Every year there’s an It hairstyle. The one that all the cool girls are wearing. This season, much like last, it’s all about the lob (a.k.a. the long bob, hair that hits just above the collar bone). We’ve seen this style on an array of textures, from sleek and stick straight to messy, I-woke-up-like-this hair that actually takes a good 20-minutes to reproduce, but there isn’t an exact science to choosing “the look” for fall. Instead, it’s all about embracing what works best for you — trial and error, and a little bit of product should do the trick.
We tracked down Juan Carlos Maciques, celebrity hairstylist at Rita Hazan Salon in New York City, who works with Jennifer Lopez, Chrissy Teigen, and Michelle Williams, to explain how to rock the 2016 lob (and, can your face even pull it off?).
Check out our interview below for product picks and expert tips:
Beauty Banter: What is the fall lob and how is it different from season’s past?
Juan Carlos Maciques: The lob now is about personalizing it. Having it be flattering to your face and making it your own. It’s not necessarily about minimal layers and a strict set of rules – unless of course, that is what suits you best.
BB: Which hair textures can pull off this lob?
JCM: Having a wave to your hair is always best because it gives it more dimension or depth, plus movement. It’s more interesting to the eye to see differing directions in the hair. Very curly hair would just be a solid block, and very straight and fine hair would work better but would appear flimsy and flyaway unless it’s completely geometric and blunt.
BB: What face shape does the lob look best on? What face shapes shouldn’t try the lob?
JCM:It works best with rounder or oval faces as it’s more slimming. Narrow, long faces would just look more drawn.
BB: How can we make a lob fall-ready?
JCM: It’s best to place a product such as a mousse, like Alterna Bamboo Volume Weightless Whipped Mousse ($22), or salt spray, like Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray ($27) or R+Co Rockaway Salt Spray ($25), on damp hair as it adds grip and holds texture. Gently scrunch and let the hair air dry. If hair is more straight, you can always use a 1 to 1 1/2″ curling iron (I recommend Hot Tools ($40)) and gently and quickly wrap around the wand. You don’t want it to look set or done in any way. It needs to look effortless.
BB: What celebrities rock the best lobs and why?
JCM: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Khloe Kardashian, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jessica Alba have done it so well. It’s always perfectly disheveled and effortless looking, and they make it look somehow glam and sexy at the same time.
In need of inspiration? Peruse our photo gallery of fabulous lobs above.
There have been a ton of titillating beauty trends coming off from the NYFW SS 2017 runways this past week. But the looks we’re currently lusting over are those created with eyeliner. Yes, the windows to the soul. From the Amy Winehouse cat eye to the I-woke-up-like-this kohl-rimmed lines, spring’s heavier eyeliner looks will make a great addition to your fall beauty routine today.
Here are our favorite eyeliner trends straight from the runways:
Slept-In Kohl-Rimmed Eyes: As seen at 3.1 Phillip Lim. “Modernizing the way we wear eyeliner, this season we played with the shape and left negative space on the eyes. Makeup is meant to look as though the girls danced the night away and their eyeliner stayed perfectly intact,” says Francelle Daly for NARS Cosmetics.
All you need is a steady hand and a great black kohl liner. After applying to upper and lower rim, smudge out gently with finger for that slept-in look.
TRY: Nars Kohliner in Minorque ($25), as seen on the models at Phillip Lim; Rimmel London Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil in Jet Black ($4).
The Thick Cat Eye: As seen at Libertine. “The makeup look created for the show by lead artist, Katie Jane Hughes for Too Cool For School, channeled a 1970’s punk rock London girl. The Libertine girl is naturally beautiful, but loves the boldness of a black graphic eye.”
For this look, layering is key. Use liquid and gel, or pencil and cream to create the dimension. A thick flick a la Amy Winehouse, with a bit more sharpness. Remember to use a thin, malleable brush. Nix the lower, graphic line as that makes the look more real life-unwearable.
TRY: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Jet Black ($26), Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush ($28), Make Up For Ever Ink Liner ($23), Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Push-Up Liner ($24), CoverGirl Intensify Me! Liquid Liner ($9), e.l.f. Studio Cream Eyeliner ($3).
White Lines: As seen at Noon by Noor. “Noon by Noor wanted a romantic but minimal beauty look with the eyes as the focus. The eyes feature clean, precise and graphic white eyeliner, while the rest of the face was kept bare, glossy and healthy-looking with a faint hint of rose on the cheeks,” explains Uzo, NARS International Lead Makeup Stylist.
Sure white eyeliner is hard to wear in everyday life, but it is possible. (Check out our 3 ways to wear white here). When it comes to lining the upper lid in white, the key is to make it a show-stopper, so keep the rest of the face beautiful and bare, and make the white line do all the talking (and gawking). Keep the line simple and sleek and follow with a coat of black mascara.
TRY: Nars Las Pozas Velvet Eyeliner ($24),worn on the models at Noon by Noor; Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Snow ($22) Sephora Collection Eye Pencil To Go ($6).
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The nail trend du jour has us asking is she or isn’t she – wearing nail polish, that is! These days, nails that are perfectly understated and subdued are the cool-girl nail color of choice. While, in theory, we know this should be the easiest manicure to sport, in practice, that isn’t exactly the case. Before we dared to bare this look, we reached out to nail guru, celebrity manicurist and founder of her eponymous nail brand Deborah Lippmann, for some advice. After all, the last thing a girl wants is to look ungroomed with ragged cuticles or yellowing nail beds.
Beauty Banter: What are the secrets to well-groomed nails?
Deborah Lippmann: Hydrating daily is key! Keep a hand lotion that hydrates and protects your skin, like deborah lippmann Rich Girl Broad Spectrum SPF 25 Hand Cream ($25), at every sink in your home, at your office desk, and in your purse. Weekly cuticle treatment is also essential. Apply an exfoliating cuticle treatment, like deborah lippmann Cuticle Remover ($20), and push back gently. Finish by applying a drop of deborah lippmann Cuticle Oil ($20) at the base of each nail and massaging the area with deborah lippmann The Cure ($24).
BB: Are there any extra steps that should be taken if rocking a bare nail versus a standard mani?
DL: You have to be groomed to perfection. Whether applying polish or not, I recommend everyone follow the nail care steps outlined in my 5-Step Manicure:
STEP 1 – CLEANSE: For fast, effortless polish removal, use The Stripper To Go ($12).
STEP 2 – SHAPE: Shape your nail so it mirrors your cuticle and elongates your fingers.
STEP 3 – EXFOLIATE: To create a beautiful buff, use the Smooth Operator 4-Way Nail Buffer ($12). Side 1 works to smooth away dullness, Side 2 buffs away ridges and Side 3 smooths the nail. Stop here when prepping for polish. If opting for a natural buffed look, finish with side 4 to reveal an unbelievable shine.
STEP 4 – TREAT: One of the most important steps, treatment softens and hydrates the nails and cuticles. Follow the same cuticle steps outlined in the previous question.
BB: If someone is not totally comfortable skipping nail polish, what are your favorite nudes to achieve this look?
DL: If you feel your nails need a little time off from polish but are wary of going absolutely bare, you have options! All About That Base CC Base Coat ($20) uses 10 powerful ingredients to fill ridges, correct discoloration, strengthen, and moisturize nails. It leaves a slightly nude matte finish so it’s perfect to be worn alone and still be part of this naked nail trend. Damaged nails should consider my Genie In a Bottle Illuminating Nail Tone Perfector ($20), which uses violet pigments to neutralize dull, stained or yellow nails, leaving them looking younger and healthier. For a more traditional polish, I love my shade “Naked” ($18). It was formulated to be a clean color that works for any skin tone, and it’s not too beige or too yellow, which makes it looks sheer to your nail color.
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-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind www.comfortablycasey.com