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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Do you know how hard it is for a redhead to find a good eyebrow pencil? Brown colors are too dark, blond colors are too light, and those two shades seem to be the only ones available. I recently went on a mission to Sephora to find a pencil that would fit my warm shade of red. After talking with two sales associates, I was directed to Laura Mercier's Eyebrow Pencil in Auburn ($22). It is literally the only red-tinted pencil in the entire store, and it has transformed my eyebrows in a magnificent way. The shade isn't too bright; it's just right. The other end of the stick is a much-needed brow comb to tame those stray hairs. Mission: Color Yourself accomplished.
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Not only is Olivia Wilde a totally hot A-lister in Hollywood, but she also has the easy-breezy personality to match. Sigh. When we met up with her this morning at the Soho Trump Hotel in NYC, she was poised and relaxed (and sporting the cutest baby bump) while she answered all our burning beauty questions about antiaging, wearing eyeliner like a pro, and being a MILF (seriously). The fiancée of Jason Sudeikis was there to help promote Revlon's newest Age Defying collection, which includes a foundation, concealer, wrinkle filler, and CC cream, which will all be available in January at drugstores and Revlon.com.
Between laughing about Olivia's biggest beauty blunder (she once smeared lipstick all over her face during a premiere) and picking her brain about switching to eco products during pregnancy, we learned that Olivia really is one cool chick. Read on to see for yourself!
Kate Middleton is the woman we want to be when it comes to hair. Even though she's had a whirlwind year so far (having a baby and all), Kate's blowouts have never fallen flat. We have had plenty of opportunities to see her hair on parade, like her latest appearance at the screening of Natural History Museum Alive 3D. We're taking a look back at Kate's crowning glory: her enviable mane.
February: Kate Visits Hope House
Early March: The Duchess During Her Official Visit to Grimsby, England
See more of Kate's stunning hair moments from this year when you read on.