At GQ's Men of the Year Awards earlier today, Rita Ora got graphic . . . with her eyeliner, that is. Wearing her dark-hued eyeliner in a cat-eye shape at the ends, the singer added instant edge by extending the line over her lids. This isn't the first time we've seen a variation of the look. Recently, Solange Knowles tried out a graphic eye makeup that consisted of a swipe of blue across her creases, and at Rachel Comey's Spring 2011 show, models donned crescent-shaped eye makeup that was strikingly similar to Rita's. Forget nail polish; maybe it's eyeliner that we should all be keeping our eyes on for Fall.
If, despite your best efforts to keep your hair in prime condition, your hair is looking a little less than fabulous, the problem may be easier to remedy than you think. To see what you might inadvertently be doing to sabotage your hair, just keep reading.
When it comes to does-it-all beauty, Lina Hanson's Global Body Serum ($63) is a force to be reckoned with. While it's perfect for its intended purpose (to hydrate skin), you can also use it to remove makeup, eliminate frizz, and give your razor some slip while shaving. It even doubles as a light fragrance; its subtle vanilla citrus scent is more warm and uplifting than overly cloying. This heavy-duty moisturizer, which is 100 percent natural, packs a powerful punch thanks to a blend of rice bran, avocado, apricot, argan, brazil nut, pumpkin seed, and camellia oils. Drop it in your purse, and take it with you everywhere. Wear it everywhere, too.
Butter London has captured the essence of New York Fashion Week with its latest nail polish launch: The 444 ($15). The limited-edition hue, a rich champagne glitter, is inspired by the glitz and glam of one of the fashion and beauty industry's biggest events. Named as a nod to Butter London's original headquarters, this glistening shade provides a chic, goes-with-everything way to dress up your nails. Besides, it'll pair perfectly with your sparkling beverage(s) of choice.
Guess Hayden Panettiere got the memo: blunt bangs are hot for Fall. But whereas getting fringe for the change of season is common, what's usually not quite as common is going lighter with one's hair color. While making an appearance on Late Show With David Letterman, Hayden showed off a much blonder, blunt-banged style. The actress topped her edgier look, which is quite a departure from her signature honey-blond waves, with royal-blue nails — Dermelect's Phenom ($14) as a base with Fearless ($14) layered on top — and an equally bright dress. While it could be a wig, what's your take on Hayden's newly lightened coif?
If you're concerned about both acne and aging (like yours truly), then you'll want to get your hands on Eminence's Red Currant Balancing Concentrate ($58). Made with tea tree oil to prevent pimples and oiliness, this creamy pink serum is also laden with with antioxidants from elderflower, magnolia bark, and red currant. Not only does this mean the complexion is protected from skin-aging free radicals, but it also means you can also kiss your inflammation woes goodbye. While it's hefty enough (yet not heavy) to be worn on its own, you can layer this concentrate under moisturizer if more hydration is needed. If you're all about a simplified skin care routine, it really doesn't get any easier than this.
In yet another style switch-up, Beyoncé Knowles wore a wavy bob at last night's MTV VMAs afterparty at the Dream hotel in New York City. You might recall — in a move that sent shock waves throughout the Internet — that Beyoncé recently changed her signature long strands to a pixie, then to a blond bob. While we haven't seen much of the pixie as of late, Beyoncé seems to prefer the lob, a look she's styled both straight and wavy. But if you're worried she won't be able to do her signature hair flip without the extra inches, don't. The songstress proved her new lob has just as much whipping power as her ultralong strands.
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With unprotected sunning and late nights out in the sultry heat, perhaps you haven't been as kind to your skin as you could have been this Summer. Let Estée Lauder's Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II ($62-$92) be your answer to a rejuvenated complexion while you sleep. Can it be any easier than that? Made with hyaluronic acid, the serum leaves skin not only soft and silky, but also subtly plumped up. And a blend of antioxidants help to protect against and neutralize environmental aggressors. Apply on freshly washed skin prior to moisturizing — you'll love the fresh, astringent scent — and let this potent potion do its thing while you're off to slumberland.
Rihanna had a big smile — complete with a cross-shaped mini grill — on her face as she sat in the MTV VMAs audience. She wasn't the first one to show off blinged-out teeth at this year's VMAs, however. Katy Perry walked the red carpet complete with her own colorful grill. Rihanna topped off her metallic-toothed look with red lips and a short pixie.
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Lady Gaga is known for shocking her fans with her wild MTV VMAs hairstyles (steak hair fascinator, anyone?), but for 2013's red carpet, she chose a more staid style: a long, jet-black coif. Gaga paired her Elvira-esque strands with an orange-stain lip hue and kept her eye makeup on the barely there front.
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Creasing, caking eye makeup is a surefire way to highlight every fine line and wrinkle. But luckily, there are a few products and techniques you can employ to avoid the cracks from settling in, especially under your eyes. To find out how to keep your concealer looking fresh and even, read more.
If you have bangs, then you've likely battled greasiness, especially during the Summer or after a workout. By following these tips below, you'll be well on your way to oil-slick-free strands.
- Break out the dry shampoo: Use baby powder or a dry shampoo, such as Bumble and Bumble Hair Powder ($35), between shampoos to tame the oily factor.
- Pin them back: Obvious, yes. Greasy bangs? No. Try a cute hair accessory instead. These Rainbow Bobby Pins from Urban Outfitters ($8) should do the trick.
- Just wash your bangs instead of your entire head of hair: A shampoo with an oil-control formulation will work wonders for bang-only cleansing. Try Dove Hair Therapy Nourishing Oil Care Shampoo ($7).
- Don't condition them: Condition your hair but not your bangs.
- Keep your complexion oil-free: Try a water-based foundation like Revlon Colorstay For Combo/Oily Skin ($12), and touch up with a face powder as needed.
- Keep your hands off: Oils from your hands can make an oily situation worse, so keep them away from your face.
- A little dab will do you good: Use blotting papers when you feel your oil glands going in overdrive. Try Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets ($6) to mattify an oily complexion.
- Blow-dry: Run a blow dryer over your bangs to absorb excess oil. It might not work for extreme oiliness, but it's an easy temporary fix.
With temperatures fluctuating as of late, skin can sometimes take a beating, especially if your SPF is out of whack. But with a few sunscreen strategies on hand, hopefully your biggest worry will be limited to what flavor margarita to get while dining al fresco. Get three sun protection tips when you read more.
Inspired by the canary yellow tone of its beloved, newly updated Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ ($26), Clinique has launched a nail polish to match. The limited-edition A Different Nail Enamel in Yellow Genius ($13) takes its name from one of the cult-favorite face lotion's nicknames. Launched in 1968, Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion recently got a makeover and now includes double the hydration and environmental protection. While the buttery polish shade is perfect for Summer, yellow gives Fall's more heady hues (like rich aubergine and deep mahogany) a softer feel. Clinique lovers: you'll want to snatch this one up — stat!
It's an oldie, but a goodie: Sally Hansen Problem Cuticle Remover ($4). Unlike other formulas, such as overly harsh gels, this aloe-scented cream gently softens rigid skin. The result is a more polished look (read: no more sitting on your hands to hide unsightly rough patches). To use, massage into the cuticles, let sit for about five minutes, and push cuticles back with a manicure stick. Be sure you rinse the product away with soapy water once your handiwork is done. Just add a couple coats of polish to your nails, and you've got yourself a 10-minute DIY manicure.
In another shocking move, Beyoncé Knowles just debuted a new bob hairstyle. In the span of about a week, the singer has gone from her signature long strands to a blond pixie to this chin-length A-line bob. While out and about in Miami, Beyoncé showed off the edgy new look, a style she paired with a gilded headband, cutoff shorts, and a cropped tank. Judging by the past few weeks alone, it's highly likely we haven't seen the last of Beyoncé's length-changing ways. But what do you think of her latest switch?
Earlier this year, Michelle Obama set the world abuzz when she debuted blunt bangs. And in this week's upcoming Parade magazine (out on Sunday), the FLOTUS talks about why she's putting them to rest. "You know, it's hard to make speeches with hair in your face!" she told Parade. This isn't the first time Michelle has poked fun at her fringe. The first lady joked that the reason she got them in the first place was midlife-crisis-related. Michelle's hair is always a hot topic, so we can't help but wonder what she'll do next. Maybe a trendy undercut is just what's needed to stir things up at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.