Sleek and Shiny: How to Straighten Your Hair the Right Way

Sleek and Shiny: How to Straighten Your Hair, ProperlyWhen it comes to beauty, there are few things more covetable than long, sleek, shiny, straight hair. You know the look—the one that beguiled audiences at shows like Ralph Lauren and Chloé this past season? It’s the kind of style that somehow manages to look chic with everything from a great dress to a lazy Sunday outfit. (That’s how it differs from the more formal—and now, more passé—princess curls.)

But, according to some of our friends in the hair world, there are concerns about at-home straightening. After all, you’re clamping your precious, pretty hair with an iron that’s at the temperature required to bake a whole pizza! To help you upgrade your game, we asked them exactly what we’re doing wrong… and how to fix it. Read on to see how you score.

1. You’re not starting in the shower.Let’s get one thing clear: no shampoo or conditioner will straighten your hair. But hair care items labeled “smoothing” may be able to help prepare the strands for the process by providing major moisture. “Take a paddle brush to comb the conditioner through,” suggests stylist Sarah Potempa (who’s tamed Lea Michele’s mane!), “then rinse your hair gently. Once you’re out of the shower, don’t towel dry like crazy! That will enhance the natural curl. Instead, pat downwards gently.” As an alternative to traditional terrycloth, which promotes frizz, try the super-soft DevaTowel to promote sleek strands.

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The Beauty Diaries: How to Apply Bronzer

No matter what time of the year it is, bronzer is always one of my makeup staples. Some girls can pull off that creamy pale skin look perfectly – I don’t feel like I am one of those girls. I feel the most confident and happy with my looks when I have some sort of sun-kissed glow happening, whether it’s natural from a day at the beach, or fake from a healthy dose of my favorite bronzer.

If you feel the same way, I’m sure you’ll love this post. Bronzer is easy to use once you know what you’re doing – but a few extra swipes of the brush, and you could end up looking too orange, or worse, like your face is a different color than the rest of your body. It can be a little tricky to nail at first, so that’s why all of these tips are so helpful. Want to learn how to apply bronzer like a pro? Here are 8 bronzer hacks, tips and tricks for the perfect summer glow.


1. Apply your bronzer where the sun would naturally hit your face, like so: 

how to apply bronzer tips


2. You can also use bronzer for contouring. Here are the best ways to apply based on your face shape. 

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The Beauty Diaries: Worth the Splurge: Makeup Essentials

When it comes to the nitty gritty details of cosmetics, a sky-high price tag doesn’t always make for an amazing — or even better — product. “I’ve seen lots of expensive products that are little more than water and wax and, on the other hand, plenty of inexpensive products that are formulated with state-of-the-art ingredients,” says Paula Begoun, founder of Paula’s Choice and author of “Don’t Go To The Cosmetics Counter Without Me.” With that said, some cosmetics are certainly worth the extra money and can make all the difference in primping your visage.

Buying the right Faux Eyelashes

Faux Eyelashes

Low-quality, fake eyelashes are difficult to apply, don’t last as long and can look glossier than what’s natural. Whether you’re buying fake lashes for a big event or for daily life, the extra amount you spend is worth it in the end. Begoun even suggests eyelash extensions. “It’s pricey and high maintenance, but it makes a dramatically beautiful impact,” she says.

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Nina Dobrev of ‘The Vampire Diaries’ on going blonde and her summer beauty essentials

Upon locking eyes with actress Nina Dobrev during her brief pitstop in New York City, two things were immediately apparent. The first? She’s just as gorgeous in person as she is onscreen in The Vampire Diaries. The second? She’s…blonde!

Nina Dobrev goes blonde, Ombrè

“I went ombré,” she explained with a laugh, twirling the ends of her hair. “I actually did it for a role. I’m filming a project called Final Girls, and it’s the first time that I’m playing this sassy best friend.”

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The Beauty Diaries: 5 Ways to Look Stunning in Colored Eyeliner

Applying Colored EyelinerOne of the most fun and flattering beauty trends right now is the liberal use of colored eyeliner. It’s everywhere, from celebs on the red carpet to models on the runways, and for good reaason: it’s totally flattering! If you’re worried you’ll end up looking like a 12-year-old who stole Granny’s blue eyeshadow, fear not. Here are five very easy, ultra pretty ways to work colored eyeliner.

1. Do a navy, dark violet or forest green cat-eye.

I love a classic liquid liner cat eye in black, but using a dark, colored liner adds a nice twist. A darker color is a good step if you’re hesitant to try colored eyeliner — it’s different, and can really compliment your eyes, but it’s still subtle.

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