Does gifting to your more earth-minded friends come with a long list of dos and don'ts? Well, we have 10 gifts ideas that even the toughest eco-friendly critics will adore, especially if they have a soft spot for all things beauty. The following options are as do-good as they are feel-good for your mother to the holiday hostess.
Bows aren't just for the gifts you're giving this season — impress everyone at your next holiday party, and try the hair bow! It looks complicated, but it only takes two minutes to master, and anyone can pull it off (seriously). Just be sure to have a few bobby pins on hand!
On Kirbie: Shoshanna dress
With superpretty makeup and sparkling accents making over Hollywood's hottest, it's hard not to have holiday-party beauty fever. And if you're still not sure what you want to do with your hair and makeup for end-of-the-year festivities, give a polished updo or a sexy, smoky eye a try. Take a styling cue from our 10 favorite beauty moments this week, and we're sure you'll shine through the rest of 2013.
While penguins make for a cute Winter animal on your nails, nothing says Christmas quite like Rudolph and his bright red nose. Painting on a reindeer might sound impossible, but it's surprisingly easy.
For my look, I used Essie Mink Muffs ($9) as the brown color on my pinkie, index finger, and thumb and Deborah Lippmann Fake It 'Til You Make It ($17) for the gold accent nail on my ring finger and the background hue to make Rudolph pop on my middle finger. Once the two coats were painted, I went back with the Essie Mink Muffs and painted the reindeer head on half my middle finger — you need to leave room for the antlers! Then, with a dotting tool (or toothpick, bobby pin, or pencil tip), I used white and black polish to dab on the eyes. I also used the dotting tool to paint on the red nose using Deborah Lippmann Red Ruby Slippers ($20). Lastly, using a fine-tipped brush (like an eyeliner brush), I hand-painted the antlers using Essie Little Brown Dress ($9), a dark brown shade. Finish with a top coat after your reindeer has had some time to dry, and cue the Johnny Marks version of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."
We love to get your opinion on all things beauty via social media, and this week, you decided that the lob really was the haircut to covet in 2013. Holiday-themed nail art was beloved on Instagram, while celebrities without makeup got the most likes on Facebook. See all your favorite beauty links from the week that was, and make sure to follow POPSUGAR Beauty on social media, including Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+.
All year long, we keep a close eye on what's going on in the beauty world, but there were a few things that made us drop everything, gasp, and then scream OMG! Here is a list of those moments, from that time Beyoncé showed off her pixie on Instagram to our bank-breaking beauty shopping spree on Net-a-Porter.com. It's your cheat sheet to the most important beauty news of the year just in case you missed it the first time around (where were you?).
Whether it's on the red carpet or Instagram, we all love nails. From a glossy red manicure to intricate nail art, there are many ways for us to polish our fingertips, and we never get tired of trying out a new bottle. This holiday there are plenty of gorgeous polish sets, small and large, for the lacquer lover on your list. Here's what we're adding to our wish lists!
How do you transform Katniss into a hot-mess housewife, a princess into a hustler, and an American psycho into a combed-over criminal? If you are Kathrine Gordon, department-head hairstylist on American Hustle, it all begins with the screenplay. "After I read the script and saw the first 11 pages, I could see her [Amy Adams] changing her hair 17 times!" she tells POPSUGAR. And that's just the beginning of one of the lengthiest scripts of the year. Gordon then moves on to working with the wardrobe department, seeing the staff's research, and doing plenty of her own. Luckily, the actors were more than game to transform themselves into authentically '70s-era characters complete with comb-overs, disco ringlets, and towering updos.
For Amy Adams, her hair tells the story of her character's evolution. "She comes in, and she's young. Her hair is straight, and she does girlie hairdos," Gordon explains. "Once she sees this whole new life . . . you see her starting to evolve." And that leads to the most instantly recognizable and coveted hairstyles of the film: Amy's head of tight, tiny ringlets. Yes, that is all the actress's own hair. "Amy has amazing hair," admits Gordon, who used two curling irons over the course of an hour-plus process to individually curl every strand.
Jennifer Lawrence may have switched to a pixie cut in real life, but her troubled housewife character in American Hustle is high glam — literally. Gordon says, "David [O. Russell] really wanted her hair forward, like a modified Gibson that was popular in the '70s." Taking into consideration Jennifer's desire for her character to be blond while she was still brunette to play Katniss in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Gordon built a custom wig for the actress, whom she praises as "such a beautiful person, besides being a great actress."
But the look that Gordon is most proud of is the one that involved the least hair. Christian Bale vanishes into his role thanks to the help of his comb-over, which Gordon says "was really tricky, and it was really daring." She spent two days with the actor, perfecting the look with three different tools, to create a look that required daily maintenance on set thanks to his naturally thick hair. In keeping with Christian's famously meticulous approach to his characters, the hair became a thing for his character, Irving. Gordon admits, "[The comb-over] made the character even more interesting, which is highly unusual."
See all the hairstyles in action in American Hustle when it opens on Dec. 20.
- Eva Mendes is a fan of Thierry Mugler's Angel scent — InStyle
- Picking the right lip shade has never been easier — Real Simple
- 4 ways to cure those extrarosy cheeks — Allure
- Julianne Moore wants to look like herself when she grows up — HuffPost Style
- Meet the man who's taking the beauty vlogging world by storm — The Cut
- This is one beauty trend that just won't go away — The Fashion Spot
- How to wear a black hair bow — Daily Makeover
- Burberry launches another female fragrance — WWD
- Timeless Parisian beauty is only 4 steps away — Olivia Palermo
- The face masks you'll definitely be needing on New Year's Day — Byrdie