This sideswept braid is something of a cross between a waterfall braid and the french braid Katniss Everdeen wore in The Hunger Games. Not only is it a chic way to keep hair out of your face, but it also looks elegant on a night out. See step-by-step photos, along with instructions on how you can re-create this side french braid yourself, when you keep reading.
It's important to feel your best on your wedding day, but that's hard to do when you're wearing thick layers of powder and seven coats of mascara. Fortunately, says makeup artist Jeffrey Tasker, it doesn't take much to create stunning yet natural-looking bridal makeup. "More doesn't necessarily mean better," he says. Read his advice for boosting a bride's natural beauty — without overdoing it.
Applying bronzer may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be that way, says Guerlain national artist Marcus Monson. "Bronzer is for everyone, even light shades [of skin]," Monson says. "What a bronzer does is simply let you go a shade darker." Here are three steps for perfect application.
1. Choose wisely. Bronzers come in a variety of formulas — cream, liquid, gel, mist, even bronzers built into foundation — but powder is easy for anyone to master. Monson raves over Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder ($51), which is available in eight shades.
2. Brush up. For the most natural-looking application, use a soft, fluffy brush that isn't too dense. This way, you can distribute color lightly and evenly.
3. Paint by numbers. "Most people just apply bronzer to the cheeks, but the sun doesn't just hit your cheeks," Monson says. "It hits you on the forehead, jaw, and nose, too." To get a sun-kissed hint of color, imagine making a number three on your face. "Start above the brow, down the temple, over the cheek, down the jawline toward the chin," Monson says. Apply one or two coats for a subtle hint of sun so you appear radiant and glowing without going overboard.
Most skin care products take a few weeks of use before you notice any differences, but if you have a short attention span, then Kate Somerville DermalQuench Liquid Lift ($95) is for you. Give it one spray, and fine lines and uneven skin tone disappear. Yes, it's a temporary effect, but a powerful cocktail of ingredients work to make skin look more radiant over time, too. A fresh boost of oxygen makes skin look more relaxed, while hyaluronic acid hydrates and smooths skin. Application is easy, thanks to a cooling and tingling foam; massage it until it absorbs, and you're left with better-looking skin (minus the sticky residue). And more proof that this stuff is worth checking out: Liquid Lift was born from the most popular service at Somerville's skin clinic, where clients include some of Hollywood's biggest stars, such as the ever-ageless Demi Moore. Need we say more?
Nothing says Spring quite like flushed, lightly sun-kissed cheeks. Orange-pink blushes in coral, peach, and orangesicle were seen copiously on the runways. Modern and classic designers alike amplified this trend — Isabel Marant, Max Mara, and Valentino were just a few that proved that a coral-hued blush works for both casual and evening looks. Take a peek at the various ways you can make a coral blush work for you.
- Cut the strip lashes so they are as long as the length between the center of your eye to the outer corner. "Remember it's all about blending your inner lash line lashes with the faux," Freedman explains. Avoid starting too close to your inner eye, because it's "a dead giveaway and difficult to glue down in that naturally sparser area."
- Spread a thin line of glue along the thread, and blow on it a little to allow the glue to become a little dry and tacky.
- Use your fingers to apply the fake lash to the outer corner of your lash line (and not your lid). Then, use tweezers to press the strip down securely along the lash line. If you are hesitant, Freedman promises it gets better with practice. "It's like riding a bike," he explains, adding, "Once you do it a few times it's way easier."
- Hold down both edges of the false lash for a few minutes until the glue dries to lock them in place.
- To finish, do a quick pump with an eyelash curler and top off with a few coats of mascara to blend the natural and faux lashes together.
After a short hiatus, Freeze 24-7 Age-Less Skincare is back on shelves, and the brand is touting its Daily Essential Skincare System's ($150) ability to hydrate, improve texture, and reduce inflammation. But does this stuff live up to the hype? We tried the re-released products for ourselves, and are pleased to announce that in this case, they actually do.
The whole set (cleanser, moisturizer, and exfoliator) is softly cucumber-scented, and you get a minty cool tingle when you put it on. The standout product, though, is the Skin Glacé gel cleanser. It's especially great if you're on the road or don't have a lot of time, because it triples as a cleanser, mask, and, interestingly enough, shaving cream. Plus, after using it, our skin really did look less red and more hydrated. Now if they could only work a little sunscreen in there, we'd have an all-in-one regimen. There's a lot of skin care on the market already, but in this case, we're glad Freeze 24-7 decided to throw their proverbial hats in the ring.
This season, do get it twisted — into the knots, coils, and buns seen on Spring 2012 runways. While a team of stylists created these looks, many are fairly easy to replicate at home. So click through to get all wrapped up in the twisted hairstyles of Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent, Phillip Lim, and more.
Twilight star Nikki Reed kept popping up backstage at New York Fashion Week, and now we know why she seemed to be everywhere. The actress was filming TRESemmé Style Setters, a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to take a look from concept to completion. The web series follows stylist Jeanie Syfu as she readies runway hair for Tracy Reese, Charlotte Ronson, and Rebecca Minkoff.
"I think hair completes the look on the runway," Nikki observes in one episode. "It doesn't happen as easily as one might think it does." (She would know — her mom is a stylist, too.) The just-launched series will roll out over the next eight months, following Syfu's team from the Fall 2012 shows into the Spring 2013 season. Nikki kicks it off, but keep an eye out for designer cameos along the way.
Various takes on dramatic, smoky eyes percolated through the Spring 2012 runways. And while smoky eyes are an obvious choice for evening outings, several designers like L'Wren Scott, Moschino, and Rodarte showed ways to make the sultry eye daytime-appropriate, as well. So let the runway inspire you. Take a look at the some of the more versatile ways to apply a smoky eye this season.
Metallic eye shadow shades like gold, copper, and silver were a lustrous trend on Spring 2012 runways. Radiant yet subtly hued, mineral-inspired colors highlighted eyes without overpowering the rest of the face. Check out how Ralph Lauren, Diane von Furstenberg, Phillip Lim, and other big-name designers made use of the look and get in on the trend ore-ly.
Natural, pale lip colors graced the Spring 2012 runway. Burberry Prorsum, Theyskens' Theory, Marc Jacobs, and other designers made use of subtle lip shades for a muted look that didn't compete with the bold, bright colors of their Spring lines. From daytime casual to evening drama, these models pulled off understated lipstick without looking washed out.
The Spring 2012 runway saw a lot of loose side swoops, and with good reason. Pinning the front of your hair close to the ear gives the illusion of a side bang, making it an especially useful technique for women who don't want to commit to cutting their hair. We saw this trend in the Spring collections of Blumarine, Richard Chai Love, Jill Stuart, and others, so click through and take a look at this attractive and romantic face-framing style.
Sexy, dramatic cat eyes were a visible trend on Spring 2012 runways. Monique Lhuillier, Betsey Johnson, and Armani were just a few labels that incorporated alluring statement eyeliner that gives eyes an instant lift. While classic black took the lead, colored liners like tangerine, gold, and indigo instantly added a modern touch. See 10 Spring runway looks that capture the allure and instant appeal of feline eyes.
Over the course of his eight-week tenure as a guest blogger on BellaSugar, celebrity makeup artist Brett Freedman shared everything from the his top drugstore picks to the most memorable beauty blunders he has encountered over the years. We've rounded up all of his professional tips and stories, so you can emulate the beauty tricks he uses on stars like Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kelly Clarkson, and Vanessa Hudgens. Be sure to check them out now.
Alicia Keys is on par with Dita Von Teese when it comes to great vintage-inspired hairstyles, and her victory roll/pompadour updo at the Grammys was one of the show's standout looks. Fekkai celebrity stylist Adir Abergel created the look for Alicia, and now he's broken down exactly how he did it. See all the angles on Alicia's retro look, and find out how to do it yourself.
The freezing January weather at the Sundance Film Festival is harsh, but there's no better place to find cold weather beauty tips. Check out these smart tricks for blizzard-proof hair and skin, courtesy of the makeup artists and stylists who kept Kate Bosworth and Elizabeth Olsen looking flawless during the fest.