Mad Men is back, which means we'll be spending a lot of nights envying the winged liner and nude lips on January Jones and Jessica Paré . . . and then practising both looks on ourselves. The mod beauty in the series makes a gorgeous girls' night out look. So grab some gel liner and a creamy concealer, and learn how to pull this one off when you watch now. On Kirbie: Club Monaco top.
With their flawless makeup and perfectly set hairstyles, the ladies of Mad Men never fail to impress (even though everything might not be quite as pristine in their personal lives). Drama aside, each week, fans of the show delight in glimpsing back into the lives of '60s-era movers and shakers. And just as costume designers help bring a script alive by outfitting stars with fashions to suit their characters' personalities and circumstances, hairstylists and makeup artists are tasked with creating specific looks to reflect a mood.
Season six of Mad Men premieres here in Australia on Monday on Showcase (fast-tracked from the US!), so to celebrate, we're taking a look back at the fabulous bouffants and magnificent makeup of the mid-century beauties on the series. From Peggy's big chop to Joan's signature updos, see the style evolutions of the ladies of Mad Men.
Fragrant oils have long been used throughout history, but leave it to the French to transform the art of perfumery into what it is today. From many raw materials being grown in the fields of Grasse to Coco Chanel's first-ever fragrance, French perfumes have made their mark in pop culture. In tribute to Paris Fashion Week, we're taking a look back at vintage perfume ads of some of the most iconic French fragrances.
A character's hair and makeup play an integral part in making a film so memorable. The following ladies' movie personas have become part of the canon for romance, whether from decades of renown or more recent pop culture success. If you're searching for a definitively romantic look of your own this Valentine's Day, there's no better place to draw inspiration.
—Additional reporting by Miriam Lacey
In February, Downton Abbey returns to our TV screens for a third season. And while the Brits have flooded the Internet with spoilers, the only thing we're willing to reveal is this: '20s beauty has taken over the estate. From flapper hairstyles to rouge pots, the women are leaving the Edwardian era behind for a more modern look. It all started with the arrival of Mary's curling contraption last season, but now you can expect to see everyone with cropped cuts and formfitting fashion (except the Dowager Countess, of course). And perhaps you'll get to see what a '20s wedding looks like when you tune in . . .
Back in the day, a Summertime routine might have included a nice slathering of baby oil followed by lobster on the beach. (That's in lobster-red sunburn.) And while we're smarter about our SPF needs these days, many products used in years past are still on our radar today. See 10 vintage ads from way back when, including one for a hair removal cream that "gives the smoothest touch known to man," a tanning lotion that shares its name with a beer and Ali MacGraw encouraging you to "Turn on a tan with Johnson's."
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.
We've all had a bad haircut or two, but occasionally a not-so-great hairstyle comes along that becomes engrained in our culture. Only by remembering just how difficult to style, impossibly uncomfortable, and just all-around bad these coiffures were, can we hope to avoid future disaster. Check out five that should stay where they belong: in the past.
If you adore the iconic beauty and all-around awesome lady Sophia Loren, you really won't want to miss this amazing 1984 commercial for her eponymous scent, which is, as the voice-over guy intones, "the most female fragrance you'll ever experience." The ad is classic '80s all the way and has a bit of everything — a lilting theme song, fireworks and fog coming out of the fragrance flacon and a closing kicker from the grand dame herself. Watch it, and bring out the woman in every woman (or something).
Scarlett Johansson is a woman known to take a few beauty risks on the red carpet, such as the Blade Runner-esque up 'do she sported at this week's We Bought a Zoo premiere. We've seen similar styles pop up as of late: Preen's Spring 2012 runway featured futuristic, coiled chignons, and stars such as Katy Perry and Dita Von Teese have been known to roll with it as well. While these styles typically have a retro, '40s-era quality, in today's looks, they're often updated with modern touches. Do you find Scarlett's version of victory rolls victorious or not?