Pedicures were done with CND's Bloodline polish — which, we hear, Marc chose as soon as he saw it. For hands, manicurist Elisa Ferri created a natural-looking nail with CND Perfectly Bare nail polish (with a few drops of Super Matte mixed in). Hair, by Guido Palau for Redken, was inspired in part by Vogue editor Grace Coddington. Check back soon for our backstage video report on Marc's beauty look.
The brand's Structure Wax 17 Classic Styling Wax ($17) gives lots of separation and hold throughout the day, without the tackiness. If you've ever played the clarinet or had braces (yes and yes for this Bella), you might remember the texture of the wax used in both situations is not sticky or gummy, but instead just plain waxy. That's exactly what you get with the Classic Styling Wax, a straightforward texture with a hint of emollience that provides a hint of shine. As for the aroma, it has a fresh fougère quality about it, with grassy and slightly citrusy notes.
And here's a tip: When applying, warm up the wax on your fingertips to emulsify. Apply the wax on dry hair starting from the back of the hair to the front, focusing the application on just the ends to avoid weighing it down. For even more hold, blast a blow dryer on the ends for a few seconds to set.
To get a similar effect, first have your colorist highlight your hair. Then, ask him or her to tone the lightened portions by using the following formula: equal parts of ammonia-free clear glaze and violet toner. (Tracey used Shades EQ Crystal Clear Glaze with 09V Platinum Ice.) These formulations combined will not only help lock in shine and counterbalance unwanted orange or yellow hues, but are gentle on hair that's just been bleached.
Find out how to re-create the look when you read more.
To find out what went into the creation of the Alexander Wang look and see more photos, keep reading.
Most of the time, when I think mousse, I think foam in a can that gives my hair lots of volume. But a little while back, I found Redken Aerate 08 Bodifying Cream Mousse ($13.59) and thought, "Hmm . . . mousse in a jar? Really?" If such a wild invention were to work, it would make the product more portable (take that, TSA), rid us of the need for aerosol cans (yay!), and make application a lot more precise.
So is this cream the beginning of a mousse revolution? Well, yes and no. To find out what the pros and cons are, just read more.
I've never had much faith in products that claim to repair damaged hair, but this product has really performed. After compulsively using Sun-In on my hair for a year, the front sections were broken, matted, and elastic. This product didn't fix my hair immediately, but after a week of use I can definitely see an improvement. My damaged hair no longer tangles and the actual texture seems to be improving. Worth the extra money!
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