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Rooney Mara Stars in New Calvin Klein Ad, Downton Abbey Cosmetics, and More

—Geraldine

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W Magazine Releases Four Different Covers for Their 40th Anniversary

Scarlett Johansson represents the punk glam of the ’90s while Keira Knightley embodies the modern woman of the ’00s. (Photo: fashionologie.com)
—Hallie

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Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Leann Rimes: Celebrity Spring Hair Transformations


Left: Rooney Mara at the Oscar’s in February. Rigght: Mara earlier this week shooting A Bitter Pill (Photos: glamour.com; glamour.com)

It’s that time of year again! Spring seems to bring in a seriously strong desire to change up your look, and over the last couple of weeks, we’ve noticed that a number of celebrities have been embracing that metamorphosis mentality. 

In a dramatic change, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara has gotten a makeover. After her blunt bangs and jet black bob, Mara has gone copper-toned with dip-dyed blonde ends, for her new role in Steven Soderbergh’s film, A Bitter Pill. We can barely recognize her. Click through to see more of our favorite new hair looks!

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What to Know Before Cutting Blunt Bangs: Guest Blogger

The dynamic duo behind Beauty Bender, Kathryn Romeyn and Alexis Johnson, have an impeccable eye for deciphering up-and-coming cosmetics trends and finding experts to give the lowdown on how to wear them. (It must be the decade’s worth of magazine curating experience they have between them.) We can’t get enough of their gorgeous site, and happily, for a whole week they’re sharing all of their beauty insight on our blog!

From left: Rachel Bilson, Rachel McAdams and Rose Byrne

From left: Rachel Bilson, Rachel McAdams and Rose Byrne

At various times over the years, we’ve flirted with light face-framing fringe, something that changes things up a little, but is easy enough to grow out. But lately, a new heavy-handed version of bangs seems to have taken hold, at least in Hollywood. At the Oscars, bold, blunt-cut and super-thick styles were one of the hottest hair looks on the likes of Rose Byrne, Rooney Mara, Ellie Kemper and Anna Faris. The opulent shine and straight, thick cut were undeniably chic and powerful. “It’s definitely a style that has a certain sex appeal [and is] always youthful,” says star stylist Serge Normant, the namesake of three salons and a luxe haircare line.

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Oscar Superlatives: 2012 Edition

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Last night’s Academy Awards were a little snore-inducing, but it’s always fun to watch, and judge, the red carpet. Herewith, this year’s completely arbitrary, totally subjective picks and pans. 


Knock It Off
— We’re a little tired of the same, played-out looks from Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Lopez. We’ve seen Angie’s all-black, high slit too many times to count, and her leg posing last night had us rolling our eyes. J.Lo’s plunging neckline and its maybe-maybe-not wardrobe malfunction moment, which recalled her famous Versace gown from the Grammy’s in 2000, made us want to throw a sheet over the whole look.

Photo: glamour.com

Fullest Fringe — Rooney Mara’s got the ’20s style flapper bangs down to an art now (she’s been sporting the look since last fall), and when paired with her beautiful Givenchy gown, it was a win by far.

Photo: people.com

Evening Superhero — We swooned as soon as Gwyneth Paltrow stepped onto the red carpet. Wearing a gorgeous, caped Tom Ford look paired with a low, deconstructed ponytail, we couldn’t take our eyes off the actress’ stunning style all night long.

Photo: people.com

Role Model — There’s no doubt that Meryl Streep is one of the most talented ladies out there (17 Oscar nominations!), but she’s also one of the classiest, most gracious winners, too. When she accepted her Best Actress award last night, we were taking notes on how to seem lovely, poised, and witty all at the same time.

Prettiest Peplums — Michelle Williams and Tina Fey were stand-outs on the carpet showing off this ladylike trend. We give them both an A+ for style.

Photo: hollywoodlife.com

Best Feel Good Moment — As fans of the original 1965 version of The Sound of Music, we were so happy to see Christopher Plummer (a.k.a. Captain von Trapp) nominated for his role in this year’s Beginners. But we were even more ecstatic when the 82-year-old won the award, making his mark as the oldest actor ever to win an Oscar.

—Candice

Need more Oscars? Check out our Pinterest board with our favorite looks from last night here.