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Pro Secrets for Bold Brows

Written on March 24, 2014 at 12:28 pm , by

We got the memo—full brows are in (hello, Cara Delevigne!). There’s just one problem: if you don’t have them, how can you get them? We called on eyebrow extraordinaire and owner of Sania’s Brow Bar in NYC, Sania Vucetaj, to explain the ins and outs of filling in your brows, so they don’t end up looking like crazy caterpillars.

What’s the biggest issue women have with eyebrow shaping?
“The shape needs to be as symmetrical and full as possible; full in a flattering way. But many people think you should be adding pencil throughout the whole brow, when in fact, it should just be used to outline the brow. Because you already have hairs in the brows center and sparseness is usually around the brow. The best bet is to outline the shape and then blend it in using a clean spooley (a clean mascara brush). The color will then go through the brow to achieve a natural look.”

What’s your favorite brow powder or pencil?
“I actually have my own brow pencil called the Sania’s Brow Bar Angled Mechanical Brow Pencil ($30, saniasbrowbar.com). [Ed note: this is one of our fave’s too!] The formulation of the pencil gives you the precision of a pencil but also the soft smoothness of a powder to help you achieve the most natural look. The pencil comes in three natural shades: light, medium and dark. The unique angle of the pencil is shaped like a brush so that it mimics the brow for easy application. It also comes with a spooley on the opposite end for blending.“

How do you know what shade is best for you?
“You should stay as true to your natural color as possible. When in doubt, pick a shade a little lighter. If you want to darken your brows, pick a slightly darker shade. If you want to soften brows, pick a slightly lighter color. The beauty of pencils is you can mix and match!“

Walk us through the steps of filling in. Where do you start?
“You would take the wide angle of the pencil and start with filling in just the center of the brows. Then, with the thin edge of the pencil, outline the top of the brow while lifting the arch area. Next, outline with the thin edge underneath the brow, where sparseness usually occurs. Then blend with the brush in upward strokes for beautiful, natural-looking brows!”

Is there anyone who should not fill in their brows?
“If someone has really full, prominent brows, they may not want to. But for the most part, everyone has a bit of sparseness in their brows and can benefit from using a little pencil to perfect them.“

—Chelsea Burns, beauty intern

Official Hairstylist for the U.S. Open, Julien Farel, Shares His Sporty Style Tips

Written on September 9, 2013 at 12:28 pm , by

Just before the U.S. Open wraps today with the men’s final match between Djokovic and Nadal, we snuck in some time with the official hairstylist for the tournament, Julien Farel. For seven years, Farel and his team have been offering their services in the official player salon at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York. Here, he shares with us his tricks for keeping the players looking like aces through grueling, multiple-hour matches.

Julien Farel cutting Ana Ivanovic’s hair in the salon.

So you set up a salon on site for the players. What kind of services do you offer?
“There are over 500 players and they all have access to any kind of services that they want. At Arthur Ashe Stadium, we cannot do any color or chemical treatments but if they need any kind of other services: hair cut, blow dry, manicure, pedicure, eyebrow waxing, tweezing or makeup, they can come in and get it done.”

And how does the styling work? Do the players tell you what they want or do they let you have some creativity with it?
“It depends. If they go on camera, they will come to get a quick braid or ponytail and sometimes a touchup for makeup. If they are playing, they usually skip the makeup. If not, sometimes we reopen the salon just for the biggest players. Sometimes you have to drop what you’re doing to just go and take care of them, especially the well-ranked players.”

Donna Vekic sporting a braided style at Julien Farel salon.

We’ve noticed a lot of braided hairstylists on the women this year. Are braids a big trend right now and what’s the trick to getting the look right?
“It is a very good style for tennis because it locks all the hair into place. For the U.S. Open, we use our anti-aging hair care technology and our styling products, which have UV-protection [Farel launched a 21 SKU product line back in 2011 available at dermstore.com]. So for a braid, we often apply some products on the hair before they go into the game to protect their hair. After the game, they sometimes come in because they get sunburned and we apply Julien Farel Haircare Vitamin Calm ($43, dermstore.com), which is a great product to repair sunburn because it immediately nourishes the scalp. It has anti-inflammatory ingredients, like algae extract and vitamin E to help replenish vital nutrients and combat harmful UV-rays. But because of the humidity and the heat, a lot of them are coming into get some gel or gloss to lock the hair in place, so in that case we do a ponytail or a braid out of the ponytail.”

It has been awfully humid for most of the Open. What’s your best tip for blocking humidity out of your hair?
“Yea, we use an anti-frizz balm [Julien Farel Haircare Zero Frizz Relaxing Balm ($32, dermstore.com)]. We offer that to make sure we can help to protect the hair. For me, it’s really about protecting the hair in every way we can so by moisturizing, making sure the hair feels better, to be moisturized from the end to the root or by having something where the hair is going to be protected from the sun.”

These matches can last for hours so what’s your secret for getting the styles to last?
“Well, if it’s a case of someone like Nadal who is wearing a bandana, or others are wearing bobby pins and some hair bands, or some ponytails and some braids and the reason is because these things help to lock the hair into place. So if you’re winning, you go on camera right away and you still look good because after the players finish the match, they’re not going to come to the salon to get their hair done because the people, especially the press, want them to comment right as they are on the moment. They don’t want you to wait to think about it. They want to feel the emotion.”

Olympians’ Look-Great Secrets, Continued

Written on July 9, 2012 at 11:58 am , by

Our “Play On!” feature in the July/August issue (pg. 44 – 50) is packed with beauty must-haves and tips from Olympians and Olympic hopefuls like Lolo Jones, Kerri Walsh, Natalie Coughlin and Hope Solo. Here’s a bonus selection of tricks these super athletes shared with us:

Sarah Groff, 30, a world-class triathlete, Hanover, New Hampshire

Eat clean. “When I’m eating better—less processed, more whole foods—I break out less,” says Groff. Her good-skin staples include whole grains, fruits and vegetables, a little soy, fish and animal protein.

Lolo Jones, 30, a world champion hurdler, New Orleans, Louisiana

Play up eyes. On race days, Jones skips the pore-clogging face makeup and focuses on her eyes with soft-colored cream shadows. She says Revlon Illuminance Crème Shadows hold up well in heat. “Even after three hours of non-stop sweating, my eyes still look good.”

Natasha Hastings, 26, an Olympic gold medalist and track and field sprinter, Atlanta, Georgia

Be gentle. “Between color and relaxers, my hair is just over-processed,” Hastings says. “My stylist put me on to Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment. I put it on before I shampoo and I’ve seen a drastic change in the health of my hair.”

Shalane Flanagan, 31, an Olympic bronze medalist and 10,000-meter runner, Portland, Oregon

Treat your feet. Flanagan gets a pro pedi before every major race. “I’ve heard from podiatrists that they are really good for runners’ feet and can prevent toenail damage,” she says. Flanagan likes fun, bright polish shades, but is also known to match her polish to her team uniform.

5 Ways to Protect Your Hair Color From Workout Wear & Tear

Written on February 28, 2012 at 12:09 pm , by

A rigorous exercise or sports routine can wreak havoc on your hair color. We asked two color queens, Marie Robinson, Clairol color director and owner of Marie Robinson Salon in New York City and Teca Lewellyn, Procter & Gamble beauty scientist in Cincinnati, to share their tricks for keeping your hue in as great shape as your physique.

  1. Time wisely. Schedule your workouts for the time of day you like to showerwhether it’s morning or eveningso you don’t have to wash your hair twice in one day, which can degrade color over time.
  2. Be protective. Before diving into the pool, wet your hair. Getting it wet with regular water will help prevent some of the chlorine from getting into your hair. Studies have shown that color-treated hair is more susceptible to cuticle damage from chlorine, probably because it’s more porous. Also try applying a coat of conditioner to your wet strands before putting on your swim cap for extra defense.
  3. Made in the shade. If you aren’t able to avoid running during peak hours or stay in the shade, grab a hat or bandana to keep locks under cover. SPF-type protection for hair is still a work in progress, since strands function very differently from skin.
  4. Feel the heat. If you reach for a blowdryer, flat iron or curling iron after your workouts, spritz on a heat-protecting mist before styling, as high temps can sap hair color as well. Colored hair is already at a disadvantage against hot tools because the invisible protective F-layer is removed in the coloring process.
  5. Get a boost. If your hue starts to look “blah” between appointments or colorings, pick up a box of demi-permanent color like Natural Instincts in a shade that matches your current one: It will act like a pro gloss treatment to refresh and adjust the tone of your hair color and the antioxidants in the formula will help keep your hue true.

Staffer Beauty Snoop: Fitness Editor Jenna Autuori Dedić

Written on September 1, 2011 at 10:51 am , by

This week, Fitness Editor Jenna Autuori Dedić reveals the secrets to her glowing skin, beachy waves, and how she looks great through the most stringent of workout regimens:

Describe your beauty style in three words or less: Laid-back, natural and über-girly!
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without? Kérastase Aqua Seal Leave-In Hair Conditioner to condition my hair while I sleep; Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Pink Whisper; and any sea salt spray for my hair.
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? If I’m going from my morning SoulCycle class, I have to be quick to make it to the office on time. So I’ll take a quick shower, slather my hair with a Kérastase cream and put it into a high bun to air dry, swipe on a little eyeshadow (always a light pink or light gold), then mascara and eyeliner, and finish things off with lipgloss. Around mid-day, I take my bun down and let my wavy hair loose—by then it’s super-voluminous!
At night? If I’m heading out for a date with my husband or to meet up with friends, I’ll reapply some eyeshadow and spray a light-hold hair spray into my hair to give it some more oomph. I really take care of my skin before I go to bed after I’ve worked out and ran around so much during the day. I always take my makeup off with CVS Cleansing & Makeup Remover Towelettes—they truly make my skin glow. I wash my face with a very sudsy facial wash, and never go to sleep without putting on a nighttime serum (Bliss Peeling Groovy Facial Serum) and cream (Estée Lauder Time Zone Night Anti-Line/Wrinkle Creme). I think it’s really important to stick to your nighttime beauty rituals because your skin repairs itself while you sleep.
Post-workout? Whether I’m working out in the morning, hitting up a gym class at lunchtime, or doing my marathon training run in the evening, I try to take off all my makeup when I work out, then wash my face with cold water afterward and apply a lightweight moisturizer. I always feel instantly refreshed.
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? I try to get a facial once a month—I work out so much that I think my skin needs that refresher treatment to wipe away any excess oil, treat any sun spots, even out my skintone and exfoliate like I can’t at home. I love trying new spas as well because it’s fun comparing and seeing what I like best.
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? Stop highlighting your hair! For years I damaged my hair by making it blonder and blonder (and just trying to keep up with the roots!), and ended up making it extremely dry. One day I realized that I’d forgotten what my natural hair even looked like and that was such a shame! So I stopped everything and went to hair rehab for about a year. Plus, I was working out and training for races so much I kept throwing my hair in a ponytail, so I thought when would be a better time to let myself “go” so to speak. The best thing I ever did was let myself be natural—I’ve never gotten more compliments about my hair and who knew all that was underneath all those treatments I was getting (and money I was spending). Stop fighting the beauty you were given: Embrace it! And I have to thank Butterfly Studio Salon in New York City for helping me love what I have and teaching me how to have healthy hair.

Staffer Beauty Snoop: Art Intern Heidi Smith

Written on August 18, 2011 at 9:52 am , by

Next up in our Staffer Beauty Snoop series, Art Intern Heidi Smith shares her quick and simple beauty tips, tricks and obsessions:

Describe your beauty style in three words or less: Fresh, relaxed and playful.
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without? Clean & Clear Morning Glow Oil Free SPF 15 Moisturizer, Soft Lips Lip Balm SPF 20 and Maybelline Great Lash Blackest Black Mascara.
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? I put my makeup on while my hair is still wet to save time and let my hair air dry as much as possible to save it from the blowdryer. I like an easy, fast routine.
At night? Before bed, I wash off all my makeup and put on moisturizer.
Post-workout? I don’t like when I see girls with caked-on makeup at the gym. I want my skin to breathe, so I keep my face clean while I workout and wear only sunscreen. Afterward, I jump in the shower.
What beauty product instantly makes you feel good when you use it? A light-textured lip gloss like Lancôme Paris Juicy Tubes Lip Gloss. Anytime I’m nervous, like before a date or special event, I put on this gloss and it instantly makes me feel sexy and more confident.
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? Don’t wear mascara at the beach or pool: Raccoon eyes are not attractive!

—By Amanda Downs, beauty intern

Makeshift Makeup

Written on July 14, 2011 at 10:18 am , by

We all get stuck in situations where we need makeup help—fast. Primp on the fly with these genius tips from Koh Gen Do Cosmetics celebrity makeup artist Daniel Martin:

  • Mixing your concealer with face cream or lotion can double as a light foundation/tinted moisturizer.
  • In a pinch, use your lipstick as a cream blush—make a few small dots on each cheek, then blend.
  • Dab a balm like Aquaphor on your eyelids for a glossy, natural-looking sheen.
  • No eye shadow in sight? Swipe a powder bronzer or neutral blush on eyelids for a chic, monochromatic look.


Fresh Face Forward

Written on October 14, 2010 at 7:49 am , by

As part of their 2010 Fresh Faces Tour, Clinique is stopping at college campuses across the country to educate women on looking and feeling beautiful in their skin. This week, they set up camp at the University of Missouri — go Tigers! — where they treated us to free makeovers, hair touch-ups and a professional photo-op. They even offered advice to women pursuing careers in fashion and  beauty. One lucky woman will have the opportunity to intern at Clinique next summer!

During my visit, I picked up a few tips from Clinique makeup artist Debbie Petrak. After 20 years with the company, she knows a thing or two about on-the-go beauty!

FITNESS: Sometimes loose eyeshadow falls under my eyes when I’m doing my makeup. How do I remove it without smearing?
Debbie Petrak: I like to start with eye makeup before foundation. Then, you can fix any mistakes before applying a fresh face of makeup.

FITNESS: Even with a clean face, my blush still goes on splotchy after a workout. What gives?
DP
: This is a sign that you need to exfoliate. The powder sticks to dead skin, giving it that splotchy effect. Beautiful makeup starts with beautiful skin underneath.

FITNESS: How can I find a foundation that’s right for me?
DP:  Choose three shades that look closest to your skin tone. Then, blend each color onto the side of your face at the same time. You should choose the one that blends invisibly into your skin. If you can see it, it’s not the right color for you!

For more information about the Fresh Faces Tour, and to find out where they’re stopping next, visit www.cliniquefreshfaces.com.

— Catherine O’Neill, contributing blogger. Photo by Lindsey Cavanaugh.