While most actresses played it safe when it came to hair and makeup at last night’s Academy Awards, a couple, and only a couple of them went for it and tried statement-making looks — Olivia Wilde and Kerry Washington. They also both happen to be pregnant, so they get double kudos from me for not playing it safe and going for makeup looks we’ll be talking about around the water cooler (or coffee maker) today.
Kerry Washington went for on-trend vampy lips. The hue was stunning on her skin tone and looked modern and fresh — not the same ‘ol red lip we’ve been seeing for the past couple of years. Get a similar lip look with Chanel Rouge Allure in Envoutante, $35.
Olivia Wilde went for dramatic, retro lined eyes. A perfect complement to her black and white ensemble. Recreate the look with my sister Sam’s new favorite liquid liner: Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner, $19
Images: Kerry Washington, Huffington Post; Olivia Wilde, Just Jared
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I shared some tricks on how to get a better blowdry on Monday, but wanted to follow that up with this quick (it’s seconds long) video of Andrew Carruthers, education director for Sam Villa, showing me how to tame a cowlick (or strong growth pattern) at the front of your hair. All you need is your go-to blowdryer and a fine-tooth comb. The secret is about redirecting the blowdryer and using the comb to pick up every single hair.
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Leave it to the experts backstage at New York Fashion Week to come up with super handy beauty shortcuts.
At the Noon by Noor show, manicurists were using binder reinforcements (yes, these still exist) to make creating a half-moon manicure so much faster and totally foolproof. They simply swiped nails with base coat. Let that dry for a couple of minutes and then placed the reinforcements on the base of the nails to cover the half-moon area. They painted on two coats of Zoya Nail Polish in Norra, $9, let that dry, and removed the reinforcements before finishing with a topcoat.
With the use of reinforcements, a half-moon manicure is seriously a cinch.
Sam and I were lucky enough to have the experts at Sam Villa (they just opened a training-focused blowdry bar in Las Vegas) blowout our hair while we were in New York City. And, we picked up a few handy tricks for getting a better blowdry at home from Andrew Carruthers, the education director for Sam Villa.
No. 1: Start your hairstyling process when your hair is soaking wet if you have stubborn cowlicks.
No. 2: Though it may seem more timing consuming, section out your hair. Carruthers swears it’s the one major difference between what they do in a salon and what we do at home. Even four large sections will make a huge difference.
No. 3: Don’t always go for the hottest blowdryer or blowdryer setting. More heat doesn’t equal smoother hair, and too much heat can strip hair of precious, hydrating oils.
No. 4: The next time you have your hair cut, ask your stylist what your ideal hair product cocktail is. If they’re familiar with your hair and you love how your hair looks after they style it, you’ll want to know what products they’re using and the order in which they apply them. And, if you start the conversation, it won’t feel like they’re trying to sell you product. They’re experts, so take advantage of that and pick their brains.
No. 5: When it comes to brushes, a paddle-style brush will be the easiest to control. Go for a 100 percent boar bristle brush if your hair has texture or opt for a brush with a medal core if hair is fine (just be sure “not to put too much tension on the brush or fine hair will fall flat,” urges Carruthers).
No. 6: If finishing with hairspray, spray it in the direction you want your flyaways to go in order to really help tame them, says Carruthers.
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