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Tousled Bobs Sweep Through Hollywood

Photo: Bella Sugar

There’s a haircut that looks good on everyone, and we’re not talking about your typical face-framing layers. We expressed our love for long bobs just last week, and now this versatile cut is popping up on red carpets all over Hollywood. First, Emma Roberts chopped off her Rapunzel locks. Now both Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz are walking around with newly shorn hair. Will other stars soon follow suit? We vote yes.

In our opinion, shoulder-length bobs are universally flattering for a few reasons. They create the illusion of extra volume by getting rid of all that extra hair weighing you down. And if you’re convinced the look belongs to soccer moms, consider a funky spin on the traditional cut. The trick to modernizing the bob is adding swoopy side bangs and lots of beachy waves with a curling iron and a texturizing spray like this one from Oribe. Finish with a few drops of a smoothing serum on your ends, and you’ll be ready to join the ranks of Tinseltown. 

—Mai

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Get Emma Roberts’ Red Carpet Look

Emma Roberts; ybf Eyebrow Pencil; Benefit BADgal Lash Mascara; Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner; RMS Beauty Living Luminizer; Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Sheer Candy Glossy Balm

I was a bit too busy doing other glamorous things on Tuesday night (like watching Sex and the City reruns and eating pita chips) to make an appearance at Salvatore Ferragamo’s Women’s Resort 2012 Collection preview, but Emma Roberts looked stunning enough for the both of us. Roberts wore a deep purple frock, but it was her dark eye and punchy lip that drew the attention away from Minka Kelly, Eva Mendes, and the other lovely ladies she was hanging with. Here’s how to get Emma’s look:

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner: For a dark black-lined lid, apply a thick coat of this liner and pair it with Benefit BADgal Lash Mascara for extra large lashes.

Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Sheer Candy Glossy Balm in Succulent Pomegranate: The red undertones in this sheer bright pink make for a sophisticated but still fun lip.

ybf Eyebrow Pencil in Universal Taupe: Number one in the world, this eyebrow pencil is sure to help you achieve lush, well-groomed brows like Roberts.

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer: Highlight your face’s best features and get a glowing look like Roberts thanks to the light-reflecting pigments in this illuminating godsend.

—Shana

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Top 10 Hair and Makeup Looks At The Met Gala

It’s always fun to see celebs go overboard for the annual Met Gala. I love all the glamour and drama — it’s an irresistible combo. This year was no exception, with many a famous face going far beyond overboard and into the realm of just plain old bad. (I refuse to name names, and since everyone has seen the pictures by now, much of it goes without saying.) Instead, I’d rather focus on the good, and the truly stellar. There were several stars that fit that bill last night. Below are my favorite hair and makeup looks from the event — who do you think were the true standouts?

Best Long and Loose: Blake Lively and Gwyneth Paltrow both wore their hair down last night in soft, cascading waves. Everything from the shine to the soft curls to the long layers is captivating and enviable. Forget Goop and Gossip Girl, these two leading ladies should start a haircare line. It would sell through the roof.

Best Use of Color: Makeup is meant to be fun, so it’s great to see actresses experimenting vibrant colors. Ginnifer Goodwin single-handedly has me rethinking blue shadow—her eyes look incredible!—and Emma Stone reaffirms my obsession with fuchsia lipstick.  

Best Updos: Updos on a major red carpet are a dime a dozen, but Ashley Greene and Amy Adams really stood out. Greene’s low-slung side bun is incredibly elegant and Adams’ forehead-skimming braid has me itching to experiment with romantic plaits.

Best Hollywood Retro Look: Leave it to A-lister Diane Kruger to perfectly pull-off Old Hollywood Glamour, from her sculpted tendrils to her bright red pucker. Up-and-comer Emma Roberts also sported the same retro hair, but chose to pair it with more natural makeup for a younger, sweeter look.

Best Short Hair: Brooklyn Decker’s lob (a.k.a. long bob) has been a recent obsession of mine, and could she have picked a better dress to highlight her new cut? (The answer, in case you were wondering, is no.) Even though Decker is still my hair crush of the moment, I give major props to Michelle Williams who yet again rocked a super-pretty pixie—that style soooo does not work on everyone.

—Meredith

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