It's been 20 years since the kids of the original Beverly Hills, 90210 graduated high school, but the show is still a cult favorite among loyal fans. And who wouldn't love it? Between the crazy eye makeup and oversize hair, the show definitely captured a moment in beauty. We're celebrating this anniversary with a high school reunion of sorts and looking back at the iconic beauty hits and misses from the original series.
We're convinced only masochists look forward to a bikini wax, but the thing is, it doesn't have to hurt quite so badly. There are ways you can reduce the pain. If you're new to waxing, start out with a professional to see how it's done. After a few times, you might want to try doing it at home to save a few bucks. Either way, to learn how to keep pain at bay, keep reading.
Paris Fashion Week has begun, and as the world (or anyone who's strolled the Canal St-Martin in Paris) knows, French women are renowned for their beauty . An insouciant flip of the hair, the evening glamour of a deep red lip, the embrace of "flaws" like gap teeth: all so French. But what else makes these women uniquely chic? To find out, we asked a few in-the-know people to explain the je ne sais quoi of French beauty. Keep reading.
Are you ready for a third season of Downton Abbey's diaphanous tea dresses and elaborate hairstyles? Join the club. The show has single-handedly brought back a fervent interest in Edwardian-era fashion and beauty, which could require hours of preparation for one ensemble. Dive into a time before nail polish and nylons, and you'll see how much work it would have taken to make Lady Mary beautiful. (Hint: dirty hair is involved.) It's all enough to make a Turkish diplomat lose his breath.
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Looking good doesn't have to cost a lot of money. In fact, it doesn't have to cost a thing. There are plenty of ways to look better without spending a single penny. We talked with top dermatologists, hair stylists, makeup artists, and estheticians to score their secrets for looking your best for the best price of all: free. Read their tips here.
Makeup artists know all the secrets to looking great — those little tricks that can be picked up only by living in the beauty world 24/7 as they do. Fortunately, they're often as generous as they are knowledgeable. We talked with some of the best makeup artists in the business to get their best out-of-the-ordinary tips. (And no, we're not using the old "white eyeliner makes your eyes look bigger" thing. You've read it a hundred times.) Read on to see some of the best tips you haven't heard before.
Every so often, someone's so good that she deserves the best of the best. In these cases, it's time to bring out the big guns: the gifts so luxurious she'll remember them for years to come. From the ultimate in pampering to high-end polishes she'll adore, explore 10 of the most divine gifts around.
Got $10? Then you have enough to scoop up one of the best mascaras we've tried this year — and you'll still have plenty of change left over. The latest addition to Cover Girl's LashBlast family, Clump Crusher mascara ($7) promises tons of volume and perfectly separated lashes. The curved brush has short, stiff bristles that deposit just the right amount of mascara. The result: more voluminous (but still natural-looking) lashes with nary a clump in sight. If you're looking for an everyday swipe-on-and-go mascara, this might be the one you've been waiting for.
If you're anything like us, serious skin care gets you buzzing like nothing else. But even if you're not a product junkie, chances are that you'll benefit from some of the newest creams and serums to hit the market. We've spent the last month trying out — and we mean really trying out — some of the latest launches. These are some of the best, with active ingredients that can transform your complexion. Read on to find your perfect fit.
Horns and a tail? So last-year's-devil. This Halloween, some well-applied makeup is all the costume you need. MAC Senior Artist Louise Zizzo created this sultry, fiery devil by using waterproof and sweatproof makeup — so it'll last well past the witching hour. Let her expertise inspire you, throw on a red dress, and you're good to go.
Dusting powders always seem so old-fashioned, but in my book, that's a good thing. Elegantly held in appealingly retro packaging, Lollia's Calm dusting powder ($28) is too pretty to be stashed away. A fluffy puff distributes the rice powder, adding fresh scents of hyacinth, iris, and vetiver. No shimmer, no glitter — just smoother, softly fragranced skin. It's perfect after moisturizing, before bed, or any other time when you want to feel like a lady.
Burgundy is one of the season's biggest colors in fashion and beauty — and now there's more than one way to have a wine hue on your lips. Sonoma winery Clos du Bois has teamed up with makeup brand Pixi to create Cosmétique ($19, $30 with wine), a makeup set inspired by Clos du Bois Rouge Red. The sultry hue reveals itself in a mini lip gloss, a nail polish, and lip-and-cheek stain. All autumnal, all very everyday-wearable — and best of all, 100 percent of proceeds go to Step Up Women's Network. A cute kit with a charitable initiative? We'll drink to that.
Picture it: Sicily. Now picture legendary photographer Mario Testino turning his lens on the island, and you'll get a pretty good idea of Dolce & Gabbana's latest campaign. As the faces of Dolce & Gabbana's Pour Femme and Pour Homme fragrances, models Laetitia Casta and Noah Mills frolic on a secluded beach (and look impossibly gorgeous while doing so). The campaign doesn't hit airwaves until the holiday season, but for now, here's a peek behind the scenes of the shoot. If this doesn't make you want to toss an LBD in a suitcase and hop on the next flight to Italy, we don't know what will.
The only thing more frustrating than recurring breakouts is not knowing where they come from. Is it stress? Hormones? Or just terribly bad complexion luck? Worry no more. Instead, clear up your mind — and your skin — with this guide to the causes of breakouts. Once you know what's causing acne to flare up, it's easy to develop a plan of attack. Read on to see what culprits could be responsible for your blemishes (and what to do about it).
Once upon a time, a beauty collaboration came together, and it was so lovely that we had to tell you all about it. In partnership with Disney, Sephora has launched Reigning Beauties, a series of exclusive collections inspired by the animation giant's most popular princesses. Kicking things off is Cinderella, whose tale is interpreted into lip color, fragrance, nail polish, and more. While the packaging is gorgeous, what's inside is even better. Housed in a velveteen tray, the Storylook eye shadow palette ($55) matches its 20 shades directly to the Pantone colors of the 1950 film. A gold shimmer is lifted from Gus Gus's shirt, a periwinkle hue is identical to the fairy godmother's dress, and (of course) Cinderella's glass slipper has inspired an icy light blue. Lest you think this is kids' stuff, the color payoff and silky texture are both impressive. Just as Cinderella had to dash home before midnight, though, this collection won't be around for long — so have a look before it's too late.
While it's nice to imagine the ocean as a happy playground for turtles and dolphins, the reality isn't so pretty. Each year, several millions of tons of plastic — everything from tossed containers to grocery bags — enter the ocean. On average, 46,000 pieces of plastic are floating in each square mile of sea. More than a million seabirds die from eating plastic each year, as do thousands of sharks, turtles, and other marine life.
Enter Method's dish and hand soap ($5, Whole Foods), which is packaged in a blend of recovered ocean plastic and postconsumer recycled plastic. Over the past year and a half, Method employees joined cleanup groups to hand-collect plastic from beaches in Hawaii — more than a ton in total. From there, the recovered plastic was recycled into the bottles that hold the soap. (It smells fresh, by the way.) Will soap bottles alone save the planet? No, but they can move people to reuse and recycle. And since the first step toward a cleaner ocean is keeping plastic out of it, that seems like a good place to start.
A sweet, sugar-and-spice fairy is a fine Halloween costume. While there's nothing wrong with that, isn't it more fun to be a bit bad? When the results are this stunning, the answer is definitely yes. MAC Senior Artist Louise Zizzo created this "twisted fairy" makeup look, focusing on a distressed purple eye and pale skin. See the step-by-step transformation in our gallery — and use it as inspiration for your own Halloween look.
Being an actress and musician isn't easy, but Leighton Meester makes it look like a breeze. This Fall, she wraps up her stint as Blair Waldorf in Gossip Girl; she stars opposite Hugh Laurie in a new movie, The Oranges; and she returns as the face of Vera Wang's newest scent, Lovestruck Floral Rush. "Life experience is the number-one thing that inspires me and helps me to create," she explains. "I always want to feel challenged and inspired and excited."
To see what's next for her — and to find out what she does on her off days — read on for the Q&A.
Science hasn't proven this theory correct — yet — but it seems that adding glitter to boots makes the average person more likely to develop full-blown shoe lust. Could be why these Miu Miu Chelsea boots ($750) have garnered a cult following over the past year, frequently popping up as a street-style staple. If you've come down with Miu Miu fever, too, let the shoes inspire your next manicure. Paint your nails with a deep blue polish such as Sinful Colors in Hot Spot ($2), then apply two coats of Essie's Stroke of Brilliance effect ($8). It couldn't be easier to create this magpie's dream — and that's a fact.
Here's something we didn't see coming: Natalie Portman with blond hair. The actress showed off her new hue last night at the premiere of LA Dance Project, her husband Benjamin Millepied's latest choreography endeavor. So why the change from her natural brunette? We hear that Natalie is lightening up for her next role, and that colorist Tracey Cunningham is the one who gave Natalie this bright and shiny blond. If you're looking to make this kind of color change for yourself, definitely take a cue from Natalie and leave this drastic shift to the pros.