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28.10.11 Beauty, Hair

Beauty Trend Spotting: Lacquered Locks

Between the messy side braid, the disheveled top knot, and tousled bedhead tresses, it’s truly hard to fathom why women still have bad hair days, and have yet to master the done-undone look.

Another chic and easy hairstyle to fallback on? The shiny slick back.

Seen all over the Fall 2011 runways (Ralph Lauren, Giambattista Valli, Mary Katrantzou, Salvatore Ferragamo, The Row), stars like Camilla Belle and Keira Knightley are starting to shellac their strands to their scalps as well. Such a laissez-faire, yet entirely appropriate red carpet look.

Get The Look in Three Swift Steps:
-Starting with damp hair, insert a deep side part and brush hair back into a low position.
-Maintain your wet look for the entire day by liberally coating strands with Redken Hardwear 16 Super Strong Sculpting Gel (available at Redken salons for $13).
-Tautly secure at the nape of your neck.

Finish your pared-down but perfect look with bold earrings, a bit of lipstick and blush, topped off with a few coats of mascara.

Total prep time—five minutes flat. —India-Jewel Jackson

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28.10.11 Beauty, Hair

Beauty Trend Spotting: And We’re Rolling…


Very rarely do we retrogress back to the ’40s to derive beauty inspiration, but if ever there was a wartime look to repeat, rockabilly victory rolls absolutely gets our vote.

Made famous by voluptuous sex kittens of yesteryear, it’s no wonder modern-day pinup Katy Perry is at the forefront of this revival—also seen on the Fall 2011 Miu Miu catwalk.

Thing is, there’s good news and bad news about this one. The bad news? This architectural-esque look is anything but DIY for beginners, though the brave can follow this excellent step-by-step tutorial. The good news? As Madonna and Diane Kruger prove, it is simple to simulate.

While the ‘material girl’ leaves hair loose on both sides for a breezy bohemian style, and the German actress’s locks are neatly brushed for a more polished look, both versions are quick and easy to recreate—and a great way to reinvent curls that are a few days old.

Starting with soft messy waves, insert a short off-center part using your forefinger. With both hands, roll a large section of hair away from your face, securing mid-crown with a few small hair pins (we love Conair Styling Essentials Mini Pins, $6.99 at Amazon.com).

For a bit of volume in the front (like Madonna’s look), gently insert your fingertips into the roll and loosen and lift strands by wiggling your digits. For a cleaner look, à la Diane, brush the hair above both ears back and pin alongside the roll. —India-Jewel Jackson

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19.10.11 Beauty, Skincare

We Know Gwyneth Paltrow’s Sssssssssmooth Sssssssskin Sssssssssecret

Love her or hate her, you have to admit—Gwynnie has it all: A loving family and fantastic friends, a stellar multifaceted career, an approachable demeanor, a divine figure, and undeniable beauty. (Jealous yet?) We’re not sure what all of her secrets are, but we’re clued in on one or two…

The gorgeous GOOP author credits her fabulous body to Tracy Anderson and her youthful complexion to Sonya Dakar’s $450 Snake Venom Age Control Facial, a progressive antioxidant-rich treatment that features the controversial SYN-AKE® peptide, a synthetic (oft-compared to Botox) ingredient that mimics the biological composition of temper viper snake venom, which works to temporarily paralyze expression lines and wrinkle-prone muscles in the face, namely around the eyes and in the forehead.

If a trip to Beverly Hills for a pricey appointment at the Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic isn’t in the budget right now, perhaps a bottle of Sonya Dakar Skincare Ultraluxe-9 Age Control Complex is.

Ringing up at a far cheaper $185 (available at SonyaDakar.com), this miracle-cream-in-a-bottle is also formulated with a concentrated version of SYN-AKE®, along with 9 other potent anti-aging additives which work in tandem to stimulate collagen reproduction while filling in fine lines, thus halting wrinkle formation.

If it does all it says it does—worth every single penny, I’d say. What say you? —India-Jewel Jackson

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18.10.11 Beauty

Kate Middleton Is Obsessed with Sienna Miller—Say What?

Yes, you read that headline right.

Word on the beauty curb is that The Duchess of Cambridge is obsessed—obsessed—with fellow Brit Sienna Miller’s glistening dermis. “Kate’s fixated on Sienna Miller’s skin,” says a source close to the newlywed Royal. “She read in an article that Sienna uses a range of products from celebrity dermatologist Dr. David Colbert, so Kate ordered the whole skin care line for herself!”

(Ha! K-Midi covet’s Sienna Miller’s skin. Now we’ve heard it all.)

Take that tidbit for what it’s worth, but Colbert does look after the immaculate complexions of Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Michelle Williams, so if she is indeed a fan of Colbert’s work by way of Miller, than she’s certainly in great company.

Should you covet Miller’s glowing skin as well, shop the Colbert M.D. range at ColbertMD.com.

We suggest you start with the Daily System, which includes a nutrient-rich day and night cream, an eye cream, a serum, and exfoliating discs. Those five products alone will set you back a total of $537 (before tax!), but that can’t be half as costly as what Middleton supposedly spent.

Besides, it’s your skin. You wear it all day, every day.

Shouldn’t it be flawless?

Doesn’t it deserve the royal-red carpet treatment? —India-Jewel Jackson

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17.10.11 Beauty, Hair

Beauty Trend Spotting: Tresses Are A-Tumbling…

Every few seasons there’s a 70s icon revival on the catwalk, which in turn triggers a manestream chain reaction—on the red carpet, as well as off.

Think Bianca Jagger, Cher, Farrah Fawcett, Ali McGraw, Faye Dunaway, Olivia Newton-John, Angelica Huston, Joan Jett, Anita Pallenberg, Marisa Berenson, Catherine Denevue—we could go on and on.

According to Salvatore Ferragamo, Nicholas K, and Betsey Johnson, guess who’s on deck for Spring 2012? Jerry Hall.

The leggy Southern belle supermodel may be best known to most as being the mother of four of Mick Jagger’s children (including our personal girl crush Georgia May), but to beauty experts and celebrity hairstylists alike, it’s always going to be all about her hair.

Why? It’s elementary, my dear. Long and blonde, thick and wavy—Hall’s lush locks are the epitome of sexy (save for Brigitte Bardot and Veronica Lake, of course).

Plus—her’s is the easiest mane to emulate.

Apparently Anna Paquin, Emma Stone, Amber Heard, and Chloe Moretz agree.

It’s as easy as inserting a deep part on the right side and brushing all of your hair over to the left, then using a curling iron to create big ringlets and raking them loose with your fingers.

The tricky part?

Making sure your tumbling waves stay put. The key is to insert a few tress-tone hairpins underneath your hair, right at the nape of your neck.

If you’re into the boho-look, showing the pins is très cool.

If you’re a bit more reserved, try this: Every few inches maneuver a bobby pin vertically, catching a small sliver of hair. Using your fingers, rake loose strands over the pin and repeat, ending with a pin just behind your left ear. Remember to push the pins as high as possible, which is the key to completely concealing them.

Thinking of hopping aboard the tumbling tress-train? Below, the tools you’ll need to give it a go. —India-Jewel Jackson

Conair Instant Heat Ceramic Spiral Styler, $15.99 at Folica.com | Victoria’s Secret So Sexy Style Hold & Finish Hairspray, $14 at VictoriasSecret.comScunci No-Slip Grip Beautiful Blends Bobby Pins—Blonde and Brunette—$3.49 at Amazon.com.

21.07.11 Beauty

Jennifer Aniston Has A Golden Glow With St. Tropez At The “Horrible Bosses” London Premiere

Celebrity make-up artist Angela Levin has revealed how to get Jennifer Aniston’s red carpet-worthy luminescent skin at the “Horrible Bosses” London Premiere.

For Jennifer’s golden glow, Levin used St. Tropez Gold Skin Illuminator on her body to enhance and highlight her gorgeous tan.

“I applied the St.Tropez Gold Illuminator on Jennifer’s arm and legs to achieve glowing skin on the red carpet. The iridescent sheen gave Jen’s naturally tanned skin depth and definition while giving her shoulders and cheekbones a subtle touch of radiance for the cameras.” explains Levin.

To glow like Jen, fans can achieve this look by following these quick and easy steps:

1. Use St. Tropez Tan Optimizer Body Polish to exfoliate and prep skin.
2. Massage dry areas of skin with St. Tropez Tan Optimizer Body Moisturizer to keep skin looking sleek, smooth and hydrated.
3. Pump St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse onto Applicator Mitt and sweep it from top to toe for even coverage. Wait a few minutes before getting dressed and avoid getting wet for at least four hours.
4. Shower off to reveal a naturally golden glow.
5. Simply dust St. Tropez Bronzing Rocks over face and décolletage area.
6. Highlight cheekbones, décolletage, arms and shins with St. Tropez Skin Illuminator.
7. Zip up the dress and throw on your heels to look red carpet-ready.

St. Tropez Skin Illuminators are available in the United States at nationwide Sephora locations or in the UK at Boots and Selfridges.com.

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07.07.11 Beauty, Makeup

An Open Letter To Kate Middleton And Her Makeup

Darling Duchess,

Ever since you became betrothed to your beloved, we’ve all paid quite close attention to your appearance. Fashion-wise, we loved the white ruffled Reiss number! But beauty? Le sigh.

We have four words for you: Cher. Amber. Monet. Clueless. Get it?

Yes, you tend to look flawless in full-length snapshots—but sadly the close-up headshots give away your dirty little secret: you’re heavy-handed. That blush! That eyeliner! The horror! (Shame no one has the heart—or balls—to tell you.)

Correct us if we’re wrong, but did you not take a series of makeup lessons soon after Big Willy got on bended knee? Perhaps you skipped the ‘less is more’ lecture—allow us to briefly take you back to basics.

1) Lay off the liner. Heavy kohl is appropriate on occasion (like Halloween), but for high-profile events and official appearances, like the Epsom Derby, or Wimbledon, or the Queen’s birthday dinner, or a world-televised Royal Wedding (much like your own)—ABSOLUTELY NOT. And is that white pencil we see lining your waterline? Epic fail. Of insurmountable proportions.

But we digress.

If eyeliner is a must, just tone it down. Toss the black pencil—way too harsh against your delicate features, as is rimming (and re-rimming) your lower lash line. Opt for liquid chestnut brown instead; a thin, precise line applied at the base of your eyelashes will add subtle warmth and slight depth to your gorgeous gaze. And if you’re feeling sassy, flick it out a bit, à la Lauren Conrad—definitely not Amy Winehouse.

2) Don’t swirl the brush in the blush more than twice. A dab on the apples of your cheeks will do just fine—you needn’t sweep it all the way into your hairline.

3) See number one. And number two should you have a little extra time.

All things considered, you’re a good-looking dame. You could actually forgo 90% of the slap, as it makes you look a bit dated and much older. Other than that, two thumbs up—way up. (Though you may want to rethink the shimmering flesh-tone dancer tights.)

xxxo,
Your friends at Red Carpet Fashion Awards

P.S.—What do you think about her look? Should Kate rethink her makeup M.O.?

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