The one thing in my makeup bag that I can’t quite live without, besides mascara, is liquid eyeliner. Even though I have mastered that steady line after years of practice, the right tool makes all the difference. And after trying what seems like hundreds of versions, I’m so excited to have finally found a nearly perfect one: Eyeko’s Skinny Liquid Eyeliner. I love how easy it is to apply and that it’s highly pigmented and practically smudge proof. Is there a liquid eyeliner that you swear by? Do tell!
Since I’ve never been a fan of a perfectly coiffed do, I almost always carry a teaser brush in my handbag for when I need to add volume and mess to my sometimes lackluster hair. This attempt at a just-rolled-out-of-bed hairstyle may be perplexing to some who can’t quite understand why having seemingly disheveled hair is a good thing. But the bedhead look can be effortlessly chic and sultry – if done correctly. I personally like to first protect hair with L’Oreal’s Ultimate Strength Solution, wrap sections around a wide barrel iron for loose curls, tousle with fingers to create loose waves, lightly tease the crown of the head and roots, smooth out any wild pieces, and set with Elnett. Throw on a sexy pout and you’re good to go.
I could never wrap my head around why my friends, who are blessed with gorgeous, bouncing curls, would even think about straightening their hair. This is coming from the naturally stick straight haired girl who got herself a perm several years ago. True story. It actually turned out beautifully, despite the noxious and arduous experience. Alas, the grass is always greener – we’re always wanting what we can’t have. So of course, I’m contemplating ditching the curling iron for another visit to the salon for some permanent waves. Change is a good thing, no?
I love myself a chignon – if done right, it can look incredibly chic and effortless. It’s no wonder the word actually comes from the French phrase “chignon du cou,” which means nape of the neck. There are a handful of great tutorials out there that are incredibly easy to follow: from the tuck and roll chignon to the asymmetrical chignon to the braided chignon. And unless you’re walking down the aisle, a little loose and a bit messy is the way to go.
I’ll never forget the summer of 1999 when I chopped 10 inches off my long locks after watching Rene Russo in The Thomas Crown Affair. You can only imagine the look I got from the stylist after asking him to replicate such a sophisticated hairstyle – after all, I was only 19! It was probably my most dramatic hair moment to date, second to the time I got a perm (more on that later). Nowadays I hardly let my hair grow past my shoulders, fluctuating between a short and long bob. I love how fresh and transformative short styles can be. What do you think . . . would you brave the bob?
This season Dries Van Noten sent nine of his models down the runway with ears encrusted with irregularly shaped pieces of crystals. Make up artist Peter Philips adhered the crystals with glue and placed each and every one by hand with tweezers, making a makeshift earcuff. The idea came from the big necklaces and larger than life brooches from the show. I want to try a smaller version myself and wonder if my favorite double sided tape will do the trick?