It’s time to start decking the halls— and decking yourself for all the holiday parties in the coming month. Here, genius hair and makeup tips from Lindsay Watts, cosmetology expert and teacher at Empire Beauty Schools that’ll leave you dazzling, stat.
What’s the easiest hairstyle to whip together for a holiday party?
Keep six to eight bobby pins on hand in your desk— you can do almost anything with this little handful of lifesavers. Twist a quick messy bun at the back of your head, secure with the pins, and you have a perfect updo that looks effortless but flattering. To make it a little more interesting, do the same technique, but pull the hair to the side of your head, sweeping strands to one side in the front: stunning!
What’s the hot party nail look this season?
There are so many great nail trends right now. I always love red nails for holiday and crimson is a great color for long-lasting gel manicures, which are super high-shine. Some nail technicians are actually rubbing grit buffers over these shades for a more matte look. These manicures will take you right through the whole holiday season, and with all the extra things on your to-do list, there’s no better time to have a manicure that you can forget about for two weeks.
What’s the best way to avoid looking like a Christmas ornament when wearing festive shimmery makeup?
Limit shimmer to the spots that light would naturally hit: Just the top of cheekbones, underneath the eyebrows, on the browbone and along the collarbone. I like creams more than powders; they’re more workable and you can use a bit of moisturizer to even them out if you overdo it.
Are there any no-fuss universal shades that anyone can wear?
Pewter is a big shade right now. It’s a smokier hue almost anyone can wear and is perfect for a more made-up evening look. As far as smoky shades go, pewter is one of the more foolproof options out there: Just be sure to blend well!
What salon services do you recommend as prep for party season?
Nothing makes a bigger difference in your overall look than fresh hair color. It’s no coincidence that hair color is one of the biggest beauty mood boosters around! But also think about going into the salon and getting a deep conditioning treatment. Do this before the holidays and your hair will be more manageable all season long.
For more ways to shine for the season, check out our Glisten Up feature on pages 54 to 58 of FITNESS’ November/December issue: It’s chock-full of get-gleaming tricks for your skin, eyes and nails.
—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern
Wearing makeup makes you appear more competent, trustworthy and likable, a recent study showed, but you may want to tone it down at the office: More than a third of bosses think their female employees and colleagues wear too much makeup, an officebroker.com poll of 500 managers found. The main culprits: bright lips, overdone eyes and heavy blush. As women who work in beauty media, we believe that wearing makeup— and yes, even exploring trends and bolder looks— is part of our job, but every industry has different standards.
Tell us: How much makeup do you usually wear to work? Would you adjust how much you apply? Why or why not?
Wishing you and your family a Happy, Healthy Thanksgiving! We are so thankful for our readers and the amazing magazine we’re so lucky to work for. See you next week!
-The FITNESS Beauty Team: Eleanor, April and Jaclyn
Last week, I was lucky enough to get to mix my very own shade of nail polish with lacquer queen Deborah Lippmann herself, who’s famous for her stunning, outside-the-box shades and chunky glitter finishes. She and her talented staff very patiently guided me as I blended tiny drops of saturated yellow-red, black, yellow, white, and ruby pigments in a lacquer base to create a dusty lilac hue. Here’s a peek at my workstation (before and after!):
Below, the finished product, which I named Tough Love, since it took so much time and effort to get just right. I now have a profound appreciation for the skill it takes to create something as deceivingly simple-sounding as a nail polish!
Although U.S. National Bobsled Team Member and Olympic hopeful Megan Hill has rocketed to the top of the athletics world, there was still something standing in the way of her confidence: acne. Determined to find a solution, Hill started using Proactiv and through her success with the line, became their newest spokesperson. We chatted with Megan about her battle with acne, her beauty routine and training for the 2012 Olympics.
FITNESS: What made you want to team up with Proactiv?
Megan Hill: Acne is something I’ve really struggled with. When I found Proactiv, not only did my skin begin to clear up, but my confidence was boosted, and I started to step out of my comfort zone and grow as a person as well as an athlete. Not very many people talk about it because, well, its acne and it’s embarrassing, but I know there are so many other girls out there who struggle the way I did.
FITNESS: What’s your beauty routine before a competition? In everyday life?
MH: I begin by washing my face with the Proactiv 3 Step System and then I apply sunscreen. Sometimes I will put on a little bit up of makeup, usually Bare Escentuals, mascara and lip-gloss. For competition, I pull my hair back into a low ponytail or bun so my helmet fits nicely. My beauty routine for everyday life is pretty much the same.
FITNESS: What are your go-to beauty products for post-workout and when you’re on the go?
MH: After a workout, my go-to product is Proactiv Clear Zone Body Pads. They’re perfect for when I have somewhere to be right after my workout and they fit in my gym bag.
FITNESS: Since your skin is constantly exposed to the elements, how do you care for it, both to prevent and repair damage?
MH: When it’s bobsled season I am in very dry and cold climates so moisturizer is a must! My favorite is Proactiv Green Tea Moisturizer. I also wear sunscreen every day to help prevent damage from the sun.
FITNESS: What types of workouts do you do to prepare for competition?
MH: My pre-competition workouts involve intense and explosive movements to get the neuromuscular pathways firing. I do sprints, plyometrics, medicine ball throws, squats and power cleans.
FITNESS: Where is your favorite track to do runs? What is your favorite aspect of doing runs?
MH: I am still trying to figure out which track is my favorite. The only tracks I have driven so far are Lake Placid and Park City. They are so different and I enjoy them both. I can’t wait to learn other tracks. My next stop is Calgary in Alberta, Canada. As a brakeman my favorite track was St. Moritz, Switzerland. The best part of doing a run is the feeling you get when you’re at top speed on the track. It’s like time stops for a minute and you are so in the moment. There’s nothing out there like it!
FITNESS: What’s your proudest fitness-related achievement? Why?
MH: Each year we do a combine test at the beginning of the season. The events on the combine are sprints, a standing long jump, shot put toss, squats, and a power clean. My proudest fitness-related achievement was the personal records I set on the combine this year. All of the hard work I did over the offseason paid off. Improving my speed and strength motivated me to keep training as hard as I did and continue to improve.
—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern
There aren’t many products that earn permanent real estate in our makeup bag, but NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Goddess is one of the lucky few. We use the chubby champagne pink eye shadow stick every morning to brighten the inner corners of our eyes— detracting from dark circles and making us look refreshed— and blended under our brows to instantly lift and conceal any strays. It can also be applied all over the lids or close to the lashline for an illuminated look in seconds. And it really lasts: We’ve been sharpening the pencil for years and still have half of it left!
Tell us: What’s your secret for looking instantly awake?
In this week’s Staffer Beauty Snoop, super-chic Fashion Intern Cindy Park shares the products and tips that keep her looking polished on the go:
Describe your beauty style in three words or less: Consistent and simple
What are the three beauty products you cant live without?:Neutrogena Make-up Removing Wipes, C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve and the Clarisonic Mia.
What’s your beauty routine in the morning?: I use my Clarisonic to cleanse, then sweep on Origins Purifying Tonic, apply Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Moisturizer and top it off with an Aveeno sunscreen.
Post-workout?: I wipe off sweat and grime with Shiseido Pureness Refreshing Cleansing Wipes.
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good?: Boscia Luminizing Black Mask: When the mask dries up and I peel it off, I feel like I’m taking off a layer of dull skin and am left with a cleaner, fresher face. I also love Bobbi Brown Creamy Lipcolor in Pale Plum. It gives me the perfect pop of color when I want to look more awake.
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received? Wear sunscreen every single day. You won’t regret it!
—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern
We caught up with (adorable!) Freestyle Skier Jen Hudak at the Paul Mitchell Focus Raika Studio Salon where she was primping for the 2011 New York Gold Medal Gala, (see her tousled updo, below). Here, she shares her hair, skin, and workout secrets for both competition and everyday life:
—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern
This morning, I visited the Phyto Haircare Phyto Universe treatment center in New York City for a hair and scalp consultation—an especially scary prospect when I haven’t shampooed in almost four days! Luckily, the hair expert when easy on me. See the photos of my scalp and hair magnified 200x below:
A few healthy hair pointers I picked up during my consultation:
- Before washing your hair, give yourself a mini scalp massage with a paddle brush to loosen any buildup.
- For maximum shine, use a clarifying shampoo in place of your regular formula once a month.
- To repair and hydrate dry ends like mine, keep a lightweight leave-in cream on hand and lightly smooth over them daily.
Nude lipsticks usually fall into one of two categories: Too light and concealer-like, or so sheer that your own lip color shows through and the pigment disappears. We’ve found a happy medium in Jouer Hydrating Lipstick in Dusty, a true nude balanced with just enough pink so lips look neutral but not chalky. The hue is opaque, yet still feels creamy and soft on lips. It’s perfect for when you want your eye makeup to stand out or are looking for an easy, natural look.
Tell us: What’s your go-to nude lip product?