Atlanta is ever the stylish city with women and men who truly care about how they look and feel on a daily basis. In an effort to look and feel absolutely fabulous, they rely on local style makers to keep in the know about what’s new and notable. So with my many years in the salon and spa business and current work as internationally published lifestyle writer, it is not so far fetched to think I consider myself one of these people! (Actually, I am a local who wants to look and feel good AND I am local whom people look to for advice on these matters. I’ve always been known as a multitasker. Imagine!)
In this debut edition of my new beauty column, Laura’s Beauty Bounty, I’ll focus on beauty trends for 2012 ~ filling you in on what’s trending in hair and makeup and sharing some beauty tips along the way. Let’s do this thing!
My hair girl, Diane Black Bishop at Cowlix Salon, tells me that when it comes to color, her blonde clients ‘want to be less blonde.’ She is also seeing a lot of requests for chocolate brown hair hues (like mine) and as for haircuts, she says the pixie cuts, a la Michelle Williams, are really gaining popularity. It’s my humble opinion that it takes a stand out face to pull these really short cuts off. Not just anyone wears these well, so consider carefully before chopping all your hair off, okay? (Beauty tip from Diane: It’s always advisable to use a deep conditioner on ends after cleansing during the winter to help with issues of having dry and fly away hair from dry air or heaters. Use mainly on the ends to keep from weighing hair down. When it comes to styling products, choose those with a cream base, such as the Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Hydrocream Whip. Lastly, if static won’t leave you alone through out the day, try using a gloss or serum that can go directly on to dry hair. Keeping a small size of this in your purse always a great idea!)
Because we are such a super chic city, we are lucky enough to have a brand spankin’ new Drybar location in Buckhead on West Paces Ferry Road. Drybar offers only blowouts, (it’s their specialty, darling) no haircuts or color jobs. A shampoo and blowout costs $35 and you can get add-ons such as conditioners if it strikes your fancy. (Beauty tip: Creator Alli Webb has made booking an appointment a breeze with their groovy phone app. And it’s FREE.) Now you have no excuse for a bad hair day!
In makeup news, my lovely friend Stephanie Green Bass, founder of (Plā) Beauty, is constantly adding to her stellar line of cosmetics (which gives back to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, by the way). Her newest addition is a palette for spring, cleverly called Plā With a Goddess, which includes Coral Fixation lipstick, In the Buff eyeshadow and Plā Innocent blush, among other gorgeous shades. Her other big news is the INSPIRED BEAUTY campaign under her www.play2giveback.org. Stephanie is launching a two month search where women will be nominated to be featured on the website for their inspiring stories and how they have overcome adversity. Women will be featured in each area (Plā) Beauty is sold (Atlanta, Nashville and LA) and three women from each region will win a makeover including partnering with a local high-end salon. Then the overall winner chosen will do a photo shoot in Atlanta to be the next face of Plā for the fall campaign! What an incredible opportunity for well deserving women! Watch the websites for info on the new (Plā)Book and the INSPIRED BEAUTY campaign. Stephanie never ceases to amaze me…
To get the 411 on the popular makeup looks for stylish Atlantan’s I turned to local pro makeup artist Nalani Bott, who does freelance makeup and also works with MAC Cosmetics. She tells me that ‘winter makeup trends include the androgynous look, with thick, groomed brows and berry or wine lips.’ She shared that the current popular colors in Atlanta for the winter are berry and wine colors (because we are so plugged in, you know?) and that reds are making a comeback! Also, pale pink lip shades are showing up more often. “Nikki Minaj made the pale pink lips for African American women popular, I think. MAC has a color that she uses specifically – it’s called Pink Nouveau. And I believe, Kim Kardashian’s pale pink color is called Snob,” Nalani confided. I asked about how to achieve major lashes, as it’s a look women love! Nalani offered this advice: “Spider” lashes are really popular nowadays, like those worn by the Kardashian’s. False bottom lashes are a must to achieve this look. (Beauty tip: To achieve thick, long lashes, first prep your lashes using a coating of MAC’s prep + prime lash.) It seems local reality TV stars influence makeup looks here at home. “I think The Real Housewives of Atlanta show has a huge influence on the makeup trends here in Atlanta; also Basketball Wives as well. African American women in their 40s/50s+ usually stick to the neutrals, like bronze and play with brown/deep red/burgundy lips – and usually want the liner to stand out a little. Asians always like the pale skin and pink cheeks and lips and pinks/purples on the eyes – very minimal. Caucasian women usually like neutral eyes as well. I usually recommend colors opposite of the color wheel, green eyes/purple eyeshadow, blue eyes/champagne, goldish eyeshadows, brown eyes/any color eyeshadow works.”
January 2012 and Beyond:
I’m very interested in knowing what you’re curious about concerning local Atlanta (and surrounding areas) beauty/health/wellness issues. Let me know in the comments section below! I look forward to hearing from you. Also, we are pondering an ‘Ask Laura’ segment where you would submit your beauty/health/wellness and I’ll provide the answers. WooHoo~!!
Stay Beautiful and Grateful,
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