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07.06.13 Beauty, Hair

Hair Style How-To: The Faux Bob

Hair Style How-To The Faux Bob

Between the magic of hair extensions and pro hairstyle tricks like the faux bob, it often seems like celebrities have some magic up their sleeves for making their hair grow faster. Well, if like many celebs, you would also like to sport shorter hair for a night, we’ve got details straight from the pros on one of those celebrity hair tricks: The Faux Bob.

Both Emma Watson and fellow actress Haley Bennett wore their hair in faux bobs to the Los Angeles premiere of ‘The Bling Ring,’ and we got Haley’s stylist, Mara Roszak, to break down exactly how she created the shortened ‘do on Haley’s long red locks.

First, Mara applied Leonor Greyl Mousse au Lotus Volumatrice to Haley’s wet hair, and then she ‘rough dryed’ it, which simply means getting the bulk of the moisture out of wet hair by flipping the head over and shaking the hair with your hand. No tools, no precision, just getting hair dry.

Next, Mara curled small sections of the hair with a one-inch barrel curling iron and wrapped them into pin curls, and let them sit for 10 minutes.

Then she removed the curls and brushed them out with a Mason Pearson All Boar Brush (a favorite among hairstylists!) and back-combed at the roots to create some volume.

Then came the pinning: Working in small sections, Mara started at the ends of Haley’s hair and rolled it under and up until she reached the scalp, and then pinned. Once it was all pinned in place, shorter pieces around the face were pulled loose to create a more natural look.

For longer hair like Haley’s, this method of creating a curled ‘bob’ helps create a more textured, realistic look. But for shorter hair, you can create a sleek ‘bob,’ like Emma’s, by simply eliminating the curling process.

Faux Bob Tools

Leonor Greyl Mousse au Lotus Volumatrice
L’Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Hold Hairspray Unscented
Hot Tools White Pearl 1-Inch Gold Curling Iron
Mason Pearson All Boar Brush
Gimme Basics Bobby Pins

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05.06.13 Beauty, Makeup

The Art of Contouring Your Cheeks

Media Room At "Chime For Change: The Sound Of Change Live" ConcertNot all of us were blessed with supermodel cheekbones, but thanks to a little thing called contouring, you can totally fake it!

The endlessly gorgeous Freido Pinto is the perfect example for a little cheek contouring how-to. Sure, she has great cheekbones to begin with, but at the Chime For Change concert this weekend, she used makeup to accentuate them even more.

Contouring your cheeks should be done after you apply your foundation, concealer and eye makeup. It’s the final step of your makeup routine.

While you can use either cream or powder bronzer for contouring, I have found that a powder is easier to control and blend, so it’s best as you are learning the technique.

Chose a bronzer that is two shades darker than your natural skin colour, and also, be sure to use a non-shimmer bronzer, since the shimmer doesn’t blend well and makes the bronzer too obvious in the hollows of your cheeks. I love Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder, and the Bobbi Brown Bronzing Brush is the perfect applicator.

To find the correct place to apply the bronzer, make a fish face, and you’ll see that angled indentation below your cheek. Then follow that ‘line’ with the bronzer, starting by your ear and swiping down toward your chin.

After applying the bronzer (Start lightly! You can apply more if you need.) to both cheeks, then use a kabuki brush like Make Up For Ever HD Kabuki Brush to buff it and blend it in. You want the definition, but not the noticeable line.

Finally, apply blush to the apples of your cheeks. Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour gives a light wash of colour (no one wants clown cheeks), and Buxom True Hue Blush Brush helps control the application (you want to make sure you don’t get any blush onto your contouring line). Remember never use the same brush for bronzer and blush, as the colours will get muddied!

The result will be a more defined cheekbone and a more dramatic look that you’re sure to love.

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Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder
Bobbi Brown Bronzing Brush
Make Up For Ever HD Kabuki Brush
Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour
Buxom True Hue Blush Brush
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04.06.13 Beauty, Makeup

CFDA Fashion Awards Beauty Trend Spotting: Barely-There Makeup

CFDA Fashion Awards Beauty Trend Spotting Barely-There Makeup

Quite a few lovely ladies went fresh-faced at last night’s CFDA Fashion Awards, and I absolutely love the look. It’s great for summer–who wants to wear a face full of makeup in the heat?–plus, it typically makes you look younger, too. Win, win.

The ladies who perhaps best embraced the look were Kerry Washington, models Adriana Lima and Erin Wasson and rocker/actress Juliette Lewis.

For Kerry and Erin, the look meant only one swipe of mascara on their lashes, and only lining the outer corners. Kerry opted for a nude lip, and it looks like Erin may have left her lips completely bare.

Juliette and Adriana both only coated their top lashes with mascara, leaving the bottom lashes completely bare. Juliette then opted for blush-colored lips, while Adriana wore a peachy gloss to finish her barely-there makeup.

The best way to recreate the fresh-faced look is by starting with a flawless complexion, and L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur is a great primer to give an air-brushed look to your skin.

Of course going sans base is best, but if you need a bit of coverage (like most of us do), opt for a light coverage bb cream like Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream.

Only applying mascara to your top lashes is the best way to keep your makeup light. Clinique Naturally Glossy Mascara in Jet Brown is a gel-based formula that gives a natural-looking finish, plus, using brown instead of black mascara keeps things more subtle.

To give your lips a bit of natural-looking colour, try fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Petal, which hydrates and plumps the lips, but only leaves a light wash of color–basically making your lips look a slightly exaggerated version of themselves.

Barely there makeup

L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur
Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream
Clinique Naturally Glossy Mascara in Jet Brown
fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Petal

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03.06.13 Skincare

Beyonce Knowles In Helmut Lang – Battery Park

Beyonce Knowles In Helmut Lang - Battery Park

After an epic performance from Beyonce at the ‘Chime For Change: The Sound Of Change Live’ Concert on Saturday in London – where her husband Jay Z joined her on stage, much to the crowd’s delight – the couple were spotted back in New York City on Sunday out on a date, seeing ‘Iron Man 3’ in Battery Park.

Her date-night look was sexy, yet effortless; she chose a white Helmut Lang collarless blazer with black leather inserts in the neckline, to which she added an ivory scoop-neck top and black leather shorts.

Accessories included a pork-pie hat, an Alexander Wang ‘Devere’ bag (we’ve seen her carry once before), shades and green heels.

I don’t know about you, but wearing shorts to an air-conditioned movie theatre just gave me the chills. Sometimes the temperatures in those theatres go below freezing.

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You can buy Beyonce’s Helmut Lang blazer from farfetch.com in white and Barneys.com in ivory.

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31.05.13 Beauty, Makeup

Get the Look: Jessica Szohr’s Inky, Smoky Eyes

Premiere Of Twentieth Century Fox's "The Internship" - ArrivalsThere are many different ways to achieve a smoky eye, and one of the most intense is rimming eyes in a black eyeliner, as seen on Jessica Szohr at the premiere of ‘The Internship‘ on Wednesday.

However applying eyeliner on the waterline–the part of your lid right above the lower lashline, and right underneath your upper lashes–can be tricky for the at-home makeup artist, since some liners create too large a line and others run, since the waterline is, in fact, watery!

So we went straight to the pros to find out the best way to line the waterline (also called tightlining).

Makeup artist Nikole Morrow-Pettus says it’s best to use a waterproof, creamy eye pencil and gently pull down on your eye to expose the lower waterline making sure you stop before the tear duct, so you don’t clog it.

For the upper lid, look up, so you can see the upper waterline easier.

And to get the specifics on recreating this look at home, Jessica’s makeup artist Mai Quynh shared how she made Jessica’s eyes smolder:

First, she applied Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Colour Shadow in Caviar along Jessica’s lash line and up to the crease.

Next, she mixed the taupe and black colors from the Dolce & Gabbana The Eyeshadow Smooth Eye Colour Quad in Femme Fatale 100 and applied them to her crease. Then she smudged the black color along the bottom lash line.

Then came the waterlining! Mai rimmed the top and bottom lids of Jessica’s eyes with Becca Automatic Eye Pencil in Majorca.

And finally, she brushed on two coats of Diorshow Black Out Mascara.

Of course with such intense eyes, it’s important to keep the rest of the makeup subdued, so Mai used a subtle wash of tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Blushing Bride on the apples of Jessica’s cheeks and NARS Satin Lipstick in Tolède–a soft rose colour–to keep the lips fresh and subtle.

Jessica Szohr Makeup

Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Colour in Caviar
Dolce & Gabbana The Eyeshadow Smooth Eye Colour Quad in Femme Fatale 100
Becca Automatic Eye Pencil in Majorca
Diorshow Black Out Mascara
tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Blushing Bride
NARS Satin Lipstick in Tolède

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30.05.13 Beauty, Nails

Beauty Trend Spotting: White Hot Mani

Beauty Trend Spotting White Hot Mani 2

Stark white manicures are going to be huge this summer, and celebs are already taking note.

After making a huge showing on the Spring 2013 runways at Moschino, Kate Spade, Rag & Bone to name a few, white nails have been popping up on everyone from Zoe Saldana to Kristen Wiig to Naya Rivera.

While many women are skeptical of the look, I highly recommend giving it a try. You’ll find it’s eye-catching, chic and surprisingly sophisticated.

Since streaks can show up easily in white opaque polishes, here’s how to get a smooth finish on your white mani–without caking on layer after layer of polish:

Start with a ridge-filling base coat like Butter London’s Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat.

Let it dry completely, and then apply a thin layer of your white lacquer.

Think of this as a primer, and don’t worry about streaks–it’s all about getting that initial color on the nail. Then make the second coat slightly thicker.

If there are any streaks showing (most likely there won’t be.) after the second coat, you can finish off with a super thin third coat. Seal it all with a clear top coat like Essie Good to Go! Fastest Drying Top Coat.

Your final product will be on-trend and red carpet ready.

White Mani

Butter London Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat
Deborah Lippmann in Amazing Grace
Essie in Blanc
SpaRitual in Marble
Essie Good to Go! Fastest Drying Top Coat

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23.05.13 Beauty, Hair

How to Achieve the Classic Blowout

How to Achieve the Classic Blowout

While deep side parts and old Hollywood waves are right on-trend this season, the perfect, classic blowout never goes out of style.

Case in point? Chloe Moretz’s flawless mane at the Billboard Music Awards. Parted in the middle, just the right amount of volume, and barely bent at the ends. Jennifer Lopez also walked down the Billboard Music Awards with a smooth blowout, and model Doutzen Kroes had a modified version at the red carpet premiere of ‘Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian)’ in Cannes.

While the length of her hair was full of body and smooth, she parted it to the side, and tucked it behind her ears for a slightly sleeker look on top.

To get the classic blown-out look at home, you just need some patience and the right tools.

Clean hair blows out the best, so use a clarifying shampoo and conditioner like Drybar Happy Hour Weightless Shampoo and Conditioner.

Then, towel dry the hair, comb it out, and apply a mousse like Bumble and bumble. Thickening Full Form Mousse to add body. Then, an important product tip you’ll be thanking me for: Apply a small dollop of Living proof. Prime Style Extender–it literally doubles the life of your blowout! So if you usually have to wash after two days, this will give you four.

It’s time to dry. The higher powered the hair dryer, the easier it is to get your hair dry without frizz. Using large alligator jaw clips like Drybar Hold Me Hair Clips, section the hair into small, two-inch sections, and dry using a ceramic round brush.

Be sure to start at the roots, and as you pull the brush down through the length of the hair, follow it with the dryer, making sure the nozzle is pointing downward onto the hair to help eliminate frizz. Once you’re at the front, top layer, be sure to dry away from the face on each side.

When the hair is completely dry, tame any stray frizz with a glossing serum like Phyto Phtolisse Ultra-Glossing Finishing Serum. Then, voila! A little time and patience, and you’ve got the perfect, classic blowout.

Blow Out

Drybar Happy Hour Weightless Shampoo
Drybar Happy Hour Weightless Conditioner
Bumble and bumble. Thickening Full Form Mousse
Living proof. Prime Style Extender
Drybar Hold Me Hair Clips
Jilbere Round Brush
Phyto Phtolisse Ultra-Glossing Finishing Serum