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March 2011

Bright On!

Written on March 30, 2011 at 11:27 am , by

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Picking the perfect bold lip color, like the runway looks above, can be daunting. The key is finding the best match for your skin tone. Here, our complexion-based best bets:

FAIR: You can pull off a bright pink, such as cult classic NARS Semi-Matte Lipstick in Schiap.

MEDIUM/OLIVE: Go for a juicy tangerine or coral hue like Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture in (13) Le Orange.

DARK: Choose a brown-based brick red such as Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Burnt Red.

Most important of all: Find a hue you truly love, and you’ll have the confidence to rock it. And remember to turn down the volume on the rest of your face (read: keep your eye and face makeup neutral), since you want your lips to be the star. What’s your favorite bold lip look?

—By Maite Gonzalez, beauty intern

Saving Strands with the Steelers’ Troy Polamalu

Written on March 28, 2011 at 10:54 am , by

What do hair and football have to do with each other? A lot if you’re Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu. We had the chance to chat with the star player (truly one of the most kind, gracious people we’ve ever encountered) and Head & Shoulders spokesman about his game—and yes, his trademark mane:

  • Why do you keep your hair so long? “I grew it out in college, and went through a shaggy stage when I didn’t care what I looked like. Over time, it became a part of who I am.”
  • What do you like about having long hair? “I wouldn’t say I really love it—but when it becomes part of your identity, you think of it as another appendage.”
  • What do you dislike about your long locks? “Maintenance is a tough thing. Usually for men, you have short hair, get in the shower, throw on some shampoo and that’s it. But my hair definitely requires more care and takes a long time to dry!”
  • How do you care for your hair and keep it healthy? “I shampoo and condition a lot, and I comb the shampoo through my hair in the shower. I keep it up a lot so it’s out of the way.”
  • What hair products do you use? “I actually use Head & Shoulders Smooth & Silky Conditioner as a shampoo- I shampoo once a week during off season, but more during the season because I’m practicing all day.”
  • What hair length do you like on women? “My wife has hair down to the middle of her back. Many Polynesian women have really long hair, including my sisters. I prefer my wife’s hair, however she decides to wear it!”
  • Does having long hair help or hinder you during a game? “It doesn’t really matter—sometimes it will get stuck in my helmet or my mouth, which is annoying. But overall it’s not a big problem.”
  • When was the last time you cut it? “The last time I cut it was nine years ago. I don’t think I’ll ever cut it again—I don’t plan on it. Our sons’ hair has never been cut, so it’s becoming our family trademark.”

Favorite Find Friday: Aveda Light the Way Candle

Written on March 25, 2011 at 10:07 am , by

This week’s pick falls into the do good, feel good category: 100 percent of the purchase price of Aveda’s Limited Edition Light the Way Candle ($12) goes to the Global Greengrants Fund, which works to supply clean water to people around the world.  The Light the Way program has raised a whopping $12 million over the past four years—their goal is to contribute $4 million more this year. And the candle itself isn’t too shabby: The French lavender and sage organically-scented soy wax is housed in a glass made from a reclaimed beverage bottle. Helping someone by buying something beautiful? Now that’s a beautiful thing.


All-Weather Hair

Written on March 24, 2011 at 9:30 am , by

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When mother nature lashes out, our locks are the first to act up. Instead of going into hiding when the forecast isn’t hair-friendly, weather-proof your strands with these smart tips from Jet Rhys, colorist and co-owner of an eponymous salon in San Diego, CA:

  • Snow & Rain On wet days, avoid using styling products like waxes and gels. If the rain or snow dampens your mane, your hair will become sticky and flat. Prevent a hair meltdown by using a cream-based leave-in conditioner (not oil-based) instead.
  • Chilly & Cold Cold air can cause strands to dry out and become staticky fast. Spray your styling brush with Static Guard before brushing to keep strands at bay and prevent pouf.
  • Warm & Sunny Scorching heat and sun can do bad, bad things to a girl’s hair. Humidity has a tendency to bring out curls and full-on frizz. “Don’t fight it, work with it,” Rhys says. Wear your curls, waves and newfound volume proudly. If you want a smoother style, combat fuzz all day by making sure you dry your strands thoroughly—otherwise, the remaining moisture will turn into frizz.

—By Lindsay Richardson, beauty intern

Tried-It Tuesday: What Will You Look Like in 30 Years?

Written on March 22, 2011 at 1:01 pm , by

Find out with the new Rodan + Fields Age-O-Meter Facebook App: You upload your picture, then age progression software instantly adds 30 years to your face. We tested it (the things we do in the name of journalism!) and suffice it to say, we will be taking care of our skin (hello, SPF!) with even more fervor than before. Try it yourself and get inspired to stay out of the sun and pamper that precious complexion!

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Makeover Monday: Spring In Your Step!

Written on March 21, 2011 at 3:04 pm , by

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In the spirit of the much-anticipated spring season, I’ve gathered a few beauty favorites for sunshine-filled days:

Screen shot 2011-03-21 at 11.31.23 AM FINGERS: Essie French Affair Collection Nail Polish in Nice is Nice, a whimsical, of-the-moment lilac with a flattering creamy finish.

Screen shot 2011-03-21 at 11.40.37 AM CHEEKS: Urban Decay Afterglow Glide on Cheek Tint in Crush leaves behind a luminous, spring-y flush that brightens any complexion.

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FACE: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, a classic that feels light on skin and lends a dewy look.

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BODY: Jennifer Aniston Eau de Parfum, a delightfully fresh, light splash of a fragrance with hints of lily and jasmine.

What are your beauty must-haves for spring?

By Maite Gonzalez, beauty intern

Favorite Find Friday: Philosophy Windows to the Soul Eye Palette in Box of Truffles

Written on March 18, 2011 at 10:27 am , by

Everyone has that eye shadow that they reach for day after day—you know, the one that’s guaranteed to make you look good. Ours? Philosophy Windows to the Soul Eye Palette in Box of Truffles. This quad of variations on brown has everything: A wearable bone base hue, neutral taupe that we wear as a wash, bronze that we like close to the lash line, and a chocolate that’s perfect as a smudgy powder liner. What’s your go-to shadow shade?

Free Birthday Brow Shaping from Benefit!

Written on March 17, 2011 at 1:02 pm , by

Today’s our birthday, so we’re letting you in on a special gift: Starting this month, visit a Benefit Cosmetics Brow Bar on your birthday, and receive a free brow service—just present an ID with your birthdate. Find the location nearest you (there are over 300!) here.

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FITNESS on the iPad!

Written on March 16, 2011 at 10:58 am , by

April_ipadFor the first time ever, FITNESS Magazine is available for purchase on the iPad! We’ve worked hard to make the digital edition a special experience: In the beauty section, you’ll get exclusive video tutorials and behind-the-scenes footage from our photo shoots. Plus, you can follow along to videos of our workouts wherever you are! Purchase the April issue for $2.99 here.

Reaching New Heights

Written on March 15, 2011 at 9:31 am , by

Simple and easy updos, perfect for those days when the alarm doesn’t go off or you hit the snooze button one too many times, are having a serious celebrity moment (check out our Fresh Hair feature in the April issue, out today, for the best gym-friendly options). Jessica Alba’s messy updo, above, is top notch: This effortlessly cool style can be twisted in a few seconds—push a headband over the front to smooth flyaways and make the look more polished.

If you’re a curly girl, the messy bun that both Annalynne McCord and Vanessa Hudgens sport is perfect for you.  To get this look, pull your hair up into a loose bun and pull some tendrils free to finish it off.  This is easygoing style will take your hair from frizzy to chic with time to spare!

Another celeb diving head first into the topknot trend is Kate Bosworth. Channeling her inner ballerina, Kate puts a more polished spin on the bun trend: Her look is elegant, yet fuss-free. This style works best on ladies with straight hair. Start by pulling your hair into a high, tight ponytail. Twist hair around the base of the ponytail and loosen the twist as you place it. Once you have perfected your bun, pin it in place (we love the Goody Spin Pin, a single pin—you may need two if you have a ton of hair—that miraculously, undetectably holds hair in place).

—By Lindsay Richardson, beauty intern