Sultry At Sundance: Malin Akerman


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Hello from the Entertainment Weekly suite sponsored by L’Oreal Paris at Sundance 2010! I’ve seen a bunch of celebs thus far, and it’s only been a few hours. Some beauty news to report:

Nordic blonde beauty Malin Akerman showed up casually chic with curled ends and a side-part. She partook in a little cosmetic touch-up at the L’Oreal makeup station. Said Akerman, “Oh, I use the L’Oreal Le Kohl Pencil Eyeliner in Onyx. I love it. It goes on so smooth.” L’Oreal Paris on-site makeup artist Tiffany applied the pencil to her lower waterline, and smudged it so it looked more natural. Akerman applied the pencil herself to her upper waterline (as that can be awkward to have someone else all up in your eyeball).

“A little waterline liner is a subtle way to bring out the color of Malin’s blue eyes, without looking too harsh,” explained Tiffany.

Red Lipstick: 9 Tubes Get Put to the Test

Our pals at StyleCaster gave us the run-down on the best red lipsticks. Which red is your absolute favorite?

Red Lipstick: 9 Tubes Get Put to the Test

I Love Lucy. Marilyn. Madonna. Gwen. Throughout history, America’s sexiest celebrities
haven’t often been seen without their luscious red lips. However, the
color dates back to 1870 when Guerlain made it available to the public
with the first bullet-shaped stick and named it “Ne m’oubliez pas,”
meaning: “dont forget me.” Never before has a beauty product made so
much money as this iconic cosmetic. Madonna
claimed my favorite, MAC’s Russian Red as her top pick and it instantly
sold out and continues to fly off shelves today. Plus, it is a quick
pick me up for any complexion, gives the illusion of whiter teath, and
makes a strong and seductive statement of female empowerment. My
glamorous friend, Ayesha introduced me to MAC’s Russian Red in the late
1990s and I’ve been an avid wear-er ever since. I figured since it was
a new decade, I would venture out in an attempt to see if any other
red-hued lipsticks trump my much loved MAC.

Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect in Red Stockings, $25.50, at
For every ad I see of this Dior
Ultra-Gloss, I dream about what my lips would look like all drippy and
sinewy and glossy. Then I wore this for a few hours and all I got was
goop. Seriously. It’s a steep price for an item that bleeds quickly and
looks like a hot mess.

Silky Sensual Radiant Color in Red Muse, $34, at
added a great big pop of color to my lips but disappeared before the
hour was up and stained my hands terribly going on. Applying red lips
is not a simple task, but it shouldn’t leave you looking like you
committed some horrible act of murder. This product gives new meaning
to being ‘caught red-handed.’

Laura Mercier Hydratint in Crimson, $20, at
this is more of a tint and not so much of a lipstick, it doesn’t have
the same dramatic effect as a creme. That said, it leaves a nice sheer
stain. It’s perfect for daytime and hydrating the lips to boot. You can
always count on a Mercier cosmetic — this crimson hydratint included.

Stila Long Wear Lipstick in Lover, $20, at
the name; wanted to love the product. It went on smooth and came on as
strong as a couple of cocktails. That said, it quickly became cakey and
dry. After a while, my lips felt like wood. Not sexy when you want to
get it on with your own lover.

NARS Semi Matte Lipstick in Red Lizard, $24, at
far as I’m concerned, along with many other consumers, makeup artists,
and style experts, NARS is the leader in cosmetics. This particular
stick even got industry recognition as a “Best Seller.” It is a
semi-matte, so it does add a touch of moisture to your lips allowing
them to remain kissable and ‘done.’ It’s also the chosen brand of the
red carpet, so I say — trust it.

Kat Von D Painted Love Lipstick in Underage Red, $18, at
am in awe of Miss Kat Von D. Girl got her own television show, got
hooked up with hard rocker Nikki Sixx of Motley Crew, and then inked
her own cosmetics deal. Fans were lining up outside of Sephora in
cities nationwide just to get a glimpse of the tattoo artist when this
brand was first released. Turns out, the product is well worth the
wait. The color is awesome; it doesn’t bleed and looks pin-up doll
perfect when on, even after a night of partying hard.

Tarte Borba Nutraceutical Lipstick in Vinyasa, $22, at
felt better as a person slipping on this stick. The spiritual names and
natural ingredients may be a marketing tactic of Tarte — but they
work. This is a pretty color, strong going on and no bleeding to match.
I loved the healthy look of my lips. Namaste.

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Color in Audace, $30, at
love the Chanel brand, and when I asked for something from the House of
Chanel for Christmas this year, Santa brought me this little tube. I
love the color and creamy dreamy way it stays forever on my lips. And
the darling packaging comes with a cool, click-y applicator with the
word CHANEL etched into the stick. You’ll feel and look like a woman with one wipe on la bouche.

MAC Matte Lipstick in Russian Red, $14, at
My old favorite. My cosmetic confidante. Even though I strayed for a
bit, I’m back now and more loyal than ever. Nobody can [mess] with MAC
Russian Red. It goes on gorgeous and stays on strong. Red lipstick
devotees, take note!

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Golden Globes Best Beauty Looks

Forget minimalistic, pared-down looks–this year’s Golden Globes were a thoroughly elegant affair with soft and pretty looks ruling the red carpet. From elaborate, tendriled updos to rosy lips and shimmery lids, there was plenty of romance in the air. Here, we picked our favorite looks of the night. Check them out, then head to the virtual Makeover Studio to try on your favorite look in just one click!

Golden Globes 2010 Top Hair Trends

Red carpet beauty at last night’s Golden Globes Awards did not disappoint with its bounty of structured updos, loose side ‘dos with flowing tendrils, lush waves and hot hair accessories. Here, our favorite looks of the evening.


Drew Barrymore


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Drew Barrymore’s smooth, side-parted bun provided a toned-down, retro vibe in contrast with her ornate sea urchiny trimmed nude dress. Dewy, glowy skin enhanced by bronze adorned eyes and a creamy pink lip compliment her structured ‘do. Her Grey Gardens character Little Edie would be proud of this starlet’s very Hollywood moment.

Kate Hudson


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Kate Hudson’s Jetsons-esque gown initially wasn’t my fave, but it grew on me as the night went on. However, there were NO questionable feelings when it came to her structured updo with its side swoop and volume at the crown. Violet shadowed lids, dramatic inner eye liner, extreme lashes and lacquered nude pout complete the look. Her bold bronze cheek evokes memories of mom Goldie Hawn as a spry young thing on Laugh In.


Courteney Cox


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Courteney Cox went for a chic, loose updo defined by a center part and undone long tendrils. Fresh skin, soft gray shadow boasting a fanned-out feather fringe and an icy light pink lip complete the Courtney’s polished beauty concept.

Sandra Bullock


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Sandra is stunning in a sultry side ‘do punctuated by loose, flowing waves. A side-part and undone bends and waves add a hint of romance to the star’s hairstyle. Blushed pink cheeks, shimmery purple shadow amped up with some heavy liner and a muted pink lip complete the look.

Anna Kendrick


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This up-and-comer looks romantic and relaxed, reflecting none of her uptight Up In The Air character’s idiosyncrasies. Her loose updo is toned down with flowy tendrils while a side-part adds polish. Anna’s soft smoky gray eye and heavy liner and glossed pink lip bring a soft romantic vibe.



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Christina Hendricks

Christina’s loose red waves and side part are a total beauty win. The peaches and cream complexion is something that Mad Men makeup artist Lana Horochowski is famous for and bombshell Christina Hendricks no doubt made her proud last night. Her red lip makes her look as if she should grace the packaging of a Benefit Cosmetics product–that’s how pin-up this beauty story is.

Zoe Saldana


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This sci-fi stunner wowed the crowd in a burgundy ruffled number. But the look was “best supported” by Zoe’s glossed-out side-parted curls that are soft and touchable. Her smoky mauve eye and lots of liner make her peepers pop while berry red blush and rosy pink gloss round out the look.

Julia Roberts


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Julia Roberts boasted a recent change of hue: Her signature red locks were lightened to a bold blonde and twisted into beachy waves. This Pretty Woman has the tousled look down pat. She paired her casually chic locks with a purple-shadowed, black-lined eye and neutral pink lips.

Amanda Seyfried


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Amanda Seyfried went for Old Hollywood glamour last night with long flowing waves and a deep side-part. A makeup palette in varying shades of rose and mauve round out this pretty look.

Jennifer Aniston


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Yes, she knows what works and sticks with it (basic black and long side-parted ‘dos), but this time around, Aniston kicked up the glam factor. Jennifer’s voluminous highlighted waves are a bit bedroom, glammed up with a sweeping long side bang. Bronze cheeks and a caramel-nude pout make her the portrait of a California girl.

Leona Lewis


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Leona Lewis

The sultry songbird looked every bit the starlet last night with her sleek long locks curving into subtle waves at the ends. A just off-center part and highlights give this look a glamorous vibe. A dramatic smoky eye and light pink lip bring out Leona’s gorgeous green eyes.


Rose Byrne


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Side-parted, voluminous Hollywood waves are nothing new on the red carpet, but Rose Byrne adds a touch of drama with a sparkling barrette. Rose’s smoky grey eye, perfectly pink cheeks and rosy lip give this retro look a bit of modern flair.

January Jones


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The Mad Men beauty went for a wide black headband to distinguish her ‘do from a sea of unadorned chignons. The headband was a risk that she pulled off with aplomb. A modern red lip (she’s surely no stranger to a retro iteration) is the star of this beauty show, tempered by January’s signature, defined brows.

Contributed by: Senior Beauty Editor Amber Katz

How Stars Try A New Look Before The Real Makeover

Making the decision to change up your look can be scary, especially when you’re undergoing a big transformation like a radical haircut or hair color change. Even celebrities can get nervous about makeovers. That’s why a few of them have adopted the “try before you buy” approach. From faking a bob to tiptoeing into a new hair color, check out how these stars tried out a style before they decided to commit to the makeover.

Rihanna Goes For The Gold


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Rihanna is what we like to call a beauty daredevil: She’ll try anything once, from shaving her half her head to wearing a Dionne Warwick-inspired ‘do. But she took it real slow with her recent hair color makeover. Before Rihanna got bitten by the blonde bug, she started off with just streak of gold to her hair. By placing a strategic highlight of the color she was considering near her hairline, Rihanna was able to tell if the color would complement her skin tone. If you’re making a big color change like RiRi, it’s best to start with just a little color before you go whole hog. If you want to lighten your hair, first give highlights a test run–you’ll see how you look with a lighter color but it will be easier to fix if you don’t end up liking it. Ditto for going darker, just do lowlights instead.

Jessica Stroup Takes A Short Cut


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Chopping off your long locks can be traumatizing, especially if you’ve had long hair all your life. 90210 star Jessica Stroup had a clever way to test out a shorter ‘do: Instead of blindly cutting her hair and hoping she liked it, she tried a faux bob first. This sneaky updo involves tucking your hair underneath itself at the nape of your neck to simulate a short cut. The stunning starlet simply tucked her hair under to the desired length, pinned it and then took the new hairstyle out for a test drive. She must have loved the results because soon after she showed up on the red carpet sporting a real bob. If you’re thinking about going short, give the faux bob a whirl–it’s a great, non-committal way to find out if a shorter hairstyle will look good on you.

One of the most foolproof ways to see if you’d like a new hairstyle or color is to download your photo into our virtual Makeover Studio and try on the potential look. You’ll be able to see exactly how a makeover will look BEFORE you take the leap (and spend the money) on a new cut or color.

Star Stylists’ Golden Globes Beauty Trend Predictions

It’s no secret that the Daily Makeover editorial staff love an award show red carpet moment. Is there a better opportunity for a makeover? Celebrating the talent of the entertainment industry in all its Hollywood glory is a glamorous break from our regularly scheduled, quick-paced, freezing cold New Yorker weekend activities. Patience, however, is not our best virtue, so we checked in with some of our favorite hairstylists to get the scoop on what kind of hairstyles we can expect to see on some of the Golden Globes gals.

Anna Kendrick


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Stylist Stephanie Hobgood reports latest It Girl and Golden Globe nominee (for Up In The Air) Anna Kendrick is going for a classic beauty vibe this Sunday. Anna swears by Davines LOVE Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner to keep her hair shiny and moisturized. “Anna is so youthful and is blessed with such beautiful hair and skin,” Hobgood, who works with the star, says. “She reminds me of the actresses in the 1920s or late 1940s, like Clara Bow or Veronica Lake.” Regarding Golden Globe trends, Hobgood thinks we’ll see some big Marcel waves, finger waves and a lot of the old Hollywood glamour. “There will be deep side parts slicked back, sort of androgynous. Also classic chignons, ponytails, and LOTS of braids,” Hobgood predicts. This year will be all about simple and undone updos with softer textures.

Rose Byrne


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John Frieda International Creative Consultant Harry Josh will be working with Rose Byrne. While the concept for Sunday isn’t set in stone, Josh says he’s thinking “sexy with messy waves.” Josh points out that “We’ll see a lot of dramatic looks this season. Compared to last year, there will not as many simple styles–this year will be all about making a statement.” Josh sends his clients home with the Luminous Color Glaze Clear Shine from John Frieda, an at-home glazing treatment that anyone can use. Reports Josh, “I like for my clients to use it at least 3 times the week before the big night, so that their hair looks shiny and vibrant on the red carpet.”


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Ashley Greene

Mane man Ted Gibson will be telling a very sexy, deliberate and Hollywood hair story via The Twilight Saga‘s Ashley Greene for the Golden Globes. Predicts Gibson, “You will see effortless chic with a modern twist this year.” Gibson says that because people are feeling a lot better about the economy, the mood will be more optimistic as well as a little extravagant. 2010 hair will be all about length and a return to romance, according Gibson. “We’re finished with the asymmetrical 80s, harshness. Hair is going to be a lot softer. Women felt like they needed to be stronger in 2009 and even in fashion, we’re going to see a lot more softness in the clothes and hair in 2010.”


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Amy Poehler

Herbal Essences celebrity stylist Charles Baker Strahan will be tending to the tresses of funny gal Amy Poehler this weekend. Amy has very blonde hair so Baker Strahan always tries to maintain elements of beauty health and shine for her, because blonde hair reflects light like no other color. “She’s a really cool lady. We stay away from anything overly structured, and keep a bit of wave and movement in her hair so it feels very soft.” Reports Baker Strahan, “Less is more–we celebrate her natural texture and downtown style.” Baker Strahan predicts that trends will be geared to the iconic hair of eras past. Baker Strahan notes, “Nine wasn’t critically acclaimed, but led to a more iconic overlay–1960s-esque, more celebrated hair. Hair with a fullness, va va va voom.” Baker Strahan points out that the Golden Globes tend to be more middle of the road formalitywise. “It’s not People’s Choice, but also not the Oscars.” “French twists will come back, as will braided elements,” he says. “The TV gals tend to go more Boho, while the movie gals are typically more done up.”

Ginnifer Goodwin


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Stylist Ahn Co Tran from LA’s Neil George Salon will be styling Big Love star Ginnifer Goodwin for the Golden Globes. Co Tran has nailed down a couple looks to choose from thus far. “The first look is very wave. I can enhance brunette locks by using a waving iron across the face. The second look is a braid from the side part to right behind her ear.” We can’t wait to see which one Ginnifer decides on! For this year’s show, the overall trend is simple, sexy, and modern, according to Co Tran.

Contributed by: Senior Beauty Editor Amber Katz

Jersey Shore Beauty Fails

In case you’ve been busy writhing on the floor post-punch at Headliners, Jersey Shore is the number one pop culture phenomenon of the decade. True, the decade is only two weeks old but Jersey Shore is even catching on in Hollywood. Stars are partaking in their own guido/guidette worthy makeovers. Recently Jersified: Alyssa Milano and Michael Cera. writer Lisa Chudnofsky got her own pouf courtesy of Snooki herself.

This fist-pumping and nickname generating MTV opus has peppered more conversations of mine lately than has the healthcare debate. Want to arm yourself with the all the info you need for the watercooler convos on Fridays? Pour yourself a tall glass of Ron-Ron Juice and let’s break down the beauty fails of Jersey Shore.

First, we have a typical day on the beach with the gals.


The girls of Jersey Shore, left to right: Snooki, JWoWW, Sammi

  • The Acrylic French Mani I just can’t “vibe” the acrylic faux nail situations. And the French manicure adds insult to injury. I’d like to see Snooki follow Sammi’s lead and stick to natural nails with a pretty pink polish.
  • Loads of Liner Yes, it’s the summer and yes, you’re wearing your Ed Hardy best. But Snooki, you’re on the beach, doll. Summer makeup is all about taking it down a notch.

  • Obviously Penciled-On Brows
    Overplucking can lead to permanent sparse brows. JWoww would do well to better match her eye pencil to her brow shade and use tiny hairlike strokes to simulate real brows.
  • Scraggly Ends Sartorially, Sammi needs some advice, but she’s doing okay in the beauty department–with the exception of her flat-ironed to death ends, which are dying for a trim. Just an inch or two would increase volume and movement, giving the impression of healthier hair.

For evening, the gals really go all out.


The girls dolled up for a night out. Left to right: JWoWW, Jolie, Snooki, Sammi

  • Highlights JWoWW can certainly lighten up her strands with a highlight. But her dark base lends itself better to a bold caramel or perhaps honey. Platinum streaks are too much of a contrast.
  • Nude Lip It should be a rule that your lipstick should never be lighter than the shade of your actual lips. A darker hue would look more natural on Snooki.
  • Pouf The pouf has actually grown on me; perhaps it’s because Snooki rocks hers with aplomb. But for the average beauty bear? Beauty fail. Leave ratted up ‘dos in the ’60s, where they belong.
  • Tanning Salon Tans The Situation educated America recently about the virtues of a GTL (gym, tan, laundry–of course) night. Snooki recently told Jay Leno she thinks everyone should have a tanning bed in their homes. All this, despite the statistic that you’re 75% more likely to get skin cancer if you use start using tanning beds before age 30.

What’s your favorite Jersey Shore beauty fail? Tell us in the comments! And don’t forget to try on Snooki’s pouf for yourself in the virtual Makeover Studio.

Contributed by: Senior Beauty Editor Amber Katz

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Rachel McAdams’ Blonde Ambition


Before -circa August 2009
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After- circa January 2010
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In the spirit of the New Year and starting off fresh, I need to confess something: I have a major girl-crush on Rachel McAdams. I think she’s absolutely gorgeous, wonderfully talented and just all around adorable. I think I shed actual tears when I heard she and Ryan Gosling broke up because I thought they were just the most unbelievably cute couple on the face of the planet.

So it pains me to say that I am not loving her latest look. The beautiful starlet likes to change up her style, going from dark to light and back again, even throwing in some colorful pink streaks for fun. Earlier this year she was rocking an absolutely GORGEOUS dark brown hue that is actually one of my favorite looks of the year. When I saw she had decided to go back to blonde, I couldn’t say I was a fan, especially of this particular shade of blonde.

It looks two-tone, with a cool platinum color at the roots and a brassy blonde about halfway down. The shade does nothing for her skin tone or her features, unlike the earlier brown which offset her peaches and cream complexion and made her beautiful blue eyes sparkle. I’m hoping she decides to ditch the color soon and embrace being a brunette. It looks so much better on her and really accentuates her classic beauty.

What do you think of the new blonde hue?

Rock Your Roots


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As anyone who colors their hair knows, roots are the cardinal sin of hair dying. Or so it used to be. Recently, we’ve been spying more and more celebs, especially of the blonde variety, who are sporting some major roots on the red carpet. In fact, it’s almost as if they are showing off their rootage. What gives?

According to Eva Scrivo of New York’s Eva Scrivo Salon, roots actually look more natural than uniform color. “The depth created by a root line looks more natural and allows women to feel that their hair color looks a bit more lived in. It feels more organic opposed to an opaque single color, which can look almost wig-like,” she says.

Women have become nothing if not more savvy about their hair color, which Scrivo states as the reason roots have become more acceptable. That’s great news for the lazy and/or cash-strapped among us who can’t afford to get color touch-ups every 4-6 weeks. Just don’t think this means you can rock a totally two-tone ‘do. Showing roots looks good if your natural hair color is just a few shades darker than your dye job, say chestnut brown roots with caramel strands. Someone with hair that’s naturally dark brown with platinum blonde hair dye is going to look a bit silly with their roots showing.

If you love this look and want to enhance your natural roots even more, Scrivo suggests asking your colorist to add a few highlights at the part of your hair and around your face. As your roots grow out, the highlights will help “break” the demarcation line and enhance the root look. For a softer lift, try doing this with a glaze or semi-permanent color instead.

On the flip side, if you think roots are something to be hidden and not flaunted, there are some quick and simple ways you can hide root growth until you can get to the salon. Instead of a straight part, create a haphazard zigzag part–this will blur the line of your roots and make your color look more blended. Or try a tinted dry shampoo like Bumble and bumble’s Hair Powder or Neil George’s Refresh Dry Shampoo. According to Scrivo, spraying dry shampoo in the root area gives your hair lift and the tint helps to lighten up dark roots, hiding re-growth and making them less noticeable.

Do you bare your roots or hide them away?

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In The Navy

Dusky marine-lined eyes evoke memories of nautical vacations and just generally make you feel as if you’re living in a Ralph Lauren ad. We love navy eye makeup as the hue counteracts redness and makes any gal look more awake. Try ‘em out yourself and you’ll want to don a peacoat, cock your head to the side and say slyly to a sexy stranger, “Hey sailor… Where’s the party?”

Here, our favorite celebrity navy eye makeup looks.

Contributed by: Senior Beauty Editor Amber Katz

Tips on How to Easily Update Your Hairstyle from Edward Tricomi

Our friends at get Edward Tricomi of Warren-Tricomi Salons to provide advice on how to update your hairstyle without making a drastic change.

Tips on How to Easily Update Your Hairstyle from Edward Tricomi

seems to be two types of girls in the world: those who change their
hairstyles constantly, and those who go through their entire life with
the exact same style. Unfortunately, it can be easy to fall into the
first category. We can all understand that desire for change– when you
want it, you really want it!

Recently, we’ve decided
to take a break from torturing our locks. Instead of making drastic
changes to our hairstyles, we’ve decided to update our ‘dos only
slightly. To get the best advice on how to do this, we spoke with
Edward Tricomi of Warren-Tricomi Salons. The hairstylist tells us how to update your look without having to make too drastic of a change.

What is an easy way to update your hairstyle without taking a lot of length off?
Edward Tricomi:
best way to update your hair is by framing your face. The stylist can
angle the front while keeping the length, depending on what you want.

If you have short or shoulder length hair, are there still ways to mix up your look?

There are many ways to mix up your look from adding curls/waves, to
adding volume at the crown of your head, to adding accessories such as
ribbon, braids, headbands, or clips.

Are there any other “easy” updates for long hair besides adding layers?
Layers work on all hair; if you want an instant fix you can add layers
to long hair but be sure that they are longer layers and not super
short. Longer layers fall better.

What do you think is the most universally flattering haircut?

The most flattering haircut is one in which the hair is styled around
the face shape. Again, framing the face is very flattering. Layers are
also easy to create.

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6 Ways To Look Gorgeous in 2010

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to switch up your style. Check out this video in which I show Better TV’s Audra Lowe six easy new makeup trends that are definitely worth trying. Get even more scoop below and give them a whirl.

1. Glitter up for a night out. Chunky glitter is in–in small doses. A little extra sparkle is a great way to enhance your normal night-out look without a lot of effort. Here are some of my favorites. Warning: Only wear one of them at time!


from left to right:

  • JK Jemma Kidd I-tech Glitter Liners glide on easily and give your eyes extra sparkle. $9.99,
  • Maybelline New York Eyestudio Color Silk Plush Eyeshadows have just the right amount of noticeable shimmer. Apply with a wet eyeshadow brush for a more intense color payoff. $9.99, at drugstores.
  • Inspired by the opulence of Versaille, Rococo Nail Apparel Gold Leaf Lacquer has real 24 Carat Gold Leaf. Wear it alone or as a top coat on a rich dark nail polish. $32.50,

2. Max out your eyelashes. With last year’s wild success of Latisse, the prescription strength lash growth serum, major lashes aren’t just for Hollywood A-listers anymore. You don’t really need a prescription to get major eye fringe. Try these new mascaras instead:

New Volumizing Mascara.jpgfrom left to right:

  • Estee Lauder TurboLash All Effects Motion Mascara in Turbo Black has a vibrating brush that deposits mascara deep at the roots and does an amazing job at separating lashes–it’s no gimmick! The inky rich Turbo Black hue is a limited edition. $32,
  • L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Explosion Mascara has a spherical multi-angle brushhead that lets you reach and shape every single lash. $9,

3. Try a chunky lip color crayon. Last year was all about super shiny high-lacquer glosses, but this year it’s more about a pop of color. These chunky lip pencils are super easy to carry around, won’t get goopy, and give a better color payoff than regular gloss–and are longer wearing too.

Lip Gloss Pencils.jpgfrom left to right:

  • Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencils impart a beautiful sheen and great color payoff. $20,
  • Sonia Kashuk Velvet Matte Lip Crayons are so moisturizing they glide on smoothly and won’t cake up in your lip creases. $6.99,

4. Master the smoky eye once and for all! Everyone loves it, yet everyone is scared of it. Here are two new products that can finally put an end to hours of fussing in front of the mirror.

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  • One end of the Covergirl Smoky Shadowblast Eye Color is a rounded smooth shadow for the lid, the other end is an angled liner to define rims and contour. $7.49, at drugstores.
  • Le Metier de Beaute Magic is a clear gloss you put over powder shadow to smudge it out and create some sheen. $28, at Neiman Marcus. 

5. Think beyond black for your nails. By now, black nails are as common as nude nails. Start mixing up your dark nail wardrobe with almost-black greens, navys and purples. They look new, rich and luxurious.

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  • Lancome Le Vernis in Untamed Plum is a rich dark wine. $22,
  • Jessica Custom Nail Color in Fishnets and Fringe is a deep hunter green. $7,

6. Don’t be scared of bright pink blush. It may look loud in the packaging, but a bright pink or coral blush can give you just the pop of color you need to look fresh.

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  • I’m loving the new MAC in Lillyland collection which is inspired by the bright, tropical colors of designer Lilly Pulitzer. These two CremeBlend Blushes in So Sweet, So Easy (a bright pink) and Optimistic Orange (a vibrant coral) create a vibrant sheer flush.
  • You can also sweep a light bronzer like St. Tropez Shimmering Bronzing Rocksall over to make your glow look more sunkissed than flushed. $40,

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Diane Kruger’s Undone Wavy Hairstyle


Before -circa July 2009
Photo: © Frazer Harrison/ Getty Images

After- circa January 2010
Photo: © Eamonn McCormack/WireImage

Diane Kruger is a lady of many follicular fancies. The starlet hit the red carpet at the 2010 People’s Choice Awards rocking a curve-hugging Hervé Léger dress and curvy, wavy hairstyle to go along with it. Want waves like Diane’s? We scored a quick tutorial from celebrity hairstylist Richard Marin. Here’s how he created her perfectly undone beach waves in just five easy steps:

1. Start by spraying sea salt texturizer in hair.

2. Blow dry with the diffuser attachment on the Remington Professional Dryer with hair flipped over for maximum volume. Do NOT run your hands through hair while drying as this will cause frizz. Dry 90% of the way and air dry the rest.

3. Next, use the Remington T-Studio Heated-Clip Rollers, alternately curling sections of hair with a 1 inch roller and 1 ¼ inch roller until the entire head is set.

4. Unroll when cool and shake your head around A LOT to tousle the curls.

5. Amp up the volume with a dry spray shampoo, and finish off the look with a spritz of hairspray to control flyaways. Shake, spray, shake some more, and you’re out the door!

Contributed by: Senior Beauty Editor Amber Katz

Haute Hat Hairstyles

Looking for new ways to keep warm this winter? Try on a haute hat! As these celebrities show, there are tons of options out there and even more stylish ways to rock them. No matter what your preferred hairstyle is, there’s a hat to suit your needs. Check out some of our favorite Haute Hat Hairstyles here!

Jessica Szohr’s Sleek New Bob


Before -circa July 2009
Photo: © Jim Spellman/

After- circa January 2010
Photo: © Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

There was a time when I could call myself a rabid fan of the steamy teen drama Gossip Girl. Every Monday night you could catch me plopped down in front of my TV to see what kind of crazy shenanigans the Upper East Side crowd was getting in to. Recently my love of the show has started to wane, something I attribute to a combination of lackluster storylines and the horrendous state of Jessica Szohr‘s hair.

Don’t get me wrong, I think Jessica Szohr is gorgeous, I just can’t stand behind those tattered things she calls extensions. Just because she plays Vanessa, the artsy Brooklyn outsider, doesn’t mean she needs to embody a grungy hipster. In the past couple of years she’s looked like she’s either halfway to growing some really gnarly dreads or like she’s been sleeping in her car.

So imagine my delighted shock when I saw she had decided to ring in the new year with a sleek new ‘do. Gone are the bedraggled extensions (good riddance) and in their place is a chic, gorgeous bob that accentuates her amazing eyes and exotic features. This is yet another case of long-does-not-always-mean-better (see also: Selena Gomez, Drew Barrymore). Super-long hair, especially extensions, can drag down your face and sometimes give you an unkempt look. By cutting off all those inches, Jessica helped shed her shaggy style and embraced a hip new ‘do. Let’s hope Gossip Girl can do the same.

What do you think of Jessica’s hair makeover?

How To Find The Best Brush For Your Hair

Our friends at show you how to match your hair’s unique texture with the perfect brush to get you amazing results!

How to Find the Best Hair Brush For Your Individual Hair

most women, the best part of getting their hair cut is the blow dry
that comes at the end of any salon experience. But more often than not,
the next day only brings a sigh of disappointment as the previous day’s
fabulous blow out falls limp and can’t be replicated.

While it can be difficult to perfectly replicate a professional’s blow out, Carolyn Riley of Cutler Salon explains that by buying the right hair brush for your hair’s specific
texture, you can easily achieve the look you want at home. Riley
provides us with her four favorite brushes and demonstrates how to use
them to make your hair look its best!

Round Bristle Brush (Spornelle Brush):


Good For: Women who have fine hair or curly hair but want smooth, straight hair with a nice shine and a little volume.

How To Use It:
Begin with wet hair, and start at the hairline root to smooth out the
curls and kinks that commonly occur around the root. The key to getting
smooth hair with just a little volume is to pull the hair straight up
and away from the head and blow dry the hair. The clustered bristles of
the brush will naturally give your hair shine.

Ceramic Round Brush:



Good For: Women with textured curls who want voluminous, smooth hair and a soft curl.

How To Use It: Begin by spraying the hair with Cutler Specialist Protectant Treatment
spray, focusing on the ends, which will help detangle the hair. Because
ceramic brushes are specifically intended for heating, you need to
protect your hair from the heat. Blow dry without a brush until the
hair is 90 percent dry. To get a nice curl from the middle of your hair
down, wrap the hair around the barrel of the brush and blow dry. For
more volume, tip your head a little and just pull the brush straight
through the hair.

Bonus tip: Generally
speaking, the bigger the round brush, the bigger the curl. If you just
want more volume and a little bend to the hair, use a bigger brush. If
you want more curl to the hair, use a smaller brush. If you can wrap
your hair around the brush more than twice, it’s too small and you’re
more likely to get it tangled.

Nylon Paddle Brush:


Good For: Women with longer hair of any texture who want non-pin straight hair with body and volume.

How To Use It:
First off, choose a paddle brush that is about the same size as your
palm for comfort as you work. For a simple blow dry, tilt your head
upside down and cross brush the hair on diagonals around the head. The
brush will naturally help you get volume into your hair because it is a
vented brush with space between the bristles.

Bonus tip: Use the brush vertically (instead of holding the brush horizontally) when your hair is wet to help detangle it.

Mason Pearson Brush:


Good For: Women
who have any type of curl texture — be it really tight curls or loose
curls — in their hair, but want smooth hair at the root while
maintaining volume.

How To Use It: The Mason Pearson brush
is a high-end professional brush retailing at about $90, but it’s a
worthwhile investment. The design of the brush with its natural boar
and nylon bristles helps do all the difficult work for you. Just like
with the paddle brush, turn your head upside down and blow dry across
your head alternating the angle of the brush.

Bonus tip:
The Mason Pearson brush is ideal for smoothing cowlicks and difficult
curly roots. To control your cowlick bangs, push the hair across the
face in one direction, then the other, and then down while blow drying
the hair.

Don’t be afraid to ask your stylist which hair brush
they recommend. Talking to them about how to style your hair at home
will open you up to better hair care to keep you happy and your hair

Contributed by: Janice Chou

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Would You Dare Wear A Pixie?


Before -circa February 2009
Photo: © Sara De Boer / Retna Ltd.

After- circa December 2009
Photo: © Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Looking for a way to make a dramatic hair statement in the new year? Why not try a pixie! The super short style is definitely an attention-getter, something the always stunning Halle Berry knows all too well. The gorgeous star recently lopped off her locks in favor of a chic crop. To find out if the style is right for you, we asked Tresemmé celebrity stylist Mara Roszak for her tips on taking the pixie plunge. Read on to see if you’re a prime candidate for this bold and beautiful hairstyle.

Know your face shape. Not every face shape can pull off this look. “A pixie looks best on a delicate face because it really emphasizes your facial features,” says Roszak. If your face is very square or round, a crop will only act to enhance its width and any sharp angles or puffy areas, drawing attention to features you may not want to exaggerate. If your face is oval- or heart-shaped, you’re in the clear. Not sure what your face shape is? Take our face shape quiz to find out.

Do a test run. For many women, their long locks can serve as a security blanket, letting them hide their faces when they’re feeling self-conscious or moody. Once that hair is gone, so is that so-called security and it won’t be growing back anytime soon. “It’s very freeing and fun to have a short cut like this, you just have to be ready,” says Roszak. To see if you can handle it, she suggests pulling your hair off your face for a few days in a row. If you’re comfortable with that, then you can handle a cropped cut.

Take small steps. If you’re still a little wary, consider following Halle’s example: Instead of chopping her hair off all at once, she had her stylist cut her hair into a short bob, then waited a month before she opted for the crop. “It’s a big decision to make. Sometimes it’s better to ease into a big change, especially if you are going from long to super short,” says Roszak. “Making sure you are ready for a change is key,” she says. If you do decide to go for the extreme all-at-once chop, consider donating your hair to a charity like Locks Of Love, so you can help support a great cause as you unveil a whole new you.

So how about it, would you dare to wear a pixie?

2009 Best And Worst Makeovers

We’ve dubbed 2009 the year of the makeover. We saw celebrities undertaking dramatic changes with their looks, some for the better and some that should have been left well enough alone, We’ve rounded up our favorite transformations of the year, along with the biggest style mistakes. Read on to find out who made the grade.


Carrie Underwood

The country crooner decided to take her lustrous blonde locks to new lengths by cutting it into a long bob. The new style features tons of volume and a much softer, less structured look. We’re big fans of the new ‘do because it shows that you don’t need to make a big change in order to make an impact. Carrie may have only cut a few inches off of her hair, but that slight change helped to refresh and invigorate her stuck-in-a-rut style.

Halle Berry


Let’s be honest here, could Halle Berry EVER look bad? The gorgeous star has been all over the hair map this year: She rang in 2009 with long, lush locks, which she then chopped into a layered, chin-length bob and then cut it yet again into a textured pixie. We love the cropped look on her because it emphasizes her amazing bone structure and really helps to show off that gorgeous face. Remember ladies, there’s no better hairstyle than a pixie to flaunt a fab face.



Long flaxen curls are the status quo for most pop stars, which is why we love the fact that Fergie Ferg decided to go against the pop-tart grain by dying her hair dark. The toasty chocolate brown shade really warms up her olive complexion and helps her stand out from the rest of the pack.

Selena Gomez


The tween idol grew up before our very eyes when she chopped off her long, teenybopper locks in favor of a sophisticated “lob” (long bob). Her shorter strands look elegant, chic and positively grown-up, making her a style icon in the making.

Drew Barrymore


Miss Drew likes to keep things interesting by mixing up her beauty choices and this year was no exception. She started off doing her best Brigitte Bardot impression, turning up on the red carpet sporting some major volume and teased tresses, then took the plunge and chopped her hair into a textured bob. After one brief misstep with some black hair dye, she finally found her groove with this sweet and simple bob.


Kristen Stewart


Okay, we know this one isn’t really fair because it was done for a role, but still. We think K.Stew looks her best when she’s sporting Bella’s long chocolate waves, so seeing her at the Twilight premieres with this ratty rock mullet broke our hearts. From the flat, too-dark hue to the choppy, messy layers — there’s really nothing in this look we can get behind. We hope this Joan Jett biopic wraps soon so Kristen can ditch the she-mullet and rock something a little more flattering for her beautiful face.

Katharine McPhee


It’s like some unwritten rule in Hollywood that blonde is better. Not so in our eyes, as evidenced by Katharine McPhee’s tragic transformation. The raven-haired songbird must have had a case of temporary insanity when she told her stylist to chop off her gorgeous hair and dye it blonde; what else could explain this dramatic change? While the cut could have been cute if she had shortened up the back a bit, there’s just no rescuing the color–it washes her out and pushes her into the background, instead of putting her on center stage where she belongs.

Hayden Panettiere


Bangs, when done correctly, can help frame your face and define your features. Unfortunately that’s not the case with poor Hayden here, who cut her long hair into a shoulder-length bob with an ill-advised fringe. By opting for blunt, straight-across bangs, Hayden ended up adding unwanted fullness to her round face; she would have been better served going with a soft, sideswept bang to help break up the roundness, instead of emphasizing it.

Taylor Momsen


It’s hard to remember that Taylor Momsen is only 16. That’s because she’s so busy piling on pounds of unnecessary makeup. The young Gossip Girl star has become a fan of rimming her eyes in layers of dark liner and smudged shadow, then topping it off with a bold, statement lip. While we applaud her for playing with color, we think she’s gone too far. All that makeup makes her look way too old, and a bit tacky. We like the bold lip, but we think she should learn to take it easy with the eyeliner — the combined effect is more trampy than trendy.

Ashlee Simpson-Wentz


The younger Simpson sister has a well-documented flirtation with hair dye. While we can’t say we totally love the orangey-red shade she’s been wearing this year, it’s definitely a lot better than the dull black shade she just unveiled. Even worse, her new cut features full, blunt bangs that are too heavy for her face shape. Our advice for Ashlee? Ditch the bangs and go back to honey blonde — it suits her complexion and brightens up her face, making her look fresh, radiant and age-appropriate.

Who do you think should win the award for the year’s best makeover?