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Get the Look: New York Fashion Week Hairstyles

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

By Liz W

People sometimes forget that their hair is one of their best accessories, and you don’t have to spend a lot of time and money on hair products to create a head turning style fit for a fashion show. For the Spring 2010 Monarchy Collection show at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week, Beautyfix Panelist and celebrity hair stylist Sean James created some of the season’s hottest hair looks. Leading a team of 13 stylists for Rusk, Sean created a super chic look that went perfectly with Monarchy Collection’s edgy and sophisticated designs.

Check out this backstage footage of the show.

We were eager to find out how we could achieve this look at home, so we went straight to the source to get the scoop from Sean himself:

Step 1: Get a 3/4 in barrel curling iron and some hair clips.

Step 2: Take small sections the size of the iron and wind the hair back.

Step 3: Pin the hair into small “sausage” shapes.

Make sure to work the hair in sections
Make sure to work the hair in sections

Step 4: Continue all the way to the nape or back of neck continue down horizontally down the sides, then, set the hair set the hair with w8less hairspray by Rusk, and let cool.

Letting the "little sausages" cool.
Letting the “little sausages” cool.

Step 5: When set, remove pins and tip hair upside down, spray the roots a give a vigorous shake, mold and pin into the voluminous bouncy shape you would like. Try with different size irons for different size curls

The Finished Look!

The Finished Look!

Just five quick steps and these models were ready to hit the cat walk, some in less than five minutes! As you can see, this celebrity look can be achieved with just a few tools and steps so you can look run-way ready in no time! To read more about the show and Sean James, check out his Blog.

Beauty Tips: How to Choose the Perfect Hairstyle Based on Skin Tone and Eye Color

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

By Jenna

Choosing the perfect hairstyle can sometimes be a huge decision or just difficult all together.  There are many different things to think about; eye color, skin tone, what you want and what you see yourself.   Situation: Your best friend just got her hair done a beautiful chestnut brown and it looks amazing with her hazel eyes. On impulse, you want to do is run to the store, buy that same color to have the same fabulous look and then it processes and happens to drown you out and looks horrible.  Big mistake and now you have no idea what to do and you have to go on damage control. Your hair color can be seen as a fashion statement, add to your personality and help define your cosmetic identity so you don’t want to ruin what you’ve taken so long to grow out.  So before you run out to experiment with hair products and color on your own consider a few things, and luckily I’ve done some research to help you on your hair color matching mission.  Here are some beauty tips to getting the perfect hair match.


First thing to do that will help is to find your skin tone.  To do this you need to look at your skin and identify the underlying skin tones.  This can sometimes need a second opinion so enlisting your friends or hair dresser would be a good choice in helping out.  The quickest way to find out your skin tone is to look at the veins in your arms in natural light.  If it’s green then you are probably warm toned, if it’s blue then it’s probably cool.

Good hair colors for warm tones:  Try rich base colors like dark golden brown, chestnut or auburn and highlight with red cinnamon or copper. Warm colors like golden to dark browns, to rich warm auburns as well as red and golden highlights can compliment you as well.

Good hair colors for cool tones:  Intense shades of brown, blonde or red as a base color and/or highlight with wheat, honey, taupe, or ashy shades that provide contrast. Shades of ash browns, cool blondes such as platinum, blue-blacks and unnatural colors like mahogany, burgundy and fire engine red are perfect choices for cool tones.

Now that you’ve figured out your skin tone and have an idea of the colors you want to steer towards, you can consider your eye color.  So now look in the mirror and take a look at your eyes (A really good one.)  Notice what other colors are in the coloring, I happen to have little yellow specks in the darker green.  Most of the time choosing complementary colors is the best solution to getting a good match with your eyes.  If you’ve decided that you’re cool toned,  have light blue, gray-blue, deep blue, deep green, brown or black eyes, your best hair color options are plum and burgundy highlights, ash and platinum blonde, brown, dark brown, black, slate, salt and pepper, pure white or also something like a blue-black. If you’re warm toned, have blue, blue-green hazel, green, topaz, amber or coffee bean colored eyes, the best choice may be to go with a color that’s golden with red highlights, golden brown, honey brown, chestnut, or copper.

Eye color

Source: Flickr user carloscastroweb

If you need some help you can always refer to the good old color wheel to help you figure it out.  You can also use the color wheel to coordinate your eyes to eye shadow colors and other beauty products.  There’s a giant world of makeup and color so now do some exploring and have some fun with it! What hair color are you rocking?

Nail Color Trends and Nail Care Tips from Celebrity Manicurist Michelle Saunders

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Love getting Manicures & Pedicures? Well listen up! Here are some nail care tips and nail color trends for this fall from celebrity manicurist Michelle Saunders. She has travelled the world to work with clients such as Kate Beckinsale, Pamela Anderson, Kim Cattral (for the “Sex in the City” movie), Eva Longoria Parker, and Megan Fox just to name a few.  Michelle is not only manicurist to the stars but also one of our own Beautyfix panelists.  Here are her tips and tricks to great nail care.

BF: How should members go about finding a good manicurist and nail salon in their area?
MS: What we do at my salon is work on a referral basis. We do not pay for advertisement…it’s all word of mouth. I recommend that Beautyfix members do their research. They should talk to people in their community and get a referral that way. The questions to ask are “Did the manicurist communicate well with you?”, “Did he or she seem to care about your needs?’ and “Did you feel educated by their recommendations?” It is also important to find out find out how long their manicures last. The life of a manicure is a sign of how much experience a manicurist has and the quality of the products used. The higher the quality and the more experience the longer a manicure will last. A manicure & pedicure should last at least 5 days. Once you get a referral call the salon and find out how they sanitize their implements and pedicure bowls. All salons must follow state board regulations and all items that cannot be sanitized must be thrown away. All salons are also required by the state to keep a pedicure log that records the cleaning schedule of each station.

BF: What are the nail color trends for Fall 2009?
MS: Matte nail polish. Matte nail polish has no shine to it. This is very trendy and hip and includes shades from white to gray. All popular polish brands have a matte line coming out this fall. Another trend to follow is jewel tones such as purple, maroon, and deep reds. These colors are in line with what we are currently seeing in the upcoming fashions for fall. I also recommend reading the September issue of Marie Claire. There is a great article in there about fall nail color trends.

BF: What are some of the most common nail concerns you have seen among your clients? How have they treated these conditions?
MS: One of the most common concerns is dryness.  This usually occurs from using low quality nail products. To avoid dryness use a high quality rehydrating base coat. Lippmann Nail collection has a great one.  Also use cuticle oil every day. My favorite is SpaRitual’s Cuti-Coctail nail & cuticle oil. It smells delicious. You should always use cuticle oil after washing your hands. What I tell people is “You would never shampoo your hair without using conditioner afterwards so the same goes for your nails.”  Another common concern I’ve seen is brittle nails that split.  Most people suffer from this because they work with their hands. This condition can also be attributed to genetics. You should always wear gloves and take your time when working with your hands. I also recommend getting a shiny buff manicure no more than once a week.  Nails are made up of layers of keratin. When you buff your nails, it fuses those layers together making them stronger. In addition, you can combat brittle nails by taking dietary supplements such as Omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, vitamin D and magnesium. The fish oil makes your nails flexible and calcium, vitamin D and magnesium make your nails stronger.

BF: Any tips or tricks for a DIY pedicure at home?
MS: You should always start your pedicure after a shower or bath. That is when skin is at its softest. This is when you should use a foot file. Immediately hydrate afterward with a very thick dry skin cream such as Handprint Hydrating Hand Salve by SpaRitual.  The next step is to remove existing nail polish and then cut toe nails and file. After filing remove any oils from the nail bed with nail polish remover.  Then polish with nail color. Color will stay on longer if you use a base and top coat and finish with a drop of cuticle oil. Cuticle oil helps dry nail polish and it provides moisture all day. I personally believe that cuticles should be trimmed by a professional and should not be trimmed at home.

BF: What’s one nail color every woman should own and why?
MS: Sheer pink. It is flattering on almost every skin tone. I like SpaRitual’s Airhead -  it’s the perfect pink.

Michelle Saunders

About Michelle:
San Francisco native and Los Angeles-based manicurist Michelle Saunders has developed a gentle yet thorough approach to manicuring with over ten years of experience in high-end nail care. Michelle’s personalized approach to
service began with her training as a manicurist for Chanel Boutiques in the San Francisco Bay area. Over the next 10 years, Michelle refined her techniques and ultimately owned a successful, appointment-only nail salon in
San Francisco, California. Her work can be seen in magazines, commercials, movies, and on the red carpet. Michelle’s work has been seen in the magazines Vogue, Interview, Flaunt, W, Maxim and on the red carpet for clients Kate Beckinsale and Eva Longoria Parker, and on the hands of elegant red-nailed Kim Cattral for the “Sex in the City Movie”. Click here to learn more about Michelle.

What’s your favorite nail polish color?