When it's time to see your friends and family this festive season, trade in your usual style for this easy-to-DIY braided style. Whether your hair is long or short, a headband plait is a fun and easy way to keep your hair out of your face but still show off your waves. We headed to DreamDry, where stylist Faith Huffnagle gave us her tips for mastering the simple look.
Looking for a few affordable beauty treats to stuff a stocking this Christmas? We've found 50 fab finds for under a fiver that any beauty fan will love. From a fishtail plait headband that'll save aching arms, to nail art treats, lipsticks, hand creams, and luxury hair masks, there's something for everyone in this selection. Click on through for some of the season's best beauty bargains.
It was a glamorous year for beauty on the red carpet, with a whole host of celebrities showing face at the year's biggest award shows. From Jennifer Lawrence's winning updo at the Oscars to Beyoncé Knowles's slick ponytail at the Grammy Awards, stars loved trying on stunning hairstyles. And we saw plenty of red carpet trends, too. Vintage waves, sideswept styles, and edgy undercuts all came out on top from this year's red carpets. We're rounded up 2013's best award show beauty moments. Do you agree with our choices?
By the time they reach their 40s, most women know what they want when it comes to beauty. The experimental days of glitter and gloss are probably behind them, they know what works for their skin tone and hair type, and there's a big chance their tastes have got a little bit more expensive. Forty-something skin needs a little more care and attention, and it's around this time that the dreaded word "antiageing" really comes into play. But though fine lines and wrinkles may be a concern for some women, you should always avoid products with age-related jargon emblazoned on the packaging when it comes to gifts! Instead, our picks for 40-somethings include key skin care ingredients like retinol and hyaluronic acid, classic brands like Chanel and Dior, and cool new formulas and innovations that'll excite even the most experienced beauty buff!
Paloma Faith cut her teeth in the world of burlesque and cabaret, so it's no surprise that her beauty looks are bold, dramatic, and often influenced by the past. This is not a star who you'd ever see at a film premiere with a sleek ponytail and simple makeup. Paloma's looks are powerful and intricate and probably take hours to create. Pin curls, quiffs, pompadours, victory rolls, hairpieces, and hats all feature heavily, and she often sees her hair as just another area to add accessories. From oversize sausage rolls to unexpected fishtail plaits, here are some of Paloma's most memorable beauty looks.
Even though Gravity has already debuted in the UK, Sandra Bullock has been out promoting the film in Tokyo this week. For the press conference, she wore her hair straight and loose with a centre parting framing her face. Then, she switched it up for the red carpet premiere, wearing an updo with curled layers in the front. For both looks, she kept her makeup soft with metallic shadows on her lids and a nude lip. She looked great for both appearances, but which of Sandra's styles do you like best?
Although our heads explode every time The Duchess of Cambridge makes an appearance, she had a surprisingly different hairdo for a red carpet appearance in London last night. Kate actually swept her headline-making mane into a loose yet gorgeous ponytail. Instead of the sleek, slicked-back ponytails we tend to see on the red carpet, Kate's was elegantly loose and accented with a black velvet ribbon. Is this a sign that Kate is pushing the envelope with her red carpet styles? We're not sure, but it's definitely not stopping us from looking at her royal ponytail from all angles.
2013 will go down in beauty history as the year of the It haircut, and we've got plenty of them to choose from. Jennifer Lawrence recently drove the star power of the pixie up a few notches, but there were plenty of pixies before her. Jada Pinkett Smith also knows a thing or two about It haircuts, as she's recently been sporting 2013's edgy style: the undercut. But 2013's first It haircut was somewhere between edgy and sweet, and it was the lob or its sister, the clavicut. Nicole Richie was one of the first ladies to rock this style, and she's kept it all year. All three of these styles are synonymous with 2013, but which was your favorite cut of the year?
Given the number of rollers, tongs, and stylers on the market designed to curl hair, you'd think by now getting long-lasting waves would be easy. But many of us still struggle to make a curl last more than a few minutes. The good news is there are usually some very simple reasons why your curls are dropping or falling out completely, and almost all of them are easily fixed. Whether you have fine hair that always falls flat, or super straight locks that just won't bend, we can help — come on down for our curl secrets, and the five reasons your curl might not be lasting.
When the weather gets chilly, there's no better way to dress up your nails than with a Winter-friendly penguin. This design wins big points in the cuteness category, but it's also a pretty easy design to freehand yourself.
I started off with the perfect winterscape hue, a pale blue-green. Try Mavala Blue Mint (£4) to recreate. You don't even have to wait for the base colour to dry before moving onto the next step: the penguin. Use an opaque black polish like Essie's Licorice (£11) to create the body of the penguin with a U-shape. Make sure to leave a little bit of the background showing. Next, you'll want to layer on the white parts of the penguin: the eyes and belly. Use an opaque white polish like Leighton Denny Pure White (£11) to paint on a smaller U-shape to create the stomach. Then, using a dotting tool (or the end of a pin) I created the two white eyes, and then the black dots for the pupils. Lastly, I used Essie Meet Me at Sunset (£11) to create the orange beak and feet using a striper brush.
Lastly, to bring the chilly nail art together, I used a dotting tool to create varying sized spots on the rest of my nails to give it a snowy look. The best part about each step is that you don't have to wait for the polish to dry. However, you should try to give each layer a minute or two to set, so the colours don't run. Once you're finished, seal everything in with a top coat, but wait for five to 10 minutes, so the colours don't bleed.
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