The great thing about hazel eyes is that they're a beautiful combination of two different shades — usually green with either blue or brown — and you can totally use that to your advantage when applying makeup. We visited the pros at Blushington, and they taught us what shades to look for (and some to stay away from) when trying to enhance hazel eyes.
Whether you're seriously regretting that pixie cut or just ready for a longer look, Allure has tips on how to grow it out in style.
Is the pixie craze already over? Miley Cyrus recently announced that she's been tugging her hair at night and taking Viviscal to speed up growth. From personal experience, I know what it's like to be impatient with a short haircut. Here's how to grow out your pixie more gracefully (like Natalie Portman) and less like a crazy person (that would be me).
Cut your hair. Personally, I thought avoiding scissors entirely was the fastest way to restore length. Not true, says hairstylist Matt Fugate, who advises getting a neck trim every four weeks. "Always keep the back of a pixie cut looking strong, and build the rest of your hair toward that length, toward a bob," he says. "I always say if you're going to grow it out, grow it out pretty."
Embrace your length. I had no faith that my hair postpixie was anything but a mistake, so I never once picked up a cool hair accessory, a flat iron, or tried a styling wax. Take a cue from Emma Watson: she spiked her hair up, slicked it back, and wasn't afraid to try a messy braid or glitzy accessory during the awkward phase. To tame uneven locks, Fugate likes Dove Style + Care Frizz-Free Shine Cream-Serum ($5), which flattens the hair and adds shine without any grease.
Keep your hair healthy. If you really want a longer style, don't damage short hair by over-processing it with color, heat, and product (we're talking to you Miley). Fugate suggests using a mini-flat iron to smooth puffiness. If you want to go the supplement route (i.e. Viviscal and Biotin), you should be prepared to wait. "It could be three months before visible results, and six before you see significant change," he says. "Don't get discouraged."
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Feel yourself skipping out on much-needed beauty sleep or just consistently running late because your morning makeup routine is taking entirely too long? Hit snooze and still make it to class or work on time with this five-step morning makeup routine. In this video you’ll see some of my favorite multitasking beauty products (helping you to cut entire time-sucking steps from your morning!) as well as some quick and easy makeup tricks (so you can save time, without compromising results!). So, whether you’re gearing up to head back to school or just need to save time before work (for more coffee, perhaps!), you’ll be out the door more quickly and more beautifully.
There’s nothing like the warm, fuzzy feeling you get when passing out gifts to the ones you love. Except maybe the incredible, thrilling rush that comes from scoring those gifts during the most invigorating shopping season of all!
This year, our friends at T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods are giving you more reasons than ever to celebrate your holiday shopping victories — by creating a series of fun and inspiring gifting “missions” that you can tackle weekly for a new chance to win!
Readers as well as our favorite lifestyle bloggers will be invited to participate in five missions across T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods stores, then simply share their experience via Twitter using the hashtag #TheGifter. Each week, one winner will be chosen to receive a $500 gift card! You can also visit #TheGifter holiday gifting hub to explore an ever-evolving gallery of amazing gifts at amazing values — check back often for fresh inspiration and fun ideas.
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When applying bronzer, there's a very fine line between looking perfectly glowing and looking overcooked. That's where the MAC Lustre Drops ($21) come in handy. The creamy, semiopaque, nonglittery formula is part bronzer/part highlighter for a natural-looking finish. A mix of pink, gold, and copper tones, this complexion enhancer blends beautifully into any skin tone. Just dab a bit under your brows, down the nose, on the cheekbones, and along your Cupid's bow. That's all it takes to achieve that just-off-the-beach luminosity — even if you're trapped in city smog.
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You can't go wrong with a trendy topknot style. This simple updo will keep stray hairs out of your face and off the neck. And while this go-to style often skews casual, when adapted to a sleek texture or wound in a more intricate fashion, it's perfect for dressier affairs, too. Click through to get topknot inspiration that will work whether you're poolside or party bound.
We've all been there: you start your day with a full face of flawless makeup, and by midday you've succumbed to the oil slick. Nothing you could do but wash your face and reapply, right? Wrong. If you'd followed the tips below, then you would have been able to avoid the midday slick. Study up on these so you're prepared for next time.
Wash your face right: This not only has to do with the way you're washing, but when you're washing. Scrubbing up right before bed is the first step in controlling oily skin. By buffing away all of the dirt and grime from the day, you're creating an ideal environment for good skin. Washing your face multiple times a day too drying? Skip your a.m. wash, and opt for toner instead.
Make sure you're using a toner: While we're on the subject, working a toner into your skin care regimen is another prime step in fighting midday oiliness. A toner helps balance out the pH of your skin, thus decreasing oil. Just make sure your toner is alcohol-free, as alcohol can dry out the skin, leading to the production of even more oil.
Go oil-free for your moisturizer: If your moisturize contains oil, then it's going to make your skin even oilier. So make sure you're slathering on an oil-free option, like Mario Badescu Oil-Free Moisturizer ($22).
Ease up on makeup: The more makeup you pile on, the more your skin will begin to revolt. So ease up. Skip your heavy foundation and just spot-treat with some concealer, opt for only bronzer or blush, and focus mainly on your eyes. And kiss that grease goodbye!
Blot: When it's midday and you're looking greasy, blotting papers like Tatchua Blotting Papers ($12) will be your best friend. Dab them along your T-zone to soak up any excess oil throughout the day.
Alexander Wang always seems to have the same type of aesthetic in mind when he designs: minimal and comfortable while still being incredibly trendy. So it comes as no surprise that the models he sends down the runway have that cool-girl appeal down pat. From the smoky cat eyes of his first few collections to the minimal makeup and electrical tape, get geared up for New York Fashion Week by browsing through the evolution of the Alexander Wang girl.