When nail art finally went to the wayside last year, fashion and beauty gurus everywhere rejoiced. It turns out nail art wasn’t quite ready to take a back seat though. Fast forward to Fashion Week 2015 and nail art was everywhere – thankfully with a much chicer and sophisticated look that even the hard core anti-nail art gal could appreciate. The runways fully embraced the comeback, with linear designs and geometric patterns gracing the nails of models. Like all the other minimalist fans out there, this is the kind of nail art I can get behind. There are tons of DIY looks that are actually achievable. Try some of these Pinterest worthy negative space manicures Total Beauty suggests. If you’re really having a lazy girl moment, simply add a thin gold line to your nails and you’re right on trend!
Most of us can swipe on lipstick. Slightly fewer of us can line our lips and our eyes. Only a small percentage has perfected the complexity of contouring. Count me among the women who have crossed contouring off their beauty to-do lists. As defined by beauty retailer Sephora, contouring is the art of using shadow and highlight to sculpt, refine and slim your face. My art experience is limited to stick figures. Actual artists have shading and highlighting skills. They happen to be called makeup artists.
From Crossfit to Climbing to Spinning, there are a number of ways a woman can get her sweat on the old-fashioned way—in a gym, doing strenuous physical activity. Whether or not these sorts of workouts actually work is not a question. Hard work pays off! But 99% of the population, I’d guess, can agree that physically taxing hard work is not fun. If you’re averse to this sort of hard work but long for its payoff, what follows here might be the best news you’ve heard all year. There is a lazy way to get fit, and to reap its benefits, you need only to set aside a single hour in your busy schedule and lay down. You’ll sweat—and I mean, a lot—and in the process you’ll burn more calories than you would if you spent the same amount of time doing actual exercise. All you need is an infrared sauna, and if you live in a major city, you can probably find one in a variety of studios close to home.
In the fickle world of nail trends, nothing lasts forever. (Not even a universal disdain for French tips.) With that in mind, I can’t say I didn’t see this one coming: E! News’ Mani Cam is done. You know what this means, right? The era of nail art is officially over! Considering that multicolored 3-D designs sprouting out of a grown woman’s fingertips are—let’s be honest with ourselves—garish, I’m thrilled that what fashion deems chic right now are pared-down nudes. If beige is just too boring for you, maybe you’ll prefer the season’s fresh crop of pinks.
Love her or hate her, there is no denying Kim Kardashian has being ultra-glam down to a science. (When’s the last time you saw her with unintentional bedhead?) Yes, the ever-present glam squad helps, but so does her infinite beauty wisdom. Exhibit A: Her hair-washing schedule, which, if you’ve got long hair, is just so logical. “I don’t wash it every day. We start out with a blowout on day one, then we go into a messier vibe the next day, and then we flat iron it and do a really sleek look on day three since that requires a little oil in the hair,” she told Into the Gloss. “Day four could be a slicked-back ponytail, and on the fifth day is when you wash it.” Check out the full feature here if you’re curious about her skin care and makeup tricks. (You know you are.)
As far as fashion trends go, the red carpet has produced some eyebrow-raisers as of late. (Case in point: pelvage.) When it comes to beauty, however, classically chic makeup is trending heavily—a fact that was especially evident at this year’s Oscars. Since the pick-me-up powers of a great lipstick hue know no age, we were thrilled to discover that Elle rounded up the exact brands and shades some of our favorite starlets donned. Read the full report here.
Three words that infuriate even the best of us: “You look tired.” Since there’s nothing worse than hearing them following what actually was a good night’s sleep, we thought you’d like to know that there are certain makeup mistakes known to contribute to a sleep-deprived appearance. (Skipping blush? That’s a problem.) Here, the complete list of mistakes to avoid, if you want to look youthful and well rested.
It wasn’t long after my 30th birthday when BB creams began to make their way from Korea to the U.S. marketplace. Given that they were supposed to provide anti-aging benefits, sun protection and flawless coverage all in one—and that they bore a coveted seal of approval from the most skin-obsessed culture on the planet—I was all over the trend. I happily sampled dozens of formulations that landed on my desk, including a few bona fide Korean formulations, which a coworker brought back after visiting family there.
When it comes to beauty, fashion week isn’t just about eccentric, stage-makeupy looks that most of us would never dream of rocking IRL. Every season, there emerge a handful of fresh beauty trends that actually are adaptable for the majority of the non-model population. Of those, here are our favorites from the Fall 2015 shows in New York.
We all know that any skin care routine begins with a properly cleansed face. Nowadays, your means of getting there might be an oil, a balm or a sonic cleansing brush—maybe even a combination of all three. (You could also use a good old-fashioned gel cleanser—it’s something I still swear by.) Obvious as it sounds, whatever you use, you’ll want to make sure you rinse properly. And if you’ve long sworn off washcloths to perform this task, I encourage you to take a look at Into the Gloss’ report on The Best Washcloths. I have a feeling it will change your mind.