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How-To: 4th Of July Nail Art

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Straight from Michelle Phan’s ICON Network is this super-cute, patriotic nail pictorial from CutePolish, YouTube’s #1 nail-art channel, who recently signed a content deal with ICON. Here’s your step-by-step for having the best nails at the barbecue this weekend!

how to 4th of july nail art 2Step 1: Begin by painting three of your nails with two coats of dark blue (Formula X Omni) and the other two nails with two coats of white (OPI Alpine Snow).
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Step 2: Use a red nail art striper (Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Striper Red) and create vertical lines over the white nails. Optionally, you could use a thin paint brush dipped into a red nail polish to do this.
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Step 3: Take the dark blue nail polish and gently glide the brush over the very top corners of the white nails to create a small rectangle.
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Step 4: Use a toothpick dipped into white polish to add dots over the dark blue rectangles. Then add some red, white and blue confetti nail polish (Formula X Liberty) over the dark blue nails. Optionally, you could use a toothpick to create little red, white, and blue dots over these nails instead.
Perfectly patriotic!

The Ultimate Bronzer Cheat Sheet

From matte to shiny, cream to powder, the varieties of bronzer out there are numerous–and a bit confusing. Chrislie (they make a pretty shimmer bronzer!) has created a handy cheat sheet to help us all out, clueing us in on which bronzer to use and how to apply them. Just in time for summer!

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Infographic provided by Chrislie.

Evangeline Lilly’s Beachy Wave How-To


Actress Evangeline Lilly looked summer chic at the Ant Man premiere this week wearing gorgeous, voluminous beachy waves. Hairstylist Giannandrea, International Creative Director for Macadamia Professional, styled up Evangeline for her red-carpet appearance, and shares how you can get the look at home…

1. Prime damp hair with a volumizing foam, and comb product through hair with a wide-tooth comb. Using a blow-dryer with a diffuser attachment, blow-dry the whole head from side to side and upside down to create volume.

2. Remove the diffuser from the blow-dryer. Using just your hands, blow-dry bangs forward. Use a mid-size round brush to smooth them.

3. Spray small to medium sized hair sections with a flexible-hold shaping spray and wrap sections around a ¾” curling wand. Do not curl bangs. Apply Macadamia Professional Style Extend Dry Shampoo to the roots at top to give soft volume at the crown.

4. Rub a dime-sized amount of Macadamia Professional Whipped Detailing Cream between hands and twist curled sections with your fingers to create definition and texture.

5. Complete the look with a textured finishing spray to add lift, volume and hold.

Brenda’s Bob

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Actress Brenda Song showed off a chic bob snip on Instagram. It’s perfect for summer if you’re in need of a little inspiration!

Teen Wolf’s Kira: Arden Cho

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MTV’s fan favorite show is back, and so is its resident kitsune, Arden Cho. A trickster onscreen, there’s nothing fake about this down to earth star. From her charming personality to her flawless hair and face, Arden is the real deal. Want to know more about the actress? Check out our exclusive interview with the Teen Wolf star here… Read the rest of this entry »

The Heat Is On: Makeup For Summer


The weather is heating up, which means it’s time to switch up your makeup. Lori Lieb, Creative Director of Bodyography, has the following tips and tricks for putting forward your freshest face—like 2 Broke Girls‘ Kat Dennings and Beth Behr!

§ Make sure your skin is thoroughly moisturized before applying foundation or powder; this will ensure your makeup will glide onto the skin smoothly and not adhere to any dry patches.

§ Primer is an important step if you plan on keeping a full face of makeup fresh all day. Primer will create a barrier between your skincare and makeup, making sure the two keep working well all day long. Primers also control oil and shine, and give your skin an airbrushed look.

§ Waterproof products will help ensure your eye makeup stays put all day. Try using waterproof mascara and eyeliner for a smudge-free look that lasts.

§ Setting spray is a secret weapon for fresh-looking makeup. Spray it on before and after makeup application, and throughout the day for a pick-me-up.

§ Use a finely milled translucent setting powder to absorb excess oil during the day, but only reapply once or twice to avoid makeup caking and build-up. Stipple the powder down the t-zone for a natural and thin layer of product.

§ Invest in an eye primer if you plan on wearing eyeshadow; this will stop the shadow from creasing and will keep your eye-look on point all day.

§ To keep a bold lip from fading, layer your products. Start with a lip liner all over the lip, followed by your desired shade of lipstick. Apply two layers of the lipstick, blot, then apply one more layer for all-day color.

What The Heck Is Co-Washing?

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Co-washing, cleansing conditioner, no-poo—no matter how you say it, the idea is basically the same: giving up the shampoo and washing your hair with a special conditioner instead. Matrix Celebrity Stylist George Papanikolas explains how Matrix’s Biolage Cleansing Conditioner gently cleanses the hair while conditioning. “In the first five minutes, it conditions the hair. Then it morphs into a cleanser that lifts the dirt out.” Intrigued? Be sure to pick up the current issue of Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide (on newsstands now with Kelly O. on the cover) to read the full interview with Papanikolas and get the whole 411 on the co-washing movement. Not sure where to buy? Check out our Where You Can Find button to the right!

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