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July 30 2014

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11 posts tagged "beauty trends"

The Hottest Beauty Trends to Pair With Your Bikini

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If the Spring 2015 swim week collections in Miami this past weekend were any indication, it’s time to seriously step up our poolside beauty game. Our three favorite looks—seen at Clover Canyon, RVCA, and Mara Hoffman—put our lazy topknots and ponytails to shame. At RVCA (center), models teamed their barely-there bikinis and high-tops with inverted, braided pigtails (a look that we’ve seen on the red carpet as well).

Mara Hoffman’s girls (right) sported plaits, too—but their look was all about “epic,” undone volume inspired by Guatemalan jungle warriors. Catwalk by TIGI global creative director Nick Irwin began by gluing double wefts of extensions from ear to ear for added fullness (although anyone with long, thick hair can re-create the look sans faux strands). After parting hair down the middle, he added soft waves with a large curling iron and brushed them out for a “candy-flossy” texture. Next, he gathered hair at the nape of the neck and braided only the bottom 3 inches—either in one single plait or two mini pigtails—and wrapped single palm fronds around the ends. The final touch was a thick swipe of emerald eyeliner on lower lash lines, which picked up on the electric hues in Hoffman’s designs.

Color was the main focus at Clover Canyon (left), where makeup pro Sarah Lucero channeled a “sun-kissed siren.” The simple look included loose waves, clean skin, and nearly neon tangerine lips. To achieve the stained-but-slightly-glossy effect, Lucero used a blend of Stila Color Balm Lipsticks in Avery and Valentina, pressing them into models’ pouts for a softer look. Orange lips are an easy, fuss-free way to make a statement on the sand—or anywhere, really. Streamline your morning routine for the rest of the summer with a swipe of intense, melt-proof pigment.

Photo: Courtesy of BFAnyc.com; Stila

Breathe Right Strips: Possibly a New Beauty Statement

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If California Chrome (and Breathe Right) have anything to do with it, the nasal strip is going to be huge this summer. One win away from taking the Triple Crown trophy, the prizewinning Thoroughbred is poised to pull ahead of the pack at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. The horse’s secret to success, aside from his god-given speed, is an equine nasal patch (i.e., a Breathe Right strip for ponies—hence the brand tie-in for human attendees). While it’s not proven that the patch improves performance, as reported in The New York Times, it certainly makes a statement on the racetrack—and apparently 50,000 spectators (the amount of Breathe Right strips being distributed at the event) will be making the same one. Hey, the bandage look—at one point—worked for Nelly.

Take Your Liner to a “Dangerous” New Level

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Eyeliner is making a serious statement on the Resort circuit this season. Backstage pro Peter Philips used a liquid formula to sketch graphic parallel lines on top and bottom lashes at Dior; Pat McGrath smudged shimmery blue, gray, burgundy, or khaki green pigments around catwalkers’ eyes at Louis Vuitton; smoky, kohl-rimmed lids accentuated by gold leaf on the inner corners appeared at Chanel; and makeup artist Vincent Oquendo crafted party-girl eyes reminiscent of Penny Lane in Almost Famous at Marc Jacobs’.

For the latest issue of Jalouse, however, Oquendo took a new textural approach to the trend, lining model Ali Michael’s upper lashes with black Duo Eyelash Adhesive and flat, gunmetal studs purchased from M&J Trimming in New York City. “I was inspired by the nineties and Nancy Downs [actress Fairuza Balk] in The Craft, so I wanted it to look dangerous but still feel fresh,” he said. “She was styled with all of these chokers and chains, so I translated that to Ali’s face.” For those who want to take the goth-punk aesthetic one step further, try Oquendo’s combo for a bewitching-but-subtle plummy-black lip: MAC Lip Pencil in Nightmoth and Lipstick in Cyber.

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Photos: Instagram

The Best of Met Gala Beauty Trends: Vampy Lips and Retro Waves

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With summer on the horizon, everyone has beachy hair, sun-kissed skin, and dewy makeup on the brain. It’s always a welcome change in our beauty routine, though we can’t help but mourn the winter products we’ll soon have to retire. But based upon the many moody mouths that made their way down last night’s red carpet, we may not be tucking away our burgundy bullets so fast. Two of the major trends that surfaced—vampy lips and retro, side-parted waves—are typically reserved for cooler climes but looked stunning at the relatively balmy (at least in comparison to recent weather we’ve experienced) New York event. Some of our favorite moments? Suki Waterhouse’s classic wine shade; Beyoncé’s gothic hue, which played off her Philip Treacy veil; Adèle Exarchopoulos’ brown-tinged maroon pout; Joan Smalls’ shocking violet deftly paired with a soft braid; and Elettra Wiedemann’s ruby rouge, which matched her glittering gown. Dark lips were an edgy yet elegant choice—perfect for a night that otherwise offered up bow ties and ball gowns.

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Retro, side-parted waves upped the glamour quotient even further. Cara Delevingne’s crop top and tuxedo pants (both by Stella McCartney) were far from traditional, but bouncy waves brushed to one side felt undeniably classic. Short-haired stars such as Taylor Swift and Reese Witherspoon added big, loose curls à la Grace Kelly, and Kim Kardashian, Blake Lively, and Riley Keough turned up with long, Veronica Lake-esque ringlets.

Our best tips for sporting these trends through the summer? Skip matte foundation, which would look too heavy-handed with dark lips, and invest in a humidity-blocking spray (like Oribe Imperméable Anti-Humidity Spray) to keep your retro waves sleek and shiny.

Photos: Courtesy of BFAnyc.com

Flashback Beauty at Tokyo Fashion Week

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Lengths tucked into high collars, tonal hair and makeup, cornrows, and waist-grazing ponies—check, check, check, and check. The trends that dominated the runways in New York, London, Milan, and Paris made an appearance in Japan, proof that it really is a small world (at least when it comes to beauty). At Matohu and Beautiful People, turtlenecks and scarves served as the means to hide models’ long hair, much like they did at Prabal Gurung, Burberry Prorsum, and Anthony Vaccarello. The extreme tails spotted at Valentino and Chanel sashayed down the catwalks at Ujoy and Atsushi Nakashima. And from the front, the tops of models’ heads at Nakashima’s show were coated with gray paint (similar to the black powder Guido Palau employed at Alexander Wang) and lids dusted with a slate-colored shadow—both meant to coordinate with the clothes and produce a matchy-matchy effect (previously seen at Marc Jacobs). Even those Snoop Dogg-inspired braids devised by Duffy at Adam Selman made their way around the globe, arriving on the runway at Lamarck. One thing that did make an appearance in the buzzy city that didn’t get much attention in the other fashion capitals? Lips. If you dismiss Rihanna’s many wardrobe and lipstick changes, there was a lack of loud mouths for Fall 2014. Not the case today at KBF (below). This traffic-cone-colored pout is one beauty move we’ll be borrowing from the East.

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Photos: Getty