôme x Sonia Rykiel

The Parisian fashion house Sonia Rykiel has joined forces with Lancôme to create a 12-piece, limited-edition collection that is jam-packed with the designer’s signature vibrancy and joie de vivre. And you can sense the Rykiel influence before even opening up the products; French street artist André custom designed the packaging for the collection, combining Rykiel’s iconic stripes with funky squiggles, lips, and hearts. Oh and the makeup itself? Bright and fun, without being too over-the-top—just as Rykiel would’ve wanted it. Personally, we’re eyeing the Maxi Palette ($60) and the Lip Crayon ($29).


Grace Coddington x Comme des Garçons

While we’re not entirely on board with the idea of trying to own someone else’s bodily scent, we are on board if that person is Grace Coddington. And thanks to a new Comme des Garçons collab, you can. The former creative director of Vogue teamed up with Comme des Garcons to create Grace by Grace Coddington ($145), a blend of rose, peach blossom, and white musk that’s inspired by Coddington’s vivid memories of her mother’s garden as well as the Floris scent Red Rose, which Coddington used to wear back in her modeling days. The scent itself is—how do we put this—magical, but to make matters even more enticing, it just has to come packaged in a beautiful bottle too. Designed by Fabien Baron, the bottle boasts a playful feline design—a nod to Coddington’s love for cats. 


Images via Dazed, courtesy of MAC, Estée Lauder, Caudalie, Sonia Rykiel, and Comme des Garçons

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