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- Extensions don't only to add length. You can choose to add volume instead (or in addition to length), which is perfect for fine, limp or thinning hair.
- Turn that bob into a mane! If your existing hair is at little as 3 inches long, you can get extensions, although the extent of your transformation may be limited if your hair is very short.
- Extensions can be braided in, glued in, woven in, or -- if you only need a follicular boost for a special event -- clipped in.
- You can also add highlights or color -- with shades ranging from mild to wild -- to your hair with the use of extensions.
- The process isn't painful, so it shouldn't hurt a bit.
- What are the extensions made from -- are they synthetic or 100%-natural human hair? (Human hair is more expensive than synthetic counterparts.)
- How will the extensions be applied and removed?
- Can you choose from a variety of weights?
- Human hair extensions can be treated as real hair, but more gently.
- Use a special brush (often a loop brush) made just for extensions, so youd don't damage the new hair or the bond.
- A gentle shampoo is recommended, and use cool water to help minimize tangles.
- A light conditioner will help reduce tangling and keep your new hair supple.
- Sleep with your hair in a ponytail or braid to avoid bed-head and knots.
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- Don’t use water on blonde hair if you don’t want the color to last.
- Wear protective clothing when applying and sleep on an old pillow case as the color will transfer.
- Don’t try this near the water/beach or on a rainy day.
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- Oval: The length of your face is about one and a half times its width. Your forehead is slightly wider than your chin.
- Round: You have prominent (perhaps chubby) cheeks, and the length and width of your face are about equal.
- Square: You have a prominent jaw and square chin. Your forehead and jaw line are approximately the same width.
- Oblong: Oblong is often confused with oval, however this shape is slightly longer and not as wide. You may also have a pointy chin.
- Heart: Both your forehead and your cheekbones are wide. You have a narrow jaw and pointy chin.
- Diamond: Both your forehead and your jaw line are narrow with your cheekbones being the widest part of your face.
- Makeup tips for oval faces
- Makeup tips for square faces
- Makeup tips for round faces
- Makeup tips for heart-shaped faces
- Makeup tips for oblong faces
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Believe it or not, these summer hairstyles are all pretty simple — and will leave you looking chic all day long. No matter what style you choose, don't forget the SPF — for your hair. "You want to have hair that looks moisturized when you're out in the sun," says Garrison, whose eponymous salon is located on NYC's Upper East Side. "It's good to keep some oil in the hair and use products with sun protection. It will keep hair from drying out and looking like hay."
1. Chic bun
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To get this look at home, Garrison recommends starting off by applying a protective hair spray like Kerastase Micro-Voile Protecteur, $36, through damp hair. Then, pull hair into a ponytail at the crown of the head.
"Secure it with an elastic and wrap the ponytail around, anchoring it with bobby pins," he says.
2. Wavy and free
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This is the perfect look if you have naturally wavy hair. "It's great because the humidity is bringing out the natural wave and curl," Garrison says. Create this look by scrunching your hair after washing, applying a protective styling gel, such as Phyto Plage Protective Styling Gel, $26, and then letting it air-dry on its own without touching it.
"You want the curls to set into place and take on their form as they dry," he says. "If you touch it as it's drying, it will result in frizzies."
For gals with long, straight hair, get this sexy, wavy look by creating a side part and pulling damp hair back into a low bun. "Then, let that dry and when you take it down you will have that automatic wave formation," Garrison says. "The bun is going to give that undulation, that wave you see." If you have wavy hair, simply part your hair on the side and pull it back in a headband. Then, let the hair dry.
"When you take it out you will have that wave," he says.
3. French braid
"Braids are all the rage," Garrison says. To create this look, first apply a leave-in conditioner to damp hair to give it some texture. Then, part your hair on the side and start a French braid that follows the hairline, working its way down toward the ear. Do this on each side of the part. Last, secure the ends of the braids with elastic.
"You need long, hanging hair for this look," he notes.
4. Braided accents
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This look is about making random little braids from the part. First, Garrison suggests starting off with some serum or cream to give hair some texture, but don't apply too much otherwise it might end up feeling greasy. "Make a couple braids on each side of the part and a couple in the back," he says. "This is the best look for long hair so the braids can fall. Otherwise they might look stubby."
If you want to add some pizzazz to this look, weave some strips of fabric into the braids, Garrison says.
5. Perfect ponytail
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You can't go wrong with a pony. "The key here is hair blown-dry naturally or upside down with some mousse to give it some volume," says Garrison, who recommends applying an after-sun moisturizing mist, such as Phyto Hydrating After Sun Hair Mist, $28, to the hair. Then, "the hair is loosely pulled back, not so severely, resting at the occipital bone in the lower rear of the head and secured in a ponytail." Finish the look by taking a section of the ponytail and wrapping it around the base and pinning it into place, he says.
This look is perfect for gals with longish hair and long bangs.
6. Braid and bun
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A French braid updates the classic bun. Get this look by parting your hair in the middle or on the side and taking big sections of hair to weave into a French braid. "The chunky sections of hair is what gives it that hefty thick braided look," says Garrison, who suggests using a sun treatment for this look like Kerastase UV Defense Active, $36. "There are six sections of hair that were braided and you work in three pieces of hair as you're braiding."
At the end of the braid, gather with elastic, create a ponytail and then secure into a low bun.
7. Wavy bob
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"I love this; this is so cute," Garrison says, of this layered bob with an angled bang. "This is about working with the natural wave in the hair." To get this look on straight hair, use a one-inch barrel curling iron and curl the hair in one-inch sections, being careful not to curl the ends—to give it that "flicky" look. Then, finger tousle and push it into a side swept part. To define curls even more, use a curl crème and take finger sections and spiral curl them around your finger.
"Let them dry naturally," he says. And voila.
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This magic is made possible with the help of hair extensions and a talented stylist.
Getting the look you always wanted
A lot of us have realized that our inner hottie has longer, thicker hair than we were actually graced with. (Consider it the follicle version of penis-envy.) My own muse has wavy hip-length locks... yet the universe taunts with me hair that, while cute, barely brushes my shoulders.
And that's why hair extensions are so popular -- and not just in Hollywood! Girls the world 'round just love to realize that it is possible to take your current look and give it a lift and have any style you desire... well, for a few months, anyhow.
"I've always wanted super-long and sexy hair," says Jackie Saril of Squeakywheel Promotions, who realized that extensions were the only way she was going to get the length she desired. Her dream came true with extensions done by Tasso Megaris in Plainview, New York. "Why should celebrities and strippers have all the fun?" she laughs.
Facts about hair extensions
How much are hair extensions?
The bad news: Hair extensions aren't cheap. Depending on how much you get, how you get them attached and the type/grade of hair you use, the cost can range from the hundreds to the thousands of dollars -- and that's not including maintenance every six to eight weeks. You will also need to make an investment of time, usually four to six hours, for the initial setup.
The specialist who will apply your extensions may be called a hair designer, an extensionist, or simply a hairdresser. No matter what title he or she uses, be sure they are experienced -- and have photos to prove it. Also make sure you understand how they will be removed, and how damage to your natural hair will be minimized. (Several stars have had problems with bald spots after their extensions were taken out.)
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Just a few of the many stars with hair extensions: Jennifer Lopez, Lauren Conrad, Kim Kardashian
What to look for
"A hairstyle can make or break your look," says stylist Cesare Safieh. Safieh cautions there are some important questions to ask when selecting extensions:
Safieh is a fan of a method of extensions known as Thermo Plastique, which involves a relatively gentle process that can be removed without damage to your hair. (He also adds that the micro bonding points are barely visible.) He says older methods, especially glue, are damaging. "Tracks (sewing) can be too heavy, and metal clips wear out and are hard to brush through."
"[The goal with] extensions is to have the most natural look you can achieve," says Tony Promiscuo, owner of Atlanta's Godiva Salon, who notes that while synthetic types are most plentiful, human hair is superior in its viability. (In addition, synthetic hair cannot typically be heated, so styling options are limited -- meaning forget the blow dryer and curling iron.)
What else to look for in hair extensions
"Individual strands allow a customized, more natural, look," says celebrity hairstylist and salon owner Philip Pelusi of New York City's Tela salon. "You can play with the color or length, and fill in spots that need it more than others -- it's a more accurate way to get the desired look."
What to avoid in hair extensions
"The most important thing is to avoid extensions and pieces that are heavier than your own hair. If extensions are too heavy, they will damage and break off hair -- so hair needs to be long and healthy enough to withstand the pressure," Pelusi points out.
Inquire as to the possibility of getting a variety of weights, because a single one may not work for everyone. In particular, extensions that do not match your hair are most likely to give you problems. Safieh recommends a type of extensions called Hairdreams, which offer a variety of weights or thicknesses to match your true hair -- as well as the ability to pre-order highlights and lowlights. Hairdreams lasts up to seven months and the hair can be reapplied, which also helps to decrease cumulative costs of new hair and removal.
Certain specialty methods have emerged from certain salons, such as the "Goddess Loc," which have a silicon grip and plastic coating in order to not damage your hair.
Is caring for your extensions going to give you a headache?
Do extensions require a great deal of upkeep and time commitment? "Extensions are not hard to maintain," says Pelusi. "People just need to keep an eye on them -- almost like you would with color or anything else." She says that to allow for an hour at the salon every six weeks.
Jackie Saril agrees. "[Extensions are] so easy! I got the kind with a slight wave so I can let my entire head dry naturally and have some sexy waves, or I can straighten it with a brush and iron," she says.
Caring for your hair extensions
Here are some specific tips to help you care for your extensions:
Would Jackie get extensions again? "Assuming my hair is healthy once these come out, I would do it again in a heartbeat," she says.
More hair tips and tricks
Elizabeth Benedict (perhaps best known for her essay collection, What My Mother Gave Me) has an upcoming release that's all about hair and women's follicle fight. The book is called Me, My Hair, and I, and in it, we meet several women, ranging in race and age, all of whom have something to say about hair.
Critics might say an essay collection all about hair is a bit superficial, but when I spoke to Elizabeth, she said hair is anything but. "Hair is a whole library of information," she said. "It exposes who we are and our values and our heritage, much more than anything else that's connected to our bodies."
Women spend full paychecks at the salon. They spend hours every day washing, drying, straightening, curling ... you get the idea. Paying attention to our hair has become an obsession for many of us, and that's not necessarily a good thing.
Elizabeth said it best when she said women are now expected to look "unnatural." She continued, "The whole beauty industry tells women they're supposed to look a certain way to be attractive. It's very easy to become a slave to those ideas. We're in love with beauty. If we're not careful, beauty can be the only thing we care about."
Essays in Me, My Hair, and I are sometimes serious, sometimes not. In "Hair, Interrupted," Suleika Jaouad loses her hair to cancer and must deal with her new hair identity. Author Marita Golden bemoans and rejoices in "My Black Hair." Then, the essay I related to most: "Frizzball," because let's face it: weather is not a curly girl's friend.
Elizabeth's own addition to the collection is called "No, I Won't Go Gray," the irony of which is that she has since gone gray. She said the essay was less about her refusal to go gray but more about her ambivalence. She blames it on the availability of hair dye. She said, "Prior to the 1950s, when you got old, your hair went gray. It's a relatively new phenomenon that you can just keep dyeing your hair forever. You're not supposed to look 'old.'"
She continued, "It's okay for men to look old, but women are never supposed to look old," which again, goes back to the immense amount of pressure we seem to place on ourselves to have the perfect look and the perfect hair.
We talked a little bit about the idea of long hair being the equivalent of sexy hair. (Think Victoria's Secret models.) There's the old movie bit about the librarian who wears her hair up but, when things are about to get sexy, she lets her hair down and shakes it all around.
Elizabeth said long hair is "sensual. It's free-flowing. A little bit out of control. That's what sex and sexuality are about — about being open to sensations. If your hair is long, that's a message about one's openness to one's sex and sexuality." At least, this is the image our culture embraces ... although I must say, having a pixie cut years ago never stopped my admirers.
Hair is a huge part of our identities, as shown by the myriad of essays in Me, My Hair, and I. So why do we still consider hair care such a battle? We need to change our outlook.
According to Elizabeth, "When you read the essays in this book, you can see how common it is to feel your hair is your enemy. But all the essays are about making peace with your hair. You can read the essays in the book and see, 'This is who I am; this is my hair, and I'm okay. My hair is me, but my hair is not all of me.'"
If you find yourself in this sticky situation, don't panic. You don't have to worry about washing your face or even removing your lipstick at all. SheKnows beauty expert Allison Pynn shows how easy it is to camouflage messy lips before your smeared pout starts any scandalous rumors.
It's easy to base most of our beauty trends on what celebs are doing and what we see on Instagram — until you realize that Kim Kardashian's Snuffleupagus lashes, shockingly blond hair and unnaturally bronze skin may not work for the average person. And that's OK.
You don't have to put yourself in a box if you don't want to. You can turn back time just a few decades to choose beauty styles that may work better for your personality, your coloring and your skin type. And who knows? You might even start a "new" trend while you're at it.
Try one of these beauty throwbacks if your makeup is in desperate need of a blast from the past:
This one is so easy, you're going to wonder why you're not doing it. As a former makeup artist, I personally believe red lips have never gone out of style — though shades and brightness change with the trends of each decade. But according to Molly Leahy, bridal hair and makeup artist at Blushing Brides, the most classic type of red lip is back.
"Bold red lips are definitely back in style, which is a throwback to the '40s and '50s when it was much more common," explains Leahy. Ellen Miller, resident Fashion Beauty and Director for Better Homes and Gardens, gets a little more specific: Orange-red lips are the perfect definition of 1940s glam
Bold lips pair perfectly with strong eyebrows and minimal eye makeup, à la 1940s Lauren Bacall, says Dedra Whitt Dakota of dedra beauty. "Using your foundation and/or concealer, clean edges all around your eyebrows after applying an eyebrow product. Using an angled brush to apply the product allows for a precise application. This will ensure a strong definition and really create a super clean eyebrow. Also, by applying your foundation and/or concealer on your eyelid before applying mascara, it will create a clean look that actually puts focus on the lashes."
Think Twiggy. Think pixie cuts. Think minimal makeup in a mini dress. Already, I'm excited, and I haven't even gotten to the beauty trend yet. Leahy says her favorite vintage makeup tip can be used to expand the eyes by making them look bigger and wider. She explains, "Use a nude eyeliner on your waterline. This is a very '60s inspired tip that was used by models like Twiggy."
And if we learned anything from Twiggy, it's that luscious lashes and standout eye makeup can go a long way, even 50 years later. Leahy continues, "Winged eyeliner was originally popular in the '60s and is now back in full force! Use a piece of tape lined up from the bottom water line to the end of your eyebrow, draw on your liner with the wing and then remove the tape for a perfect wing."
Though the '70s were just before my time, even I know this ground-breaking decade was all about women's lib and natural makeup. If you want to translate this ethereal, feminist vibe into your everyday life, start by focusing on one key feature on your face. Bold eyebrows from the 1940s were hot again in the '70s, and Miller says the retro style is back with a vengeance today. Now it's all about "big bold brows, undone natural hair, middle parts and technicolor shadow."
Bold brows would be nothing without the simplicity of classic '70s eye makeup — and, yes, it really is as easy as it sounds. Choose one bright color, sweep it over the lid with an eyeshadow brush and call it a day. Eyeliner, mascara and light lip gloss are optional. Farrah Fawcett would be so proud.
It's almost pathetic how excited I am that '80s makeup trends are still en vogue. Maybe it's reflective of my extroverted personality, but nothing makes me happier than getting to scribble all over my face with a blue crayon. Miller predicts that blue and navy eyeliner and eyeshadow, often paired with pink lips, are going to be huge for the fall.
While most bold, bright and beautiful '80s makeup trends are user-friendly, Baltimore makeup artist Tymia Yvette reminds us how important it is to soften harsh '80s styles with one timeless trick: Learn to blend. "If you remember the '80s, then you know that blush was meant to be seen. There was no such thing as an airbrushed look for makeup. Blush and bronzer looked more like racing-stripes, similar to how Cyndi Lauper and David Bowie wore their makeup," she recalls.
"Fast-forward to 2015, blush has taken the backseat, and contouring and bronzing are headlining. Contouring the face has become a must with daily makeup."
Good thing I've been saving my Doc Martens for a rainy day because chunky highlights and deep merlot lips are once again acceptable to wear out in public, says Miller. (Though I will be the first to say how glad I am that brown lipstick is gone forever.) If wine-stained lips are a still bit too Courtney Love for you, even 20 years later, you can try alternative '90s beauty on the other side of the spectrum: matte nude lips.
Leahy advises pairing nude lip liner with nude lipstick, saying, "Matte nude lips of the '90s are something that has recently become more popular as smoky eyes have become a standard in today's beauty world."
2000s Metallic makeup
It may be a stretch to call the early 2000s "retro," but since Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake have gone their separate ways, I'm going to say it counts. If you, like me, can't stand to say "Bye Bye Bye" to this ridiculously addicting decade, you now have full permission to keep it alive in your makeup. Leah Chavie of Leah Chavie Skincare says that, along with crimped hair, 2000s makeup trends like metallic lids and bold eyeliner are still hot.
Celeb trendsetters like Kendall Jenner and Lupita Nyong'o have been rocking these outdated styles on the red carpet, making them cool again. For us normal folk, Chavie recommends easing into the throwback fad with bold eyeliner and metallic mineral eyeshadows in teal and silver.
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The commercial for the Miss Belt is all kinds of wrong. First telling us we can be thinner than ever! Then it tells us our men will love it! And finally, we disgusting fatsos can hide the evidence of our unsightly children. What could be more perfect? See below:
Why have we not advanced past the age of the 1800s? I mean for goodness sake, are we going backwards now? It seems to me that the corset body had its time. Back when dresses and bustles were a thing. But now they are not. Now we are supposed to value health and strength over daintiness and fainting spells. Am I right?
Sadly, it seems I am not. It seems we ladies want to go back. Because how else could a product like this possibly be on the market. The twitterverse reacted with hilarity. But in these funny tweets about old-fashioned values and the patriarchy, there is also some truth. Why are we wanting to go backwards? Why are our baby bodies considered gross or worthy of being hidden? These are some of the questions we really ought to be pondering.
Women have come a long way. Body acceptance still has a long way to go. I'd rather see us embracing our curves and letting our softer bits be free. After all, comfort in our skin is not just a state of mind. It's also a physical state as well. And I don't think a tight belt worn constantly around our waist is going to help.
"I used to get really anxious and nervous and fearful about certain things," she told Daily Mail Australia.
And those things had a lot to do with the way she looked. Admitting that she had insecurities about her appearance, Hart also revealed that her "fears" were related to "body image or about trying to be something I wasn't."
Her anxiety was also heightened by the fact that she was travelling so much. "Even just the stresses of making flights or staying in places that are new to me, or adapting to the constant changes every day, and week, and months," she confessed.
Of course, the fact that a model could feel so much stress about the way she looks highlights a bigger problem with society and the unrealistic standards of beauty placed on women — even Cara Delevingne admitted during an interview with The Times, that the modelling industry had a devastating effect on her self-esteem and body image. So, it's no wonder women are developing fears and image-related problems about their bodies.
However, Hart has found a way to reduce the level of stress and anxiety in her life — through mediation and yoga — which she says has changed her life "in every way."
"I'm conscious of what physically works for my body and what doesn't like sugar or alcohol or the extremes of over eating or not eating, everything has just come back into balance and it's just happened naturally," she told the publication.
Speaking about her insecurities (although briefly) in public is a courageous thing to do, and can hopefully facilitate two changes: one, we (as women) stop striving to achieve unattainable beauty, and two, we realize that we are all perfect the way that we are.
The collaboration will hit Saks stores in New York, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Boston, Houston, Bal Harbour, San Francisco and Atlanta starting Sept. 10, just in time for the show's second season premiere on Sept. 23.
According to The Wrap, pieces available will include footwear from Jimmy Choo, accessories from MCM, jewelry from Alexis Bittar and women’s ready-to-wear from Cushnie et Ochs.
That all sounds great, but the promo shots for the collection leave, well, a lot to be desired. The previews show a lot of the men's collection, but show very, very little of what's in it for the ladies — namely, looks inspired by the star of the show.
"My name's Cookie. Ask about me."
While yes, the stiletto print boots and blinged-out accessories are all Cookie, but we just want more. Like maybe a replica of her Alaia catsuit? That doesn't seem like too much to ask.
Fingers crossed that we'll be pleasantly surprised by the actual collection. We can't imagine they would dare launch the full collection without Cookie looks galore, so we will wait with anticipation.
That said, there is still a way to dress like Cookie. Fox breaks down each week's Cookie looks on the Empire website, giving links to each piece available online.
Not included: Cookie's one-liners. No one can match those.
And let's be honest, you have preconceived notions about them: They're pretty and perfectly done up, maybe shallow, probably not the smartest and pushy as they try to annoyingly sweep your face with powder or spritz you with fragrance as you walk by. They are skinny and wear black and their eyeliner is always perfect. They smile. They ask you if you'd like to be touched up.
It's the makeup counter pitch. And it's a hard-won skill. How do I know? I was once one of those lipstick-pushers.
"Does this color look pretty on me?" I was asked, a million times a day. But what is pretty? Does getting a Monday morning blowout to start your week make you feel as pretty as it does me? Do you feel pretty when you're all sweaty post-yoga? Is it about taking an art class, trying a new recipe, devoting the little free time that you have to philanthropy, singing in the shower, wearing a bright color, holding on to a precious secret only you and your significant other share?
If so, then why do people say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder — outside looking in versus inside looking out?
Because I know that when I feel pretty — like, really on another level beautiful — there are so many damn beholders. It's like they come out of the woodwork and are drawn to my "I feel pretty, oh so pretty" vibe. Personally and professionally.
Which got me thinking for a bit… and by a bit, I mean for five years, 27 days, and two hours, all resulting in 350 pages of a thought-turned-novel called What Pretty Girls Are Made Of.
In it, I throw my heroine, Alison Kraft, into a journey of a life change, a job in the beauty industry, on countless dates and in a relationship to figure out what makes her (OK, me) feel pretty. Because through an industry that's about shielding imperfections — protecting, hiding and enhancing the (im)perfect veil — Alison Kraft comes out bruised, challenged, experienced, bettered and undeniably beautiful.
She learned, because I learned, that feeling pretty goes beyond the external and the obvious. It's about knowing your value and fully comprehending that what uniquely makes you feel ravishing (and confident, handsome, successful… pretty!) has to come from inner self work.
When working in makeup, I was surrounded by sheets of colors and palettes of glosses. I had all of the equipment to paint myself pretty on the outside. But I felt ugly on the inside, dissatisfied and lost. And it wasn't the frizzy, weather-dictated hair that had me nicknamed “Fuzzy” at summer camp that was at the root of it all. I was painting blush onto bored housewives and giggling teenagers, misogynistically mistreated for no good reason, undervalued and living for each paycheck perched behind a makeup counter versus on the front lines of my own creative dreams: producing and creating entertainment and talk-based television. I had to scrape some courage together and take my life back.
And when I discovered my pretty by taking myself out of an unnecessarily challenging situation, I had to go wide with my confidence-boosting success.
Today, my 9 to 5 is as a TV producer — though it's never, ever, 9 to 5. At heart, I learned that I'm a storyteller. Every day at my job, I see stories touch people on a molecular level. So I wrote one of my own. And through writing it, I rediscovered what makes me feel pretty all over again. It's an ongoing process, but an invaluable one. Because each morning, I wake up knowing my worth and I'm thoroughly excited to share it with the world.
For the record, I wear makeup every day. I believe it enhances. It makes me feel more put together on the outside. But it’s not as transformative as the advertising industry would have you believe; it's war paint. I've already made it through the war, and now I’m enjoying the peace.
We asked celebrity colorist and blonde expert Rick Wellman of Patrick Melville Salon in New York what it takes to get the perfect blonde hair color -- and he should know! He's worked with two of the most sought after blonde manes in Hollywood: Heidi Klum and Blake Lively. Here's what he says are the 10 things you need to know before going blonde.
1. What is your blonde budget?
Going blonde requires maintenance. If you are going to do it, make sure you can afford the upkeep every four to 12 weeks, depending on the desired blondness and your existing natural color.
2. Be aware of your natural level of color
Imagine hair color range to be from one to 12, one being the darkest level of black and twelve the lightest blonde. It may be a long time before you see your natural hair color again or even remember it. It is rare that anyone over the age of 16 actually has a natural level lighter than a seven.
3. Be ready to upgrade and change your shampoo and conditioner routine
Typically, going blonde requires higher levels of ammonia or bleaching products. You will notice a texture change in your hair that most likely will require less shampooing and more conditioning. I recommend finding a gentler sulfate free shampoo and a reconstructive treatment mask.
4. Find a blonde color specialist
Be on the lookout for someone whose color you admire. Approach them and inquire "Who does your color?" Don't be afraid to ask someone that same question whose color you think is hideous, so you know where not to go. If your colorist pulls out a crochet hook and a plastic cap, reschedule with someone else.
5. Know how blonde you want to go
There are many different shades of blonde to choose from. Be aware of cool and warm shades and which one compliments your skin best. Bring pictures of blondes you like (and even you don't like) to your colorist. Make sure they are realistic and not in black or white. Keep in mind, blondes will look different depending on the surrounding light.
6. Be ready for a makeup change
Your hair color is the frame for your face. Going blonde will directly affect your current shade of lipstick, which most likely will need to change. Visit a near by make up counter directly after your blonde session and get some make up tips from someone who has never seen you before.
7. Know if you need highlights, a single process or both
If you are a level seven or above, you most likely can become a blonde with highlights only. Any darker and you may require a single process, even a base breaker (which is bumping up your natural color slightly one level) or both if you are a level five or lower. You will need to learn this lingo to ensure your future blonde appointments are scheduled with the appropriate time needed.
8. Ask for a glaze
After going blonde, a glaze is a non peroxide treatment with sheer shade options that help achieve that perfect blonde tone and seal in an extra four to six weeks of shine.
9. Be ready not to be taken as seriously
Blondes are stereotyped as intellectually handicapped. Be prepared to hear some stupid blonde jokes from some idiots.
10. Know the reason you are going blonde
Is it because you heard blondes have more fun and you're bored or maybe you spotted your spouse eyeballing up a blonde bimbo? Either way, have fun with it! Hair color is the easiest thing you can do to dramatically change your appearance without going under the knife.
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David John, master stylist and colorist at the Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon in Los Angeles, offers these hair chalking tips.
Step 1: Buy your chalk
John says that you can buy inexpensive non-oil-based pastels at Michael's for $5 or spend $60 if you really want to splurge. All you need other than the chalk is a water bottle, protective gloves, towels and a flat iron.
Step 2: Prep your hair
Make sure to wet the hair first so the color will attach to it. However if you’re blonde, do not wet the hair before chalking unless you want the color to stay in longer.
Step 3: Add the color
Apply to the chalk to the strand of hair in a downward motion, twist the hair as you chalk. You can try for a fun ombre look, or just do a couple strands.
Step 4: Let it dry
While John says that you can blowdry your hair, others recommend air drying so that you don't blow off the chalk.
Step 5: Set the color
Seal the color in with a flat iron or a curling iron to add waves. Apply hair spray as a final step.
Step 6: Wash it out when you are ready
The color generally will only last one shampoo; however, if the hair is more porous, such as color-treated blonde hair, it can last a couple shampoos. You can use a clarifying shampoo or dish soap to remove the color more quickly -- both have more detergent. Don’t use dish soap on your whole head, just on the strands that have been colored.
Tip: If you want something brighter, you can apply white chalk first and then go over it with the color you want to make it pop.
Hair chalking don'ts
John also offers these cautions when hair chalking.
Hair chalking tips for your hair color
Get in line
As we know, eyeliner comes in several forms and there are pros and cons to each. Liquid liner tends to give a harder, more dramatic (although more artificial) line. If you prefer the liquid variety, I recommend only using it on your top eyelid, as it is too harsh of a look for use on lower lids.
Of course, there are eyeliner pencils which are great for natural techniques. Some powder eyeshadows can function as liner when used with a wet eyeliner brush.
Personally, I find pencils are best for contact lens wearers, as liquid liner can sometime flake and fall into your eyes.
Look 1: Weekend daytime casual
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For a casual look, line only your upper outer eyelid. I find pencil liners much easier to work with than the liquids, but you can experiment and learn what you like best. Covergirl makes a great pencil liner called Perfect Blend with a sponge tip on the other end for easy smudging.
Dot the liner onto your top lid, getting as close to your eyelashes as possible. Use a cotton swab, sponge tip that is on the opposite end of some eyeliner pencils or your clean fingertip (watch the nail!) to blend the dots together so the makeup looks natural and almost undetectable.
You can line from the inner corner of the eye to where the upper lashes stop or just liner the outer half of the eyelid. If your eyes are wide set, lining the entire upper lid will make them appear to be closer together. If you have close-set eyes, line only the outer half or two thirds of the eyelid. This will give the illusion of wider-set eyes. I like this look with no eye shadow and eyelashes merely curled, with no mascara.
Look 2: Perfect for work
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This is an easy but effective workday look, involving little time and effort on your part.
Apply a neutral eye shadow, then line just the very outer corners of your upper and lower lashes, using the dot-on-then-connect method. Blend together the liner at the corners of your eye, in an angled V shape. Smudge the eyeliner so a hard line is not visible.
Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner is a perfect choice, for any eye color, in Taupe. Curl your lashes and apply one coat of brown mascara. Brown is softer than black and looks professional without looking too 'done' for daytime. This is a particularly effective look for close-set eyes. Your subtle professional look will be the envy of your coworkers.
Look 3: Daytime to evening eyes
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Line both the upper outer lid and lower outer lid. You can use a thick or thin line, depending on what you prefer. Classically, a thicker, softer line is preferred on a larger lid; whereas a thinner, more pronounced line is better for a small lid when lining upper eyelids.
For the lower lid, use the dot method, placing them as close to the lash line as possible. Be sure to smudge for a look that emulates thick lower eyelashes as opposed to a heavily-lined lower lid. If you choose to line from the inner lashes all the way to the outer lashes, this is definitely a evening look. Create slightly more pronounced line on the top lid.
In colder weather, you might need to warm up your eye pencil to keep it from dragging when you apply it to your eyelid. You can do this by placing it under warm running water or rubbing it between your fingers.
High Definition Eyeliner by Max Factor is a show-stopping liquid liner choice if you prefer not to use pencil. You might need to apply another layer of eyeshadow to freshen up the color you applied that morning or if you skipped shadow altogether. Putting on your shadow all over the lid after the liner will create a wash of color that helps liner blend and highlights your eyes without looking harsh. Finally, curl eyelashes and apply one coat of black mascara.
Look 4: Evening out
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A more intense look, this involves lining upper and lower outer lids and lining the inner rim of your lower lid. (I have to note that many makeup artists and eye care professionals advise against lining the inner rims of your eyes. If you choose to do this, please make sure you have clean hands and that the eyeliner you are using is free of any debris that could fall into your eyes. It's smart to rest your elbow on a stationary surface too; to give you added precision in application of eyeliner.)
Apply a light-colored shimmery shadow on the half of your eye, then use a darker shade from the midpoint to the edge and up to the crease. Next, using a light hand, line your upper outer lid, using the dot method or using short, quick strokes of tiny lines connected together. Do the same on the bottom outer lid. Smudge the line on top and bottom lids towards the inner corner. If you want a more intense look, use a second layer of eyeliner or line again with a powder eye shadow in the same color over the eyeliner.
When you use a creamy eyeliner, such as a with a pencil, powdered eyeshadow clings to it to give added staying power to your eyeliner. This is yet another reason I prefer eye pencils to liquid eyeliners. If you favor liquid liner, try Estee Lauder Pure Color eyeliner, which is available in stunning shades that will bring out the twinkle in your eyes.
When lining the inner rim of your eye, use the fingers of the opposite hand to gently pull down your lower lid. Gently line the inner rim with the color of your choice. You can line the entire rim, just the outer half or just a small section in the very middle of the lower inner rim.
There is a debate among professional makeup artists about the effect of lining the inner rims of your eyelids. Some say it makes the eyes appear smaller, while others insist that is a beauty myth with no basis in fact. Try lining one eyes inner rim and not the other, and see what you think. (Always use eye pencils when lining inner rims of eyes, not shadow or liquid.)
Look 5: Party eyes
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Last but certainly not least, this is the all-out look for sultry eyes! Cover entire lid with a dark gray, or for the newest take on the smoky eye, a deep bronze, eye shadow, and apply a lighter shade of the lid color in the crease. You will line the upper outer rims with pencil or liquid eyeliner, and then do the same for the lower outer rims. Benefit BADgal is a fatter black eyeliner pencil, perfect for achieving this look.
Apply powder eye shadow over the liner on upper and lower rims, smudging with your finger, cotton swab or brush to give a smoky, sexy affect.
Next, fully line the inner rims of your upper (place the pad of your pointer finger under the upper eyelashes and hold them up to expose your upper inner lid) and lower lids. The, apply two coats of lengthening mascara. Again, use your finger to lightly blend all of this together in a mosaic type manner. No one will be able to take their eyes off you!
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Determining your face shape
Most women will say that their face is round, but most faces are usually one of six basic shapes. The easiest way to determine your actual face shape is to pull your hair back away from your face, and take a good look in the mirror.
Ask yourself: What's the widest part of your face — your forehead or your jaw? Or maybe it's neither and your cheekbones are the widest. Look at your chin, is it pointy, round or square?
Picture an imaginary line going around your face. What shape is it?
Here are the six different face shapes and their distinct characteristics:
Oval face shapes
If you have an oval face shape, your face is slightly longer than it is wide. Your face shape is like an inverted egg — wider at the top than the bottom. Your jawline is slightly rounded.
Square face shapes
If you have a square face, the sides of your face are straight and your face is nearly as wide as it is long. You have a defined, square jawline, and your hairline is probably straight.
Round face shapes
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If you have a round face, your jawline is round and full, and your face is nearly as wide as it is long. Your cheekbones mark the widest part of your face.
Heart face shapes
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If you have a heart-shaped face or an inverted triangle-shaped face, your face is longer than it is wide. Your jawline is long and pointed, and is the narrowest part of your face.
Oblong face shapes
If you have an oblong face shape, your face is longer than it is wide. Your forehead, cheeks and jawline are all the same width, and your jawline is probably rounded.
Diamond face shapes
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If you have a diamond face shape, your face is slightly longer than it is wide, and your jawline is pointed. Your cheekbones are high-set and are the widest part of your face.
Use these makeup tips to decide what looks best on you!
What color are your eyes?
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It's important to consider your eye color when deciding on shades of eye makeup. Matching your eyeshadow to your eye color can look too monochromatic, so instead we've come up with some tips to help your natural eye color stand out. Use these tips below to decide what makeup hues work best with your eye color.
What color is your hair?
Factor in your hair color to determine what makeup hues work best on you. By making the proper color choices with your eyeshadows, blushes, bronzers and other makeup, you can make subtle enhancements that make a big difference in your look. Use these makeup tips below as a guide for the shades and techniques that work best for women with red hair, blond hair and dark hair.
What shape is your face?
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Our faces are commonly categorized into six main shapes: oval, square, round, heart-shaped, oblong and diamond-shaped. Use these tips below as a guide to determine what makeup techniques work best for your face shape. You'll find advice on eyeshadow and eye liner, foundation, blush and more.
Remember: Looking great is not about the amount of money you spend on your beauty products — rather it's about applying the proper techniques and colors to enhance your best natural-born features. Use these makeup tips specific to your eye color and hair color, as well as your face shape to achieve the best look possible.
I'm often lucky to get three straight hours of sleep. That means in the morning I don't look my best. Luckily I've found a few beauty tricks that can save me a day of being asked, "do you feel OK?"
1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
I really think being awake in the middle of the night sucks moisture out of my skin. The end result is that I look older, my skin is lackluster and any makeup that I apply isn't even and sinks into fine lines. If you know that you'll be having a long night, plan ahead with a super-hydrating night cream. If you forget, you can still apply a light layer of that night cream in the morning under your makeup.
Garnier Miracle Sleeping Cream Anti-Age + Anti-Fatigue Night Cream (Garnierusa, $17)
2. Caffeine is your friend
Under-eye bags are a dead giveaway that you didn't get a good night of sleep. A good eye cream, especially if it contains caffeine, can decrease the puffiness and temporarily tighten the entire area.
Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller (Garnierusa, $13)
3. Color correction
Dark circles under your eyes? Don't reach for your concealer first! Instead, grab a color corrector to neutralize the color of the bags. Colors that are opposites on the color wheel will cancel each other out. The bags are usually blue based, so using a peach or orange tone on them helps hide them! Use a peach if you have a light skin tone, or go for a more vivid orange tone if your skin tone is darker or your under-eye circles are more intense. Using a fingertip, lightly pat the corrector onto the discoloration only. Cover it up with foundation or concealer.
4. Concealer with illumination
It is tempting to just reach for a heavy-duty concealer to cover up the effects of a long night, but you'll likely just make yourself look worse! Start with the color correction, and then reach for a lightweight concealer with a bit of light diffusion. Because you've neutralized your under-eye circles, you no longer need the heavy coverage. The light shimmer in these products helps reflect light, making any imperfections less obvious.
When applying, don't only apply to the half moon under your eye. Instead, create an upside-down triangle with the points at either corner of your eye and the tip as the side of your nose. Fill that entire area with concealer and blend it well up onto the side of your nose, the inner corner of your eye and up to your lash line.
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Touch Highlighter (YSLbeautyus, $42)
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer (Maybelline, $8)
5. Even more illumination
Illuminating doesn't stop at your under-eye area! Depending upon your usual routine, rotate in an illuminating primer, foundation or finishing powder.
COVER FX Illuminating Primer (CoverFX, $38)
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Foundation (YSLbeautyus, $57)
Too Faced Candlelight Pressed Powder (Toofaced, $30)
e.l.f. Studio High Definition Undereye Setting Powder (Eyeslipsface, $3)
6. Brow lift
Filling in your eyebrows is probably not the first thing that you think of when you need to look more awake, but this small step will make you look much more polished and really opens up your eye area! Use a brow pencil lightly in your brow, and then follow it up with a little concealer or a brow highlighter right underneath. Blend with a fingertip.
7. Change your eyeliner
Instead of lining your upper and lower lash lines with the same black eyeliner that you usually reach for, reach for a brown liner and a smudge brush. The brown isn't as harsh as the black, making it perfect for days that you aren't looking your best. Line only your upper lash line, as close to the base of the lashes as you can, and smudge with the brush to soften the look. Your eyes will be emphasized, but you'll avoid the midday eyeliner smudged under your eyes.
Who doesn't love long and lush eyelashes? Lightly curl your lashes and then apply a lengthening mascara with a wand that grabs every last lash. Your eyes will look larger and more open, helping you look much more awake.
9. Open your eyes
Just when you think that you've finished your eyes, there's one last step! A little highlighter to the inner corner of your eye will brighten your eyes and make them pop!
10. A healthy flush
When I've been up most of the night, I am pale and washed out the next day. I need to add a bit of color to my skin, but going overboard will backfire and make me look even worse. I've found that a light pinky-peach blush with a touch of shimmer is perfect for my cheeks. I also grab a larger powder blush and will hit my forehead and down the center of my face. The larger brush means the color is much more subtle, but it makes a big difference in how awake I look.
11. A lippie with color
The morning after a rough night isn't the time for that dark, vampy lipstick you've been wanting to try out, or for the nude lippie that is just barely darker than your own skin tone. Instead, reach for a lip color that is darker than your own lips, whether it is a pretty rosy tone or a bright statement pink. The punch of color will brighten up your face.
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They probably aren't.
However, don't totally abandon the idea of beauty (literally) from the inside out. As dermatologist Dr. Julia Tzu, the founder and director of Wall Street Dermatology in New York City points out, the ingestible beauty product category is huge. And while, for the most part, she cautions against false hope, there are a couple of supplement ingredients that do actually seem to do what the package promises.
For starters, Dr. Tzu says there is some scientific data to suggest the use of biotin (a complex of B vitamins also known as "Vitamin H") for nail and hair health. You can buy biotin supplements over the counter, but you should always check with your doctor before adding a supplement to your daily routine.
Another digestible beauty product that might actually work (to a certain extent) is, believe it or not, sunscreen. There is real data backing the utility of Polypodium leucotomos, an ingredient derived from a fern plant, in protection from UV radiation, says Dr. Tzu. She points out Heliocare as one brand that uses this ingredient. However, cautions Dr. Tzu, you cannot rely on the pills alone for sun protection.
"Sunscreen usage and sun avoidance is still advised even if you were to take the supplements," she says. "For people who are already wearing sunscreen and practicing prudent sun avoidance, taking pills with Polypodium leucotomos extract can provide an additional layer of protection."
Other supplements, such as collagen or hyaluronic acid supplements that allegedly promote collagen and hyaluronic acid production in the skin, have much less credibility and scientific data to back their claims, says Dr. Tzu. "Keep in mind that all supplements are not tightly regulated by the FDA, as drugs and medications are," she adds. "So buyer beware."
But what if you've heard really great things about a certain product and you want to check it out? The smartest route is to do a little research, says Dr. Tzu. You want to know whether or not there are any real studies, preferably large scale, that back up a product's claim about its usage or its main ingredient. Dr. Tzu recommends checking out PubMed, which she says is a respectable online database that scientists and doctors go to for looking up such publications.
So is there a downside? Like, if you really want to try one of these products? "Given the minimal regulation by the FDA on the supplement industry, it is difficult to know what exactly are in the supplements," cautions Dr. Tzu. For that reason, she says you're taking a risk whenever you purchase any supplement — beauty or otherwise.
The bottom line? "In general, having a well-balanced diet that includes lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, and proteins is sufficient to obtain all the required building blocks to have healthy skin and a healthy body," says Dr. Tzu. "'Beauty drinks' and 'beauty pills' are more costly, less effective and less evidence-based than simple healthy living."
1. Choose the solution that’s best for your skin type
Dermatologist David E. Bank, author of Beautiful Skin: Every Woman's Guide to Looking Her Best at Any Age and founder/director of The Center For Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery in Mt. Kisco, New York, says that certain types of products are better for different skin types. If you have oily skin, he recommends light, non-greasy, noncomedogenic formulas. People with dry skin should get self-tanners with moisturizing ingredients; and for sensitive skin, it's best to use a mild, hypoallergenic formula.
2. Match the self-tanner to your skin tone
Dr. Bank gives this simple advice: If you're fair skinned, go light; for olive skin, use a medium shade; and if you fall in the bronze/brown/dark zone, you can use a darker shade. Everyone should stay away from "extra dark" formulas, he says, which can leave skin looking too orange.
3. Exfoliation is key, people
Dr. Bank recommends exfoliating in the shower using a washcloth, and then smoothing on moisturizer. You can also try exfoliating with a salt or sugar scrub, which is something beauty expert Cherie Corso recommends. She loves Hey Sugar, Lookin' Good. “It works great and it’s organic,” she says (Gillysorganics.com, $25).
Another great exfoliating tool is the Dermasuri Deep Exfoliating Mitt, which works to reveal new, smooth skin by sloughing off flaky, dead skin from the skin’s surface with the mitt’s unique fabric (Dermasuri.com, $20).
4. Wait 20 minutes after your shower before you apply self-tanner
Why? Dr. Bank says the heat in the shower causes your pores to dilate, which can make your tanner streak.
5. Prep your freckles and dark spots
If you have freckles or dark spots on your skin, Cherie recommends covering them up before you apply the self-tanner, so they don’t get darker. “You don't want to look like a spotted leopard,” she says. Fair point, Cherie. She recommends the multi-use G2 Organics Hickey Stick, a cover-stick with zinc and moisturizing ingredients. Dab it on freckles and moles before you apply your self-tanner. (Bonus: Cherie says it will cover and heal cuts and pimples, too!) (g2organics.com, $25).
6. Strategically moisturize
Cherie recommends prepping your heels, elbows and armpits with a little moisturizer, so those spots don’t get too dark.
7. Use surgical rubber gloves
You can get them at CVS or any drugstore, and you won’t have to worry about orange palms.
8. After you apply, use a blow dryer set on cool to dry your skin.
Cherie recommends staying naked for 15 to 20 minutes before you put your clothes back on.
9. If you made any mistakes...
You can take care of them with a Bronze Buffer! This self-tanner remover sponge gently wipes away streaks and splotches, even after the self-tanner has developed. You can also use it to lighten areas that got too dark, get between your toes and fingers and remove buildup on your knees and ankles. (Sephora, $10)
It’s the sort of thing most of us put off but, if you need a pressing reason to chuck ancient mascara, here it is. Scientists at London Metropolitan University carried out tests commissioned by online beauty company Escentual.com on five makeup products: blusher, foundation, lip gloss, lipstick and mascara.
The results were published in the Daily Mail and they're pretty shocking. All the out-of-date makeup contained unsafe levels of potentially lethal bacteria, including enterococcus faecalis, which is the main cause of meningitis and kills more children under five than any other bug in the U.K.
Other bacteria often found lingering on old makeup include eubacterium, which causes bacterial vaginosis, and aeromonas, one of the causes of gastroenteritis and wound infections.
The scientists also found staphylococcus epidermidis, a nasty bug which is resistant to antibiotics; propionibacterium, one of the main triggers for acne and other skin conditions, and enterobacter, which causes urinary and respiratory tract infections.
The tests involved several high-street beauty products sent in by women and beauty bloggers from across the U.K. and some of the products weren't even past their official expiry date.
"Most women are totally unaware that their cosmetics are a potentially (sic) breeding ground for deadly bacteria," said CEO of Escentual.com, Rakesh Aggarwal. "But if you think about it you wouldn't keep food for months after the use by date so why should this be acceptable for cosmetics. This research has even surprised us and has shown that there is a serious health risk here."
"Pregnant women or mums with small babies need to take extra care after our finding (sic) showed that the deadly meningitis bacteria Enterococcus Faecalis/Faecium was found on several items of out of date make-up," added Aggarwal.
The tests revealed that a nine month out-of-date blusher had the largest amount of bacteria and a mascara four months out-of-date had the second largest amount. The third largest amount of bacteria was found on a lip gloss that was over a year old but still in date, possibly because lip products are applied to the mouth where a lot of bacteria live.
In light of the test results, Escentual.com are holding a #MakeupAmnesty until Sept. 11 to encourage more people to ditch their old makeup, detox their makeup bags and throw away their past-it products. To take part film a short video of yourself getting rid of your expired makeup and post it on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the tags @Escentual and #MakeupAmnesty. Every entry will receive a £5 voucher to be redeemed against any spend of £20 or more at Escentual.com and the person with the video judged to be the most creative will win their favourite beauty product.
Besides checking the expiration date on the packaging of your makeup (and this goes for skincare products too), use the following to decide whether you should hold on to something:
Right, I'm off to delve into my makeup bag. Wish me luck…
Of course, body and face mists do more than just cool off your skin and smell good! "Body mists provide a thin layer of hydration to the skin without overburdening the skin to create a greasy feel," explains dermatologist Dr. Julia Tzu, the Director and Founder of Wall Street Dermatology. She says to be on the lookout for these key ingredients when choosing a mist: antioxidants (which have anti-aging benefits), hyaluronic acid (which helps keep your skin moisturized) and pure and simple water. Other ingredients like aloe vera, jojoba oil and rose water provide additional skin-loving benefits.
Mists are easier to apply over larger surface areas than traditional moisturizers, Dr. Tzu points out — that's what makes them so great for your beach bag. Just one note: Make sure that you spray in a well ventilated area, Dr. Tzu recommends, and if the product contains sunscreen, avoid spraying it on your face and inhaling the mist.
Ready to feel dewy and glowing?
1. i smell great beach babe wellness water mist
i smell great beach babe wellness water mist: Soften and scent your skin with purified water that contains aloe, glycerin and a dreamy mix of tropical suntan and coconut cream scents. (ismellgreat.com, $32)
2. Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant Spray & Go Moisturizer
Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant Spray & Go Moisturizer: This fast-absorbing spray lotion smells great and leaves skin soft and protected. (Walmart, $4)
3. Shea Terra Organics Eau de Rose Du Maroc Hydrating Facial Spritz
Shea Terra Organics Eau de Rose Du Maroc Hydrating Facial Spritz: Unlike many facial sprays, this one is alcohol-free, so it delivers its hydrating dose of Rosa Damascena (pure Moroccan rose water) without then drying out your skin. (drugstore.com, $13)
4. philosophy Amazing Grace Body Spritz
philosophy Amazing Grace Body Spritz: This mist hydrates and provides antioxidant benefits, while scenting your skin with philosophy's signature light and feminine fragrance. (philosophy.com, $27)
5. Yes to Coconut Ultra Light Spray Body Lotion
Yes to Coconut Ultra Light Spray Body Lotion: Made with Virgin Coconut and ultra-light jojoba oils, this spray moisturizer is summery heaven in a bottle. (yestocarrots.com, $10)
6. Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist
Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist: Designed for all skin types, this facial mist keep your skin fresh and glowing with a blend of rosehip, ylang ylang, resveratrol grapeseed oil and antioxidant-rich organic juices. (juicebeauty.com, $22)
7. Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia Hydrating Body Mist
Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia Hydrating Body Mist: The scent is a luxurious blend of mint, brown sugar, lemon, jasmine, peony, pink pepper and cedarwood ... perfect for imagining you're lying on a Mediterranean beach somewhere. Bliss. (Sephora, $38)
8. Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herb and Rosewater
Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herb and Rosewater: So light and refreshing, this facial spray feels amazing after a sweaty workout (or a hot afternoon poolside). (Ulta, $7)
9. kai Body Glow
kai Body Glow: Gardenia-scented dry oil leaves your skin soft and glowing. (Nordstrom, $34)
Is it my fault that all of the tutorials I've found on Pinterest are woefully inadequate? No, but now I have no excuse for a subpar braid, thanks to a celebrity stylist responsible for glam looks on stars like Lea Michele, Mariah Carey and more.
Michael Dueñas just launched a YouTube series where each week he'll break down some gorgeous — yet difficult to master on your own — styles.
First up? This heart-shaped fishtail bun, a look he first created for actress Erin Richards.
Michael Duenas hair braid tutorial
As for where he gets his inspiration for his styles, Dueñas told PerfectLocks.com that he "draw[s] my inspiration from other hair around me. When someone passes me, I can see the beauty of another style/cut in their hair. It gets me excited!"
We're excited too. Bring on a fall full of beautiful hair!
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