The Tricks to Achieving Kate Spade New York's Retro Flair Beauty Look at Home!
One thing we have come to expect from the Kate Spade New York presentation at Fashion Week is that the hair and makeup will always be fun and vibrant! Spring 2014 wasn't any different. Neil Scibelli, for Jouer Cosmetics, created a double cat eye in black and white with bubblegum-pink lips. Deborah Lippmann conceptualized the almond shape of the nails with vibrant tips, while hairstylist Tommy Buckett was responsible for the easy-to-re-create top knot. Join us backstage as we report on what it takes to get Kate Spade-ready and view all the looks here. On Jessica: McGinn top.
Get Sofia Vergara's Best Beauty Advice
Questions I get on the regular? "What's Sofia Vergara's skin routine? How does she look that good?" And my answer remains simple: genetics! Plus a healthy lifestyle. But she attributes looking good to having healthy, flake-free hair. Sofia has included her family in her latest gig with Head & Shoulders since the beginning, stating she and her familia have been fans of the brand for 20-plus years. I had the chance to go behind the scenes at her latest shoot, where we talked all about beauty, but I also got some details on her time shooting with Reese Witherspoon. Turns out, Sofia could moonlight as a makeup artist - she did Reese's makeup one day before shooting and gave her recommendations for a product she thought Reese was using incorrectly. Check out our interview, and then enter for the chance to appear in Sofia's next Head & Shoulders commercial with her family on Aug. 18. All you have to do is take a photo of your gorgeous hair, show some attitude, and tag @HeadShoulders and #PartofOurFamily on Twitter. On Kirbie: Rebecca Minkoff dress, Shoedazzle shoes
Hacks! How to Use Some of Your Favorite Products in New Ways
VidCon brings YouTube personalities from around the world together to celebrate and meet their fans. POPSUGAR was on the scene in Anaheim, CA, where we got beauty gurus to dish their best tips, plus tips they learned from other gurus. Here are some of the best tips from the Internet's most wanted, including Marlena Stuff (Makeup Geek, which boasts almost 1 million subscribers on YouTube) who suggests nude liner for your eyes to a product that makes "your face look like a China doll."
No Cleanse Needed! This Detoxifying Scrub Makes Your Skin Look Airbrushed
Detoxing is big these days. But I'd rather go two months without a pedicure than do a juice cleanse. (Who's with me?) This DIY I created is inspired by NYC's Paul Labrecque Spa's signature jalapeño and coffee scrub. As Lauren mentioned before, green coffee beans help firm and tone, jalapeño is the earth's natural detoxer, and mint adds that spa feel we all want to enjoy at home. Green coffee beans are ideal, but recycle your used Keurig pods or coffee grounds for an easy substitute. This is meant to work like a body wrap, so apply the scrub, let it soak in by wrapping yourself up like a burrito, and then rinse. Avoid any creams or lotions until the next day so you can get the most out of the scrub!
Marge & Me: See the Fun, Vibrant (and Wearable!) Simpsons Collection
The first lady of television - Marge Simpson - is coming to a MAC store near you! Marge is definitely in charge, as MAC has teamed up with The Simpsons for a one-of-a-kind beauty collaboration, celebrating the brand's 25th anniversary. I met with MAC senior artist Caroline Donnelly to learn what makes this line wearable - unfortunately, Marge doesn't strike me as having the most office-friendly look - and it turns out that not only does this collection pop and offer a vivid color palettes, but it also has products that the makeup pros use. Case in point? That greenish-yellow lip gloss? It's best used as a base to help neutralize your brighter lipstick shades. It also serves as a great nude color option. The power of the color wheel, eh? And if you're already gearing up for Halloween (like I am), you'll enjoy Caroline's tutorial on how to get the Marge look at home. Relatively speaking, it's quite a simple DIY! Grab your water-based paint and black construction paper - this is a look you'll certainly be able to re-create at home. You'll blow your friends away with on All Hallows' Eve! The Simpsons collection will be online on Aug. 28 and in stores Sept. 4. Caroline Donnelly applies water-based paint to her model. For the eyes, Donnelly used MAC Chromacake in Pure White ($25), MAC Paint Stick in Pure White ($21), MAC Fix+ ($20) and MAC Studio Fix in Shivering White ($27)." For the skin, MAC Chromacake in Primary Yellow ($25) was applied. Start with the eyes, and then move to the rest of the face. Apply a bright red lipstick. And we all know MAC has plenty of bright reds to choose from! Donnelly went with MAC Lip Pencil in Cherry ($15) and MAC Lipstick in Russian Red ($16). Then, apply eyeliner at the base of the lashes. Donnelly used MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack ($16). Cut long, thin pieces of black construction paper for exaggerated eyelashes. Adhere the paper lashes with your faux lash glue. Be sure to apply mascara first, and then let it dry before applying your paper lashes. Almost ready . . . There we go! The wig can be made out of chicken wire and curly blue wigs. Last looks! To amp up the whiteness around the eyes, Donnelly used MAC Eye Kohl in Fascinating ($16) on the waterline. Caroline, Marge, and moi! For removal, Donnelly recommends using baby oil and wipes. "Stand on a towel and get a friend to help you - you'll need someone to help get it off your back!"
The Right Way to Conceal Your Skin During the Hot Summer Months
All that work you put into covering up a blemish on your skin can go to waste if you're just going to sweat it all off later. We know this situation all too well - especially during the hot, humid Summer months - which is why we're breaking down what it really takes to keep your makeup put. Whether you need products that will absorb shine, are looking for something to keep your makeup adhered all day long, or want to learn an effective way to keep your concealer put throughout the day, we have you covered. On Kirbie: Tory Burch top and skirt
Insanely Eye-Catching Nail Art You Can Pull Off in Just 3 Steps
Tom Bachik is adored by everyone on our team. He not only creates gorgeous manicures for Jennifer Lopez, Zooey Deschanel, and Heidi Klum - maybe you've heard of them? - but he's also the kindest, coolest guy to work with. Tom started off as a graphic designer just wanting to make some extra cash. Now he's creating manicures for magazine spreads, red carpets, and even big celebrity weddings. While in studio, Tom showed us how to create two supersimple (and head-turning, for that matter) manicures that anyone can do at home: one with feathered flair and one is a pretty print. Both are big for the Summer, given texture, bright colors, and patterns are huge for the season. Manicure 1: Feathered Flair Step 1: Paint your nails white Step 2: Cut a feather, and place it on top of the white polish. If your polish is dry, try applying a clear topcoat first, then apply the feather. Tip: Align the spine of the feather with your cuticle for an asymmetrical look. Step 3: Cut off the excess feather and file around the nail. Finish with a topcoat. Manicure 2: Pretty Patterns Step 1: Paint your nails with a pink base polish Step 2: Apply Scotch tape to mask part of the nail, and paint the nail with purple polish; remove the tape immediately. Step 3: Let the purple polish dry, then continue this process with a bright pink polish. Finish with a topcoat.
Why You Have Bumps on Your Legs (Plus Tricks to Getting Gorgeous Gams)
When it's hot out (or you live in LA, such as myself), the hemlines get shorter . . . and shorter . . . and shorter. As a gal who has insecurities about my legs, I've always tried to find the best ways to accentuate and show them off. For me, that means using some self-tanner and getting the best shave possible. But don't worry! If you're not about to slather on a tan, there are a few other options that will still get you gorgeous, glowing gams. Plus, learn why you have those inflamed red bumps on your legs. On Kirbie: Tory Burch dress
Zoom Teeth Whitening: My Experience
When you want the best smile in Hollywood, you head to Dr. William Dorfman, DDS. Dr. Bill is the man behind some of Hollywood's most famous smiles - his clients include everyone from Usher to Katy Perry and Britney Spears to Jessica Simpson. Dr. Bill founded Discus Dental, the company that launched Zoom Whitening before being sold to Philips. So when I wanted to see what the professional teeth-whitening hype was about, I knew he was the go-to authority. I went in for my consult, and Dr. Dorfman not only said I was a great candidate for Zoom (although my teeth were fairly white from white strips), but that I would also benefit from another cosmetic adjustment. "Your front two teeth are uneven - one is longer than the other, and one is chipped and jagged. Let me fix that." It was something I've always noticed but never worried about, but I decided to let him work his magic. Before I hopped into the chair (well, I was already sitting there, just not getting the service yet), I had to know why this was so much better than my at-home white strips, and I had a myriad of other questions, too. First things first: does it hurt? No, it doesn't hurt. Not while you're getting it done, at least. There was a slight sensation during the third 15-minute session that dissipated, but nothing hurts while the light is on your teeth. However, the pain I experienced that night was excruciating. I would randomly feel deep aches and sensations throughout my teeth and gums. I ended up popping two Ibuprofen and going to bed earlier than normal. By the next morning, the pain had completely subsided. How long does it take? Each appointment is around 45 minutes to an hour. I had my mouth fitted for personalized take-home whitening trays, then they applied protective gel on my teeth and lips, and then put the light on my teeth for 15 minutes at a time. In between each session, they wiped the gel off and reapplied. You'll go through this process for three 15-minute sessions, then rinse, and you're out the door! How long does it last? Depending on your eating and drinking habits, it can last anywhere between six months and a year. How do I maintain it? Because I got fitted for the accompanying take-home trays (an optional service), I'll use those to help eliminate any stains from my new pearly whites. There are a few options depending on your needs, but I chose NiteWhite. I'll wear the formula in the trays overnight, two to three days a month, whenever I need a little sprucing up. (I haven't needed it yet; it's been about three weeks.) Of course, drinking coffee, red wine (God forbid!), or certain juices and consuming balsamic vinegar can stain your teeth over time, and you're advised against consuming any of these items for 48 hours after your appointment. I was so nervous about staining my teeth that I joked about the teeth whitening diet: Zoom Whitening Diet: don't eat/drink anything (besides water) because you're scared everything will stain your teeth — Kirbie Johnson (@kirbiejohnson) July 1, 2014 Don't worry, I ate. And Dr. Dorfman shaved down my two front teeth so they were even. He got rid of the jagged edges and chips that I've incurred over time from grinding my teeth at night. After sending her a photo of the results, my mom told me she might cry. That's powerful stuff, y'all. OK, but seriously: Is it worth it? As a woman who wants her teeth to look white at all times, I definitely think it's worth it. Pricing varies around the country, but for a couple hundred dollars, your teeth can get up to eight shades brighter than they were originally, and it really does make a huge difference. I've gotten so many compliments on my teeth the past few weeks, and I've even gotten asked if I have veneers. (I love it!) I don't know that I would do it every six months, but once a year is worth it for me. The white strips I use at home work, just not as powerfully as this service. Further, the cosmetic shaving made an even bigger difference, and getting both services at the same time was the one-two punch I needed to take my smile to the next level. Now if I can just get rid of my affinity for red sangria . . . You can see the whole transformation in the video, and watch what happens during the process. Based on my reaction, you can tell I'm very pleased with the results!
The Key to Getting Rid of Bacne Is . . .
Body acne is, not shockingly, the hardest form of acne to get rid of. And this isn't an assumption - Dr. Monika Kiripolsky, dermatologist at the Obagi Skin Health Institute - validates it. While your face can "air out," your body acne deals with restraints like clothing, which are constantly rubbing and suffocating those pores. If you're walking down the aisle soon or just want to wear a strapless dress without feeling insecure, Dr. Kiripolsky breaks down the biggest body-acne culprits, ways to help alleviate the issue at home (hint: you'll want to get rid of a certain shower product ASAP), and when it's time to hit up the doctor for a more serious treatment. On Kirbie: Rachel Zoe top