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Oscars 2010 Beauty: Charlize Theron

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charlize+theron+oscars+academy+awards+2010 Oscars 2010 Beauty: Charlize TheronCharlize Theron’s Oscar hair looked extraordinary this year. Inspired by the classic shape of her gown, her longtime hairstylist, Enzo Angileri, created a style that emphasized delicate, enduring beauty.

“To create this look I needed a very smooth texture and lots of natural-looking shine,” explained Angileri. He used new argan oil-infused Moroccanoil Light, made especially for fine and light colored hair, on wet strands before blow-drying to ensure the hair itself looked perfected. “After that about 50% of my work was done,” he said, “and I had a texture that was workable, healthy-looking and naturally beautiful.”

Angileri then created a low, classic bun by rolling hair around clockwise, held in place with several bobby pins, to complete the classic polished look.

He finished the style with a light misting of Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray to give hair an extra touch of red carpet glamour for the cameras. The look was held in place with new Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray for a firm, flexible hold.

Moroccanoil is sold in fine salons and spas.

Oscars Beauty 2010: Kate Winslet

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kate+winslet+oscars+academy+awards+2010 Oscars Beauty 2010: Kate WinsletLancôme abassador Kate Winslet looked resplendent at the Academy Awards yesterday, clad in an Yves Saint Laurent gown and bold jewelry from Tiffany & Co.

Kate’s long-time makeup artist, Jillian Dempsey, topped off the look with soft, ethereal makeup. Both the eyes and the lips got equal attention on this Oscar winner. Shimmering, champagne-pewter shades highlighted the eyes, while very saturated mascara delivered that extra definition. A pop of pink blush on her cheeks gave Kate just a hint of a natural flush. Jillian topped off the look with nude-pink lips.

Get the look with:

EYES
* Jillian Dempsey for Avon Professional Kohl Eyeliner in Black
* Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Mascara in Excessive Black
* Avon True Color Eyeshadow Quad in Blushing Raisins (using the Raisin shade for definition)
* Lancôme Brow Expert in Naturel

FACE & CHEEKS
* Avon MagiX Face Perfector SPF 20
* Lancôme Photôgenic Lumessence Foundation
* Lancôme Dual Finish Powder Foundation
* Shu Uemura Blush in Pink 30

LIPS
* Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge in Rich Cashmere
* Lancôme Color Fever Gloss in Hotness

Frederic Fekkai’s Renato Campora styled Kate Winslet old Hollywood waves.

INSPIRATION: A modern day Veronica Lake, classic Hollywood glamour

HOW TO GET THE LOOK: Start by applying FEKKAI Coiff String Hold Volume Mousse mixed with the FEKKAI Coiff Perfector Anti-Frizz Silkening Creme from roots to ends. He made a side part before he dried the hair. He dried the hair with FEKKAI Large Round Brush and pined it in place as it cooled down. Next, he used a one inch curling iron to create soft loose waves. He finished with FEKKAI Sheer Hold Hairspray.

Oscars Beauty 2010: Kristen Stewart

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kristen+stewart+2010+academy+awards+oscars Oscars Beauty 2010: Kristen StewartFrederic Fekkai’s Renato Campora styled presenter, Kristen Stewart.

INSPIRATION: A modern, edgy look with a young vibe

HOW TO GET THE LOOK: Campora started out by applying FEKKAI Coiff String Hold Volume Mousse combing the product through the hair. He dried the hair straight using a FEKKAI Large Round Brush. He then used a 1 inch curling iron to create waves and texture. He added the FEKKAI Au Natural Dry Shampoo for extra volume and movement. He tied a number of loose braids on the sides of the head beginning half way down the strands, leaving them untied at the ends to create extra dimension to the look. He then pulled all the hair back into a low chignon and secured with large bobby pins. He finished with FEKKAI Glossing Sheer Mist for shine and FEKKAI Sheer Hold Hairspray for all night hold.

kristen+stewart+2010+oscars+academy+awards Oscars Beauty 2010: Kristen Stewart

Oscars Beauty 2010: Sandra Bullock

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sandra+bullock+academy+awards+oscars+2010 Oscars Beauty 2010: Sandra Bullock“Tonight was Sandra’s big night and she was in a happy, ethereal mood. I wanted her to look like the true movie star she is, so we went with modern classy Hollywood – dewy skin, soft eyes, and a bold classic red lip.” -Makeup Artist Angela Levin

Angela prepped Sandra’s skin with CHANEL Sublimage Fluid. She then used a foundation brush to apply CHANEL Vitalumiere Satin Smoothing Fluid Makeup in Shell all over the face.

Angela created a structured brow with the soft brown powder in the limited edition Les Regards de CHANEL Palette. She lined Sandra’s eyes with the darker brown shade in the same palette. Finally, she applied three coats of CHANEL Inimitable Waterproof Mascara in Noir for sexy, glamorous lashes.

To create the real focus of Sandra’s look – a gorgeous, bold red lip – Angela applied CHANEL Rouge Coco Lip Colour in Paris. She finished the look by gently dabbing a bit of the same lip color on the apples of Sandra’s cheeks – Angela’s signature makeup trick.

sandra+bullock+oscars+academy+awards+2010 Oscars Beauty 2010: Sandra BullockFrederic Fekkai stylist Adir Abergel wanted to bring back simplicity, with Sandra’s sleek and straight down-do. The strong side part created beautiful lines to compliment her dress. He modernized the texture of the hair by creating a sleek look, with a slight wave at the end.

Conditioned hair is very important for any sleek style. Abergel used FEKKAI Advanced Glossing Shampoo and Conditioner, leaving the conditioner on for 15 minutes. He then rinsed and towel dried the hair. Then he parted the hair in a deep side part. Abergel recommends following the arch of your brow to choose where to part your hair. He then took a large FEKKAI Round Brush and blow-dried the hair completely straight, making sure the roots were flat. Then spray with FEKKAI Sheer Hold Hairspray to 2″ sections of hair from roots to the end and use a flat iron to get a bone straight effect. To finish the look, Abergel took a 1 1/4″ inch curling iron and lightly curled the ends of the hair for a nice slight wave and tucked the bangs behind the ear. To complete the look he added the FEKKAI Silky Straight Ironless Smooth Finish Serum to create a sleek finish.

Oscars Beauty 2010: Anna Kendrick

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anna+kendrick+academy+awards+oscars+5 Oscars Beauty 2010: Anna KendrickCelebrity makeup artist Sara Glick created Best Supporting Actress Nominee Anna Kendrick’s beauty look for the Oscar’s tonight using Arcona skincare and tarte cosmetics.

Inspiration: Youthful, ethereal beauty – think soft, natural glowing skin.

Arcona Skincare – Prep: “Anna has beautiful skin and doesn’t need much to make it glow. I prepped her skin with a light, all natural moisturizer to help it stay hydrated throughout the night.”
* Prepped with Arcona’s Magic White Ice to protect, nourish and hydrate skin.

tarte Makeup – Cheeks: “For a natural flush, I accented Anna’s cheek bones with a coral shade.”
* Dabbed and blended tarte’s natural cheek stain in eco-cheek on the apples of her cheeks.

tarte Makeup – Lips: “I wanted to create a soft, healthy pink lip with a touch of shine.”
* tarte’s LipSurgence natural lip stain in charmed (light pink) as a base. Topped with tarte’s double-ended natural lipglosses in jake & samantha (used the samantha side-pale cotton candy pink) for added shine.

Arcona Skincare – Finish: “I finished with a light spritz of lavender mist for added hydration and an extra dose of calming with aromatherapy.”
* Set the look with Arcona’s Lavendar Hydrasol for a fresh and dewy complexion.

Anna Kendrick wore a romantic blush-colored Eli Saab gown on the Oscar red carpet, complimented by an effortlessly elegant, modern updo designed by stylist Craig Gangi.

Gangi, inspired by the graceful off-the-shoulder look, created an updo highlighting softly waved texture accenting healthy hair with natural-looking shine. He first applied argan oil-infused Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream to add moisture and give hair a soft hold that was smooth as well as frizz-free and static-free.

After blow-drying hair straight, Gangi used a medium sized curling iron to create loose, natural waves. He then pulled strands back, leaving just enough hair at the nape of the neck to create a small ponytail, and shaped a loose, undone textured bun.

To add a touch of drama, he went back to weave three small braids with the remaining hair, then again braided the three with each other. Finally he circled the braid around the bun. After pinning the style, he sprayed Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray to hold the look in place without stiffness, and misted the final updo with Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray for additional boost of red carpet shine.

Moroccanoil is sold in fine salons and spas.

Red Door Spas Blogger Lounge at New York Fashion Week

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lianne+farbes+and+daneen+baird+red+door+spas+blogger+lounge Red Door Spas Blogger Lounge at New York Fashion Week

Earlier this month, when I was in New York for Fashion Week, I got my hair did at Red Door Spas Blogger Lounge at the W Hotel in Times Square. My friend (and Fashion Week roomie, above), Lianne, partnered with Red Door Spas to create space where bloggers could stop – between shows, meetings and events – and relax, recharge (phones too) and get all gussied up.

Thanks to Zahir Zihani, Creative Director of the Red Door Spas, and his team (including the adorable and amazingly talented Billy Dee Williams, who did my hair), every gal left there with head-turning hair. Forget reporting from backstage…we looked like we were ready to sashay down the runway.

daneen+baird+and+billy+dee+red+door+spas+blogger+lounge Red Door Spas Blogger Lounge at New York Fashion Week
Me and Billy Dee

 Red Door Spas Blogger Lounge at New York Fashion Week
A rear view of my do

 Red Door Spas Blogger Lounge at New York Fashion Week
Marina‘s side updo definitely made the best-tressed list.

Want red carpet hair like us? Visit your local Red Door Spa. There are 31 locations nationwide.

New York Fashion Week, Fall 2010: William Rast

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William+Rast+Fall+2010+hair+1 New York Fashion Week, Fall 2010: William RastThomas Dunkin (Lead Stylist) and the Sebastian hair team were on hand backstage creating edgy, erratic hairstyles that looked as though the models had just hopped off the back of a motorcycle, complimenting the designers’ aesthetic for fall. Of the looks Thomas says, “we went with a beachy, tousled look with lots of windblown volume and texture to fit the free-spirited nature of the collection.”

Inspiration: Nomadic biker girls; rides through the desert; textured, dusty, wind-swept, adventure-laden beauty.

Get the look: Liberally apply Sebastian Professional Volupt Spray onto damp hair. Next, twist small sections of the hair from root to tip and blow-dry the entire length of the hair. Then, lightly cover hair with Re-Shaper Hairspray and gently tease the roots with fingers to create volume and erratic texture. To add definition and piecey-ness, apply a small amount of Matte Putty to finger-tips and whisk hands through hair, concentrating on the twisted pieces.

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