From twinkling lights to sequined nails, there was a certain magic to the festive snaps on Instagram this week that made even the cold a little more manageable. Click through to see our favorite shots that popped up in our feed, and don't forget to keep up with our editors by following us on Instagram!
Dark lipstick has taken over the red carpet and the runways, with daring celebrities like Rihanna to even more conservative types, like Taylor Swift, pulling off the trend like it's nothing. So can you do it, too? The short answer is yes, but there are some rules and guidelines to follow, like what to do with the rest of your makeup and the right way to apply it.
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It's hard to talk about Alexa Chung without imagining her too-cool-to-care bedhead and gamine cat-eye liner in your head. The model-cum-TV host has a look that everyone has tried to emulate at least once (come on, admit it), and now we actually might have a fighting chance. In her new role as creative director for Eyeko, Alexa has released a limited-edition collection that includes a liquid eyeliner and a mascara to help achieve her almost-too-perfect liner look. You can buy the pieces separately, or grab the entire
We caught up with Alexa at her collection launch at Sephora in New York and chatted about the Spice Girls, wonky eyes, and who she'd trade her iconic mane with for a day.
POPSUGAR: So let's talk about the cat eye. What are your tips, and how can your kit with Eyeko help people who are cat-eye-challenged?
Alexa Chung: To be completely honest, it took a lot of practice. It's just about doing it as many times over as you can manage without your skin completely degrading beneath the pen tip. The great thing about this particular kit is that the pen we've chosen — the eyeliner that they've developed — is the easiest one. That's what attracted me to Eyeko in the first place. The felt-tip pen is the easiest to draw with.
If you start with the flick bits first, you can measure them before you fill in the rest of the eye. If you do the outside section first, you can match them, which is good for those people with wonky eyes like me.
PS: That's so smart!
AC: I think that's the easiest thing to do. Oftentimes, as well, I'll get the pen and do a 45-degree angle from my eye, and that's where the flick should be.
PS: So I read your book It — and loved it — and you talk about the Spice Girls. So the obvious question is who is your favorite Spice Girl?
AC: At the time, Geri because she seemed the most brazen of them, and so as a teen I was really fascinated by boobs and ass. I was just like, "Wow, what a voluptuous woman!" It's your waking thought when you're 12, just like, "I'm going to have boobs one day? That's crazy!" So I thought she was sassy.
Now, looking back, I'm a VB [Victoria Beckham] fan. She's very inspirational and I love how she's moved seamlessly from a '90s pop group to a serious power player within the fashion industry. That's girl power. And she had a great bob.
PS: Yes, she did. Speaking of the bob and how iconic it is, people say you have iconic hair. How do you respond to that?
AC: I say, "You haven't Googled me for a while!" A girl got a bob the other day, a friend of mine, and she went to the hairstylist and they said, [imitating an American accent] "This is super in right now, like Dianna Agron has one and Alexa Chung!" And I was just like, "I haven't had a f*cking bob in four years! What are they talking about?"
PS: But even now people say your hair is just supericonic. It's got to be weird to have "iconic hair."
AC: I think to have iconic anything is quite strange. I can't really identify with that on a daily basis.
PS: So if you had hair like a Lego person and could just pop it off and swap it with anyone, who would you pick?
AC: Cher, 1969.
PS: That's amazing. Why?
AC: It's so thick and long and jet black and completely straight. It wouldn't suit me, but I think how wonderful it would be to have Pocahontas hair for the day.
Mini trinkets are always fun to give (and receive!) during the holidays, especially for beauty lovers. Bottles of polishes, rollerball fragrances, and lip hues are also a great option for those people who you don't know what to gift. Because at the end of the day, who doesn't like a small bottle of hand cream? We've rounded up a collection of the miniature-size gifts you'll want to dole out this holiday season!
Christmas is right around the corner, and with Christmas comes the start of a new year. Here is a makeup look you can try to ring in the new year with.
I first groomed my brows with a brow brush, and then I applied Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow ($20) in number 3 with an angled brush. To clean up around my brows, I line them with MAC Pro Longwear Concealer ($19) with a flat liner brush and blend the product for a seamless finish.
Before applying eye makeup, I used Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden ($20). Using a copper or gold pigment, wet a flat shadow brush with MAC Fix+ ($21) and apply that pigment to your eyelid. I used Gosh Mineral Waterproof Eyeshadow in Copper ($17). Then, with a blending brush, use a dark plum red shadow. I used the darkest shadow in the Maybelline EyeStudio Color Plush Quad Mad For Mauve ($5, originally $10). I applied that shadow to my crease with a Sedona Lace brush, and then blended the shadow using windshield wiper motions.
Once that shadow is blended, use a cranberry shadow and apply that to your crease as well. I used MAC Eye Shadow in Cranberry ($15). Next, use chocolate brown shadow above your crease to blend out the other two shadows even more. Using MAC Eye Shadow in Swiss Chocolate ($15), blend the shadow above the Cranberry shade. Blend Swiss Chocolate up almost to your brow bone, and then use the lightest shade in the Maybelline palette, a shimmery pink, to your brow bone and blend. Next, I used a dark brown and a bronze shadow from the BH Cosmetics 120 Eyeshadow Palette 2nd Edition ($18, originally $50), and I apply those two colors to the outer corners of my eyes and my crease with a blending brush from Makeup Geek. You can also go back and do a little touch-up of the Cranberry and Copper shadows.
Apply gel liner in a winged style. You can make your liner as thin or thick as you like — mine is thick because I also applied false lashes. I used Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner Blackest Black ($10).
Once my eye makeup was done, I applied L.A. Girl HD Concealer in Toffee ($3) using the Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush ($18). I set my concealer with Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder ($26) and a setting brush. I lightly contoured my face and nose using Love & Beauty By Forever21 Bronzer, and I highlighted my nose, chin and forehead with the Toffee concealer. I just used my ring finger to blend the product into my skin.
Back to the eyes, I curled my lashes using an eyelash curler and applied L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes in Carbon Black ($9) to my upper and lower lashes.
I used my current favorite blush, MAC Blush in Ambering Rose ($21). And for my lips I used two products: BH Cosmetics Crème Luxe Lipstick Moody Merlot ($8) with MAC Lip Glass Strawberry Malt ($15) on top. To finish the look, I applied my favorite pair of lashes, Velour Lashes in Doll Me Up ($30).
And that completes the look! Have a happy and safe New Year!
If you're getting nervous and lacking holiday gift inspiration, we have you covered. Scoping out everything from the ultra luxurious to the budget friendly, and even what to get the men in your life, we have beauty gifts that will make your shopping easier this holiday season.
Celebrities like to stand out, and sometimes all they need to do is dye their hair or go for the big chop to make headlines. The year 2013 was one of major celebrity hair changes, including Jennifer Aniston's bob, Beyoncé's pixie, and Jennifer Lawrence's bob. Their stunning new cuts made short hair a big beauty trend of the year, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. We've pulled together the top 64 hairstyle changes of the year, and we're calling on you to help us determine who revealed the best new look of the year. Click through Shailene Woodley to Nicole Richie and Rihanna to Anne Hathaway, and help us crown the winner of our Best Hair Change of 2013 bracket!
OK ladies, we're down to the wire when it comes to holiday shopping. But if you've still got a few more names to scratch off your list, don't worry — we're here for you. We've rounded up every single gift guide we've got in one convenient place, in case you missed them. So whether you're shopping for shaving cream for him or perfume for her, it's all right here. Consider us Santa Claus. Just keep scrolling for instant gift inspiration.
- Beauty addicts will go crazy for these 15 gorgeously elegant palettes to add to their collections.
- These luxury beauty buys are worth the extra bit of cash.
- For the beauty-lover who has everything, snag one of these beauty coffee-table books.
- Make her feel special with a monogrammed gift — be it a makeup bag or a perfume bottle!
- Pick up a gorgeous bottle of perfume to make any fragrance-lover's eyes light up.
- Deborah Lippmann's Christmas list of elegant gifts is one we absolutely want to be on.
- Toss your wrapping paper, and give one of these gorgeously packaged goods right out of the box.
- Have a stocking to stuff? We've got you covered.
- If you're a little strapped for cash, never fear. These adorable trinkets are $25 or less.
- Any lady you get for a gift exchange will love one of these Secret Santa buys.
- These beauty gifts are less than $50 but look much more luxe.
- These hilarious white elephant gifts are wonderfully wacky.
- Designer beauty lines are always luxe, so why not give a collection this year?
- You'll be the hit at your company party with these white elephant gifts.
- Let us help your shopping with the editor-approved buys we have on our lists.
- In case you happen to have her on your wish list, here's what Sonia Kashuk is asking for this holiday.
- Know a nail-polish-lover? She'll go crazy over these gorgeous sets.
- Fail-safe holiday gifts for that unexpected person on your list.
- We picked out the best of the best of Space NK's holiday catalog. You're welcome.
- From blow dryers to flat irons, here are the beauty tools you'll want to give this year.
- The eco-lover in your life will appreciate these Earth-friendly beauty buys.
- The man in your life wouldn't buy these gorgeous grooming gifts, but he definitely needs them.
- You'll swoon over these palettes and sets that are perfect for any budget!
- Joanna Vargas's gift picks are pretty perfect for just about anyone.
- You'll be dying to splurge on these luxury beauty buys.
- Holiday candles we'd want to be given this year.
We're just days away from Christmas, and time is running out to get giving! As usual, we've got you covered with our collection of 2013 gift guides, including incredible ideas on what to pick up for your mom, your beauty-obsessed pal, and the gym-lover in your life.
We'll help you cross off the names on your gift list from now through next week with our best picks in tech, fashion, fitness, and more. Also, see all of our holiday planning, tips, tricks, and inspiration as we enjoy the most festive time of the year!