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Every season we see a ton of different, fabulous looks, yet there are always a few trends we see across the board. One of the biggest hair stories for Fall 2013 was the low ponytail. Ah, I love it. It’s so refreshing to see a glam way to wear the hair staple. For the Victoria Beckham show (above), Redken creative consultant Guido created this simple, yet elegant pony based on shine, shine and more shine. “This style is meant to look very easy, almost accidental, but note the emphasis is on the texture — I wanted it to look really drenched in shine, not quite totally wet, but almost,” explained Guido. Here are the steps to get the look.
Step 1: Blow dry hair with your fingers, not a brush, dragging fingers through as you dry so that the end result is straight but not perfect and retains a natural texture.
Step 2: Once dry, apply a shine serum (Guido used Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine, $40 – Launches in May) from lengths to ends.
Step 3: For an extra glossy finish, next apply a shine spray (he used Redken Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist, $18) all over.
Step 4: Gather hair into a loose low pony with a messy, undefined side part. Pull out some pieces around the face and leave one ear exposed.
Here are a few other fab low ponytails we saw this week:
Do you prefer a low or high ponytail?
Images courtesy of: Redken, Cutler/Redken, TRESemmé; bottom image via: WWD
Answer: A cat eye can be tricky, especially when you try to figure out how far to flick out the line and at what angle. The cat eye is a HUGE trend showing up all over the Fall 2013 shows, so it’s a good time to practice up.
At the Lauren Moffatt presentation, makeup artist Samantha Trinh for Kevyn Aucoin created the perfect-for-everyday cat eye, set against dark brows, sculpted cheeks and a nude lip. It was inspired by the 60’s — a combination of Sofia Lauren and Mod — with a futuristic twist that keeps the angle straight, not curved up at the sides. Too thick or too winged can date you, says Trinh. The key is to keep the line very thin. Here’s how to get the look in six steps:
Step 1: Take any liquid liner pen or pot liner, and apply on to the back of your hands to make an ink palette (Trinh used Kevyn Aucoin Precision Liquid Liner in Black, $32).
Step 2: Using a flat or angled brush, dab, using tiny dips, a super thin line from the inner corner to the outer corner. This gives you more control than a pen and keeps the line from growing thicker and thicker as you paint.
Step 4: Draw a very thin “V” between the outer edge of the top line and the corner of the bottom lower lashes. Again, this makes the cat eye look ultra modern.
Step 5: Take a q tip and clean up the line. Try Muji Thin Cotton Swabs, $4, to get a precise fix.
Step 6: Apply mascara to the top lashes (Trinh used a combo of Kevyn Aucoin Volume Mascara, $25 and Kevyn Aucoin Curling Mascara, $25). Then dab a tiny bit of mascara on the tips of your lower lashes. Too much can create a shadow effect and make you look tired.
A violet indigo cat eye is a major statement — one that I’m really dying to try. Makeup artist Diane Kendal created the look, paired with muted lips and cheeks, based on a swatch from Wu’s dark colbalt Finale Dress. Gorgeous. Lucky for you, the indigo shadow will be part of the Jason Wu Lancôme Collection, in stores soon.
Lancôme Liner Design Gel EyeLiner in Violet Stylista, $25, and topped it with
Stay tuned for more gorgeous beauty looks from New York Fashion Week!
images via style.com
Bobbi Brown is known for her paired-down, natural and wearable beauty. And she really shined with the look she created for the Billy Reid show this week. With subtle hints of gold shimmer on the lids and lips, Brown shows us yet another perfect way to make makeup interesting without being too loud. A delicate shimmery pink cheeks gives just enough of a rosy warmth to finish off the look. Bobbi applied a gorgeous cream shadow, and topped it with a golden shimmer shadow and added a touch of a gold bronzer to the lips — all out spring 2013. Something to look forward to all winter long.
Here’s Brown working her magic.
— Carrie Stern Kleiner
The soft flowing, brushed out waves, created by stylist Matthew Curtis for the Billy Reid spring 2013 show was inspired by the rich girl in the country club. You know, the one that doesn’t care about any of the fuss, but still looks gorgeous. I love these curls, but off the runway, how do you make them last? On my hair they fall out in two seconds. To make the curls hold through anything, Curtis shared this secret: he applied mousse (he used Tresseme 24 Hour Body Foaming Mousse, $6) to dry hair through the whole head, from scalp to ends, then blow-dried it through to create more hold and leave hair smoother and softer.
— Carrie Stern Kleiner
Top image: style.com
With NYFW carrying on full steam this week, I’m going to show you the best of the new (and sometimes not new) trends and expert tricks in hair, makeup and nails for spring 2013. First up on the block: nail art created by CND. Candice Manacchio, nail and fashion expert for CND, explained how to get the look they call Galaxy Glam: an iridescent diamond surrounded by jet black. It’s super chic and a little futuristic. To get the look, they sporadically sponged-on mint (a custom blend), sparkle (CND Sapphire Sparkle Effect, $11) and white (CND Colour in Studio White, $9) along with pink (the specific shade used will be launching spring 2013). Once that dried, each nail was edged out in black (CND Colour in Blackjack, $9). Sounds like it would take forever to do yourself? Probably. But that’s when a pretty amazing tip came in. These nails were all painted on self-adhesive nails, and then taped on the models before they hit the runway. Perfect for those who don’t have a steady hand or time to sit and let the cool nail designs dry. You can do that, right? Try Kiss Ever Lasting Color Square Nail Kit, $6.
They gave me one to play with and I think it looks awesome by itself too.
— Carrie Stern Kleiner