Wednesday, March 9, 2011

New Year, New Look for a Number of Celebrities

Looks like some celebrities’ New Year’s Resolutions were to change up their look – and the easiest way to do that is with hair: cut, color, or both! Of course, as a Master Haircolorist and hair stylist, I love to change women’s  haircolor or haircut and give them a whole new look that makes them feel renewed, reborn, and revitalized. I will never tire of the look on their faces when we unveil their new look. One caveat though – when you change your haircolor, you’ll need to change your makeup. Your colorist is going to pick the right shade to compliment the warm or cool tones of your skin, but you will need to reassess your makeup to be sure it compliments your new color. 

Abbie Cornish/
Abbie Cornish: Her old color was unflattering, too dark and fake looking for her complexion, and it washed her out. Her new color is richer and much more natural-looking, and really brings out her eyes.

Ashlee Simpson/
Ashlee Simpson: The change from golden to platinum is nowhere near as drastic as some of her previous changes to red and black. She looks best blonde; the dark colors never suited her fair complexion. But a word of warning to anyone considering her new silvery shade: It is VERY high maintenance, and takes a toll on the health of your hair. For the average person, this is just too expensive to maintain. 

Emily Blunt/
Emily Blunt: She didn’t look bad with darker hair, but she compensated for it with makeup that was not flattering to balance out the dark shade. Her new color is softer and looks better lighter, and she changed her makeup to suit, bringing out her eyes and making her look years younger. 

Jennifer Anniston/
Jennifer Anniston: I may be in the minority, but I like her hair shorter. But it also seems much lighter and almost brassy, and I’d take her to a more beige-y blonde/light brown. It may be the lighting in the photograph, but the new color doesn’t suit her as well as the cut. 

Jessica Stroup/
Jessica Stroup: Wow, does red suit her! She looks fresh and sexy, and her eyes look brighter. This is another one who changed her makeup to suit her new color, and the combination works marvelously.

Julia Styles/
Julia Stiles: I like her with the bangs! She has a long face and high forehead, so the bangs really add a lot of softness and movement, and she looks much prettier. I also like her subtle color change – it’s golden and not at all brassy.

Kate Beckinsale/
Kate Beckinsale: Such a chameleon! She has looked beautiful in every color, from the dark cool brown of the “Underworld” movies, to all of the iterations of brown she’s worn for roles. She has the skin tone and face to carry almost any color, and this new blonde is no exception. It looks healthy, shiny, and gorgeous. I wish we could see her eyes behind those sunglasses to see if she’s carried the change over to her makeup. I’d guess yes. 

Khloe Kardashian/
Khloe Kardashian: I absolutely love her as a redhead, and wish she’d been able to stay that way. Her colorist chose the exact right shade to really bring out her skin tone, giving her a different look altogether. It was so sexy and suitable. Red works with her complexion because she’s not olive-skinned like many brunettes, and she wisely changed her makeup, too. So disappointing that she was forced to dye it back by her TV show’s producers!

Lauren Conrad/
Lauren Conrad: She looks good in both hair colors, which are very much variation on the same base. Although I do like it darker, it’s really just a matter of her going from a dark blonde with some highlights to a light brown with some highlights. Both colors are very believable on her. And I must point out that her blonde looked like it really needed to be done, with her ends getting very light. 

Leona Lewis/
Leona Lewis: No one did Ms. Lewis any favors here. The new color has no depth or variegation, and with such a heavy, too-long bang, it looks like a wig, not real hair. She has such lovely features, and if her stylist had at least woven in some dimension with different shades of brown, it would have looked much better and softer. And whoever did her makeup didn’t do her any favors there, either. It’s all too harsh and fake looking.  

Rachel Bilson/
Rachel Bilson: She looks good both ways, and the bangs add an overall more casual look. The bangs also add some softness and versatility, but she can carry either look quite well. The bangs add softness, and she’s kept the sort of ombred look that’s popular right now, with her hair getting a few shades lighter towards the bottom third of her hair. 

Rose Byrne/
Rose Byrne: Another one I love with bangs! She looks younger, fresher, and more playful, especially without the red lipstick, which really aged her in this photo. And this is the kind of brunette I was talking about when it comes to Leona Lewis. Ms. Byrne’s base color isn’t much different, but her colorist has added low- and highlights to make her a dimensional brunette. It has movement and catches the light, which is what makes Haircolor such an art.

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