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Written on December 20, 2010 at 10:13 am , by

At the Paul Mitchell Red Carpet Event, we sat down with Julie Solwold, Vice President of Event Marketing for Paul Mitchell. Listen in as she talks about the importance of beauty from the inside out and why the company loves to work with athletes:

-Kari LaPrade, beauty intern

Beauty Rules

Written on December 14, 2010 at 7:26 am , by

Beauty Rules CoverBobbi Brown‘s new book Beauty Rules is packed with tips on makeup (of course), skincare and self-esteem. She also interviews models, salon professionals and female athletes—including Morgan Pressel, the youngest-ever winner of a major LPGA golf tournament—to cull their top beauty tips. Here, a few of my favorite pearls of beauty wisdom from the book:

  • Healthy is beautiful. Anything that’s good for your body is good for your hair, Bobbi maintains.
  • Wear layers. Layer gloss on top of lipstick for a really rich pout.
  • Lighten up. Always wear concealer when you use black eyeliner. Otherwise, you’ll wind up looking tired.
  • Skip a wash. There’s no need to wash your hair everyday, unless of course you work in a coal mine (or are prone to super-greasy roots). Bobbi suggests cleansing strands no more than every other day: Try out a dry shampoo on the days in between!

-Kari LaPrade, beauty intern

Beauty Talk with Olympic Skier Shannon Bahrke

Written on December 1, 2010 at 9:31 am , by

Silver and bronze medal-winning Olympic skier Shannon Bahrke took a break from the slopes to sit down with FITNESS at the Paul Mitchell Red Carpet Pre-Styling even. Listen in as she shares her on-the-go beauty tips:

-Kari LaPrade, beauty intern

Secrets of Olympic Snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis

Written on November 8, 2010 at 11:39 am , by

We asked Olympic silver medal-winning snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis for her on-the-go beauty secrets and must-have products as she primped at the Paul Mitchell Red Carpet Pre-Styling Event. Here’s what she had to say:

-Kari LaPrade, beauty intern

The Beauty Equation

Written on November 4, 2010 at 11:47 am , by

The FITNESS beauty department loves Nigel Barker’s new book, Beauty Equation: Revealing a Better and More Beautiful You. And not only because it features photos Nigel took of our Beauty Director, Eleanor Langston (with her husband), and our Associate Beauty Editor, April Franzino (with her mom—see both below, along with a behind-the-scenes shot of Nigel and April). In the book, Nigel uses his 20 years of experience in the industry to cast aside the conventional rules of beauty. He goes into depth on self-image, and shares tons of tips from beauty insiders. A few of my favorites:

  • When applying foundation, try using a sponge that has been moistened with water first. This will help dilute the product and give you a sheer and even application.
  • Pick one feature to emphasize: your lips, cheeks or eyes, and play it up while you downplay the others.
  • When wearing the right clothes, any body type can look great; the key is balancing your ensemble to create an even, uniform look.

For more secrets and expert beauty advice, pick up a copy of Beauty Equation. What are your favorite beauty books?

-Kari LaPrade, beauty intern

FITNESS Beauty Awards 2010

Written on November 3, 2010 at 7:25 am , by

What’s at the top of the beauty crop? Watch Associate Beauty Editor April Franzino chat about some of our favorite finds from FITNESS’s 2010 Beauty Awards on Better.TV.

See a list of all the winners and runners-up in each category here. Happy shopping!

Post-Workout Strand Secrets

Written on October 20, 2010 at 9:47 am , by

Here at FITNESS, we’re always looking for new ways to beautify our workout routine. If the dreaded ponytail crease is preventing you from hitting the gym before a night on the town, try these simple tips to keep your smooth strands intact:

locker-roomCrease Release Fill an empty spray bottle with water and spritz lightly onto the ponytail crease, moving all the way around the crown. Take a flat brush and place it under the crease. Brush the hair downward and blast the crease with a blow dryer until smooth. Bonus: Using a  fabric-covered elastic can reduce indentation.

Clip It Instead of pulling your hair into a ponytail, try clipping it up. Lightly twist locks up and secure with a clip that will stay in place. We like Goody StayPut Slide-Proof Hold Claw Clips, which are specially designed to grip your hair and not slip off.

What are your post-workout beauty tricks?

—By Kari LaPrade, beauty intern

A Twist on a Classic

Written on September 7, 2010 at 9:12 am , by

156724001French braids aren’t just for summer camp anymore.

I love the look of French braids, but sometimes I want a style that’s a little more relaxed. When I was pulling my hair up into a braid today, I decided to try something new. Rather than start near the front of my head, I parted my hair to the side and combed out a two-inch section from the middle of my part. I began to braid, adding small pieces from the front and back of my part. I weaved the pieces under each other (rather than over) to achieve the inside-out effect. Once I reached my neck, I gathered all my hair together to form a regular braid. It still had the loose, relaxed feel I was aiming for with a little extra flair. And the French braid helped keep fly-aways out of my face during my workout. It’s my new go-to! Would you wear it?

– Catherine Q. O’Neill, beauty intern

Behind-the-Scenes Beauty

Written on August 6, 2010 at 8:36 am , by

From delivering racks of workout clothes to interviewing experts, the Fitness interns know how to work up a sweat in the city! They shared their favorite beauty products for girls on the go!

Get the look:

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

Olay Daily Facials Express

Laura Mercier Foundation Powder

MAC Lipstick in Sandy B.

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Secret Weapon Flawless Finishing Crème

Fresh Soy Face Cream

Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray

–Catherine Q. O’Neill, beauty intern