Blog Posts by Marie Claire

  • How to Get Beach Hair

    How DOES Gisele get those perfect waves? We found out, here.

    My hair is exhausted. It's been scrunched, tangled around a brush, and fried. It's been doused with product, tussled with, and misted like a houseplant. But it wasn't until my husband said he smelled something burning that I decided to call in the big guns. I had to. My ponytail and I have been hibernating for months; suddenly I'm faced with social commitments. I didn't want to look as if I tried too hard, but I wanted my friends to admire it and my frenemies to be jealous. That said, only one kind of hair would fit the bill: beach hair, or what is fast becoming known as Kate Moss hair.

    This is not '90s bed head, mind you. Back in the post-grunge era, bed head was inspired by, well, the bed. You rolled out of your ratty futon and there you were, dirty uncombed hair and all. More hygienic types achieved it with now-iconic texturizing products like Tigi Bed Head's waxy roll-on, Hair Stick for Cool People, or Bumble and Bumble's Surf Spray. The 2011 version - beach hair - is clean,

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  • Secrets to Looking Younger Without Looking Fake

    Here, your cosmetic game plan for 2013.

    "I don't want to look done or freaky and artificial like everybody else. I just want to look like myself, only better." So goes the fear voiced by new patients, says New York City plastic surgeon Dr. Haideh Hirmand. The "everybody else"? Those expressionless, Kewpie-doll carbon copies, all cherubic cheeks and fish pouts.

    Instead of feeding the trend, more and more top doctors are doling out injectable enzymes like hyaluronidase to dissolve and deflate the glut of dermal fillers they're seeing. "It's ironic because women didn't want that pulled-tight surgical look of the '80s and '90s, so a liquid face-lift [using fillers like Restylane] became a more natural-looking alternative," explains plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Jacono, author of The Face of the Future. "But trying to reshape the face by swelling up cheekbones, jawlines, and lips took on this Mrs. Potato Head approach. It started to seem as if the same features were being transplanted onto different faces. This is why all

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  • The Office-Ready Beauty Guide

    We've outlined the new code of conduct to make your beauty routine work for you come Monday morning.

    Leap from cubicle warrior to corner-suite exec with can't-lose looks.

    In or out of the office, makeup looks better on healthy, hydrated skin. "In unflattering work light, you can see everything, so start with a good moisturizer for a smooth surface under makeup," says makeup artist Tina Turnbow. "I also de-puff each morning with an eye gel - store it in the fridge so it's extra cooling." On days you down a supersize latte, "I love peppermint lip balm - it moisturizes, tingles, and helps with fresh breath when you're talking to people up close." Just don't skimp on the final review: "Before you head out the door, take a mirror into natural light to make sure everything is properly blended." You want eyes on the bottom line, not your jawline.

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    The Old-School Office: For corporate chic that dazzles like a 3-D PowerPoint slide, "Stick with a monochromatic face," says

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  • Celebs Who Look Better with Age

    These beauties appear to look better over time. Did they get cosmetic help? Who cares? They look fresh and age-appropriate.

  • The British Monarchy's Progressive New Move

    Could we be named a princess, too?

    If Buckingham Palace had any glass ceilings, they just got shattered today.

    Queen Elizabeth II has decreed that if Prince William and Kate Middleton's baby is a girl, she'll be called "Her Royal Highness" and "Princess."

    If you're wondering how this is news, here's a quick recap on the monarchy's interesting naming conventions: Up until now, there was a bit of a gender double standard. In the original 1917 decree, a boy would have been called "Prince" but a girl would have been named "Lady" as she wouldn't be first in line to the throne.

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    The new decree, however, states: "The Queen has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 31 December 2012 to declare that all the children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales should have and enjoy the style, title, and attribute of royal highness with the titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their Christian names or with such other titles of

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  • 5 Valentine’s Day Gifts Decoded

    What do these chocolates mean if you get them for V-Day?

    He got you: A heart-shaped box of chocolates from the supermarket.

    He's saying: "I forgot it's Valentine's Day."

    He got you: Jewelry or a watch.

    He's saying: "I'm not super-creative, but hey, I tried. Don't worry, I probably won't notice if you exchange it for something that's more your style."

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    He got you: Every season of your favorite guilty-pleasure TV show.

    He's saying: "I like you more than I hate Ross and Rachel."

    He got you: A greeting card.

    He's saying: "I don't think it's worth spending money on a Hallmark holiday, but, ironically, this Hallmark card is the cheapest thing I could find."

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    He got you: A surprise weekend getaway to a quaint little bed-and-breakfast.

    He's saying: "I'm hoping you like me enough to deal with being in the same room as my snoring and farting - I know I like you enough to put up with yours."

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  • Top 10 Things We're Most Excited About for Awards Season

    Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be hosting the Golden Globes this Sunday.

    Grab your popcorn, y'all! Sunday's Golden Globes marks the start of the 2013 awards season, and with this year's crop of above-excellent movies, it's sure to be nothing less than legendary. We've compiled a list of our most anticipated moments, from the red carpet to the very last after-party.

    1. Tina Fey + Amy Poehler = Golden Globes perfection. Our fave funny BFFs first won our hearts during SNL's Weekend Update, and we can't wait to see the escapades these two present during their hosting gig.

    2. More hilarious Jennifer Lawrence interviews. This glamazon-meets-goofball gives the funniest interviews in Hollywood (case in point: "I go to the interviews and I'm like a chihuahua! I'm shaking and peeing!"), which we can expect plenty of thanks to Silver Linings Playbook's multiple nominations thus far.

    3. Seth MacFarlane rocking it during his Oscar hosting gig. If only evidenced by how hard we consistently laughed during Ted, we can't wait to see what funny guy

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  • Makeout Makeup: What Kind of Guy Do You Want to Attract?

    What kind of guy do you want to attract?

    I've been a professional makeup artist for ages, but I still get a thrill from the spell it can cast and the confidence it instills, especially when it comes to attracting the opposite sex. As we know ladies, men are suckers for the visuals, and makeup is a tool to spice and entice. If there's anything I've learned in the field, it's that certain types of guys go for very specific looks, so here's a handy guide to what works.

    The Indie Musician: if you're into a scruffy, grungy guy, stop washing and brushing your hair, add some bed head spray and rock some slept-in, day-after-the-concert smudgy, smeared black eyeliner. Be sure to stay out of the sun in order to achieve a pasty pallor, and let nails polished with a midnight blue poke out of your extra long wool sweater sleeves.

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    The Stockbroker: Do you normally wear no more than a touch of lip balm? Trade in the subtle look for confident, classic, bold red lipstick rounded out

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  • Top 5 Valentine's Day Beauty Tips

    Follow our tips to get a sensual V-Day look.

    Want to unleash your inner bombshell with a hot new look just in time for V-Day? MC's got you covered with these beauty tips that'll instantly boost your wow factor.

    Get Cheeky
    Nothing says irresistible like a provocative rosy glow, so sweep Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush in Rose on the apples of the cheeks for a perfect flush. Bonus: natural plant extracts in this powder formula mimic the effect of endorphins for an instant mood lift.

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    Rock Some Red
    Punch up your pout with a sexy crimson shade that's sure to get you noticed. For a true femme fatale look, try CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in Flame. Not so daring? Tarte LipSurgence Natural Lip Luster in Fever gives lips a super-sheer stain and high shine.

    Maximize Your Lashes
    Transform stubby lashes into borderline falsies with a coat of L'Oréal Paris Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara. The ultra-nourishing base strengthens and

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  • 7 Ways to Say "Happy New Year" Around the Globe

    These NYE traditions are far from Times Square.

    Not everyone on Earth watches the Times Square ball drop. Check out these New Year's rituals from around the globe.

    1. In Mexico, women put on new panties in one of two colors to signify their hopes for the coming year - red for love, yellow for money.

    2. In Belarus, single women compete in unusual games, such as lining up piles of corn ans seeing whose kernels a rooster chooses to eat first. The winner is considered most likely to marry in the year ahead.

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    3. The Japanese throw an office bonenkai, or "forget-the-year party," where bosses let employees get more relaxed then usual (i.e., drink a ton) in their otherwise buttoned-down workplaces.

    4. In Rio de Janeiro, crowds flock to the beach to throw flowers into the ocean at midnight.

    5. Filipino women wear polka dots - the roundess resembles coins and wealth.

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    6. Ecuadoreans burn photos and scarecrows to

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