Reel Beauty: Red-Carpet Inspiration

Nobody does gorgeous better than movie stars on the red carpet. And with the biggest movies of the year making their debut in November and December, some of our favorite stars are showing off new hairstyles and holiday-ready glam makeup. And just in case you don’t have a team of groomers helping you get beautiful, we’ve offered some tips on how to make Jennifer, Sandra, Elizabeth, Rachel and Regina’s looks your own. 

Elizabeth Banks showed off a textured updo at the New York premiere of Hunger Games: Catching Fire. With a bold orange lip, full brows and flawless skin, it was a strong, sexy and feminine look. “We chose to pull all the hair back and get it up and out of the way to bring more attention to the strong lip color and killer Jenny Packham pantsuit,” said her hairstylist Matthew Monzon. The key to this hairstyle: a texturizing cream and a strong hairspray.

Jennifer Lawrence, on the red carpet in Los Angeles, wore a show-stopping sheer Dior gown. Her new pixie was the perfect complement to the daring look, and every bit as sexy as cascading curls. To give a short do some edgy glamour, you’ll want to apply a defining styling product, like a texturizing sculpting wax. Jennifer also demonstrates that you can do both a strong lip and a smoky eye, especially when your hairstyle is simple and unfussy.  

Regina Hall, at the Hollywood premiere for The Best Man Holiday, proves that you don’t need to be a blonde to pull off the retro Veronica Lake glamour waves. To achieve the swooping “s” wave, start with a side part, wrap sections of hair around a curling iron with a one-inch barrel and spray the waves with a firm-hold anti-humidity spray. Regina’s full, rounded brows and lush lashes evoke old Hollywood glamour too, but she swaps Lake’s signature red lips for a nude gloss that keeps the look modern.

Rachel McAdams showed off red locks and a bouffant updo for the German premiere of her romantic comedy About Time. To recreate this ’60s style, prep clean hair with a volumizing product, like a root lifter spray gel. Blow-dry your hair, then curl it with a large-barrel curling iron. Let the curls cool, tease the sections at the crown and secure with bobby pins to create a bouffant silhouette. Seal the style with a strong-hold finishing spray.

Sandra Bullock’s hair was smooth, sleek and stunning with not a fly-away in sight at the New York premiere of Gravity. Long, angled layers give this look a modern sophistication while healthy shine keeps it polished. If you want to step out in gleaming, straight locks, start in the shower with a moisturizing conditioner and shampoo. To turn up the lights on your locks, finish with an argan oil serum.  Sandra balances her gleaming hair with luminous peachy-pink blush and a pale pink lip gloss.

Healthy Hair Hacks: Get Gorgeous Winter Hair

Every woman wants gorgeous hair 365 days a year. And that includes those winter days when it’s windy and freezing outdoors, and dry and overheated indoors. Here’s how to keep your hair gorgeous and healthy even when, baby, it’s cold outside!

Let Hat Hair Work for You

“When the temperatures drop, hats are inevitable. But you can use your hat-wearing time to create heat-free waves and curls. Try braiding your hair or setting in pin curls, then place your beret or fedora on. Once you take off your hat, undo the braids or pin curls and shake it out, you’ll be left with beautiful waves without the time, effort and damage of a curling iron.”

-- George Gonzalez, George the Salon, Chicago

Stifle Static in 3 Steps

“Dry air not only takes a toll on our skin, but on our hair as well. Something that no one can avoid is static buildup in the hair. To keep the hairs on your head from flying high while you’re walking the halls of the office this winter, I recommend three items: an ionic ceramic hair dryer, a moisturizing conditioner and a metal coat hanger. You may be scratching your head on that last one, but let me explain.

“Ionic dryers release negatively charged ions that break down water molecules, helping to prevent frizz. Drying your hair with an ionic dryer will be the first step to combating static cling. A good conditioner coats your strands, reducing the chances of flyaways. If you still find your hair gathering static even after using the ionic dryer and a good conditioner, slowly rub a metal hanger along your hair, starting at the crown of your head and moving down. Voila! The metal will gather the remaining static from your hair.”

-- Jonathan Elkhouri, Salon Khouri, Washington, D.C.

Keep Curls Looking Their Best

“To keep curls shiny and frizz-free during the winter months, we suggest following three steps. Let hair air-dry as much and as often as possible. Moisturize regularly with a lightweight conditioner to fight dryness without weighing hair down. And invest in silk-lined winter hats to keep your curls smooth while you’re keeping your head warm in sub-zero temps.”

-- Christie Jean-Baptiste, Kekei Salon, Boston

Tweak Your Color

“Without sunlight adding natural highlights to your hair, color can look drab. “I like to combine two or three colors in the colder weather, rather than one flat shade. Playing with different shades will add texture to your hair. This winter I’m loving reddish, golden-brown tints for brunettes.”

-- Ricardo Rojas, celebrity hairstylist

Swap Your Styling Products

“Use style creams rather than gels. Creams help soften and protect hair. Gels, on the other hand, can harden in hair especially if they’re applied when hair is wet and allowed to dry. That can lead to the ‘crunchy’ feeling.”

-- Billy Lowe, Los Angeles hairstylist

Top 5 Hairstyles From the Emmys

The best part of this year's Emmy awards? The gorgeous hairstyles, of course!

Here are the fab five of the night.

1. January Jones

Here’s proof that the bob is a hairstyle with the versatility to rock the red carpet. The Mad Men stunner showed off gorgeous marcelled waves.
Get the look: Blow your hair out, then use a 1/2-curling iron to create curls. Pin curls to scalp; release when cool. Diamond-drop earrings and a touch of hairspray are the only accessories you need to complete the look.

2. Emilia Clarke

This simple updo was a royal hit for the Games of Thrones star. Sleek with a center part, the low bun was the perfect complement to Clarke’s radiant skin, beautiful eyes and sensational brows.
Get the look: To give your bun this kind of glimmering glamour, prep your hair with an argan oil shine serum.

3. Heidi Klum

In her shimmering pomegranate Versace gown, the “Project Runway” host was catwalk-ready from every angle. The cherry on top was when Klum walked away from the camera to reveal her “bubble” ponytail.
Get the look: When your locks are getting this much attention, you want to make sure they’re resplendently healthy. Use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner to repair strands that might still be a bit parched from the sun.

4. Zooey Deschanel

Yes, you can wear your long hair down to a black-tie event. Note the perfect length of the New Girl star’s bangs: They sweep her brows but don’t hide her beautiful blue eyes.

Get the look: The key to pulling off the look is hair that is lustrous, well-conditioned and well-trimmed. If your ends have a tendency to look frayed, try a split ends crème between trims; blot, don’t rub, your hair with a towel; and use a wide-toothed comb to detangle your locks after you shampoo and condition.

5. Tina Fey

She took home a writing Emmy for 30 Rock, but Fey also deserves an award for best deep side part.

Get the look: Straight locks, curls or waves all work beautifully with this radical part. One placement tip: The part should line up with the highest point of your brow. And since the style is attention-grabbing, you want your hair to be its absolute healthiest. Set your glossy, glamorous waves with a heat protection and shine spray. 

The Mocktail Grows Up!

Mixologists -- or bartenders, as they used to be known -- have gotten serious about creating non-alcoholic cocktails. The concoctions are so delicious, you’ll want to be the designated driver. Mocktails are also great if you don’t drink alcohol, are taking a break from booze, or have already hit your limit for the night but don’t want to switch to plain seltzer.

Here are two easy mocktails to make at home.

Virgin Coconut Margarita
from Casa Vega, Los Angeles

1 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice

1 ounce coconut cream, such as Coco Lopez

1 ounce pineapple juice

1 ounce sweet-and-sour mix

1/2 cup ice

whipped cream (optional)

Place all ingredients, except for whipped cream, in blender. Puree. Serve topped with whipped cream.


from Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, California

1 apple (cut into six or eight pieces if you’re using a blender that isn’t very powerful)

Handful of kale

2 cups sliced or diced pineapple

1 teaspoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice

Place ingredients one at a time into juicer or blender. Puree. Strain into a mason jar and serve over ice.

Runway Beauty Report: Summer 2013 Eye Makeup Trends

If you’re in a makeup rut or just feeling a little daring, runway fashion shows can be a terrific source of inspiration. Then again, some looks don’t translate at all from runway to real life. Here, straight from the catwalk, are two takes on eye makeup worth taking a closer look -- and one you don’t want to give a second glance.

Try It: Exaggerated Cat Eyes

Meow! Wings really took off on the runway shows of Anna Sui, Lanvin and Dolce & Gabbana. Hyper-extended liner went beyond the outer boundaries of the eyebrows and was as thick as racing stripes. With the liner extending into the crease, lids were kept bare of eye shadow. This feline look is fun for a night of cocktails and dancing. But mastering it takes patience, so do a few trial runs.

Try It: Sequined Eye Liner

At Chanel’s fall runway show, chunky knits and timeless tweeds were paired with a playful, blinged-out eye. The lower lashes were defined with black eyeliner, the top lashes with giant flecks of platinum glitter, each painstakingly glued in place. A few dots of glitter were also added to the tips of the lashes. We say why not go for the glitz! As long as you’re ready to be the center of attention. (In other words, skip the sequins at your best friend’s wedding.) For a more subtle take on an embellished eye, consider this look that Givenchy showed on the runway a couple seasons back. Cut a gold sequin in half and, using eyelash glue, apply a shimmering half moon under the lower lashes of each eye.

Skip It: Bleached-out arches

At the Gucci show, arches were invisible, lightened to a pale blond that disappeared into the skin. Yes, the no-brow look is eye-catching, but not in a good way. Even for models with perfect bone structure, the absence of arches was disconcerting, making their foreheads look distressingly oversized.