August 2 2014

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The Best Beauty Moments From Katy Perry’s “This Is How We Do”



It appears that every beauty trick Beyoncé pulled out for her visual album was employed by Katy Perry (and then some) for her latest song release, “This Is How We Do.” The parallels I noted: the strategic use of a black light (this time spotlighting a tennis headband in lieu of Day-Glo lips), fluffy curls, and multiple scene-stealing pouts. (Keep an eye on Perry’s backup dancers for some serious lipstick game.) A few new ideas Perry brought to the table: a gravity-defying, Mondrian-inspired updo; electric eyeliner (reminiscent of Chanel’s Fall 2014 show and Dior Addict’s It-Line campaign starring Sasha Luss); glittery lids; a pastel ponytail; cornrows; baby buns; scrunchies; Marlene Dietrich-like arches; “Japanese-y” pizza nails; and an angular, asymmetrical bob. And as one would expect, there was no shortage of candy-colored wigs. Though the chorus says otherwise, packing this many hair and makeup moves into a three-minute-and-30-second music video is a very big deal, indeed. Straight stuntin.












Your Summer Hair Savior


When the humidex spikes or you want to spice up a messy knot, look no further than a patterned piece of fabric. In addition to crisp white iterations, Giambattista Valli accessorized his Couture collection with quirky striped scarves (as seen here on Binx Walton). Diane Kruger employed the same style solution at a screening this week, opting out of the off-center bow and tying her headband underneath her low-slung bun for a more subtle statement. And at last night’s ICB x Def Jam celebration, Mia Moretti surrendered her strands to a colorful silk foulard. Frizz and flyaways be damned—with the dog days of summer on the horizon, we’re keeping our hair under wraps.

For more beat-the-heat hair ideas, click here to see how to amp up your pony and basic bun.

The Understated Way to Wear a Flower Crown



Just like “festival style,” we’ve grown a bit weary of the current flower-crown obsession. Not only have girls found a way to put florals on their head for just about any occasion (from concerts to polo matches), but most of the crowns we’ve seen are lackluster at best. Here at, we prefer two extremes: gigantic, over-the-top blooms or ultra-delicate daisy chains, like the ones we used to craft on the playground. Miranda Kerr recently posted a selfie wearing what appears to be a handmade wreath (perhaps by her son, Finn?). And at fellow model Sara Blomqvist’s recent nuptials, bridesmaids Bette Franke and Mirte Maas proved the sweet accessory is totally appropriate for an upstate wedding. We couldn’t resist including this baby photo of Cara Delevingne, who was an early adopter of the flower-child look—proving that the Brit beauty was basically born a trendsetter.

Photos: Instagram

Nicola Peltz Perfects the Liquid Liner Look



I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Nicola Peltz is the breakout beauty star of the summer. From smoky eyes to colorful lids, the 19-year-old is quickly becoming a fashion force to be reckoned with. And at last night’s Japanese premiere of Transformers: Age of Extinction in Tokyo, Peltz arrived on the red carpet wearing a tangerine Prada dress with a plunging neckline and razor-sharp black liner reminiscent of screen sirens like Sophia Loren, or the dramatic wings recently seen on the Atelier Versace runway. While I’ve watched many a YouTube tutorial that suggests applying Scotch tape to achieve that crisp line (a makeup move that can damage delicate skin), a safer trick to a foolproof flick is to hold a business card flat to the outer corner of your eye and use the edge as a stencil.

Photo: Getty

The Most Iconic Lipstick Looks of All Time



For nearly every day of the year there is a seemingly insignificant holiday—see Cheese Pizza Day, Talk Show Host Day, and Hug Your Cat Day. But today marks the arrival of one unaccredited holiday we definitely feel good about getting behind: National Lipstick Day. In celebration of our favorite magic bullet, we took a quick peek back at some of the greatest moments in lipstick of the past 100 years. Time to kiss and tell.