That women will stop at nothing to artificially achieve the perfect silhouette is not breaking news. How they do it, however, is ever-changing. In the past, undergarments did the bulk of the work, from whale-bone corsets to Real Housewives-designed faux Spanx; women's waists have been nipped, tucked, and cinched underneath their clothes in every which way. But now, thanks to a slew of optical-illusion dresses hitting red carpets and runways, the dresses are drawing the curves.
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At the Venice Film Festival in early September, Kate Winslet (left) pulled off a seemingly antithetical miracle: Wearing a clever skintight shift dress from Stella McCartney's fall 2011 collection, the Oscar-winning actress appeared to be curvier and thinner. The secret to Winslet's dress was ingenious color blocking-black side panels gave her a high, tiny waist that, when added to the white panel around her bust, gave her an hourglass figure that'd turn Jessica
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That women will stop at nothing to artificially achieve the perfect silhouette is not breaking news. How they do it, however, is ever-changing. In the past, undergarments did the bulk of the work, from whale-bone corsets to Real Housewives-designed faux Spanx; women's waists have been nipped, tucked, and cinched underneath their clothes in every which way. But now, thanks to a slew of optical-illusion dresses hitting red carpets and runways, the dresses are drawing the curves.Read More »from Optical Illusion Dresses on Celebrities
CANADARead More »from Beauty Favorites: What Works Around the World
Beauty Ambassador: Rachel McAdams, Actor
Makeup Must-Have: Thanks to its natural, year-round warmth, Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder "flies off the shelves.
Skin Secret: To battle extreme weather from humid summers to icy winters, northern beauties use skin-balancing Elizabeth Arden Prevage Day SPF moisturizer.
Hair Essential: Urbanites in Toronto and Vancouver skip highlights in favor of one-tone blonds and reds, courtesy of Clairol Perfect 10 hair color.
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Beauty Ambassador: Gianna Jun, Actor
Makeup Must-Have: For creamy, crystal-clear skin, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 creates a porcelain-like finish.
Skin Secret: The fountain of youth? ELLE's Korean reader pick, SK-II Skin Signature cream.
Hair Essential: A few refreshing spritzes of L'Occitane Control Mist Dry & Damaged Hair give straight styles a brilliant shine.
Beauty Ambassador: Gisele Bündchen, Model
Makeup Must-Have: Red lips have caught on like a
How to treat the definitive signs of aging: hair loss, wrinkles, and body flab!
"I used to treat about three patients a month for hair loss, and now it's roughly three per day," says NYC-based dermatologist Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, MD, who attributes the "astounding increase" of hair loss to stress-induced testosterone production, which causes hair follicles to slow down.
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The TreatmentsRead More »from Head-to-Toe Guide to Anti-Aging
To jump-start growth, Alexiades often suggests combining her "mainstay" treatment, Rogaine (minoxidil), with a topical prescription of testosterone-regulating spironolactone (like many prescription therapies, the combo is not for women trying to get pregnant, or who are pregnant or nursing). Miami- and New York-based dermatologist Fredric Brandt, MD, sends patients home with biotin supplements (which help the body metabolize amino acids and protein, the basic building blocks of hair), plus a prescription for a pharmacist-blended compound
Find out who your famous sorority sisters are!
Elizabeth BanksRead More »from Celebrities Who Went Greek
Based on some of her roles-40-Year-Old Virgin, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Wet Hot American Summer-Elizabeth Banks seems like the kind of actress who appeals to frat guys. And there's a reason for that. At the University of Pennsylvania, Banks was in the Delta Delta Delta sorority and recently joked with Craig Ferguson (who was once married to a Delta himself) about meeting her husband on the lawn of a fraternity. "He was a sophomore, and I was a freshman," Banks told the late-night host. "And I still make fun of him because he was very much trying to take advantage of the 'new girl on the block.'" Other famous Deltas include Today show host Hota Kotb (Virginia Tech) and former Today show host Katie Couric, who attended the University of Virginia, where she was also a cheerleader. In 2008, she even made a surprise visit to the Tri Delta house at the University of Mississippi, where she clearly was impressed.
The Truth About Adult AcneRead More »from What You Need to Know About Adult Acne
Braces and angst are two things most of us can happily leave behind in our adolescence; acne, less so. In fact, breakouts are seemingly becoming more common later in life: Studies published in Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology note that 50 percent of women will suffer from acne at some point in their adult years, and that the median age of those afflicted has increased from 20.5 to 26.5 years old. All acne is not created equal, however. Younger acne will most always involve T-zone-centric blackheads and whiteheads, while adult acne hits around the jawline and neck, and often shows up as painful cysts and nodules. And grown-up breakouts might be more scarring, because skin becomes less resilient with age.
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Good News for Those With Bad Genes
Skin scientists have used genomics, the study of genes, to tailor treatments for wrinkles, and now they're using their gene know-how to tackle oil overload that could
From snakeskin to sparkle, step into fall's most stylish pairs of heelsRead More »from 5 Wearable Heel Trends to Try This Fall
Trend #1: Sparkle
If you thought these glittery gems should only be saved for prom, think again. Fall's a great time to indulge and experiment in the most never-thought-I'd-wear-that trends, when our wardrobes are more predictable than other seasons.
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Trend #2: Kitten Heel
Don't be fooled by the short stature of this heel. 1.5 inches are making a comeback in a big way: wear them confidently with pants that bare your ankles for a surprisingly sexy look.
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Trend #3: The Loafer
The penny loafer has grown up for fall. Be daring this season and add some height to the beloved flat. Instant statement.
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Trend #4: Snakeskin
Even if you're not a huge fan of animal print, a peek of snakeskin underneath wide-leg pants is the perfect way to stay on trend this season. Plus, snakeskin gives even the
- Elle | Fashion – Fri, Sep 9, 2011 7:06 PM EDT