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About kristenoldhamgiordani

Kristen Oldham Giordani is the former executive editor of TotalBeauty and former beauty director of Seventeen magazine and current west coast editor and founder of Beauty Editor On Call. Carrie Stern Kleiner is the former beauty editor of Quick & Simple magazine and YM magazine. She's the current east coast editor of BEOC.

NYFW Runway vs. My Way: Wearable Retro ’60s Makeup

nanette lepore spring/summer 2015 retro '60s makeup

Pair retro ’60s with a laid back California coastal vibe and you get the covetable makeup look seen at Nanette Lepore’s Spring/Summer 2015 fashion show. This fresh-faced yet fashion forward look is a little over-the-top for day but with a few subtle tweaks, I think I made it suitable enough for everyday. Here’s how I got the look:  

Step 1: I perfected my skin with Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation, $37 and the concealer I can’t function without

Step 2: I added warmth to my skin with Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact, $36. 

Step 3: To prep my lids for eyeliner, I dusted them with a flesh-colored powder eyeshadow (Jouer Powder Eyeshadow in Praline, $20). 

Step 4: I thickly lined my top and bottom lashlines with white eyeliner (MAC Eye Kohl in Fascinating, $16) winging the upper and lower lines out past the outer corners of my eyes.

Step 5: For well-defined natural lashes, I applied two coats of L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara, $8.99.

Step 6: To finish the look, I slicked on L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Glossy Balm in Ginger Candy, $7.99

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NYFW Runway vs. My Way: Ballerina-Inspired Updo

tracy reese spring/summer 2015 new york fashion week ballet-inspired updo


Sleep- and shower-deprived ladies … this one’s for you. If you’re looking for a way to stretch the length between shampoos, the hairstyle seen at the Tracy Reese Spring/Summer 2015 New York Fashion Week show is for you. I absolutely love runway hairstyles in general because so many of them are done in about the time we spend on our own hair at home — a few minutes. The difference is that these are cooked up by the creators of cool. I can’t wait to wear this ballerina-inspired look created by master stylist Bok-Hee using the Scunci x Tracy Reese ready-to-wear collection. The collection, unfortunately, won’t be available until 2015, but you probably have some headbands laying around at home that will give you a similar effect. I did. Here’s how to get the look in seconds:

Step 1: Part your hair down the middle.

Step 2: Spritz hair with a texturizing spray (try Redken Quick Tease 15 Backcombing Finishing Spray). Backcomb the hair at the back of your crown to add volume. 

Step 3: Rake your hair back into a ponytail and secure with an elastic. 

Step 4: Slide on two headbands of different widths, colors and/or textures. Catch your ponytail in the headbands to create a ponytail pouf. I used Scunci No Slip Grip Headbands, $3.11 and an Ann Vuille headband that I’ve had for about 11 years. 

That’s seriously it! 

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NYFW Runway vs. My Way: Silver Mirage Manicure

creatures of the wind new york fashion week silver nails

Today’s New York Fashion Week (Spring/Summer 2015) beauty look is inspired by the Creatures of the Wind show. Butter London Global Colour Ambassador, Katie Jane Hughes, created this insanely-simple-to-replicate silver nail that was inspired by a mirage. It’s essentially a deconstructed manicure. Fantastic in all of its imperfections. She did that intentionally to prevent the sparkly silver nail color from looking “too costume-y”. I recreated it because it’s pretty much the ideal style of manicure or nail art for my busy lifestyle. I did this look in about three minutes. No joke. Here’s how to get the look: Continue reading

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New York Fashion Week Runway vs. My Way: Orange Lip Color

Orange Lip Athleta New York Fashion Week Spring 2015


While I decided to opt out of hitting up New York Fashion Week this season, I’m still following each and every show. Well, as many as I can possibly keep up with, anyway. And, in lieu of bringing you beauty tips collected after elbowing my way backstage during all of the chaos, I’ll be showing off looks I’ve recreated based on the makeup and hairstyles created by the high fashion beauty geniuses.

First up: orange(ish) lips. Makeup artist Talia Shobrook created a bold and stunning makeup look for the Athleta show. Continue reading


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