Beauty Flashback - Shari Belafonte, Inc. In this series, I look back at models, entertainers and celebrities who have left an indelible mark on the world of beauty, fashion, modeling, and style for me.

In the 80's Shari Belafonte was a multiple Vogue cover girl, spokesperson as well as actress on the television series, Hotel.

Her Vogue covers were shot by famed photographer, Richard Avedon. Her trademarks were her incredible skin, fantastic smile and her closely cropped hair and sporty/chic attitude. She's gone on to dye her hair blond, as well as wear it longer and with braids, but this classic look is the one I've always loved on her and makes her face stand out.

By the way, did you know she is also the first and only model of color to ever grace the US Vogue cover 5 times (as well as multiple Glamour magazine covers)?

This first Vogue cover (shown above), from June 1986, is one of my favorites. I love the mix of

pink and peachy make up shades to complement the sweater and natural shades of the hat and tank. It really makes her complexion and glowing skin stand out. In almost all of her Vogue covers Shari wears a hat, and in this one it's a cute straw bowler. The eye makeup is very natural as are the full brows.

This second Vogue cover is a few years earlier, December 1982. She's a bit more glam in this cover, wearing much deeper eye makeup with cobalt blue eye pencil on the lower rims, matching the blue jacket. The lips are a pretty light plum shade. She's again wearing her trademark closely cropped natural hair. No hat in this one though!

In this May 1985 Vogue cover, the hat is back (this time a beret style) and she's surrounded in white. The makeup is fresh and bronzy, the brows still full and natural. This time the hair is a bit longer in front and spiky/straight. The skin of course is the big feature here, along neutral lips, natural eye makeup - and those great teeth! - RLB

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