You, But Better: 2009 Makeover Trends Video
Follow the Makeover Trends for 2009
Every January, every New Year, we have to take it as an opportunity to reinvent yourself a little bit. While we're not saying everyone should go and change themselves, I think that it is a good time to sort of tweak those little things to improve yourself so it's just you, only a little bit better.
We had a big meeting in the office and looked at the topics we thought people were interested in and we also wanted some new ones because I think it's very easy to go back to the same old. I had 5 pounds to lose. This is how I did it. What we wanted were new things that you could do.
We've heard about eyelash extensions I feel like for years and years, and then this was eyebrow extensions. And I think that was really timely also because we've seen a lot of sort of fuller eyebrows come back especially if you look at runways, if you look at models and actors.
I'm concerned of the brows because I always wanted that kind of Jennifer Connelly aesthetic. Growing up with Brook Shields, you kinda think of the power women that the glam is on as having about a strong, empowered look. The process includes taking natural human hair and adhering individual pieces to individual preexisting brow hairs, so you get longer brows. You get fuller brows.
We had someone get a new set of braces on her teeth. She got braces when she was a teenager. She didn't wanna go back there but she did it again. She was absolutely thrilled.
She has a really interesting and fun essay in terms of, you know, what braces had done for her and what they will continue to do for her.
The big look for me today was actually big hair extensions add-on. The texture was really billowy and soft and little uneven curl. There it lived in natural texture coming through that's really the trend right now.
We know hair extensions are a brand-new thing but sort of the whole idea of Blake Lively on Gossip Girl and that incredible head of like flowing blond waves. You know, Meredith, being a blonde sort of with fine hair, she had always wanted to get hair extensions.
We had someone who wanted to try and get rid of melasma which they got on their skin through pregnancy. The thing about melasma, or at least in my case, it happened so slowly that you don't even really realize it's happening and it's very, you know, it's very faint at first and you see across your forehead, sometimes right above your lip, you know, these brown spots.
So we had to try a variety of treatments which were eventually successful but it took a lot of time to get there. So we really wanted that sense of "Yes, you can actually do something. You can make yourself new."
Julie [unknown] is a very good editor at the magazine and is an exceptionally pretty young woman, but she feels she looks too young, and the truth is she does look very young actually. I mean for which I am very envious but she, however, feels that she would like to project a slightly older and more sophisticated look.
A girl of my age, who I've never met before was like, "Oh, are you in high school?" And I was like, "Ahh, no."
She went to London to the Jemma Kidd Make Up School. Jemma Kidd, she's learned all this great information from her days of modeling. And one of the courses that she offers is basically teaching teenagers how to apply makeup and it just enhances what they have but still, you know, make someone look more polished.
She offered to give me a one-on-one lesson on sort of how to make the most of your looks and look older without just caking it on and just getting it right 'til like 60.
So Jemma just took into account the makeup that she was using and it took into account like her lifestyle and what she was comfortable with and just I think helped to really polish what she was putting on already.
And I think I'm doing her justice with it hopefully.
I think it's very important sometimes to follow where the treatments are and not all the treatments are available in New York or America, which is why we felt like it was totally worth sending Ning Chao to London to try a nonsurgical boob job.
It's a new treatment that's being done in Europe and parts of Asia that is done with a hyaluronic acid injectable.
I think Ning Chao who tried the injectable boob lift felt that she would never have had an actual boob job but she was very happy to just go off the sides and this was what it took.
Well, we're not trying to suggest that everyone needs to travel, you know, far and it costs oceans to get these treatments. We did wanna let them know that they are available.
We do a lot of international creams, treatments, beauty products advice from women abroad because I think we all wanna know what everybody else is doing.
The tuxedo story we just thought was important just going through resort trends and kind of seeing what's gonna come up for spring. It's kind of like a preview. Everyone was doing some sort of version of the tuxedo and we thought it would be fun to kind of break it down and not just be the typical smoking jacket.