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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

French Manicures: Yay or Nay?

By Tiffany Etessami

“As soon as we put an end to French manicures, they will come back in style again.” –Deborah Lippmann, celebrity manicurist.

There is no beauty trend that has people more split than the French manicure. You either love it or you hate it, and it’s very rare that someone will change their stance on the issue. According to recent polls, 58.9% of Glamour readers love it, but a whopping 86% of InStyle readers said it was out!

In recent years, the French mani’s popularity has faded a bit. Devotees started migrating towards solid neutral shades like greige and soft pinks. More and more people started agreeing that it is a dated fad and not current or cool. Issue settled.

But, wait a second… pictures surfaced last month of trendsetter and undeniable cool girl, Rihanna, sporting not only a French mani, but a French pedicure! This look has always been an inarguable faux pas in the nail world – something that’s not up for debate – but since almost anything Rihanna does is considered cool, what does this mean for French nails?

Rihanna’s stamp of approval or not, I still find the French an outdated beauty look. To make the manicure more current, try using a sheer pink rather than stark white on the tips. Or try a funky reverse French manicure, which was seen all over the Fashion Week runways. Regardless of what I think, though, it seems like fans of the standard French manicure will remain forever devoted to this classic; so it looks like it’s here to stay!

Photo of E! ManiCam via  @amelieg

Jen’s RIP Beauty Report

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Flipping through some old photographs I stumbled upon beauty trends that I fully embraced at various stages in my life. At the time, these looks seemed essential to my beauty. Looking back now, I can’t stop laughing.The Crimper: Whoa! This device seemed like the best invention ever (maybe a tie with Epilady?). What a genius way to transform my boring self into a punk rock teen! I spent hours finding the perfect way to crimp my thick black mane. I fussed with mousse, hairspray, a blow dryer and detangler to achieve the, “yes, I’ve just been hit by lightening,” look.

Teased and Feather Bangs: Besides my frosty pink Formula 44 lip gloss, Stiff Stuff hairspray was one of those essentials that I had to have in my beauty cabinet.  I was not fit to leave the house without taking my bangs, teasing them up and to the side with a fine tooth comb, and spraying them so they could no longer move. I even carried a small travel size bottle filled with the liquid glue with me to school in case my high tresses began to fall flat. I recall trying to get my mother to sport the look as well, I wanted her to look cool!  I’m glad she didn’t let me experiment on her with the rooster ‘There’s Something About Mary’ look.

Dark Lip Liner: This is one of those trends that unfortunately has managed to stick around for some people. Liner should not be darker than your lipstick! I sometimes hold myself back from going up to someone and just saying STOP THAT! IT’S SCARY.The Rachel: I too fell victim to this wildly popular haircut made famous by the stunning Jennifer Aniston. I trusted my locks to a hairdresser on Rodeo Drive and I was expecting magic! Poof! That was one wildly unflattering cut, and I looked nothing like my favorite sitcom character. Luckily I learned my lesson and did not embrace the Victoria Beckham asymmetrical bob of 2008.

The Bridal Crown: Now this may be the worst offense of all. Yes, I wore a full blown crown on my wedding day. It was all the rage at the time (ask any 1995 Bride), and I spent a mini fortune on my crystal masterpiece of humiliation. The pictures are everywhere. I will never live this one down. Note to all brides to be: do not wear a crown unless a real Queen has given you hers.

I hope these trends are gone for good. Yet, I’m sure in a few years I will have some more to add to the list.  What are some beauty trends you’d like to put to rest?

ETERNAL BEAUTY

Like the little black dress or a quilted Chanel bag, some beauty products are just classics. They have stood the test of time, and will always be available at your favorite department store. Here are some of our top picks:

Carita Paris Fluide de Beauté 14 – Launched in 1956: Using hazelnut and corn oils, this product nourishes dry skin. It leaves skin feeling smooth and hydrated, and uses highly effective vitamins to strengthen and protect skin. (SRP: $69)

Chanel No. 5 – Launched in 1921: Coco Chanel said she created this fragrance because she wanted a scent for women that smelled like a woman. This feminine scent includes hints of Jasmine, rose, patchouli, iris and ylang-ylang. (SRP: $50)

Merle Norman Powder Base Foundation – Launched in 1931: This foundation is the definition of a cult classic. It’s long-lasting formula provides the base for a stunning complexion by protecting against drying effects of sun and wind. (SRP: $16)

Elizabeth Arden – Eight Hour Cream – Launched in 1930: A skincare classic that protects skin while moisturizing dry areas. (SRP: $17)

Benefit Benetint – Launched in 1977: A rose-tinted lip and cheek stain that goes on sheer. The long-lasting stain is beloved by celebrities and makeup artists. (SRP: $28)

MUSE OF THE WEEK

Kimberly Taylor, author of our summer beauty diary and this week’s beauty adventure.

by Tiffany Etessami

Viviane Vidal’s Beauty Adventure made us curious about the process of the Brazilian manicure. We were able to speak to Fernanda Lacerda, owner of Maria Bonita Salon & Spa (the salon that Viviane swears by). She took us through the steps of this impeccable mani.

At Maria Bonita, the entire process takes about forty-five minutes – it is meticulously done, and worth the extra time. The treatment begins with a paraffin immersion (during the colder months) or a cooling masque (during the Summer). This is followed by exfoliation, and an intense hand massage.

Here’s the part that makes this manicure so unique: every single inner and exposed cuticle will be removed. Following that, your nails will be painted all over, leaving absolutely no corner behind. It is going to look sloppy at first – polish will go on your skin – but this is intentional. They want to make sure the entire nail is covered with lacquer. Finally, they will remove the excess polish with acetone remover.

In the end, your hands will feel smoother, and your nails will have a beautiful, lustrous finish!

IMPERFECTION IS SEXY

By Tiffany Etessami

Typically, the term “supermodel” is associated with perfection: perfect hair, perfect face, perfect body. That being said, Kate Moss is undeniably one of the most iconic models of our time. Think about it: is she perfect? No. She is short by modeling standards (5’7’’), waif-thin and flat-chested. What she is, though, is revolutionary.

When the modeling world was ruled by Amazonian beauties like Claudia Schiffer, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell, this lanky British girl stepped onto the scene and completely changed the conventions of what is beautiful. She ushered in an entirely new look – heroin chic – that took the fashion world by storm and transformed the runway. She used features that others would see as imperfections, and made them the key components of what makes her stunning.

Over the past twenty years, the modeling world has drastically changed. Now, many of the top models have a slight imperfection that makes them unique and even more gorgeous. Take Lara Stone, the face of Calvin Klein. The Dutch beauty’s signature feature is the large gap between her front teeth. Most people would get braces and fix it. Stone embraced this quirk, and she is now regarded as one of the top fashion models in the world, according to Models.com. Another model who is really working her gap is Georgia May Jagger. The Rolling Stones offspring is currently the face of Rimmel London, and her recognizable pout is the focal point of their latest lipstick campaign. Even today’s biggest supermodel, Gisele Bundchen, has flaws. The Brazilian star’s nose has often come under scrutiny for being on the large side, but her refusal to get a rhinoplasty only adds to her appeal. There is nothing sexier or more beautiful than being comfortable in your own skin.

Take Jennifer Grey, star of mega-blockbuster Dirty Dancing. After the success of her film, she underwent two rhinoplasty procedures and became virtually unrecognizable. Her career never recovered. Nowadays, many actresses are embracing their imperfections. Glee’s Lea Michele is very short and has a large nose. By the typical conventions of society, she is not a beauty. Her talent, confidence and refusal to alter her appearance have made her a huge star and role model to girls.

Imperfections make people special. Be it a mole, a gap or even a scar, beauty can always be found in these so-called “flaws”. Embrace the features that make you unique – it’s what makes you irreplaceable.

Image of Georgia May Jagger for Hudson Jeans

A BOOK ON….FRECKLES

Swiss photographer Reto Caduff celebrates the beauty of girls with freckles in a limited edition photography book called “Freckles.” The book features fifty portraits of young women with various amounts of freckles with no make-up artist involved. Photographed in natural light, the gorgeous images are printed in toned black and white.

In the words of the author:

“We live in strange times: I noticed that often in today’s photography, models with freckles have them either covered by make up or removed in post production. Just search for freckles online and most results are for ways to get rid of them. I want to pay homage to these spots that make a face so unique and fascinating.”

The book’s foreword is written by dermatologist and professor Jonathan Rees who is credited in discovering the gene MC1R, responsible for freckles.

To learn more about Freckles: Freckledbeauties.com

To buy in the US: amazon.com

Photo from “Freckles” by Reto Caduff