19 Beauty Lessons We Learned From Marc Jacobs

by Lexy Lebsack

Back in 1992—long before the days of Marc by Marc or his eponymous cosmetics line—Marc Jacobs was designing for Perry Ellis, sending models like Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell down his runway in grungy separates paired with contoured cheeks, matte wine lips, and swooshed locks. All of which happen to be having a huge moment right now. To put it mildly, the man was cementing beauty trends long before anyone knew his name.

Now Jacobs is a household name, having held the position of creative director at Louis Vuitton for 16 years (his last show was S/S 2014), along with his own brands—Marc Jacobs collection, Marc by Marc—plus, his signature fragrances and his latest, Marc Jacobs Beauty. To celebrate Jacobs’ birthday today, let’s take a walk down memory lane, from those early collections, to the custom brown nail lacquer he personally mixed for Miley Cyrus in his latest campaign.

Click through our slideshow for a look back at 19 beauty lessons we’ve learned from the birthday boy through the years. Happy birthday, Marc!

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