Posts for October 6th 2008
Over the weekend, Angelina Jolie upped the wow factor once again with her beautiful red-carpet look at the premiere of Changeling. Last year, I got the lowdown directly from Angelina's makeup artist that Angie is a huge fan of Guerlain Terracotta Loose Kohl Powder in Deep Charcoal Black ($32). While this beloved shade is adored by many, the steep pricetag just might not fit the bill — or should I say your bills.
To achieve Angelina's sultry eye makeup on the cheap — using a cool new marker-esque liner that's now becoming a Bella favorite — read more
No, I don't shake up a martini every morning, but I do make a cocktail of sorts during my daily getting-ready routine.
Throughout my time in the beauty scene, I've chatted with hairdressers galore and makeup artists aplenty. So, check out this list to see which professional beauty tidbits become such favorites, I now use them every single day:
- Cocktail hour — To get the results I want from my hairstyle, I mix up a "cocktail" of two to three hair products while my hair is damp. One of my favorites is to create a blend of light-hold gel, a shine serum, and a styling lotion. The effect is smooth, healthy-looking hair that stays where I want it.
- Magic wand — Instead defining my eyebrows by filling sparse areas in with a brow pencil, I use a disposable mascara wand instead. Lightly apply the brow pencil (or eyeliner) to the wand itself, then brush over brows for a fool-proof, enhanced look.
- Warm it up — I add just the slightest amount of liquid bronzer to foundation for a warm, soft, and shimmery glow. This is also a great way to darken foundation that might be just a shade lighter than you'd like.
- Splish-splash — After I'm done applying my makeup, I spritz on a little toner. Not only does it feel refreshing, but it sets my makeup, while giving a hint of dewiness. It's also the perfect time to blend any areas that need to be softened with a makeup sponge.
- Ready, Steady, Go — To set my eyeliner, I gently use an eyeliner brush to tap an eye shadow of the same color over the liner. The results? Eye makeup that lasts all day.
By my calculations, I've spent 30 hours in an airplane in the last month. It was just as much fun as you can imagine, and now my skin is paying the price. Along with some serious Clarisonic time for my face, I've been applying hand creams like crazy. And now there's one that deserves to be on the list of my favorite hand creams: Amala Hydrating hand cream ($13.50).
You'll be taken in by the cool packaging of this German eco-friendly brand; its strong (and recyclable!) paper cylinders are topped off with cork. But what's inside is just as enticing: Organic plant-based skin care that's free of synthetics and petrochemicals. And the scent! Its jasmine fragrance is soft and subtle, giving me the sweetest-smelling knuckles in a five-mile radius. Plus, it goes on smoothly, leaves no trace of greasiness, and generally improves my mood to the point that I don't even mind having to eat so much airline food.
It seems like the holidays keep getting bumped up earlier with each passing year. (Target's holiday section was out in full force last week.) But when Chanel does it, somehow I'm ready to do eggnog shots if it means I'll get to play with new beauty goodies.
I had a chance to check out this new color collection, and while it's all pretty, these items wound up on my lusting-after list:
- Rouge Allure lipstick in Nude, a slightly shimmery, pale nude with just the slightest hint of peach. It gives you that Françoise Hardy look, effortlessly.
- Poudre Précieuse, a lightweight loose gold powder that can go on the face, shoulders, and décolletage.
- Le Vernis nail polish in Haute Chocolat. This shade was developed by a Wisconsin high-schooler, and if she wants a career in cosmetics, she'll do very well. It's a warm brown shade with subtle gold flecks — nothing flashy, like "It's 1992; I'm going to a rave!" or anything. Just a lovely color, especially if you're tiring of classic reds and trendy blacks.
I always love hearing some good beauty advice, whether it be from my Grandma's tried and true Oil of Olay regimen to the oddest concoction from a well-known actress.
Take my quiz below to see who you think might have dished on their own beauty routines/mantras, and learn a little something along the way.Take the Quiz
I was a little surprised when TeamSugar member KEG asked for a how-to on the runway hair on this week's Gossip Girl, since it was kind of a daring look — pulled back at the very top with the rest of the hair frizzed out and tucked under itself above the shoulders. Of course, what I'd really like to know is how all the socialites got identical hairstyles in ten minutes (do they teach you that at Chapin?), but I digress. It seems like KEG was onto something, as frizz has already made an appearance on a couple of Spring runways. Sonia Rykiel showed very '70s brushed out curls (right), while Louis Vuitton sent models down the runway looking almost poodle-like.
Since you've likely spent your life (or, at least, the better part of the '90s) trying to get rid of frizzy hair, you may need a refresher on how to get it. Skip conditioner and apply a salt spray on wet hair (you can buy one, or just mix salt and water in a spray bottle). Backcomb where you want more volume and keep shine at bay with a hair powder. That's it. If only braces were on Gossip Girl and Paris runways, a whole generation of girls might make it through puberty that much more smoothly.
Everyone has a few quick, two-minute hairstyles that we throw together when we're running late. But few of mine look as cute as this one. While backstage at the Karen Walker Spring 2009 show, I spotted Teen Vogue Beauty Assistant Maura Lynch sporting this cool twist on braids. "I was in a rush this morning," she said of her hair. Maybe so, but it's a cool hairstyle.
Recreating this style is so quick and easy that you could practically do it in your sleep. Gather your hair into two plaited pigtails at the nape of your neck. Tie the ends with small hair elastics; Goody's Ouchless are great because they're clear, so they won't stand out. Then, loosely weave the braids together, securing them with bobby pins. Very easy, very chic — and very Teen Vogue.