And the bride wore bangs. OK, so we haven’t exactly confirmed that fact, as it’s hard to tell from the aerial shots of Behati Prinsloo’s recent nuptials to Adam Levine in Los Cabos, Mexico, but judging by these images from Net-a-Porter’s The Edit, going for a pre-wedding chop might not have been a bad idea. Her covetable set of long (and likely faux) bangs channeled the style of both the Pre-Fall pieces in the story and a seventies Stevie Nicks (who is rumored to have performed at the reception, along with Prinsloo, who took to the mic to serenade her new husband). If the recent wave of models and celebs with bangs (Joan Smalls, Karen Elson, Jessica Chastain, and Emma Stone) foretell anything about the next big beauty trend, freshening up for fall is as easy as snipping a sophisticated set of eyebrow-grazing fringe.
When it comes to wearing makeup during the dogs of summer, we always think less is more. This week, we’re loving the look of bold lips paired with one statement accessory—be it a cool chapeau or sophisticated sunglasses. Take a cue from chanteuse Lauryn Hill and let a vibrant violet pout peek out from beneath a wide-brim hat, or make like Taylor Swift and contrast black Wayfarers with a loud fuchsia mouth. (Either way, you won’t have to worry about perfecting a smoky eye or producing a bump-free band of liquid liner.) These two singers may differ in terms of musical style, but they’re definitely riding the same beauty wave. Consider us on board.
Zoe Saldana understands the power of transformation—she underwent a five-hour paint job on a daily basis for her latest role as the electric-green Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy. “What your eye can see, yourself becomes,” the starlet noted in an earlier interview with Style.com. Yesterday in Los Angeles, Saldana skipped the full-body metamorphosis and switched up her look with a simple, quick change. She started out with her signature medium-length waves for an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and a few hours later sported a cropped cut for a red-carpet premiere. The trick to going from long to short sans scissors? The faux bob. With the help of a few strategically placed hairpins, pulling off this special effect is simple and perfect for commitment-phobes who want to test-drive losing their length or just keep cool when the heat is on. Even better, it doesn’t require frequent trips to the salon for trims—a fact that has deterred the low-maintenance Saldana from a permanent chop in the past. They say that blonds have more fun, but we think a summer without sweaty strands on your neck sounds pretty damn good, too.
If you thought bangs already had their moment, you may want to reconsider. Not only have cool girls like Joan Smalls and Karen Elson recently sported fresh sets of fringe, but Emma Stone’s long, eye-grazing bangs spotted at last night’s New York premiere of Magic in the Moonlight have us tempted to break out the scissors—stat. In a floral Dolce & Gabbana gown, she epitomized seventies bohemian glamour. But even if you’re not ready to opt for a chop, you can re-create Stone’s polished, bouncy waves at home. Hair pro Mara Roszak began by applying L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Boost It High Lift Creation Spray to the roots for volume, then blow-dried strands with a round brush. While Stone’s hair was still hot, Roszak wrapped sections in velcro rollers for ten minutes to set the curl. Then she sprayed a veil of L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold before removing the rollers and touching up the ends with a 1 1/2″ curling iron. Finally, a spritz of L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray and a good scrunch gave Stone’s look an effortless finish.
Kate Bosworth always nails it in the beauty department, whether it’s her signature glowing skin or a trendy neon lip. At Wednesday’s launch party for her new app, Style Thief, she turned heads with a romantic, of-the-moment braided updo. We like to think of it as a more relaxed take on the milkmaid. Stylist Bridget Brager twisted Bosworth’s strands into a slightly messy tangle of plaits using just a few products. The added bonus? In addition to looking lovely, braids take your hair up and off your back, keeping you cool as the summer heats up. Get the look with the pro’s five easy steps:
1. Start by spritzing your hair with Phytovolume Actif Volumizing Spray from roots to ends.
2. Give your hair a rough blow-dry with your hands, concentrating on lifting strands away from the scalp for added volume.
3. Next, create a “disheveled, deep part” to one side.
3. Starting at the crown, begin braiding forward “so the braid falls toward the forehead, canceling the hairline, which gives a soft, romantic feel,” Brager explained. Then, start a second and third plait at the temples, braiding back on each side.
4. Add a touch of Kevin Murphy Easy Rider pomade to each braid to tame flyaways and boost shine. Loosen the braids as you go to avoid looking too “done.”
5. Weave the braids together around the back of the head, pinning them low for a “halo effect.” Finish with a light coat of L’Oréal Paris Elnett Hairspray. Don’t fret if a few pieces fall out—it adds to the bohemian vibe. We also suggest using bobby pins that match your hair color for a seamless finish.