Celebrity Hairstyle Trend: Sloppy Side Buns

Side swept hairstyles are all the rage now–mostly thanks to this 80′s moment we’re having–but here’s an off-to-one-side style that looks more classic. The deep side part and rippling waves along one side of the face give it an Old Hollywood vibe, but the rumpled “I didn’t really make an effort” texture brings it into 2009 and beyond. To get the look, apply a curl-enhancing spray to damp hair, blowdry you hair any which way, then pull out a curling iron to create defined curls in front and a few more in the back–no need to be meticulous because you’re just going to shake it all up anyway. Gather hair into a low side ponytail, use a hair-matching elastic to secure in place. Bunch up the tail and pin in place.

Left: Zoe Saldana Photo: © Jason Merritt/Getty. Right: Scarlet Johansson Photo: © Junko Kimura/Getty

Zoe Saldana’s to-the-side updo grazes her neckline at the 16th Annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Tribute. Scarlet Johansson‘s side bun is pinned up at chin level at the Moet & Chandon Tribute To Cinema.

Posh Girl Gone Wild at Betsey Johnson

Of all the shows I went to during NYC’s Spring 2010 Fashion Week, I had the absolute most fun at Betsey Johnson. “The look is about a posh girl who had one too many martinis and hooked up with the wrong guy on the wrong side of the tracks, and now she’s making it back to The Plaza the morning after,” says makeup artist Sarah Lucero for Stila Cosmetics. LOL! The models were done up with tons of glitter, outrageous bows, and dark naughty lips. I bring this up now because I actually think it’s a great Halloween costume idea! Check out the looks!

Need more Halloween costume ideas? Check out:

Budget Halloween Costumes from Beauty On A Dime

How To Create Halloween Hair from In His Beauty Universe

Vampire Chic from Positively Beautiful

Get A Virtual Vampire Makeover!

Hair Heist: Did Katy Perry Steal Katharine McPhee’s Style?


Katharine McPhee’s new blonde pixie
Photo: © Sara De Boer / Retna Ltd.

Katy Perry’s longer locks
Photo: © Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

So a couple weeks ago, we reported on Katharine McPhee‘s new blonde pixie cut. And coincidentally, Katy Perry, who vacillates between a curled bob and shoulder-length locks has been sporting long, tumbling waves that are the spitting image of Katharine McPhee‘s hairstyle of yore.

What do you think? Coincidence or hair heist? And tell us in the comments: Do you like Katy Perry’s new longer ‘do? Or should she take some Tylenol to bring down her McPheever?

Contributed by Senior Beauty Editor Amber Katz

Primetime Emmys 2009 Top Five Looks

We were glued to the TV last night checking out the latest hair and makeup to grace the red carpet. Here are our top five favorite beauty looks of the evening.


Jennifer Love Hewitt

J Love Hewitt rocked center-parted long tumbly curls with the front pieces twisted back and secured out of her face. Makeup was subtle, save for a fiercely fabulous faux fringe. Lips were softly glossed with a light pink.


Debra Messing

Debra’s hair is always the main event in her veritable parade of beauty. For the Emmys, Debra donned a sweeping bangs-adorned side chignon complemented by major mascara, orangey-peach blush and a glossy nude lip.


Ginnifer Goodwin

We have Big Love for Ginnifer’s deep side parted cutely cropped pixie. Keeping the focus on her statement necklace, Ginnifer opted for softly subtle makeup in the form of a taupey smokey eye and simple clear gloss.


Jessica Lowndes

Lashes and liner define Jessica’s breathtakingly green eyes while pinky-nude lips balance out her edgy eye makeup. Jessica’s voluminous faux-hawk half-up do adds a sense of occasion.


Katrina Bowden

Katrina’s crimpy waves pulled to the side in a slapdash, beachy pony make this look breezy, but beautiful. Pink shadow with some liner define Katrina’s eyes while nudish pink satiny lips complete the look.

Try on these looks and more here.

Contributed by Daily Makeover Senior Beauty Editor Amber Katz

Fashion Week Makeover Contest!

As we run from show to show, from downtown to uptown, the Daily Makeover team has collected the hottest trends in makeup and hair from the Spring 2010 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Now it’s your turn to try-on these looks directly from the runway and win!

Starting on Tuesday September 15th, we will be hosting a Fashion Week Looks contest for our fans on Facebook.

It’s super easy to enter. Upload your photo to Makeover Studio and choose your favorite Spring 2010 Fashion Week look and then add it to Daily Makeover’s Facebook Page for our team of beauty experts to select a winner. Remember you have to be a fan of Daily Makeover’s on Facebook to enter.

How the Contest Works:
Follow these easy steps to put yourself in the running for a Zeno Mini (Valued at $89), the leader in at home acne treatment.

• Make sure you are a Daily Makeover Facebook fan
• Register (for free) on DailyMakeover.com to upload your photo and begin trying on looks
• Upload your photo to the Makeover Studio and try-on your favorite Spring 2010 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week look
• Download and save your photo from Makeover Studio and save to your computer
• Upload your saved photo to Daily Makeover’s Facebook Page. Include your name and the look you tried on in the caption
• The more looks your upload to Daily Makeover’s Facebook Page, the more chances you have to win!

A winner will be announced September 21. Now login and start trying on the Fashion Week looks!

As one the web’s largest beauty sites, DailyMakeover.com constantly receives products from beauty companies for editorial review. Please read our Editorial Ethics Pledge if you’d like to know how we select products to feature.

Most Wanted Celebrity Hairstyles

They’ve been on our style radar all summer long, rocking everything from beachy waves to glam updos. These five gorgeous stars are at the top of our Makeover Studio Most Wanted list!

Kim Kardashian - celebrity hairstyle

Photo: © Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Kim Kardashian
Just as the U.S. doesn’t negotiate with terrorists, Kim Kardashian doesn’t give up volume for sleek shine with this long, layered hairstyle.

AnnaLynne McCord - Celebrity Hairstyles

Photo: © Sara De Boer/Retna Ltd.

AnnaLynne McCord
AnnaLynne McCord’s shoulder-length spirals put curls back on the map after a long reign of ubiquitous beachy waves.

Ciara - Celebrity Hairstyles

Photo: © Sara De Boer/Retna Ltd.

Ciara’s sweeping bangs and spikiness at the crown give her cute crop stunning sexiness.

Ashlee Simpson - Celebrity Hairstyles

Photo: © John Shearer/Getty Images for Gap

Ashlee Simpson
Smooth, side-parted free flowing strands in the front and a slapdash low chignon make this updo stylish sans stuffiness.

Rachel McAdams - Celebrity Hairstyles

Photo: © RD/Dziekan/Retna Digital

Rachel McAdams
Rachel’s bouncy shoulder-length curls lend this look a ’50s-night-at-the-drive-in vibe, while the sweeping bangs modernize this style.

Contributed by: Daily Makeover Senior Beauty Editor Amber Katz

Miss Universe 2009 Winner Stefanía Fernández

Last night, the 58th Miss Universe competition took place at the Atlantis Paradise Island in Nassau, Bahamas. Miss Universe 2008 Dayana Mendoza (Miss Venezuela) passed down the crown to her successor, and fellow countrywoman, Stefanía Fernández. While the odds of two consecutive Miss Universes being crowned from Venezuela is rare (one country is represented two years in a row in a sample of… the UNIVERSE?) , I was rooting for Stefania in between commercial breaks of Mad Men as I was struck by her devastatingly beautiful old Hollywood glamour. In total, 83 countries and territories participated in the pageant. I was alternately surprised and refreshed by how few blonde contestants there were: even this year’s Miss Sweden is a brunette.

Want a Stefanía-esque hair makeover? Get her undulating Veronica Lake waves by first spraying hair in sections with Nexxus Maxximum Super Hold Styling and Finishing Mist ($11). Then, curl 2-inch sections from ear-height down with a large curling iron, such as the Infiniti by Conair™ Instant Heat Tourmaline Ceramic 1-1/2″ Curling Iron ($35), making sure each curl goes in the same direction. To amp up both volume and length, try adding in some clip-in extensions like Ted Gibson’s Clip-in Extensions ($149).

Contributed by: Daily Makeover Senior Beauty Editor Amber Katz

As one the web’s largest beauty sites, DailyMakeover.com constantly receives products from beauty companies for editorial review. Please read our Editorial Ethics Pledge if you’d like to know how we select products to feature.

5 Reasons To Love Our New Makeover Studio!

Daily Makeover's New Virtual Makeover Tool

I’m thrilled to announce that soon we’ll be launching our brand new virtual Makeover Studio. We’re not just talking about a facelift either. While there is a fabulous sleek new design, the upgraded patent-pending virtual makeover technology is truly amazing. The attention to detail and life-like rendering of how the latest makeup, hairstyles, hair colors and accessories will look on your photo is unsurpassable!

Here a just a few reasons why you’ll love the new virtual Makeover Studio:

Colors look true-to-life - virtual makeover

1. Colors look more true-to-life than ever before.
We locked up top makeup artists in a room with our best-in-class tech geeks to learn how to replicate makeup finishes such as matte, metallic, shimmer, glossy, and satin. Not only does this make your virtual makeover more dynamic, it also means that we can accurately show how real products will look on you, helping you to make decisions on what to buy.

The hair color technology has also been enhanced, showing realistic hair colors that you can choose from. There is also a cool new feature that lets you color a celebrity hairstyle.

brow thinning

2. We’ve added foundation, concealor, and brow thinning.
Wish you had picture-perfect skin? Now you can by applying foundation and/or concealer to your virtual makeover. There are several application techniques to choose from: all-over, t-zone, and spot-apply.

Also, now you can shape unruly brows into submission. Stay tuned for more updates in this category such as filling in sparse areas and popular stencil shapes.

face tracing - virtual makeover technology

3. Faster face tracing.
No need to hassle with placing a gazillion dots all over your face to outline your features. Our new technology instantly traces your face, then all you have to do is make adjustments where needed. Presto! Another clever upgrade: the Makeover Studio will optimize your picture to make it as bright, clear, and in-focus as possible. This enhances your makeover results.

Navigation and search - virtual makeover technology

4. You can find what you’re looking for in just a few clicks.
Browsing through makeup, hairstyles, hair colors and accessories is now more intuitive and easier than ever before. Search by brand, style, product attributes or celebrity. Scroll through a speedy carousel of images, click your way through a grid of colored dots, or slide your way along a color spectrum.

Were here to help - virtual makeover

5. We’re here to help you!
We’ll be offering up editor’s picks, beauty tips, product reviews and trend/how-to videos inside the Makeover Studio so you can get advice and insights as you try on looks. Now you can discover the hottest new trends and try them on all in one spot.

The launch of the new Makeover Studio is only a few days away! I’ll let you know when it is live so you can dive into it.

5 Beauty Tips for the Workplace

Whether your personal style is city chic, boho eclectic, whimsically romantic or anywhere in between, most women have to tweak or tame their style a bit for work. Here are a few beauty moves that’ll give your look a professional edge without having to sacrifice style.

Rule 1: Go for a swept-back hairstyle. Keeping your hair out of your face looks polished and put-together. If your hair is long, low ponytails or sleek ballerina buns are easy and low-maintenance. Take a cue from Cameron Diaz (below left) and wrap a bit of hair around the base of a ponytail to give the look a chic twist. Short hairstyles are also easy office wear. Our favorite crop: Katie Holmes shiny, swingy bob (below right).

Cameron Diaz February 2008

Photo: © Steve Granitz/WireImage.com

Katie Holmes May 23 2009

Photo: © Paul Morigi/WireImage.com

Rule 2: No roots allowed. If you color your hair, keep up the maintenance. Dark roots could imply you’re not on top of your game. Also, stay away from chunky highlights (too obvious!) and chose tones that blend together for a natural look. Elizabeth Bank‘s color is perfect!

Fergie April 22 2009

Photo: © Sara De Boer / Retna Ltd.

Rule 3: Neutral makeup is trustworthy. Work is not the place to try out flashy bright colors. These trendy hues could make you come across as a party girl. Instead, use warm, earthy neutral tones. Fergie‘s makeup here is flawless–natural and sophisticated. Definitely office-ready.

Rule 4: Enhance eye contact with eyeliner. Looking co-workers in the eye says you’re decisive and confident, but too much back eyeliner could be detracting. Instead, bring out your eyes with a brown or grey liner and blend it thoroughly to avoid harsh lines.

Rule 5: Keep lips dewy, not glossy. Use a sheer color on your lips that is one to two shades darker than your natural lip color. Leave the heavy gloss in your purse for post-work cocktails. A great new lipstick that has a wide shade range, excellent color payoff, and feels plush on your lips: Maybelline New York Color Sensation Lipstick comes in 48 shades, $7.49 each.

Beauty News Junkie? Feed Your Habit on Alltop

Alltop is our new favorite website from internet superstar Guy Kawasaki. It’s designed to be a “one stop shop” for any topic you’re interested in, from fashion to celebrities to the environment.

In the short time since it began, beauty.alltop.com has become an irreplaceable part of our beauty news diet. Many of the Beauty Bloggerati were already there, so imagine how excited we were to find ourselves on the Alltop Beauty homepage! Not only that, but we have our own page devoted exclusively to our writers, daily-makeover.alltop.com. This is one of the easiest way to see all our expert content in one place, so be sure to bookmark it!

Which celebrity look should Kamila get? Vote now!

Kamila before

Kamila before
Photo: Nathan Bush

Kamila is sick and tired of long, lank locks and is ready to take the plunge for a new ‘do.! We’re helping her out by hooking her up with Danilo, celebrity hairstylist and spokesperson for Pantene, who works with stars such as Heidi Klum and Gwen Stefani.

We uploaded Kamila’s photo into the Makeover Studio to try on a few celebrity looks. Tell us which one you think is best. We’ll let you know which look Danilo will create for this lucky reader!

Look A: Gwyneth Paltrow’s Inverted Long Bob

Gwyneth Paltrow hair makeover look

Look B: Heidi Klum’s Piece-y Shoulder-Length Hairstyle

Heidi Klum hair makeover look

Look C: Paris Hilton’s Ooomphy Short Bob

Paris Hilton hair makeover look

Tell us in the comments section which look you prefer!

Take Our Wedding Beauty Survey!

Drew Barrymore veil

Is Drew Barrymore dreaming of becoming a bride
Photo: © James Devaney/WireImage.com

Are you is the midst of planning your wedding? Tell us all about it! We want to know the scoop on how you plan to whip up a gorgeous wedding hairstyle and beaming bridal makeup. Thank you!

Take this quick survey now!

What Makes A Winning American Idol Hairstyle?

We’re in the final stretch of American Idol and every little thing counts–even their hairstyle. And while last week we saw the departure of Allison Iraheta, the last woman standing, I always find it interesting how a contestant’s hairstyle (even for guys) affects the final results. While a major set of pipes should be the most important feature by which a contestant is judged, their hair can have a major impact on who we really wind up rooting for. “If you listen to them sing without seeing them, you might not vote for them,” says the show’s hairstylist Raissa Patton. So what exactly is it about a hairstyle that can make a contestant “sound” better? We’ve boiled it down to the following points:

Past Winning American Idol Hairstyles

American Idol winning hairstyles

Kelly Clarkson
Photo: © Sara De Boer/
Retna Ltd.

Jordin Sparks
Photo: © Jon Kopaloff/

Carrie Underwood
Photo: © Sara De Boer/
Retna Ltd.

1) The likability factor. A soft, approachable hairstyle can potentially help make someone like you more. “The goal is to have hair that makes someone think ‘Wow, I can be friends with her’,” says Patton. “Bangs have worked with all of the contests because it makes them look softer. It’s less severe than all one-length styles and more casual and approachable.”

2) Encouraging eye contact. “Some contestants want so show their eyes to let viewers in,” says Patton. Defined hairstyles that are swept away from the face let people make contact with your eyes, thus enhancing the overall emotional connection. On the flip side, a mop top that’s draped over your eyes can be alienating.

3) Hair that moves is more trustworthy. “Watching someone’s hair move when they’re performing, instead of it being hard and stiff, makes you feel like they are more genuine,” says Patton. The healthier your hair is, the more shiny and flexible it is. She tells all the Idols to use Garnier Fructis Shampoo and Conditioner. Her other secret weapon: FHI Heat Do More: Water Flat Iron, $120. “It has a narrow heating pad so you can use it to make waves, flip the ends out, or make it all straight,” says Patton.

Want to give yourself a virtual American Idol hair makeover? Try on past and present Idol styles in American Idol Look Book now!

Amber’s Amazing Hair Extension Makeover

Beauty Blogging Junkie‘s Amber Katz took the plunge and went for extra long locks with the help of Ted Gibson’s new clip-in hair extensions. Here’s what she has to say about her amazing long, lush hair makeover.

Ted Gibson Extensions

“To attach them to your hair, Ted recommended employing a technique that reminded me of one I was taught in ceramics class back in high school called crosshatching. Crosshatching is what you do when you want to attach a piece of clay to another, you rough up the texture by drawing crisscrossed lines and then add water to adhere the pieces together. Similarly, Ted says to separate the top quarter of your hair and rough up the border along the roots by backcombing before clipping in the extension. The multi-layered piece clips onto your hair with five comb clips placed strategically around the netting. It’s virtually undetectable as it’s designed to mold to your head. The best part is that it’s honeycombed so that you can pull pieces of your natural hair through the extensions, making it look even more natural.

Amber Katz and Ted Gibson

Though the clip-ins are made of synthetic hair, they can be heat-styled with curling irons and flatirons up to 320 degrees. They’re also washable, though Ted recommends skipping conditioner (there’s no cuticle to close when you go synthetic!) and letting them air-dry. I’d recommend flatironing the bottom section of the piece for waves that are a bit more Gisele. Or, you can simply leave them as-is for Jessica Simpson curls. 

Just five minutes with my newly long (my hair takes forever to grow out! In fact, it’s a lifelong process) Serena van der Woodsen waves and I was so very sold. I’m even considering wearing them to work and telling all of my usual beauty disciples that my new Rapunzelesque locks are the direct result of supplements I’ve been taking before ‘fessing up about the real story.

Ted Gibson Clip-in Hair Extensions cost $149 and are sold at qvc.com and soon at tedgibsonsalon.com.

As one the web’s largest beauty sites, DailyMakeover.com constantly receives products from beauty companies for editorial review. Please read our Editorial Ethics Pledge if you’d like to know how we select products to feature.

A Confidence Boost for Susan Boyle?

OK, everyone is still buzzing about the prospect of a Susan Boyle makeover–including us! Already there are photos of wearing a sleek leather jacket, cute wrap dress and most recently–with groomed eyebrows. Maybe she was inspired by our virtual makeover?

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It’s inevitable that Susan Boyle will in some way, big or small, get a makeover. Who wouldn’t take it up a notch if you knew the entire world is looking at you? And there are more benefits to getting a makeover than just looking good.

The Susan Boyle makeover debate spurred us to poll our viewers to see what they think. Over 500 women responded and three quarters of them think she should get a makeover. But, they also said that a makeover wouldn’t detract from who she is. Bravo! I agree with this because a makeover should never change who you are. 

And there’s another benefit of getting a makeover: feeling more confident. 95 percent of the respondents said when you feel good about how you look, you look better and stand taller. Extra self-confidence is something anyone could use when they are unexpectedly in the spotlight.

Here are some other survey highlights:

• Reasons to have makeover: increase confidence (34%); just for fun (23%); look special for a special occasion (15%); update for seasonal trends (14%); become more beautiful (12%).

• Half of the respondents liked their overall appearance, but would welcome some makeover advice. When asked which services they would like to have done during a makeover, haircut/hairstyles ranked as the number one choice (27%), followed by makeup (26%), clothing advice (24%) and hair color (25%).

• Having a makeover doesn’t come without reservations. The two scariest things: letting someone change their haircut or color (47%) and the reaction of friends (25%).

• Nearly all (90%) of the respondents said they would like to try on their new look before they commit to it. Feeling like you want to try out a makeover? Head to our MakeoverStudio to give yourself a free virtual makeover right now.

The Susan Boyle Makeover Debate

Susan Boyle Makeover Before After

Susan Boyle
Photo: © ZUMA

Susan Boyle

Susan Boyle

Wow–what an amazing conversation has surfaced in reaction to the virtual makeover we gave “Britain’s Got Talent” overnight superstar Susan Boyle. Some people have been cheering on the idea of a makeover while others are adamantly opposed to changing a single hair.

When it comes down to it, it’s a personal choice. Either you love to switch up your look and don’t think that changing your haircolor, putting on some lipstick or tweezing your brows changes your identity, but rather enhances it. Or, you prefer to keep it all natural and low maintenance, which seems to be the way this singing sensation will go. When Larry King asked her if she was going to consider a makeover, her response was, “Why should I? Why should I change?”

The beauty of Daily Makeover is that the try-on technology helps you make that “Do I want a makeover?” decision by allowing you to see what you’d look like with a new hairstyle or lipstick before spending the time or money.

The bottom line is, you should feel confident and fabulous about how you look–no matter what others say. And whether that means you want a total makeover or keep everything as is, that’s up to you, but we’re here to help you make that decision.

What does a makeover mean to you? Take our survey and tell us what you think. We’d love to hear from you!

Susan Boyle’s virtual makeover on EXTRA

Britain’s Got Talent singing sensation Susan Boyle, who has become an unlikely global celebrity overnight, has undergone a virtual makeover!

Susan Boyle Makeover Before After

Susan Boyle
Photo: © ZUMA

Susan Boyle

Susan Boyle

Boyle, a 48-year-old Scottish charity worker, electrified viewers with her rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” from the musical Les Miserables during Saturday’s Britain’s Got Talent. The video clip of her performance has become a global YouTube hit.

When Extra contacted us this morning to help them give this singing sensation a makeover, we couldn’t resist! We kept her look natural, but evened out her skintone with foundation, groomed her brows and opened up her eyes with mascara and soft grey liner.

As for her hairstyle, we tried two looks–a tousled bob and a sleek bob with bangs. Longer, sleeker hair gives her a more polished effect. I prefer the look with the bangs–they give her face more contour. Which do you like? Vote on Extra.com.

What does a makeover mean to you? Take our survey and tell us what you think. We’d love to hear from you!

Ritu Part II: Bringing Beautiful Bangs to Life

Ritu - 20 something girl - before after

Remember Ritu of 20 Something Girl? In December, she found a look she loved through our virtual makeover tool. She liked it so much she decided to commit! Here’s what she says about her freshly-cut bangs:

“Normally when people think of bangs, they immediately think of the straight hair and sharp bangs look like Lady Gaga’s do. However, for us naturally curly haired girls, there’s a fab alternative. Wavy bangs while the rest of the hair is left curly is a surprisingly cute and sexy look. The first time I tried this look, it was because I was too lazy to blow out my bangs. I got so many compliments that day that I do this look constantly now. It’s my own personal twist on the bangs trend. Now that everyone and their sister is getting bangs, I can still stand out with my wavy bangs and curly hair combo.”

Ritu shows how giving a trend a twist can help you create an entirely original look while still staying stylish.