January 21, 2011 at 12:52 pm , by Mandy Hendrix
Carla Egbert has a less-is-more philosophy about makeup. “I try everything but stick to the basics,” she says. Master makeup artist Bobbi Brown shows Carla and her daughter, Eve, how to make the most of their looks with a quick and easy routine.
Both mom and daughter can even out their skintone with liquid foundation and concealer. To add a healthy-looking glow, Brown gently taps bronzer onto cheeks.
March 12, 2010 at 12:04 pm , by Emily Chau
You make over your wardrobe. You make over your workout. So why not make over your workplace? After all, if you’re like me, you probably spend a good part of your waking hours chained to a desk. Try these easy steps to make your 9-to-5 a little happier and healthier.
1. Upgrade your paper cup for a BPA-free water bottle. They’re eco-friendly, chic and, of course, help you stay hydrated during the day. (If you feel draggy and tired, that can be a sign of dehydration. Water can perk you up!)
2. Get thee some hand sanitizer! (And Clorox wipes): Flu season may be ending, but germs are still lurking. One of the worst offenders? Your desk. Office desks harbor almost 400 times more bacteria than a public toilet, according to Arizona researchers. While toilets are typically cleaned regularly, we wipe down our desks less often. Eating at your desk doesn’t help much either. Keep alcohol wipes handy for cleaning your mouse, keyboard and phone.
3. Add a little green. Keeping a plant in your cube can brighten your mood more than having a window office, say researchers at Texas State University. They keep your air cleaner, too. Houseplants may help lower indoor ozone levels (laser printers can emit the stuff) up to 33 percent faster than if you didn’t go green, according to a study from Pennsylvania State University. The likely explanation: Plants break down toxins and add surface area, both of which speed up the breakdown of ozone. Too much ozone can damage your heart and lungs, so try cheap, easy-to-grow houseplants such as snake plant, spider plant and golden pothos.
4. Keep a pair of free weights handy and pump up your downtime, literally. A couple of reps can help clear your mind when you’re trying to tackle a problem or get over writer’s block. An added bonus: Resistance training blasts fat, boosts your metabolism and builds stronger bones. Try one of these exercises.
5. Stock up on healthy snacks, like almonds or these 90 Calorie Fiber One bars. When the afternoon slump hits, step away from the vending machine and reach for some real fuel.
Photo courtesy of Chris Blakeley
March 11, 2010 at 4:27 pm , by Catherine LeFebvre
I’ve had basically the same haircut my whole life. I’m not one for products or for spending quality time with the blow dryer, so my style is pretty much what my hair does naturally. But I do like to experiment with color.
My hair has been just about every shade the drugstore has to offer, as well as highlighted, low-lighted, and even something called “glossed.” Most of the time, I’ll default to some shade of blond, like the photo on the left.
But recently, I decided to do something daring: go back to my natural color. Granted, I’d been dying my hair so long I didn’t know what natural was anymore, but why should that stop me?
I went to the salon, threw around words like “chocolate” and “coffee” (two things on my mind all the time anyway) and came out with hair I hadn’t seen since grammar school.
And the funny thing was, for some reason I felt like I looked more exotic, more drastically different than I’d ever looked when I didn’t have my God-given hue. So I’m sticking with it (for the time-being, at least), and in honor of Fresh New You Week, I’m challenging all of you to try something bold — even if for you bold means doing something completely natural.
March 9, 2010 at 2:41 pm , by Sue Erneta
I love working on fashion shoots that are all about the clothes but our Fresh New You makeovers are all about the person. It’s such an interesting challenge to hear what different women wear (and why) and address their personal fashion challenges.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told, “I’m stuck in a rut.” It’s funny—these women know they need a change but they’re scared to try anything different. When a women who wears boring suits every day takes a look at herself in a red dress, it’s not just her clothes that have changed. It’s her attitude. She stands a little taller, she smiles a little more. She starts flirting with the woman in the mirror.
And when we get to the shoot: The hair and makeup artists work their magic, the women come alive. Their confidence in front of the camera is like that of a seasoned professional.
So, what can you take away from this? Give yourself a makeover at home! Go into a clothing store and ask for help—tell the salesperson what you currently wear and that you want to try something totally different. You don’t need to buy everything—or even anything—that you try. But it’ll give you a chance to get out of that rut. Do the same at the beauty counter. Let the pro try something new, anything that will feel fresh and different. You might not like everything you try but at least it’ll give you a chance to see yourself in a new light. You just might start flirting with that woman in the mirror.