just got further confirmation that it's cool: On Wednesday, model and social media staple Ireland Baldwin posted a series of selfies on Pantone's 2014 color of the yearTwitter showcasing her dramatic new hair hue – she dumped boring blond for vivid violet.
And, despite the fact that "I'm going to dye my hair purple," may be seven very scary words, Baldwin (following in the footsteps of professionally fashionable girls-about-town Kelly Osbourne and Nicole Richie, who've also gone the purple route) looks flat-out fabulous. Surprising? Well, to anyone other than a profesional colorist and those who've given the tint a try, perhaps. What Baldwin and co. know is that unlike wild colors like blue or green, violet is actually really flattering.
“If you are willing to commit to it, going full-on lavender is actually a very feminine, flattering shade for hair,” says New York-based L’Oreal Profesionnel colorist Jennifer MacDougall. “Unlike other bright, crazy shades, it works on a lot of
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- Charlotte Rudge, Staff Writer | Beauty – Thu, Mar 6, 2014 3:21 PM EST
just got further confirmation that it's cool: On Wednesday, model and social media staple Ireland Baldwin posted a series of selfies on Pantone's 2014 color of the yearTwitter showcasing her dramatic new hair hue – she dumped boring blond for vivid violet.Read More »from Ireland Baldwin Just Went Purple — And You Can Too (Really)
- Charlotte Rudge, Staff Writer | Beauty – Wed, Mar 5, 2014 2:52 PM EST
snails! (Slowly, of course.) Your time in the spotlight as the weirdest beauty ingredient is coming to a close, now that chicken feathers, starfish, and spiderwebs are being touted as the next big things — in other words the Jennifer Lawrences and Lupita Nyong'os — of the beauty industry.Move over,
"Breakthroughs come in all forms," says cosmetic chemist Ni'Kita Wilson, CEO and director of innovation at New Jersey-based Catalyst Cosmetic Development. "Many ingredients used in cosmetics were discovered by accident — perhaps proven to be effective in other industries — and, after taking a deeper look, they were determined to be suitable for skin care and cosmetic use." The fact that these ingredients are so weird just kind of makes them seem cooler to us, and proves people are willing to try just about anything int he same of looking good. Here's a peek at what's on the horizon.
Chicken FeathersRead More »from Meet the Bizarre New Beauty Superstars: Chicken Feathers, Starfish, and More
It's as if the feathers of this farm animal are taking over the world (or at least a bunch of
- Charlotte Rudge, Staff Writer | Hair Guide – Tue, Feb 25, 2014 2:05 PM EST
is officially a Julia Robertsblonde. Yes, the woman who once had one of Hollywood's most famous heads of hair — last seen sporting glossy ginger-brown locks on the red carpet at January's Grammy Awards (above left) — was snapped on an L.A. street over the weekend with freshly bleached hair pulled up in a ponytail. We don't yet know if she went blond for a role, just for hoots, or to give red carpet reporters one more thing to ask about when she hits the Academy Awards this Sunday (and her rep refused to say), but the 46-year-old's dye job gives hope to many a brunette, since going from one end of the color spectrum to the other has long been considered a risky move.Read More »from Blond Ambitions: How to Lighten Your Hair Like a Pro
Also on Shine: Julia Roberts Gets Racy With Us On the Red Carpet
Roberts's new shade is warm and infinitely flattering, probably because it’s been in the works for a while now, according to Kaitrin Simkin, colorist at Sally Hershberger Salon in Los Angeles. "There's not a chance she did it overnight," says Simkin. "But
- Charlotte Rudge, Staff Writer | Beauty – Mon, Feb 24, 2014 5:11 PM EST
Ava Gardner, one of the most beautiful women of all time, knew very well. The fabled actress once had legendary cinematographer Jack Cardiff, who had lit her in films like “The Barefoot Contessa”, come to her apartment before a business meeting to rearrange the lamps in her drawing room so that she'd be cast in the most flattering light.Cinematographers have long been an actress’s best friend and secret weapon. The right lighting, after all, does more for a face than an hour in the makeup chair, something Read More »from Want to Look Hotter at Home? Change Your Lightbulbs.
We asked lighting guru Bentley Meeker — who has lit up everything from Chelsea Clinton’s wedding to the Burning Man festival to the "Sex and the City" film premieres — for tips on how anyone can play cinematographer at home with just a few light-bulb switcheroos and some simple rearranging.
Not All Bulbs Are Created Equal: The brand, wattage, the type of bulb all make a difference. In general the most flattering are halogen bulbs, while the most unflattering are LED light bulbs.
- Charlotte Rudge, Staff Writer | Beauty – Tue, Feb 18, 2014 4:48 PM EST
Meghan Cleary — who's even written a book on the subject of shoes — to share her advice for achieving what many consider the impossible: 1. Picking out gorgeous shoes that you can actually walk in. 2. Figuring out how to give the hottest heels in your closet a comfort makeover so you're not cursing your painful pumps an hour into your day. Yes, it can be done ...Goodbye sore soles, blistered heels, and wobbly walking. We asked footwear expert Read More »from Step Class: How to Make Your Sexy Shoes Less of a Pain
"My whole theory is that you really need to tailor the inside of a shoe the same way you tailor a suit jacket," Cleary tells Yahoo Shine. "Everyone has different feet. And if you do small little adjustments, using insoles, padding, tape in strategic areas, you really can transform even the craziest, most difficult heel into something wearable — if not crazy walkable."
What’s the biggest mistake women make when buying shoes?
People get really vigilant about their size. Unfortunately, sizes often mean squat. Each shoe line has its own “last” — a foot
Valentine's Day has its share of problems, and lipstick is one of them. You're going wear red lipstick—it's practically mandatory—and you're going to kiss it off pretty fast. So what's the point? That's where long-lasting lip color comes in, and with its own set of issues. There's the “lip ring,” where all the color fades away save for a crusty colorful outline. There's also that wrinkled, dried-up coating that some lipsticks leave you with after a few hours. Sure the color's there, but your lips look half their size. Luckily, there's been some improvement on the long-lasting lip color front. I road-tested a slew of sticks, and pulled out the best of the best. Some have better colors, others better texture, some last practically forever, and some will just get you through the night—which is all a girl can ask for this Valentine's Day.Read More »from 4 Kiss-Proof Lipsticks For Valentine's Day
Maybelline Superstay 24 Hour 2-Step Lip Color, $7.94
24 hours seems kind of extreme—who wants to wear their lipstick for 24 hours? — but this formula by
- Charlotte Rudge, Staff Writer | Fashion Week – Fri, Feb 7, 2014 5:24 PM EST
yesterday was all about moody, smokey, rock star black? Well, today's New York Fashion Week beauty moment was all about the preppy chic and the sunny spirit of the classic California valley girl. Specifically, their rainbow-strewn, blue-sky-inspired nails.Remember how
Though sharp, evil-looking nails are all the rage right now, designer Lindsay Degen's theme for her show was "how a child feels like when they see a rainbow for the first time." And the young designer's inspirational slogan was translated very literally on to the models' nails. The painted-on blue skies, puffy clouds, and rainbows were about as bizarre as you could get in the edgy world of Fashion Week. Plus — plus! — those nails totally matched the rainbow socks the models were wearing beneath their customized Crocs.
The whole thing was utterly un-fashiony, and yet, in the end, that's what made it so fashionable. Crocs, rainbow nails, and matching socks? That's why we love the weirdness that is Fashion Week.
More FashionRead More »from NYFW Makeup Moment of the Day: Degen's Valley Girl Nails
blow-dry bars popping up so frequently that they might soon rival Starbucks in ubiquity, it seems kind of strange that the hot hairstyle everyone is buzzing about is the opposite of a blowout. But as soon as Beyoncé took the Grammy stage last month, chin-length hair glistening in all its wet-look glory with moisture-soaked strands alternately clinging to her face and whipping about her, immediately women around the world wanted to know one thing: How do I get that wob?With
The wob.Read More »from Why the Wob Is 2014's Coolest Haircut
Don’t laugh, that’s really what people are calling it, as in wet bob. Wob. Miley Cyrus landed on the cover of W this month with a platinum wob that helped make her unrecognizable in the steamy photo spread, while Jessica Szohr and Kate Mara (two starlets known for their love of any cutting-edge trend) wore slightly drier versions on the red carpet recently. It's a bold look for sure. In an industry full of shellacked extensions, Beyoncé standing on the stage with a 'do that looked as if she’d just stepped
- Charlotte Rudge, Staff Writer | Fashion Week – Thu, Feb 6, 2014 6:06 PM EST
We loved the sad, sexy rock chicks at Jay Godfrey. They were so cool, and so exhausted-looking. Day 1 of New York's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week didn't showcase any truly crazy looks (we're hoping they're en route, though) but Godfrey’s gothic glamour definitely stood out.
It's very right-now, between the nails (long, sharp, and shiny black) the eye makeup (dark and smudgy), and the hair (reckless-looking and wavy, it injected a good old-fashioned shot of sex appeal, balancing out all that moodiness).
The Vibe: The ladies looked jaded and tired, like they'd been out all night partying — and yet wickedly sexy, which is exactly how Godfrey wanted it.
The Muses: Aveda makeup artist Jenessa Pare and hairstylist Clay Nielsen were given pictures of rock-and-roll icons like Chrissie Hynde, Stevie Nicks, and Rolling Stones spawn Theodora Richards for inspiration.
The Makeup: It's all about the eyes. Smoky gray powder shadow on lids, black shadow lining around the eyes and in the crease that wasRead More »from NYFW Makeup Moment of the Day: Jay Godfrey's Sexy Rock Chicks
- Charlotte Rudge, Staff Writer | Beauty – Wed, Feb 5, 2014 3:38 PM EST
Kerri Russell and Olivia Munn recently stepped out with almost identical, super-glam makeup that looked hot on both beauties: fiery orange-red lips, winged-out, '60s-inspired eyeliner, and natural, glowing skin. Sure, they probably got a little help from the pros, but fear not, you can recreate the same style on your own non-famous face for less than 15 bucks. Here's how.
1.The Lipstick: Maybelline ColorSensationals Lipstick in Neon Red, $5.99 This lipstick (the exact same shade as the one the ladies are wearing) is tricky to find: It's a perfect balance of red and orange, bright-bright, with a soft, satiny finish. It totally pops on the face, and looks modern and interesting, as opposed to if they'd used a classic blue-based red, which would have come off as old-fashioned. This particular Maybelline version is just right, and looks great on lots of complexions. Let's hope they never stop making it.
2.The Eyeliner: Rimmel ScandalEyes Precision Micro Liner in Black, $5.99 I tried toRead More »from Look Like a Million Bucks (and Maybe Olivia Munn) for $15