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Get Katy Perry’s Curls (Skip the Canadian Tuxedo)


2014 MTV Video Music Awards - Press Room

Miley Cyrus took to Twitter last December stating, “I want a boyfriend that will wear jean on jean on jean with me.” It appears Katy Perry found the rare breed that is willing to go the distance (and make like Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears circa 2001) in Riff Raff. Pulling up to the carpet fashionably late in an orange Lamborghini, the pop star paid homage to the Canadian tuxedo and the former power couple with a floor-length, denim Versace gown.

Perry’s go-to hair pro, Clyde Haygood, also had plenty of tricks up his sleeve tonight (like a hairpiece with a built-in zipper and diamond-studded strands) but decided on a “less gimmicky” look so as to not outshine the sartorial throwback. He channeled “classic Katy” and the high-octane Italian house with “luscious, voluminous waves” and bangs. In comparison to her latest music video, “This Is How We Do” (featuring everything from a Mondrian-inspired updo to a “Vidal Sassoon precision cut”), and her Broadway-show-caliber tour requiring seven hair changes (including a ponytail laced with LED lights), this appearance was a relative cakewalk. Here, how to get Katy’s curls:

1. Prep hair (and extensions) with Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Hydromist Blow-Out Spray. It creates a good “support system,” explained Haygood, allowing Perry to “party all night” without her waves falling flat.

2. Before firing up a clip-less curling iron, mist strands with a thermal protector (like Hot Off the Press). Next, separate the length into large, two-inch sections and try Haygood’s “two-twist system” for curls that are “fuller at the middle” and flatter on top and bottom: Wrap hair once around the barrel, twist, and repeat one more time.

3. Finish with Awapuhi Wild Ginger Shine Spray and hair spray.

If you expected to see more bells and whistles, keep an eye out for Perry’s next music video. Haygood said there will be plenty of beauty looks to “keep the kids happy” and extras “Lady Gaga hasn’t already done.” Those zippered bangs, perhaps?

Photo: Getty

Britney Spears Spritzes to Stake Her Claim; A Reason Male Journalists Should Stick to Reporting the News; and More


Britney Spears’ latest music video for “Perfume” premiered this afternoon. Apparently, she likes to “mark her territory” (i.e., her man) with her best-selling scent, Fantasy. Classy. Looks like that billion-dollar fragrance franchise is about to get yet another boost.

Today, General Motors appointed Mary Barra as its new CEO—cementing her as the first female to run an American car company. And in the Philippines, Pantene created a commercial that encourages women around the world to follow in Barra’s footsteps, sending a singular message: “Don’t let labels hold you back.” (And always enter a boardroom with shiny hair.) [Time]

And in other news from Time, the publication’s male staffers worked out with Michael Olajide Jr., who trains many of the Victoria’s Secret Angels for the notoriously half-naked runway show (airing tonight). Judging by their pathetic attempts at push-ups, we suggest these guys stick to writing. [Refinery29]

Old-Hollywood screen siren Constance Bennett shared her beauty secrets in this video. You’ll just need a “stimulating cream,” a few extra hours in the morning, and a maid. Other helpful tips she offered up: Don’t slack on applying blush. “Lots of women think that cream rouge is difficult to use, but maybe they’re just lazy,” she said. [Daily Mail]

Ruffian x Birchbox; Portman x Dior x Coppola; And More…


Following the successful line of nail appliqués Ruffian designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais launched with MAC Cosmetics two years ago, the duo has now teamed up with Birchbox on a three-piece polish range inspired by their forthcoming Spring line. The color palette is still TBD, as Birchbox’s Facebook fans will be left with the task of voting on five possible shades. The winning lacquers will then be revealed in September and featured at Ruffian’s Spring 2014 show. [WWD]

Jennifer Lawrence isn’t the only celebrity to go brunette this week. It looks like Britney Spears has also cashed in her flaxen locks for a shade of chestnut brown. [Us]

Don’t buy perfume based on the advertising, says Hermès in-house perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena. “Ask for a sample and put it on your skin. If you like it on your skin, you can buy. No rush, take the time, because perfume is like a love affair. It’s not good to rush a love affair.” [The Cut]

Christian Dior, on the other hand, is banking on a positive consumer response to the amped-up campaign for its new Miss Dior eau de toilette, which features a TV commercial starring Natalie Portman and directed by Sofia Coppola. [British Vogue]

Photo: Courtesy of Parfums Christian Dior

Deep Thoughts With Brad Pitt; Pat McGrath Talks Beauty Essentials; And More…


Brad Pitt’s Chanel No. 5 commercial has (finally) gone viral—and it is intense. The Joe Wright-lensed spot features a reflective Pitt performing an emotive monologue that includes a deep, longing stare into the camera and the line “Wherever I go, there you are,” before the camera pans to a shot of the famous flacon and Pitt delivers the tag line: “Chanel No. 5: inevitable.” End scene! [People]

After a month of nonstop shows, Pat McGrath dishes on some of the beauty creature comforts that help keep her properly pampered during fashion month and beyond, including Juice Press Aloe Water, SK-II masks, Dr. Brandt Pores No More—and regular visits to Jin Soon Nail Spa. [T]

The best beauty remedy for dried-out hair may be hiding in your pantry—or liquor cabinet. Avocado moisturizing masks aside, a shot of vodka mixed with mayonnaise lowers the pH level of strands, closing the cuticles and boosting shine. [Time]

Britney goes brunette! The pop star and X Factor judge dons a cropped black, bobbed wig in the campaign for her latest eau, a duo of the best-selling Fantasy and Midnight Fantasy. [Daily Mail]

See Jo Do Good; Baa Baa Blemishes; And More…


After years of culling the English countryside for inspiration to fuel its fruit and herb-filled perfume arsenal, Jo Malone is giving back. The British fragrance brand has unveiled a project to create gardens in major cities around the world in partnership with a series of charities that restore green spaces in urban areas. First up, a collaboration with Thrive, a U.K. nonprofit that offers gardening as therapy for disabled and mentally ill people. [WWD]

First there were the snake venom creams and the flesh-eating fish pedicures, then came the nightingale excrement facials and the bull semen conditioning treatments. Hollywood’s latest wacky beauty obsession? Sheep placenta skincare. Would ewe go there? [Mirror]

Oscar de la Renta spiked his Resort collection with infusions of neon in hair extension form—which should give the ladies-who-lunch set a lot to think about. [NY Mag]

Britney Spears was just named the latest judge on Simon Cowell’s X Factor, but lest you’ve forgotten, Brit was a fragrance mogul (and considerably successful pop star) before she turned TV host. Want proof? She’s just released a new, two-in-one version of her best-selling perfumes, Fantasy and Midnight Fantasy, that will presumably be advertised on the Fox show. [People]

Photo: Courtesy of Jo Malone