Believe it or not, even the most glamorous starlet doesn’t wake up red carpet ready. There’s a lot of hard work and dedication that goes into looking pristine and perfect. From detoxes to makeup and hair, here are the (sometimes crazy) steps actresses take to get ready for their primetime close-up.

Juice Cleanse: Celebs live and breathe diet and exercise, but right before a big awards show, they have to step up their game. Enter: a detoxifying juice cleanse. An instant belly slimmer, a three-day cleanse is a standard amongst actresses. The latest Hollywood craze is Pressed Juicery’s tasty drinks, which are both healthy and delicious. It’s a win-win.

The Red Carpet Facial: Adoured by celebrities with glowing skin, Tracie Martyn’s “Red Carpet Facial” is legendary. Stars leave with radiant skin, reduced puffiness, lifted eyes and cheekbones and a redefined jawline. It is basically a non-invasive facelift, and one of Hollywood’s best-kept secrets. 59 Fifth Avenue – 212.206.9333

Eyebrows: No matter the form of removal – waxing, threading, tweezing – every woman has had an eyebrow horror story, except the lucky few who get their brows done by expert Anastasia Soare. For January’s Golden Globes, she worked with JLo, Heidi Klum and Megan Fox, to name a few. For the brow shaping of a lifetime, visit her Beverly Hills salon. 438 North Bedford Drive, Beverly Hills, CA – 310.273.3155

Perfect Blowout: The most talented hairstylists in the world flock to LA during awards season to create covetable looks for A-listers. From intricate chignons to retro waves, starlets have so many interesting options when it comes to hair. At the recent Globes ceremony, Lucy Liu took a risk that paid off with a messy fishtail braid created by Andy Lecompte. Andy Lecompte Salon, 616 North Almont Drive, West Hollywood, CA – 310.273.4100

Glowing Skin: Porcelain skin is in right now…Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain are dominating the red carpet with their Snow White complexions, but there are still stars who love looking like they just got back from a tropical vacation. For those ladies, like Sofia Vergara and Eva Longoria, St. Tropez brand is the top choice. It leaves a healthy, vibrant glow with no streaks and none of the dangerous side effects that could result from tanning beds.

Quick Fix Spanx: Stars have virtually perfect figures thanks to extensive diets, exercise and detox, but you won’t find one celebrity who will step out on the red carpet without this undercover wonder. Spanx is a gift to actresses and regular women alike. It just creates smooth lines and brings out the best in any couture gown.

Makeup: Most leading ladies keep their makeup simple on the red carpet to avoid making any beauty faux pas, but the real standouts take a risk. Jessica Alba looked incredible at the Golden Globes with her bombshell tangerine pout. Her beauty look was created by Lauren Andersen.

All of these steps together create the glamorous looks we see at the Oscars, Globes and Grammys. The results clearly pay off, but it’s exhausting! Do you think you have what it takes to get ready like a celeb?

Photo via Instagram



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


For this week’s Beauty Adventure, we had the pleasure of speaking to Asya Varshisky, who works in business development at Sotheby’s and is a proud beauty enthusiast. She tells us about her passion for doing makeup and the joy it can bring.

“I always loved makeup. As a little girl, I would convince my mom to let me give her makeovers. Growing up in Greenwich, Connecticut, I would always head over to Saks Fifth Avenue and talk to the women by the cosmetics counters. There, I educated myself on all there is to know about beauty. I eventually became such a beauty expert that people started asking me for advice.

If my friends were feeling a little down – guy problems, work issues – I would cheer them up by doing their makeup. I found that these little makeover sessions were very therapeutic. It would really put both my friends and me in a better mood. I think it is a very giving and nurturing act to do someone’s makeup.

When my best friend, Liz told me she was getting married in Verona, Italy, I knew exactly what to offer her as a present: a class for both of us at the legendary Kimara makeup studio. We learned a few new tricks, like doing eyelash extensions, and discovered new color palettes. I have been doing her make-up for the past ten years, so I was the natural choice to prepare her for her wedding day. I did a soft makeup using tinted moisturizer, Cle de Peau concealer and a Kimara eye shadow palette. She looked beautiful. It was such a special experience, I am so happy to have been able to share it with my best friend.”


1. Laura Mercier Rose Hope Lip Glace – All of the profits from the sale of this gloss go to the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund. $24

2. MAC Viva Glam It Up Bag – A cute clutch featuring Nicki Minaj’s pink satiny lipstick and Ricky Martin’s Lip Conditioner. All proceeds go towards men, women and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. $30

3. LUSH Cosmetics’ Charity Pot – Creamy cocoa butter body lotion, with every cent going to supporting grassroots charities all around the world. $22.95

4. Philosophy’s WhyHunger To Believe Charity Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath – A multitasking gel that is rich and moisturizing, with 100% of proceeds benefiting the fight against world hunger. $20

5. Julep Winter Collection 2012 Set – Five gorgeous, festive nail colors. A perfect stocking stuffer, with a portion of proceeds going towards organizations that support women. $34

6. GIVESCENT Signature Roll-On Bottle – A lovely scent with a portion of proceeds benefiting Women for Women International. $40

7. Chantecaille Fun Elephant Cheek Shade – Soft, shimmery apricot blush with 5% of proceeds donated to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. $38

8. Estee Lauder: Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Lip Collection – Cute pink clutch that comes with chic lipstick and gloss. Estee Lauder will donate 20% of sales to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. $29.50

Jen’s Red Lip Report

By Jennifer Hakimian


I’ve always admired a woman who wears red lipstick. There’s something so mesmerizing about a white smile framed with perfectly shaped red lips. The woman in red takes over the room. She is confident, elegant, sophisticated and leaves me wondering, “how does she do it?”

I get bit by the red lipstick bug at least once a year and it’s usually around the holiday season. Images of holiday glamour flood my mind. This is my turn; I can wear red! I begin my hunt for that perfect shade of red, there is no other beauty objective that day. It’s all about the lips. I don’t want it too orange or too purple, just red. I test them out on my hands, and a few make it to my lips. Each one getting smudged off leaving me with red-stained swollen lips and a handful of red tissues in my pocket. I always need a plan B,  so I purchase a handful of perfect tubes of redness, each shade more magnificent than the next. I return home giddy dreaming up an outfit to go along with my new red lips. Eyes must be soft and defined, cheeks barely there. Simple black or white attire and sleek ironed hair. Thoughts of my evening out, as the new me, dance through my mind.

I love red. Red is beauty. I have a board on Pinterest dedicated to Red Beauty. It’s my favorite board. Red evokes power, strength, seduction and desire. Our Pampadour offices have red walls. The red inspires me and, strangely enough, comforts me. In coming up with a color scheme for our website, we chose red as one of the main colors. It’s on all of our call-to-action buttons: PampIt, AddIt, TagIt: all red. It is the one thing I would never change, our Pamp red. We recently acquired a piece of art for our office (“O” by Hans Uder). She is a woman with fire red hair and red lips. Red has definitely become part of Pampadour’s theme.

Here’s the best part. I’ve never actually succeeded in wearing it. Somewhere between my vanity table and the front door I get a passing glimpse of myself in the mirror and realize that the woman in the reflection isn’t me. I’m uncomfortable. Funny how a shade of color that I adore can make me feel so wrong when it’s on my face. I wipe off the rich beautiful hue with a tissue and replace it with my favorite shade of nude. Maybe next time.


Growing up in Australia, Poppy King was frustrated that she couldn’t find a perfect red lipstick. Colors faded quickly, the texture was either greasy or too thick. What could a precocious, spunky 18 year old do? Start her own brand, of course! Launched in 1992, ‘Poppy’ became a runaway success.

After years of ups and downs, Poppy’s launched a new collection in 2010 called Lipstick Queen, with a wide variety of long-lasting lipsticks and glosses divided in two groups, Saints and Sinners. The Saints are sheer and have only 10%  pigment in them to give you a hint of color, whereas the Sinners are 90% pigment and opaque in texture.

Last year, Poppy continued her comeback by collaborating with J.Crew on a red-orange lipstick that was universally flattering, and sold out in a week, and she released a book, Lessons of a Lipstick Queen.

Also, just in time for the holidays, Lipstick Queen released its ’70s inspired Dancing Queen collection, which you can purchase here: Dancing Queen.


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


Tom Ford understands women. And the man knows that there is no accessory more dramatic and empowering than the perfect red lip. Just in time for the holidays, Ford has launched his Jasmin Rouge Lip Color Collection, which features four lush new shades. Exotic ingredients such as soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomilla flower oil make Tom Ford’s lipsticks uniquely luxurious and decadent. With its ultra-creamy texture and glamorous colors, it is a must-have stocking stuffer this holiday season.


In New York, each neighborhood comes with a certain style – from the prim and proper Uptown Girl to the hipster Blooklyn chick. When Ashley Turen opened A. Turen, a fashion and concept store in the Lower East Side, three years ago she quickly fell in love with the scene, and it began to inspire her.

I’ve always been a beauty junkie. Something I must have inherited from my mom and my grandmother, who was in fact a beauty queen in Alabama. I can spend hours in Sephora and C.O. Bigelow trying on new products. I’m especially obsessed with skincare products. I guess it came with the territory, but I used to be totally primped and polished. I would get manicures at Dashing Diva, had fake tan addictions, and loved getting my weekly blowout. My eyebrows always had to be meticulous, and I would get eyelash extensions. I would even occasionally have professionals come over to do my makeup!

When I moved further downtown, things started changing. I opened up my store on the Lower East Side, and quickly became immersed in the cool, relaxed scene. I always considered myself a downtown girl, but I was undeniably high maintenance.  I became drawn to the effortless LES style. I still love beauty, but it’s a different kind of look; I gave up on the idea of being ‘coiffed’ or too coiffed rather. Lower East Side girls veer towards an edgier look: eclectic nail art, tattoos, lots of eyeliner and even neon hair. One trend that’s really “in” is to use dry shampoo in lieu of regular shampoo – it gives you a dirty, grungy do.

I gave up some beauty luxuries when my style changed, but one perk I will never let go of is facials, something I discovered in my college years when I began breaking out (probably due to the unhealthy lifestyle of drinking and eating junk). Facials are really lifesavers for my skin.

One of my favorite downtown trends is nail art. I fell in love with it when I lived across the street from the famous Sakura nail salon. In fact, I loved it so much that I recently brought nail artist to the stars Momo to my store to do her special magic. It’s such a fun and creative experience – if I have a nail art idea, Momo will create it for me. It’s become my own version of a pop-up nail salon. From there, I decided to bring fabulous makeup artist Rosie Rodriguez to station in the back of my store, doing make-up for customers. My store is slowly morphing into more of a concept shop. Just like the fashion in my store, all of the beauty products are handpicked as reflection of my style. Though, I have foregone many of my luxuries of the past, I still manage to maintain some, but in my own LES way.

A. Turen is located at 85 Stanton Street – New York – tel. 212-533-8200


by Kimberly Taylor


From left to right, top to bottom:

NARS Andy Warhol Flowers Eyeshadow Palette – $55

Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Lash Mascara – $10

Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencil – $20

Charlotte Ronson A Perfect Mess Beach Hair – $20 (Exclusive)

Tom Ford Lip Color in Wild Ginger – $48

Ciaté Velvet Manicure™ – $19 (Exclusive – Limited Edition)

Stila Smudge Pots – $20

Stella McCartney Stella – $92

Lancome Dual End Smudger and Liner Brush – $20

Hourglass Aura Sheer Cheek Stain – $45

Carine Roitfeld for MAC Jungle Camouflage Compact – $44

Bumble and bumble Black Hair Powder – $19-35