1. Choose wisely. Bronzers come in a variety of formulas — cream, liquid, gel, mist, even bronzers built into foundation — but powder is easy for anyone to master. Monson raves over Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder ($79).
2. Brush up. For the most natural-looking application, use a soft, fluffy brush that isn't too dense. This way, you can distribute colour lightly and evenly.
3. Paint by numbers. "Most people just apply bronzer to the cheeks, but the sun doesn't just hit your cheeks," Monson says. "It hits you on the forehead, jaw, and nose, too." To get a sun-kissed hint of colour, imagine making a number three on your face. "Start above the brow, down the temple, over the cheek, down the jawline toward the chin," Monson says. Apply one or two coats for a subtle hint of sun so you appear radiant and glowing without going overboard.
This side-swept braid is somewhat of a cross between a waterfall braid and the French braid Katniss Everdeen wore in The Hunger Games movie. Not only is it a chic way to keep hair out of your face, but it also looks elegant on a night out. See step-by-step photos, along with instructions on how you can re-create this trendy side French braid yourself, when you keep reading.
For special evening events or a night on the town, false eyelash strips (in lieu of individual lashes) provide glitz and eye-popping power to make the time and effort worth it. Armed with a few cool tricks up your sleeve, you can easily blend them in with your natural lashes so they don't look overly obvious. Here, celebrity makeup artist and Vanitymark Cosmetics founder, Brett Freedman, offers some tips to make false eyelash strip application a lot easier...
Twilight star Nikki Reed kept popping up backstage at New York Fashion Week and now we know why she seemed to be everywhere. The actress was filming TRESemmé Style Setters, a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to take a look from concept to completion. The web series follows stylist Jeanie Syfu as she readies runway hair for Tracy Reese, Charlotte Ronson, and Rebecca Minkoff. "I think hair completes the look on the runway," Nikki observes in one episode. "It doesn't happen as easily as one might think it does." (She would know — her mum is a stylist, too.) The just-launched series, with Nikki and designer cameos, will roll out over the next eight months, following Syfu's team from the Fall 2012 shows into the Spring 2013 season.
Happy 2012! We make New Year's resolutions for fitness, relationships, and work, but what about beauty? Maybe this is the year you finally stop nibbling your nails, start wearing SPF every day, or quit smoking. When you feel good about your beauty regimen, you feel more confident and inspired. Do you plan on making a specific beauty New Year’s resolution? Tell us what you plan to do in the comments section, whether it’s bettering the care of your skin, taking more risks with your eye makeup, or trying 100 new hairstyles.
Renowned photographer and filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders introduces his latest documentary About Face, which chronicles the careers of some of the world's most famous models like Isabella Rossellini, Christie Brinkley, and Jerry Hall. Having faded out of the spotlight, the women intimately divulge brutal truths surrounding the industry's view on ageing and beauty — and the drastic methods they have taken to remain forever young. When asked about plastic surgery, ex-Vogue model Carmen Dell'Orefice responds matter-of-factly, "Well, if you had the ceiling falling down in the living room, would you not go and have a repair?" The film has already received Official Selection at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and will have a few screenings in late January of 2012. However, you'll have to stay tuned for a wide release date, as the film is currently in post-production. We'll be waiting eagerly to see it. How about you?