On the Newsstand
June Beauty + Fashion Magazine Roundup
The best tips, tricks and skips from this month’s issues
-Lois Joy Johnson
Every month a new stack of beauty and fashion magazines arrives, and I anticipate THE ONE THING in each that will make me stop flipping pages.
Sometimes I regret shelling out the $3.99 for that issue or $15 for a year-long subscription, but I always find at least one beauty and fashion tip, trend, item or product that saves me.
As a former magazine editor, I like to check out the issues with a professional eye first. I look at the photos, see which hairstylist, makeup artist, stylist and photographer worked on what shoot, check out the overall design of the pages and see how the information is being packaged in signature features. Then I read them as a reader would in search of fresh info and a reason to shop – because we all know beauty and fashion are a fun diversion from the harsher realities of life.
Of course I have insider knowledge. I know why cheap clothes look better in throw-downs (not photographed on a body) and why certain brands or stories get constant and big attention (advertising!) and how the use of celebrities causes women to have temporary amnesia and buy the most unflattering clothes or insanely expensive bags.
I’m going to save you the effort, cost and angst every month by scouring the pages for you so you can spend your dough and time doing something else.
This June, there are five standout issues with 21 tips worth noting:
• Reminds us how great summer whites and creamy pales look when you add on a big, gutsy brown leather belt. I loved the way Cameron Diaz cinched a big linen tunic and silky halter dress in that issue. A good style trick to copy.
• Recalls how stupid big extended shoulders look in a shot of a Balmain lace T-shirt (which happens to also cost $2,645!). Just say no.
• Alerts us to a new FDA approved fat-dissolving injection by the Calabasas, California, company Kythera. It contains a purified bovine-derived bile salt that breaks down dietary fat during digestion, destroying targeted fat cells that are then naturally eliminated from the body – and it may be available by 2010. Whoopee!
• Points out that frizzy manes are making a comeback and that we should embrace the textured look. Because in the Prada fall runway shows Guido Palau sent models out with fuzzy hairdos spoken of as “a broken silhouette” or “beachy.” This does not mean get a perm! We’re advised that twisting hair with a setting lotion before letting it dry naturally gives a “sexy, messy, soulful” look. Okaaaaaaaay.
• Creative director Andrea Linett is married to one of my favorite photographers. Michael Waring. Her own personal style permeates the magazine and her Fashion Babble column always stars a drawing of Andrea in her look-of-the-moment, which included chunky Born handsewn leather “Crete” sandals ($100, Bornshoes.com) worn with a flowy, tiered hippy-dippy dress. It’s a great summer uniform.
• Tells us that Marie Robinson star colorist of Sally Hershberger Downtown loves drugstore products like Tresemme Color Thrive Shampoo, Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Moisture Balance Conditioner, Garnier Fructis Style Brilliantine Shine Glistening Drops and Clairol Nice ‘N Easy Root Touch Up – hair is one area where cheaper is better. Save your $$ for the salon visit. You’ll need it.
• The new way to wear summer scarves – fold a big square into a triangle and tie two corners in a knot behind and let the rest dangle and drape.
• Where can I find a look-alike for Michelle Obama’s necklace? Layer Marnie Rocks multi-strand Shell Candy necklaces ($150 each, marnierocks.com )
• How to pull off boudoir style: Look for slips in vintage stores and lingerie departments and pair them with a big, long boyfriend cardigan.
• Add a sleeveless sequin top to a denim mini for a new summer style twist.
• Makeup artist for Giorgio Armani Beauty Linda Cantello says, “The biggest mistake women make with smoky eyes is using a lighter shade of shadow to blend, it takes away the richness of the look.” Instead, Cantello suggests you “buff lids with a translucent powder to keep the depth.” She also says to erase shadow flakes from cheeks without ruining your foundation by “dipping a cotton swab in concealer and skimming it over the spot – it picks up the shadow without smudging it.” Who knew?
• The Cheap Tricks feature offers these money-savers for nails: Buff instead of wearing polish – and use an aromatherapeutic massage oil on cuticles. Or you can let nails dry a full 20 minutes. The top layer may feel hard after 10, but the polish beneath is still soft and will mar easily.
• The prescription lash-grower Latisse works, but some OTC nonprescription lash enhancers work, too: The ones testers liked include Revitalash Eyelash Conditioner $150, Talika Lipocils Gel $40, Peter Thomas Roth Lashes To Die For $125 and RapidLash Eyelash Renewal Serum $49.95.
• Best eyeshadow: M.A.C Eye Shadow in Shroom, a glowing mix of gold, peach, pink and cream tones.
• Kate Winslet prefers pajamas to negligees, and a shower to baths despite The Reader.
• Heidi Klum wears Steve Madden studded gladiator sandals ($59.95, stevemadden.com).
• The Nars Vintage nail polish in Hunger a hot orange is back again ($16, narscosmetics.com).
• Kate Moss’s new favorite tee shirt add-on is a long coin necklace, Isaac Manevitz for Ben Amun French coin oxidized pewter necklace ($198, singer22.com).
• Fancy high-price shoe designer Miss Trish of Capri is now making vinyl starfish flip-flops for Target ($29.99).
• The perfect summer bra is MySkins nylon spandex T-shirt bra ($48, myskins.com) velvety seamless cups in 20 skin-tone-matching shades.
• The new jellies are see-through thongs and gladiators like those by Aerie ($15.50, aerie.com) and Madeline “Yummi” gladiators ($20, musthaveshoes.com).