The biggest issue that keeps women from adding a set of fringe to their style is the fear of commitment. For better or worse, you're stuck with blunt bangs, through the awkward growing-out phase, until they seamlessly blend into the rest of your hair.
Well, Camilla Belle effectively removed our fears this weekend, when she seamlessly swung between her new, heavy fringe and a bangless style in less than 24 hours. On Saturday, Camilla stepped out sporting her hair in a sleek, straight style. Her deep side part dramatically concealed her bangs, save for a few loose, wispy pieces along her hairline.
To mimic the style at home, start with damp hair and apply a strong hold mousse, like Vidal Sasson Pro Series Mousse ($4). Next, part your hair deeply to the side, making sure your bangs incorporate into the rest of your hair, and blow-dry with a round brush. The trick is to focus the heat along your bangs and the hair it is blended into so it dries together. Once your hair is dry, apply a pomade, like Serge Normant Meta Form Sculpting Pomade ($25), for extra hold. And when in doubt, a strategically placed bobby pin can provide even more hold . . . and an adorable accent.
Those of us old enough to remember the '90s can recall the brown lipsticks and smudged shadow of the decade past. So when we spotted Jessica Stam sporting her grungy lipstick and neutral shadow at the American Ballet Theatre 2013 opening night Fall gala last night, it was right on par with an acid flashback. The model stuck with neutral tones around her eyes and accented the look with some shimmer and a flick of a cat eye. Her lips were reminiscent of '90s grunge, with a berry tone, but seriously smudged and worn down.
Jessica is actually right on trend for the Fall. These grunge-inspired looks were seen all over the Fall 2013 runways, including at 3.1 Phillip Lim (above left). But the real source of inspiration are our favorite '90s stars, like Alicia Silverstone. With her purple shadow, smudged liner, and shimmery mauve lip gloss, she completely epitomized the over-the-top neutral shades of that decade. LL Cool J might not have wanted to call it a comeback, but we do . . . and we're embracing it with open arms. You too? Then shop the look below!
Still haven't gotten your Halloween nail art together yet? Your nails will look on-trend in minutes with this chic yet festive nail art look, courtesy of Jin Soon Choi. Black and white polishes mix together to create a grungy look that can either work with your costume or stand alone. And since it's meant to look disheveled and smudged, it's basically foolproof. See how to get the look and shop it below!
- Start by applying the Jin Soon Power Coat Base Coat.
- Next, swipe two coats of Nars Ecume for a white base color all over the nail.
- Paint two coats of Jin Soon Obsidian, a glittering black shade, on top of the white polish, making sure you cover the white polish completely.
- Dab a makeup sponge in nail polish remover, and wipe random parts of the nail to get the scratched, grunge effect.
- Finish with Jin Soon Matte Maker Matte Top Coat to seal the deal.
So many of us have gotten into the routine of absentmindedly washing our faces each morning and night, but are we really taking into consideration a few tiny tricks that can make all the difference in a more effective wash? As any esthetician will say, one major component of a deep and effective cleanse is including some type of massage. It's important to stimulate your lymph system to get much-needed oxygen and blood circulating in your face. Also, be sure that you are using the correct cleanser for your skin type, and try to avoid bar soaps at all costs — they can really dry out your skin.
The goal of face washing is to unclog pores and to dissolve dirt and makeup and to remove excess oils. You may not realize that this is also a great opportunity to slough off dead skin cells by exfoliating.
Lastly, have you considered the route you take? Start washing your face at your forehead, and work your way to your nose, then outward to your cheeks and eventually down to your face and neck. A proper face wash is a really simple way to maintain the health of your skin.
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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.
The Winter chill is coming, and that means cracked hands may be in your future. But when you're plagued with dry digits as the temperature dips, you don't have to suffer. We've got three steps, including a quick DIY, to make sure your hands stay soft all season.
Back-to-back US figure skating champion Ashley Wagner is the newest CoverGirl, joining the likes of Sofia Vergara and Pink as a spokeswoman for the classic beauty brand. As a top-ranking athlete, with rigorous performances and intense training, how does this Olympic hopeful keep her skin so clear? Ashley gave us a few of her best tips for looking good before, during, and after a performance and how to put in 110 percent without worrying about a blemish after practice.
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