Remember when the top knot was all the rage? Well, top knot, you’ve got some stiff competition, and it comes in the form of the slightly more feminine and sexy AF half-up top knot, as worn on the heads of Kourtney Kardashian, Lily Aldridge, and Kim Kardashian. This super flattering style adds a few extra inches in the vertical direction, and it’s relatively simple to achieve.
To recreate, take the front half of your hair and gather at the crown of your head (the higher, the better). Use a rubber band to secure. Then wrap the hair already in the rubber band into a bun and pull the tail through, like tying a knot. Keep in place with a few bobby pins. Showing the tail is chic, so pull out a few random pieces to really achieve the undone-done vibe.
To give it some texture like Kourtney, add a dry shampoo or texture spray to strands prior to doing the knot. Try Kardashian Beauty Take 2 Dry Shampoo ($15), which was used on Kourt’s killer look, or Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ($44).
Pastels are certainly having a moment. From the runways to the streets, pastel dresses, pants, jackets, makeup, and even hair are bigger and brighter than ever. We reached out to celebrity makeup artist Lauren Andersen, who glams up the likes of Jessica Alba, Eva Mendes, and Reese Witherspoon, for her take on all things pastel, plus the best beauty products to buy this spring!
Beauty Banter: How is the pastel of today different than the frosty pastel of the ’80s?
Lauren Andersen: You can take this trend as deep as you want and still look chic. Pastel hair color is a huge trend at the moment. But don’t go overboard with color in the wardrobe and makeup if you choose this route; keep it simple. When I use color, I love playing with a monochromatic pallet. Using tones of the same color keeps the look sophisticated. Creamy or matte textures seem to be more on trend than the frosty pastels of the ’80s.
BB: How can you wear this pastel trend without looking like an Easter egg?
LA: Keep it simple. For cheeks, soft pinks and peaches are sweet and feminine. Eyes can be the most adventurous with color but pick one. I love using eyeliner to play with an unexpected color as opposed to a dramatic multicolored eyeshadow situation. Think ’60s cat eye in periwinkle or mint. Correspond lips with cheek color. Opt for pale pinks and peaches.
BB: If we are fearful of diving into this trend, how can we work it in slowly?
LA: Incorporate pastels into your beauty routine by starting with your nails. Ballet Slippers by Essie ($8) is still a classic, but try mint or baby blue or soft yellow.
BB: What are your favorite pastel products for spring?
Lauren’s top pastel picks:
Avon True Color Eyeshadow Quad in Purple Pop ($8)
Avon Ultra Color Lipstick Soft Matte in Proper Pink ($8)
Lime Crime Polish in Once in a Blue Mousse ($8)
Lime Crime Unicorn Lipstick in Babette ($18)
Nars Blush in Gina ($30)
Nars Duo Eyeshadow in Bouthan ($35)
Stila Eyeshadow in Cha Cha ($18)
Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Kitten ($32)
MAC Powder Blush in Peachy Keen ($22)
Chop it like it’s hot: This spring, it’s all about going shorter, taking the plunge, and chopping those locks… if even only by an inch or two. We sat down with celebrity hairstylist Mika Fowler of the Kim Vo Salon – who has worked with Olivia Munn, Nina Dobrev, and Emma Roberts – to get the insider scoop into what cuts are trending for spring 2016.
For shoulder to chin-length hair: “The lob is still going strong, especially Khloe Kardashian’s recent cut,” says Mika. ” And the style is slightly longer in the front to give it more edge, and layers that start at the cheekbone to make it more current for spring. Slightly a-line.”
For medium to long hair: Gone are the days of the V cut. A straight bottom is really key, explains Mika, a la Karlie Kloss. “The younger girls on social media – 20 to 30-year-olds – all have this new style.” Mika urges to chop just above the breast line to really keep the look on-trend.
For super long hair: Long hair is no longer in. Yep, it’s true. If you can’t part with your long locks, update the look by adding ombre (dark roots, lighter tips) so it doesn’t actually look like the hair is as long as it truly is, suggests Mika. “If you do want to stay longer, try colored clip-in extensions, like purple or pastel pink, which are both still trending for spring. Then you can have ombre color extensions!”
This spring, when it comes to jewelry, our motto is the bigger the better. Stella McCartney was feeling major statement-making jewelry at her fall 2016 show, but autumn is far too long for us to wait for this trend. Instant gratification or bust. Like makeup, jewels are the best way to kick any outfit up a notch. Although Stella’s creations are certainly cool girl-chic, we were on the hunt for things that are slightly more wearable in our daily lives. Here are our favorites:
Diane von Furstenberg Geometric Necklace ($198) – An outfit maker if we’ve ever seen one.
Urban Outfitters Next Dance Chain Earrings ($15) – Don’t they make you want to dance?
Alexis Bittar Crystal Parrot Chain Ring ($195) – Don’t forget to get a fresh mani when wearing this beauty…people won’t be able to stop staring at your hands.
Forever21 Kitschy Chic Woven Bracelet ($9) – Festival-ready and then some.
BaubleBar Paleo Cuff Bracelet ($42) – Although we’re sick of hearing about paleo diets, paleo cuffs are more than acceptable.
-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind www.comfortablycasey.com
The vamp lip has been trending since last season, and it looks like it will be the color to covet come fall. In the interim, try this dark and dramatic shade that is universally flattering and looks fab on all lips and all skin tones.
This season’s red is dark, moody, and sometimes even vampy with a hint of purple. Celebrity makeup artist Kristin Hilton, who has worked with Jaime King, Allison Williams, and Uma Thurman, says: “I’m sure you’ve heard, but the ’90s are back.” And there is no better indication of nineties inspiration than that of the bold assortment of vampy runway pouts, as seen at Zac Posen, Erdem, Rodarte, Gareth Pugh, and Nicholas K.
“What do these lips have in common? Think deep, bold, opaque shades for a show-stopping pout,” says Kristin.
Kristin’s favorite nineties lipstick:
1. NYX Lip Cream in Copenhagen ($6)
2. Lime Crime Velvetine Matte Lipstick in Wicked ($20)
3. NARS Audacious Lipstick in Liv ($32)
4. Maybelline Lip Studio Color Blur in Partner in Crimson ($7)
1. MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in High Drama (*this was the exact color used at the Zac Posen show ) ($20)
2. MAC Lipstick Viva Glam Ariana Grande ($17)
3. Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint in Frenemy ($20)
4. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Chianti ($24)
Paint your pout pretty today!
“The updo trend of the moment seems to be an updo that’s brought up with some braiding through it; hair swept up into a knot or bun and then a braid runs along the top or side that gives a little texture to the hair,” explains celebrity hairstylist Cervando, whose clients include Kirsten Dunst, Reese Witherspoon, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
What makes this style so trendy?
“I think that a lot of people, including men, were wearing their hair on top of their head in a knot and it become very popular. It’s a style that looks really flattering on people; it gives you height, it pulls the face up, and it’s cute but can still be sexy. There are also a lot of variations to the style. I think someone probably saw this and thought ‘let’s make this something that we can have people wear on the red carpet. Let’s make this look effortlessly done.’ And then it became a trend. Like most trends that start, it’s not something that’s calculated, it’s something that happens organically. The braided topknot updo is the trend for right now. It’s this season’s variation.”
Who are some celebrities that are wearing it well?
“Jennifer Lawrence wore this style a couple of nights ago, Reese Witherspoon recently wore her hair like this, and Gwen Stefani wears it as well.”
What length and texture works best for this updo?
“With this kind of hairstyle, you can wear it with any kind of hair texture, whether it’s straight or wavy or really curly, because you can just sweep it up, create a shape, and put a braid in. As far as length goes, your hair would have to be past the shoulders to wear it like this.”
How do we make this style real-life wearable, especially for people who don’t know how to braid very well?
“First, start with dry hair. For someone who’s not so great at braiding, start by taking a big section of your hair wherever it parts, and leave it out. Put that into a big, easy braid. I suggest placing the braid in the middle of your head, in between the forehead and the crown [top of head], so that it’s right in the middle. Take the rest of your hair and put it up in either a loose updo or a low chignon, and secure. Then take the braid and wrap it around the shape of your head, pinning it into the back of your bun.”
Any products that help enhance the style?
“Whether you’re letting your hair dry naturally and having a natural wave to it, or your blowing it out into big curls, I suggest using some sort of texturizing spray, like Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray or Sachajuan Volume Powder that will give a lot of nice texture to the hair. Spray either through the hair, giving a little more brought texture and separation. Once you’ve done that, then pull it into a bun or a topknot. The texture will make it look more interesting and modern.”
Call us basic all you want, but we love the chunky knits, booties, and pumpkin-flavored everything that come with fall. One of the best parts, hands down (and no pun intended), is darker nail colors. By the time October hits, we’re a bit tired of punchy corals and milky blue shades for our talons. After countless fashion week manicures, Jan Arnold, co-founder and Style Director of CND, has a strong grasp on what’s hot for nails this autumn. Here are her thoughts:
Beauty Banter: What are the top nail trends you are seeing for Fall 2015?
Jan Arnold: Fall 2015 is all about textures and tones that clash and complement! We’ll see chains, studs, embellishments, and unexpected patterns on enhanced almond shapes.
BB: What are your must-have colors for the season?
JA: CND’s Fall 2015 Contradictions collection is all about turning up the contrast! This season’s trends celebrate an unexpected clash between gritty street elements and elegant details for a dynamic combination of glamour and grunge. Nails evoke an edgy narrative with blackened pigments and heraldic ornaments.
BB: Do you think nail art is “over?”
JA: Absolutely not – nails are the ultimate fashion accessory! We all have 10 tiny canvases at the tips of our fingers (and 10 more with toes!), and there are no limitations to the colors and styles we can create to support our personal style. Nails will forever be a coveted fashion element that allow women to express themselves.
BB: What are your top products to keep nails looking their best as the weather changes?
JA: During the colder months when air is drier and skin is more vulnerable, it’s especially important to keep nails and the surrounding skin well-conditioned. I recommend CND Solar Oil Nail & Cuticle Conditioner ($8) to keep cuticles polished and looking healthy. I also recommend CND RescueRXx Daily Keratin Treatment ($20) to repair damaged and weakened nails.
Following Jan’s advice, here are our favorite colors for the season:
1. CND Grommet ($11)–deep pewter.
2. CND Poison Plum ($11)–glossy and glittery deep purple.
3. Formula X Acclaimed ($11)–nude crème.
4. Deborah Lippman Miss Independent ($18)–a berry wine that you’ll want to drink right up.
5. Treat Collection Mixed Message ($18)– khaki green with gold metallic.
6. Smith & Cult Kings & Thieves ($18)– inky dark blue.
-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind www.comfortablycasey.com