If you've never seen The Breakfast Club, I highly suggest you get on that pronto. (Netflix members: the flick currently streams for free!) The year was 1984; the location was the fictional Shermer High School in Illinois, and the plot centered around five misfits — a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal — brought together for Saturday detention. Bonding ensues, and an '80s classic was born.
Why not gather a group together and go as the angsty gang for Halloween? To get Molly Ringwald's look as Claire, the "princess" of the group, the focus should be all about the hair. If you're unable to find a bobbed copper wig, simply fake a shorter cut and spray your hair with a red-orange temporary color. And if you're feeling particularly daring, color your own strands with a bold copper hue. For the eyes, go with an auburn brow pencil, taupe shadow, and a chestnut liner. Complete the look with creamy peach blush, a plumping neutral pink lipstick, and mauve nail polish. Of course, don't you forget to carry around that lipstick to perform a few party tricks.
For a vintage-meets-modern bridal hair and makeup look, direct your attention to Jenny Packham's Fall 2014 Bridal Fashion Week collection. Inspired by the Belle Époque (French for beautiful era) of the early 20th century, makeup artist Talia Shobrook for Laura Mercier created a romantic, dreamy palette. Models' cheeks were flushed with three shades to achieve the perfect glow: Second Skin Cheek Colour ($25 each) in Barely Pink and Rose Petal, followed by Peach Whisper on the apples of the cheeks. Lips were done in mauve and beige tones using Crème Smooth Lip Colour ($26 each) in Pink Blush and Peche.
For the hair, Tresemmé stylist Jeanie Syfu created a mystical, ethereal updo full of voluminous curls. After applying 24 Hour Body Foaming Mousse ($6), models' strands were blown dry using a Mason Pearson brush. Hair was then spritzed with Platinum Strength Heat Protection Spray ($6) and curled using a smaller iron near the neck, a medium barrel from the ears to the crown, and a one-inch barrel on top. Each curl was set with pincurl clips. When the hair was cool, Syfu removed the pins and teased models' strands into texturized faux bobs. A few spritzes of finishing spray, along with sparkly hair accessories (on some models) from Packham's line, completed the fanciful style.
The flapper is always a popular costume for Halloween, and this year you can channel your inner Daisy Buchanan with this Great Gatsby-inspired hairstyle. The best part about this vintage look is that you can create it without turning to the scissors or an itchy wig. Stars like Zoe Saldana, Jessica Biel, and Claire Danes have all worn the faux bob on the red carpet, and now it's your turn. Set your hair in retro-inspired waves for a 1920s vibe, and then top it off with a sparkling headband like the Cara Flapper Girl Head Wrap ($42) for a look to rival Carey Mulligan's on-screen look. So, bust out your bobby pins and hair spray, and get the step-by-step for this retro-meets-modern faux bob when you read more.
When you're Scarlett Johansson and you've been named the sexiest woman alive by Esquire, you've definitely got to bring your beauty A-game to the cover shoot. But instead of going for something outright come-hither for the November issue, the actress opted for a more approachable style. "Scarlett didn't want a bombshell look for the cover — she wanted something more natural," explained celebrity hairstylist Oribe, who worked with the star behind the scenes. Learn how to re-create the "effortless style and texture that's very current" when you read more.
Let Taylor Swift be a lesson in how to flawlessly style your hair a bevy of ways. In fact, she's so skilled at it, her latest look (which she wore at a Nashville Songwriters Association International event honoring her), almost appears to be a whole new cut altogether. Upon closer inspection, however, it's all in the placement. By pushing shorter layers forward and longer towards the back, in addition to pinning the sides back, Taylor's hair looks lighter in weight all over. Choppy, straight-down fringe lends an airy feel as well.
But if more volume is desired, then take a cue from Taylor's recent Romeo & Juliet red carpet appearance. By curling the hair towards the face, and sweeping the bangs to the side, the effect is full-on volume, full-on glamour. Who ever said you need a haircut to get a whole other look?
Through the decades, iconic stars Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn have inspired a plethora of beauty products, from skin creams to makeup palettes. And now you can count polish brand LCN among the most recent. Its new-for-Fall Charade Collection ($8 each, $25 for the four-piece set) includes earth-toned colors inspired by silver-screen legends Audrey Hepburn, Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe, and Elizabeth Taylor.
Audrey, a gorgeous jade, is the quintessential Fall green, while Marilyn, a rich, deep melon, is an autumnal take on Summer's ubiquitous coral. Rita is a golden yellow, and Liz lends a dramatic plum tone that's the ideal complement to your cool-weather fashions. From warm to cool, these polishes offer a little something for everyone.
The costume: Zooey Deschanel
She's got a retro-meets-modern style that's undeniable. Zooey, star of New Girl, never leaves a beauty or fashion detail unnoticed. From her signature bangs to her patent-leather Mary Janes, Zooey's a girl who has the quirky-cool aesthetic down pat.
Hair, makeup, and nails: First and foremost, you'll need vibrant nail art and blunt bangs (clip-in or the real deal) for the full Zooey transformation. Then, add a cute set of barrettes or floral headband to your coif for the ultimate in hipster chic. Finish with flirty, doe-eyed lashes, winged-out eyeliner, and a peaches-and-cream palette to achieve her go-to makeup look.
What to wear: If it's vintage inspired, it's Zooey approved. Start with an A-line skirt, black tights, and fitted top. Let your accessories — and your fun-loving personality — do the talking.
Are you ready for a Gwen Stefani nail polish collection? If you answered yes (and why wouldn't you?), then you'll be excited to hear the singer has just inked a deal with OPI! And as with just about everything Gwen does, you can expect a punk twist to the collaboration, which was, incidentally, inspired by the 2013 Met Gala theme, "Punk: Chaos to Couture."
Launching in January, the limited-edition lineup will include the following Gwen-centric polishes: Hey Baby and I Sing in Color, both glossy crèmes; Love.Angel.Music.Baby. and 4 in the Morning, both semimatte satins; Push and Shove, a bold chrome that comes with a complimentary base coat; and In True Stefani Fashion, a sparkly glitter ($9 each). There will also be a special boxed set ($15) featuring Over & Over A-Gwen, a bold red lacquer that pays homage to Gwen's signature red lip, and Swarovski Elements, a nail art kit consisting of nail glue, black crystals, and metallic studs in bar, circle, square, and diamond shapes.
"OPI wanted to create a collection as dramatic, diverse, and glamorous as its namesake," said OPI's artistic director, Suzi Weiss-Fischmann. "With crème and glitter hues, new satin matte texture, a mirrored chrome, and Swarovski Elements, Gwen Stefani by OPI presents the latest in pigments and finishes, while combining elements of haute couture and street fashion." We can't wait to get our hands on this one.
When it comes to autumnal makeup trends, dark, raisin-toned lips are ubiquitous, but at Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week, unexpected bold greens and unabashedly bright blues lit up the runway too. And as for hair, gorgeous ponytails and intricate braids were de rigueur, while nails were painted in geometric shapes and elongating nude tones. As Fall approaches, we can't wait to try all these styles, and neither should you!
['70s Texture] [Woven Strands] ['90s/Downtown Grunge] [Fall Brights] [Ponytails] [Cat-Eye Makeup] [Matte Nails] [Metallic Eye Sahdows] [Minimalist Makeup] [Mannequin Nails] [Geometric Nail Art] [Moody Lips]
— Additional reporting by Jessica Cruel, Maria Del Russo, and Kaitlyn Dreyling
Face powder isn't just for dusting on to set your makeup. With the right formulation and texture, it can be used as skin care, too. Korean skin care brand Amarte has come up with a way to combine cleansing and exfoliating into one step with its Daily ExfoliPowder ($35). To use, shake the powder into wetted hands, activate it by rubbing your palms together, and apply it to your face in circular motions. But here's where this cleansing exfoliator is different from the rest. Instead of physically exfoliating with beads or harsh acids, this gentle skin care product gently foams on the skin, leaving your complexion softened and brightened. The secret is corn and plant seed derivatives, which work to slough away roughness. You'll love the scent, as well: a blend of berry fruits, orange blossom, rose, and lily. You'll also love its TSA-friendly nature. Multitasker plus nonliquid equals one happy traveler.
Planning a wedding can be an exercise in patience, but with this printable wedding beauty planning checklist in tow, watch your worries melt away. From scheduling relaxing spa days to picking your perfect wedding-day hairstyle, we walk you through what should come when with this handy time line. So whether you're the bride or a close friend or family member who's helping out, you'll be covered — beautifully, of course — from head to toe.
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.
Throughout all the Spring 2014 Fashion Week shows, we've seen nail designs ranging from staid to subdued. No matter the looks, though, almost all touch on big manicure trends for next season. Zoom in on the nail polish and nail art looks to come down the European runways from London to Milan and Paris, too.
— Additional reporting by Jessica Cruel, Maria Del Russo, and Kaitlyn Dreyling
Carey Mulligan is a brunette again. After a brief stint as a brown-haired beauty a few years back and then returning to her usual blond, the actress has gone back to a chocolate hue. Carey showed the new look off at the Inside Llewyn Davis premiere at the New York Film Festival yesterday. Known for her short coifs, Carey's looks have run the gamut from gamine pixie to '20s-flapper waves. While blond is her go-to color, is the change to brunette a good one?
Two things everyone wants more of: sleep and clearer skin. Even better when you can get both at once. The brainchild of makeup artist Munemi Imai, Mun No.1 Aknari Nighttime Dream Youth Serum ($95) brings beauty sleep to a whole other realm. Made with prickly pear seed oil, an antioxidant that helps reduce fine lines, skin is left softened, brightened, and protected from damage free radicals can bring. Rose oil lightly scents and rejuvenates a distressed complexion, while argan oil quells redness. This beauty oil blend is lightweight enough to be worn during the day, and creates the perfect base to wear under foundation. It's even gentle enough for those afflicted with acne, like yours truly. Go ahead and set that wake-up alarm a bit ahead; this beauty oil's got some work to do.
The bob may have been the biggest hair trend at the 2013 Emmys, but when it came to makeup, it was all about the eyes. It wasn't the ubiquitous smoky eye that took over the red carpet, though. This year, overemphasized inner-eye makeup was the look of the evening. Whether it was a delicate sweep of shimmery shadow à la Padma Lakshmi, January Jones, and Julianne Hough, or something more intense, like Lena Dunham's bold teal hue, this was an award-show trend we won't soon forget.
Backstage at Christian Dior must be a makeup artist and hairstylist's dream. Not only can the beauty looks be described as some of the most spectacular in the fashion world, but also, there are multiple makeup and hairstyles within each show. That's an impressive feat, considering these looks typically consist of highly involved eye-makeup techniques and intricately structured coiffures. Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but Christian Dior continually finds more ways to catch the eye.
In the wish list of eyeliner capabilities, if it's long lasting, glides on with velvety smoothness, and is easy to smudge without actually looking smudgy, then that's one amazing product. Such is the case with the Victoria's Secret VS Makeup Eyeliner ($12), particularly in Black Velvet. Its creamy texture makes it almost foolproof to apply, and thanks to a built-in smudger tip, you can fix mistakes and create smoky effects Victoria's Secret-runway-style just like a pro. Bonus points for its wearability factor, too. This richly pigmented liner lasts all day, even after a mile-long walk in the drizzling rain.
When it comes to sexy beauty, leave it to Sofia Vergara to bring it. At the 2013 Emmys, the Modern Family actress didn't just wear any old smoky eye; she took it to a whole new level of sultry by thickly winging out her liner to the side. And to finish her look, Sofia styled her long, caramel-highlighted strands in soft, cascading waves.
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