Thursday, March 1, 2012

"BEAUTY TIPS":Dare to Wear_ Bold Beauties Tell All_

Die-hard devotees share their secrets on how to wear beauty's most outgoing looks

If crimson is your calling card, just one red lipstick won’t do. Here, a cadre of cool girls share the secrets of their identity-defining looks—from the platinum dye-job maintenance kit to step-by-step nail art.

Blunt Bangs
Makeup artist Kristin Gallegos (a rising star who has trained under Dick Page and Lisa Butler) also contrasts rounded bangs with long hair—but opts for beachy waves. “The piecey texture of my long hair goes well with my severe, straight bangs,” she says. Gallegos washes just her bangs daily, skipping a few days for the rest to build texture. Meanwhile, M.A.C makeup artist Keri B.’s variation is thoroughly rock ’n’ roll: raven-black color and a razor-edged cut. “I have a large forehead; wearing bangs longer gives the illusion that my face is more balanced,” says Keri B., who urges anyone considering bangs to be “ready for the commitment.”—A.F.

Black Liner
Fowler is “addicted” to the creamy finish and built-in smudging sponge included with Valerie Beverly Hills Eyeliner in Midnight; M.A.C Fluidline in Blacktrack is the obsessed’s favorite gel formula; Kirby stocks up on drugstore makeup removers, such as L’Oréal Clean Artiste.

Blunt Bangs
Kérastase Double Force Hairspray has a fine mist that lines up Fetherston’s bangs for a precise trim; Keri B. applies Rahua Finishing Treatment to damp hair—“It has a delicious smell and gives soft shine”; shea butter and orange-extract-infused Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo is delicate enough for daily use; to tame her thick strands, Nichol blow-dries with the all-smoothing Mason Pearson Boar Bristle Brush.

Curly Hair
James applies Aveda Be Curly “throughout my hair in large sections, scrunching lightly”; Lane swears by sulfate-free Deva Curl No-Poo shampoo; Hair Rules Quench Ultra Rich Conditioner doubles as Dower’s moisturizing treatment and styling secret—“My hair looks the best when I don’t rinse all the conditioner out,” she says; a few drops of Shu Uemura Essence Absolue on wet hair leaves Lane’s curls “nice and shiny.”

The platinum-obsessed alternate their daily shampoo with Clairol Shimmer Lights to prevent fading and brassiness; Young uses Kérastase Masquintense to condition and follows with Rodin by Recine Olio Lusso hair oil post-shower to avoid fried ends; Ivarsson stocks her tour bus with Sebastian Color Ignite Single Tone Shampoo—“On tour you don’t know when you’ll shower next,” she says, “so this keeps my hair looking really good.”

Nail Art
“Milani glitter polishes don’t dry out,” Marie says (shown: Red Sparkle, Blue Flash, and Purple Gleam); OPI Nail Envy contains protein and calcium to strengthen brittle nails: “I use it when my nails seem weak,” she says.

Red Lip
Marie seals her application of Nars Semi-matte Lipstick in Red Lizard with an ice cube to “prevent bleeding and feathering”; in a pinch, Harper uses M.A.C lip pencil in Cherry “in place of lipstick over a priming balm”; Brill rotates an application of Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Crème Lip Colour in Paris; when wearing a bright red such as M.A.C Lipstick in Ruby Woo, King advises “mascara and a little eyeliner, to look fresh rather than overdone.”

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