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Get the Look – Ginnifer Goodwin!


Ginnifer Goodwin, star in the HBO series “Big Love” has made her mark in Hollywood on the red carpet at last nights 2009 Emmy Awards! mark celebrity makeup artist Mai Quynh explains how she created Ginnifer’s gorgeous red carpet look.

How to Get Ginnifer’s Red Carpet look:


“Ginnifer wore a beautiful, Fuschia strapless dress, so we wanted to keep her look more neutral, but focused on her eyes. To get her look, I started by applying mark Face Xpert Flawless Touch Makeup in Buff with a foundation brush. I then applied mark Get Bright Hook Up Highlighter in Light above her cheekbones and mark Good Riddance Hook Up Highlighter in Fair/Light under her eyes. Once the foundation and creams were applied, I set everything by dusting mark Matte-Nificent in Buff/Natural with a powder brush. And finally, to give her a warm glow, I swept mark Good Glowing Mosaic Blush in Hush Baby on her cheeks using the blush/bronzer brush.”


“For her eyes, I started by applying mark Winkstick Hook Up Eyeshadow Stick in Glitzy to her entire eyelid. Next, I layered mark I-Mark Custom Pick Eyeshadow in Tiki from her lash line to the crease using an eyeshadow brush. I then blended mark I-Mark Custom Pick Eyeshadow in Espresso into the crease of her eyes using an angled contour eyeshadow brush and smudged Tiki along her bottom lash line using an eyeliner brush. I finished by applying two coats of mark Make it Big Lash Plumping Mascara in Raven.”


“I completed Ginnifer’s look by layering mark Dew Drenched Moisturlicous Lip Color in Skinny Dip and mark Pro Gloss Lip Plumping Lip Shine in Swell to her lips.”


Do It Yourself Beauty Recipes!


Have you been cutting back on some of your favorite luxuries, like trips to the salon or picking up your favorite beauty products at the store? If so, have no fear because some of the most vitamin and nutrient packed beauty remedies can be found right in your very own kitchen. Need some recipes to get started? Here are some fab formulas from stylists at LA-based salon The Parlour on 3rd. With masks and conditioners that include things like avocado and honey, you might just find yourself tasting while you treat yourself to glowing skin and hair.

From The Parlour on 3rd Eyelash Extension Expert, Calma Yom:
Eyelash Conditioner Recipe:

Mascara tends to dry out your eyelashes and can lead to brittle, damaged, and broken hair. Natural oils can help lubricate and condition eyelashes. Try this DIY recipe for eye-mazing results. Mix a 50/50 blend of sweet oil and apricot kernel oil. Coat your lashes lightly with a lash wand and leave overnight. Wash off in the morning before applying mascara. Use as a weekly lash conditioning treatment.

From The Parlour on 3rd Stylist Robear Landeros:

Healthy Hair Mask:

The easiest, cheapest, and most effective hair mask secret known to stylists is mayonnaise. Who would have thought? Mayo is composed of egg yolk, lemon juice and vinegar, which can strengthen and moisturize your hair. Avoid commercial brands. Stick with organic for best results. Place a plastic bag over your hair after you apply. Leave it on for 30 minutes. If you don’t mind smelling like a ham sandwich, the end result is worth it!

From The Parlour on 3rd Master Stylist Josh Rosebrook:
A Wonderful Facial Exfoliator:

Start with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Olive oil is extremely moisturizing and rich in fatty acids. You can also try grapeseed oil, a potent source of vitamins C, D and E and fatty acids, which repair damaged skin. Add 1 tablespoon of sea salt. Sea salt is an extremely effective, natural exfoliant and sloughs off dead skin cells on the epidermis. Add 1 teaspoon of oatmeal. Oatmeal also gently removes dead skin cells, while softening and nourishing dry skin. Finally, add 1 teaspoon of raw honey. Raw honey is packed with enzymes, vitamins and minerals. Honey supports cell rejuvenation and also absorbs and retains moisture to give sensitive skin a healthy glow. Leave the exfoliant on your face for 10 to 15 minutes, allowing the nutrients to penetrate and the skin to soften.

At Home Facial Mask:

This is a chia seed and avocado nourishing mask. Chia seeds are packed with omega 3 fatty acids (the highest of any natural source, including Flax Seeds) and are very high in minerals. Mix 3 tablespoons of GROUND chia seeds and half of an organic avocado. Avocados are packed with vitamin E. Vitamin E is a powerhouse antioxidant for the skin, regenerating cells and jump starting collagen production – a process critical for anti-aging of the skin. Mix together and apply mask. Leave on for 10 to 45 minutes and rinse with tepid water. Your skin will be nourished and detoxed and will feel soft and smooth.

For A Simple Facial Hydrating Mask:

Combine organic aloe vera gel and raw honey. The raw honey will retain the moisture in the skin, while nourishing it with enzymes and minerals. Aloe vera gel is extremely powerful as an anti-inflammatory agent. High in fatty acids and minerals, aloe also heals scarring, evens out skin tone and protects the skin from environmental damage and dust. Apply this mask for 15 to 20 minutes and rinse with warm water.

Thanks to Alexis for the tips!

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Estée Lauder Introduces Let’s Play Makeover!‏


We are so excited to introduce you to the Estée Lauder Virtual Makeover Widget – the first-ever branded makeup widget of its kind that allows online customers see how makeup products will look on their own face before buying!

You can download the Estée Lauder Virtual Makeover Widget to your desktop or social media page and upload your own photo – from finding the right foundation and lipstick to discovering your best blush and eyeliner, the possible looks one can try are endless!

The state-of-the-art technology enables users to play with the Estée Lauder makeup collection, customize looks product by product or instantly apply ‘one click looks’ from current advertising campaigns and new color collections. From the shimmer of an eyeshadow to the wet shine of a lipgloss, online shoppers can now realistically visualize and experience the Estée Lauder makeup line.

To download the Estée Lauder Virtual Makeover Widget to your desktop or social media page visit or the Estée Lauder Facebook page at


Jennifer Aniston’s Hair Secrets


Jennifer Aniston’s Hair Secrets
Chris McMillan, the star’s longtime friend and stylist, spills

By Emily Hebert Elle Magazine| August 04, 2009 10:00 a.m.

What was Jennifer’s hair like when she first came to your salon?
I’ve been doing Jennifer’s hair forever. When I first met her, she had long, one-length hair with bangs, and she was like, “Don’t cut my hair—I want my hair long.” But I’m a hairdresser, so I obviously cut her hair and told her she needed to grow her bangs out. I cut a couple inches off and layered it from her bangs down to the ends. Then I taught her how to pin the bangs over with a bobby pin and make them flat—remember how everyone was doing that on the first year of Friends? Six weeks later, she came back to the salon for another haircut—her bangs were longer, and we just cut a little bit more off her length. The next thing you know, her bangs were down to her chin, and the rest of her hair was at her shoulders in these long, loose layers that sort of flipped out—and that’s what we called the Rachel.

What was the Friends hairstyle inspired by?
I’m always inspired by other hairdressers, models, fashion, and magazines like ELLE. For the Rachel, I was inspired by a model named Beri Smither—Ward Stegerhoek did her hair at the time. She was wearing this really great shag haircut—it wasn’t the Rachel, but it inspired me. These days, though, Jen likes her hair on the longer side with her layers grown out.

What’s Jennifer’s natural hair texture?
She has naturally wavy, medium-texture hair, and she has what you would call good hair—it goes curly really easily if you scrunch it, and if you blow-dry it straight, it stays straight but with body.

What shampoo and conditioner does she use?
She loves having her hair shampooed fresh and clean. She shampoos and conditions pretty much every day—if she’s going for the day-old-hair look, she prefers to create it using products. The shampoo and conditioner she’s using right now are my shampoo and conditioner. I used her and Courteney Cox as my guinea pigs. Jennifer uses the products every day. She also loves deep conditioners—I’ll do professional treatments at my salon using Shu Uemura products.

What hair products did she use before she came to you?
Oh, God, we used to laugh—she loved Aussie 3 Minute Miracle back in the day. We would use that stuff. We loved the smell of it. They also have that Aussie Sprunch Hairspray—we’d use that, too.

How does Jennifer keep her hair looking great between salon visits?
I cut her hair religiously every six weeks, but between visits, she takes care of her hair, she really does—she doesn’t rip through it when she brushes it after a shower. And she lets her hair dry on its own when she’s not working. She likes to wear her hair natural, and she’s good at styling it on her own.

So how would you describe her hair personality?
She’s not one to say, “Oh, I want something really funky.” She likes pretty, sexy hair. “Pretty” to me is adding texture, and “sexy” is undone-looking hair. If you look at her hair, it looks like it grew out of her head like that—it doesn’t look like a curling iron touched it. We never use curling irons or flatirons on her hair. We always try to work with her natural texture and use round brushes to give a soft curl. The modern sleek look can be good for photo shoots, but when Jen’s walking the red carpet or doing press, she feels more comfortable with natural-looking hair.

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When it comes to red carpet updos, what sorts of hairstyles does Jennifer like?
She likes ponytails or really quick natural-looking buns—ones that look like she did them herself. And, you never see this, but off the red carpet she really likes wearing low, loose braids on both sides of her head. She’s a real down-to-earth girl—she loves the beach, loves nature, and loves animals.

How do you style Jennifer’s hair curly?
For the ELLE September cover shoot, I used Shu Uemura Depsea Repair Foundation Essential Hair Prep at the crown of her hair and Bumble and bumble Surf Spray at the ends. Then I do what I call a “bad blow-dry.” I vary the sizes of the round brushes—twisting the hair around them—so that I leave the hair halfway dry, halfway wet. This way, I pull the curl out but allow the hair to go into its natural form. The Surf Spray really helps to add texture to the hair—it gives it that day-old-hair look on the same day.

Why do you use different-size round brushes?
Because around the bottom of the hair, we like it to be longer—so I use a large round brush there. Around the front, I use a longer one, and at the crown area I use a smaller one because it creates fullness. I always blow-dry the roots straight—about two inches—and let the ends be a little curlier. I also like to blow-dry the hair around her face with a few strands tucked behind her ears. When you untuck the hair, a nice frame is created around the face.

How do you style Jennifer’s hair straight?
When I blow-dry her hair straight, I like to use Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Oil—it’s brand-new, and unfortunately it’s only available in the UK, but it’s awesome. Shu Uemura sent me some of the product six months ago, and I’ve been using it on Jen’s hair ever since. I just pump a pea-size drop into my hand, rub it through the ends of her hair while it’s damp, and blow-dry it straight using a round brush.

I don’t use any of the Essence Absolue Oil in the root, though, because we like the roots full—she’s not liking her hair really bone-straight anymore; she likes it with some wave. Sometimes we’ll bend the brush a bit and add straight waves so that it’s smooth and straight but not flatiron-straight. Once I’m done blow-drying, I use a tiny bit of the Essence Absolue Oil to add gloss and texture at the ends.

What inspired you to give Jennifer the bob haircut that she had between 2000 and 2001?
I’m always inspired by iconic women—anyone from Mia Farrow and Julie Christie to Brigitte Bardot and Peggy Moffitt. Faye Dunaway’s hairstyle in Bonnie and Clyde was the inspiration for Jen’s bob. It was fun—you know she likes to chop her hair off about every five years. We’ll even her hair up and lop off a few inches. She’s actually overdue for a short cut—we’ll probably be doing that soon. But it won’t be because of trends; it’s because she finished three movies, she has a lot of press to do, and it just makes the hair really nice, thick, and full. We wouldn’t do the same bob as before; we’d do something a little different.

How have Jennifer’s hairstyles evolved through the years?
They’ve changed slowly, via texture and length. I know that it appears as though her hair hasn’t changed much over the years, but if you look at a timeline of her hair, you’ll notice that she’s always on trend—for example, we’ll change her part to the side or down the middle or we’ll pull it back in ponytails. That’s her thing—she likes to be comfortable but trendy. Even if she’s wearing a simple black dress, it’s going to be the newest black dress.

She doesn’t feel the pressure to take fashion and beauty risks because she’s more concerned about other things. She loves her house—she just built this amazing house. She loves her dog, she loves her friends. She’s always like, “I’m having a pizza party tonight—come over,” you know what I mean? Those are the things she has fun with. Not only is she a great client and fun to work with, but she’s also one of the greatest friends I have. She seriously is—she knows how to be a friend, and she has taught me how to be friend. I’m the luckiest person in the world.


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