First comes love, then comes… plastic surgery? According to NYC dermatologist Dr. Ariel Ostad, more and more engaged women are turning to “hand lifts” instead of filters to make sure their announcement selfies are flawless.
The quick – and pricey – ten-minute procedure involves JUVÉDERM injections that instantly smooth wrinkles and plump skin. Now, I can appreciate a little pre-Instagram prep work. You know, some lotion and a fresh manicure. But appearance-altering measures? That just seems over the top. (And personally, I can think of much better ways to spend the $1,200 price tag.)
Chin implants and G-spot injections have officially become old news. The new beauty fad? Plastic surgery on your feet. And no, I’m not talking bunion surgery à la Victoria Beckham. This latest craze is more on the level of traditional foot binding – except it’s elective. I’m talking toe reshaping and fat injections into the footpad.
The latter procedure, I could understand. Decades of squeezing my size-11 dinosaur feet into size-10 heels (albeit, super fabulous heels) hasn’t exactly made me want to run marathons. And I’m only 25. If you’re in pain? Fine. Go for it. If you’re craving a toe slope that descends like the bars of a handcrafted xylophone, it may be time for a reality check.
Sure, nail art may be the beauty trend that grabs the attention, but all you have to do is look down at your chipped polish to see that it’s getting old. The beauty trend with real staying power? Lipstick.
The Huffington Post reports that more women than ever bought lip products in 2013 (I know I probably hauled in more than my fair share). So when Laura Weinstein, the vice president of marketing for the brands Sally Hansen and NYC New York Color declares, “Lip really is the new nail,” I’m inclined to believe her.
If our lips are about to get hit with the same level of attention that our nails got in the last couple years, who knows what’s in store. Colors we’ve never tried before? Stick-on prints? Glitter overlays? For me, it might just be the year I try orange. Or purple. Or even black if I’m feeling really adventurous.
Awards season is well underway, and if you were slightly more obsessed with the red carpet arrivals than the actual shows (guilty), then you’re in good company. From the hair and makeup to the sheer nail polish, both the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards saw four distinctly similar beauty trends – and bonus: they’re all easy to mimic (without a team of experts).
1. Barely-There Makeup
Celebs like Kate Hudson, Sienna Miller, and Rosario Dawson rocked a fresh, clean face at the Golden Globes with minimal makeup and glowing skin. Less time spent getting ready in the morning to achieve a red carpet look? I’m in.
2. Retro Waves
This is probably the biggest trend of awards season so far. With deep side parts and bouncy waves, stars like Amanda Seyfried, Tina Fey, and Jessica Alba all flaunted healthy-looking, no-fuss strands. Sport loose curls like theirs and your typical Friday night outfit pays homage to old Hollywood glamour.
4. Neutral Nails Bright nails have been a staple on red carpets past, but this year it was all about the pale pink and sheer polish. Jennifer Garner, Kerry Washington, and Jennifer Lawrence all flaunted nude polish at the SAG awards and proved that bold isn’t always best. Paint your own nails in a light hue and you’ll be a total convert (chips won’t show!).
By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer
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Confession: I rarely wash my hair every day. I’ve experimented with a few different store-bought brands of dry shampoo over the years, and while I’ve enjoyed the results, I could definitely do without the price tag (as well as all the additional chemical ingredients). Forgo washing and blow-drying your hair on day two and cash in on some extra minutes of beauty sleep with the help of a few common household supplies and this homemade dry shampoo recipe.
What you’ll need:
• 1/2 cup baking soda
• 1/2 cup whole grain oatmeal
• Sprig of dried lavender or 10 – 15 drops lavender essential oil (or any scent of your choice)
• Food processor
• Small jar with airtight lid
• Old makeup brush
• Fine-tooth comb
How to do it: 1. Combine the baking soda and oatmeal together in a food processor and grind until they form a fine powder. 2. Add the dried lavender or essential oil and mix well. 3. Scoop mixture into a small jar for storage. 4. Part your hair into three sections and use the makeup brush to lightly dust the mixture onto each section’s roots. 5. Work the fine-tooth comb from root to tip to brush out any excess powder.
The holidays are upon us – and so are the seemingly endless party invitations. In order to look appropriately glam for every RSVP, we deferred to Rue Stylist Rachael for tips on updating our standard smoky eye and red lip.
Her advice? Go gold. We did – and love it. Here’s how to nail the look.
Snag three shades of gold eye makeup – light, medium, and dark.
Always use eye primer before application to prevent creasing.
Apply the light shade of gold from the top of your brow down to the lid. This will create a pretty, soft sheen all over.
To create depth and dimension, apply the medium tone to your entire bottom lid.
In a triangular motion, apply the darkest shade to the corners of your eyes.
Line them up: Using a flat liner brush, apply liner to the top and bottom lid. For brown eyes, use a navy blue liner. For green eyes, use dark brown or experiment with a purple liner. For blue eyes, black or blue liner will work best for this look.
Apply liner only halfway on your bottom lid.
For lashes, double up layers to intensify volume. A standard black mascara should be used for all eye colors.
To achieve that dewy look, apply a touch of moisturizer all over.
Apply a thin layer of foundation.
Pro tip: Cover up blemishes with concealer after you apply your foundation. As Rachael says, concealer will be your BFF when you’re running on a work-to-party schedule this season.
Use a soft pink blush to finish the look and keep your face looking fresh.