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Would You Ever Get An Eyebrow Transplant?

Like most people, I have a list of physical traits I really don’t like about myself. I hesitate to use the word “hate,” because that sounds so … I don’t know — junior high, I guess, so I’ll just say that I really don’t like my receding chin, crooked fingers, thick hips and thin eyebrows (among other things). And while I can pretty much blame genetics for most of these shameful traits, I have only myself to blame for the state of my eyebrows. Back in college, they were much fuller, but then I started tweezing them with gusto (hey, it was the ’90s!). More recently I started having them threaded on a regular basis and now they’re thin, sparse lines that don’t even trail to the corner of my eyes, but stop about halfway to where they should go. Still, I stop short (pun intended) at the idea of getting an eyebrow transplant. Yes, you read that right — an eyebrow transplant! Keep reading »

The Natural Spray Tan — It Exists!

The newest, latest, and greatest in spray tans is the “weekend away” tan. In a move away from the L.A. Oompa-Loompas and perma-pumpkin folk, the “weekend away” tan is just a tiny bit of color. Subtle. Spotted all over the actresses at the BAFTAs (Kate Winslet, Audrey Tautou, Claire Danes, and Carey Mulligan), the low-key look was a bit of bronze on only those body parts that are directly and naturally hit by the sun. It wasn’t intense color, either, but the amount you would get from a weekend trip. No weirdly bronzed armpits, no “Jersey Shore” all over day-glo, and none of the orange-brown residue left between your fingers. To get this look, it’s all about going for the least deep spray color available and getting a real-live person to spray you (the booths will give you a solid, all-over tan). Ask to be sprayed only where the sun would naturally hit: upper arms, across the nose and cheeks, shoulders, etc. Perfect for spring, no? Keep reading »

“Gossip Girl”-Style Camping At Isaac Mizrahi?

It was the last day of Fashion Week, and despite having to hobble around on heels that made our feet burn, backstage at Isaac Mizrahi’s show was coolishly refreshing. Because Isaac cited “camping on the Upper East Side” of Manhattan as part of the inspiration for his fall collection, makeup artist Val Garland made them look as chilly as they would if they were sleeping outdoors on one of New York’s coldest evenings. She used MAC Prep and Prime powder to matte-ify the skin and create what she called an all-around “frosty and frozen” look, applied Vanilla Eye Shadow to lighten the models’ lids, and used Lip Pencil in Naked, which is actually really wearable and pretty. We’re not sure we’ll go full-on ice queen (or go camping uptown anytime soon), but Val’s perfectly matte, nude lips were inspiring. Keep reading »

A Bit Of CK1 With Your Morning Commute?

Vending machines are experiencing a retro revival, and recently we’ve seen ones that carry increasingly weird items: electronics, designer clothes, swimwear, gold, china tea cups. The latest experiment in fashionable vending is brought to you by Sephora. The makeup retailer has set up perfume vending machines in several Paris metro stations, stocking them only with mini bottles of CK One. They cost 15 Euros each, which may seem like a high price to spend at a vending machine in the subway, but seems relative next to the city’s book-vending machines which are still around in certain corners.

Cute marketing idea, but we have just one question: CK One? The last time we sniffed that, “Friends” was still on the air, and we all had the Rachel haircut. [Independent.co.uk] Keep reading »

The Sleek Lip Show At Davidelfin

Makeup artist Gregory Arlt dubbed the Davidelfin fall 2010 beauty look the “lip show” because, as you guessed it, the makeup was all about lipstick. Most of the Davidelfin collection is black, but Gregory said he was inspired by two magenta coats, so he created a full lip to match. He first applied the Process Magenta Paint Stick from the MAC Pro line (we non-professionals can use the MAC lipstick in Lustering for the same effect). Then, he dabbed the Show Orchid lipstick on top. The combo of both of these pigments created a neon fuchsia, which is a departure from the typical fall lip colors of burgundy, blood red, and classic red. To keep the focus on the lip, Gregory left the skin and eyes “cold” with little to no color. The skin was moisturized with Studio Moisture Fix, and then he applied Face and Body Foundation. The foundation was set with Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, which Gregory calls “the all you need powder” because it doesn’t look like powder, but also buffs away the rubbery texture of foundation. The cheeks were left bare; instead he contoured them following the natural bone structure of the models. He defined the eyes by applying an eyeshadow that matched the models’ skin tone and then applied a darker but also natural-looking shadow into the creases. Gregory also applied concealer to the eyebrows to give them a bleached look, but he doesn’t recommend this for regular women — it’s purely for the runway. With a lip this bold, the hair was left sleek and simple with a low, braided ponytail. Check out more photos after the jump. Keep reading »

Do Not Attempt The Blonds’ Nails At Home

We take it back–technically, you could re-create the amazing nail look at The Blonds’ fun, wacky show, but we would recommend stepping away from the broken glass part. Creative Nail Design nailist Kristina Esterbrooks used CND Coulours in Scarlet Letter, Blackjack and Brilliant white nail enamels mixed with crushed glass and glitter to make beautifully bright and textured nails that looked so perfect with the modern-day glamor-puss hair and makeup. Pretty. Dangerous. Keep reading »

Start Your Morning With Harajuku Lovers

When we wake up in the morning and the coffee is still brewing, everything about our ritual needs to be bright and cheery. Hence, our love for these yellow Harajuku Lovers, covered with Gwen Stefani’s little girls in adorable bikinis. The design will make the terrifying sound of your alarm that much less shocking, not to mention add a bit of color to the tiles in your bathroom. The cases come in three different sizes for all your beauty needs: a pencil case for brushes and eye pencils, a clutch to take on the go, and an organizer for the mass makeup holding. [$18-38, Sephora] Keep reading »

When Bangs Attack! How To Handle Too-Long Fringe …

Nicole Richie has got herself some seriously long bangs—I have to think those get into her line of vision and bother her eyes, no? I can feel it now, every single blink is labored because your eyelashes have to disentangle themselves from your hair! Bang-wearers, what’s too long? Granted, too-short bangs have their own ugly issues so I suppose to err on the side of long is the way to go, no? I’ll say, though, that for someone with long bangs Nicole is styling them smartly: As a (very) general rule of thumb, when your bangs reach your brows, you’ve got to get control of ‘em. If you’ve got coarse or wavy hair, you need a little pomade to weigh hair down. Fine-haired folk should use a dime-size amount of gel (look for one that’s got some alcohol in it) to shape and tame fly-aways. And once your bangs have reached the bridge of your nose (Nicole, pay attention!), apply a styling lotion and curl the fringe up and back with a round brush. It sounds like an ’80s styling technique, but gravity coupled with the weight of your bangs will help the hair fall into a pretty wave. How do you guys handle too-long bangs? Keep reading »

Serena Williams Is Enrolled In Beauty School!?

The ol’ backhand must be getting a little rusty if Serena Williams is training for a second career as a nail tech. The tennis champ recently enrolled in a 240-hour program to become a certified mani-pedi giver. She claims to be launching a new line of nail polish with a company called HairTech. We certainly hope this career switch has nothing to do with her U.S. Open meltdown, but if the former is true, maybe all celebs should devote this kind of energy to their forays into beauty and fashion. [RadarOnline.com] Keep reading »

Two-Toned Lips At Nanette Lepore

The beauty at Nanette Lepore’s fall 2010 show was inspired by women in Renaissance paintings, but makeup artist Makky’s two-toned lips look anything but old-fashioned. He applied MAC Cosmetics’ MAC PRO lipstick in Charred Red, a dark burgundy, to the bottom lip. Then, he put Odyssey, a bright fuchsia, on the top. While Makky doesn’t recommend wearing this out on the street as-is, he suggested using two different (but not quite this different) colors for a similar effect. Just make sure to put the darker color on the bottom lip, because otherwise, he told us, your top lip will look thin. Good to know. Keep reading »

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