Beauty

Get Miranda Lambert’s Side-Swept Vintage Curls

January 30, 2014 at 8:00 am , by

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:

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How to Apply Flawless Red Lips

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Try Natalie Zea’s Rose Gold Smoky Eye

January 16, 2014 at 7:00 am , by

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!

Also:

How to Highlight and Contour Your Face

Our All-Time Favorite Mascaras


Get Your Glow On With Lupita Nyong’o’s Red Carpet Look

January 9, 2014 at 8:00 am , by

There’s no question about it: Lupita Nyong’o was positively glowing at the Palm Springs Film Festival Gala. The 12 Years a Slave actress was announced as a BAFA Rising Star Award nominee this week, but this look makes her a beauty award winner in our book!

To create a similar look, start with an all-over primer and follow with a tinted moisturizer or lightweight foundation (since you’re going for an all-over glow, you don’t want to go too matte with your base). You’ll want to keep it simple in the eye-makeup department; lightly dust a shimmery pale shadow from your lash line up to your brow bone. Next, take a highlighter pencil and line your inner rims for some extra sparkle (we love Make Up For Ever Eye Pencil in White). Skip your typical eyeliner routine and swipe on a couple coats of lengthening mascara instead. Swirl a pink cream blush onto the apples of your cheeks and follow by a dusting of illuminating powder over your cheekbones and down the bridge of your nose (try Mac Mineralize Skinfinish in “Lightscapade”.) A sheer red lipgloss will give your pout a subtle pop of color that stands out in a big way against the rest of your minimalistic makeup. If you really want to work this look, slick your hair back and let your fresh face take center stage, Lupita-style .

Don’t fear the slicked-back hair look; learn how to master the polished ponytail, here.

Also:
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How to Get Big Beautiful Lashes

 


Jennifer Hudson’s Goes Bold with Blue

December 12, 2013 at 8:00 am , by

Ms. Hudson is looking incredible these days– and making some fierce fashion and beauty choices to boot! She rocked this bold, cobalt eyeliner and nude lip at the American Music Awards and it was one of our favorite beauty moments of the night. We’ve been on the bold liner bandwagon since we spotted Stila’s electric blue liner on the models at Rebecca Minkoff’s Fall 2013 NYFW runway show. This look is easier to pull off than you might think and there’s a blue for every skin tone. The key is to keep the rest of your makeup natural so your eyes can take center stage. To learn how to create this look, click here.

Plus, learn how to get create a natural makeup look!


Rose McIver’s Got That Glow

December 5, 2013 at 8:00 am , by

At the Hollywood premiere of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on Monday, New Zealand-born actress, Rose McIver, looked luminous. The 25-year-old currently stars as Tinkerbell in the ABC series Once Upon a Time. Much like her character, Rose looked ethereal and other-wordly with fresh, dewy skin, highlighted cheekbones, and a gradual smoky cat eye.

To achieve her look, prep skin with primer and medium-coverage foundation. The, use a creme blush on the apples of your cheeks–we love Stila’s convertible color. Next sweep a highlighting powder over the tops of your cheekbones, in the inner corners of your eye, and on your cupid’s bow. For lips, use a pinky-nude shade and slick on a light coating of gloss. To learn how to get Rose’s smoky eye look, check out his easy, step-by-step video tutorial.

Get More Easy Makeup Tips Here:

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How to Create Natural-Looking Makeup


How to Get Jena Malone’s Gorgeous Catching Fire Premiere Look

November 28, 2013 at 8:00 am , by

JLaw wasn’t the only lady burning up the red carpet at the Hunger Games: Catching Fire premiere. Cast newcomer Jena Malone’s luminous skin, bold lip, and cat-eye had us swooning. Not to mention, she’s rocking her pixie cut with a retro edge! While traditional beauty rules would warn against trying a statement lip and eye on the same night, Jena totally crushes that convention by keeping the rest of her look decidedly fresh and low key. To get her look, start with a luminizing primer such as Smashbox Photo Finish and a medium-coverage foundation such as Armani Luminous Silk. Highlight your cheekbones with a luminizer such as The Balm’s Mary-Loumanizer. To master Jena’s eye and lip looks, use these easy tutorials:

How to Create a Cat-Eye with Liquid Liner

How to Create a Bold, Red Lip

5 Red Lipsticks to Try


5 Summer Hair Essentials

August 8, 2013 at 3:49 pm , by

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


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