The pony is my go-to style for summer and I’m happy to report it’s not going anywhere the next few seasons. It always looks chic, is low-maintenance, and can be styled a multitude of ways. In fact, if the Fall/Winter 2014 Runway shows are any indication (and they most definitely are) the low pony can help you looked pulled-together and polished in no time. And best of all, as Cutler/Redken stylist Jenny Balding points out, ”whether your hair is long or short, a ponytail is a timeless style for women of all ages.”
Here, 3 modern and universally flattering takes on the low pony:
1. Short, Low Ponytail
Shoulder length hair is having a moment right now, making the short, low ponytail a fashion staple.
- Start with day-old hair as this will give you better control. If necessary, use dry shampoo or a texturizing product for added volume so hair doesn’t lay too flat. Shu Uemura Art of Hair Volume Maker ($48) easily removes grease and pumps up the volume.
- Create a deep side or center part and gather hair low on the nape of the neck before securing.
- Keep it smooth and sleek or soften it by letting some stray pieces fall gently around your face.
2. Bubbles in the Tail
Valentino’s Fall/Winter 2014 Paris Show proved that you can look sophisticated and still have fun with your hair.
- Start with either a deep side or center part and smooth into a really low ponytail at the nape of the neck. Secure tightly.
- Brush your ponytail so it creates a smooth surface on top but then back brush the underneath to create a puffy texture. Then, slightly smooth again to finish.
- Using a small band to tie, create small bubbles all the way down to create your desired look. Again, secure tightly.
3. Textured Ponytail
Chanel’s Fall/Winter 2014 hair made quite a statement with crimped tails and added accessories.
- Start with hair that’s a little dirty or add dry shampoo or a texturizer for extra grip.
- Smooth into a very low ponytail at the nape. Secure with band.
- Divide the tail into sections and mist each section with a light hairspray to give it some hold. Then use a crimping iron like Conair Special Styles Combo Iron ($27), working your way down. Repeat on all sections.
- Brush lightly to achieve effect.
- Add strips of fabric if desired.
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The right foundation will even out your skin tone, enhance your complexion, and leave you looking fresh-faced and radiant. Finding the right shade, formula, and finish can be tricky but it doesn’t have to be.
For most women, the right shade will virtually disappear into your skin and even everything out. You’ll want to get as close to your natural complexion as possible, unless you’re on the mature side and your skin-tone has started to fade or is ruddy at times. If that’s what you’re experiencing you’ll look best with a foundation one shade darker than your natural skin tone with yellow undertones. It will warm everything up, neutralize redness and add a healthy glow.
3 STEPS TO PREP
- Start with hydrated skin. Give your moisturizer a few minutes to be absorbed before moving on.
- Apply primer. It will make your foundation last longer and fill in pores and fine lines giving you a smoother base for your foundation.
- Use a creamy, under eye concealer (that matches your foundation) on dark circles and the inner corner of your eyes before applying your foundation. You’ll feel the need to use less foundation this way.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT FORMULA AND APPLICATION METHOD
- Dry Skin: Use an oil-based liquid, cream or stick foundation. For liquids and cream foundations, apply with a flat-topped synthetic brush which won’t absorb makeup. Blend outward from the center of your face. You can use the stick foundation directly on the skin and lightly buff with a sponge.
- Normal Skin: Your options are wide open. Experiment with several until you find your preference.
- Oily Skin: Choose an oil-free formula foundation. You might like an oil-free cream-to-powder which will dry to a powdery finish or stick with a loose or pressed powder formula. To keep it natural, use a fluffy brush to sweep on, concentrating on the T-zone.
Tinted moisturizers, BB cream, and CC creams are ideal when you want a less is more look. They’ll even out your skin “just-enough” and leave you looking fresh-faced. On days when you want a bit more coverage, they can also be mixed with your cream or liquid foundation.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT FINISH
- A matte finish is ideal for those with normal to oily and very oily skin. Most are formulated to control oil and help to keep your complexion shine-free.
- A semi-matte finish works for all and gives a very natural look. If it doesn’t say it’s matte or hydrating chances are it falls into this category.
- A luminizing foundation is ideal for mature women with fine lines or those with sallow skin. It’s usually moisturizing and formulated with finely ground light-reflective particles to subtly diffuse fine lines and wrinkles and add a radiant glow.
5 TIPS TO GET IT RIGHT:
- Never buy foundation without checking it out in natural light first. Test on your jaw line before heading outside to check it out in natural light. It’s the only way to make sure it’s a perfect match.
- After applying your foundation, lightly press a clean puff or tissue into skin to remove excess.
- Instead of trying to cover up fine lines and wrinkles, apply less makeup there to keep it from settling in and actually accentuating those areas or use a primer, which will allow makeup to more easily glide over imperfections and give it longevity.
- Adjust your color seasonally to make sure it’s always a perfect match.
- Exfoliate up to two times per week to get rid of dead skin cells and keep your complexion smooth.
BEST BETS TO TRY:
Make Up Forever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation ($36) is a lightweight foundation/finishing powder ideal for normal to combination skin. You’ll get buildable coverage with a natural matte finish.
Laura Mercier Oil Free Supreme Foundation ($45) is not only oil free, it’s formulated with oil-absorbing powders so skin will look and feel fresh for up to eight hours.
Estée Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup ($45) does double-duty with its oil-free skin care and makeup in one. It will perfect your complexion as it brightens, reduces the look of fine lines and nourishes.
Chanel Vitalumiere Moisture-Rich Radiance Sunscreen Fluid Makeup ($55) targets dry, dull, uneven skin with moisturizing ingredients in a creamy formula. Light reflecting pigments diffuse imperfections so your complexion will look naturally even-toned and radiant.
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick ($44) contains olive extracts and shea butter so it’s super moisturizing plus light diffusing powders and oil-controlling minerals so skin stays radiant and shine-free, making it ideal for all skin types.
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Coming on the heels of über designers who are making their mark in beauty like Dolce & Gabanna, Tory Burch, Tom Ford, and Marc Jacobs, shoe and handbag designer extraordinaire, Christian Louboutin, has a debut of his own. His must have line of nail lacquers is launching in August 2014. And, you guessed it, his legendary ROUGE is the fitting shade to start with.
“The red sole was born from red nail polish. I am giving back to nails what the shoe took from the nails many years ago.” – Christian Louboutin
Apparently, back in 1992, according to WWD, Louboutin actually used a bottle of nail lacquer to get the color just right for his signature red soles. Christian Louboutin Beaute is poised to turn the beauty world upside down. His new luxe beauty venture is a partnership with New York-based Batallure Beauty.
Even at $50 a bottle, Rouge Louboutin Nail Colour is sure to be a total sell out at luxury retailers from Saks to Neiman’s, Printemps to Brown’s and more. In contrast, Tom Ford Beauty Nail Lacquer is $32, By Terry Nail Laque Terrybly comes in at a healthy $30, and Yves Saint Laurent Beaute La Laque Couture is a $27 spend. But Louboutin is not the most expensive polish by a long shot—Serge Lutens Nail Lacquer tops the charts at $62 at Barneys New York.
Thirty additional shades are coming after Rouge has made its mark. As expected, the bottle is like a work of art unto itself. The sinewy spiky jet black cap resembles Louboutin’s classic stiletto heel atop a faceted bottle that looks like no other nail varnish ever could. The avant garde video created by director and producer David Lynch (think Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, Twin Peaks) adds a level of fantasy and over-the-top artistry to the launch.
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