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:
October 24, 2013 at 8:00 am , by Maggie Niemiec
Think ponytails are just for the gym? Think again. Take a cue from actress Kate Beckinsale, who demonstrates how to take a pony from “I just rolled out of bed” to total bombshell. The volume in front, the perky height in back, and the gorgeous tousled curls are perfection. You’ll definitely want to break out this hairstyle at all your upcoming holiday parties.
To do it yourself, start with hair that hasn’t been washed in a day. (Use some dry shampoo at the roots if you need it.) Curl your whole head with a medium-barrel curling wand. Tease the crown to give your hair volume and create a sexy bump. Pull your hair into a high ponytail and secure with an elastic. For an extra chic touch, wrap a strand of hair around the elastic. Feel free to tease the hair in the pony if you want more body, and don’t forget to finish with a spritz of hair spray.
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 1, 2013 at 7:00 am , by Maggie Niemiec
We were blown away when actress Zoe Saldana wore this incredibly chic updo to the Star Trek premiere. With swept-back hair, soft makeup, and classic red lipstick, Zoe is the epitome of glamour. To recreate her style, start with hair that hasn’t been washed for a day. Although Zoe’s hair is fairly straight, this look works great with naturally wavy hair, too. Starting at the front of your head, take a strand of hair, twist it, and pin into place. Continue twisting piece by piece all the way down and back. Do this on both sides of your head. Once both sides meet, twist the hair up into itself and secure with bobby pins. It’s ok if it looks a little undone because you’ll finish your look with a delicate beaded headband. (We like this one from Anthropologie.) Add some light-hold hairspray, and you have a sophisticated new ‘do perfect for a summer soiree.
Looking for more hairstyle inspiration? See how to create an easy updo with this step-by-step guide.
July 10, 2012 at 6:19 pm , by Jennifer Picht
I think my fellow long-haired ladies will agree: There’s nothing worse then sticky, sweaty hair during this summer heat wave. Instead of letting your hair down, it’s time to dress it up! There are tons of cute and cheap hair accessories so you can turn a boring pony into a stylish hairdo.
Left: You remember those 80’s scrunchies right? Yes, they’re really back! A cute, floral scrunchie can create a chic ponytail. Urban Outfitters. $10.
Center: Jump on the bandwagon with the bow trend! This flirty and fun hairpin will transform your updo. ModCloth, $12.99.
Right: This sequin heart headband adds a touch of glamour. Ban.do, $35.
Left: This bright head wrap a pop of color and a vintage vibe to your look. Etsy, $18.99.
Center: This printed headscarf is a cheap, easy way to rock a trendy pattern. Nordstrom, $28.
Right: Floral hair bands and clips look cute and flirty at the office or elegant and trendy at a wedding or party. Nordstrom, $38.
March 8, 2012 at 2:07 pm , by Catherine LeFebvre
There are two things I’m thinking about almost constantly right now: spring coming, and Pinterest. It’s getting warmer out (not that it was ever really cold here in New York this winter, but still), and since I’m always a sucker for a new social media outlet, I’ve been stalking summer hairstyle pins. Here are a few favorites. Click on the source link to get step-by-step instructions:
Check out more great styles on my Braids and Buns board!
February 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm , by Sonia Harmon
Latest role. In Smash I play a girl from Iowa who dreams of being on Broadway. It’s the perfect part: Growing up, my mother always took me to see musical theater; plus, the series is produced by Steven Spielberg. Anything he’s involved with grabsmy attention.
Moving from Los Angeles to New York City, where the NBC show is filmed. My New York apartment is so much smaller. I was like, Where do I put all my shoes? So I bought all these bins, filled them with shoes and shoved them under my bed.
My dream collaboration. I would love to work with Adele. Of course, I only say that in my dreams because I don’t believe it will ever happen!
How I give back. I started McPhee Outreach, which helps children in need. We built a preschool in a small country in West Africa called Burkina Faso. I wasn’t able to be at the opening ceremony, but I watched a video of the people there talking about what the chool meant to them. I was like, Wow, I helped make this happen.
Best advice I ever got. Keep one or two voices in your life, meaning one or two people you can trust. And don’t stray too far from those voices because this business is stressful!
Guilty pleasure. Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Khloe is my favorite—she’ll say exactly what she thinks, then follows it up with, “I’m only telling you things other people say behind your back.” Love that about her!
Before this current hairstyle, McPhee’s hair was cropped and platinum blond. “I get tired of the same old thing.” Check out this slideshow of McPhee’s best hairstyles.