Hair Drama without the Trauma

April 4, 2011 at 7:30 am , by

We can't get enough of Michelle Williams' timeless blonde pixie cut and Rihanna's red curls.

HAIR LUSTS: Michelle Williams' classic pixie and Rihanna's curly, red locks.

Are you ready to make a dramatic hairstyle change like Kate Winslet’s bleach blonde pixie haircut? Deciding to cut and/or dye your locks is often scary— especially when you don’t have a personal glam squad to re-create your old style— but sometimes a short pixie cut or ruby-hued hair is exactly the beauty pick-me-up you need. Before you take the plunge, here are some tips to help you make the right decision:

Consult with your hairstylist. A hair consultation isn’t simply showing your stylist a photo of the hairstyle or color you want. You should ask the tough questions:

  • What is the best look for my face shape?
  • How will my hair care routine change with this cut or color change?
  • Will you have to frequent the salon more often?
  • Will this hairstyle fit with my busy schedule?

Get makeup tips. “A drastic hair color change will often necessitate some makeup tweaks,” says New York City stylist and salon owner Sam Brocato. Before you commit, schedule an appointment with a makeup artist to find out how the rest of your beauty routine will change.

Go with your gut. If one person says the daring new haircut or color change, which you love, won’t work with your eye color, skin tone, face shape, etc, then get a second opinion. When you truly love your hairstyle, you’ll look beautiful no matter what.

Wear a wig. If you’re really unsure of your decision, why not give it a test drive? “Find a […] wig that will give you a sense of how you will look… This is as close to a crystal ball as you can get!” says Brocato. We love the Raquel Welch wig line.

If you’ve followed all these steps and you’re still unsure if you want to do a complete hairstyle overhaul, then wait awhile to decide. In a month, if you still want to make the change, then go for it!

Use our Try-A-Hairstyle tool to instantly test-run your next dramatic look.

Nail Art: Let Your Manicure Do The Talking

February 11, 2010 at 1:16 pm , by

The latest craze in nails isn’t a fiery red polish or even slick jet black. Lately, celebrities have been sporting Minx nail decals, often in metallic colors or wild designs.

Check out Beyonce’s Minx manicure from the Grammy awards.


And a close-up of Rihanna’s Grammy nails. She has a custom Minx manicure with crystals.

Rihanna thumbs

Or, show your support a la Kim Kardashian who spelled out her boyfriend’s name and jersey number (#25 B U S H) on her fingers for the Super Bowl.

Kim nails

Want to do something special for yourself, but can’t splurge on a full set of Minx? Take inspiration from these cool ladies above and add a little dazzle to your nails. Here’s my interpretation, in time for Valentine’s Day.

heart nail

First, coat your nails with fun red or magenta color. (I’m really into OPI‘s Red My Fortune Cookie.) Then to keep the look from being overly saccharine, paint a heart on one finger only. Make a “v” shape—the polish bleeds a little and will turn into a heart—and four dots. The trick is to use a contrasting polish shade (white works best) and the thinnest brush you can find. Milani has introduced their Nail Art Nail Lacquers, $4, available in 10 shades, which lets you do a little Van Gogh on your digits. Have fun!