Star Trek Into Darkness premieres today, and leading ladies Zoe Saldana and Alice Eve have been on their beauty A-game on the red carpet. With so many stops on their press tour, it was becoming increasingly difficult to choose whose look we love best. So we're leaving that up to you. Vote on which Trekkie girl gets your top marks in this beauty faceoff.
It used to be that a trip to Paris meant bringing along an empty suitcase to house all the drugstore beauty buys you'd stock up on. Fortunately, the days of product smuggling are just about over. Most of the products that travelers pine over are available stateside, thanks to that handy thing called online shopping. In honor of the Cannes Film Festival, click through to see the top 10 French brands you'll fall in love with . . . and keep your passport at home.
British designer Matthew Williamson is bringing his eye for color and bohemian prints to a Benefit Cosmetics makeup palette. "My inspiration for the palette is nostalgic to the late '70s and early '80s, glamorous cocktail parties, and hedonistic discos," Williamson said. The Rich Is Back! Makeup Kit ($34, available Summer 2013) is wrapped in gorgeous, colorful, and energetic prints, and it opens up to a bronzed eye palette with a shock of turquoise, glossy red lip color, blush, and lash-plumping mascara. To get a sneak peek at his mood board and more from behind the scenes, just keep reading.
After being tantalized by the animated teaser back in January, we finally have the full Lancome by Alber Elbaz collection for you to feast your eyes on. And that's just the feature Elbaz wanted to focus on, by dressing up four of the bestselling eye shadow palettes and mascaras from the luxury beauty brand. "The real theme running through the collection is the eyes and roundness forms," Elbaz explains. "The bottles are so fabulously rounded that they were my inspiration. I wanted to create rounded shapes with a hint of humor." The collection hits Lancome counters next month, but you can see everything up close, when you keep clicking!
We've been painting on pastel and springtime hues as soon as they hit shelves, but now that it's actually sunny and warm outside, we're rounding up the best new nail colors to try for May. From bold, bright hues to textured formulas and even a fun nail art kit, you won't want to miss our top polish picks this month. Just keep clicking!
The new season marks a time to refresh your beauty palette with our editor's top picks for Spring. For the warmer season ahead, shine bright in the best hair, nails, makeup, and skin care trends from the likes of Urban Decay, Deborah Lippmann, and bareMinerals. Also, don't forget to check out the tantalizing scents from favorites such as Balenciaga and Givenchy to complete your Spring kickoff. Shop all of the irresistible finds below.
If you're pregnant, you're probably well accustomed to being told about things you can't do, foods you can't eat, and products you can't use. That's the bad news. The good news is that for every "no," there's a solution, especially when it comes to your beauty regime. It just takes a little extra sleuth work — and that's what we're here for! Check out our best bets for pregnancy-safe beauty products.
Living chemical-free seems like an expensive way to live. Buying products that are chemical-free do tend to be more expensive, but there are ways to save money on this lifestyle. You can start by changing one product at a time so that you're not investing too much money in this switch all at once. We turned to Beth Greer, an environmental health consultant and the author of Super Natural Home, to see which chemical-free product is worth splurging on. Here's what she had to say:
"I'd say buying natural makeup is worth splurging. Makeup has been around for centuries, but not the kind we put on ourselves today. Modern makeup is largely chemically based and to a large extent has never been tested for safety. Out of all those expensive perfumes at the beauty counter for example, almost none uses natural essences — they’re made from chemicals rather than flowers. If you’ve ever walked into an empty room or elevator and could still smell the cologne of someone who’d left, you can bet that it was made from a synthetic fragrance because unlike natural flower essences, synthetic chemicals have a strong, long-lasting smell.
Many untested chemicals that we put on our skin go in our skin as well. Some of these chemicals that are in our make-up and skin creams are the very same ones used in industrial manufacturing to soften plastics, clean equipment and stabilize pesticides. Some, known as endocrine disrupters, can work in subtle ways by disrupting the body's ability to produce adequate quantities of hormones or by interfering with the body's hormonal pathways.
Become a good label reader and know that like ingredients on food packaging, labels on cosmetics are written in descending order, so the first ingredients on the list make up the majority of the product. Manufacturers may add some natural ingredients to make their product seem natural, but if you see the good stuff listed last instead of first, there could be less than one percent that’s actually natural, and the rest being nasty chemicals. Keep it simple and buy products with the fewest and safest ingredients possible. I have a list of safe cosmetics in my book Super Natural Home. You can also check the website www.safecosmetics.org for reviews and ratings on cosmetics. In general, the makeup you’ll find at stores like Whole Foods or Pharmaca will be much safer than those found in department stores and drug stores."