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It’s hard to write about beauty trends at the 2014 Oscars without focusing on the gorgeousness of the Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner, Lupita Nyong’o, but there were many ladies from Kristin Chenoweth to Anne Hathaway whose simple but understated style and glamour truly brought back the regal days of Hollywood.
The trend of the evening was clear from the get go: less is truly more when it comes to beauty these days. Here are some of the best trends we noticed on the red carpet, and tips on how to get the look at home.
Modern Day Liz Taylor on Vacation – Lupita Nyong’o
Makeup artist Nick Barose for Chanel wanted to create an old Hollywood glamour look but something fresher and not too retro. “So I took elements from classic movie stars like Liz Taylor—who was known for her cat eye—without being too heavy handed about it,” he said. He focused on an airy gray eyeshadow, slightly winged out at the outer corners, with a peachy lip that’s ethereal and fresh for spring. One star products used were Le Blush Creme de Chanel in circular motions on the apples of her cheeks. For the lips, Bose wanted a girlish color without being too sweet, which was our favorite shade of the evening. He prepped Lupita’s lips with new Hydra Beauty Nourishing Lip Care followed by Rouge Allure lip color in Melodieuse, an angelic peach with a seductive edge. But because this lip color can easily fade around the edges and seem washed out rather than full, Barose used a lip pencil in key areas, then applied two coats of lipstick over the line with a brush.
A complicated but seemingly simple lip, but highly effective in the end.
Enhanced Natural Makeup - Anne Hathaway
Actress Anne Hathaway’s skin looked luminous at the Academy Awards and again, less was more. Makeup artist Kate Lee said she wanted Hathaway to be “the most beautiful version of herself.” She added, “I think the days of deeply sculpting the cheekbones and over-extending the eyebrows are over. A key trend in beauty right now is not about looking at people’s makeup, but at how beautiful they are. It’s about celebrating your unique individual features.” With this in mind, she used Perfection Lumière Velvet Beige Rosé 22 (launching this month) only on specific areas to create a diffusion of light. She shied away from a definite lip color and focused instead on enhancing Hathaway’s natural lip, and she chose a lipstick to match her natural lip color (Rouge Allure Matte Velvet Lip Color in La Caline) that she applied with one coat using a lip brush, blotted with paper, and finished with a dusting of loose powder for a natural look.
A Touch of Lippie - Leslie Mann
At the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar party, Leslie Mann was all about the lip. Makeup artist Elaine Offers said, “I wanted to give Leslie’s makeup a fresh, young look, with an emphasis on pink tones, to give a flattering counter balance to her gorgeous chartreuse gown.” Offers prepped Mann’s skin with Radical Skincare’s Instant Revitalizing Mask ($65) to give it a gentle glow, and followed up with Radical Skincare’s Youth Infusion Serum to lock in that moisture and firm skin,” said Offers. Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer in Incorrigible ($49) added that perfect pink pop.
Perfect, Sleek Short Hair - Kristin Chenoweth
It was hard to miss the playful, youthful look that Kristin Chenoweth sported on the red carpet at the Academy Awards on Sunday: her glossy do seemed to shine brighter than the lights. Celebrity Stylist Jonathan Hanousek created a playful long layered pixie with side-swept bangs that highlighted Kristen’s signature cocktail of refined whimsy. His advice to women with hort, fine hair like Kristen’s? Go back in after hair is set and spray L’Oréal Professionnel Fresh Dust Dry Shampoo to build volume and texture without weighing the hair down. Her makeup blended it all together, making this look a truly “less is more” statement.
Nude Lip and Luminous Skin - Julia Roberts
The inspiration for Julia’s clean, glamorous look came from her custom lace Givenchy couture gown. Lancôme makeup artist Genevieve Herr created a clean, nude lip with contoured, smoldering eyes. She used the new Lancôme Visionnaire 1 Minute Blur, a dual-finish multi-tasking powder and foundation, and Rouge in Love lipstick in “Delicate Lace” to polish the luminousw look.
Fresh and Breezy – Jessica Biel
Kayleen McAdams, ck one color global makeup artist wanted to create a “really fresh, light and feminine” look for Biel since there were so many beautiful pastels in her dress. She prepped the actress’ skin with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration and Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, to give her makeup a good base. She then used a damp Beauty Blender to apply ck one 3-in-1 face makeup with SPF 8 in fair 200, followed by concealer underneath the eyes, around the nose, and along the edges of her mouth to even out Jessica’s skin. A brief bit of sculpting on the cheekbones followed and multi0-tasking bronzer on the eyelids. She used Tarte Lip Surgence in Lucky to cover the whole lip with a matte pink.
Smooth and Simple – Camilla Alves
Camila Alves, wife of Oscar-award winner Matthew McConaughy, was all about the glow during Oscar night. Celebrity makeup artist Patrick de Fontbrune for Votre Vu said, “Our inspiration for tonight’s look on Camila was very old classic Hollywood with a modern twist featuring warm and golden tones.” He matched much of the lip color to her soft flush pink/salmon Gabriella Cadena dress—complete with a show stopping open back.
It would seem that many actresses wore pink/nude on their lips that evening, and while nude ruled the night, so did luminous skin. Fontbrune applied Votre Vu’s Champagne Kisses on Alves’ lips, and created a hydrated glow with Votre Vu Attentive Crème du Jour applied withbrush. Fontbrune used VBeaute’s Nourishing Repair Eye Cream all around her eyes. Lastly, he lined and filled her lips with Votre Vu’s Drawmatic Lip Liner in Naked, applied French Kiss in Lisette on top, and finished off the lips with Lip Lustre in Tender (available in Spring/Summer 2014).
Nude meets luminous: check, check.
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The GentleMax Pro from Syneron Candela is a single consolidated system that delivers a range of treatments for hair removal and pigmented (brown) and vascular lesions (red). This dual wavelength laser system combines a powerful 755 nm Alexandrite laser with the 1064 nm Nd:YAG laser. The results are high performance treatments in terms of speed, comfort, safety, and duration. The larger spot sizes of the Gentle laser reduce treatment time without compromising the quality of the hair removal, so your legs and underarms become smooth and hair free faster, with fewer treatments needed.
Two high power cooling systems are compatible with the Gentle series of hair removal lasers. Air Cooling Compatible (ACC) and Candela’s patented Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD). This helps eliminate some of the stinging and burning associated with other forms of laser hair removal—even for men who are notoriously big babies when it comes to pain.
GentleMax does it all. It can safely remove unwanted hair, ingrown hairs, and shaving bumps on all skin tones and works on all hair types. It also helps reduce wrinkles, and vascular conditions such as facial and leg veins. The laser delivers an intense but gentle burst of light into targeted areas of the skin, delivering a controlled amount of targeted heat just where you need it to destroy the hair follicle. People with darker skin tones are not always the best candidates for laser hair removal with single wavelength systems due to increased risk of skin lightening or darkening. Having the dual wavelength gives dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and other physicians more choice so they can treat all skin tones without side effects.
“The GentleMax Pro laser system delivers both Alexandrite and Nd:YAG energies providing two wavelengths that are gentle on the surface of the skin while effectively destroying hair follicles for long lasting results. Moreover, using a combination of the two laser sources is a breakthrough that allows us to treat any skin type safely. I’ve used them all and this is the best hair removal system available. Patients who come to my practice are extremely happy with the results,” said Dennis Gross, MD, Creator of Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare and Founder of 900 5th Dermatology.
A treatment could take as little as a few minutes to as long as an hour, depending on what is being treated and how much hair there is. After Gentle laser treatment, you will be warned to avoid sun exposure by applying sunblock SPF 30 or above. In the first few days after treatment, don’t scrub or rinse the treated areas with abrasive skin cleansers. You can expect to need an average of 6 treatments spaced 6 weeks apart for best results. The denser your hair is in the areas to be treated, the more sessions you will need to get totally hair-free. After each treatment, hair grows back more slowly and less densely.
You could call 2014 the year of the prolonged winter, and baby it’s still so cold outside that it’s hard not to stop slathering facial reams, oils, and serums to retain a sense of balance. To help you get through these last dregs of winter, we tested lotions, potions, masks, and gels to come up with our hot list for cold weather hydration—which will hopefully put the cold’s lingering dry spell to rest. Here are our top picks.
Made from the Camellia flower, which is known for its rare ability to bloom even in the winter, Chanel Hydra Beauty Creme Riche is one of the best versatile (day and night) creams you can buy for cold weather. The sumptuously textured cream is also formulated with blue ginger, which is known for its nutritive benefits. Camellia Oil makes its way into the cream as well. While the cream is intensely hydrating, the texture is light and non greasy, which means sensitive skins and those prone to breakouts will do well with this.
You’ll have to play mixologist with this one (there is an Activator packet and four vials of fluid that you have to mix together to get a salmon-colored cooling gel) but this hydrating mask instantly cools and plumps the skin. The mask lowers skin temperature to reduce stress from pollution, travel, and the elements. It’s worth the extra time and effort and the results are immediate; your skin will feel as though a fresh water lake washed over your face—in the best way possible. One mask is sold every five minutes somewhere in the world.
Tip: Use this mask at nighttime and use a thick moisturizing cream afterwards for best results.
The most hydrating rich cream from the Guerlain family is an ivory cream that promises—and delivers —penthouse standards of hydration with every rub. It features Guerlain’s Gold Orchid Technology, which creates a texture so rich (think, the consistency of finely whipped milk) that you will wonder if this is what Snow White rubbed on her skin to make it so soft. Formulated with gold orchid, which is quite rare and native to higher altitudes (mostly in Nepal, India and China), the cream immediately nourishes and hydrates even the most parched of skins. In all honesty, this rich investment could create initial sticker shock but what you receive is a hydrating cream that truly works for a substantial portion of the day (reapplications are unnecessary) and a rich, hefty gold-lidded jar that will last you for months.
Tip: Marcus Monson, Guerlain National Celebrity Artist advises that you exfoliate the skin before application, and to wash hands and face in warm water before application. He says “apply the cream in large circular motions and work out to the cheeks concentrating more time on the cheeks as they always seem to be the driest areas of the complexion.”
Both of these creations by Dr. Marko Lens are excellent thirst quenchers and the Transformer Instant Renewal Mask is even used in his “Red Carpet” facials. In just 15 minutes, this light mask hydrates and helps your skin turn back the clock to a more hydrated former self. The Transformer Mask uses a bio-energizing and oxygen complex, as well as high potency enzymes. It also contains lower molecular weight hyaluronic acid that provides needed moisture. The Z-22 is a bouquet of 22 essential oils specifically chosen by Dr. Lens; I use this at night when my skin needs an additional softer hydrating layer and wake up with my face feeling completely nourished rather than dry and taut.
Miracle Skin Transformer’s latest product is a blend of 30 moisturizers: the Miracle Balm heals, repairs and of course, hydrates. It contains exotic ingredients as well, including organic Tamanu Oil, Blue Mountain Sage Oil, and palm, monoi, and moringa butters. Believe it or not, the combination includes Manuka honey, which is native to New Zealand, and used to fight off infection and help with healing. I use this almost daily, and especially when my skin needs a quick quench fix.
Vitamins are important to bolster your immune system but your skin could use a little more TLC than that. Enter Neova, a hyperactive serum that protects your skin from the harmful damage caused by UV rays, preserving moisture, and repairing and protecting skin. The hydrating component comes from four key ingredients: DNA CoFactor, Merospheres, Lactomide, and Linoleic Acid, which work overtime by shielding skin from enemy aggressors. The result is not just increased hydration, it’s moisture preservation (and if you don’t believe me, perhaps you’ll believe the TEWL score or Trans Epidermal Water Loss, the standard diagnostic method for measuring moisture, which went down by 12.6% in those who used Neova).
While it is marketed as a serum, it’s quite a heavy creamy consistency as far as serums go, so I use it as a daily moisturizer to find moisture’s sugar mommy.
A toner that can hydrate? Finally, yes. After years of putting toners that sap every ounce of moisture on my face, I am thankful for this product, which is gentle and an excellent addition to my skincare routine. Best of all, it can be used with any moisturizer, and is free from alcohol and also exfoliates skin. It is formulated with NARS exclusive Light Reflecting Complex™ and wild rose extract. The result is refreshed skin that feels it has woken from a sound night’s sleep, all with a splash.
Nighttime Skin Quencher from Kinara also provides non irritating exfoliation, which makes it a valuable multifunctional addition to your beauty cabinet. Several ingredients make this rich cream what it is: a deep, deep hydrator. It contains anti-oxidants, natural extracts including green tea, sugar cane, rice bran, soy protein, and Multifruit BSC, specifically included for nighttime benefits. The cream plumps and helps reduce wrinkles and truly comforts skin better than a facial. It also combats uneven pigmentation, making this skin quencher a win win win.
This light overnight mask is formulated with Korean medicinal herbs and also with walnut extract, which can create another layer of welcome moisture for your skin. It also contains hyaluronic acid to promote long-term hydration. Overnight masks are such a treat because you wake up feeling doubly rested: first from your natural sleep and second from the beauty products absorbed into your skin throughout the night. I also use this mask during flights, especially when I have to sleep and get back on pace through red eye itineraries etc. Plus, it’s gentle enough for all skin types.