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Behind-the-Scenes: 2012 FITNESS Beauty Awards

Written on May 16, 2012 at 9:33 am , by

Here’s a peek at just a fraction of the 3,600 new products our beauty team called in for testing for the 2012 FITNESS Beauty Awards, the 60 winners of which will be published in the October issue. Our panel of twelve experts in the fields of dermatology, hair styling and coloring, and makeup artistry are currently testing the products, judging them on factors like effectiveness, ease of use, packaging, and cosmetic elegance. Next, we’ll distribute the products to hundreds of readers for the final round of testing before they’re narrowed down to the top choice in each category. Keep your eye out for the winners in our October issue on newsstands this fall!

Behind The Scenes: May “Must Dos” Photo Shoot

Written on April 17, 2012 at 1:20 pm , by

Our special 20th Anniversary May issue with Elle Macpherson is on newsstands this week (pick it up!)—  and one of the highlights, if we do say so ourselves, is our “Must Dos” hairstyling feature starting on page 48. Tresemmé celebrity hairstylist Jeanie Syfu came up with three fresh, super-easy styles (down, ponytail and night out) tailored to your strand type: straight, wavy or curly. Here’s a peek behind the scenes on the set of the photo shoot, where you can see Jeanie working her magic and our stunning models posing for the perfect shot.

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Behind the Scenes of our April “Ready, Set, Glow!” Feature Shoot

Written on March 26, 2012 at 1:37 pm , by

Our “Ready, Set, Glow!” makeup feature in the April issue (check it out on pages 40 – 44!)  shows you seven ways to update your standard makeup look for spring— in a single step. Here’s a peek on the set of the photo shoot for the story, where celebrity makeup artist Jackie Gomez— whose clients include Beyoncé, Zoe Saldana and Marisa Miller— worked her magic:

 

FITNESS Beauty Awards 2011: The Winners!

Written on September 20, 2011 at 6:55 am , by

At long last, we’re proud to present the winners of the 2011 FITNESS Beauty Awards! Check them out (runners-up are online only) here and read the full story starting on page 54 of the October issue, on sale today! We gave you a behind-the-scenes peek back in May, but here’s the full lowdown on the rigorous, six month-long selection process: 

HOW WE PICKED THE WINNERS
Our expert panel (below) helped us narrow down 1,162 new beauty products to about 300 finalists. We distributed these selections to reader testers, who scored each on such factors as effectiveness, texture, scent, and ease of use to end up with these 60 first-place champions.

MEET OUR EXPERTS
Dermatologists Mona A. Gohara, MD, of New Haven; Brooke Jackson, MD, of Chicago; Elissa J. Lunder, MD, of Wellesley, Massachusetts; Hema Sundaram, MD, of Washington, D.C. Hairstylists Tommy Buckett of New York City, Clyde Elezi of New York City, Jet Rhys of San Diego, Kattia Solano of New York City. Makeup artists Landy Dean of New York City, Jackie Gomez of Brooklyn, Jenna Menard of New York City, Emily Kate Warren of New York City and San Francisco

Holidays in July!

Written on July 28, 2011 at 9:21 am , by

The thermostat may be soaring to record levels outside, but believe it or not, the holidays are in full swing inside the FITNESS beauty department.  Here’s a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at the plethora of holiday gifts and products we’re wading through for our November/December issue, on stands the last week of October!

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Behind the Scenes: July/August “Love Your Hair” Makeover Photo Shoot

Written on June 28, 2011 at 10:06 am , by

The FITNESS beauty team took over the Sally Hershberger Downtown Salon in New York City this April to transform the locks of seven gorgeous readers. They each received a “before” photo, hair color, cut, blowout, makeup, wardrobe, and an “after” photo in the span of a single day. Take a peek at the action, and be sure to check out the Love Your Hair feature on page 54 of the July/August issue, on newsstands this week!

Behind-the-Scenes of our “Spring Awakening” Shoot: Part 8

Written on March 14, 2011 at 9:53 am , by

In the final episode behind-the-scenes of our March “Spring Awakening” feature photo shoot, Mary Kay celebrity makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff shows us how to add a pop of pink to your look:

Ready, set, spring!

Behind-the-Scenes of our “Spring Awakening” Shoot: Part 7

Written on March 10, 2011 at 11:34 am , by

Next up in the video series behind-the-scenes of our March “Spring Awakening” feature photo shoot, Mary Kay celebrity makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff shows us how to get a believable bronzed glow:

Behind-the-Scenes: March Spa Shoot

Written on February 16, 2011 at 7:10 am , by

Take a peak at this behind-the-scenes footage of our March “Bliss Out” feature photo shoot that took place at a gorgeous, antique-filled brownstone in New York City. And be sure to read the story on page 50 of our March issue, out this week!

Behind-the-Scenes of our “Spring Awakening” Shoot: Part 1

Written on February 14, 2011 at 10:07 am , by

Our March 2011 issue is on newsstands this week—and to mark the occasion, we’re beginning a series of behind-the-scenes videos on the set of our “Spring Awakening” feature photo shoot (check it out starting on page 43!) Here’s part one, where Mary Kay celebrity makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff shows us how to do a soft, smoky eye. Enjoy!