Runway Looks

Makeup Trends from 2016 Fashion Week

With the Fashion Weeks of London, Paris and Milan all behind us, now is a great time to review what’s on point this season. And there’s plenty to talk about. What can we learn about everyday hair and makeup from the European runways? Let’s take a closer look!
You do you
London in particular was a study in opposites, proving that now, more than ever, a cookie cutter look is not going to get you noticed. Instead, find the style that works for you, just keep it modern and fresh. That doesn’t mean rolling out in looks from five years ago, but it does mean you can feel comfortable working within your wheelhouse. Take note of polar opposites Naomi Campbell and Rosie Huntington Whitley, both of whom made a splash in London. Naomi went full blown bombshell with seventies-style glamour curls and bright red nails. Whitley, on the other hand, was all sleek blonde and pale makeup. 
Meanwhile in Milan, there was one common theme.
Go big or go home
From hair to lipstick to accessories, bold was the order of the day for the Italian fashion capital. Big hair (waves, curls, you name it!), statement lips (bold and bright or bold and dark!) and outwardly girl statement accessories (the shades and embellishments had it!) all experienced a grown up makeover, making them fashion forward but accessible. The bottom line: this is not a time to tread lightly. The fashion of the moment dictates that whether you go monochromatic with your makeup or unleash your natural curls, you need to make a statement!
One easy way to do that?
Feed your feline…
Eye that is. Heavy lining was all over the runways this season. From Cavalli to Versace to Fendi and even Lagerfeld (whose playful, geometric styles were said to have taken inspiration from Burning man), the cat eyes had it and you can too. A subdued feline flair is appropriate for daytime while more elaborate cat eyes can replace statement jewelry for a high impact evening look. All it takes is a peek around the internet and you’ll find a style you can emulate. Meow, ladies!
And finally…
Embrace your dark side
Whether in London, Milan or especially Paris, looks this year seemed to embrace a harder edge than we’ve seen in a while. From the pale faces, dark hair and deeply hued lips that gave Louis Vuitton a futuristic goth vibe to St. Laurent, where lined eyes, bright lips and black leather brought a feminine face to the punk rock aesthetic, to Givenchy’s so-called biker chic, aggressiveness was the order of the day… The message: don’t be afraid to put an edge on it. Bold is sexy.


What’s New in Nail Trends

Fresh Colors for Spring 2016

When it comes to new nail colors, it can be hard to keep up. Are we feeling metallics or are pastels all the rage? Is it ever out dated to keep it simple and rock a French mani? If my nails are short, can I still do bold colors? So many questions… that we’re here to answer! Check out these on-trend hues and keep your hands fresh this spring.
If you’re feeling bold
It may feel risky to rock a navy nail – and it definitely takes some daring. But dark shades of blue have made a big splash this season, especially when you add in some sparkle. Wear it on a short nail and the impact is even bigger. Why not let your hands say starry, starry night?!
If you’re feeling feminine
If you tend to be a clear coat, sheer or even French manicure kind of girl, update your look for 2016 by seizing on a sumptuous, seventies inspired beige. It’s neutral enough that you won’t feel like you’re forcing it, but still has that soft, feminine flair. If you’re brave enough you can even try beige with a shimmer finish.
If you’re feeling chic
Nothing says New York (or Paris, or London or Berlin) like deep grey. It’s darker than neutral beiges but blends just as well with the pop of a blue (minus the flash factor). In other words, if understated elegance is your vibe, charcoal grey is your Spring 2016 go to. And finally...
If you’re feeling bombshell
Candy apple red never goes out of style. Okay, maybe it does, but this is not one of those seasons. You can wear a bright, vibrant classic red on any nail length with a sexy, saucy effect. If your nails are short, it’s a brighter, splashier choice than bold blues. If your nails are long, it’ll up your playful, sexy factor. Either way, it’s a simple way to add a little glamour to your day to day… so why not try it?!


Oscars 2016 Trends

The Hottest Hair and Makeup from the Academy Awards Red Carpet

The Oscars may be all about honoring the movies, but they’re arguably fashion’s biggest night, too. Never mind who wins best actor or actress (or anything else for that matter), observers everywhere tune in just to see what the world’s biggest stars are wearing! From Bjork’s swan dress in 2001 to Lupita Nyongo’s 2014 stunning pastel ensemble, we always remember the looks we love and the looks we love to hate. And no outfit is complete without factoring in hair and makeup. With that in mind, what was hot on this year’s red carpet? Let’s find out!
Upscale Ponytails
While hairstyles of all kinds made appearances this year, glam variations on the ponytail were particularly popular, especially with the TV set. Scandal’s Kerry Washington, Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara and Quantico’s Priyana Chopra all went with the simple but high impact style as did Olivia Munn and Isla Fisher. Variations of crown height and wisp factor kept the look individual for a low maintenance, high fashion tone.
Elaborate Updos
This was not a big year for softly swept tresses or classic French Twists. Stars like Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde and Tina Fey all sported intricately sculpted updos meant to make an impact – and it worked. Whether structured buns like Mara’s or detailed braids like Wilde and Fey, the effect was dramatic, eye-catching and even otherworldly.
Smoky Eyes
Everywhere you turned this year you’d catch sight of a heavily shaded, smoky eye. From Kerry Washington’s traditional black and grey interpretation to Lady Gaga’s elaborate bronze take to Charlize Theron’s sparkling emerald lids, there was no denying the eyes had it on Oscar night. And no wonder – it’s a versatile look that works on just about everyone. The same can be said for the evening’s other big winner:
Monochromatic Makeup
There was no missing the match factor on this year’s red carpet. From Best Actress Winner Brie Larson’s beautiful blues to nominee Saorsie Ronan’s green sparkle to mother to be Emily Blunt’s pale pink theme, actresses kept the color scheme simple and the effect was stunning. Case in point: Olivia Munn, whose orange dress and lip combo was singular – and smoking. 


Transform Your Complexion

5 Ingredients Your Smoothie Must Have to Get Your Skin Glowing

Want to transform your complexion and get a radiant glow that everyone envies? Start from the inside.
The key to fending off — or even reversing — the damage that comes from too much sun, smoking, or unhealthy eating is getting plenty of antioxidants, a substance that protects your body from harm on the cellular level and is found in abundance in many fruits, nuts and vegetables.
Vitamins A, C and E are all antioxidants, as are many phytochemicals, which are compounds found naturally in plants.
One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to get your beauty-boosting nutrients is to start your day with a healthy breakfast smoothie. Your top ingredients should be:
Anthocyanidins. A phytochemical that's a powerful antioxidant, anthocyanidins give fruits their red or purple colors. Best sources: Blueberries, blackberries, cherries, raspberries.
Carotenoids. Carotenoids produce a red, yellow or orange color in fruits and veggies. This phytochemical enhances collagen production, which is the protein fiber that keeps your facial skin firm and youthful looking. As we age, collagen isn’t replenished as quickly and the skin sags. Best sources: Carrots, guavas, lemons, limes, tomatoes, watermelon.
Vitamin C. This important vitamin is a potent antioxidant and works together with carotenoids to help keep collagen healthy. Best sources: Cantaloupe, kale, kiwis, oranges, papayas, strawberries, red bell peppers.
Vitamin E. Working from the inside to protect the top layers of skin against sun damage, vitamin E is important for preventing wrinkles. Best source: Almonds, avocados, sunflower seeds.
Selenium. Consumed in tandem with vitamin E, selenium improves your skin’s elasticity and texture. This mineral is abundant in some fish and grains, but for smoothies, your best bet is Brazil nuts.
To whip up a beauty-boosting smoothie, put a cup of any combination of the fruits, juices (lemon, lime), vegetables and nuts mentioned above into a blender with a handful of ice cubes. (Or, to make your mix creamier and richer, replace the ice with chunks of a frozen banana. Bananas are a nutritional powerhouse in their own right, containing potassium, vitamin B6, fiber and pectin.)
Pour in about half a cup of lowfat milk or a substitute like almond, coconut or soy milk and blend until the mix is free of lumps. You can also use yogurt or kefir, if you prefer.
To give your smoothie more staying power so you can go from breakfast to lunch without getting hungry, consider adding a tablespoon of peanut butter or a scoop of whey protein powder. Also think about adding spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg or vanilla extract to create new flavors. If your smoothie is too tart, blend in a couple teaspoons of honey.
One caveat: A few of these ingredients are high in calories, such as avocados, honey, nuts and seeds, so watch how much you’re adding. Three or four Brazil nuts or seven or eight almonds are enough to give you the nutritional benefit without busting your calorie budget.

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