I’ve never been much of a foundation user, except this past winter when a dry, flaky, uneven skin tone necessitated an at-home mix of makeup and face oil for added coverage and hydration. I’ve since weened myself off the stuff, and while I don’t miss the extra step it added to my “going out” look—or the occasional traces of skin-colored streaks it left on shirts that were recklessly put on—I do find myself occasionally longing for that flawless finish that’s only really possible with foundation (and really good genes). I’ve recently rediscovered the multifunctional power of wearing primer by itself, though, which is a good option for the coming months, when the idea of slathering on a heavy foundation is unbearable with all the heat and humidity. It can be worn in lieu of both a moisturizer and a foundation, as it is quenching and can have an airbrushed effect, leaving skin smooth and pores minimized. Victoria’s Secret has a really good one coming out in August, but until then Smashbox has a whole roster of great options to choose from, including a Photo Finish Bronzing version that adds a subtle glow while reducing the appearance of fine lines and imperfections.
King of Shaves recently conducted a survey about men’s and women’s shaving preferences that yielded some interesting results. Apparently 47 percent of men would like their girlfriends to shave their legs every day (every day? I mean…come on), while 64 percent of women say they make a point to shave their legs before a date. Seeing as how I am currently enduring a long-distance relationship, which gives me the luxury of being able to time my beautification rituals so that I look “effortlessly” flawless the day my boyfriend comes home, these results were particularly pertinent. Shaving is definitely up there on my maintenance list, but I’d say threading and waxing precede it in overall importance. And so, to satisfy my curiosity, a reader poll: How important are perfectly smooth legs to you in the scheme of things, and furthermore, if you could only treat yourself to one beauty service in a pinch, what would it be?
It’s that time of year again, ladies (and our well-kempt gentlemen readers). Spa Week will be upon us beginning next Monday, and with $50 treatments available at spas nationwide—including more than 80 Manhattan locations, plus select venues in Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, and Westchester—you’re going to want to book your appointments stat. From April 13 through 19, participating spas will be offering massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, body wraps, waxes, and other modes of beautification on the cheap so that you can party like it’s 1999 (oh, how we long for the Clinton years of economic prosperity). For those of you new to this annual pass to guilt-free pampering, it goes way beyond quick-stop massage and nail parlors. Even Great Jones Spa, one of our favorite New York-based havens for relaxation, gets in on the action this year with a Spa Manicure and Pedicure deal—which includes access to its Water Lounge, where thermal hot tubs, cold plunge pools, a chakra-light steam room, a sauna, and a three-story indoor waterfall abound. Click here to get all the details in a city near you.
In a surprising divergence from this season’s red trend, model Daul Kim has traded in her signature raven locks for a shade of golden flax that verges on platinum. Colorist Frederic Mennestrier is responsible for the transformation, which was completed just yesterday in Paris, although in Elsa Sylvan fashion, Kim left her brows dark for contrast. We’re of the mind that bright blonds are best left to the Swedes, but are open to dissenting opinions. Anyone?
I’ve been making the events rounds recently, which, in addition to getting clued in on product launches and industry news, can also have less beneficial consequences, e.g., offers for haircuts and makeovers that cannot be refused. (Yes, I know this sounds ungrateful, but you can only be given unsolicited layers and a prostitute-caliber paint job—at 10 a.m., no less!—so many times before it becomes ridiculous.) There are exceptions, however, like my chance encounter with makeup artist Helene Macaulay yesterday, which yielded a very tasteful smoky eye and a good insider tip: For those of you who struggle with straight, short lashes, Macaulay suggests heating your lash curler with a blow-dryer before using it for a bigger finish that lasts longer. Follow up with mascara for a more dramatic effect. Intrigued, I tried it when I got home, and lo and behold, it works. Just make sure to let your curler cool a little bit before pressing it up against your eyelids; turns out that skin is in fact quite sensitive. Ouch!