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Hair Color Dictionary With Michael Canale

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Gloss, shine, or tone? Do you know what your colorist is doing to your hair? We asked Michael Canale, celebrity colorist who is responsible for Jennifer Aniston’s glowing gold shade, to give us the 411 on your salon color options. As they say, knowledge is power.

“Glosses – Add shine and enhance color. Say I wanted to take yellow out of someone’s hair to give it a slight alteration, I would use a shine or gloss. You can use gloss on gold tones to cool tones, never ash tones. Glosses last from 3 to 10 shampoos; certain glosses can last up to two months, depending on what lines you are using.

Shines – Usually clear with the slightest amount of gold or cool blue tones. The blue shine would soften a golden look and the gold shine would enhance. Shines last a week to two weeks; you can buy them in shampoo form too. [You can purchase shine shampoo here].

Toner – Toner is more permanent than gloss. You can actually make a toner out of a hair color. A cool toner would take yellow, sandy, beige tones out of the hair. Blue toner makes white and counters yellow, slate toner takes red out of the hair. Toner lasts about 4 to 6 weeks. [You can purchase toner shampoo here].

Semi-Permanent Color – Non-ammonia hair color that usually lays on the outside of the hair shaft so you keep your natural color. It washes out and doesn’t produce red tones. You would use this to cover grey hairs, or for someone who colors their hair often. You can also use it to darken blonde, it’s less harsh and easier to get out than permanent color. Lasts 4 to 6 weeks.

Permanent Color – Permanent has a lifting ability and alters the base color, permanently. The best candidate is someone who is already dark but wants to go darker, and they don’t color their hair often. If you use an active tint to go dark, you will go red eventually (beware!).

Balayage – Free hand way to add highlights that usually uses a hotter bleach (stronger bleach). Great way to refresh or touch-up color. If you want chunky blonde, ask for balayage.

Foils – A more isolated technique to add highlights – you can see what you are doing and keep it away from the other hair while its in the foils. Foils look much more natural.”

Michael Canale, celebrity colorist whose clients include Jennifer Aniston, Heidi Klum and Penelope Cruz.


#TBT: How To Look Like Debbie Harry

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Debbie Harry is well known for being a blondie, both with her hair and her band. However, her statement-making makeup left just as much of an impression, especially in today’s landscape of “go bold or go home.” Debbie paired her bleached locks with bright “look at me” cosmetics that were the total opposite of natural. While less-is-more is definitely having a moment, sometimes occasions call for a full, daring face of makeup. And no, not just for a costume party!

Pretty much the entire NARS Christopher Kane Collection, described as “neoneutral,” screams Debbie Harry. The Illuminating Multiple ($39) in Quantum looks like a shocking magenta, but it’s actually rather sheer and totally wearable on eyes, lips, and cheeks. We also like to think she would love the Mezmer Lip Gloss ($26), which gives the desired amount of shine without a sticky finish.

Although Debbie loved a good blue eye shadow, that may evoke memories of a bad prom look. Ease your way into the trend with eyeliner instead of a full blue lid. Yves Saint Laurent Beauty Liquid Eyeliner in Blue Light ($34) has a punky, iridescent finish.

If you’re feeling bold and want to rock an entire blue lid, reach for Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Iced Blue ($29). It’s surprisingly versatile despite the frosty finish, and gets bonus points for lasting all night long.

To perfectly balance daring eyes and shocking hair, Debbie favored coral lips of the creamy variety. Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Crème in Cora Cora ($30) is ultra-hydrating with just the right amount of punch for your pout.

One Way or Another, a little Blondie can certainly fit into your makeup wardrobe.


-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind


#TBT: Jane Birkin

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Chances are that cool-girl Jane Birkin would absolutely detest the word chic for fear of being cliché. Come on, the iconic Hermes Birkin bag wasn’t named after her for nothing! That’s right, a $10,000+ handbag named after a woman who favored carrying a straw basket. Bohemian yet also refined, this British actress and singer truly understood the art of letting your natural beauty shine through. We can’t all be graced with Jane’s astonishing looks, but we can certainly fake it! Here’s how:

Jane’s simple, slept-in hair is every woman’s dream ‘do. Unfortunately, we aren’t all #blessed with that perfect God-given texture.  To mimic her look, blow dry your hair straight with a smoothing product such as Living Proof Straight Spray ($29). Since Jane’s coif always looked perfectly imperfect, add some texture with Bumble and Bumble Surf Infusion ($29) on the ends. Cutting fringe like hers is certainly a big commitment, but so is having a boyfriend. Bangs require less maintenance than he will… guaranteed.

Jane nailed the no-makeup-makeup trend long before it even was one. When going for this look, keep in mind that it is all about less is more. Eyes should be lightly lined with a soft liner such as Chantecaille Gel Liner ($33), which is the ideal smudgy texture to help achieve that doe-eyed appearance. To brighten up your lookers like Jane’s, consider rimming your waterline with Napoleon Perdis Oil-Free Creamy Eyeliner Pencil ($20) in white. Statement lashes are a non-negotiable, and Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara ($32) gives the extreme volume and length that you’ll need. And don’t forget your lower lash line; Jane had that spider-like lash hair thing on fleek. A dab of pinky cream blush and a swipe of the perfect nude lipstick, like Tom Ford in Spanish Pink ($50), completes the look.

Jane’s style was understated and simple. It’s safe to assume she would effortlessly pair a Saint James for J.Crew Slouchy Tee ($90) with figure-flattering Frame Le High Flared Jeans ($209). However, she certainly had her hippie moments as well. Mimic Jane at an upcoming music festival in Reformation’s flirty and vintage-esque Riley Dress ($198). In reality, Jane could probably pull off a trash bag and be labeled a style star, but these options will help out us mere mortals.


Casey Sharbaugh currently resides in New York City and works in the fashion industry. In her spare time, you can find Casey spinning, trying new beauty products, or browsing the city for the best ice cream cone. Find her on Twitter at @caseyhshar

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Face Value: The Oscars 2015

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There are certain Oscar night prerequisites: Gorgeous body-hugging gowns, sleek and sophisticated hair styles, and perfectly smoked eyes… and this Oscars did not disappoint. While glam and good behavior are always showcased at the Academy Awards (hey, this isn’t The Grammys!), it’s the red carpet that had us salivating at flawless complexions and impossibly shiny tresses. Here, our favorite faces of the Oscars 2015.

(*follow with the slideshow above, in alphabetical order)

Dakota Johnson – Arguably the hottest actress of the moment, Dakota definitely held her own. The pony is very reminiscent of 50 Shades Of Grey character Anastasia Steele, and I would’ve preferred hair down and loose, but I’m willing to overlook. The red lip, on the other hand, was all sorts of sexiness. It’s difficult to wear a red dress and matching lip, but Dakota pulled it off wonderfully, partially due to the subtle eye and face makeup.

Emma Stone – An orange-red lip and red hair? YES! Emma proves it’s a no-brainer showstopper. And paired with the lime green dress, her face truly pops. I’d be remiss not to note the fabulous Old Hollywood glam-inspired hair; half updo, half finger-wave curls, all gorgeousness.

Jennifer Lopez – Umm, does she ever disappoint? No. A ponytail to the Academy Awards? Hell, yeah! And that makeup… WOW. A baby pink, glossy lip that plays off of the nude dress. Eyes are like a watercolor painting with the light rose smokey eye that extends to the brow bone and smudges along the lower lash line. Skin is, as usual, golden and glowing (would you expect anything else?).

Jessica Chastain – Another subtle makeup look with simple hair, but Jessica looks truly glamorous. And I’m so into this fetching chestnut brown feline eye which, according to her makeup artist Kristofer Buckle, was designed with shadow “to create a softer look than liquid liner.” May be soft, but still makes a sexy statement.

Julianne Moore – While this updo feels a bit stiff for my liking, I have to give props where props are due: She’s a classic beauty, so  stiff updos are still rather stunning on Julianne. Her absolutely gorgeous Chanel white sequined gown plays off of the subtle berry-lined eyes and matching berry lip combo quite impressively.

Lupito Nyong’o – This girl can do no wrong – with her ensembles (a dress made entirely of pearls… OH MY!) and her makeup choices. Loving the iridescent white-lined eyes paired with a metallic silver lid, highlighted cheeks, and shimmering brick-hued lips. Lest us not forget her ethereal glow and that unfairly gorgeous complexion.

Margot Robbie – Bombshell blonde and loving the choppy, slightly undone, sexy bob and gorgeous orange-red lip, definitely a departure from classic Oscars red carpet, and a refreshing one at that. To get this exact lip color, use Hourglass Panoramic Long Wear Lip Pencil in Raven ($28) and Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Raven ($28), which was painted on Margot’s pout.

Naomi Watts – Following in the Margot Robbie vibe, Naomi’s lob is a bit undone, super sexy, and very modern. The edgy, metallic dress pairs wonderfully with that deep, stunning berry lip. As always, a glowing complexion completes this near-perfect look.

Reese Witherspoon – Sure, her hair is blown, parted in the center, and her makeup is simple – a subtle, smokey eye and barely-there nude lip – but it feels fresh, young, and yet still so stunning. So bravo to Reese for proving that you don’t have to paint your face with loads of pigments to look like a true star.

Rosamund Pike – Her pale skin pairs perfectly with the rosy-mauve lip and matching eye shades. Gorgeous brows frame her face, while the updo keeps the look in line with classic, Old Hollywood glam. In fact, Rosamund’s makeup artist, Melanie Inglessis, says that she drew inspiration from “iconic Grace Kelly.” That’s a tall order, but Rosamund most certainly succeeds.




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SAG Beauty Trends

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The 2015 SAG Awards saw some serious glamour — and we’re not just talking about the floor-grazing gowns. Hair and makeup were elegant, sophisticated, and, for the most part, rather predictable (although still beautiful).

While color was certainly a sartorial trend, classic dark eyes and light lips and the staple red carpet red lip were key beauty trends. Hair had less texture than the Golden Globes, actresses opted instead for sleeker blowouts and clean updos.

Here are our favorite SAG beauty trends:

The Sleek, Side Part:
As seen on Emma Stone, Reese Witherspoon, Natasha Lyonne
While Emma and Reese chose to wear their tresses in a very deliberate, side-parted pony, Natasha opted for a more retro-glam vibe with an extremely exaggerated side part and billowing strands. To recreate the sleekness, look for products with high shine. Try Redken Diamond Oil High Shine Airy Mist ($20), which was sprayed onto Emma’s hair post pony.

The Orange/ Red Lip:
As seen on Emma Stone, Patricia Arquette, Rosemand Pike
A fiery red lip is practically a prerequisite, but last night’s red had hints of orange, making it more modern than red’s of award show’s past. To recreate this lip, try Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil in Orange Red ($19), the color used on Rosamund, or Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in HD Gladiolus ($7), the shade used on Emma.

Smokey Eyes:
As seen on Keira Knightley, Sophia Bush, Reese Witherspoon
Another red carpet prerequisite, the smokey eye is both dramatic and glamorous. The SAG smokey eye was a bit more colorful than usual, focusing on auburn browns and burnt orange hues. To recreate this look, try Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner in Espresso ($24), which was used on Reese, or Chanel Quadra Eyeshadow in Prélude ($61), which was used on Keira.

The Blowout:
As seen on Claire Danes, Jennifer Aniston, Naomi Watts
While textured tresses reigned supreme as the Golden Globes, the SAG Awards showcased bouncier, fuller blowouts. The key to recreating this look is to add a volumizing product prior to the blowout. Claire’s hair was prepped using Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Boost & Lift Foaming Air MousseVidal Sassoon Pro Series Boost & Lift Foaming Air Mousse ($4).

The Pale Pink Lip:
As seen on Sarah Hyland, Jennifer Aniston, Felicity Jones
Pairing a nude lip with a dark eye is standard, but the SAG Awards nude lip had pinky and/ or peachy undertones, as opposed to beige. This gives a bit more life to the lip — and the face. To recreate this look, try Rouge Dior Lipstick in Trompe L’Oeil, the shade used on Felicity.

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Face Value: The Golden Globes 2015

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As Justin Timberlake likes to say, The Golden Globes is “taking sexy back.” WOAH. So many hot, feminine, fierce, gorgeous women flaunting their hot, feminine, fierce, gorgeous assets on the red carpet. Award season has officially arrived, and it’s looking to be quite a season indeed.

For beauty, here are the ladies who gave best face (and hair):

*follow along with the slideshow above.

1. Jennifer Lopez – Ummm, she’s 45 — WTF?! That hair, the golden honey-hue that plays so beautifully against her golden honey skin. The va-va-volume that screams sex head. And that perfectly sultry, smokey eye paired with the pasty nude lip?  COME ON, J.LO! She’s really outdone herself.

2. Sienna Miller – Loving this bob, exaggerated side part, and uber texture. It’s like the antithesis of a sleek and sophisticated bob. This girl – and her ‘do’s – got some major edge. A glowing complexion and natural makeup seal the sexy deal.

3. Jessica Chastain – Old Hollywood glam just had a run for its money. Gorgeous loose waves, sideswept bangs, and an exaggerated side part play wonderfully with her metallic, bronzy smokey eye and mauve lip.

4. Naomi Watts – Like a lesson in color, Naomi’s classic red lip pops against her fair skin and bold yellow dress. Mega lashes give eyes that coveted come-hither effect, while hair is kept in its staple style: Side part, bot of texture and bobbed.

5. Kerry Washington – Olivia Pope can do no wrong (except that dress… ummm… NO!). But her makeup is all glam. Kohl-rimmed eyes and a berry lip, paired with a beautiful updo, make Kerry the poster child for sophistication.

6. Emily Blunt – Loving this braided halo updo! The mauvey eyes and peachy lips and cheeks give her an innocent ladylike vibe. It all feels fresh and light and even a bit lady-in-the-countryside.

7. Reese Witherspoon – While the makeup is certainly on point (especially those hyper-flushed cheeks), I would’ve loved to see a bit more texture and spice to her hair. Happy she wore it down, but the exaggerated side part and sideswept bangs felt a little been-there-done-that. All-in-all, a beautiful award show look, so she makes the cut.

8. Lupita Nyong’o – She slayed the carpet at every award show last year, and this year is shaping up to be a repeat. Love the deep purple eyelids which match the dress (yes, matchy-matchy works when done right). And this girl can rock some color. The glossy berry lips are bright and beautiful and really add to the eggplant hue of the garment. A big YES to the natural hair!

9. Chrissy Teigen – Very few women can pull off a pony for a red carpet gala, but Chrissy does more than merely pull it off, she obliterates it (it’s all in the texture, which is clearly a hair trend of 2015 award season). I absolutely love her honey-hued hair color (thanks to celebrity colorist Tracey Cunningham). And again, like J.Lo, the hair and skin tone are like a study on perfect pairing shades. Subtle yet significant makeup draws the eye to those model features. Oh, and that dress… YES!

10. Emma Stone – The lob is fiery red and fiercely textured. Stunning and sexy kohl-rimmed cat eyes and a berry matte lip, combined with her killer jumpsuit give this entire look a fresh spin on red carpet glam. While it’s non-traditional, it is very much GLAMOROUS a la 2015.


Who was YOUR favorite look of the night?





Fall Color Trends With Tracey Cunningham

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“People really don’t change their hair color every season. I notice that when people want drastic changes, it tends to be emotional. As far as trends, I’m really excited about really dark metallics. Before it was about fluorescents and now the brands are making dark tones, like dark and rich fall colors in suedes and metallics.

Ombre’s going to be “in” forever. It’s a natural progression of your hair. If you look at a kid’s hair color, that is how it naturally grows out. It connects you to your roots. You still have the depth with the lightness around your face. Chrissy Teigen is a great example, but this season we took her a little lighter. Her mom showed me a photo of Chrissy from when she was younger and she was a blonde! I said, “We have to make you blonder.” It had nothing to do with the season, I was inspired by her kid picture.

Brunette – If you’re going to darken up, also lighten up a little bit. Add some ribbons of light around the crown and  face to make it look like you’re backlit. Just to give it a little reflection, like a halo. We just made Lily Aldridge darker, but we kept it light around the crown.

Blonde – When a blonde comes into me and says, ‘I want to go darker,’ I always start with lowlights, and it’s usually just about all they can take. You can also deepen the blonde for fall by using a golden gloss. Just changing the tone of the hair color. We gave Cameron Diaz a very fine high-lift tint highlight and then used a gloss over it with a darker golden color.

Golden – Lowlights are great with any hair color, and again, lowlights would be great here to deepen up the color without making a huge commitment of going too dark. Adding  big slices of dark throughout the hair really gives it contrast, makes it multidimensional, and it looks beautiful. Jennifer Lopez is an example of this look perfected.

Red – I just made Emma Stone darker. I always did lowlights on her for a really deep red, but then we took her blonde for a movie and when she was finished with that, we did a reddish-blonde color by lowlighting the entire head, then rooted her, then glossed her all over with a red. That was really pretty. This season, we just decided to go for the full [bodied] red because she’s doing a show called Cabaret and that color fits with the time period of the show. In the 1920s, they wouldn’t have had lowlights and multidimensional reds.”

— Celebrity colorist Tracey Cunningham; Meche Salon





Fall Brows For Every Face Shape

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“I think there is going to be much more attention to the brow for fall/winter 2015 as attention to the brows is becoming more fashionable; filling in the brows to define the shape.” explains celebrity makeup artist Robert Sesnek, whose clients include Chrissy Teigen, Lily Adridge, and Kiernan Shipka, all of whom have full, fabulous brows.

But emulating the bushy brows of some of our brow crushes, like Cara Delevingne, Lily Collins, Jessica Alba, and Keira Knightley, can prove quite the feat. “The brow shape should always compliment the shape of the person’s face,” Sesnek urges.

So, we asked Sesnek how to wear – and style – your brows this fall, depending on your face shape.

ROUND (like Lily Collins) – A rounder face should have a higher arch to add length the the face.
SQUARE (like Keira Knightley) – A square face should have a rounder/soft arch to soften the features.
OVAL (like Jessica Alba) – An oval face can carry an eyebrow that is not too defined and not too round but somewhere in between.
HEART (like Cara Delevingne) – A heart shaped face should have a straighter brow to lessen the length of the face (and increase width).

To create the perfect brow, Sesnek recommends the following 5 products as mainstays in your brow arsenal:

1. Brow pencil – Use to fill-in and create tiny hairs.
RS PICK: Maybelline Eyebrow Pencil in blonde is possibly one of the truest and best blondes out there. Also, for $3, you can’t beat the price. I prefer Laura Mercier Eye Brow Pencils ($20) for all other shades.

2. Brow Powder – Much easier for a novice. Start small and build up to desired depth.
RS PICK: Laura Mercier Brow Powder Duo ($24) . You get two shades for the perfect match and they last FOREVER!

3. Spooley and/ or Brow Brush – A MUST for softening pencils and powders.
RS PICK: Anastasia Spooley/Eyebrow Brush ($18) for perfectly blended brows, with a spooled on one side and a brush on the other.

4. Brow scissors – Having full arches is great, but trimming the longer hairs is equally as important.
RS PICK: Tweezerman Brow Scissors ($18). I love that they have a softer tip so you can’t cut the skin.

5. Brow gel. The finishing touch to keep brows in shape and looking perfect. You can do tinted brow gel or clear,
RS PICK: CoverGirl Clear Mascara  ($5) holds brows beautifully and has a soft sheen that doesn’t cake.

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Face Value: Emmys 2014 Beauty Trends

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Overall, the Emmys beauty was largely underwhelming. Nobody looked significantly tragic, but there weren’t many hair or makeup risks either.

For hair, the common theme of the evening seemed to be updos (Allison Williams and Sarah Hyland had gorgeous ballerina buns in varying heights) and bobs (Kristin Wiig, Julianne Hough, and Kate Mara gave great texture). Red lips always tend to reign supreme come award show season, and the Emmys had their fair share – Claire Danes and Sofia Vergara were just two of the crimson-pouted ladies. And then, of course, there is the award show staple: dark eyes paired with a light lip, as seen on Lizzy Caplan, Kate Mara, and Kerry Washington.

For our roundup, we’re focusing on our favorite Emmys beauty looks: Julia Roberts, who went back to blonde with sexy, beachy strands, Claire Dane’s who glammed it up with a loose braid and bright fire engine red lips, Kerry Washington who brought post-baby gorgeous to a new level with her dark, dark eye, pale lip, and sleek lob (that’s the long bob), Gwen Stefani who was almost unrecognizable with her pencil straight platinum hair, glossy lips (foregoing her usual red), and metallic-silver accented eyes, and, of course, the show stealer of the evening, Cary Joji Fukunaga, director of True Detective, whose french braided pigtails put Jared Leto’s Oscar man-bun to shame.

Click through the slideshow for some of the best Emmys looks of 2014.

Who do you think gave best face?


Style: The Jumpsuit

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At the 2014 CFDA awards the leaders of the fashion pack were honored. Taking home the award for Accessories Designers of the Year were Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen for the Row. Tom Ford took home the CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award and Rihanna was named Fashion Icon of the Year. There were a handful of nominees and winners, but  undoubtedly all those that attended felt the pressure to bring their Fashion A game. A reoccurring trend on the red carpet was the jumpsuit. Models Anja Rubik and Jessica Stam brought understated glamour in Stella McCartney and Guilietta , and Lupita Nyong’o wowed in Suno.

Not only is the jumpsuit the unofficial cool girl’s uniform, but it makes getting dressed soo easy. No agonizing over which top to pair with which bottom, this one piece makes dressing effortless. For this reason the jumpsuit is my go to on days when I have limited time or patience..or both. I favor black jumpsuits because they are timeless and make for  good wardrobe staples. I wear Zara’s black Racerback Jumpsuit so often it could qualify as my uniform. And ALC’s Landon Jumpsuit is on my wish list. Whether you are walking the runway or just walking to coffee the jumpsuit is definitely a wardrobe essential.

Wells Butler is a fashion veteran, with over a decade of experience in the industry. She launched and was Creative Director of a successful women’s contemporary label for eight years. For the the past three years she has worked as a  wardrobe stylist and personal shopper. She is a new Mom and is enjoying balancing her career and motherhood.


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