Saturday, March 31, 2012

Mirror, Mirror…What A Celeb THINKS Is Her Fairest Look of All May Not BE Her Fairest Look

Model-turned-actress Jaime King
Sometimes a woman falls in love with a cut or color – or a combination of both – that she absolutely HAS TO HAVE. Celebrities are no different. Hopefully, there’s someone to talk you or your best friend (or you will talk your best friend) out of something doesn’t complement your best features, or worse, brings out features that a good style will help to camouflage. 

You’d think that celebrities would have handlers to do that for them, or that the very high-priced stylists and colorists who ply their trade on celebrities would perform that service, but sometimes the opposite is true: they are paid to do exactly as their celebrity clientele demands, regardless their professional opinion. I think you’ll be able to pick out the examples of the latter scenario below…  

Candy Stripers and Dip Dyers

Chloe Moretz
January Jones
Ashley Tisdale
Bright pops of color aren’t just a runway fad or a nightclub fetish; more and more celebrities are showing up with streaks of color in candy pink (Chloe Moretz), rose gold (January Jones), or merlot (Ashley Tisdale), dip-dyed or ombred ends in blue (Jaime King) or deep crimson (Lake Bell), or going for flat-out all-over My Pretty Pony shades of green (Willow Smith) and Smurf blue (the Grand Dame of the Haircolor Lightning Round for $200, Katy Perry).

Lake Bell
Willow Smith
Notice how each of them did (or didn’t) adjust her makeup to deal with the addition of the new color. Neither Lake Bell nor Willow Smith wear makeup (but only Willow Smith has the excuse of being 11, and today’s US Weekly reports she’s now dyed it bright Big Bird yellow, although we haven’t seen pictures yet.) 

Jaime King's before-and-after
Some, like Chloe Moretz, January Jones, and Jaime King, let the color do most of the talking and simply picked complementary shades that didn’t fight with the new additions. In particular, Jaime King’s new blue dip dye needed nothing else to bring out her intensely blue eyes. 

Katy Perry
At the other end of the spectrum you have Katy Perry, who never met a matching eye makeup she didn’t slather on. As if blue hair and blue eyes aren’t enough, she continues to wear matching blue shadow, heavy black eyeliner and false lashes. We still think her makeup circa the pale pink/blonde bob was the best and most flattering. She should be categorized with the "Cuts 'n Bangs" group -- her new blunt fringe is technically the news here -- but one almost overlooks her new "look." That's the power of blue... 

Closer-to-Normal Colors

Here we have celebrities who dyed their hair colors that fall within reasonably accepted “natural” ranges from blonde to red to brown, with nothing blue, green, purple, or pink involved. One the whole, we’re preferring their “before" pictures with the only two “after" pictures both changing their hair to red.

Emma Roberts
What can I say – I am a total sucker for red hair. And Marianne didn’t even have to tell me to say that.

Jennifer Lawrence
Emma Roberts’ transition from sunny blonde to brunette washes her out; Jennifer Lawrence’s continued transformation back to blonde from the rich brunette shade she wore in Hunger Games, plus the addition of layers and a curled bang are disappointing; we thought she was much more interesting as a brunette.

Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato seems to prefer trying out her new haircolors via Twitter pictures, and perhaps this transition back to blonde is prettier in person, but we really liked her with the red hair. It worked much better with her dark eyes and slightly olive complexion. 

Kaylee Defer
Actresses Kaylee Defer and the infamous Lindsey Lohan also went red, and it was a welcome choice, particularly for Ms. Lohan. 

Lindsey Lohan
Kaylee’s coloring is well-suited to this shade of red, and of course, red is actually Ms. Lohan’s God-given color, though that’s easy to forget with all of the mistakes she’s made veering from blonde to black and every shade between. Plus, her addiction to spray tanner and facial…”modifications” we shall call them, have had her looking like she was a hard 40, not a healthy 25. At least the move back to the much more vital auburn of her youth is a huge step in the right direction. Let’s just hope she didn't celebrate the termination of her parole yesterday with cocktails.

Ciara's questionable color choice
I kept singer Ciara’s color transformation for last, partly because my initial reaction to her picture was to blurt out “What the h*** happened to her?!?” Her “after” picture is usually someone’s “before” picture. It’s what a woman usually comes in to have FIXED, not what she walks OUT with. And Ciara takes all the credit for the idea, telling InStyle magazine that she wanted this lighter shade in her ombre ‘do. “I just wanted to have fun,” she said of the change. “I’m a tomboy at heart and I just felt like attitude, like not caring a little bit, to be honest.” And you really WOULD have to "not care," because it simply is unattractive. At least in her “before” picture, the root areas are dark but the ombre blends; in the “after” look she and her colorist just went entirely too far with the ombre. This is not a fashion statement anyone should want to utter.

Cuts ‘n Bangs

Katie Holmes
The trend toward cutting bangs has not slowed down in the least. Katie Holmes’ blunt fringe, which she debuted at the Vanity Fair Oscar party, doesn’t do her justice. Look at how gorgeous her hair is in the “before” shot. She should have left well-enough alone, but perhaps it wasn’t entirely her choice, if media reports are to be believed.

Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman is sporting a light side-swept fringe, which she debuted during New York Fashion Week. Her color seems a bit deeper and richer, too, and there’s a bit of layering around her face. She looks beautiful both ways, but it is nice to see her in the “after” picture, when she’s not at an awards show, with softer makeup and more casual hair, looking just as ethereal.

Shay Mitchell
Shay Mitchell, of the TV series Pretty Little Liars, seems to have had a whole makeover. Starting with the hair, she has a nice peek-a-boo bang that works well to disguise her high forehead. She has the perfect face shape for soft bangs like these, and both her haircolor and makeup are a lot softer as well, as if someone buffed off all the hard edges, adding a subtle ombre to bring a little golden warmth to the hair instead of the hard red highlights to go with the crimson pout. Gone is the fake-bake and the pouty look. Whoever helped with this transformation really asked all the right questions, and brought out her best features while minimizing those which could take a back seat.

Chanel Iman
Victoria’s Secret “Angel,” Chanel Iman, debuted brow-skimming bangs and a much lighter color (and perhaps a few extensions) for a very sexy little shag.  We like it, the color is nice, and she looks very pretty. This one’s a keeper!

Milla Jovovich
Model –turned-singer-turned-action star Milla Jovovich debuted an asymmetrical crop with a shaved side this week. Highly lauded for her soft and sexy finger-waved Oscar’s bob, she added a dose of edge to her look with the “super-easy, super-low maintenance” undercut, as she described it.

Victoria Beckham
Cut-and-color chameleon Victoria Beckham chopped off a reported 10 inches for this wavy, caramel-highlighted bob. We always think she looks best at about this length and with some curl and texture to soften her very angular and sometimes harsh face. Now, if she’d just smile more. She certainly has PLENTY of reasons to, as my female clients love to point out!

Viola Davis
Ah, the incomparable Viola Davis, who heeded her husband’s very good advice and stopped wearing wigs. She’s darkened the coppery shade she wore when she won “Best Supporting Actress” at the Academy Awards, and the whole package just works. I think her smile glows 1000 watts brighter when she doesn’t wear those wigs.

The moral of this post is that anytime you make a change, spend some time gazing into that "mirror, mirror on the wall." Look at the whole picture – your new hair and/or haircolor AND your makeup. Does your new look bring out your best features? Does it go with the makeup you used to wear, or do you need to change color families from cool to warm, or vice versa? Do you need to play up your eyes? Play them down? Does your new look complement your best features, or bring out those features you always were able to camouflage? Then take it from there…

Until next week, ciao…  

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