Archive: Lauren Conrad

Lauren Conrad Covers the November 2012 Issue of Allure

 

Conrad hasn’t been on a television show since The Hills ended in 2009, yet the obsessive interest in her love life continues. And to our surprise, she was willing to talk about it. She said that she’s endured her share of horrible blind dates, but the last one panned out. “I met my boyfriend on a setup,” she said of William Tell, a law student and former guitarist for the rock band Something Corporate. “I did not go with high hopes, though. What was nice about us is we both went in with preconceptions, but they were quickly broken.”

Conrad’s fans devour her advice on beauty, fashion—and etiquette. She told us about her dating rules (“No kiss on the first date. You can’t give it up right away!”), her taste in guys (“You don’t want a slob, but you don’t want a guy who’s constantly borrowing your tweezers”), and the problem with Los Angeles men (“The last year and a half, I was dating a lot, and it’s slim pickings”)

Conrad’s latest book, Lauren Conrad Beauty (HarperCollins), includes step-by-step hair and makeup lessons. “I didn’t want it to sound like a manual,” said Conrad. “I wanted it to sound like a friend or a big sister explaining it to you.”

When she was growing up, her first department-store makeup kit featured every color combination of eye shadow and only two shades of foundation “because [they thought] you’re either black or white. Do you know what I mean? It’s either really dark or you’re a mime,” Conrad said, laughing. “I always had a really white face, and I would match my eye shadow to my top every day, because I’d have, like, 50 colors to choose from.”

What makes someone beautiful, according to Conrad? “I think there’s something to be said about someone who is beautiful but isn’t aware of it,” she said. “There’s something really beautiful about being humble.” Conrad herself walks the line between confidence and humility. Her one attempt at taking a burlesque class didn’t end well. “I was terrible!” she said, blaming poor coordination. “I had a fedora, gloves that I would remove, and a boa. I thought it would raise my confidence, but it sort of destroyed it.”

Conrad credits her father, an architect, and mother for giving her a head for business. Her rule of thumb: “It’s OK to say no,” Conrad said. “I think people are smart and know when you’re doing something for money. I never really felt the need to do things simply for a paycheck.” Here, hairstylist Serge Normant and Allure creative director Paul Cavaco join Conrad on the set.

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Lauren Conrad’s Top Ten Summer Beauty Secrets!

 

When it comes to facing the sweltering, sticky summer elements, I’ll be the first to admit that my beauty regimen is not so hot on the season’s trying temps. That said, when summertime rolls around I like to pull out a few of my favorite beauty tricks to combat unwanted raccoon eyes and green-tinged post-pool strands.

To keep your face from melting off and your hair from frizzing up, I’ve put together 10 of my favorite beauty tips for you so you can keep your look cool, calm and collected no matter how hot and humid things get…

  1. Prime. Use primer to keep your makeup in place throughout the day. It also helps reduce unwanted shine too. Apply it after your SPF and moisturizer and allow it to dry completely before putting on your face makeup.
  2. Love liquid. While pencil liners are great, a good waterproof liquid liner won’t smudge or run when things get hot (or wet). This one is my favorite. (I’m wearing it as I type this blog!)
  3. Scrub and soothe. Be sure to give those gams a good scrub. And don’t forget your feet too. To get your tootsies sandal ready, give them a scrub in the shower and then slather them with lotion afterward. Next, slip your feet into a pair of cotton socks and hit the hay. When you wake up, your feet will be soft as a baby’s bottom and ready for their close up.
  4. Ditch your dryer (and your bathroom). Since the summer is characteristically a very dry season, it’s a great time to let your strands air-dry. I find that a simple low pony (pulled to the front on one side) is a great fallback, as is a loose side braid. But if you must blow dry your hair, do not do it in the bathroom right after you have showered. The humidity will only make your hair frizzier. For a super sleek summer blowout, head into another (dry) room and dry your hair there.
  5. Shave smart. After shaving your legs, use an alcohol-free lotion to avoid razor burn and irritation.
  6. Chill out. It may sound unpleasant, but cold showers are much better for your skin because hot showers leech your skin of its moisture. Hot showers also wreak havoc on dry hair because it opens your hair follicles, causing them to dehydrate. Instead, opt for a lukewarm or tepid shower. At the end of your shower, turn the water to cold to seal your hair follicles and quench your skin. This will make your hair extra shiny and your skin extra smooth.
  7. Don’t go green. To prevent your hair from turning an unpleasant shade of green after a dip in chlorinated water, slater it with oil (it can be baby oil, olive oil, coconut oil etc.). If all else fails, simply rinse your hair with tap water before jumping in.
  8. Lighten up. Since cake-face is never a good look, I like to dilute my cover-up with a little eye cream during the warmer months. It makes this traditionally heavier makeup a bit lighter and sheerer, which is ideal for summer. It’s also a good idea to use less foundation (unless you’re up for risking a serious facial landslide) and preferably one that is silicone-based to prevent smudging and sliding. During the summer, less is more!
  9. De-puff. After a day spent in the sun (and possibly drinking margaritas), you will most likely find yourself with a major case of puffy eyes the next morning. To reduce puffiness, slice up a few refrigerated potatoes, soak them in water for a moment or two and then place them over your lids for 15 minutes. Works like a charm.
  10. Go sheer. While I love a great red lip, thicker ‘sticks should be saved for other seasons. During the summer I like to swap out my favorite lipsticks for their sheerer counterparts. Lip-glosses, tints and balms are other summertime favorites for me as well.

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Photo Courtesy of Glamour.com

 

Lauren Conrad’s $11 hair secret!

Lauren has always had beautiful hair, I was excited to find this tip on her favorite leave in. I just ordered a bottle, can’t wait to find out how well it works.

Healthy Sexy Hair Leave-In Conditioner
“If this leave-in conditioner ($11; drugstore.com) ever gets discontinued, I’ll have to quit doing hair!” says hairstylist Kristin Ess, who uses the product on Lauren Conrad. “The product completely changes hair in just a few pumps by creating perfect, weightless shine and restores the pH balance. Plus, it just smells epic.”

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Photo: LaurenConrad.com


Lauren Conrad’s Tips for Summer Ready Legs!

 

The girl has some great gams, so I am willing to listen and learn!

  • Exfoliate, exfoliate! I recommend Fresh’s Brown Sugar Body Polish or making your own. A great scrub will slough away dead skin cells, leaving your legs polished and primed for increased moisturizer absorption. To make your own, simply mix together olive oil and sea salt with a squeeze of lemon juice until it’s a thick paste.
  • Moisturize. Twice a day—once in the morning (after you shower) and once at night before bed.
  • Be mindful. Especially with what you put in your body! Before a big event and during the summer season I aim to really cut down my intake of salt and refined sugars. Staying hydrated is also really important if you want to reduce bloating and water retention.
  • Lunge, lift and squat. To keep your legs lovely year round, get in the habit of squeezing in a few sets of lunges, leg lifts and squats every day. This will totally pay off come summertime.
  • Keep it tan. Nothing slims your legs like a great tan! My favorite sunless tanner is by Kate Somerville, but I hear L’Oreal has great options too.

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What are your best tips and tricks for getting your legs ready for shorts and skirts?