Going brunette (or darker, at least) is synonymous with the Fall season. But before you venture over to the dark side, there are a few things to keep in mind. "If your hair is damaged, going dark won't make it healthier. It will just make it darker," explains celebrity colorist George Papanikolas, who has worked with brunette beauties such as Miranda Kerr, Mila Kunis, and Sofia Vergara. So how can you keep your hair healthy and achieve the right shade of brunette for your skin tone? Papanikolas schools us during our visit to the Andy Lecompte Salon in West Hollywood, where he transformed one client's hair right before our eyes.
ICB by Prabal Gurung's Spring 2014 show will forever be engrained in our minds as having one of the best nail art looks on the runways. Katie Jane Hughes, global color ambassador for Butter London, used nail art foil as well as a new unreleased overcoat (Leccy, coming out in October) to create a manicure fit for ICB's '90s grunge raver girl. It's so simple to re-create, so we gave it a go — in less than five minutes.
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Are you really getting the most out of every single beauty product? We answer that question and give step-by-step tutorials on how to correctly use — and apply — the staples in your beauty routine, and even some gadgets you may be curious to try out.
Transitioning from your 20s to your 30s means focusing on those areas you probably skip during your usual skin care regimen: your lips and your eyes. Kate Somerville tells us the tricks to maintaining a youthful glow as a 30-something, plus she tells us what products we need to get rid of ASAP. On Kirbie: Bebe dress, Kendra Scott earrings.
Your kitchen is filled to the brim with easy beauty recipes. From homemade face creams, hair masks, and makeup remover, the options are endless. We threw ourselves a DIY kitchen party of sorts, where we cooked up three beauty how-tos: a chocolate facial mask, a hair clarifier, and a two-ingredient waterproof mascara remover. See? Pampering yourself really doesn't require leaving your home. On Kirbie: Bella Dahl top
We know how wary one can be when considering clip-in hair extensions. You want them to look natural, but how are you supposed to make them discreet? We went to Riqua Hailes, owner of Just Extensions salon in Los Angeles, who explained the key to using clip-ins. She also shared three ways you can wear them without anyone knowing. You'll have longer, thicker hair in no time — and nobody will know your secret. On Kirbie: BCBG Max Azria dress
If you're all about life hacks, we have one that may take a little effort but has a huge payoff. Magnetic makeup boards provide an easy way to find and store your everyday beauty items, including makeup brushes, mascara, lip gloss, and eye shadow palettes. They're also a cute way to decorate a room. So grab a picture frame, hit the hardware store for some sheet metal, bust out the hot glue gun, and prepare to get magnetized. On Kirbie: Talbots top, Urban Outfitters ring
It may not be happy hour yet, but we're breaking out the vodka to make a DIY toner recipe. Use it to refresh skin, soothe irritation, or set your makeup. We mix up two mists — one sans vodka for sensitive skin and one with the distilled beverage for the oily-prone — to keep your complexion looking its best from morning to midday . . . and even after a night out.
Up the cool factor on some of your favorite beauty products — literally — by storing them in the refrigerator. Not only will refrigerating certain items prolong their life, but you'll get skin-soothing benefits, too. So which of your skin care and cosmetic products should get the big chill? Watch now to find out.
On Kirbie: Rebecca Taylor dress
Looking warm and glowy in Summer is a whole lot easier than it is in Fall. That doesn't mean you have to adopt a dull or pasty complexion this transitional season, though. Brighten up and find out how to create a radiant finish sans shimmer, when you read on.