You may not be familiar with the name Lupita Nyong'o, but you should be. Not only is she one of the stars of 12 Years a Slave, which is already generating a whole lot of Oscar buzz, but she's also on the verge of completely blowing up the beauty world, and for good reason. Lupita is clutch at pairing bright, bold colors with her makeup on the red carpet . . . a talent not many women have. But when you're brave enough to rock a shaved head, bright hues are just a stroll in the park. Ahead, we have 22 red carpet reasons why Lupita should be on your radar.
The perfect holiday hair accessory might be lurking in your jewelry box. Allure has gathered some expert tips for creating the perfect hairpiece out of the baubles you already own.
December tends to be an expensive month. Instead of buying a new hair accessory for your party circuit, take a tip from celebrity hairstylist Mara Roszak and dig around in your jewelry drawer. "I bring a slew of hair accessories when doing red carpet, but often times we end up using a brooch or a vintage earring that the stylist brought," she says. "You just need to have the right pins, and you can make anything work." Below, two of Roszak's favorite pieces to repurpose, plus one of my own.
A brooch. "These are the easiest to put in your hair," says Roszak, who used one in Nicole Kidman's updo at the Oscars last year. "There's usually a clasp at the back. You just weave it through the hair like you would a pin, and then secure it with a pin or two to make sure it won't slip out."
An earring. It's best to use dangly or clip-on earrings rather than studs. Clip-ons work just like a bobby pin or barrette, while dangly earrings with hooks need a bit of tweaking. "At the 2012 Golden Globes, Emma Stone's stylist brought these beautiful earrings and asked if I could pin them in her hair," remembers Roszak. "I removed the hook so that I could slip a pin through the top of the earring and tucked them into her low chignon."
A necklace. I love the look of a multi-strand necklace hanging from the back of a half-up hairstyle — it's a little bit Game of Thrones, but also really gorgeous if you pick a delicate-looking piece. Open the necklace and secure the ends over each ear, crisscrossing your pins so they hold better. If the necklace is on the heavier side, use a few pins at the middle of the back of your head so it doesn't drag all your hair down.
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Not only is Olivia Wilde a totally hot A-lister in Hollywood, but she also has the easy-breezy personality to match. Sigh. When we met up with her this morning at the Soho Trump Hotel in NYC, she was poised and relaxed (and sporting the cutest baby bump) while she answered all our burning beauty questions about antiaging, wearing eyeliner like a pro, and being a MILF (seriously). The fiancée of Jason Sudeikis was there to help promote Revlon's newest Age Defying collection, which includes a foundation, concealer, wrinkle filler, and CC cream, all be available in January at drugstores and Revlon.com.
Between laughing about Olivia's biggest beauty blunder (she once smeared lipstick all over her face during a premiere) and picking her brain about switching to eco products during pregnancy, we learned that Olivia really is one cool chick. Read on to see for yourself!
Raise your hand if you've ever gotten in to work after a chilly commute with wild, windblown hair, flaky lips, and dehydrated palms. Saying that Winter isn't the friendliest of seasons is a serious understatement, but that doesn't mean that you have to suffer for a second longer. We've rounded up some necessary (and budget-friendly) Winter essentials to help you get through March in style. Whether it's that ridiculously moisturizing body lotion, cuticle oil for the perfect manicure, or just a swipe of red lipstick to perk up your look, these 10 necessities are much-needed during the Winter months. Keep scrolling, and tell Mother Nature exactly where she can put that wind chill.
For us shoulder-length gals, getting our hair to look thick and full in a bun is like looking for that favorite discontinued lipstick: almost impossible. And while the sock bun method has really helped us fake a fuller topknot, what if you don't want to add anything extra to your hair? Behold this full, thick bun that requires no sock, doughnut, or extensions. It's all your real hair, swept up in a pretty, messy-is-better bun. So what's the trick? Grab a comb, and get going.
On Kirbie: LOFT.
The only way to add extra holiday cheer to your holiday hairstyle is to pop in an adorably sparkling hair accessory! Not sure where to start? We've got a roundup of adorable holiday hair accessories, straight from Etsy. Just keep clicking for instant holiday cheer.
If there's anyone who will buck the traditional big hair, big beauty looks, and big everything that's typical to Texas, it's Kristen Stewart. The actress was one of many guests, including Lily Collins and Dakota Fanning, sitting pretty at Chanel's annual Metier d'Arts show, which was staged by Karl Lagerfeld in Dallas. Kristen opted for that sideswept bed head we've come to expect from her, whether she's running for a flight or sitting front row at Fashion Week. She vamped up the look with a seriously smoky eye that had her shadow blended and extended to created an exaggerated cat eye.
Lily also paired some grungy waves with an after-dark makeup look, but instead of focusing on the eyes, Lily swept a deep red lipstick across her lips. She created an ombré look by focusing the dark lip color on the outer part of her lips to add some edge. Dakota went Parisian gamine with her twisted updo that wrapped across the crown of her hair. She complemented the look with flirtatious winged liner and a pretty pink pout. The people of Dallas may have raised a brow or two over the fashion-forward beauty looks these ladies brought to town, but we love a girl who can shake things up. We're curious, which look was your favorite of the night?
Braids and updos don't have to be mutually exclusive ideas in the world of hair. Pretty plaits have a place alongside chignons, while box braids can look edgy mixed into an over-the-top bun. Or just take a nod from Kelly Osbourne (above), and braid a ponytail before twisting it into a bun. Talk about a perfect marriage! We've rounded up four more styles that are even sweeter when you add a braid (or many). For instant inspiration, just keep scrolling!
Uma Thurman's Waterfall Braid
Nina Dobrev's Plaited Chignon
It turns out that Jennifer Aniston — aka one of the biggest hairstyle icons of our day — has a few celebrity hair crushes of her own. In an interview with Parade magazine, she said, "I think Gisele [Bündchen] has exquisite hair. That's a pretty envious head of hair. I love Kate Moss. She always has great hair."
Perhaps Jennifer misses her long locks since she recently chopped off her length in favor of a chic bob. Jennifer, Gisele, and Kate all have some of the best hair in Hollywood, but we want you to fess up and tell us whose mane you love the most in the poll below!
There's a lot to love about Lorde. Besides having one of the top songs in the country right now (“Royals”), the 17-year-old crooner from New Zealand has been nominated for four Grammy awards including artist of the year and song of the year. While her music résumé is stellar, we're giving her top honors to her beauty look. Lorde's mass of kinky curls have been the subject of many discussions, but we're also keen on her gothic-rocker makeup look. The pale face, flick of eyeliner, and vampy lipstick combo has become her signature style. And it makes her doll-like features pop on stage when she's performing.
Though Lorde pulls off that nearly black lipstick with ease, many women fear wearing ultradark colors. But it's more wearable than you think — and is a great juxtaposition with a girlie party dress. You just need the right technique.
"The best way to wear black lipstick is with dewy skin, a flushed cheek, and a natural eye," said Lijha Stewart, pro educator for Make Up For Ever. "Try wearing a purple-based lip pencil underneath your lipstick as a base color." Stewart suggests Make Up For Ever's Aqua Lip in 13 Purple ($24), and we've got 10 more shades for you, below. Shop your favorites and make Lorde proud.