The fashion world operates on an entirely different calendar than the rest of the world. Fashion is always one season ahead — for example, as we’re entering spring of 2013, the industry has just observed autumn 2013 — so when the season actually rolls around, we have to go back in Fashion Time and sync it all up. Make sense? It’s pretty much mid-March already, which is kind of freaky-deaky, but the Spring/Summer 2013 fashion season took place all the way back in September.
Anyway, springtime! It’s happening, and lest you forget, we’ve plucked 5 gorgeous, show-stopping looks off the spring runways (which, you know, happened alllllll the way back in September). Check ‘em out, and see how to get them right here…
If the eyes are the windows to the soul, eyebrows are the curtains around those windows. And most of us? We don’t know how to fix those curtains at all. Enter Joey Healy, one of the foremost brow experts in the world. Seriously, this guy cannot shut up about how much he loves eyebrows. He took one look at Amelia’s brows, which might have been a bit over-plucked, and came up with a game plan. We share his tips in the video above and after the jump! Keep reading »
I’m obsessed with “Girls” and of course, the euphonious line of Deborah Lippmann nail polishes inspired by them! Jessa, a color that can’t decide if it wants to be red or brown, or both. Marni, a polite pink that seems dainty but is actually quite strong. Shoshanna, a girlie lavender with a look-at-me streak of sparkle. And Hannah, a color unlike anything else out there. It’s a griege that desperately wants to be a neutral, but is too green to be anything but charmingly weird.
I wove the colors, like the character’s lives, into a nail art knit design for one of my fav real life New York girl, Marissa Stuart. Special thanks to her for hand modeling!
Get this look after the jump!
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Kick off your boots, fuzzy socks, and leg warmers (um, do people wear those?): spring is coming, and soon. Okay, so that may be a little bit of wishful thinking on my part, and there may or may not have been a snowstorm less than a week ago. But still, spring is well on its way (hello, Daylight Savings Time!), and because it’s about a month too early to even think about breaking out the shorts, we’ve got spring beauty on the mind. We’re phasing out winter’s more somber lip colors — plum, berry, Bordeaux, what have you — and moving towards punchier warm-weather shades. I can’t be the only one who gets excited about seasonal makeup, right? Oh, well; here are the 7 spring lip colors we can’t (and won’t — I’ve got one of them on right now) wait to wear. Keep reading »
One of the most ridiculous things about both the beauty and fashion industries is their mutual insistence upon pitching literally everything at one point or another as a “hot new trend.” The New York Times Style section is particularly notorious for doing so: over the summer, they somehow mistook women having bangs for actual news. (They once did the same for dresses, but we don’t talk about that. Too painful.)
Now People StyleWatch has declared that there are two looks that are particularly popular on the red carpet right now, and you wouldn’t believe what they are. Sparkly gowns? Red lipstick? … Hair? Close! It’s smoky eyes and winged liner. Which, you know, people are never not wearing. But listen, the ladies over at People say that while these are both hot beauty trends, only the smoky eye is “guy-hot.” I have a few bones to pick with this statement. Firstly, I do so beg to differ — Brigitte Bardot and Sophia Loren are two of the sexiest sexbombs to ever sex, and they were both famous for their winged liner. Secondly, and most importantly, who the fuck cares? Isn’t it kind of a general consensus among women that we don’t wear makeup to appeal to men? And anyway, what is this universal “guy-hot” they speak of? Can someone enlighten me? (Maybe I’m just feeling vulnerable because winged liner is my go-to makeup look and I can’t master a smoky eye to save my life.) [People StyleWatch]
I inherited a lot of things from my mother (for starters: high cheekbones, bullheadedness, a taste for afternoon naps and all things fermented grape), but my love of beauty products wasn’t one of them. It’s actually more likely that my propensity towards packed bathroom cabinets and overflowing shower ledges was directly derived from my father, who has been hoarding L’Occitane Green Tea Shower Gel in case of apocalypse since before I was born. (And not in vain: they actually did discontinue it a few years back, just as he feared.) My mother, on the other hand, doesn’t wash her face, never throws anything out, and insists on using the same L’Oreal lip gloss every day, even despite my many attempts at replacing it with Yves Saint Laurent under her nose.
Even so, I’m not surprised that a new British study found, in a poll of 2,000 women, that one third of those women use the same beauty products as their mothers. According to the research, daughters begin borrowing their mother’s products at the average age of 13, and 40 percent of 18 to 24-year-olds continue to use those same products. Keep reading »
It’s not exactly a secret that celebrities wear enough makeup to suffocate a salamander, and that we all freak out when they’re photographed without. Sans fards! Natural look! A sign of real human being-ness unsullied by airbrush foundation and caulking sealant! But you know who else wears a ton of makeup, and we never give them shit about taking it off? (Perhaps because they’ve already taken off everything else?) You may not be surprised to discover that porn stars in their daily lives, minus the 17 layers of sweat-proof stage makeup, look nothing like what you see on-screen. In fact, you wouldn’t even recognize them on the street, which is probably a good thing.
An “award-winning makeup artist to the stars” known only as Melissa (or xmelissamakeupx on her Instagram account) took 93 before-and-after photos of the porn stars she tends to, and we learned two things: one, the girls look really pretty without their thick varnish of smoky eyes and heavy bronzer (dare I say, better, though I personally tend to think most women look better with less makeup), and two, this Melissa is one hell of a makeup artist. Check out the after photos of these two girls, plus a few more, after the jump, and the rest of them here via Melissa. [HyperVocal] Keep reading »
As you may or may not already know, March 8th marks 102 years of International Women’s Day. The official United Nations theme for 2013 is “A Promise is a Promise: Time for Action to End Violence Against Women,” so you better believe we’ll be drinking to that. There are a number of ways to get politically active on this very important holiday, but if marching isn’t your thing (it isn’t mine) and you still want to do your part in commemorating, why not treat yourself to a fancy French soap and help women in need in the process? L’Occitane’s limited-edition Women’s Day Soaps are produced in Burkina Faso, Africa, as part of a partnership with a local factory run entirely by women in support of their economic emancipation, and 100 percent of the proceeds help to build literacy centers for the women of Burkina Faso. Formulated with L’Occitane’s signature shea butter and engraved with a motif that translates to “education,” this soap is as cute as it is conscious, and the program has educated over 5,000 women since 2006. Get in on it — pick up your bar on the brand’s website today! [$8, L'Occitane]
True story: When my boyfriend first asked me to be his girlfriend, I told him I would on one condition — he was obligated to let me know whenever I had unsightly, eyeliner-related panda bear eyes. I’d spent too many days of my life unintentionally walking around with dark circles around my eye thanks to smudging my super-thick eyeliner and dammit, I needed him to help me out. Now, finally, the trajectory of my eyeliner, and the liner of so many other women has been captured in handy graphic form. I’m doing everything in my power not to rub my eyes.