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.
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 www.comfortablycasey.com
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