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.
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.
This column reveals the personal beauty recipes, homegrown remedies, and family concoctions that the industry’s trusted pros rely on for staying radiant.
From the Kitchen of: Julie Ebner, founder of Juju Organics
“We all know that the sun naturally bleaches the hair. You can amplify this effect by applying a honey mask with extra virgin olive oil and distilled water about 30 minutes before you head outside. The natural hydrogen peroxide found in honey subtly lightens hair while the olive oil seals in moisture and also contains polyphenols, which naturally form a protective barrier against the UV rays.”
One for the Recipe Box: Natural Hair Highlighter
1/4 cup honey
2 to 3 tbsp distilled water
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
“In a large bowl, combine the honey and water, and mix in the extra virgin olive oil—you can add more for extra slip and moisture. Apply this mask to dry hair before sun exposure, and wash out when you come inside. Once a week, I like to rinse my hair with apple cider vinegar, which also naturally lightens hair over time and keeps it super-shiny by removing any buildup or product residue.”
I will admit that when I was first approached with taking a class at ChaiseFitness, I originally signed up because I thought chaises longues were involved. (True story.) In fact, I rampantly spread the rumor of burning calories while sitting down throughout the Style.com office. I gleefully skipped to the private Upper East Side studio in my spandex with visions of a high-tech La-Z-Boy dancing in my head. When I arrived, however, I was met with the Reinvention Chair (an upgraded version of the wunda chair used for Pilates) and an overhead bungee cord system. In other words, my dreams of doing reclined reps with a koozie in hand were quickly dashed by Rachel Piskin, a very toned former New York City Ballet dancer, who, with her mother, Lauren, developed the program after she retired from the stage.
I quickly realized after getting acquainted with the apparatus that I wouldn’t be doing much in the way of lounging—the chair and bungees are designed to work your entire body via a series of moves that combine elements of Pilates, aerobics, and ballet. I found myself doing exercises similar to those that I had religiously repeated in a traditional barre class (you know, the ones that involve that thigh- and bum-busting ball), but for once I was actually in the right position (thanks to the bungee cords that each of my hands were looped through and the Reinvention Chair that prevents you from cheating by forcing you to maintain your balance and form). Where it really gets interesting is when you start to “fly,” which entails propelling your body up into the air on the pedal using only your core muscles. I was a bit shaky at first (as were my abs), but Piskin assured me that nobody has fallen from such death-defying heights. (For the record, the pedal is less than a foot off the ground.) After a 45-minute one-on-one, I felt longer and leaner. And even if the immediate gratification was all in my head, I was so motivated that I signed up for group classes (which I am happy to report are small but much more fast-paced than a private session). While I am still disappointed that no La-Z-Boys or koozies were involved, I’ll take a six-pack over a beer any day.
See chaisefitness.com for more information and booking.
What’s black, white, and red all over? Sasha Pivovarova in the August issue of French Vogue, for starters. In her David Sims-lensed editorial, the iconic catwalker wears stark black-and-white clothes to offset her fiery hair, persimmon lips, and glossy burnt-orange nails. We’ve noticed the matchy-matchy beauty trend take off elsewhere, too. There was model Natalie Westling’s Little Mermaid-inspired strands and sweater combo on Prabal Gurung’s runway, Marc Jacobs’ Fall ’14 head-to-toe pastel palette, and Kelly Osbourne’s coordinating lipstick and signature violet strands at last night’s Young Hollywood Awards. Double (or triple!) your color, double your beauty fun.