Every year I look forward to summer’s vivid, unabashed nail polish shades, but this season’s selections are especially blazing — eye-searing, in fact. We’ve been seeing a major upswing in all things neon since winter, and colors just keep getting brighter and brighter. Where fashion goes, nails follow suit, and isn’t it wonderful? Nothing yanks me out of my summer up-all-night stupor in the morning like a huge iced coffee and a flash of neon. I’m actually a religious wearer of flesh-toned fingernails, but my toes are all about the flashiest of pinks and oranges come mid-May. Here are my top ten must-wear shades for the summertime (and beyond, if you’re brave). For best results and maximum impact, pair with all-white and a contrasting neon lip color. The sun will thank you for taking some of the heat off.
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Natalie Portman and
ballerina ballerino danseur hubby Benjamin Millepied stepped out to the New York City Ballet’s Spring Gala last night looking spectacularly gorgeous, thereby further reinforcing my long-enduring belief that Natalie is one of the most ethereal and beautiful creatures on this planet (and is, in fact, quite possibly not of this earth at all). Her tiered Dior gown isn’t something I would normally go for, but it looks stunning on her, and my God, that makeup! That face! Perfection. She gets me every time.
Christian Louboutin is synonymous with a unique brand of sexy, just-this-side-of-sleazy luxury. His famed heels literally need no introduction — the flashy scarlet sole says it all. The designer is a favorite of models, starlets, socialites, and run-of-the-mill rich girls alike, but if you’re not the kind of person who’s comfortable with shelling out $800+ for a pair of stilettos, then you’re SOL. He’s one of those designers who would never deign (or “pollute,” as Manolo Blahnik would say) his brand to a lower-priced, more accessible line: exclusivity is the name of the Louboutin game.
But for all the ladies out there who are dying to get their hands on something, anything bearing that signature glossy red, now’s your chance, and it won’t come at the cost of your entire paycheck.
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On Monday, the Drudge Report posted a picture of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton without makeup, save a bit of red lipstick, with the headline “Au Naturel.”
As blogger Erin Gloria Ryan at Jezebel put it, “A woman didn’t wear makeup and this is news?” This dig at Clinton’s appearance, especially her makeup-less appearance, should be all the proof you need that sexism is alive and well in America today. Keep reading »
Goths are a very dark and secretive group — and they’d probably want to crawl up in a hole and die if they knew we were suggesting you emulate their makeup stylings. However, goth make up — in doses — is really awesome. Who doesn’t love a dark eye, or a dark lip, every once in a while? It’s so dramatic! We scoured Tumblr to find some images for gothy inspiration and came up with a few to get you on your way. The key with goth makeup seems to be eyeliner, eyeliner, eyeliner. Play around with it — use your eyeliner as an artist’s pencil, and have fun! It’s not life or death (even though some goths might have you believe otherwise).
The Met Ball is, in many ways, bigger and brighter than all of the awards shows combined. While the Academy honors excellence in film, the gala honors glamour in its purest form. Each year there’s a “topic” of celebration — last night extolled the parallels of Miuccia Prada to the late great Elsa Schiaparelli; last year’s subject was the inimitable Lee Alexander McQueen — and each year it’s up to the young and the beautiful to bring it. Good sense and humility takes a night off, and the most illustrious names in both the silver screen and the backstage dust off their boldest, most eye-catching, sometimes straight up cray looks. It is the Met Gala, after all, and if you’re not planning on blowing the roof off of the fashion stratosphere, then why bother going at all? Keep reading »