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HISTORY OF CONCEALING BEAUTY

 

If you thought women doing anything and everything for the sake of beauty was a new world problem, guess again. Women have had little beauty tricks for centuries. Here, in chronological order, is a list of classic beauty secrets.

1. Hair Extensions – Extensions and wigs have been around for a long time…even Cleopatra was a fan! The trend came back in the ‘70s, and it has been a celebrity staple ever since.

2. Hair Dye – Another beauty trick that stems from ancient Egypt. Egyptians would use henna to camouflage their grays.

3. Artificial Nails – During the Ming Dynasty of China (1368-1644), noblewomen wore very long artificial nails as a status symbol. Even though they have been around for literally centuries, fake nails had a resurgence in popularity in the late 20th century.

4. Vaseline – A true beauty multitasker, Vaseline was trademarked all the way back in 1872. From extending lashes to making skin silky smooth, it is truly a girl’s best friend.

5. Eyelash Extensions – False lashes were discovered in quite a glamorous way: in Hollywood, of course. In 1919, a director wanted his leading lady to have lashes that would “make her eyes shine larger than life.” The modern day technique of single lash application gained popularity in Korea in 2004.

6. Concealer – Max Factor launched the first commercially distributed concealer in 1938. This compact miracle worker covers everything from blemishes to dark circles. It’s really a makeup lifesaver.

7. Wonderbra – The Wonderbra brand was released in 1939, but the iconic push-up we’ve come to associate with the company was launched in the US almost sixty years later, in 1994.

8. Sunless tanning – Fake or spray tanning rose in popularity in the 1960s, after the public became aware of the negative effects of too much sun exposure. Just be careful not to turn orange…no one thinks an Oompa Loompa tan is attractive!

9. Laser hair removal – For many women, hair removal is just another errand, a part of their extensive beauty routine. In the mid-‘90s, laser removal was introduced and changed absolutely everything. It was the first hair removal technique that could yield permanent results.

10. Spanx – The most recent beauty trick is a product we can’t imagine ever living without! Sara Blakely launched Spanx only twelve years ago, in 2000, but it has truly made a difference in the way women get dressed. How could something so simple and genius take so long to be invented?

Wonder what’s coming next…

Photo: Eva Herzigova in Wonderbra’s Campaign circa 1994

TOP 10 LEAST FAVORITE BEAUTY LOOKS 

Blogger Leandra Medine, better known as the Man Repeller, brought to the forefront the fact that men and women don’t always agree on what is beautiful in fashion. This certainly applies to beauty and got us thinking: “Are there any beauty looks that women ‘adour’ that actually repel men?” We surveyed seventy men to find out what looks drive them crazy (in a bad way). Turns out a red lip didn’t do too bad, while cakey foundation is a definite no-no. Ladies, would you ever guess that bangs would be in the top three?!

Here are the results:

1. Visible Foundation

2. Nail Art

3. Bangs

4. Short Hair

5. Blue Nails

6. Hair Extensions

7. Red Lips

8. Smoky Eyes

9. Rosy Cheeks

10. Eyelash Extensions

BEAUTY in LES

Christine Chin, facialist – Legendary facialist Christine Chin has many high-profile fans (including Gisele Bundchen, Naomi Campbell and Salma Hayek) who can vouch for her highly effective treatments. While the method is uncomfortable, clients are left with noticeably more radiant skin in about twelve hours. 82 Orchard Street -tel. 212.353.0503

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics – The fun cosmetics at this Ludlow Street store are 100% vegan and cruelty-free. With tons of shadow and lip colors, the possible combinations are endless. 174 Ludlow Street – tel. 212.675.2572

FSC Barber – This retro barbershop in the back of Freeman’s clothing store is for guys who appreciate a skilled haircut with carefully curated products. 8 Rivington – tel. 212. 673.3209

Pimps and Pinups – Following the success of its London predecessor, Pimps & Pinups opened up on Stanton Street. Specializing in retro, glamorous looks, this salon has a devoted following. 101 Stanton Street – tel. 646.861.3766

Frank’s Chop Shop – This barbershop, located in a former yarmulke workshop, caters to local clients (from hipsters to hedge-fund dudes). 19 Essex Street – 212.228.7442

Fringe – Perfect place to get that ‘indie gal” cut. 248 Broome Street – 212.674.8383

Tommy Guns – The first location of this old school London barbershop, with skilled hair stylists for men and women. 138 Ludlow Street – 212.477.1151

Fox and Jane – Tiny three-seats salon is a favorite hangout for girls getting ready for a night on the town. 154 Orchard Street – 212.837.2774

UPTOWN GIRL MAINTENANCE

If the Lower East Side girl would give up on washing her hair for the dirty, undone look achieved with dry shampoo, an Upper East Side woman would do whatever it takes to look polished.

It takes time to get the proper maintenance for perfect hair and impeccable nails, a luxury that not many have, no matter if they are a career women or stay-at-home mom.

Fix Beauty Bar is coming to their rescue. The new Upper East Side salon is a one-stop shop where you can get a blowout, manicure and pedicure simultaneously. The entire process will only take 45 minutes.

The process is quick but never rushed, from the spa-like waiting area with magazines and snacks, to the pleasant scalp massage finishing your hair wash, to the cup of coffee or glass of wine offered while receiving your services.

For your hair, you can take a glance through their look book that features styles inspired by the biggest celebrity hair icons, from slick-straight tresses called the “Jen” to glam curls of “Kim”, or describe your own dream look. “Even when they go for beach waves, the hair will be flowy but still very well-controlled.” So even surf-girl hair is coiffed and UES-approved.

Owners and friends Michelle Breskin and Karol Markowicz, who always loved to get their hair blow dried together, conceived their salon as a throwback to the ‘60s when women would congregate at the salon to gossip and catch up. The architecture of the main station, built as a cube, encourages a conversation and makes it a perfect hangout place for girlfriends.The simultaneous mani-pedi is what sets this blow dry bar apart from the competition. You can even dry one hand while painting the other in the ingenious dryer built into the manicure table.

It may sound too good to be true, but the pricing is quite affordable. A blow dry is $40, while a simultaneous manicure is $15. Packages are available for members, starting at $75.

Fix Beauty Bar is located at 847 Lexington Avenue, 2nd floor – tel. 212-744-0800 – http://fixbeautybar.com/

DOWNTOWN HAIR

By Tiffany Etessami

Ringo Yip opened his namesake salon on the Lower East Side in 2005. You wouldn’t know by looking at the inconspicuous storefront that this little salon is beloved by downtown hair aficionados. We spoke to Ringo about the LES, his clientele and the changing scene.

Why did you decide to get into the hair industry?

For one reason: I like to make women look beautiful.

Why did you pick the Lower East Side as your salon location?

The Lower East Side… it’s low-key, and I feel like there’s always an adventure. There are always unpredictable things happening. The scene is changing a little, there’s a different culture, because we’ve gotten a lot of new bars and restaurants. It’s different, but I still like it.

What would you describe the Lower East Side look as?

I observe that it’s a younger and more individual scene. There aren’t too many families. It’s a really fun, young scene.

Tell us about your clientele.

My clientele is mostly people who have a job (laughs)… they’re more individual. They have taste. A lot of young professionals walk in.  It’s a ‘yuppie’ scene now – they have money to spare, and they want to be stylish. It’s not like Bushwick anymore.

Do you have a particular technique?

Parting the hair on dry cuts. I do this so I can see where the hair lies. I don’t like to wash it too much – I like the edge that gives.

What do you think of using dry shampoo to achieve that grungy, unwashed look?

Dry shampoo doesn’t work on everyone – it’s a personal preference. But definitely don’t wash hair every day… let the natural oils come in.

What are some new trendy hairstyles?

Long hair is always in, most women don’t like to go too short. But now loose, flowy hair is in, too.

 

Ringo is located in 126 Ludlow Street – New York – Tel. 212.228.8812

MY BEAUTY ADVENTURE

Caitlin Sloat is a 24 year old model from Colorado. Her edgy pixie cut makes her a perfect Pampadour model, but she didn’t always rock such a cool ‘do. This is her Beauty Adventure:

My Beauty Adventure started off as a bit of a disaster. I always had long platinum blonde hair. When I started modeling, I was advised to dye it brown. Let’s just say it did not work out.

I wanted to go back to my original sunny locks, but it didn’t go smoothly. My hair was completely fried. Horrible. I didn’t know what to do, so I made a drastic choice: I chopped it all off. My long mane was traded in for a super short pixie cut. It ended up being for the best: the cut became my signature look. I found more modeling success with this new hairstyle, and it gave me an edge. I love my short hair… it’s what makes me unique.

BEAUTY SECRETS FOR A CLOSE UP

Colorado-born Caitlin, author of this week’s Beauty Adventure, shares her beauty routine that ensures she’s always ready for her close-up.

First thing in the morning, I start off with Clean and Clear Morning Burst Fruit Infusions Facial Hydrating Cleanser. It really wakes me up and feels so refreshing. I begin my makeup routine with NARS Sheer Matte foundation and oil-free primer. Another NARS product I love is their blush in Torrid. My go-to eye shadow brand is Givenchy. My favorite nail polish brand, though, is far less expensive: Forever 21! Another inexpensive product I ‘adour’ is Burt’s Bees chapstick.

My skin routine is very specific. I sometimes use Camellia Oil (which is often used by Japanese pregnant women) and almond oil to soothe my skin. I make a homemade facial out of a mix of lemon juice, brown sugar and honey. I exfoliate with red wine: I apply it as a mask and leave it on for ten minutes. It pulls the redness out of my skin! I also love CeraVe moisturizer. At the end of the day, I rely on Olay Regenerist Night Resurfacing Elixir.

To keep my platinum blonde hair color intact, I use Joico Color Endure Violet shampoo. Dop Dop, on Mercer Street, is my favorite salon. Jo Preston is the only person I trust with my hair – she’s incredible.

Jen’s Beauty Fix Report

By Jennifer Hakimian

These are the moments that any woman dreads. The wax burning your skin, the orange fake tan, the embarassing haircut… you trusted them to make you beautiful but something went wrong and now you have to go into hiding. Here are some home remedies for real bad bad beauty.

Burned by wax

The first step to relieving a wax burn is to immediately run cool water over your skin. Let it run for at least five minutes. Next, put some ice on the burn. Apply pure aloe vera gel to sooth it. Continue applying aloe vera three or four times daily until the burn goes away. If the burn is on your body, cover it with a bandage. If the burn happened to your face, avoid putting makeup on the irritation. Let your skin breathe for a few days. You can also take ibuprofen to help relieve the pain.

Horrible fake tans

The issue with a fake tan is that when it’s good it’s great, but when it’s bad it’s a disaster. If you find yourself resembling Snooki, start the recovery process by putting baby oil all over. Wait thirty minutes, and then take a nice long bath. Use a washcloth to gently exfoliate your skin. The orange-y color should dissipate.

 
Bad dye job
If you used a semi-permanent dye, it is pretty easy to fix a bad dye job. Just wash your hair with a clarifying or dandruff shampoo a few times within the first 48 hours. These shampoos are known to strip hair of color.
If the dye is permanent, it’s harder to remove. Your best bet is to go to the salon where you dyed your hair, and have a color-correction specialist fix it up.
Bad haircut
There’s not much you can do to remedy a bad haircut. Either cut it shorter or wait until it grows out. But there are some tricks to make the growing out process less obvious.
First, don’t wear your hair straight – this accentuates uneven layers and makes a sloppy cut more apparent. Curly hair acts as a kind of camouflage. Also, experiment with your hair part. Parting your hair from the other side could hide unevenness. If you’re desperate for long hair quick, you could always put in extensions. Just make sure they look natural to avoid making one of our beauty faux pas!

Year after year, these beauty mishaps conquered celebrities, beauty junkies and the masses, leaving us asking the eternal question: “What were we thinking?”. Here are the worst beauty ‘faux pas’ to date, with their top offenders. Madonna is not in the list. She has sported many of these trends, from the teased bang to the lip liner to the over-plucked eyebrows…but she is the only one that, somehow, could pull them off.

1- Teased Bangs80s – Demi Moore, Courtney Cox, Tiffani Amber Thiessen

2- The Mullet80s – Pat Benatar, Joyce DeWitt, John Stamos

3- The Perm80s – Glenn Close, Sarah Jessica Parker, Nicole Kidman

4- Plucked Eyebrows90s – Pamela Anderson, Gwen Stefani, Drew Barrimore

5- Dark Lip Liner  – 90s – Pamela Anderson, Nicki Minaj, Gwen Stefani

6- Spray Tanner – 2000s – Linday Lohan, Paris Hilton, Christina Aguilera

7- Hair Extensions2000s – Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan

8- Eyelash Extensions2000s – Alicia Keys, Kim Kardashian, Adele

9- The Shrillex2010s – Rihanna, Cassie, Keisha

10 – Tacky Nail Art2010s – Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Beyonce

Check out our Pinterest board with images of these beauty faux pas and more!

REVIVAL BEAUTY

Only Odile Gilbert could dare to bring the crimped waves back to life, and she did it beautifully for the Thakoon Spring 2013 fashion show in New York. Kerastase Elixir Ultime Imperial helped to achieve the look.

Photo by Exposureny.com