03.01.12 Beauty, Hair

Rihanna’s Ringlets—They’re Wrong, Right?

The beautiful You Da One singer cut her post-tour Barbadian vacation short to ring in 2012 in Miami with P. Diddy and pals, rocking a rather questionable ensemble—and an even more questionable hairstyle.

We get that a deep keyhole neckline deserves top billing, but piling dip-dyed corkscrew curls atop of her head wouldn’t have been our go-to style in the slightest.

Why? Three simple reasons.

1) It aged her, especially when paired with a lacy long-sleeved frock that hit below the wrists and the knees—could her overall look been any more matronly?

2) Curly bangs rarely work, particularly those that are sparse and spread far apart on either side of the forehead.

3) High ponytails are best left for the sidewalk, the schoolyard, the sauna, or the sea. (Unless it’s fashioned into a topknot, which we LOVE!)

Is it just us? Or would a low bun have been a far better option?—India-Jewel Jackson

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01.11.11 Beauty, Makeup

Beauty Trend Spotting: Lower Lashes Are Gaining Momentum

For the record—we blame Kim Kardashian.

We remember the good ole’ days when mascara used to be reserved for the upper lash line; now it looks as if celebs are bucking beauty tradition and coating their lower lashes as well.

Why, pray tell, one might ask?

“This season is about separated cloggy lashes,” says Pat McGrath, the lash-obsessed makeup artist behind the spiky looks at Valentino, Lanvin, and Gucci FW/11.

The key to nailing the spidery lash look? “Tons and tons and tons of mascara,” adds McGrath.

Lucia Pieroni, the makeup artist responsible for the lash-tastic look at Alberta Ferretti FW/11 recommends ‘heavily applying mascara on the upper and lower lashes, using the wand to round out the eye for a Bambi effect.’

Makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury followed suit at the Chloe FW/11 show, where she confirmed Pieroni’s technique with this bit of advice: “Use your brush to pull out even the corner lashes—top and bottom—to ensure you coat every single hair.”

If mascara isn’t dramatic enough for you, take it one step further: Intensify your lower lashes with a set of falsies created especially for the lower lash line. Ardell’s Lower False Eyelashes ($4.89 at Amazon.com) are industry standard.

Question: Have you been applying mascara to your bottom lashes as well? Or will you start? —India-Jewel Jackson

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04.05.11 Beauty

Look We Love: Rihanna’s Red Rapunzel Braid – 2011 Met Gala

While Rihanna’s lacy Stella McCartney frock may not have been well-received, her hairstyle was a bona fide hit. (Or at least it was to us.)

Ever on trend with her rich red mane, the California King Bed singer’s hairstylist Ursula Stephens swept her lengthy locks over her left shoulder and braided down-and-around both sides of her forehead, culminating in a look that was youthful and laid-back, while still entirely appropriate for a fanatical fashion event, such as the Costume Institue Gala.

Wondering where she may have gotten the idea?

Remember Alexander Wang’s S/S10 runway show? Wang’s go-to guy Guido Palau added extensions to each model’s mane and tossed a long loose plait over one shoulder and sent them on their way.

Now that a sexy, sassy side braid is utterly fashionable and excessively cool—there’s never a reason for any girl to have a bad hair day.

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