As you get through your holiday shopping, don't forget to treat yourself! Once it's time to deck yourself in festive gear, you'll want all the trimmings — a holiday scent included. Not sure where to start? We've compiled the best new fragrance launches you'll be dying to swathe yourself in all season long. Just keep clicking to find your perfect bottle.
Even though the Hunger Games trilogy is known for its action sequences, there's one aspect of the films that always piques our interest: the hair. From Katniss's braid to everything Effie Trinket wears on her head, the hairstyles that have come out of these movies are nothing short of amazing. We chatted with Linda Flowers, lead hair designer, department head, head colorist, and wig designer (phew!) of The Hunger Games about what goes into the eccentric locks of the movie.
POPSUGAR: Katniss is known for her braids. How did you come up with the different styles for her looks in the Capitol versus when she's in the arena or in District 12?
Linda Flowers: In the film, you notice when she first arrives at the Capitol, Katniss has a colored braid across her forehead. Her braids always connect her to her family, her roots. She always maintains some version of the braids as to not lose who she is. The braids are symbolic. For instance, when she arrives at the Capitol she has a HUGE braid. It’s a sign of revolt.
PS: What about Prim's hair?
LF: Prim always has braids too — little bows out of hair. They are similar to Katniss's braids, only slightly different. This shows continuity and unity between she and her sister.
PS: What was your inspiration for Johanna's hair?
LF: Johanna is a wild card. Her hair had to be very street, very choppy with color. Not a perfect haircut. I wanted it to look as though she did it herself. Because she is a darling of the Capitol, her hair is her way of rebelling — it's not a glamorous hairstyle. This pays tribute to her personality. She is very raw and an amazing fighter. Johanna is the opposite of what the Capitol represents.
PS: Effie Trinket has incredible costumes. What was it like creating her many hairstyles?
LF: So fun! Effie is one of my favorite roles in the whole movie. She is the fashionista, and she embodies everything the Capitol represents. Effie is always accessorized immaculately. I created looks that were over the top. She wore these crazy Alexander McQueen costumes, and her hair had to stand up to them, complement them. A simple style would have been lost.
PS: Who are some of the other characters you had the most fun creating looks for?
LF: Caesar Flickerman and his different wigs. In the book he has a purple wig. So I created a two-toned lavender/purple wig. He's always fun to do. Also his sidekick, Claudius Templesmith, was also interesting. He wore a very feminine, cool wig. The two together are interesting, colorful people — both very extreme.
PS: What's it like bringing the Capitol style to life?
LF: It's challenging and fun. I'm allowed to use my imagination — this is not a time period piece where I have pictures to reference. Everything had to come from my imagination. It was very scary to see if my ideas would be accepted and very exciting when they were.
PS: What are some of the challenges of working on the many looks for the Catching Fire cast?
LF: Time. We have to do so much in such a short amount of time. For instance, I had three weeks to do 300 wigs! Of course, I have a lot of help — amazing hair artists, platinum stylists. I have a great team. We work together to get the most out of the time we have.
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Between the cat eyes and the red lips, the holidays can sometimes be a snoozefest when it comes to makeup. If you want to shake things up a bit, you'll love the amazing holiday look Illamasqua creative consultant David Grant created for us. And the best part is, it builds off of the glamorous day look Grant also showed us, so you can easily go from day to night.
Headwraps can make for a stunning beauty look, and the Eastern style has been a staple for making a glamourous statement on and off the red carpet. And of all the many hair accessories, turbans and chunky headbands are perfect for topping off your Fall look. To help inspire you this season, we're rounding up some of our favorite ways we've spotted celebs rocking the look.
Nothing like packing and unpacking constantly (thanks, holiday travel!) to make you want to reduce the number of items you take with you. Eye shadow singles are bulky in my bag and can shatter easily, which is precisely why I am obsessed with Le Métier de Beauté kaleidoscopes, which I discovered in the POPSUGAR Must Have Box with Neiman Marcus. And since our limited edition Pretty in Punk is all about bold pink tones, I needed a warmer, neutral counterpart for my everyday looks when I'm traveling. Enter the Carnaby Street eye kit ($95), with layerable shades that will easily take me from work to a holiday party and will help me get cleaned up to face a barrage of relatives on Christmas Day. All in one very chic, very compact little stack.
Even though Taylor Swift was the one meeting royalty at the Winter Whites Gala, we are bowing down to her for her stunning look in London earlier today. After her bed head look at the American Music Awards, Taylor returned to her typical retro style to meet Prince William. Her hair was pulled back into an elegant updo that mimicked Marcel waves on one side. But instead of her usual red lipstick, Taylor went with a hot pink hue. Her eyes were highlighted with a shimmering gold shadow to complement her sparkling beaded gown, with a touch of black liner to make her eyes really pop. We're giving her our seal of approval for this look, but what do you think?
Giving a beauty tool or gadget for the holidays is always a fun option, because chances are, the person you're gifting it to wouldn't necessarily buy for herself! From a curling iron that magically creates gorgeous waves (no skills required!) to an at-home gel manicure system for less than $55, these five gifts are going to make you a star in the gift-giving category.
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