Who would we be if we didn't love nail art? We've racked up some quality time with our phalanges, creating a variety of nail art looks that are easy to recreate at home. So grab your favorite polish and get ready to dress your nails up.
My fellow anesthesiology residents and I decided to take advantage of the ever-popular Houston Restaurant Weeks. A dinner of 14 people was expertly coordinated (clearly not by yours truly, as I have no coordinating skills whatsoever) at RDG Bar Annie, an amazingly decorated, upscale restaurant spinoff from the classic Café Annie, on Post Oak. If you’re not a Houstonian and this is gibberish to you, please ignore. In short: four-course meal was superb, and it was truly remarkable how nearly unrecognizable we all were, out of our hospital-issued scrubs and scrub hats.
To get my fine, limp hair to volume-ville, I turned to Vidal Sassoon's Pro Series Boost & Lift (Volume) Range. I started with the Boost & Lift Shampoo in the shower. Tip: a technique I've learned for bigger hair is to start shampooing from the nape of your neck, upwards. Works every time for voluminous hair! Then I used the matching Boost & Lift Conditioner, which I love because it's weightless but detangles nicely, and both of the products don't cause my hair to go crispy. Next I applied the Boost & Lift Foaming Air Mousse and worked it from roots to ends, all over. I blew dry my hair starting upside down, then in the opposite direction of my part, with a big round brush. I finished it all with the Boost & Lift Hairspray sprayed lightly on the ends while my hair was upside down, then ran my big round brush through it all for touchable volume. And that's my fine-haired trick to faking big, voluminous hair!
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James Franco exercises his acting talent in his latest Gucci ad, a short dubbed Made to Measure. In the the one-minute film, named after the fashion house's new scent, Made to Measure ($88), Franco speeds throughout LA in a dreamlike sequence. "The story is about a man who travels who's trapped inside the bottle and he wants to get out. And once he's out, he becomes fragrant; he becomes like fantasy," director Nicolas Winding Refn explained in a behind-the-scenes video (below) of the shoot.
The spicy oriental, which is made to complement Gucci Première ($63) for women, contains notes such as bergamot, orange flower, aniseed, and French lavender at the top; nutmeg, juniper berry, plum, cinnamon, and water lily in the middle; and patchouli, leather, amber, and cistus labdanum at the base. And just like a well-dressed man in a fine suit, this highly masculine scent, much like the video short that touts it, is as sophisticated as it is alluring.
What do you get when Dr. Spock and Tweety Bird couple up and have a baby? The beauty look at The Blonds . . . at least according to lead makeup artist Kabuki for MAC Cosmetics. Swipes of yellow and blue shadow with baby doll lashes lent itself to the cartoon bird in question, while the overdrawn eyebrows Kabuki conjured up were an exact replica of everyone's favorite Vulcan. But the alien inspiration didn't stop there. Nick Irwin of TIGI created slicked-back styles, which were topped-off with oversized hair balls on top. "We're slicking the hair back real tight to give the girls a mini eyelift," Irwin quipped. A headband outfitted with Vulcan-like ears was the cherry on top.
But the real standout backstage was the nail art, courtesy of CND. The brand churned out over 30 sets of nails — and the detail was impeccable. Gemstones made from gel polish, Swarovski crystals, and even retractable hinges were all present. If this is the type of look to expect, we should welcome an alien invasion with open arms.
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From cotton candy wigs and chromatic lips, leave it to Betsey Johnson to give us a Spring 2014 look that's all about the fun. The crazy colors and wacky silhouettes were aptly called "Betsey Johnson One a Day," so the beauty team channelled Betsey's style with a full-on party from head to toe. Sarah Lucero for Stila went with metallic and vinyl finishes on the makeup. "It's Barbarella meets goth," she said of the silvery look with a pink flush.
Rodney Cutler was on the hair, which consisted of custom-made wigs in Betsey's favorite color: bubblegum pink. "We're doing an '80s curl and we're tying the hair in knots to manipulate the shape," he said. And for the final touch, manicurist Danielle Candido used Morgan Taylor polish to paint on a metallic silver hue with a pink glitter gradient.
The '50s, teenagers from Mars, and burlesque: all things that inspired the beauty look at Jeremy Scott's Spring 2014 show. Lead hairstylist Eugene Souleiman styled every model the same using black wigs that included a special filling to achieve an Amy Winehouse-esque bouffant. The ends were flipped out in true 1950s fashion.
While the hair was all retro, the makeup had a futuristic spin. Key makeup artist Kabuki used a plum shadow to create a winged eye makeup look with golden flecks near the center. The lip was an alien take on nude that had hints of lavender. Finally, extralong press-on nails were coated with a jet-black shade called Void by manicurist Patricia Yankee to match the hair.
If you're looking for a fun runway look that's still totally wearable, look no further than Milly's Spring 2014 collection. "The girls look like they came out of a steam room," explained Romy Soleimani for Beauty.com. She created the dewy skin using Joanna Vargas Skincare Rejuvenating Serum ($100) on the eyelids and along the cheekbones and brow bones. But the cornerstone of the look was the matte red gradient lip, which was created using the Kevyn Aucoin Lip Pencil in Cerise ($25) in the inner part of the mouth and then dusted with an orange-red blush.
Kevin Ryan with R Session Tools created the easy-to-do bun. "The modern fabrics feel functional, so I wanted to create a style that looks like the girls just threw up their hair with a sense of urgency," he explained. The high messy bun had an element of texture, and Ryan made sure to leave some of the ends out. The nails by Katie Hughes of Butter London featured a white moon on top of a bare nail — "floating nail art," as Hughes likes to call it.
One of the perks of an early morning show is that the model's come in with clean hair. For the Proenza Schouler presentation, lead hairstylist Paul Hanlon embraced the hair's natural texture to create a skater chic, California girl look. He let the flyaways near the crown and front remain but added Fekkai Glossing Conditioner ($25) as a leave-in at the ends for a weighed-down and separated appearance.
The makeup look was bare bones. In fact, the only thing you'll need to re-create the look is MAC Extra Dimension Blush in Pleasure Chest (coming in Spring). Lead makeup artist Diane Kendal used her fingers to apply the powder for the lightest application. Honey rounded out the beauty look with a manicure using MAC nail polish in Delicate ($16).