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- 09/11/15--04:00: The best colored eyeliner for your eye color
- He recommends Sephora Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner in Shimmering Jade. (Sephora, $13)
- To make brown eyes pop, Christina Choi, makeup artist and founder of Christina Choi Cosmetics, recommends applying a flash of vibrant blue to your lash line. Use an eyeliner brush to apply Christina Choi Eyeshadow in Splash for a bold pop. (christinachoicosmetics.com, $18)
- Front of the Line PRO Liquid Eyeliner in Navy was designed to complement brown eyes. (LoracCosmetics.com, $23)
- Blue, of course, is a gorgeous color for blue eyes! Try Laura Geller INKcredible Gel Eyeliner Pencil in Blue Jean Baby. (LauraGeller.com, $20)
- Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleons in Champagne Diamonds was designed specifically for blue eyes. Technically eyeshadow pens, these can be used as a liner. (CharlotteTilbury.com, $27.
- Chinchilla recommends L'Oreal HiP Color Chrome Eyeliner in Silver Lightning. (Drugstores, $10)
- Green is also a gorgeous color for hazel eyes. Try Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleons in Smokey Emerald, designed specifically to flatter hazel eyes. (Charlottetilbury.com. $27)
- For a violet option, Cruz recommends SMASHBOX Photo Angle Pure Pigment Gel Liner in Bright Lilac. (Beauty.com, $20)
- Lastly, try Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Asphyxia. (Sephora, $20)
- For a really affordable choice: Essence Gel Eye Pencil Waterproof in Urban Jungle. (Ulta, $3)
- Try FLOWER That’s So Kohl! in Tell Me No Lilacs. (Walmart, $8)
- Cruz recommends SHISEIDO Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Cardinal. "Apply this long-wear cream with a pencil brush for a smokey look or an angled brush for a fine line," he says. (Sephora, $20)
- Nina Leykind also loves plums and burgundies for green eyes. Eyeko Making Eyes Automatic Gel Eyeliners are waterproof gel eyeliners that glide on easily for an intense pop of long-lasting color. Try Plum Wine for pretty green eyes. (Eyeko.com, $19)
- And last but certainly not least, Aveda Petal Essence Eye Definer in Tidepool is a stunning shade that will gorgeously enhance green eyes. (Aveda.com, $17)
- 09/11/15--09:35: Shocking photos show models before and after their makeup
- 09/11/15--11:05: Fashion Week makes moves to be more inclusive
- 09/11/15--16:15: Alexa Chung's new fashion app is like Pinterest with a 'buy' button
- 09/14/15--06:00: 12 Style secrets every fashionista should know
- 09/14/15--09:00: I wore bold lip color for a week and here's what happened
- 09/14/15--12:00: 6 High-fashion trends you can rock at work
- 09/14/15--16:21: 5 Reasons millennials obsess over beauty bloggers
- 09/15/15--10:30: Addition Elle is hosting only plus-size show at NYFW
- 09/15/15--13:00: How to transition your wardrobe from summer into fall
- A T-shirt dress
- Chambray shirt
- Black shorts
- Cropped trousers
- Denim mini/midi skirt
- Casual gladiator sandals
- Summer rompers
- Linen blazers
- Anything that screams beachy or summer
- 09/17/15--05:00: 9 Best-selling lipsticks at Sephora
- 09/17/15--10:51: New mom Kate Middleton steps out with bangs (and they look amazing!)
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- 09/17/15--15:02: Hand-pressed highlights trend is like screen printing for hair
- 09/18/15--08:57: 'History of the bra' is an eye-opening trip down bra memory (VIDEO)
- 09/20/15--16:55: Heidi Klum unfairly attacked for her Emmys look (PHOTOS)
"There are no rules when it comes to makeup as playing around with color is always fun," says Nina Leykind, founder of eyeko cosmetics. "As a general guideline, it works to use eyeliner shades that enhance your natural eye color. For instance, plums and burgundy make green and blue eyes pop, while teal and navy blue are great for brown eyes, and a light pink or white brightens the whites of everyone's eyes.”
So we can all play with something like this Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Orchid Shimmer! (Sephora, $25)
"Most beauty insiders... refer to the color wheel when working with an eye color they want to accentuate," says celebrity makeup artist Edward Cruz. "I'm about 80 percent on board — the opposite color on the color wheel will brighten and reflect the color you want to bring out most, but there are exceptions!"
Read on for some of the prettiest choices to make your eyes stand out this spring.
"Since brown eyes are neutral and earthy, most colors look great on them," says says celebrity makeup artist Daniel Chinchilla (who's currently on tour with Ariana Grande). "I love using a bright pop of green as eyeliner. It's natural yet makes a statement!"
Silver eyeliner looks great on blue eyes and enhances them to the max, says Chinchilla.
A great way to make hazel eyes pop is to use a bright neon-violet on your lower lash line, says Choi. "This will give a flash of light purple that will instantly make your eyes stand out!"
"I love using deep purple eyeliners to draw attention to green eyes," says Chinchilla. "Purple is still dark enough to add definition to the eyes, but is also a great pop of color for spring!"
Melissa Murphy is a makeup artist who works with all kinds of models. Some are working for Playboy, and others are models and actresses. The transformations are really stunning. See for yourself below:
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I am no huge fan of makeup and my husband definitely is not. He always notices every time I even attempt to look better and complains about it. "Why do you need that lipstick?!" But I want to show this to him to prove what makeup can do.
All of these women are naturally beautiful. That much is obvious from their before photos. But makeup adds something to their look. It says, "Hello, I thought it was important to look good today." I can see how, in the right circumstances, makeup can be a huge confidence booster. After all, it really does change everything about the face. Sure, that fresh, dewy face is lovely, but the made up face is flawless. Every line, every blemish is magically gone. The eyes look bigger and wider, the lips more defined and sexy.
Obviously, we all know makeup can do this, but quite frankly, most of the makeup we see around us is done wrong. This is what it can look like when makeup is done right. Even a generally makeup-fearing gal like me can see that.
I will say that I have been trying a bit more recently. I have been putting on the BB cream and a little bit of blush. I've been applying mascara and even brushing my hair (don't ask) and it's been so much nicer. I feel so much better about myself.
So while these women are gorgeous, they look equally gorgeous (and definitely more glamorous) all made up. Here's one more:
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Last winter, Jamie Brewer became the first model with Down syndrome to walk a Fashion Week runway. This fall, 18-year-old Aussie Madeline Stuart will be following in her footsteps by modeling in the FTL Moda show, cosponsored by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
However, she's not the only model with a disability being showcased this September. According to the Daily News, FTL Moda has also brought on Rebekah Marine, a 28-year-old model from New Jersey who was born without a right forearm, so she wears an i-limb quantum prosthetic hand. This shiny appendage comes equipped with gesture control technology, which responds to the muscle movements in Marine's upper arm.
Marine has been modeling for six years, and told People magazine, it was definitely a struggle at first. "It's been quite a journey for me. It was hard at first to put myself out there for the whole world to see. But I've become quite comfortable with myself now, and I'm the happiest I've ever been."
People with disabilities aren't the only way Fashion Week is expanding its diversity. Plus-size models are taking hold in a way they never have before. Plus-size model Ashley Graham has partnered with Canadian brand Addition Elle to launch her own line of lingerie at New York Fashion Week. She told People magazine, "I believe we're the only plus-size fashion show that will be in New York Fashion Week, which is truly exciting." While New York Fashion Week does have a plus-size show alongside it, Graham's will be the only one showcased in the original week.
Graham is already a huge pioneer for body positivity. She was the first plus-size model to be featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and she also modeled in Lane Bryant's #ImNoAngel lingerie campaign. This week, you can find updates on her fashion show by following #IamSizeSexy.
Transgender models, while not an entirely new addition to Fashion Week runways, are having more and more of a presence, and this Fashion Week is following suit. IMG signed trans model Hari Nef who will likely be walking in shows this fall. Also, according to Mashable, androgynous models like Rain Dove and Roan Louch have already been booked by some of the major labels. These models comfortably model male and female looks interchangeably, which makes them perfect for Fashion Week.
This is indicative of an originally European fashion trend of embracing the "genderqueer" or "genderfluid" look, which means it falls outside of distinctively male or female. “The genderless phenomenon has been building up its reach for quite a while now,” said Angelo Flaccavento, a fashion critic, to Fusion.
In the wake of America voting "yes" on gay marriage rights, and the many battles over transgender rights in just this past year alone, it's time such a visual industry took a firm stance on inclusion. Hopefully, the more commonplace these current outliers of fashion become, the less judgment they will feel from the world.
VILLOID, which Chung co-founded with tech entrepreneur Jeanette Dyhre Kvisvik, is a social style app that blends the best of Instagram and Pinterest… along with a dangerously convenient buy button.
So what inspired the 31-year-old British model, actress, author, media personality, designer and style icon?
“I suppose that scene in Clueless where the computer puts an outfit together from Cher's wardrobe really stayed with me,” said Chung in a statement. “Clothes are fun, making mistakes is fun, being inspired is fun. VILLOID celebrates the process of getting dressed and showing your friends.”
The basics? The app works by using mood boards (sort of like Pinterest), where you and other users can upload images of the fashion that you love or find inspiring.
While you can create your own fashion community by uploading your own style and connecting with your friends, the key to VILLOID is the sense of play, discovery and instant sartorial gratification. The app also lets you follow style sensations and celebs, like Chung, to catch a glimpse of what they’re wearing or wanting, and lets you participate in their fashion scene.
And if you see something you have to have, you just click to instantly buy it from affiliate sites. You can also add items to your VILLOID “love list” — a shareable wish list featuring your fave style choices, so your loved ones can easily find exactly what you want most when it comes time to give you a gift. And the app lets you follow your favourite brands for news and updates on sales and discounts as a bit of an insider perk.
VILLOID lets you know when something you like is about to blow up (trend wise). Once you’re part of a VILLOID community, the app sends you notifications when a particular item is especially popular or about to sell out — allowing you to stay on top of the trends via your mobile device.
Becoming a VILLOID user expands your fashion reach and turns your fashion influencers into personal-style collaborators.
Download the free VILLOID app at the iTunes app store and then start following, sharing and buying.
New Fashion App Will Completely Change The Way You Shop
In 2005, Bone was involved in a car accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down without the ability to open and close her hands. In April of 2010, Bone decided to launch her own beauty channel on YouTube, careful not to show her wheel chair. She edited out the frustrating moments that left her in tears as she struggled to hold on to her identity, doing things that were once so simple for her.
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It wasn't until this past August that Bone decided to open up to her 100,000 subscribers about her accident in response to their pressing questions regarding the way she held her hands.
"Most of the time, when I upload a video, I have questions about my hands. The truth is, I can’t move them, open them or close them," she reveals to her followers. "And it's all because 10 years ago I became a tetraplegic."
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The video is titled "My Beautiful Struggle." An endearing description of her circumstances, she assures her viewers that despite daily frustrations and the tears that still fall, she refuses to allow this speed bump to end her journey.
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"I have many challenges right now. My injury is just one of them, but I know that life will get better. My hands haven't been able to move in ten years, but I've taught myself a new way of doing my makeup. So if something is standing in your way, maybe it means trying a different way."
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The human mind knows no limitation. It is pure human instinct that drives us to persevere at our lowest point. There is no shame in mourning our losses, as John Green would like to remind us "pain demands to be felt." However, stories like Bone's remind us of our immense strength and our abilities to work through our hardships.
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1. Buy a few blazers
Nothing brings polish to an everyday outfit faster than a blazer. Pop one on over your T-shirt and skinny jeans and suddenly you're ready for a day at the office or a night on the town.
2. Keep it balanced
The goal here is to show off your shape, not hide it away. If your top is long and flowy, your pants should be fitted. If your bottoms are wide or billowy, your shirt should be fitted and short or tucked in.
3. Stock up on skinnies
Pants come in many different cuts and it doesn't hurt to have a few variables, but skinnies are something you should definitely invest in. Pair them with flowy shirts or lots of layers for a great balance and rock them with your choice of shoes — heels, flats, sandals and boots of all heights.
4. Learn to love layers
Not only is layering a great way to dress for any weather and add depth to your outfits, but it's also an easy way to expand your wardrobe. You can rock your favorite summer tank tops and sleeveless blouses all year long if you pair them with a cardigan or blazer when the weather cools down. And that warm-weather dress might just work in the fall with tights and boots.
5. Bring on the belts
Image: Girl with Curves
Belts aren't just used for holding up your pants, ladies! These days, they're a powerful accessory. Give shape to an otherwise frumpy dress, blouse or sweater in seconds and add a pop of color right where you need it.
6. Fabulous accessories shine on their own
That fun bib necklace is a great statement piece, so let it do the talking. When you have a superstar accessory, keep your other extras to a minimum and stick with simple wardrobe choices.
7. A pop of color makes the outfit
Go ahead and choose low-key colors for your outfit, but make sure something on your body is at least a little bit bright. A belt, a purse, makeup, shoes or a bracelet — it really doesn't matter what you pick. There's no reason to be neutral from head to toe.
8. Monochromatic is OK, too
But then again, it's OK to have pretty much no color to your outfit, too. Make it easy on yourself by avoiding matching altogether by wearing just one color from head to toe. You can still keep it interesting by mixing fabrics and textures.
9. You can play with patterns
This one is tough. You've been taught from a young age that a patterned top goes with solid bottoms and vice versa, but that rule is no longer valid. Feel free to mix it up for a bold look! Make sure the colors work together and start off simple by pairing a striped pattern with a floral.
10. There are a thousand ways to tie a scarf
And you should know at least a few. There is so much you can do with a scarf. Not only are there a million ways you can tie it around your neck, but you can wear it around your head, waist or shoulders, too. Invest in a few cute scarves and learn all the ways you can use them.
11. What's under your outfit does count
Even the best outfit isn't going to look great if you're not wearing the right undergarments. There's no need to pull out the Spanx every day, but make sure you're wearing the right things under your clothes. Start with a good bra that puts the girls where they go and a pair of panties that's not going to show through or give you lines. Consider wearing a fitted tank under tops to eliminate lumps and bumps and make sure you have a smooth look.
12. Don't leave home without feeling great
Every fashionista knows you won't look great if you don't feel great. If it's not comfortable, you're going to be pulling, tugging and adjusting all day long. So attractive, right, ladies? And if you're not sure the outfit is a home run, your lack of confidence will be obvious — and it will totally ruin your look. Put together an outfit you feel great in and, chances are, you'll look great in it, too.
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In fact, I can hardly stand the stuff. It always ends up on my teeth or embarrasses me with unexpected blotchiness that resembles a skin disease. And then, when the weather turns hot, lipstick feels to me like I'm wearing a sweater on my lips. It's like, I don't know how this is possible, but my lips are wearing a sweater. They are sweating.
Only, they're not; I'm just being difficult. The fact is that I am jealous of women who can pull off a bold lip color in all their head-turning glory. Me? I'm more of a lip gloss and heavy eyeliner kind of lady. That's why I leaped at the chance to break outside of my makeup box to try a bold lip color for a week, just to observe how people responded to me and how my new look caused me to respond to the world.
Day 1: Frightening the children
My daughter, as expected, did not disappoint me with her reaction. She's 4 and she's crazy. Lately she's been quoting that part in Frozen when the Duke of Weselton points at Elsa and whispers, "Sorcery!" Only she does that while pointing at me, and she certainly did it when she saw my red lips. Later on at the park, I overheard her telling the other children, "My mom is the tall one who looks like a witch!"
Day 2: My first admirer
On Tuesday, I made my way to my hairstylist for a haircut that was four months overdue. She saw my bold, crimson color and gushed, "Wow, that's amazing! It's so perfect with your shoes." Once I told her what I was up to, she called a few other stylists over to give me their feedback and they were similarly in love with the wild color. Hey, I thought, maybe I don't look like a witch after all.
Day 3: The men don't understand
I'm in the middle of a home remodel, so I spent a good chunk of Wednesday at Home Depot. I met up with my two awesome — and opinionated — contractors to purchase some lumber while wearing a deep plum lip color. We have good rapport, so apparently they thought they didn't have to hold back. "You look older than normal," said one of them. "It's just — it's just that you look so much prettier without it."
Day 4: Confused but complimentary
Thursday morning was perfect for yoga, so I suited up in my black yoga pants, black tank and bright red lipstick. Even I had to admit that I looked a little more like a restaurant hostess or a French painter than a yogi. No matter. I noticed that many of my fellow practitioners looked at me with confusion when I showed up, but one woman approached me after class and said, "I like your lipstick." Namaste, my friend. I was also surprised when a trainer complimented my eyebrows, which looked the same as usual. I guess all the color on my face just drew more attention to what was already there.
Day 5: Confident with bold
On day five, I went about my business and no one said much. No one even seemed to notice. I felt relieved that I didn't have to field questions. I also noticed that I was feeling much more comfortable with my appearance and perhaps even confident with going bold again.
I still prefer gloss to bright lipstick, but my weeklong experiment was illuminating. I discovered that my women friends have an appreciation for beauty and style that my male friends just don't seem to have. I also learned that bold fashion choices tend to attract lovers and haters, but very few neutral parties. And maybe that's reason enough to experiment with wild or bold fashion — the opportunity to make a strong impact with one small choice was surprisingly intoxicating.
Images: Mary McCoy
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1. Head-to-toe floral
Gucci and Valentino are just two of the many designers embracing the freshness of allover florals in their fall collections. While bold blooms à la couture could be hard to pull off around the water cooler, a subdued print like one of these will amp up your 9-to-5 style. Cover bare arms with a crisp blazer to polish off this office-appropriate look.
2. Wide-leg trousers
Although this billowy silhouette intimidates most women, it's proving to be a perennial runway favorite. Here's why: When done right, wide-leg pants are the perfect marriage of couture and comfort. Hello! That essentially sums up every woman's dream work wardrobe. Give it a go by starting with a great pair of wide-leg black trousers. You can add contrast with heels in a bright hue or elongate your legs by opting for black pumps. You'll want to keep your top — and perhaps boyfriend blazer — structured or streamlined to steer clear of sloppy. A graphic silk blouse will do the trick and add interest to boot.
3. Babydoll dresses
From Prada to Chanel, fall collections are giving fashion hounds a major sweet tooth thanks to candy-colored fabrics and sweet shapes. To pull this sugary style off in the workplace, add a cardigan and find a dress with a knee-length (or just above it) hemline. If you're concerned you'll come off as too coquettish, opt for an elegant pair of flats as opposed to heels and keep makeup soft yet refined.
4. Slouchy pants
Much like wide-leg trousers, slouchy pants continue to show up on runways from New York to Milan. And it may come as a shock, but this style is alarmingly easy to pull off. Really, it is! Fit is important — you don't want to look too slouchy — so start with a well-cut pair like one of these. Then build on the look with a tailored blazer, some power pumps in a punchy color and a sleek top. Voilà — you're rocking cubicle couture.
5. '70s boho
Gauzy gowns, eclectic prints and ethnic appeal are just a few of the hallmarks of this season's ubiquitous '70s boho style. A carefully selected boho piece will give you that globe-trotting appeal in spades. Besides, you can never go wrong with DVF, ladies. To give the look workplace polish, you can add a cardigan with a thin leather belt or grab a blazer and go. (Yes, another blazer! A good blazer is a wardrobe wizard.)
6. A jumpsuit
With just one of these fun pieces you can cover quite a few fall fashion trends: the jumpsuit, cropped pants and a vintage print. While wearing a jumpsuit in the workplace isn't for everyone — this style tends to fall into the love it or leave it category with little gray area — it is a refreshingly unfussy option for the office. It needs very little added in the way of styling and you won't spend all day struggling with an uncooperative blouse. Just be sure to seek out a style that is tailored well and pair it with simple accessories.
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One thing I noticed as we scrolled, gossiped and swooned a couple weeks back is that our feeds share a common denominator — a whole lot of beauty blogger posts! This got me thinking: Why on Earth are we so obsessed with beauty bloggers?
My friends and I had a few ideas of our own, but I wanted to hear it from the industry experts. That’s why I set out to conduct a couple of awesome interviews with two influential ladies in the beauty industry who helped me come up with some more strategic explanations for the Insta behavior of me and my friends. Check them out!
1. Bloggers know what's good
Walking into a store like Sephora with so many bright, shiny, beautiful products can be a bit overwhelming for most of us. So who can help us figure out what we want before we go in? Beauty bloggers, of course!
"Just walking down the beauty aisle at any local store gives me anxiety — and I'm a makeup artist," says Caitlin Picou, Owner of Kismet Cosmetics. She continues, :Bloggers are able to cut through the clutter of traditional 'advertising' and provide real feedback on new beauty products. We identify with certain bloggers and we build a trusting relationship. So when your favorite beauty guru falls in love with a product, then you know it is a must-have."
2. Instagram is awesome
The millennial generation faces an interesting challenge when it comes to focusing on real life -- social media. The ability to instantly satisfy your curiosity about what others are doing can often trigger the release of dopamine, which makes you motivated to engage in repetitive behavior. Constantly checking your feed for the latest tips and tricks from your favorite bloggers becomes a habit that seems somewhat rewarding. In the quick minute you checked your feed, you scored an awesome idea for a new look to try out this weekend or a recommendation for the perfect primer. Looks like you're winning today!
3. Beauty enhancement is worth the expense
Perhaps one of the most interesting things about the beauty blogger phenomenon is millennial consumers’ willingness to purchase the high priced products endorsed despite the generation’s relatively lower average income. We’re talking college-student budgets here! I did some digging and found a pretty solid explanation for this as well.
Research surrounding millennial (or Gen Y) consumers shows that the generation sees beauty enhancement as worth the expense. "Millennial shoppers spend over 25 percent more than average U.S. shoppers on such products as body scrubbers, shampoo, conditioner, styling gels or mousses and suntan products, and 20 percent more on cosmetics," according to the Market Research blog. This same research suggests that millennial women associate beauty with fun more than women of older generations.
4. We see ourselves in beauty bloggers
Despite the fact that beauty bloggers aren't able to actually see and consult with their audience prior to offering product recommendations, consumers are willing to listen. So why is that? This is one of the questions I asked Jessica Goldberg, CEO and Founder of Irwin Gail PR. She definitely knows a thing or two about consumer behavior in the beauty realm after working with top beauty brands such as Revlon, Almay, Elizabeth Arden and Clearasil. She said, "Consumers will ultimately follow the bloggers that they most relate to. That they see in themselves or most want to be like. Therefore, when a blogger creates a personal review about a product they like, consumers can translate that into something they most likely would feel as well."
5. Bloggers are more honest than traditional advertising
I also asked Jessica Goldberg what encourages millennials to follow and remain engaged with beauty bloggers in general. With so many incredible cosmetic brand ad campaigns swirling in the online ad sphere, why are bloggers the promotional vehicle we actually listen to? "Millennials are a generation that trusts friends first and advertising least," she said. "Ninety-five percent of millennials say friends are the most credible source of product information, whereas only 6 percent consider online advertising credible (according toSocialChorus)."
She continued, "The millennial generation was also taught to do almost everything through the use of a personal electronic device, including communicate with their friends. Bloggers write and communicate in a way that makes them seem like a friend over social media. Therefore, it makes sense that the experts/media that millennials trust most are those who have been able to establish themselves in the social space."
Finally justifying your blogger obsession
There you have it, give solid explanations for our beauty blogger-obsessed millennial culture. All of this might leave you asking whether or not this obsession is healthy. To be honest, every generation has its own obsession. Whether you're following models, brands or other influencers for guidance in beauty or fashion, a mild obsession is healthy. After all, everyone has a guilty pleasure or two!
A few beauty bloggers to follow:
Amara has 3.1 million followers on Insta, but she's also great on Snapchat (Amrezy); she was was named one of Allure's 11 Beauty Bloggers to Follow on Snapchat.
Jaclyn Hill's custom Becca highlighter sold out within hours when it released this past July.
Jade Marie is an international airbrush makeup artist and educator.
Carli Bybel created a (sold-out) custom eye shadow palette for BH Cosmetics.
Have a favorite beauty blogger to add to the list? Let me know in the comments!
Known for its standout collaborations with plus-size influencers, Addition Elle will be presenting its most-talked-about collection at NYFW, the Ashley Graham Lingerie Collection, as well as its newest addition, the Nadia Aboulhosn Collection.
Graham will be launching her sixth lingerie collection with Addition Elle. Describing her partnership, Addition Elle says, “Her signature curves and smoldering stare have attracted major industry buzz. Her Black Orchid lingerie collection is hotly anticipated and has lingerie-lovers counting down the days until its launch. One thing is for sure, sexy is a state of mind and Ashley is living it.” Graham will both debut and wear her collection for the show.
Off the runway, Graham is a champion for positive body movement. In an exclusive interview on Perez Hilton, she discusses her role at NYFW. "It's so exciting to be one of the leaders in the body positivity movement. I take my role as a body activist very seriously and truly want to help create change that is long overdue. I love co-designing and modeling my lingerie collection with Addition Elle, and look forward to many more collections to come."
Both these brilliant beauties are determined to make a difference both on and off the runway.
Blogger-turned-designer Nadia Aboulhosn just launched her second capsule collection with Addition Elle. Though she won’t be at the show personally, her excitement is evident. She has posted teasers from the show on her blog, alongside positive comments about Addition Elle’s mission and her partnership with them. In addition to her fashion-savvy sense, Aboulhosn keeps up a popular blog where she continues to inspire us with her positive body image messages.
In a recent Broadly article, Aboulhosn explained, "I saw women commenting saying they finally had something to relate to or that I gave them inspiration — I knew it had become my responsibility [to be a positive influence]. It was less about me and more about being strong for them. All of us are so different; we have different upbringings, and different experiences that all shapes us into who we are today."
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With fall approaching, it's important to put some things away to make room for clothes that will enhance your wardrobe and stir up some fresh new outfits. A serious maneuvering of your closet will make your life 10 times more sensible and far less chaotic!
It's amazing how just a few pieces along with eye-popping accessories can change up everything. Those broken-in khakis you love to wear may not work with the sunflower camisole, but adding a ribbed, slouchy V-neck sweater would totally fly. So while you can keep some summer pieces that you loved to throw on, they can be transitioned into fall with just a simple switch-up.
What to add for fall:
1. D'Orsay Pumps
A suede or leather d'Orsay-style pump is classic, yet on trend. You can wear just about anything with this shoe. French Connection's patent and soft suede version in monarch blue is striking and beautiful. Get them here.
2. Suede coat
I won't lie and say that the 1970s resurgence isn't in full effect this season, so I included this premium suede coat that looks like it came straight out of Mahogany. A standout coat that includes structured details and a belt would seriously breathe life into your fall wardrobe.
3. Round satchel cross-body bag
Another must-have accessory is a saddle or cross-body bag. Try it in a round or square shape with cool details such as a fringe attachment, studded accents or cool textures. Wear it to work and after hours with endless outfit options.
4. Bandana scarf
Now here is a trend that can fall under the Western girl swag or city chic. You can incorporate a bandana scarf into your casual outfits, such as flared or skinny jeans and a striped boatneck shirt. Some also rock it with a shirt dress and moto jacket. This urban outfitters version is more oversized, but you can also try this in a standard smaller size.
5. Long waistcoat
The long waistcoat is a great alternative to a jacket or cardigan. It's extremely stylish, great for those classy ensembles or more edgy outfits for a nighttime event. If you're into layering in the fall, or just want to try the trend, this is an excellent piece.
6. Cropped wide-leg jeans
Tired of your skinny jeans, or just ready for a new fit? Some brands are giving us more choices. Cropped wide-leg jeans work for any season, but I think fall will be an ideal time to play with this style.
7. Ribbed sweater
Get you a new and improved comfy sweater for the season — one that has subtle tweaks such as split hems, an asymmetrical cut or raglan sleeves.
Keep these summer clothes in your closet to transition into fall:
Summer items you should store away:
1. Eyeliner from India
In packaging that often resembles lipstick more than liner, kajal liner is a product synonymous with Indian beauty. The soft, smudgeable formula in ultra-rich black gives these kohl liners a quality that isn’t easily rivaled by their American counterparts. An Indian friend of mine loves this one and stocks up every time she visits.
2. African black soap
Natural black soap originated in Africa and is known to help with tough skin issues like eczema. This soap has also been hailed with eliminating blemishes on the face and body, hydrating and soothing irritated skin and helping to control oil. It's contains plantain, cocoa pods, palm tree leaves and shea tree bark and packed with shea butter, vitamin E and other essential oils. Ready to rub-a-dub-dub with some SheaMoisture African Black Soap?
3. Argan oil inspired by Moroccan women
Argan oil has been used for centuries by Moroccan women. They knew about the argan tree's powers long before we did. Argan oil has been known to promote healing and hydrating, soothing inflammation, acne and dryness. It's associated with aging as well as hydrating and smoothing hair. Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil Light is a lightweight formula that can be worn day or night.
4. Secret Greek ingredients
Korres is an amazing skin care and cosmetic brand that specializes in plant extractions and natural ingredients. Korres products are chock-full of fresh Greek goodies like yogurt, olive oil, black pine and wild rose. I absolutely love their eye cream and sleeping facials. If you close your eyes and use your imagination, you can almost imagine you're in Santorini!
5. French moisturizer
Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre is a makeup artist staple for its incredible versatility. This rich French moisturizer doubles as a makeup primer and makeup remover! It suits all skin types and hydrates deeply like none other! Moisturizing and priming with this helps foundation to melt seamlessly into skin and with a fancy French name too!
6. Snail slime inspired by Korean skin care
When it comes to innovative skin care, Koreans know what’s up. They are famous for BB creams, sheet masks and blackhead busting products, and now you can add snail slime to the list of their secret ingredients! Found in many Korean products, snail secretions help to moisturize and renew skin. Try TONYMOLY Pure Eco Snail Moisture Gel for a fast moisture fix from a slow critter.
Her speech resonated with nurses around the country, and we gave Johnson a total raised-hands emoji when she walked onstage in the decidedly un-sexy scrubs with the hope that her badass move would prompt a shift in the focus of the pageant from a show of who looks the best in a swimsuit to who is the most inspirational for women.
But there's still a long way to go, according to a study conducted by PsychGuides.com. For the report, they examined how the appearance of Miss America has changed since its inception back in the 1920s.
And, as you might expect, they noticed a trend: Miss America — a woman described by the pageant organization as "the type which the American girl might well emulate" — has gotten considerably thinner over time. The average body mass index (BMI) for a Miss America contestant has dropped to an "unhealthy" range, meaning that it falls below the normal range of BMIs (18.5 to 24.9), while the BMI for the average woman has actually gone up.
The GIF created by PsychGuides shows a stark contrast in the bodies of women in the early years as compared to recent ones: Waists have gotten considerably smaller while breasts are generally a lot larger.
Is the report meant to shame thin Miss America contestants? No, but the constant push that "thinner is better" may lead women — especially women in their late teens and early 20s — down a road of disordered eating in order to look like the woman who "represents the highest ideals" in beauty.
Here's hoping that Miss Colorado turns the tide and inspires more women to focus on how they contribute to society, rather than believing that their only worth is how they look in a bathing suit.
With so many amazing colors and brands from which to choose, those of us who aren't loyal to any one lipstick might be shocked to learn that certain lipsticks are all the rage among lots of women in the country, who flock to Sephora to stock up on them. We spoke with Artemis Patrick, Senior Vice President of Merchandising for Sephora, who gave us the goods on nine of the best-selling lipsticks at the store and why they appeal to a variety of shoppers.
1. Kat Von D Beauty Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita
"This cult favorite brown/nude was driven by Kat's social media following. It’s a shade we can barely keep in stock," says Patrick.
2. Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red
"This is a long wearing perfect classic and the 'Sephora Red.'"
3. Bite Luminous Crème Lipstick duo in Fig/Date
"It’s an amazing travel-friendly/handbag-friendly duo in wearable perfect nude shades," according to Patrick.
4. Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella
"This is a cult red that looks good on everyone and is for all skin tones. It comes in a super easy-to-use chubby pencil format and was the featured lip product in Sephora’s 2015 Beauty Insider birthday gift."
5. Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien
"This is a wearable mauve pink that’s good for all skin tones. It was also featured in Sephora’s 2015 Beauty Insider birthday gift."
6. Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist N9
"An ultra creamy wearable color that’s slightly sheer but shows color in a moisturizing formula. It was the featured product in Sephora’s 2014 Beauty Insider birthday gift."
7. Nars Audacious Lipstick in Anita
"It’s a super weightless formula, neutral rose tone that works with all eye looks and has one swipe coverage."
8. Bite Luminous Crème Lipstick duo in Tangerine/Lingonberry
"This is a great, affordable duo in bright, on-trend pop shades."
9. Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Crème in Cora Cora
"It’s a moisturizing, plumping, and super-pigmented lipstick in a bright coral shade that works well on all skin tones."
Fans of the duchess have not had much to go off of style-wise this summer, as she has kept a very low profile since Charlotte was born. Aside from Charlotte's christening and a polo match here and there, it's been a pretty Middleton-less few months.
However, now that it's September, the new mom of two is getting back to work and looking as fabulous as ever. She's even sporting a new hairdo — long, side-swept bangs, parted effortlessly on the side. It appears the quiet summer with her family has done her well, as many commented that she looked relaxed, tanned and "in good spirits."
She also hasn't lost her keen fashion sense. Middleton appeared at the Anna Freud Centre wearing a black and white houndstooth shirt dress by Ralph Lauren, which reportedly goes for a mere $1,935. She accented the blousy dress with a black patent leather belt, which worked to cinch her now-tiny waist. So perhaps she wasn't relaxing the entire summer away.
Middleton is very impassioned about the work the mental health center is doing for children. According to the Daily Mail, she greeted the chairman of trustees, Michael Samuel, with a kiss on both cheeks, which, while unusual for most royal officials, is in line with Middleton's down-to-earth nature.
Middleton's support is inspiring to a lot of young mothers, one in particular who suffered from postnatal depression five years ago and turned to the center for help. Andrea Noguera, also a mother of two, said of the duchess, "It's wonderful that she has come here, because that shows me that she's interested in families and children and the problems that people can have. I imagine it's because she's a mum herself, she has compassion for families and kids who are suffering in difficult situations."
This is only the beginning of a slew of planned Kate Middleton appearances. She's slated to appear tomorrow with her husband, Prince William, and brother-in-law, Prince Harry, at the opening of the Rugby World Cup. For those who look to her for style advice, especially during this tricky transitional period of summer to fall, you should be in for lots of inspiration in the weeks to come.
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There are plenty of "old wives tales" around how to treat the common problem of stained skin as a result from dyeing hair. If you can act quickly, your best bet is to lightly wet a cotton ball with some warm water and gently wipe the "slipped" hue away before it can set into the skin (it usually takes several minutes before the color has a chance to truly permeate).
The other foolproof method lies in preventing hair color skin stains before they start. Before you put on your colorist gloves, apply a dab of conditioner, Vaseline or lip balm around the hairline and other areas you know are subject to dripping color (like earlobes, eyebrows, the jawline and the nape of your neck). Adding moisture to sit on the skin will provide a "barrier" that color can't attach to or stain. Further, having a visual cue of your "danger zones" can help to mentally manage your color application.
Removing hair color stains
If you're past the point of creating a color boundary and you've now got a full blown stain to contend with, Kari Hill senior hair colorist at Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon in Los Angeles advises clients that when stains are faint, patience may just be the best policy. "If there is a shadow, I tell my clients to go home and wait a bit until some of their natural oils have returned to their skin. Then I have them use an oil based eye makeup remover with a cotton ball," shares Hill.
There are loads of other "old wives tales" out there when it comes to removing hair color from the skin. Though many of these will depend on how much color has seeped, how permanent the dye blend is, where it is located, and how sensitive your skin is, one of these "home-tested" methods might just do the trick for you.
1. Olive oil and baby oil
Some experts suggest dabbing a cotton ball or Q-tip in olive oil. Then gently rub on the stained area until the colors fade. Cortney Crace, a color expert at Butterfly Studio Salon, says that success with olive oil can be hit or miss because it can prove to be too concentrated of an oil and cause skin problems for some. Her alternative? Baby oil. "Mix [face] cleanser with baby oil and apply or use some baby oil first applying directly on the problem area, rotating in circular motions to target stain, [and] then cleanse the area."
2. Cold ashes
"The best unconventional trick is an old school one," says Crace. Cold cigarette ashes. Yep, you read that right, but for obvious reasons it's best for tough skin that isn't sensitive. "Mix warm water and ashes together in a small bowl. Dab onto stain with a Q-tip or cotton ball. Let sit for about 15 min and watch your stain fade away."
Next step, wash you face so you don't smell like ashes.
3. Makeup remover
If you have sensitive skin, this one's for you. Crace says makeup remover is a great multi-purpose product that can tackle hair dye stains in most cases. "Apply on a cotton ball with hair pulled back and rub away," she says. Wait five minutes before rinsing and check the stain. It should disappear.
4. Nail polish remover
A quick google search will bring up several articles on how nail polish remover removes hair dye from skin. According to many, it works. However, Crace isn't quick to recommend it. "My advice is always to stray away from using nail polish remover on any part of the face."
Finally, if all else fails spray a bit of hairspray onto a cotton ball. Before the color has time to dye, rub the cotton ball onto the stained area of skin to break the bond of color to the skin. Crace admits, she has not heard of much success with this method. So...
If at-home methods fail when trying to remove hair color stains, turn to the pros. Professional beauty supply store chains, like Sally's Beauty Supply, sell inexpensive hair color stain removal blends that should do the trick. "Also don't forget you can always give your local/nearest salon a visit to help remove the stain with a professional, gentle solution," says Crace.
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It's art. It's hair dye. It's the coolest trend in hair since ombré. It's hand-pressed highlights! And all you need to get started are a piece of plexiglass and a putty knife. Wait, what?
Redken colorist Chiala Marvici came up with the dreamy new highlighting technique in — where else? — a dream, telling Marie Claire, "I have a painting in my apartment that a friend did for me a while ago that has a lot of colors on it, and I fell asleep one night and dreamt of all these layers of paint living together on one surface. When I woke up, I thought about how beautiful that would be on the hair and how I would translate that vision onto the hair."
Marvici starts by painting a picture on a piece of plexiglass using the colors she wants for her client's hair. Once she's satisfied with all the swirls, spots, and squiggles, she lifts up a section of hair and places it over the painted glass. She then uses the putty knife (you know you were dying to see how that worked in!) to press down on the hair, saturating it with dye. Lastly, she slides the glass out slowly from under the hair, mixing and blending the dye as it goes. And no worries, the art doesn't transfer exactly to your hair, instead giving you a unique and subtle pattern.
Hand-pressed hair instagram
While this all sounds fun, the real genius behind hand pressing is how much time it will save you in the stylist's chair. Traditional methods like balayage (where the colorist paints on individual highlights with a brush) and foil wrapping (where individual strands are colored and then wrapped in foil) can be pain-staking and time-consuming — usually taking 45 minutes to an hour, plus processing time. But hand pressing only takes a mere five to 15 minutes, Marvici says, getting you out and on with your day much faster.
But now for the important question: How does it look?
Hand-pressed hair video
Pretty darn gorgeous, I'd say! Whether you're a blondie, a redhead or a brunette, this technique will give you shimmery, natural highlights. And hey, you can always use the plexiglass as wall art when you're finished!
Hand-pressed hair dye
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A fantastic new video from Glamour walks us through the years of history involved with the bra. It is eye-opening to say the least. See below:
What I find amazing about the video is not just the way the bra has changed over the years, but also the way the trends have changed when it comes to our breasts. We have been curvy and flat and bulleted and pointy and nippled and satin-y and we have done it all with aplomb. Seriously, though, I had no idea that in the 1970's there was a bra with nipples on it. How weird and random!
There were some bras I'd like to bring back, too. The bullet bra looks like it probably made a sweater look pretty hot. I would happily try that again. But the other bras look so binding and restrictive, it's shocking they ever flourished. I am very glad I didn't live in Roman times.
The bottom line seems to be this: Bras go through trends just like everything else. And if you look at the scope of human history and what was "in" at certain times versus other times, you can get a good sense of your body, how it fits, and how if it's not "in" now, it likely was in the past.
Maybe we could let go of some of our body shame and hate if we realized that our curves or our small breasts or our prominent nipples have all had their moments in the spotlight. Or maybe we could stop caring at all and just love ourselves as we are. Whole. Perfect.
But one South Dakota-based makeup artist takes her transformations to a whole other level. Earlier this year, Rebecca Swift decided to start a 100-day makeup challenge where she would transform her face into a different celebrity every day.
The results are incredible. Her level 100 contouring skills actually make her look almost identical to the celebrity she's emulating.
Here's what she looks like. Absolutely gorgeous.
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But she's absolutely unrecognizable when she creates her celebrity looks. So far, she's transformed into everyone from Sofia Vergara to Ellen DeGeneres.
Rebecca Swift Sofia Vergara
And it's not just female celebrities: She's also done Donald Trump.
Rebecca Swift Donald Trump
Along with George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt and more.
Rebecca Swift George Clooney
And an absolutely spot-on Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean.
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She caught the makeup bug after helping out during Omaha Fashion Week a few years ago, but it's clear she was meant to be an artist with blush, powder and mascara as her tools.
"On average, I'd say it takes around 30-45 minutes [to complete the looks]. And I know that the looks aren't perfect," she recently told The Huffington Post. "The style is really theatrical and I don't spend a ton of time on blending. I want to work on that in the future. But the challenge is just for fun."
The America's Got Talent judge and model's sheer yellow dress is right off the Atelier Versace runway, and it's quite detailed.
The sheer yellow base gown is layered with pieces of feather-shaped fabric on Klum's left side, a ringed long sleeve on her right arm and a mesh mullet hem on her right side. The open back is accessorized with criss-cross spaghetti straps, too.
Klum certainly makes the dress look fabulous, but fans have been unforgiving on Twitter.
The comments have ranged from mild:
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To downright nasty:
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Plenty of references to Sesame Street's Big Bird, too.
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Luckily, some are giving credit where credit is due.
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Regardless, fashion is about taking chances, and Klum didn't shy away from taking her chance. Go on, Heidi!
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