Women with long hair can attest to the fact that more hair doesn't necessarily mean better hair. When you have lots of length to work with, styling can be more hassle than it's worth — think hours of blow-drying, curling, and pinning. Well, it's time to get out of your hair rut for the holidays! You can do more than the simple down 'do and the bad-hair-day ponytail. We've gathered our favorite red carpet moments to give long-haired ladies a jolt. Braids, buns, half-up looks, and sideswept styles can all be found within. Your ponytail holder is definitely going to get jealous this holiday season.
- Pregnancy isn't the only thing giving Drew her healthy glow — InStyle
- How to properly pronounce beauty's toughest brands — Allure
- Master this fancy bun for your next holiday party — Real Simple
- The weirdest (and scariest) beauty treatments out there — HuffPost Style
- Where to go if you're clueless about applying makeup (or just lazy) — The Cut
- Relaxing gifts you'll want to find under your tree — The Fashion Spot
- Exfoliating correctly is easier than you think — YouBeauty
- 3 not-so-basic ponytails to try this party-heavy December — Daily Makeover
- The product that makes nail art as easy as doodling — xoVain
- Sparkle your way through the holidays with these runway looks — Glo
We look forward to the holiday season all year for plenty of reasons, including all the occasions that we get to do gorgeous, glamorous makeup. But every once in a while, a girl just needs a break, so we resort to the nudes and neutrals we love in the Summer months. And the glowing results still look amazing, like Jennifer Garner proved last night. The actress stepped out looking fresh-faced and radiant at the Beat the Odds Awards. Check out the product picks to pull off Jennifer's look below!
With Elizabeth Banks and Reese Witherspoon stepping out last night with similar blond bobs and makeup looks, we were seeing double. Elizabeth attended the Legoland tree-lighting ceremony with a festive red lipstick and shimmering shadow, while her hair was styled with a slight wave. Reese also went for a crimson lip at the Children's Defense Fund Beat the Odds Awards, but her shade was more brick than bright. Her newly shorn bob was blown out for a smooth, sleek look. These two could pass for twins, but who pulled off the look best?
Carrie Underwood took to the small screen last night as Maria in The Sound of Music, and instantly, her braided updo became one of our favorite things! But, we've got plenty of other inspiration on the classic milkmaid braid style. Alice + Olivia featured the braided style during its Fall 2013 show at New York Fashion Week with oversize plaits and red lips. And we've even spotted Katy Perry — in an Alice + Olivia ensemble, no less! — sporting milkmaid braids and red lips.
The trick to wearing the style in cooler weather is keeping it slick and neat. While the braids of Spring and Summer tend to be a little more on the tousled and wispy side, Fall's braids require a bit more upkeep. To keep things looking slick, spritz your hands with a strong-hold hairspray, like Rusk Strong Hold Shaping and Control Hairspray ($14), and run them over the braids to tame flyaways. You'll have instant milkmaid braids in a snap, whether you are headed to the Alps or a holiday party.
The holiday season is rife with glitter nail polish of all sorts, from flakies to hexagon shapes to everything in between. And while this variety of lacquer is festive and fun, the removal process isn't always quite as joyous. To remove glitter nail polish, you don't have to use mountains of cotton pads and gallons of polish remover. Just follow these simple tips below to make it easy on yourself.
- Step 1: Completely saturate a cotton ball with acetone nail polish remover. Next, set the soaked cotton ball on your pinky nail and wrap it completely in aluminum foil.
- Step 2: Repeat the process on each of your fingers and thumb, pressing down on the foils while the remover works its magic.
- Step 3: Let sit for about five minutes and then slide the foils off to reveal glitter-free nails.
- Step 4: Repeat steps one through three on the opposite hand.
Alternative: In lieu of foil and cotton balls, use white felt with acetone nail polish remover to get the glitter off. What are your tips for wiping away glitter lacquer? Share them with us in the comments now.
Although our heads explode every time Kate Middleton's hair makes an appearance, she had a surprisingly different 'do at the premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Kate actually swept her headline-making mane into a loose yet gorgeous ponytail. Instead of the sleek, slicked-back ponytails we tend to see on the red carpet, Kate's was elegantly loose and accented with a black velvet ribbon. Is this a sign that Kate is pushing the envelope with her red carpet styles? We're not sure, but it's definitely not stopping us from looking at her royal ponytail from all angles.
The following post was written by Lynn S. of Makeup With Tea and is part of POPSUGAR Select Beauty.
Winter is here, and that means dealing with the dry, frigid season. But don't let the Winter frost ruin your holidays! This easy DIY face scrub will give you back your healthy summer glow, while also giving you an aromatic pampering session. This recipe uses a coconut oil and sugar base to help ensure your skin is well moisturized. However, the key ingredient to this face scrub is the fragrant rose water, which is rich in antioxidants and helps increase cell turnover. Read on to see how to make this scrub yourself!
The goodness of olive oil has been documented in countless ways and using it to cleanse your face is just one of them. While there have been many versions over the years, DHC Deep Cleansing Oil ($28) is a standout. It's olive-oil-based, making it not only excellent at melting makeup away, but also perfect for delivering natural anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and omega-3 nutrients to your skin. Apply it directly to dry skin while your makeup is still on, massage over your complexion, and rinse away with warm water. You'll be surprised at how clean your skin will be — without that taut, dried-out feeling.
From Beyoncé's fan incident to Miley's alien-esque bleached brows, we're recapping all the major beauty moments from 2013. Jennifer Lawrence shocked everyone with her pixie cut, while Jennifer Aniston combined her beauty knowledge with her business savvy by working with Aveeno and as co-owner of Living Proof. Marc Jacobs blew us away with his massive beauty line, a 33-year-old Justin Bieber fan received $100,000 in plastic surgery to look like his idol, and Miley, well, was just bein' Miley. Which moments were your favorite? See them all in our breakdown. On Kirbie: Contrarian jacket, Equipment blouse
Whenever Jessica Biel makes an appearance, she never disappoints, and such was the case at last night's The Truth About Emanuel premiere in LA. With plenty of stars showing off holiday-appropriate looks lately — think berry lips and jewel-toned makeup palettes — Jessica's rosy look was like a breath of fresh air. While a petal-pink lip feels more Spring than Winter, her glowing makeup look clearly works with black and leather, too. She balanced her bright pink lipstick with a soft, silvery smoky eye. To finish off such a feminine look, her cheeks were given a soft flush of color and mascara for long, flirty lashes.
Getting this fresh-faced look is easy to copy. Dab on some BB cream for a glowing complexion, then opt for a cream blush to give your skin that lit-from-within glow. While the rosy pink lipstick is the focus of this look, don't forget to enhance your eyes with a sparkling gray smoky eye and lengthening mascara for fluttery lashes. Shop our picks below!
Holiday shopping can go one of two ways: it can be a joyous occasion of picking out what to give . . . or it can leave you having spent most of your emergency fund. Fear not, beauty lovers! If you have a friend or family member just as obsessed with makeup, hair, and skin care as you are, these gifts will get them grinning from ear to ear, and they're all for $30 or less. Now that's something to carol about. On Kirbie: Shoshanna dress
They say that Hollywood is a fickle place, and that couldn't be more true when it comes to stars and their hairstyles. Whether they're chopping at their length, opting for fringe, or taking a spin in the colorist's chair, the leading ladies of Hollywood are always doing a quick hair change-up. Click through, and vote on what you think of these recent style changes!
There's more to Kelly Osbourne's topknot than initially meets the eye. The star pulled her hair up into a high bun for the Make-a-Wish Gala in Los Angeles last night and added a spiked hair accessory just above the nape of her neck. She kept her makeup pretty classic with winged eyeliner and nude lipstick, although we wouldn't go so far as to call her purple braid a classic. The shade is actually more like Pantone's 2014 Color of the Year, radiant orchid, making Kelly's signature hair hue ahead of the trend. See more shots of her tough-girl style from all angles!
The cold air of Winter might leave you feeling more dry than usual. To make sure your hair, skin, and nails stay radiant all season long, it's time to consider adding in some moisturizing treatments to your beauty routine. Here are some simple ways to enjoy some pampering, while also infusing yourself with added hydration.
For Hair and Face
1. Suki Hair / Scalp Conditioning Oil ($33): An itchy scalp is not only uncomfortable, it can also lead to dandruff. Nourish you hair and scalp with this blend of organic lavender, rosemary, and neem oils to calm and hydrate your scalp, while also adding shine and protection to dried-out strands.
2. Sensai Intensive Hair Mask ($57): Wake up a lackluster mane with this deep conditioning treatment that boasts Asian botanicals to help hydrate and repair dry, damaged hair. It will leave your hair soft and smooth with a fresh floral scent to boot.
3. SK-II Facial Treatment Mask ($90): This cult classic mask is a makeup artist favorite for instant hydration and that covetable dewy complexion. Leave this on your face and let the skin-brightening ingredients soak right on in.
See more moisturizing treatments for the neck down when you keep reading.
- Her biggest beauty secret is the easiest we've heard — The Cut
- Forget nail art; this eyelid art is out of this world — HuffPost Style
- Why you should shower in orange juice (kind of) — Allure
- Solutions for tired eyes and other holiday beauty issues — Real Simple
- Date night looks that'll blow him away — The Fashion Spot
- Find the right Winter fragrance for your personality — InStyle
- 9 reasons to have supple skin all season — Byrdie
- The holiday beauty deals you should be buying for yourself! — YouBeauty
- Who knew black eyeliner could be so exciting? — Real Beauty
- Sofia Coppola wants you to run through a field of daisies — Nylon
Even though Gravity has already debuted in the States, Sandra Bullock has been out promoting the film in Tokyo this week. For the press conference, she wore her hair straight down with a middle part framing her face. Then, she switched it up for the red carpet premiere, wearing an updo with curled fringe in the front. For both looks, she kept her makeup soft with metallic shadows on her lids and a nude lip. She looked great for both appearances, but which of Sandra's styles do you like best?
You don't have to put a ring on it to give your hands a little extra sparkle this holiday season. You can amp up your basic manicure with a rhinestone nail charm on your nails, and the gift-giving season is the perfect time to try on a bow accent. To keep things simple, I went with a basic pink polish using Essie Status Symbol ($8). After painting each finger, add a sparkling bow charm to just one finger. I found mine at Your Beauty Store, which has a huge selection of rhinestone nail charms. It's quite a simple look, but the dazzling element makes this manicure seem much more advanced, not to mention festive.
To dress up your nail sans the 3D action, paint a bow with nail polish instead. A dot in the middle followed by two triangular-shaped "wings" on each end will give you a sweet bow-tie look in seconds. And you can get sparkly with a glitter or metallic polish too!
As beauty editors, we are constantly trying out new products, but even we have our all-time favorites. Call these our holy grail buys, and surprisingly, they're not all splurges. The prices run the gamut from $2 to $200. Read on to discover the five classics that everyone talks about and that we adore, too.
- Crème de La Mer Moisturizing Cream ($155): Celebrities hoard it, estheticians recommend it, and our editors agree. This well-known cream is worth every penny because it sends wrinkles running and keeps skin, soft, smooth, and hydrated.
- Bonne Bell Dr. Pepper Lip Smacker ($2): When it comes to a neutral lipstick nothing does the job better than this classic Dr. Pepper lip balm. The hint of red is just right for that everyday flush.
- Essie Ballet Slippers ($8): Every once in a while, we sidestep the anxiety that comes with selecting a polish a the salon and just bring our go-to nude along. This Essie shade is just the right mix of pink and white to blend with any skin tone. Plus, the sheer coverage always makes it work appropriate.
- CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara ($9): While some are Maybelline Great Lash addicts, our editors are partial to this volumizing mascara because the plastic bristles keep clumps at bay, so all you see are fluttery lashes.
- Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser ($9): If it's good enough for grandma, then it's good enough for us. This cleansing cream is still a vanity must have because there is nothing better at removing stubborn eye makeup.