It's Halloween next week and a sweet, sugar-and-spice fairy is a fine Halloween costume. While there's nothing wrong with that, isn't it more fun to be a bit bad? When the results are this stunning, the answer is definitely yes. Mac Cosmetics Senior Artist Louise Zizzo created this "twisted fairy" makeup look, focusing on a distressed purple eye and pale skin. See the step-by-step transformation in our gallery — and use it as inspiration for your own Halloween look.
Are you ready for a fourth season of Downton Abbey? Join the club. With the release of the season-four trailer, we're remembering why we can't get enough of Downton! The show has single-handedly brought back a fervent interest in Edwardian- and '20s-era fashion and beauty, which could require hours of preparation for one ensemble. Dive into a time before nylons and quick-drying nail polish, and you'll see how much work it would have taken to make Lady Mary beautiful. (Hint: dirty hair is involved.) It's all enough to make a Turkish diplomat lose his breath.
What you'll need
- Clear nail polish
- Nail clippers
- Nail file
- One tea bag emptied of the tea, or a coffee filter
- Coloured nail polish (optional)
Clip the broken nail if possible, getting it as close to the tip of the finger or toe as you can. Gently file any snags, staying away from the split itself. Trim the tea bag or coffee filter to the size of a small patch that can cover the break in the nail. Paint the broken nail with a coat of clear polish. While it's still tacky, gently place the trimmed tea bag/coffee filter over the broken part of the nail. Cover the nail with one or two more coats of polish. To cover the tea bag, use a coloured polish.
Vintage hairstyles are eternally popular for weddings, but a too-literal interpretation can leave a bride with a serious case of helmet head. So what's the key to borrowing from the past without looking stuck in it? Texture and movement. "The perfectly coiffed up 'do is outdated," says Dani Weidner, a stylist at Robert James Color in San Francisco. "Imperfect is best." To balance contemporary trends with a retro influence, Weidner designed this '20s-inspired up 'do. A defined curl and thick roll give a nod to the past, but the overall look feels fresh and current. It's an ideal style for brides — and it's one you can do at home. To get the look, read on for pictures and step-by-step instructions.
Picture it: Sicily. Now picture legendary photographer Mario Testino turning his lens on the island, and you'll get a pretty good idea of Dolce & Gabbana's latest campaign. As the faces of Dolce & Gabbana's newly relaunched Pour Femme and Pour Homme fragrances, models Laetitia Casta and Noah Mills frolic on a secluded beach (and look impossibly gorgeous while doing so). The campaign doesn't hit airwaves until later this year, but for now, here's a peek behind the scenes of the shoot. If this doesn't make you want to toss an LBD in a suitcase and hop on the next flight to Italy, we don't know what will.
Being an actress and musician isn't easy, but Leighton Meester makes it look like a breeze. This Summer, she wraps up her stint as Blair Waldorf in Gossip Girl; she stars opposite Hugh Laurie in a new movie, The Oranges; and she returns as the face of Vera Wang's newest scent, Lovestruck Floral Rush. "Life experience is the number-one thing that inspires me and helps me to create," she explains. "I always want to feel challenged and inspired and excited." To see what's next for her — and to find out what she does on her off days — read on for the Q&A.
If you have long hair, then you almost certainly have a split end or two (or two dozen — but who's counting?). And while nothing but a haircut can get rid of those annoyances, there's plenty you can do to strengthen and protect your hair. Celebrity stylist Charles Baker Strahan, who recently worked with Nicole Scherzinger, knows how to make that happen. Want to get messy ends to split? Read his answers to frequently asked questions.
The Renaissance, Aboriginal art, horror movies, and now the Middle Ages: the Mulleavy sisters always pull from an unexpected inspiration. For Spring 2013, the look was more tough than pretty.
The look: Slick hair on a diagonal part, shiny eyes, waxy nails, and pewter ear cuffs
The inspiration: Modern medieval
Who would wear it: Former Ren Faire girls who moved to the big city
For Spring 2013, Victoria Beckham once again suggested that it's not just her famous friends who drive her designs. The collection had pieces for power lunches as well as red carpets, and the beauty look would have worked in either situation. Pretty, yes — but strong, too.
The look: Natural hair with a slight wave in back; classic red or nude lipstick.
The inspiration: The collection, which featured curve-conscious silhouettes along with new looser fits.
Who would wear it: Victoria Beckham herself, of course — and any woman who wants to look a bit posh.
Reporting by Jamie Roy.
Joseph Altuzarra is already on his fifth Spring collection, and the young designer's star power is now firmly established. For 2013, the beauty look mirrored the clothing: precise, ladylike cool with absolutely nothing out of place.
The look: A mirror-shine bow for the hair, neat matte nails, and clean makeup.
The inspiration: Chic femmes and equestrian polish.
Who would wear it: Women with excellent taste and effortless class.
Jill Stuart knows how to dress girlie-girls without being fussy about it, and her beauty look for Spring 2013 followed the same line of thinking. A simply pretty beauty look let the sheer and lacy collection stand out.
The look: Wet-effect eyelids and clean, healthy hair.
The inspiration: Sophisticated and fresh, so as not to compete with the clothes.
Who would wear this: Women in touch with their femininity.
We'll gladly get behind the I-just-rolled-out-of-bed look, as long as the results look this good. Looking as nearly natural as can be, Charlotte Ronson's cool girl visits a kingdom by the sea for Spring 2013.
The look: Strong brows, nude lips, and hair with a case of the bends.
The inspiration: The ocean, which gave rise to Ronson's collection.
Who would wear it: Easygoing girls who love the beach (or just want to look like they do).
When you're the granddaughter of Estée Lauder, it's only natural to gravitate toward the beauty world. Aerin Lauder has been doing exactly that as global creative director of Estée Lauder, but her newest project is even more personal. This week, she launches her lifestyle brand, AERIN, with a well-designed and tightly edited collection of cosmetics.
Like Aerin herself, it's all about easygoing luxury and excellent taste. "There isn't much out there that's modern and feminine," Aerin said at a launch event last night. "I wanted a balance between the two." The result is nothing flashy, nothing dramatic — just everyday-wearable colours and elegant brushes, all wrapped up in gold and pink. And while the AERIN debut may focus on cosmetics, it's just the beginning; shoes, accessories, and home decor are coming next year. For now, things are off to a beautiful start.
Carine Roitfeld is the name on everybody's lips right now — literally. As she gears up to launch her biannual magazine, CR Fashion Book, the former Vogue Paris editor is also releasing a collection of cosmetics with MAC. Known for her kohl-rimmed eyes and beige lipstick, she's curated a selection of colours and tools for the signature messy-chic CR look. The goal isn't about looking perfect, she says. "Sometimes 'bad' things are the more beautiful things," she says in this behind-the-scenes video. "When you woke up and didn't take off your mascara, your eyes can be tired, but tired-sexy — and that's what I like."
The stories about Crème de la Mer are legion. The skin cream is famously luxurious, having developed a devoted following almost solely by word of mouth. A friend of mine met a wrinkle-free 60-something who credited her smooth skin to the original Crème; she bought a jar the next day. I've met more than a few celebrity makeup artists who won't start their work before massaging Crème de la Mer into their clients' skin. At $250 per 30mL, it's not for the light of wallet — but it's well worth the money. So what goes into a jar and why is this cream so famous? Read on to find out.
There's no shortage of world-class beauty spots in London, whether your look is posh, pretty, polished, or punk. The challenge, of course, is scouring 609 square miles to track down the best spas, salons, and shops. So we asked some of our favourite Brits — and a few British lovers, too — to let us in on their favourite beauty and shopping spots. Here's the best from supermodels to makeup artists to fashion designers.
To say Miami Swim Week had us in the mood for Summer is quite the understatement! The 2013 season is very hot indeed: multicoloured hair, surprisingly wearable pops of neon, and bronze-goddess metallic makeup. Our Sugar sisters in the US attended as guests of Make Up For Ever, flitting from backstage to backstage to pick up on the trends. The best part? Next year's looks are feeling so right, right now.
Over the weekend, the French celebrated Bastille Day, honouring French independence and all things Gallic. French women are renowned for their beauty, which, as anyone who's strolled the Canal St-Martin in Paris can attest, comes forth in diverse forms. An insouciant flip of the hair, the evening glamour of a deep red lip, the embrace of "flaws" like gap teeth: all so French. But what else makes these women uniquely chic? To find out, we asked a few in-the-know people to explain the je ne sais quoi of French beauty. Keep reading to find out what they said.