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Our Top Five Emmy Beauty Moments: The Good, The Bad, And The Ill-Advised


There were definitely a few award recipients on last night’s 62nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards broadcast that we’ve never seen or heard of before. Archie Panjabi, we’re talking about you. But you’ll be pleased to know that facial recognition issues didn’t stop us from sizing up the beauty happenings on the red carpet. The sea of one-shouldered gowns mentioned in our event coverage? We saw right through it, instead honing in on the hair, the makeup, the nail polish, and the self-tanner. Here, our top five beauty moments—both good and not so much.

1. Black Is Back

Anna Paquin’s bold-shouldered McQueen number got all the attention. But prolonged staring revealed something else, namely an expert black nail polish job. The obsidian shade and its almost-black jewel-toned counterparts were everywhere last night, adorning the fingertips of January Jones, Lea Michele, and Jayma Mays, to name but a few. Celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann deserves some of the credit for the ubiquity of deep hues, as she personally painted Jones with her deep purple/burgundy Dark Side of the Moon varnish, and treated Michele to a few coats of her as yet unreleased holiday color, Lady Sings the Blues, an opaque navy with silvery blue sequined flecks.

2. Lobbed and Lovely

After letting her corn silk blond bob grow out over the summer, Mad Men‘s Jones is now the proud owner of a shoulder-grazing lob. Her hair is exactly the length at which things start to look awkward on us, but the style suits her amazingly well, as did the matte texture of her undone ‘do, which came courtesy of her go-to stylist, Mark Townsend. Townsend’s collaborator, makeup artist Rachel Goodwin, channeled Lisa Fonssagrives, leaving Jones’ face bare and re-creating the mid-century model’s signature extended eyeliner with Chanel’s Liquid Eyeliner in Noir. Two coats of its Inimitable Intense Mascara in Noir on the top lashes and one coat in Purple on the bottom finished the look.

3. A Woman of Her Word

Claire Danes’ blond mane was also impressive, but it was her extreme lashes that really got us. Danes has been a spokesperson for Latisse for a few months now, and she takes her job very seriously; the award-winning Temple Grandin star is walking proof that the prescription serum works. Those things are lethal!

4. Bigger: Is It Better?

Sleek, straight looks were the style of choice last night, although there were a few dissenters willing to go the vertical distance. The Office‘s Mindy Kaling and Glee‘s Naya Rivera engaged in a high-hair-off, both sporting exaggerated, structural topknot situations that definitely stood out from the crowd.

5. Blinded by Bronzer

An over-tanned Heidi Klum got plenty of stares, and not just because of her super-short Marchesa dress. The Project Runway star went a little trigger happy with her self-tanner and bronzer. Everything in moderation, liebchen.

Clockwise from top-left: January Jones: Kyle Rover / Startraks Photo; Claire Danes: Gregg DeGuire / PictureGroup / AP Photo; Jayma Mays nail detail: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images; Anna Paquin nail detail: Jason Merritt / Getty Images; January Jones nail detail: Casey Rodgers / NBC / AP Images; Heidi Klum: Krista Kennell / SIPA Press; Nail polish, courtesy of Deborah Lippmann; Lea Michele: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images; Naya Rivera: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images; Liquid eyeliner: Courtesy of Chanel; Mindy Kaling: Jeff Vespa / WireImage

Battle Of The Blondes


Summer is coming, and as per our conversation with celebrity stylist George Papanikolas earlier this week, that means it’s time to bring out your best blonde. No one knows how to fix up their flaxen for the season better than Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, and Claire Danes; all three actresses showed up to Chopard’s 150th anniversary party last night in New York sporting their own special brand of the hue. Gwyneth was the fairest of them all, adding a slight wave to her signature, middle-parted corn silk strands; K. Hud showcased a more ombré incarnation, with visible roots that transitioned into lighter mid-lengths with slightly darker sections at the ends; and Claire went for an almost uniform honey color with a deep side part. Who do you think did blonde best?

Photo: Jemal Countess / Getty Images

Nouveau Nail Technology; Buying Beauty Online, On The Cheap; And More…


If you already enjoy OPI’s virtual “Paint It On” tool featured on its Web site, then you’ll definitely like the new, mobile iPhone app version. Now you can try before you buy, no matter where you are. [Bella Sugar]

To celebrate its one-year anniversary, Latisse is adding to its Brooke Shields-backed star power by bringing in Claire Danes as the face of its new campaign. Nothing like an exciting new spokesperson to make wary consumers forget about the drug’s possible side effects. [Stylelist]

A new type of skin-cancer screening technology is in the works that will make the subjective practice of visually identifying melanoma obsolete. If all goes as planned, an infrared sensor will be able to detect tiny temperature differences between healthy tissue and a growing tumor—in a handheld device, no less! Now that’s progress. [Allure]

Whether prestige beauty brands against the practice of discounting products like it or not, the private beauty sale phenomenon is gaining steam. Good news for companies willing to evolve with the changing times; bad news for those of you with a compulsive online shopping problem. [NYT]

Photo: Courtesy of Bella Sugar/ Apple

Summertime Blonde Envy Hits Hard


We have jet-black eyebrows and an olive complexion, so there’s simply no way we’ll ever experience what it’s like to go blonde. Which is why the few and the flaxen possess a special allure in our mind, especially in the summertime when colorists tend to turn it up a few notches with their A-list clients, brightening their strands from warm honey shades to corn silk. And so a small tribute to three women who wore the color best last night, from the Lower East Side to Chelsea. We’ll just have to be content living through them for the time being.

Photo: From left, Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images; Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images; Jemal Countess / Getty Images

Ted Gibson Talks Event Hair


Pouring over endless images of glammed-out celebrities from the Met ball and the Time 100 party these past few days has gotten us thinking. Actresses like Claire Danes, Liv Tyler, and Leslie Mann (a.k.a. Mrs. Judd Apatow) made back-to-back appearances sporting drastically different hairstyles. So whatever happened to the days of old, when a well-crafted updo was mandatory evening attire? “Red-carpet hair has no rules anymore,” celebrity stylist Ted Gibson explained when we asked his opinion on the matter. “You can wear a full-length gown and ponytail or a cocktail-length dress with an updo. It’s all about the total image; the clothes have to fit the hair and the hair has to fit the clothes.” Fair enough. And so Gibson took us on a quick rundown of the what and why of recent celebrity photo ops to further map out the new rules, er, guidelines for dressed-up tresses:

Pure Romance

With a strapless gown like the one Mann sported to the Met, Gibson supports a hair-down decision, arguing that it really helps give off a young, glamorous, and sexy appearance. “If her dress had straps, she would have more likely gone with an updo.” For those of you who want to attempt the look at home, Gibson suggests using a finishing product to smooth flyaways, like his Tame It Lotion.

One-Sleeved Wonders

Updos, like the one Claire Danes wore to the Met, can add mileage to one-sleeved numbers, showing off the neck and shoulders without complicating the asymmetry of the dress, Gibson explains.

Sleek and Sophisticated

When Danes switched into a chic, bat-winged black number for the Time 100, Gibson says hair down was the right call. “Hair down is sleek, smooth, and straight, which gives you more of an edge with a black dress,” he adds. To keep the straight look, Gibson recommends a light hair spray, such as his Beautiful Hold Hairspray.

Flirty and Fun

In a departure from the forties-cum-seventies soft waves Liv Tyler chose for the Met, the Givenchy spokeswoman used a high ponytail to complement her short black lace Stella McCartney dress at the Time 100. A good switch, according to Gibson, who believes “cocktail-length dresses often give a sense of playfulness,” making a ponytail the perfect choice. “A long soft wave just wouldn’t work for this kind of look.”

Photo: Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images