Emma Roberts was put in the very capable hands of hairstylist Ryan Trygstad for Monday night’s New Yorkers for Children Fool’s Fête—and I couldn’t help but notice his immaculately groomed and gleaming fingers while he blow-dried. Upon closer inspection, however, I noticed that this spectacular sheen could not be attributed to a natural buff or a clear top coat, but rather was the result of minimalist nail art. After seeing a similar concept on Pinterest, Trygstad opted for horizontal bronze stripes artfully etched across select tips (a design he had done for a recent video shoot—”They [zoomed] in close and I wanted it to be funky,” he said). The “Japanese business nail” turned out to be bogus, but this example is very much real and right on trend (line art was seen at Tibi’s Spring 2014 show and on Prabal Gurung’s Fall 2014 runway). While stock options and a promotion might not come out of this paint job, a few compliments on the subway are definitely in store.
The pro: Kavi Moltz, co-founder of D.S. & Durga fragrances
The product: “Every summer vacation my family would visit India. The heat in Delhi was brutal and we would spend the whole month indoors. When I was about 10 years old, I used to explore every nook of my grandparents’ house there. My grandmother’s vanity always had a shaker of talcum powder, a jar of Pond’s cold cream, and a small bottle of Joy by Jean Patou parfum that my uncle would bring her back from abroad. That scent now defines her in my mind. It was also the introduction to my present love of big florals—rose in particular. Rose has a bit of an ‘old lady’ reputation, but I don’t care. I guess I am an old lady! It’s big and juicy, classic and unforgettable. I don’t have a bottle of Joy now, but I’ve smelled it recently. It’s not the same formula as it was then, but it still brings me back to being a little girl, messing with all the potions and products on that mirrored tray.”
Below, Moltz with her current crush, husband, and business partner, David.
In our new video series, Beauty Icons, makeup artist Kayleen McAdams—whose client list includes Lily Collins, Jessica Biel, Olivia Wilde, Kat Dennings, and, yes, her sister Rachel—breaks down iconic looks, both past and present, step by step. When asked about her own beauty signature, she said, “I feel like most makeup artists say they like to do eyes, but I love to do lips—I have big lips, so I love a big pop of color. Being a makeup artist is often like being the cobbler’s children who don’t have shoes: I don’t generally wear a ton of makeup on a day-to-day basis, so I just put on some powder, a little mascara, and pop on a lipstick and I’m ready.” Her go-to shade at the moment: CK One Color Shine Lipstick in Rockin (a sheer lavender), and for night she slicks on Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick in Playful (a matte purple) underneath. In her earlier days, however, a simple Bonne Bell brown liner—a coveted product in Canada—was her object of affection. “I remember we went to New York City on some kind of a class trip, and I bought this specific [shade] that I saw in Teen magazine, it was called Pecan Brown. It really was the best brown eyeliner. I would wear that all the time—it was one of my signature things because I have blue eyes so it would go really well. I had that eyeliner until I moved about a year ago and finally got rid of it. I’m a bit of a makeup hoarder.” And in the making of our tutorials, it was also a liner look that she surprisingly enjoyed the most: “I loved the Brigitte Bardot eye because I don’t do a big eye on myself a lot. I guess I should take my own advice, because I always thought a big eye doesn’t really work for me, but then I did it and I was like, ‘It does work for me.’ My boyfriend even said, ‘Oh, I love it—that’s a sexy eye.’” Tune in every Friday to see the how-to and more of McAdams in action.
I’m going to borrow a line from the esteemed film Legally Blonde to describe the beauty move catwalker Karen Elson debuted on Instagram yesterday: She got bangs. Her hair is so now. Fringe is having a moment (fellow model Grace Hartzel sported a covetable rock-and-roll version of the trend in the Saint Laurent Pre-Fall 2014 lookbook shot by Hedi Slimane, and Jamie Bochert appeared on the cover of the latest issue of Style.com/Print wearing her signature set), which is interesting seeing as balmier weather is (let us pray) almost upon us and the effect it has on bangs isn’t pretty (think strands stuck to forehead). But humidity be damned—whether you wear them long and wavy like Hartzel and Bochert, or short and blunt like Elson, I think going under the scissors this spring is well worth the risk.
Pick a color, any color. Our new Spring Beauty Guide inspired us to consider our hair a blank canvas with a rainbow of opportunities. Last night, Soo Joo Park—one of Style.com’s favorite models and a champion of the platinum trend—posted a selfie to Instagram