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Didier Malige created effortless hairstyles that complimented Reem Acra’s gowns.
Reem Acra’s inspiration for her spring fashion show was a look back to the designs of the past. “I was thinking about my woman, I was thinking about the couture houses in the early ‘30s through the mid-‘50s.” Stated Reem in a press release, “ I thought about this woman who was living at this time, who used to dress in all these fabulous dresses. If she was living today, what would she want to wear and I translated that time period into this world, and made this collection very sculptural, very couture…but light and airy with a modern twist. Lots of cut-outs, very fresh and transparent.”
The hairstyles, of course, must match and compliment the gowns. Didier Malige of Art Partner designed hairstyles that are reminiscent of that era (think Veronica Lake or Jean Harlow), yet modern and fresh. “For the hair we are enhancing the natural texture, going for lightness,” said Didier in a press release. “We are draping the hair like Reem’s designs show draping the fabric for a beautiful silhouette.”
“To get the natural texture we want, it’s very important to start with clean hair. If a model arrives with too much product in her hair from another show, we shampoo it backstage and gently blot it to remove excess moisture.
Whether we shampoo the hair first or start with clean, dry hair, the next step is to make a low side part, not too precise. Then we saturate the hair from roots to ends with René Furterer Volumea volumizing conditioning spray---no rinse, gently massaging product into the hair. It’s so light that we can use a lot without weighing hair down.
Parted hair is pushed on the right side of the part to sweep across the forehead on a diagonal line above the brow, and clipped into place with crease-less hair clips from Japan to prevent any dents while hair is setting.
To bring out the natural texture, we blow-dry hair using a YS Park diffuser, aiming the nozzle downward to keep the hair down. Diffusing the hair helps to keep the hair in place, eliminates frizz—we want texture, but not frizz—and gives more control. If the model’s natural texture is too curly or too wavy for the finished look, we’ll break it down with our hands.
While hair is still slightly damp, we pump some René Furterer Volumea volumizing foam – no rinse into the palm of the hand, then dip a comb into the foam, and comb it over the clipped hair in front. It’s like frosting a cake! The foam helps to keep the direction of the hair above the brow intact. Hair is also clipped with crease-less clips in back, in a row or two below the crown, to help keep the lengths from separating. The models are then sent to makeup while hair “sets.”
Before the models are dressed, we remove all clips and gently break up the hair with our hands. Next, we spray hair in back with René Furterer Naturia dry shampoo and brush it out to enhance the texture. Depending on the model’s natural texture, the back may be straighter if hair is finer, or more textured. If needed, we might use a curling iron to finesse the ends a bit. We tuck hair behind the ears and loosen one piece to fall in front of the ear to give hair a fresher, more effortless effect. Last, we give hair in the fringe area a light misting of René Furterer Vegetal Finishing Spray for extra hold and to leave a beautiful satiny sheen.
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Thakoon's bold prints are balanced by prismatic nails at his spring 2015 MBFW fashion show.
Gina Edwards, lead manicurist at the Thakoon spring show, created a sexy, glistening manicure for the event. The eye-catching look was made with three Morgan Taylor nail polishes.
First, Edwards applied one coat of Sugar Fix, a sheer pink shimmery shade, then two coats of Make It Last. To keep the look glossy, Edwards then applied the Need for Speed topcoat. For the matching pedicure, Edwards used Morgan Taylor's In the Nude, a pinky beige polish to complement the manicures.
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Retro 60s looks and beachy hair: Casual chic at Derek Lam's spring show.
For Spring 2015, Derek Lam's palette was like a twilight sky in the Southwest. Pale lilacs, earth tones, blues, blacks and neutrals. The hair was soft, beachy, and casual chic, created by celebrity hairstylist Orlando Pita. It's the perfect style to wear now. It's still hot, so go ahead, and be ahead of the pack. Below are the step-by-step directions.
1. Prep by spraying hair from roots to ends with Phyto Phytovolume Axtif and blowdry with T3 Featherweight Luxe 2I Dryer using a T3 Paddele Brush to allow air to circulate through the hair, giving it more texture and volume.
2. Ends are kept straight using the T3 SinglePlass 1” Straightening & Styling iron.
3. Use Phyto Professional Workable Holding Spray on the crown, and then set the crown section with a head wrap to achieve a more flattened, gritty look. Head wraps will remain on the models until the last possible minute to give a contrast between the mid-lengths and ends of the hair, and a more modern, textured look at the crown.
4. Ends and front pieces of the hair are given a hint of bend from the T3 Whirl trio Interchangeable Styling Wand using the 1.5” straight barrel. Front pieces and ends are then finished with a mixture of Phyto Professional Matte Texturizing Paste and PHYTO Phytolisse Ultra-Glossing Serum to give hair definition with the lightest touch of shine.
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Clinique’sCustom-Repair Serum could be your secret skin care weapon.
While cosmetics and skin care hasn’t caught up with science fiction movies (yet); I mean who hasn’t watched a scene in one of those flicks that with one touch a character can change their hair color, nail polish or even their lipstick. However, companies like Clinique are creating smart, intuitive skin care that can immediately target your skin’s issues.
I took the new Clinique Custom-Repair Serum (1 oz., $59.50, 1.7 oz., $89, nordstrom.com) out for a test drive. While it’s not something out of a science fiction movie, it’s a smart product. Once applied to your face and neck, the serum figures out what you need and chameleon-like goes to work repairing your skin. It self-customizes itself to your specific need. So, if you have sun damage, it busily gets to work repairing it. If your skin has an uneven tone, it works on that. It improves your skin’s radiance while also acting as an anti-aging product, doing its level best to diminish fine lines and wrinkles. Pretty cool!
You apply it in the morning under your moisturizer and right before you go to bed—yes, apply it first, then your moisturizer. Go about your day while the product in stealth/secret agent mode does its job.
What I liked about the product is that it’s weightless. Seriously, apply it onto your skin and it immediately seeps into your pores. You can use it on your neck and your face.
Gradually your skin will start to perk up and look better. People will ask you if you’ve been away or remark on how well-rested you look. Since you don’t need a lot of the product, one tube will last you awhile.
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Claire Danes looked gorgeous at the Emmys, here's how to steal her style.
Homeland star Claire Danes looked regal in red at the Emmys. Do you realize that we've watched her grow up on TV! Claire's gown was by Givenchy. As you can see from the photos, artfully arranged around the neck were crystal dragonflies.
Celebrity hairstylist Peter Butler took the neckline into account when he created Claire's hairstyle. He states, "...There is something romantic about the dress , I wanted to do a braid. We did a soft, low side-part, with her hair away from the face and left pieces framing her face and covering her ears."
Peter explains how he did it and how you can do the look at home. "
I started with her hair damp and ran the Leonor Greyl Mousse au Lotus Volumatrice all through her hair and then blow dried it up and away from her face using a large, round brush. To give more volume and direction to the roots, I went back in with the Voluforme and sprayed it around the face and hairline while blowing it out.
Next, I pulled her hair into a low ponytail using a bungee elastic with hooks on the end to secure it in place. Then, I created a fishtail braid and pulled it out to make it a bit wider and sprayed it with a generous amount of Leonor Greyl Laque Souple to give it texture while still keeping it structured.
I pinned the fishtail braid into a low chignon which I redid three times, but the third time was the charm! I fit it until it was situated just right to exhibit the texture of the braid as strongly as possible. I made sure she was standing while I pinned the braid into place to get a better idea of what it would look like throughout the night.“
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The 'House of Cards' star wore Ralph Lauren and Orlane Paris to the Emmys.
Robin Wright wore a custom made white jumpsuit with cutout back from Ralph Lauren for the Emmys last night. Her look was finished off by celebrity makeup artist Tricia Sawyer. “She doesn’t like to wear a lot of makeup, so the focus was really on the skin. Prepping her skin and giving it a healthy glow was hugely important, “states Tricia.
Who doesn’t want to rock the same glow! Tricia explains how to do it at home. “I began by applying Orlane Super-Moisturizing Light Cream to her skin with a sponge and pressing it into her skin, concentrating a lot under the eyes. Then I went back with the Absolute Skin Recovery Care Eye Contour and applied that under her eyes as well. Your skin gets so stressed out going through these events, that keeping it really moisturized is the key to having the makeup last all night. With that said, it can’t be too oily or greasy; these two products have a very wearable, lovely consistency that work well with having makeup applied over them.”
“For her foundation, we went very light with Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua and concealer. Then I powdered her face with Orlane Transparent Loose Powder using a brush and concentrating on the T-Zone. I really like this powder in particular, because it’s so finely milled so it doesn’t give a powdery effect; it just takes the shine away which is perfect for the red carpet.”
“I used Orlane Bronzer to contour her face with a small angled blush brush, running it along her jawline and the hollows of her cheeks. Then I dusted Chanel blush in Rose Bronze and In Love on her cheekbones.”
“To really make her eyes pop, I used MAC eyeliner in Power Surge, and then applied Orlane Volume Care Mascara. I applied one coat of mascara, and then individual lashes, and then went back with another coat of mascara. This mascara is great because it doesn’t flake at all which is super important.”
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Why wait until the leaves change color before you change your nail polish shades?
As seasons change, so does your makeup. This fall nail trends run from barely there nudes as seen at the Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta and Helmut Lang shows, to deep bold reds, some of them bordering on browny-reds at the Yigal Azrouël, Nicole Miller, and Kenneth Cole shows to wild greys—pale to deep glitzy at the Vera Wang, Carmen Marc Valvo and DKNY shows, but wait there’s more! Shiny, slick metallic nails, you wore them all spring and summer are here to stay this fall. Gleaming metal shades were seen at the Mara Hoffman, Dannijo and Proenza Schouler shows.
The nudes range from almost white to greige, while the metallic and grey polishes go from pale to midnight shades. Red ranges from crimson to oxblood to burgundy.
Check out this roundup to get your color wheel spinning.
Julep Kelsey Nail Polish ($14, julep.com). Pale peachy nude to wear now through the winter.
Suncoat Water Based Nail Polish in Beige ($7.44, takeherb.com). A creamy soft neutral beige that has a matte finish.
100% Pure Creamy Nail Polish in Pinkerton ($12, 100percentpure.com). Nude pink nail polish made without toluene, DBP, formaldehyde or camphor.
3.1 Phillip Lim for NARS Nail Polish (Limited Edition) in Anarchy ($20, nordstrom.com). The perfect nude: Neutral. Not quite pink, beige or white.
Essie Dressed to Kilt ($8.50, kohls.com). Deep maroon red.
Londontown Lakur Enhanced Color in Ring Me ($22, beautybridge.com). A deep blue red.
Ciate Dangerous Affair ($25, lordandtaylor.com). A deep burgundy red nail polish with hints of brown.
Patricia Nail Lacquer in Ransom ($9, rickysnyc.com). Worn by Katy Perry, this shimmering deep crimson nail polish is made without toluene, DBP, or formaldehyde.
Shades of Grey
Zoya Genevieve Nail Polish ($9, zoya.com). A cool, creamy deep grey.
Petra by Pixi Precious Pewter Nail Polish ($8, pixibeauty.com). This silvery grey polish hits two trends: Metallics and Grey in one shade.
Rococo Nail Polish in Utility ($16.50, us.spacenk.com). Creamy concrete blue-grey.
Marc Jacobs Enamored Nail Glaze Limited Edition Polish in Bark! ($18, marcjacobsbeauty.com). This nail polish debuted on the runway!
Uslu Airlines/Bernard Willhelm Collab Nail Polish in KNO Knokke ($18, beautyhabit.com). Pearled olive gold.
Laqa & Co. Nail Polish in Ankle Biter ($11, bigelowchemists.com). Rose gold with sparkles!
Clinique A Different Nail Polish for Sensitive Skin in Fizzy ($12.50, saksfifthavenue.com). Made for sensitive skin, this shade is the softer side of the metallic trend.
E.L. F Essential Nail Polish in Sea Escape ($2, eyeslipface.com). As sparkly and mysterious as the ocean at night.
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Celeb hairstylist Renato Campora created January Jones' gorgeous updo.
January Jones looked stunning tonight at the Emmys. The Mad Men star wore a retro looking Prabal Gurung gown. Her hairstyle was accented with Jack Vartanian earrings. Celeb hairstylist Renato Compora created an edgy updo to give visual interest and contrast to January's gown.
Renato used Vidal Sassoon Pro Series products to achieve the style. Below are step-by-step directions.
Here’s how Renato created January’s look:
1. First prep wet hair with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Mega Firm Hold Gel, applying throughout the hair to create texture and combat frizz.
2. Before rough drying hair with your hands, spritz Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Heat Protect & Shine Spray for additional texture and body.
3. Once hair is dry, add some more Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Mega Firm Hold Gel to the palm of your hands. Split hair into two sections, and starting on the left side of the head right above the ear, take one section and twist hair going all the way down to the neck.
4. Repeat on the right side with the other section and create the same twist starting above the ear and going down to the neck.
5. Next, fasten the two twists at the nape of the neck with a hair tie.
6. To finish, spray Vidal Sassoon Pro Series ColorFinity Finishing Hairspray to lock the look in place for the evening!
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Ildi Pekar, Celebrity Facialist dishes on how to have glowing skin.
Ildi Pekar runs her own very successful spa in New York City. She has given beauty and skin care advice to numerous national magazines. Celebrities like Miranda Kerr entrust their complexion in her very competent hands. Now Ildi is giving out the recipe for her fave DIY facial, how to reduce puffy eyes and more.
DIY Hydrating Facial
“DIY facials at home are so easy and fun,” Says Ildi. “One of my favorites is the honey and avocado DIY facial for clean hydrated skin. I recommend doing this with raw/organic ingredients only. These little facials can give your skin the proper boost it requires to have great skin in between visit to your skin care expert.”
How to get rid of pillow crease marks on face
Make sure you put your moisturizer prior bed time. You need to hydrate your skin so it doesn’t dry out and cause wrinkles naturally,” states Ildi, she adds, “We recommend purchasing silk or satin pillow cases to prevent and avoid creases from forming during your night’s sleep. We also recommend sleeping on your back, which is difficult at first, but this also helps avoid any markings on your skin from occurring. When you get up in the morning, wash your skin with lukewarm water and give yourself a massage for stimulation. If you sleep on your face, it causes poor circulation which leads up to more wrinkles. Give your skin the extra circulation it needs to avoid any creases.”
If you’ve been dealing with puffy eyes, Ildi believes that you should, “Drink plenty of water during the day and prior to sleeping. The puffiness could be a sign of dehydration. Cucumbers are hydrating and an anti-inflammatory. For a quick fix, take two cold slices of cucumber and put them on your eyes and lay down. Wash your eyes with cold water stimulates your circulation. Mint and chamomile teas work best! Cold milk is soothing.”
Below are more tips on how to lessen puffiness around the eyes.
Chamomile tea soother
You can do this in the morning and at night. Boil 1 cup of water, add 1 organic chamomile tea bag. Soak for 5–10 minutes. Take a cotton pad, wipe your eyes with the chamomile tea and take the tea bag and leave on each eye 5 minutes.
The classic spoon trick
Take two teaspoons, put it them in the freezer until cool. Use the back of the spoon and hold it under your eyes for 5 minutes. This should decrease the puffiness in the eyes.
Egg whites eye mask recipe
Break two eggs, take only the egg white and use a tiny brush to then apply around your eye area. This you can do in the morning or before bed and it does help to reduce the puffiness.
Ildi also recommends doing a 3 minute eye massage before and when you wake up as well. This gives your eyes the stimulation it loses during your sleep.
Cold milk eye mask
Soak 2 cotton pads in the cold milk. Leave it on for 20–30 minutes. Using this method, you’re draining unnecessary liquid and hydrating the eyes. The fatter in the milk, the better it is for your skin.
Cucumber and mint leaves skin stimulation
Blend cucumber and Mint and soak a cotton ball in them, then leave on like a mask for 15 – 20 minutes. For the eye area only, wipe the cotton ball around your eyes, then rinse after 20 minutes.
To learn more about Ildi Pekar and her New York City spa, visit her site.