It's safe to say that Naomi Watts has pretty much never had a beauty blunder. Even back in the day, her blond locks looked flawless no matter the cut, style, or occasion. The same can be said for her makeup, always the right balance between subtle and sex appeal. Celebrate Naomi's 45th birthday today by taking a look at some of her best beauty moments, all of which you'll want to copy.
Braids have been a runway and red carpet staple for years, so it's no surprise they were spotted all over the Spring 2014 New York Fashion Week runways. But what is surprising is how hairstylists, working feverishly backstage, continually find the most creative ways to update the trend. Though you can choose to keep it clean and classic, à la Costello Tagliapietra's braided ponytail, don't be afraid to embrace accessories in your plaits. Everything from feathers to Mara Hoffman's colorful strips of fabric tied their way into braids, too. Whether twisted, turned, or teased, Spring 2014's braids are anything but those rocked by Dorothy.
In the case of the Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush ($30), "perfect" is not an adjective. It's a fact. It might be the only foundation applicator you need, because unlike most flat brushes, its slightly angled bristles reach all the contours of your face without the telltale streaks. Don't limit this brush to liquid foundation, though. As one who likes to switch up her foundations throughout the year (altering between liquid, powder, and tinted moisturizer), I can honestly say this brush offers a uniform application with all types of products — concealer included. It's also rather small in size, so it can fit into the most compact of makeup bags. It's a splurge at $30, but worth it for the mere fact that it can make any complexion product work as if it cost a million bucks.
- The Blonds: What do you get when Dr. Spock and Tweety Bird couple up and have a baby? The beauty look at this show. Between the swipes of yellow and blue shadow, it was out of this world.
- Betsey Johnson: From cotton candy wigs and chromatic lips, the look was unabashedly fun — especially with bubblegum pink, custom-made wigs.
- Jeremy Scott: The '50s, teenagers from Mars, and burlesque were all inspiration at this show. While the hair was full-on retro, the makeup had a futuristic spin that we can't wait to try.
- Milly: If you're longing for an edgy runway look that's still wearable, set your sights on this collection. The cornerstone of the style was the matte red gradient lip.
- Proenza Schouler: For the presentation, hairstylists embraced the models' natural hair texture to create a skater-chic, California girl look. The makeup was bare bones and the manicure a honey color.
- J. Mendel: The beauty look for Spring 2014 was all about adding an athletic vibe, playing up the sporty side with glowy, bronzed skin and and a glossy burgundy lip.
- Rachel Zoe: Fitting for Spring's humidity, a huge, fuzzy plait with loads of texture was the centerpiece of the coifs heading down Zoe's runway.
- Nanette Lepore: The neoromantic clothing collection translated directly to a beauty look consisting of wispy hair and bright red lips — stunning.
- Michael Kors: Like Kors's past collections, sporty beauty was a common theme in the makeup, hair, and nails. Lead makeup artist Dick Page wanted an effortless makeup palette that defined specific features on each model.
Victoria BeckhamSee more pictures of this runway trend when you read more.
Spotted all over New York Fashion Week, the sleek ponytail is trending everywhere from Jason Wu's latest collection to Victoria Beckham's show. But it's not just appearing on the runway. At the Third Person premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, celebrity hairstylist Mara Roszak was in no mood to wait until Spring 2014 to try this look on Mila Kunis. Inspired by Mila's white Burberry dress, a center-parted low pony only seemed fitting for the dress's deep V and sexy silhouette.
To get this look, Roszak started by prepping Mila's hair with L'Oreal Elnett Heat Protect Spray (at drugstores). After blowing Mila's hair dry with a round brush, Roszak then created a middle part, teasing at the crown for volume. Next, Roszak sectioned the hair at the ears, pulling the back portion into a low ponytail. To make this look perfect, Roszak pulled Mila's sides back, wrapped them around the pony, and secured with bobby pins for a high-on-glamour finish.
Here's something to add to your bucket list: a makeup collaboration with your BFF. That's exactly what longtime friends Cindy Crawford and celebrity makeup artist Sonia Kashuk recently did when they created The Sonia Kashuk Essentials Brush Set for Meaningful Beauty. It's been 20 years in the making, but the two beauty mavens have finally united their expertise into a brush set promised to help skin look young, smooth, and flawless. This limited-edition set includes a foundation brush, as well as eye shadow and lash/brow grooming brushes — essentials in every makeup bag. You can score these tools for free with the purchase of the Meaningful Beauty Advanced Anti-Aging System ($40). How's that for a flawless pick-me-up?
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No matter your status, Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse to spice things up a bit. Whether you're headed out for girls' night or date night, or you want to treat yourself to a little pampering, we have all your beauty needs covered. From the perfect red lip to a sweet DIY soak, here are 11 tips that will ensure you have a fun and flirty Feb. 14.
At a screening for Beautiful Creatures yesterday, Emmy Rossum redefined the cat eye, as we know it — with metallic blue liner. Keeping the rest of her makeup simple, Emmy allowed her eyes to be the star of the show, updating the classic cat eye with a frosty shade of blue. Although this bold look makes a statement, it's rather easy to pull off. Following the steps you would to create a basic cat eye, simply swap your black liner for a shade like this Yves Saint Laurent Eye Pencil in Oriental Blue ($30). And if you're still concerned about blue eyeliner's infamous 1980s reputation, don't be. Shades of blue complement every eye color and are perfect for cat-eye newbies, since a light blue line is more forgiving than black. Transition this eye-catching look into the Spring with pale pink blush and a swipe of gloss.