Full disclosure: I've wanted to recreate Danaerys' look for a while now (and not just around Halloween-time). Her makeup is soft and natural, and do not even get me started on how awesome her hair is, even when it's dirty and messy from trekking through the plains of Essos. So when we decided to give our editorial assistant Emily a GoT-style makeover for Halloween, I geeked out -- a lot. Not only is Dany a total badass and gorgeous to boot -- she's also got dragons. And while we couldn't quite hatch our own from petrified eggs like she does, we could order a mini one from Amazon. Channel the Mother of Dragons' fiery nature with our step-by-step guide and make your claim to the Iron Throne. read more
One of the biggest time-depleters in the morning? Your hair. Sure, you can swipe on some lipstick in the parking lot before you head into the office, but good luck fitting your blow dryer and your curling iron into your purse (let alone finding an accessible outlet). And yet, nothing lets the world know you hit snooze a dozen times like bed head, cowlicks, and noticeable dry shampoo overload. read more
It was something my mom said during an argument when I was just eight years old that affected how I would wear my hair for the next 15 years of my life. read more
You know those curly hair commercials that preach to us about "embracing" our natural, kinky hair? The ones that make it look so easy to get those soft, shiny (never frizzy!), bouncy curls? As someone who has styled a head full of kinky-curly hair my entire life, I see those commercials and think the same thing: yeaaaah, right. read more
When I wake up and see rain coming down outside, my first thought is, "Well, I'm going to look like crap today." I've never seen a point in really doing my hair if the rain and humidity will turn it into a frizzy, droopy heap in 60 seconds. I go for the classic, easy (okay, lazy) rainy day hair: a quick topknot or messy bun. read more
What's the best thing about the spring 2014 beauty trends I spotted backstage at New York Fashion Week? They're super simple. The overall theme I spotted: natural makeup (sometimes with a statement lip or major mascara), bare nails, and barely-done hair. So when you want to take a break from fall's deep, rich looks (think: punk eyeliner and berry lip stain), brush up on the hair, makeup, and nails you'll be wearing soon enough. read more
The 70s-inspired looks at Reema Acra had us lusting for crazy amounts of volume, only without the complicated braiding process. read more
You won't believe what we used to re-create this look read more
After more than a decade and a half of report cards and homework, I still get that back-to-school feeling once September rolls around. Only, my version of "back-to" shopping is now more briefcases and reloading Starbucks cards than backpacks and binder paper. I'll miss the pep rallies and Friday football games for a few minutes, but I definitely don't miss the awkward pre-pubescent emotional rollercoster, braces, bad haircuts or the perpetual breakouts high school memories are made of. read more
As a beauty editor who has written her fair share of hair tutorials, I'll be the first to tell you: Bangs are kind of a big deal. read more
Most women are constantly looking for new hairstyles -- whether it's to reinvent the way they look or for a special occasion. Each person is different, and choosing the right hairstyles to fit them will depend on the person's face shape, hair texture, and the occasion. If you're planning to spend the day at the mall or hang out at your friend's place watching movies, then you'll want to choose hairstyles which are relaxed and casual, and easy to maintain. On the other hand, occasions like weddings or prom demand more elaborate hairstyles, like beautiful updos that are elegant and complement your dress and accessories.
The right hairstyles can accentuate your best facial features while downplaying any flaws, redefining the way you look. The shape of your face can help determine the kind of hairstyles that will suit you best. For instance, if you have a round face, you might consider wearing your hair long to minimize the width of your face. However, if you have a longer face, you'll look great in hairstyles that are short with sweeping bangs which will give a wider appearance to your face.
To choose a cut that will best suit your style, look at pictures of other women who have similar faces and features to you, and who also have hairstyles that you like. More importantly, choose hairstyles that will help you feel comfortable, even if you're not conforming to all the rules.
With step-by-step instructional videos and articles on hairstyles at Total Beauty, you'll get expert advice and plenty of tips on hairstyles that are easy to create. You'll have lots of new hairstyles to discover each week, so you can create the look you want whenever you chose.
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