No one really likes having to make a trip to the doctor's office, but if you haven't had a recent checkup with a dermatologist, you might want to get on that. Sure, dermatologists are your go-to doctors for acne, eczema, and other skin conditions, but there are plenty of other reasons to start scheduling your yearly exam now. We spoke with Dr. David Bank, founder and director of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic, and Laser Surgery in Mount Kisco, NY, and he gave us insight to making the most out of your dermatologist appointment, whether it's your first time or not. From finding the right doctor to what to expect, just keep reading.
When it comes to her music and her style, Janelle Monáe is in a league of her own. And as a CoverGirl, she embodies (and welcomes) everything that it means to be different and distinct. "I think it's important to embrace the things that make you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable," she tells us. "I think that we are embracing our unique abilities and superpowers of being electric ladies."
On her sophomore studio album of a similar name, The Electric Lady, Janelle includes many feminine anthems, featuring the vocal talent of singers such as Erykah Badu and Solange Knowles. She even pays homage to one of her beauty icons on the disc with the song "Dorothy Dandridge Eyes." "I try to keep a classic look all around," she says. "Dorothy Dandridge is definitely someone that when I do CoverGirl shoots, I use her as my inspiration. I love her makeup look."
Janelle reveals her lipstick essentials and her best makeup advice when you read on.
It's hard to wrap our minds around it, but Jennifer Lopez just launched her 20th fragrance. "It's pretty surreal, impossible to believe," Jennifer told us of the feat. The scent, JLove eau de parfum ($39-$49), is a fruity floral inspired by her Fall 2013 clothing collection at Kohl's. "With JLove we wanted to do something great that would go into Fall . . . and something inspired by my love of fashion," Jennifer says, adding, "That's why you'll see animal print and faux fur in the packaging."The juice contains a white raspberry cocktail at the top; coconut orchid, water lily, and tiare Tahiti notes in the middle; and is rounded out with vanilla sorbet, white wood, and skin musk — "All my fragrances have musk," she says — at the base. And as the name suggests, JLove pays homage to the star herself. "It's taking the JLo name and the love theme that is in my music and movies and making it glamorous and sexy."
While Jennifer has been in the fragrance-making biz for over 10 years (the wildly popular Glow by JLo was released in 2002), the multitalented star admits the process has changed very little. "Working with Coty all these years, we've had all the same ideas from the very first fragrance," she says. Even the concepts behind each new release have remained similar. "What I'm feeling, I translate that into the fragrance, like how wood smells after it rains."
Also unchanged? Jennifer's love of the lavish. Of all of her red carpet looks over the years, she counts this year's dramatic Met Gala ensemble (pictured above) as one of her favorites. Donning punk-rock hair and a sultry eyeliner look, Jennifer had heads turning in a body-con Michael Kors gown featuring a sequined — you guessed it — animal-print design.
Taraji P. Henson has played many different characters — a prostitute, a sniper, a cop — but in her latest role, she lends her voice to the Jergens project Pass on the Radiance. The brand traveled to Ghana to film a video that highlights the harvesting of shea butter, also known as "women's gold," and Taraji narrated the short film. Jergens is also collaborating with the Global Shea Alliance in Africa to donate funds to encourage the work the women are doing. "This is a ritual for the women over there, and it passes down from generation to generation. It's not just about work. They love what they do," Taraji said. "I love that they [Jergens] are not just giving them the money, but they're giving them an opportunity to make their own money doing what they love to do."
Find out Taraji's beauty favorites (and watch the video) when you keep reading!
With the excitement of this year's Emmys slowly simmering down, we're catching up with one of our favorite TV stars — Debra Messing. You may be surprised to find out she's a huge allergy sufferer, and she's giving us her helpful beauty tips, so you can fight those Fall allergies with grace, too. Plus, she dishes on her favorite beauty products and her favorite past Emmy moments.
POPSUGAR: We know you're an allergy sufferer. Have they interfered with your work?
Debra Messing: My allergies are so severe that we had to stop shooting during the filming of the The Wedding Date in the English countryside because my eyes started tearing and turned red. My face got puffy, and my throat closed. A similar thing happened while shooting The Starter Wife. Thankfully I found Zyrtec [who Debra has partnered with], which works for me and is something that I rely on. I always have it handy.
PS: What are some of your favorite makeup tips to "hide" an allergy attack?
DM: A really good concealer and full coverage makeup to hide the red blotchiness that occurs. I also use Visine or something like it.
PS: What beauty tips have you learned from the beauty pros on set?
DM: If I have an early call, my makeup artist would fill a bowl with ice cubes and some aloe juice. Then she'd put a wash cloth into the bowl when it was really really cold and, after wringing it out, would press it against my face, which is not pleasant, but it wakes you up and reduces morning puffiness.
PS: What's your favorite red carpet look you've ever worn?
DM: Well it's hard to choose one. I loved my Elie Saab gown with the Veronica Lake hair [from the 2003 Emmys]. That night was particularly special because I won my Emmy, and I was pregnant. I also loved the black sheer strapless Monique Lhuillier dress that I wore when I was nominated for The Starter Wife in 2008. My hair was down and sexy, and I felt fantastic.
PS: What would people be surprised to know about you?
DM: I took circus class at NYU.
— Additional reporting by Jaime Richards
Emmy Rossum is the kind of girl you want to be friends with. At 27, Emmy still holds weekly get-togethers with friends, which include vegging out on reality TV (Big Brother is her show of choice), giving each other manicures, re-creating braids from Instabraid's Instagram account, swapping facials, and making homemade risotto. "We really are those little girls on YouTube who watch tutorials and learn how to braid and do nails," she tells us. Uh, how can we get an invite?
Last night we caught up with Emmy, who has collaborated with Origins to celebrate its partnership with Charity Water and help launch the brand's new Smarty Plants CC Cream ($35). As a part of the program, Origins will match every pledge of $30 (which is enough to provide clean water for up to 10 years to an Ethiopian citizen in need), up to 1,000 pledges. You can help the brand and Emmy reach the $60,000 goal by donating here.
Rachel Zoe sent her models on safari for her Spring 2014 show, and they had hair to match. Lead hairstylist Antonio Corral Calero wanted to create a style that was heavy on texture but still pretty. An oversize braid with smaller plaits woven into it fit the bill. Calero added loads of texture to make it seem like the hair was full of wind and sand, as if the girls had been hiking through the desert all day. He broke down the braid and gave us tips on how to achieve this incredible style at home. Watch the video, then check out our gallery of the full beauty look to nab some serious inspiration.
Throughout her long-standing career in show business, Salma Hayek has traveled the world and picked up countless beauty tips along the way. And at 47, Salma is looking more youthful than ever. Her main tip? "Listen to your skin," she tells us. "It doesn't always have the same needs. Have a relationship with your skin. When you travel, you need more moisture!"
Speaking of travel, Salma has been in Serbia filming the new action/thriller movie Everly. Here's what she told us she's what she's been traveling with:
- Nuance Flawless Wear Tinted Moisturizer in Dark & Light ($14): Perfect for vacation days when you don't want to fuss with full-coverage foundation.
- Detox Kusmi Tea ($20): An easy way to detox and rehydrate from the inside out.
- Aromatherapy oils: Because everyone needs a little pampering . . . especially on the road.
- Nuance Texturizing Sea Salt Spray ($13): "I can go to the best hairdressers in the world, and I will always prefer this over any hairdo because my hair has never looked better," Salma says. "I don't travel anywhere without it."
- Narciso Rodriguez Perfume For Her ($77-$104): With notes of pink peony, rose, and lily of the valley, this feminine fragrance is a classic.
See more of Salma's travel must haves after the jump.
Glitter can go one of a few ways: good, bad, or really bad. But backstage at the ICB by Prabal Gurung show, we learned a thing or two about making the look work, and it involves a haphazard application. Butter London's Katie Hughes did the nails at the show, starting with a coat of the unreleased shade Leccy. She then created a stripe using nail art foil, while some nails had a glitter tip.
The makeup was meant to be easy, creating a sporty, rave-girl look reminiscent of the '90s. "The world he's [Prabal] creating on the runway is moody, clubby, kind of that dark, '90s rave feel; almost like you're in a warehouse somewhere," said Yadim, lead makeup artist for MAC Cosmetics. He used holographic glitter on the eyes, making it appear as if the models applied it with their own fingers. Watch the video to see our interviews with the beauty team backstage, and be sure to check out our ICB gallery and review.
Backstage at Marc by Marc Jacobs, we got a first-hand look at the madness! Lead hairstylist Guido (for Redken) changed the hair at the last second, creating a heavy texture with oil for a grungy feel. And although Marc did use his new lacquers on the nails, Dick Page for Shiseido masterfully applied a vibrant blue to the models' lids — and that's it. For the manicures, Marc was inspired by the lacquered look of one of his coffee tables and used that as inspiration for his own polish collection. Go backstage with us for our preshow interview, and see all the beauty looks up close in our Marc by Marc Jacobs gallery.