New Year's Eve is the perfect time to experiment with glittery makeup, but most of us are fearful of looking like a disco ball and, worse, making a huge mess. We visited Gloss Makeup and Beauty Studio in Beverly Hills, CA — a city that knows a thing or two about glitz and glam — to get tips from owner Natalie Saraf, who taught us two ways to wear glitter. Both options add a subtle pop of shine and color without the worry of getting it all over the rest of your face. Learn the tricks to keeping it in place, then get ready to sparkle this New Year's Eve. On Kirbie: Nanette Lepore top
How can anyone forget Katie Holmes as the adorable Joey Potter on Dawson's Creek? And since the show's finale a decade ago this year, Katie has evolved into more than just the girl next door. She's starred on Broadway, become a mother, created her own fashion line, and collaborated with famed makeup artist Bobbi Brown. But through it all, she still seems to maintain her signature casual-cool style. See Katie's top looks over the years, from blond highlights to her oft-copied blunt bob, in celebration of her 35th birthday today.
Bold brows were all over the red carpet — and the runways! — this year, but the one trend we've been particularly fixated on are brushed-up brows. Whether you have full or skinny brows, this look is something you can easily replicate, and it lends an edgier vibe than just a filled-in look. Cara Delevingne is known for her full brows, but she likes to keep them groomed with a brushed-up look, which you can see above.
"The brushed-up brow trend is a response to the fuller, bolder brow that has become so coveted," explains brow specialist Ramy Gafni, who's tended the brows of Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, and Rihanna. We've also seen this look on plenty of celebrities like Jessica Alba and model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Jessica wore a deep berry lipstick to complement her groomed brows, while Rosie let the wispy feeling of her brows add an element of edge to her otherwise-classic beauty look.
We also saw the look on the Fall 2013 runways at Rebecca Taylor (left), Proenza Schouler (center), and Badgley Mischka (right). "Everyone wants eyebrows like Cara Delevingne or Lily Collins," Gafni says, "but many people don't have enough natural fullness to their brows to achieve this look — either because of overgrooming their eyebrows or genetics, so actresses and makeup artists have begun to brush the brows upwards to make the brows look as substantial as possible."
So regardless of your brow thickness, anyone can master this look. Gafni recommends a clear brow gel like RAMY When Hairy Met Sealy . . . ! ($20) "to simply hold the hairs in the brushed-up position." But you can also opt for a tinted formula to help add the illusion of fullness.
You made your list, you checked it twice — so why is it that just when you think your holiday shopping is complete, you realize you’re short a gift or two? Maybe it’s an unexpected party invite that requires a quick hostess gift. Maybe you were caught off-guard by a co-worker you never exchange with. Or maybe you’ve taken a quick peek at what he’s got wrapped for you under the tree and you’re realizing what you have for him doesn’t quite compare.
Fortunately, this week’s holiday shopping mission is geared right at you, last-minute gifter! See what your local T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, or HomeGoods has to offer, like a luxe wristlet that doubles as a gift-card holder for your child’s teacher, a team sweatshirt for your superfan neighbor, or a bottle of flavored olive oil and crackers for your New Year’s Eve hostess. With new brand-name and designer items arriving every week, the shelves are always stocked with fresh finds at unbelievable savings — even when the other stores are cleaned out!
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Blowout bars (and not to mention, Kate Middleton) have made women everywhere appreciate the art of a good blow-dry, but you can still create that hair magic without setting foot out of your own bathroom. We headed to DreamDry (aka Rachel Zoe's salon), where stylist Olivia Halpin showed us the steps to a classic blowout. Now's the perfect time to start practicing, so you can wow the New Year's Eve crowds with your enviable mane.
In case you had any doubts about whether Cara Delevingne was as close to perfection as you can get, let us ease your mind. Exhibit A: Cara Instagrammed a sneak peek photo of her new YSL campaign, and everything is working in it. In the snap, her sexy, tousled hair is the perfect frame to her face, which is painted with an intense cat eye and cherry-red lips. And, of course, her signature look-at-me eyebrows are glossy and bold. Need we say more?
This has been a pretty killer year for Cara. Aside from walking countless runways during Fashion Month and landing YSL's Fall beauty campaign, the Brit has added a bunch of accolades to her résumé. She's the current face of Burberry's beauty campaign and Chanel's Resort 2013 campaign, and she took her turn down the catwalk for the ubiquitous Victoria's Secret Fashion Show just last month. Google pins her as the most-searched person in the UK this past year, and her Instagram following is 3.49 million strong. Basically, the girl is killing it, and with this smoldering YSL ad, she's ending the year on a high note. So cheers to you, Cara!
This year was monumental in many ways, but nothing caused a bigger uproar in the beauty world than Beyoncé's hair. Our team was on around-the-clock hair watch. First it was the pixie debuted on Instagram, then it was the bob, and now she's finishing out the year in a new platinum blonde shade. Aside from her ever-changing styles, Queen Bey was hard at work touring the world, creating her first documentary, singing at the Presidential Inauguration and the Super Bowl, and shocking everyone by debuting a secret album last Friday. We're just hoping Mrs. Carter is all out of surprises for 2014.
Braids have been an unmissable hair trend for the whole of 2013, but as the year comes to a close, those intricate updos, halo braids, and fishtail headbands have softened up, with stars wearing their plaits a lot looser and more casual, swept gently over one shoulder. The look is soft and lived-in and great for lazy days, but it works surprisingly well with formal looks, too. It's also a style that's made for hair extensions as it perfectly hides the join between real hair and added lengths, so even if your hair only falls to the shoulders, with a few strategically placed clip-ins, you can recreate these styles. Here are celebrity looks to inspire you the next time your hair's falling a little bit flat.
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The temps are dropping at break neck speed and wreaking havoc on our skin and hair — but don’t fret, we’re letting you in on our winter skin secrets: 10 products to leave your skin and hair lush and healthy. Pro tip: Before you slather on a balm or creamy lotion, exfoliate! Get rid of the all the dry skin (especially on your lips) before you moisturize. See the photos for all the product info. Add a hot cocoa and enjoy!
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