After hearing the live performances on the American Music Awards, it became obvious you don’t have to be a good singer to be famous. You just need autotunes…and great hair. Celebrities were parting ways on the red carpet, showing off sleek locks slicked into harsh side and middle parts. While I’m a fan of Honor’s mom Jessica Alba’s strong ‘do and Katy Perry’s deep side part, Taylor Swift’s straight mane and edgy bangs win the award for best hair in my book. Which celeb style is your favorite?
My fingers have been busy working on my latest batch of freelance stories for the website TotalBeauty.com. Here they are! Want some simple ways to refresh your look? Take inspiration from these makeup, skin and hair trends and find out how to recreate these celebrity looks. Click here.Want to know how to hide the flaws your date will notice? Click here.While researching this story, I couldn’t believe how far some women will go to keep up their expensive beauty services. Click here to read the full story. When a beauty treatment goes awry, the stories are always shocking. Click here to see for yourself.
If you missed my live segment this morning on WGN Midday News, I’ve included the clip so you can see all the beauty trends I talked about. I also listed my product picks to achieve the looks. Doing live TV is fun, but the highlight of my day happened right after I finished the segment. I returned to the green room to find Mike Ditka sitting there. Ha! He was really friendly, with a big grin. From beauty to football, this show really does cover it all.
Here are the products used for each runway trendBeauty Trend: Exaggerated LinerSplurge • Shiseido Accentuating Black Cream Liner; $26.00, Sephora • Guerlain Le 2 Black Volume Mascara; $36.00, Nordstrom Total: $62 Steal • Sonia Kashuk Dramatically Defining Longwear Gel Liner in Charcoal; $8.99, Target • L’Oreal Volumnious Mascara; $7.50, drugstores nationwide • EcoTools Angled Eyeliner Brush; $3.99, Ulta.com Total: $20 Beauty Trend: Blue ShadowSplurge • Estee Lauder Pure Color Five Color EyeShadow Palette in Blue Dahlia; $42, Nordstrom • MAC Lipstick in Nude; $14.50, Nordstrom Total: $56.50 Steal • L’Oreal Studio Secrets Professional Color Smokes Quad Eye Shadow in Cobalt; $5.99, drugstores • Revlon ColorBurst in Soft Nude; $6.50 Total: $12.50 Beauty Trend: Violet LipsSplurge • Dior Serum de Rouge in Violet; $32.00, Saks Fifth Avenue • Benefit Brow Zings brow powder in Light; $30.00, Macy’s Total: $62 Steal • CoverGirl Continuous Color lipstick in Vintage Wine; $5, drugstores • Maybelline Ultra Brow Brush-on Color in Light Brown; $6.00, Ulta Total: $11
To kick off Fashion’s Night out, which kicks off New York Fashion Week (jeez, the fashion set will do anything to throw a party), a gargantuan fashion show was held at Lincoln Center this past Tuesday night. 1,500 guests including major designers from Donna Karen to Diane Von Furstenberg and celebs such as Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester and tennis great Roger Federer, who was a good boy choosing a night of fashion with his wife over a night of tennis at the Open, showed up to see the largest public fashion show in New York City history. Gisele, Naomi, Karolina and Chanel were some of the big name supermodels who walked the runway. To prep all of the models, famed hairstylist and Redken’s Creative Consultant Guido created 171 hair looks ranging from “Fifties Flair” (structured updos) to “Jazz Age Cool” (classy pastel painted finger waves) to “Pure Of Heart Side Braid” (romantic braids). Meanwhile, the Dashing Diva nail team, led by celeb manicurist Pattie Yankee, was busy lacquering hundreds of nails to compliment each look. Some of the nail colors used were the popular shade Fashion Week, a sheer pink, and Penthouse Views, a gun metal metallic. Check out these backstage pics highlighting the hair, makeup and nails. As you can see (right), it takes an army to get even the most beautiful glamazon Gisele ready to strut her stuff. CBS will broadcast the fashion show on Sept. 14th. Stay tuned for lots more Fashion Week coverage!
The world will be celebrating fashion this Friday night during the second annual Fashion’s Night Out. The brainchild of Vogue‘s matriarch Anna Wintour, this year’s shopping event is the biggest ever to kick off New York Fashion Week. The partying will take place globally from New York to China with 1000s of stores participating in over 30 states.Invites have been pouring in: Kiehls’ NYC flagship store on Third Avenue will have performances by celebs including Jordin Sparks as well as karaoke and raffles. Expect ice cream treats, manis, and supermodel Jessica Stam spinning in the DJ booth at Express‘ Soho location. London-based fashion label Reiss and makeup line Rimmel have teamed up for their festivities. At the Reiss Soho store get 10% discounts, cocktails, makeup touchups and the chance to brush shoulders with model Coco Rocha, the new face of Rimmel.These events sound like fun, but I had to RSVP “no” because I’m participating in my own! If you’re wondering where I’ll be for Fashion’s Night Out, find me at SHE Boutique in Highland Park, IL (it’s my favorite for discovering amazing styles by the hottest trend makers and up-and-coming designers). I’ll be revealing this season’s must-have fashion & beauty trends. Plus, you can enjoy manis, massages, margaritas, music, 20%off purchases and gift bags. Here’s the invite! Hope to see you there! P.S. Click here to find out about Fashion’s Night Out events going on near you.
Nicole Pearl, The Beauty Girl, has written for national publications including Allure, Cosmo, Marie Claire, Self, In Style, Seventeen, and more. She appears as a beauty and style expert on TV for shows like TODAY, Windy City LIVE, and more. She's covered NYC and LA Fashion Weeks, has been a guest speaker for corporations, hosts events and offers services. The Beauty Girl blog is Nicole's exclusive insider notebook, sharing her V.I.P. access to the latest in beauty. Welcome! Still curious about Nicole? Click here.
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