The benefits of priming your hair are three-fold. First and foremost, you protect those locks of yours. Exposed to the elements at all time, your hair cops a lot of heat — literally and figuratively — so looking after should be your top priority. Benefit number two: Primer will make your hair smoother (bye bye, frizz!) and easier to work with, as well as providing it with a base that will hold any style for much longer than naked strands would. And last, but certainly not least? Primer simply makes your hair look better. With in-built shine enhancers and detanglers, the products in this gallery will eliminate a few others you've got in your beauty cabinet. . . Convinced yet? Come this way to shop out top 10 picks!
We've already revealed the secret to creamy, milky blonde locks; and now we're moving onto brunettes. If you dye your hair brown, chances are you're already a lighter or darker version naturally, so all of these products will work in your favour. The trick to having enviable brown hair is the richness in colour and glossy shine you can create with proper maintenance and care. Colour locking shampoos are good, but then why go and turn your hair a weird shade of grey with regular dry shampoo? Colour depositing shampoos are also your friend, along with hair accessories that create volume. Everyone loves a bouncy brunette. . .
Backstage at Marc by Marc Jacobs, we got a first-hand look at the madness! Lead hairstylist Guido (for Redken) changed the hair at the last second, creating a heavy texture with oil for a grungy feel. And although Marc did use his new lacquers on the nails, Dick Page for Shiseido masterfully applied a vibrant blue to the models' lids — and that's it. For the manicures, Marc was inspired by the lacquered look of one of his coffee tables and used that as inspiration for his own polish collection. Go backstage with us for our pre-show interview, and see all the beauty looks up close in our Marc by Marc Jacobs gallery.
We always expect something interesting from Marc by Marc Jacobs, if his past collections are any indication, and the brand's Spring 2014 lineup was no different. "It's all about English grunge sensibility," lead hairstylist Guido for Redken said. Hair was grungy, weighed down with a lot of oils, and some of the girls had it tucked into scarves wrapped around their necks.
But the real standout was the makeup, courtesy of Dick Page of Shiseido. A block of blue sat on the lids of each girl's eyelids. And that was it; not even a flick of mascara or a swipe of eyeliner. Nails were in done in Marc Jacobs' favourite colour: shiny. A coat of Marc Jacobs Enamored Nail Glaze in Shiny Clear kept the nails looking clean, bright, and healthy.
It isn't Fashion Week until we spot makeup artist Pat McGrath. And backstage at Victoria Beckham Spring 2014, each model had a touch of Pat's signature style wearing thick black headbands. "With the black headband all you see is the girl's face so it streamlines it — takes the personality from each girl and makes them look utilitarian," said lead hairstylist Guido for Redken. Guido and Victoria worked to create a clean and modern look with a sleek, low ponytail. Each model's hair was blown straight with Redken Satinwear ($25.36) and the Babybliss Volare Dryer ($179.95) to get a uniform style.
For McGrath, the goal was to achieve a flawless complexion. The makeup was a luminous look that featured a mix of blush on the eyelids with copper and brown accents. The nude trend continued on the nails, which were painted with Nails Inc. Elizabeth Street with a matte top coat. The lip look was created for Max Factor and Pat used a custom shade of Lipfinity called Always Delicate — a New York fashion week exclusive. The shade is set to appear on shelves here in the not too distant future.
While he's typically known for sending full-on androgynous looks down the runway, Alexander Wang took a different approach for his Spring 2014 show. Beach waves and barely there makeup were the main looks of the evening. Guido for Redken opted to play with the natural texture of the models' hair, pulling inspiration from the '80s.
Extensions were added, then curled, to achieve extra thickness. "It's Alexander Wang's take on big hair," Guido said. Diane Kendal for Nars focused on the skin, using only concealer and brow gel for the entire makeup look. The one puzzle piece that fit Wang's typical aesthetic was the nails. Usually one to opt for texture, Wang asked for chalkboard nails. Lead nail artist Michelle Saunders used two coats of Essie Sand Tropez, followed by the brand's Matte About You top coat. It seems that at Alexander Wang, the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Let's just put it out there: most of us were floored when we spotted the fluorescent orange hue on the lips of the models at Rag & Bone. After season after season of pretty neutrals, the look for Spring 2014 was bold hue, courtesy of Revlon. "I practically begged for a bold lip," said lead makeup artist Gucci Westman, who swathed the girls' lips in a shade called Carnival (available next season). Westman gathered her inspiration from Brazil and this Summer's World Cup.
But while the makeup was a departure from the quintessential Rag & Bone, lead hairstylist Guido for Redken kept a comfortably typical aesthetic. "She's a Lower East Side, downtown girl," Guido said. He layered products to create the matted-down hair, leaving the ears poking out on the sides. This tough-girl vibe was mimicked in the nails by Jin Soon Choi, who painted them up in a thin swipe of white polish.
- Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil
- David Babaii Boho Beach Spray
- Kérastase Paris Cristalliste Lumiére Liquide
- Paul Mitchell Ultimate Wave
- Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine Intense
Judge's Pick: David Babaii Boho Beach Spray. "I have found this product works when dry with heated styling tools to create volume or texture! With bamboo and dead sea salt this has a sweet and salty smell in the perfect unison." — Michael Brennan
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We know her best as Emma Mackey on Packed to the Rafters, and in celebration (or sobs) of tomorrow night's season finale, we sat down with the New Zealand-born beauty to talk products. From her favourite mascara to her secret to look so glowy on camera, click through.
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If you ask a beauty team what shampoo they use, chances are it'll be a different one each week! But we all have firm favourites we go back to in times of need, and that's really what this week's editors' picks is all about. The hair on the heads of the POPSUGAR team is pretty diverse — from thin and straight to thick and unruly. We're also very aware of the chill in the air, and that means dry hair. Yep, it's also treatment time! Find our top picks for strand cleansing inside.