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August 29 2014

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25 posts tagged "Jennifer Lopez"

The Higher the Pony, the Closer to Heaven

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As someone who spent much of her formative years in the ’90s, I’m no stranger to a high pony. For those of you who were there, a conical clip might be the tool that comes to mind. And for those who missed the illustrious decade, let me fill you in on this magical accessory: It was essentially a plastic grip that you would clip over the base of your ponytail to jack up the height. (Madonna was a fan of the look during the Blond Ambition tour.) While the hair helper has gone the way of the Walkman, the towering tail is very much on trend—just ask Cara Delevingne or Jessica Alba. Even Jennifer Lopez gathered her strands high and tight for the cover of her latest single (the aptly titled “Booty”), which she released on Instagram today. To update this throwback, skip the plastic and make like Delevingne, Alba, and the models at Stine Ladefoged’s show during Copenhagen fashion week (seen below): Anchor your pony near the crown of your head and wrap a small section of hair around the elastic for a sleek and thoroughly modern finish.

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Photos: Getty; Instagram; Soren Jepsen

Why You Should Give This Nail Color the Green Light

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Judging by the scarcity of this color at the nail salon, we’d say green is not the most popular bottle on the block. But after spotting Suki Waterhouse with forest green tips a few months back, we’ve been thinking about the viridescent shade ever since. Jennifer Lopez’s recent chartreuse polish job by manicurist Tom Bachik reminded us to get on board and offer this often-ostracized hue a seat at the cool-kids table. (After all, green is J.Lo’s lucky charm—a fact she offered up on Instagram. Case in point: that plunging Versace gown at the 2000 Grammy Awards.) Here, we’ve gathered lacquers in varying tones of emerald, lime, and sea foam to prove that it is, in fact, easy being green.

Photo: Instagram; Getty

Are Your Lips Ready for Their Close-up?

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jennifer-aniston-and-jennifer-lopez-glamour-awards-2011This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox.

I’m considering lip enhancement, but I don’t want my pout to look too inflated. What do I need to know before I do it? Avoiding “duck lips” just requires that you and your doctor are aware of the basics of lip aesthetics: 1. Youthful lips are only full centrally, not all over. Compare a newborn baby’s lips to the lips of a Real Housewife.

2. In natural, or at least natural-looking full lips, the bottom lip is always bigger than the top lip.

3. Our lips lengthen and sag as we age. It is youthful to have a short upper lip, or “upper teeth show,” as opposed to having a longer upper lip, where there is just “lower teeth show.” The “length” of your upper lip is the distance from the bottom of your nose to the bottom of your upper lip. Regardless of age, some women genetically have shorter/longer lips than others. For instance, look at this picture of the two Jennifers. They are approximately the same age, and both are stunning women, but notice how Lopez’s upper lip is almost half the length of Aniston’s. They would respond very differently to lip injections.

If you have a long upper lip, you are at a higher risk for getting duck lips from an injection, because the lip will get longer and more dragged down by the filler. Make sure the amount put in the upper lip is minimal, and see if the doctor can just inject it in the vermilion (the red part). I have found that staying away from the vermilion border (the lip line) is key to avoiding the duck lips look in my patients with longer upper lips.

No matter how conservative you and your doctor are with your first filler session, you are undoubtedly going to have some swelling. Things you can do to prevent this include: Sleep with your head elevated and ice as much as you can—especially when you wake up in the morning. And try not to take any aspirin or ibuprofen products for at least ten days before injection to help stave off bruising. Hyaluronic acids absorb water, so stay away from salty foods and try to drink water with lemon (a natural diuretic). In the lips, I only use the thinner hyaluronic acids (Restylane and Juvéderm Ultra, as opposed to Perlane and Juvéderm Ultra Plus), because they create less swelling.

You can reassess your result with your physician at two weeks. If you’ve been super conservative, chances are that once the swelling goes down you are going to want a little more. It’s a slippery slope…

Located in Beverly Hills, Dr. Suzanne Trott is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast and body contouring. Her areas of expertise include liposuction and the new “natural breast augmentation” procedure with autologous body fat. She answers your questions on her blog, Lipo Queen, an international resource for unbiased information regarding all of the newest developments in plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine. Her book, Lipo Queen, will be available next year. Further information about Dr. Trott and her practice can be found at Drtrott.com.

Cynthia Rowley X Tweezerman; J. Lo Makes The Cut; And More…

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After successful designer collaborations with Agatha Ruiz de la Prada and Betsey Johnson, cult-favorite tool brand Tweezerman has teamed up with Cynthia Rowley on exclusively patterned nail files and slant tweezers that will launch next month. [WWD]

J. Lo has gone short. The American Idol judge has chopped off her long locks in favor of a shorter, texturized lob. [Us]

Attention, cult of Comme: Rei Kawakubo’s well-loved brand is set to add another brutally original fragrance to its main line of perfumes. Amazingreen boasts vegetal notes and will reportedly include mineral notes like traces of flint and gunpowder. Never a dull moment over there. [Basenotes]

Three years after the WHO classified indoor tanning beds as known carcinogens on par with asbestos and arsenic, college-age youths still don’t get it. 59 percent of 20-year-olds surveyed agreed with statements like “everything causes cancer these days” as a reason why they won’t give up concentrated UV exposure. [U.S. New & World Report]

Photo: Courtesy of Tweezerman

The End Of Sunworshipping Is Upon Us; J. Lo’s Makeup Artist Has A New Muse; And More…

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A new study reveals that Western preoccupations with tanning are finally beginning to wane. It’s all about preventing UV damage that could cause the physical signs of aging now. To which we say: What took so long? [NYDN]

Scott Barnes, the man who made J. Lo glow and who put Body Bling on the map, has a new muse—and her name is Kim Kardashian. The reality star will appear on the cover of Barnes’ latest beauty book, Face to Face, when it launches this fall. [Us]

Forget cucumbers: Cold potato slices help reduce eye puffiness thanks to the enzyme catecholase. [Daily Mail]

Last fall, we reported on the custom-made Bare Minerals red lipstick reserved for Virgin Atlantic crewmembers. Now comes news that the makeup brand will roll out the crimson bullet for passengers on board the British airline as well. Upper Class Red will be available for in-flight purchase this spring. [Bare Escentuals]

And the verdict is in: After weeks of deliberations, transgendered women will be granted access into the Miss Universe Pageant. No word whether Miss America will follow suit. [NYP]

Photo: Robert Daly / Stone / Getty Images