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Twisted Tuesday: My Fave Braided Hairstyles From Coachella 2014

From floral headbands to Kool-Aid-colored strands, the hairstyles seen at the music festival of the year are always worth talking about. But, my favorite looks from this year’s Coachella are on the more conservative side. Fun, but totally wearable even outside of a two-weekend-long party.

lea michele coachella braided hairstyle

Lea Michele’s subtle cornrow braid is a great way to add interest to an otherwise basic down ‘do. Create an extreme deep side part and separate out a two-inch section of hair just opposite your part. Create a very tight inside out French braid, securing it with a tiny clear elastic just below your ear. (more…)

Kate Winslet Beachy Hair Tutorial Just in Time for Spring

Kate Winslet "Divergent" Los Angeles Premiere

Today marks the first day of spring, so what better way to celebrate the arrival of warmer weather (for the east coast, anyway) than with a beachy hair how-to. I love this natural-looking, messy-in-a-good-way beachy hairstyle Renato Campora created for Kate Winslet’s Los Angeles Premiere of Divergent. Here’s how to recreate it:

Step 1: Apply John Frieda Luxurious Volume Volume Building Mousse, $6.50 on clean, wet hair.

Step 2: Apply John Frieda Luxurious Volume Root Booster Blow Dry Lotion, $6.50, concentrating on the roots to create volume, and blow-dry your hair.

Step 3: Once your hair is fully dry, use a one-and-a-half-inch curling iron to create voluminous waves by wrapping your hair around the iron.

Step 4: After letting your waves cool completely, finished the look with John Frieda Luxurious Volume All Day Hold Hairspray$6.50 to add long-lasting volume to your waves.

Recreate Sara Bareilles’ Katniss-Inspired Braids

56th GRAMMY Awards - Red Carpet

Twitter was all a buzz when the lovely Sara Bareilles performed with Carol King at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. A memorable collaboration for sure. Also memorable, the Katniss-like braids she sported on the red carpet. Here’s the scoop on how celebrity hairstylist Rolando Beauchamp styled the look using Garnier Fructis products…

Step 1: He prepped hair by applying Garnier Fructis Style Deconstructed Beach Chic Texturizing Spray, $3.49.

Step 2: He then rough-dried it with a blow-dryer to create texture.

Step 3: Next, he created loose corn-row braids from the front to the back of Bareilles’ head.

Step 4: Beauchamp then wrapped the ends of her hair — that were not braided — in different directions around a one and a quarter-inch curling iron.

Step 5: He then applied a small amount of Garnier Fructis Style Deconstructed Move It Manipulating Gel, $4.29 in his hands and worked into Bareilles’ hair, section by section, to create a “roughed-up, slightly slept-in” look.

Step 6: Beauchamp set the entire look with Garnier Fructis Style Extreme Control Anti-Humidity Hairspray, $4.49.

Claire Danes Wears the It Lipcolor of the Season


With award season in full swing, there are so many makeup hits (and yes, misses) to talk about. Claire Danes has been wearing many of the hits — in my opinion. She went for sultry smoky eyes at the SAG Awards and an of-the-moment orangey lip for the 2014 Producers Guild Awards. Orange lipstick is definitely one of the looks to try right now thanks to the fact that it was seen all over the Spring 2014 runways. And while Danes isn’t the only celeb to wear the trend on the red carpet, her look was one of the best thanks to makeup artist Matin Maulawizada. I know I sound like a broken record, but I also worked (and had doggy playdates) with him back in my magazine editing days. Here are the Dior Beauty products he used to create the look:


Dior Capture Totale Dream Skin, $110

Dior Capture Totale Triple-Correcting Serum Foundation in #020, $82

Dior Glow Maximizer Light Boosting Primer, $42

Diorblush Trianon Edition in Corail Bagatelle, $43


Diorshow Black Out Mascara, $25

Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum, $28.50

Diorshow Art Pen Intense Professional Felt-Tip Eyeliner in Catwalk Black, $30

Dior 5 Couleurs Couture Colour Eyeshadow Palette Trianon Edition in Pastel Fontanges, $61


Rouge Dior Lipstick in Rendez-Vous, $34

Image: Just Jarred 

Recreate Allison Williams’ Sultry Rose Gold Eye Makeup

Allison Williams

Makeup artist Gita Bass (who I was lucky enough to work with often in my Seventeen magazine days) has declared that she has a rose gold obsession due to the fact that it “works with every skin tone,” says Bass. This obsession manifested itself in the makeup look she created for Girls star Allison Williams this week. Here’s how she created it:


“For a flawless complexion, I prepped her skin with Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer, $10.28 and applied a few drops of Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15, $62 and Cle De Peau Beaute Concealer, $70 where needed,” says Bass.


“I applied Chanel Le Blush Creme de Chanel, $38 to the apples of her cheeks and set it with Nars Blush in Deep Throat, $29,” she says.


“For the eyes, I lined upper, lower and inner lashlines with a chocolate eye crayon like Osmosis Colour Eye Pencil in Brown, $12 and smudged it with a soft brush. I then applied Chanel Illusion D’ombre in Abstraction, $36, a gorgeous warm rose color, to the lid up to the crease and on the lower lashline. To create the rose gold, I layered the bronze shadow from the Lorac Starry-Eyed Baked Eyeshadow Trio in Superstar, $27 over the cream and used the light gold for the inner corners and browbone. I finished with a few coats of YSL Mascara Singulier in Deep Black, $30″ says Bass.


“For a soft peachy nude that would add warmth to the face, I mixed Tom Ford Lipstick in Blush Nude with a touch of True Coral, $49 each” she says.

The Hottest Beauty Trend of the 71st Golden Globe Awards is …


Berry hued lips. From winner Cate Blanchett to nominee Sandra Bullock and host Tina Fey, cranberry and raspberry lip colors reigned supreme on last night’s Golden Globe Awards red carpet. I’m personally a fan of bold lip colors because they instantly brighten up your face and make a statement without having to do much else. If you’re tired or have more than a few fine lines around your eyes, it’s also a great way to direct attention away from those things. A great trick for busy moms in their 30s and 40s (like the aforementioned starlets).

To recreate the trend, try using the lip colors makeup artist Jeanine Lobell swiped on Ms. Blanchett: Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick in Scarlatto and Boudior. Lobell layered Boudior (a nude rose shade) on top of Scarlatto (a raspberry rose hue) to create Blanchett’s final Golden Globes look.

Recreate Jennifer Hudson’s Matte Pink Pout


My favorite beauty look seen on the People’s Choice Awards red carpet tonight? Jennifer Hudson’s matt pink lips. They were statement making and totally flawless. This look proves that with the simple swipe of a matte, shocking pink lip color you can make heads turn. To get a similar look, I’d recommend using Bite Beauty High Pigment Matte Pencil in Corvina, $24. Pair it with otherwise neutral makeup hues and you, too, will garner some serious compliments.

Image: Bella Sugar

Lily Collins’ Perfect-for-the-Holidays Makeup Look

Lily Collins Glamour Women of the Year Awards

I’m once again obsessing over a makeup look Lily Collins wore recently. I actually intended to post this a couple of weeks ago, but thanks to strep throat topped off with a stomach virus and a crazy busy work schedule, I’ve been pretty laid up.

Anyway, Collins wore this look to the 23rd Annual Glamour Women of the Year Awards. The softly defined eyes and berry lip are a perfect look to recreate for all of the holiday events that are likely starting to fill your calendar. I will absolutely be copying this look come December 3 when I’ve hopefully recovered from (and am celebrating the success) of Cyber Monday. Here’s what makeup artist Pati Dubroff used to created the look:

Image: Courtesy of Lancome

And My Favorite Beauty Look of the 65th Emmy Awards Is …

Elisabeth Moss

Surprisingly, Elizabeth Moss. First, I love the double nominee’s cropped, nearly platinum hair, which she said on the red carpet she got before Miley Cyrus made the style a craze. When she got the new look, it seriously upped her red carpet status. I also appreciate that her hairstyle wasn’t as helmet-like as some of the others on the carpet. Claire Danes, for example, looked stunning, but her hair was super stiff. I personally think it’s nice when there’s more of a real quality to hair.

Second, I loved her bold lip color paired with matching nails. A great way to add a pop of color to a black and white gown, which wasn’t my fave, by the way. She wasn’t the only star to rock the bold lip trend, but pairing it with the matching nail color and hair put her at the top of my list.

To get a similar look, I’d use Cover Girl Lip Perfection in Flame, $6.99 and Essie Nail Color in Fifth Avenue, $8.


Kristen Wiig’s Pretty Neutral Makeup Makes Me Want To Get Dressed Up And Go Out

kristen-wiig-despicable-me-2-premiereKristen Wiig’s luminous, bronzy makeup is just about perfect for a summer evening — and it’s an incredibly sexy alternative to a grey or black smoky eye. This looks just as gorgeous on all skin tones as well. The best part is, this look uses some of my very favorite makeup products of all time. Try these all-star products yourself:

laura-mercier-eye-basics-in-linenStart with a primer from your lid to your eye brow to give your shadow grip and staying powder — very important on hot days to avoid shiny lids and creasing shadow. I love the moisturizing Laura Mercier Eye Basics Primer in Linen, $25.

jouer-cosmetics-cream-eyeshadow-in-suedeApply a cream shadow like Joie across the upper lid from the lash line to just above the crease. Try Jouer Crème Eyeshadow in Suede, $20. It’s the perfect swipe-on-with-your-fingers shadow.

stila-eye-shadow-in-kittenDot a shimmer shadow on the inner corners of the eye to brighten and open your eyes. Try a shimmering nude pink like Stila Eyeshadow in Kitten, $18.

chanel-precision-eye-definer-in-brun-cuivréLine the top and bottom lash line with a dark bronzy-brown liner like Chanel Precision Eye Definer in Brun-Cuivré, $29, to keep things natural, yet defined.

maybelline-full-and-soft-mascaraTop lashes with a lengthening mascara like Maybelline Full And Soft Mascara in Very Black, $6.

mac-powder-blush-in-peachykeenDust cheeks with a peachy blush. I love MAC Powder Blush in Peachykeen, $21, for it’s subtle and sheer mix of pink, peach and gold shimmer.

nars-lip-gloss-in-ChihuahuaFinish the look with a pretty neutral gloss like NARS Lip Gloss in Chihuahua, $25, a soft, sheer guava shade. I’m obsessed with this shade because it’s almost sheer, but pulls together a classic look.

I’m obsessed with bronzy makeup — are you?

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