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February 6, 2014 at 8:00 am , by Tiffany McHugh
Cobie Smulders stunned at The LEGO Movie Premiere in Los Angeles last weekend with an all-over rosy glow and piece-y short hair. Since she plays one of the most down-to-earth chicks on television (her How I Met Your Mother character prefers Scotch to champagne and Netflix to date night), we’re not surprised by Cobie’s ability to infuse a subtle edginess to her natural girl-next-door vibe.
Here’s how to get her look:
Start by smoothing on a lightweight foundation or tinted moisturizer, followed by concealer to brighten up dark under-eye circles and hide blemishes. Lightly dust a neutral matte eyeshadow (try this one by NYX Cosmetics) from your lash line up to your brow bone or leave your lids completely bare. Next, swipe one coat of clear or brown mascara over your lashes for subtle definition. To get the same all-over rosiness that you see on Cobie, you’ll want to pick up a stain that can be used on your lips and your cheeks (we recommend this one by Stila in Cherry Crush). To flush your cheeks, dab three pea-sized dots where you would apply a powder blush, starting at your apples and continuing upward toward your temples, blending gently with your fingers. Next, apply the stain evenly across your pout. If you prefer to use two different stains, try Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Courture Vernis a Levres Glossy Stain in Rose Vinyl for your lips. To up your glow-factor, dust an illuminating powder down the bridge of your nose and over the stain on your now-rosy cheeks.
Are you loving Cobie’s asymmetrical bob? Check out more edgy short hairstyles here!
January 30, 2014 at 8:00 am , by Tiffany McHugh
While most people can’t stop talking about Miranda Lambert’s rockin’ new bod (girlfriend looks amazing), we can’t stop talking about her gorgeous retro look at the Grammy Awards last weekend! This side-swept hair and red lip combo is vintage perfection. Here’s how to copy her look.
Start by plugging in a set of hot rollers so that they heat up while you blow dry (we love Remington Ionic Protective Hot Rollers). While it might seem counterintuitive to give yourself a blowout when you’re going to be curling your hair, heat styling is key when creating the deep-side part we see in Miranda’s look. Blow dry your bottom layers as usual, but as you move towards the top and the part you’ve created, use a round brush to dry your hair in the direction you want your curls to fall in.
Once you’ve finished drying, divide your hair into sections so that you can begin curling the bottom layers first. Take 1-1/2-inch sections and spritz them with a medium hold hair spray (try Herbal Essences Set Me Up Stylers hairspray in medium hold) then wrap the hair around the roller and curl it in toward your face pinning it in place at the scalp. Continue this process throughout your entire head. When the rollers cool, you’ll know it’s time to begin unraveling. Begin taking each roller out individually, resisting the urge to mess with the shape of the curls (you won’t look like Shirley Temple for long — we promise!). Once your hair is roller-free, take a paddle brush and gently comb through the curls, sweeping them all to one side. Lightly mist your hair again with hairspray to set, but don’t go overboard, this style is meant to look soft and romantic.
Not feeling the hot rollers? Check out our step-by-step retro waves tutorial with a standard curling iron here!
For more on Miranda’s glamorous look check out:
January 23, 2014 at 8:00 am , by Tiffany McHugh
If we can put forth just one prediction for the most popular hairstyles of spring, we’ve got a pretty good front-runner: Messy, romantic updos. Sandra Bullock is just one example of a celeb hopping on the messy-pretty hair train, as many leading ladies are ditching their flat irons and opting for a more undone take on classic romantic hairstyles. We’ll teach you how to get in on the trend.
If your hair is naturally curly, let it air dry and embrace it’s messy texture. For straighter hair, you want to curl your whole head with a 1-inch curling iron (we love this one by Conair), wrapping hair so that it curls back, away from your face. Once you’ve finished, run your fingers through your hair from the crown to mid-length, de-structuring some of the curls. Part your hair horizontally from ear to ear about 2-inches or so from the crown, sectioning off the front part with a clip (you’ll work more delicately with this section later) and teasing the hair behind the part. Once you’ve created a heightened foundation, return to those front pieces that you sectioned off and lightly comb them back from your hairline to blend in with the heavily teased section. Here you can loosely concentrate around your natural part to create some direction like we see in Sandra’s style. When you’re satisfied with the volume, loosely twist your hair into a bun or ponytail and secure with an elastic (or bobby pins, if you’re rocking a shorter style). Take the pointy end of your teasing comb and gently lift random sections of hair at the crown to create more piecey-ness. Mist your entire head with a flexible-hold hairspray (try Matrix Total Results Amplify Volume Hairspray) to set the style.
Not sure which curling iron to use? Check out our foolproof guide here.
Channel the rest of Sandra’s gorgeous look with:
January 16, 2014 at 7:00 am , by Tiffany McHugh
Natalie Zea was bold and beautiful last week at the 2013 TCA Winter Press Tour FOX All-Star Party. We love her entire romantic look but what stands out for us most is her rose gold smoky eye; it’s perfect for those who are interested in experimenting with a classic smokey eye but typically shy away from dark makeup.
Here’s how to get Natalie’s look: After applying your usual primer and foundation, go the extra mile and pat on an eye shadow primer from your lash line to your brow bone (try Nars Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Base – it’s lightweight but powerful formula will keep your shadow in place for hours). This extra dose of primer will keep your gorgeous eye makeup in place all day. Next select your eye shadow palette – you’ll want it to range from a pale pink shimmer to a deep plum matte (we recommend Urban Decay’s new Naked 3 palette , which is rose gold specific).
Begin by using a light eyeshadow such as Urban Decay’s “Dust;” blend this shadow from your lash line all the way up to your brow bone. Next, cover your eye lid only in a medium rose shade such as Urban Decay’s “Buzz”. Use and angled brush to smudge that same color along your lower lash line. Finally, blend a dark reddish tint such as Urban Decay’s “Darkside” into your eyelid crease and blend any lines. Finish your upper lash line with a swipe of liquid eyeliner. The, use highlighter to brighten the inner corners of your eyes. Swipe on some mascara (top and bottom lashes!) and you’re good to go!
To see a video tutorial on how to achieve the perfect smoky eye, click here!
Loving this look? Check out our guide to Bold Eye Makeup for Real Women here!
January 13, 2014 at 10:41 am , by Bethany Cantor
It’s that time of year again–awards season–aka the only thing that could tear us away from Downton Abbey on a Sunday night. The 2014 Golden Globes ceremony was packed with more A-listers that ever before and judging by the frenzied pace of the Twitter conversation last night, most of you were watching! Tina and Amy brought the house down, Jennifer Lawrence didn’t fall up the stairs (and she own again!), and some of our favorite women made pregnancy look downright glam–it was a big night.
As is always the case, some definite trends emerged as each celebrity took her turn in front of the cameras. Red was everywhere: on lips, on dresses, on the bottoms of heels, of course. Eye-catching, shimmering metallics were a favorite, as well. But perhaps the most popular accessory of the night was an interesting hemline. High slits, high-low styles, and even T-length styles were all over the red carpet.
Beauty-wise, bold lips, sleek, straight hair, soft, girly makeup, and sophisticated updos were the winners of the night.
In traditional award-season fashion, our web team has culled their favorite looks from the night for you to peruse. Do you agree with our picks? Which look blew you away?
January 10, 2014 at 10:00 am , by Tiffany McHugh
Comedy’s leading lady surprised us this week by chopping her long brown locks into a short, structured bob, and we’re totally into it! Kristen’s high cheekbones are definitely suited for an above-the-shoulder haircut like this one. The rich chestnut color compliments her fair skin, while the red tones throughout her hair make the warm makeup on her cheeks and lips stand out. To achieve a similar look without visiting a salon, we’ll walk you through Kristen’s beauty look.
Start with a primer and follow up with your favorite foundation (we love NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation for a matte look and Tarte Smooth Operator Natural Tinted Moisturizer for lighter coverage). Apply a neutral shade of eye shadow all over your lid and lightly swipe on some mascara—one or two coats will do, you want your blush and lip color to be the main attraction here. Next use a terra cotta blush like Sephora Collection Colorful Blush in Coral Crush to create the warm glow Kristen’s got going on. Concentrate most of the color onto the apples of your cheeks before drawing the brush up your cheekbones toward your temples. To up your glow-factor, highlight your T-zone and cheekbones with an illuminating powder. Finally, swipe a strawberry pink lipstick on to compliment the warmth in your cheeks–try Revlon Color Stay Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Sweetheart.
Use our Try-A-Hairstyle tool to see how you would look with a bob like Kristen’s!