Although we love a good side or middle part, sometimes it's easier to just forget the split altogether and go rogue. That's what three celebrities did this week, and the results were quite alluring. AnnaSophia Robb let her part-free ponytail show off her cat eye and bold lip, while Molly Sims paired hers with lush lashes and a nude lip hue. And Bella Heathcote added tons of texture to make up for her lack of part. This style is a great way to let your makeup look shine, but whose did you like best?
The braid continues to be the hairstyle of Summer. Whether you're headed to a music festival or a formal rooftop party or just basking poolside, the braid should be your go-to look this season. All four of these celebrity looks from this past week are easy to re-create and work great on second-day hair.
Rachel Bilson (top left) attended the Chanel Dinner for NRDC wearing a bohemian braid look that was purposefully loose with a mussed-up texture. Her hair was full of volume on the top, where Rachel's layers framed the face, then the ends were braided in the back.
Jessica Szohr (top right) was spotted at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation's A Time For Heroes event wearing her bangs braided out of her face. The miniature french braid started at the part and was pinned back above the ear. It's the perfect look for a sweltering Summer day.
Also at the Chanel Dinner for NRDC, Bella Heathcote (bottom left) wore a more formal braided look. Her hair was slicked back into three sections and twisted together. At the nape, all the hair converged in a complicated chignon.
At the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation's A Time For Heroes, Tamera Mowry (bottom right) wore her hair in a classic milkmaid style. The crown of braids was separated from her bangs, which were split down the middle.
Nothing screams natural beauty quite like luscious lips with a hint of I-was-born-with-it color. Aussie actress Bella Heathcote proved that a tinted lip look is quite lovely because it gives you a healthier-looking flush than standard lipstick. You can easily get this pretty pout with products already in your makeup bag. Before applying any lip color, apply a thin layer of lip balm to your lips, like Smith's Rosebud Salve ($6). Next, use your ring finger to press in a rosy-pink shade of lipstick. Blot with a tissue and then press a little bit of balm on top of your lip color for a hint of shine. Simple, see?
Textured, mussed-up ponytails have taken a back seat to slicker styles recently, but that doesn't mean your updo has to be boring. As Bella Heathcote, Kate Bosworth, and Whitney Port have proudly displayed, there are a handful of gorgeous ways to style your ponytail while keeping it off your face:
- Bella went for a liquid-slicked version, pulling her hair back completely without a part. Her low-volume style allowed her flirty winged liner ample room to shine.
- Kate Bosworth added some oomph to her updo by brushing the sides back but teasing her crown. A bright pink lipstick color gave some balance — and a serious pop of color — to her amplified ponytail.
- Whitney opted for a low ponytail with a center-split part that drew attention to her subtle smoky eye and dewy complexion.
However you decided to style your tightly pulled-back hairstyle, you'll need some hair spray to keep it put; reach for something lightweight, like Frederic Fekkai Advanced Sheer Hold Hairspray ($25).
Bangs may provide welcome style switch-up for Fall, but they're also an excellent outlet for experimenting with whole new makeup looks. Because this style draws attention to your eyes, fringe makes for a stunning pairing with bolder, more daring palettes. Fuel your bang benefits with three sweet looks when you keep reading.
The Summer may be winding down, but that didn't stop this week's chicest from showing off their warm-weather best. At the premiere of Lawless in Los Angeles, Bella Heathcote was super sleek in a subtly printed dress from Jonathan Saunders's Resort 2013 collection, while at the premiere of Bachelorette, Kirsten Dunst's ruffled blue Resort 2013 Jean Paul Gaultier looked both glamorous and breezy. Perhaps the most beguiling look of the week was Gwyneth Paltrow's teal tweed minidress at the screening of End of Watch in East Hampton — although it's hard to imagine any ensemble looking horrible when Jake Gyllenhaal is at your side.
Those looks — plus Jennifer Missoni's pastel zigzags at the premiere of Lawless (left) — and more, here in our weekly best-of roundup.
Bella Heathcote is on top of her bang game, and it's not just because her hair always looks flawless. The actress proves time and time again that a striking style needs a great makeup palette to complement it. At last night's GenArt party at the Chateau Marmont, Bella pulled off a fresh-faced look, which her glossy fringe framed faultlessly. Since her bangs already drew plenty of attention to her big blue eyes, Bella opted for a shimmery beige eye shadow and a swipe of black mascara to add just the right amount of brightness. To balance out her heavy bangs, Bella swiped a light pink blush onto the apples of her cheeks and finished off the look with a light coral lipstick with just a touch of shine. Try MAC Vegas Volt ($15) for a similar shade. When it comes to pairing your makeup with your bangs, take a page from Bella's book. Balance is the key, so play up one feature at a time to avoid looking too chaotic.