Behind the Scenes We Go: Backstage Beauty at SKINGRAFT

Sure, clothes are the big draw at New York Fashion Week (both in and out of the tents) – but without the right hair and makeup, a look just wouldn’t be complete. Take SKINGRAFT’s show, for example. The models’ minimalist makeup and wet, tousled hair really drove home the line’s edgy yet sporty aesthetic. To see how it all came together, I went backstage to talk to the artists behind the beauty.

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September 12, 2013

Behind the Scenes We Go: Backstage Beauty at Korto Momolu

The energy at Fashion Week is palpable. So much thought and creativity goes into each aspect – and there’s no exception for the hairstyles that hit the runways. I was able to get a backstage view of the prep at Korto Momolu‘s show. A designer and Project Runway alum, Momolu’s concept was all about good and evil. And the hair for the show? It was also a combination of sweet and spicy. The highly perched fishtail braid was an unexpected, edgy twist on a girlhood favorite.


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September 10, 2013

So You Overslept: How to Get Ready in 5 Minutes

Snooze was just so tempting. You pressed it thrice. And then again. And now? You have a seriously short five minutes to shoot out the door for Monday’s meeting with the boss. And bedhead just won’t do.

Hey, it happens to the best of us. But before you call it quits on Monday altogether, read up on how to get ready faster than you thought humanly possible.

Ready in Five

Countdown… five minutes.
Don’t you dare think about showering. Slip on a black dress and black flats. No matching or hobbling in heels = key. (If it’s wrinkled, toss it in the dryer with a wet sock while you get ready.) Top with a bold accessory – think conversation piece.

Countdown… four minutes.
Run to the bathroom, splash your face with cold water to liven up your skin, and use a quick face wipe (like these, which also boast SPF). Then brush your teeth… or, er, pop some gum.

Countdown… three minutes.
Wake up tired eyes with a caffeinated eye cream, then apply the make-up basics: foundation (or cover-up) and a quick swipe of mascara. Look for products that do double-duty. A moisturizing foundation, for example, or a lash-curling mascara.

Countdown… two minutes.
Break out the oversleeper’s miracle product: dry shampoo. Spray with abandon, brush through, repeat. Add a tiny smidge of lotion to tame flyaways. If results are unsatisfactory, do a quick braid or tie on a head scarf. Any color will do (since you’re wearing black, right?).

Countdown… one minute.
Swipe on some deodorant and finish with a splash of perfume. Remember: Slightly unkempt is passable, but smelly will haunt you for days. 

There you have it. Now, off you go.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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July 21, 2013

Freshen Up Anywhere: 8 Beauty Essentials that Fit in Your Handbag

Summer brings a season of impromptu plans – especially in New England. Mainly because we would rather relish every second of warm weather than waste time inside getting ready. Which, of course, presents a small set of problems.

Whether you’re planning to be out all Saturday, heading straight to a date after work, or rushing out the door because your friends prefer not to give you any warning, this checklist will come in handy. With a small cosmetic bag filled with these must-have items, you can be out the door and freshening up in the cab in moments.


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May 28, 2013

Pretty Talk: Dewy Skin for Spring

No need to revamp your whole beauty routine – just add some highlighting for a fresh look

Spring is all about healthy, glowing skin, but sometimes we need a little boost from our beauty bags. With a little highlighter and a dose of antioxidants (dark chocolate counts!), you’ll be on your way to looking fresh-faced all season long.

How to get the Dewy Look

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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April 9, 2013

Pretty Talk: Spring Fragrance Trends

Floral, citrus, or musk – spritz on the season's top scents

Spring is all about the return to lighter, airier things – fragrances being one of them. Just like in fashion and beauty, there are also scent trends that change from season to season. So whether your favorites include floral, citrus, or musk undertones, there’s a warm-weather alternative to your winter spritz of choice. Below, a guide to this year’s top trending perfumes.

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1. Fruity florals (like Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh) are uplifting and simple, making them an ideal pick for spring.
2. If fruity scents mixed with musky undertones are your thing, try Van Cleef & Arpels Feerie Spring Blossom, which has hints of wild raspberry and lychee sharpened with pink pepper.
3. Labeled as more exotic than precious, Dolce & Gabbana Desire is the perfume to spritz on for rooftop bars and nights out.
4. Fusing juicy bergamot and apple with a floral bouquet of jasmine and ylang-ylang, See by Chloé gives off the scent of sweet musky vanilla. (Sephora labels it as the urban-chic scent.)
5. A blend of elegant jasmine and the unexpected, delicate sweetness of panna cotta create the sophisticated and fresh Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina Eau de Parfum, reminiscent of bright, sun-filled days.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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April 2, 2013

Pretty Talk: Perfecting the Springtime Smoky Eye


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Winter isn’t the only time when a smoky eye is appropriate. In softer shades (think brown, bronze, and even purple), this brighter, smudged-out makeup trend is completely doable for spring. Below, a step-by-step guide to achieving the look.

1. Prep skin with a super silky foundation to even skin tone and create a blank canvas.
2. Dust a warm brown, bronze, or light purple eye shadow all over lids, blending toward the brow bone.
3. Paint a slightly darker shade in the crease of your eyelid for depth.
4. For super-sharp definition, use a high-precision liner (in black or dark brown) with a handy smudger on the end to line your upper and lower lashes.
5. Smudge, smudge, smudge until you achieve a soft, blended look.
6. Finish off with a swipe of jet black mascara to frame your spring smoky eye.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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March 26, 2013

Pretty Talk: Spring’s Top 5 Hair Trends

The beginning of spring is just one day away, and even though there’s still a chill in the air (or a few inches of snow, if you’re in Boston), I can’t wait to say hello to a new season of hair trends. From loose waves to sleek ponytails, these are the styles to try out over the next few months.

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1. Braids
Whether it’s a slightly undone fishtail or a few small plaits tied into a ponytail, spring is all about the braid. Try it on busy mornings for a put-together look in about 10 seconds flat.

2. Low Ponytails
The most low-maintenance look of the season (or, ever), the low ponytail was all over the spring/summer 2013 runways. Part your hair down the center and keep it sleek, or leave it loose all around.

3. Super Straight
Fine-haired girls, rejoice! Your naturally pin-straight locks are in for spring. For those of us without sleek strands, warm up those flat irons (not before spraying your hair with heat protector, of course).

4. Loose Waves
There’s nothing more romantic than soft, loose waves, and thankfully this style is here to stay. Let the salty ocean naturally wave your strands, or curl your hair then brush it out before spritzing (lightly) with hairspray.

5. Hair Accessories
Seen on the runways of FENDI, Chanel, and Dolce & Gabbana, hair baubles are a total must-do. From oversized pearls that amp up a low bun to colorful head scarves perfect for less-than-stellar hair days, this trend brings the fun back to hair styling.

What's your favorite spring 2013 hair trend?

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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March 19, 2013

Pretty Talk: Stock Your Makeup Bag with Spring’s Beauty Picks

From moisturizer with SPF to pedicure kits, get ready for a flawless season

Spring is all about renewal, and trickling that mantra down to your makeup bag is a must. Whether swapping out dark lipstick for sheer gloss or adding a pedicure kit and moisturizer with SPF to your arsenal, these beauty picks have your prettifying needs in the bag.

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1. Moisturizer with SPF
Because you’ll likely be upping your vitamin D intake, make sure to use a moisturizer with SPF every morning for healthy, glowing skin (sans future wrinkles).

2. Pedicure Kit
Open-toe season has arrived – and keeping your feet in tip-top shape is of utmost priority. Just buff, swipe on your favorite spring shade, then flaunt.

3. Lip Gloss
Switching your lip color to something a little lighter and glossier has an oh-so-springlike effect. All that’s left? A little swipe of mascara and dusting of bronzer for a sunny update.

4. Tweezers
Bold brows are in for spring, but so is keeping them groomed (just be sure not to overpluck).

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March 12, 2013

Pretty Talk: Must-Have Makeup Brushes

Our makeup artist shares the top brushes to keep in your arsenal

Trying to figure out which makeup brushes to use? From contouring to defining, our makeup artist, Rachel, weighs in on the must-haves to add to your beauty arsenal ASAP – because having the correct brushes for application can make all the difference.


1. Concealer brush
Used for precise application and blending of all concealers around the eye, or to cover blemishes and red marks.

2. All-over eye color brush
A loose-bristle brush meant for applying eye shadow all over the lid.

3. Crease brush
Meant for defining eyes and creating depth in the creases.

4. Flat liner brush
The best way to get a perfectly straight line with gel or powder liner.

5. Foundation brush
Used to apply foundation evenly – without the added oils from using your hands.

6. All-over powder brush or Kabuki brush
Perfect for applying a powder foundation and bronzer.

7. Angled blush brush
The ideal size and shape for applying blush to your cheeks.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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March 5, 2013