Written on August 9, 2011 at 2:10 pm , by April Franzino
Everyone has a woman—or women—whether famous or not, whose look they admire and emulate. We asked FITNESS editors who their beauty idols are and why:
- “Brigitte Bardot! I love her casual, sexy makeup and voluminous, bedhead hair.” —Eleanor Langston, beauty director
- “My beauty idol is Kate Middleton. I love that she did her own makeup for her wedding! She always looks put-together, natural, and beautiful, but not like she’s trying too hard. Her look seems effortless.” —Karina Dearwood, associate photo editor
- “My beauty idol is my grandmother! At 77 years old, she dresses fabulously, has the most beautiful accessories, and never leaves the house without picture-perfect hair and makeup. I can only hope that in 56 years I too have the confidence to keep maintaining my hair and keep up with makeup trends like she does.” —Amanda Downs, beauty intern
- “Lauren Hutton. She has always had a natural glow and beauty about her.” —Kathy Green, managing editor
- “Blake Lively! I love her sun-kissed look and blonde, highlighted hair because it looks so natural, chic, and not overdone.” —Heidi Smith, editorial intern
- “My beauty idol is Maria Callas. Her features were a bit severe, but I loved the way she really played up her big eyes and never went under the knife even though her nose was quite distinct. Because I’m Greek, I really identify with her ethnic, exotic look. My favorite Maria-inspired beauty tip for summer is to part my dark hair down the middle and slick it back into a ponytail. Giant hoops help make it look fresh and modern.” —Argy Koutsothanasis, fashion director
- “My mother. The way her natural beauty shines through any product has always amazed me!” —Theresa K. Brady, editorial intern
Tell us: Whose beauty style do you love?
Written on September 7, 2010 at 9:12 am , by Fitness Magazine
French 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