If you're looking for the perfect way to inspire her this holiday season, these beauty volumes should be on your gift list. They're good for so much more than keeping glass stains off the coffee table. Each page is packed with hair, makeup, and nail tips from celebrities and industry insiders. Whether the recipient likes a good self-help book, prefers a historical drama, or salivates over amazing photography, there is an option in this roundup. Click through to kickstart your friend's romance with all things beauty.
It's exactly one month until the 2014 Golden Globes, and we're already getting excited to see what hair and makeup looks the biggest names in movies and television will be bringing to the red carpet. While you check out this year's nominations, we're also honoring our favorite beauty moments of Golden Globes past. Yes, Cameron was once a brunette, and remember Natalie Portman's pixie? See who else had some stunning looks, and don't forget to vote in our poll for who you're most excited to see in 2014!
Lorde has recently solidified her spot in the world of beauty with her signature vampy lipstick, but Rooney Mara reminded us that she's always had a soft spot for this moody hue. Rooney stepped out last night sporting a shade that looked like it was plucked straight out of Lorde's makeup bag. The shade was a dark, shiny berry, which looked diffused around the edges, like a stain. To keep the focus on her look-at-me lips, Rooney's eyes were kept bare, save for a thin swipe of liner and a few coats of mascara. Lorde typically likes to keep things simple save a sexy cat eye when it comes to pairing eye makeup with her signature lipstick, which is why the two looks are so similar. But has Rooney effectively dethroned Lorde as the queen of vampy lipstick? Or does Lorde still reign supreme?
The Golden Globe nominations have been announced, which means we're getting excited for the bevy of amazing red carpet looks that'll be happening a month from today! We've already been hearing award season buzz for 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, and American Hustle, but the television side is just as exciting, too! Five words: Orange Is the New Black. And other not-so-surprising nominations include Girls, Downton Abbey, and Scandal. Now that all the nominations are in, we want to know, which leading ladies are you most eager to see gracing January's red carpet?
You may not be familiar with the name Lupita Nyong'o, but you should be. Not only is she one of the stars of 12 Years a Slave, which is already generating a whole lot of Oscar buzz, but she's also on the verge of completely blowing up the beauty world, and for good reason. Lupita is clutch at pairing bright, bold colors with her makeup on the red carpet . . . a talent not many women have. But when you're brave enough to rock a shaved head, bright hues are just a stroll in the park. Ahead, we have 22 red carpet reasons why Lupita should be on your radar.
White Elephant gift exchanges are a great excuse to get kooky and find those random, bizarre, hilarious gifts and bring them to the table (or office party). Whether you're just trying to understand your mother — there's a breath spray for that — or want to upgrade your selfie game, these gifts have you covered.
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Party hopping? No matter how amazing you look when you walk out the door (and you definitely do!), sometimes things happen. But keeping a mini emergency kit can help you avoid serious mishaps. Grab a cute pouch, and stuff it with some of these must-have items:
- Mini deodorant: Getting asked if you're dating anyone over and over again at dinner can really make you sweat, so keep a deodorant on hand for when you need a little extra protection.
- Pain reliever: That red wine that you're swilling in order to get through dinner can make your head spin, but an emergency stash of aspirin can help you get back on your feet.
- Hand lotion: Cracked, dry hands are the worst party accessory. Keeping some lotion in your emergency kit will make sure your fingers stay smooth.
- Travel perfume: Sephora gives out free samples of all its fragrances. Just ask a sales associate for a sample, and you can stash one in your bag for when you need a little lift.
- Travel toothbrush and toothpaste: With all the eating that goes down on the holidays, keeping a toothbrush and toothpaste in your emergency kit is a necessity.
- Makeup stain: A stain like Stila Lip and Cheek Stain ($24) can be used in a bunch of ways, making it the perfect makeup-in-a-pinch product.
- Detergent pen: Spill something on your party dress? Kiss that stain goodbye with that handy detergent pen you have hiding in your purse.
A simple way to deck out your nails for the holidays is with a quintessential Christmas element: candy canes! You don't need a steady hand to pull off this striped look. All you need are red and white nail polishes and a roll of tape. Just keep reading for a step-by-step tutorial.
'Tis the season for holiday shopping, Champagne toasting, family visiting, and plenty of festive beauty moments, too. Whether it's finding the right amount of sparkle, revealing a glowing complexion, or just mastering a braided updo, we're sharing our editor-approved picks to get you through the rest of 2013 in style.
The perfect holiday hair accessory might be lurking in your jewelry box. Allure has gathered some expert tips for creating the perfect hairpiece out of the baubles you already own.
December tends to be an expensive month. Instead of buying a new hair accessory for your party circuit, take a tip from celebrity hairstylist Mara Roszak and dig around in your jewelry drawer. "I bring a slew of hair accessories when doing red carpet, but often times we end up using a brooch or a vintage earring that the stylist brought," she says. "You just need to have the right pins, and you can make anything work." Below, two of Roszak's favorite pieces to repurpose, plus one of my own.
A brooch. "These are the easiest to put in your hair," says Roszak, who used one in Nicole Kidman's updo at the Oscars last year. "There's usually a clasp at the back. You just weave it through the hair like you would a pin, and then secure it with a pin or two to make sure it won't slip out."
An earring. It's best to use dangly or clip-on earrings rather than studs. Clip-ons work just like a bobby pin or barrette, while dangly earrings with hooks need a bit of tweaking. "At the 2012 Golden Globes, Emma Stone's stylist brought these beautiful earrings and asked if I could pin them in her hair," remembers Roszak. "I removed the hook so that I could slip a pin through the top of the earring and tucked them into her low chignon."
A necklace. I love the look of a multi-strand necklace hanging from the back of a half-up hairstyle — it's a little bit Game of Thrones, but also really gorgeous if you pick a delicate-looking piece. Open the necklace and secure the ends over each ear, crisscrossing your pins so they hold better. If the necklace is on the heavier side, use a few pins at the middle of the back of your head so it doesn't drag all your hair down.
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