September 5, 2013 at 8:00 am , by Maggie Niemiec
Could Olivia Wilde be any more stunning? The actress flaunted a matte red pout, ombre waves, and subtle shimmery eyes—all big trends this season—at the London premiere of Rush. Her glam hair and makeup combo is a foolproof way to transition from summer to fall. Learn how to recreate the look below.
The key to making red lipstick work is to keep the rest of your makeup simple. Forgot about heavy eye makeup or intense blush and stick to a little concealer and foundation. Be sure to pick out the right lipstick for your skin tone. Women with fair skin should do a coral red while medium skin tones can go for a true red or pinkish red. If you have dark skin, try a burgundy shade. Test out the color on your lips, not your hand. (Tip: Head to a makeup counter or Sephora to try the color before you buy it.)
To get a red lip with staying power, line and fill in your lips with a lip liner that matches your natural lip color. Use a small lip brush to apply the lipstick. Blot your lips with a tissue. Then dust them with translucent powder to help set the color and make it last. Apply one more coat of lipstick to intensify the color. Press your lips together to complete your totally irresistible (and kissable!) look.
Need more help? Watch our step-by-step lipstick tutorial here.
August 29, 2013 at 8:00 am , by Maggie Niemiec
We’re psyched for fall but a little sad to see summer go, so to celebrate the unofficial last weekend of the season, we’re sharing three of our favorite beach beauty trends. Spotted on Pinterest, these gorgeous hairstyles and makeup looks have us relishing summer and all its beachy goodness. Head over to the bloggers’ sites to try these chic looks for yourself over Labor Day. (You can bet we will!)
We adore blogger Julia’s pretty flower crown, although what we really love here is her natural makeup look. Her creamy skin, slight flush, and subtle glossy lips are perfection. Remember ladies: Less is always more.
We can’t think of a better summer hairstyle than the braid. With these 33 trendy variations on the classic, you can totally add one (or two or three) to your hairstyle to-do list this autumn.
Head scarves are the ideal hair accessory for the beach, but you can just as easily wear them while walking around the farmers’ market in the fall. Knot one on for a look that’s effortlessly fab.
August 22, 2013 at 8:00 am , by Maggie Niemiec
As sad as we are to see summer go, we are so ready to start incorporating fall looks into our beauty routine. Check out our three fave of-the-moment styles from Fashion Week 2013—and try out the fun trends for yourself!
Metallics are huge for fall, and nail polish is no exception. Shiny gold, silver, or bronze nail polish is a great way to transition your look between seasons. We like OPI’s iridescent shade “Peace & Love & OPI” (beyondpolish.com, $7). For more must-have nail polish colors, click here.
2. A Luminous Glow
We’ve seen the dewey look time and time again, but this season it’s all about a luminous glow. Get the look with a slightly shimmery cream highlighter, such as this cult classic from Nars. After putting on blush, gently blend the highlighter across the tops of your cheeks to really make your cheekbones pop. Need more help? See how to highlight and contour your face with this easy step-by-step video.
3. Blue Eyeshadow
If you couldn’t tell by the first two images, blue-lined lids are a major do this fall. We promise you won’t look like you’re stuck in the ’80s! The key is to focus on just the lower lash line (like this model did) or just the upper lash line (as shown above). Go with a bold cobalt liner or an icy blue cream shadow. Keep the rest of your look super simple: no bright blush and definitely no lipstick. Swipe on clear mascara, and you’re good to go.
August 15, 2013 at 8:00 am , by Maggie Niemiec
It girl Lily Collins consistently impresses us with her style both on and off the red carpet. The slick half-up, half-down hairstyle she sported at The Mortal Instruments premiere is an easy way to look super chic in the summer heat.
Starting with wet hair, create a deep side part. (This style also works with no part and the hair pushed back.) Comb your hair all the way through, making sure it’s smooth. Then section off half of your hair from above the ear back to the crown of the head and apply a generous amount of hair gel to just these strands. Use a small elastic band to secure this section of hair in a half ponytail. Finish with a spritz of medium-hold hairspray. Let your hair air-dry; use a flat iron to straighten any frizzy pieces. Pair your new ‘do with berry-red lips for a sleek and sophisticated date-night look.
And how could we forget those brows? Lily’s thick, full arches remind us of Audrey Hepburn—a major do. Get impeccably groomed eyebrows like hers in just a few simple steps. Check out our how-to guide here.
August 8, 2013 at 3:49 pm , by Ladies' Lounge
What’s not to love about summer? There’s weekends spent at the beach, vacation time with the entire family and don’t get me started on all that BBQ food. But there’s one thing you can’t ignore: the elements. You may slather on sunscreen, but protecting your hair from the sun and heat is important too! Here are 5 summer hair essentials you need to stock up on for this summer and beyond.
Pantene Ultimate 10 BB Crème: I know you’ve heard of BB creams, but did you know they exist for hair now too? Pantene’s new version is the multitasking product we’ve all been waiting for. You can use the cream on either dry or wet hair (which I love) and you’ll repair, protect again damage, and get lots of shine, softness and frizz control.
Suave Dry Shampoo: You know how the computer changed civilization as we know it? Well, dry shampoo changed my life just as significantly. A little spray saves a hair style, extends a blowout, or eliminates the need to wash my hair every single day. You don’t have to spend a lot either. Suave’s version is great — and available in travel size too so you never have to go without.
Kerastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique Leave-In Conditioner: Using leave-in conditioners is a must when you spend the day at the pool or beach. Kerastase’s leave-in treatment nourishes dry hair while simultaneously adding back in smoothness and shine. Love it!
Redken Color Extend Sun After-Sun Mask: During the summer, consider using an after-sun mask once a week. Redken has a great one geared towards replenishing lost moisture and restoring your hair’s natural shine. To apply, just use a wide-tooth comb to spread the product in your hair and leave it in for about 10 minutes.
Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray: I love using this shine spray because not only does it manage my frizz, but it also reflects light to give my hair a gorgeous gloss. Thanks to the argan oil foundation, your hair will be protected against the elements, including salt water.
Vera Sweeney, mom, blogger, social media influencer and New York resident, is the founder of LadyAndTheBlog.com. Her lifestyle and parenting brand helps busy women stay on top of the latest trends in fashion, food, family and travel. Vera is also the Co-Founder of the Fashion Forward Conference, a one-day blogging event for women who want to use style as a means to build a business, harness social media and connect with other women. Click here for more information on the September 11th event in NYC
August 8, 2013 at 8:00 am , by Maggie Niemiec
How absolutely stunning is Kerry Washington at this red carpet event? We’re obsessed with every part of her look—the flushed cheeks, the strawberry-pink pout, the voluptuous eyelashes, and that totally on-trend top knot. The Scandal star is well on her way to becoming a fashion and beauty icon. Read on to learn how to recreate Kerry’s gorgeous hair and makeup at home.
Defined cheekbones like Kerry’s start with the right base. (This lightweight, matte foundation from CoverGirl is perfect for summer.) After you’ve applied foundation evenly all over your face, trace translucent loose powder across your cheekbones with a puff or fluffy powder brush. Then softly brush bronzer onto your face, starting mid-cheek and moving out toward your ear and below your cheekbones. Brush a little more translucent powder onto your cheeks to make sure the bronzer looks subtle and natural. Lastly, apply your blush onto the apples of your cheeks (smile to make them pop!) for a fresh, flirty look. Finish with fuschia lipstick and a few coats of black mascara.
And don’t forget about your hair! Top knots are an easy solution for staying cool and looking chic in the August heat and humidity. See how to do a bun as fab as Kerry’s in this step-by-step video.
August 6, 2013 at 12:12 pm , by Maggie Niemiec
Did you tune in to the season finale of The Bachelorette last night? My girlfriends and I watched together, and we couldn’t get over how gorgeous Desiree’s eyelashes looked despite all that crying. (Seriously, so much crying!) So we asked our friends at the show what exactly Des does to get such amazingly beautiful eyes. It turns out she actually has eyelash extensions (by Danielle Asher at StudioLash in Ventura, California). Aha! That’s how she can make it through all those teary moments—sad tears over Brooks, sympathetic tears for Drew, and let’s not forget her gloriously happy tears with Chris—without raccoon eyes! Lash extensions typically last about a month, and you don’t even need to wear mascara with them. Interested? Check out our beauty editor’s experience with them here.