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Shiny forehead, freak grimace, bulging eyes — you’ve got an uncanny ability to ruin a photo. And thanks to Facebook tagging, the entire world can witness your awkward mugging until the end of time.
You could avoid cameras altogether. Or you could just watch today’s video, with its simple tips for looking great in pictures.
Our expert, Sardi Klein, longtime NYC photographer and professor at The School of Visual Arts and Pratt, has seen it all, from mothers of the bride who peer skyward to avoid double chins to businessmen whose phony smiles turn head shots into mug shots.
Follow her advice, and the next time someone tags you in a photo, you might just share instead of hide.
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’Tis the season for fug sweaters, awkward hometown encounters with high school chums, and office-party faux pas.
When all else fails, we can at least make sure our makeup looks good.
Done. In today’s video, Birchbox’s brilliant Mollie Chen shows us a few ways to touch up and brighten our face postwork, preparty — all in less than five minutes. From her favorite eyeliners and gloss to why it’s better to wear a brightening powder than a translucent one, Chen knows her stuff.
While we had the Birchbox ladies in our office, we also asked co-founder Katia Beauchamp (whose hair always looks amazing) to show us how to create a cool cocktail party-ready updo. All it takes is a few minutes, dry shampoo, some pins, and elastic.
You know, the same thing we’ll need around our waistline after tomorrow.
To subscribe to Birchbox or purchase any of the products mentioned in the video, go to birchbox.com. For more beauty tips, watch our videos on how to do the perfect cat eye and the right way to tweeze your brows.
You know those people in the world who seem to never have bad hair days? Birchbox co-founder Katia Beauchamp is one of them. In this video, she shows us how to do a cool twist-around side-bun updo using just dry shampoo, a teasing brush, elastic, and some pins.
To subscribe to Birchbox or buy any of the products mentioned in the video, go to birchbox.com.
If you live in New York (like a lot of our staffers do), you know a “white Christmas” really means a “dark gray slush Christmas.” But that won’t stop us from dreaming, especially when NYC-based band Lily & the Parlour Tricks plays the old Bing Crosby song on our office couch.
To buy Lily & the Parlour Tricks’s debut EP, go to itunes.com.
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire? Too dangerous. Jack Frost nipping at your nose? No, sir. We’d rather get in the holiday spirit with The Meatball Shop’s recipe for ginger cookies, as demo’ed by chef Michael Chernow.
Get the recipe. The Meatball Shop Cookbook is available online at amazon.com, $28.
We like to think we’re mature enough to resist an obvious double entendre when it presents itself.
But when talking about the new cookbook from the guys behind New York’s popular Meatball Shop restaurants, we seized the opportunity by the balls. The meatballs, to be exact.
For today’s videos, we asked chefs Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow to make three simple recipes from The Meatball Shop Cookbook, all perfect for holiday feasting: Gobble Gobble turkey meatballs (above), kabocha squash salad, and ginger cookies.
They also demo’ed a great-for-wintry-nights port toddy that’s not in the book — we just felt like drinking during the shoot. A ballsy move? Perhaps.
At least one of the chefs isn’t a Schweddy. Get the meatballs recipe. The Meatball Shop Cookbook is available online at amazon.com, $28.
Sometimes, on a cold winter’s night, you need something to warm you up. Sometimes, on that same night, you’re stuck at a holiday dinner next to your aunt who asks fourteen times why you aren’t married. Here’s a drink from chef Michael Chernow to help you get through.
Get the recipe. Buy The Meatball Shop Cookbook online at amazon.com, $28.
Thanks to this recipe, we’re starting a campaign to make kabocha the new acorn or butternut. It’s just as delicious, you don’t have to peel it, and it’s chef Daniel Holzman’s favorite. We think it squashes the competition (sorry, couldn’t resist).
We’re fighting the urge to say “meow” right now. The cat eye, as demonstrated by makeup artist Annamarie Tendler, just looks that good. In this video, she reveals her method, including her preferred liner and brush.
For more beauty tips or information on Tendler, go to her Tumblr or amtendler.com.
Nothing gets us in the holiday spirit like spiked eggnog (enough down the hatch and we’ll believe in Santa again).
So, our gift to you: recipes for two simple-as-they-are-delicious nogs. Helping us out is Michael Cirino, handsome co-founder of NYC-based dinner party extraordinaires A Razor, a Shiny Knife.
The drinks are easily made in individual servings — which Cirino demos in the video — or big batches for a party. Just keep the ratios the same and your guests will be ho-ho-hoing in no time.
Though if you see an overweight bearded man come down your chimney, we still suggest calling 911.
Thirsty for more? Watch Cirino make an absinthe cocktail that’ll get the party started. For more information about A Razor, a Shiny Knife, go to arazorashinyknife.com.
If you want to start a party — fast — an absinthe cocktail is just the ticket. (Who knew it was even legal, much less so tasty?)
In this video, Michael Cirino, co-founder of NYC-based dinner partiers A Razor, a Shiny Knife, walks us through the recipe for a Green Beast (as coined by the Pernod mixologist who invented it). All it takes is a tiny bit of the green liquor, simple syrup, lime juice, and water.
Just be careful: It’s dangerously delicious.
For more information on A Razor, a Shiny Knife, go to arazorashinyknife.com.
You perfected messy side buns, around-the-head braids, and sleek chignons. Then you got a haircut and could barely muster a ponytail.
Don’t fret. In today’s video, hair genius Adrienne Saczko of The Drawing Room New York demos a beautiful, easy updo for chin-to-shoulder-length locks. All you need is a curling iron (or hot rollers, if that’s easier), hairspray, bobby pins, and your own two hands.
Once you get the style down, feel free to tighten with more pins (or loosen with fewer) and adorn it with your own accessories.
Preferably not mistletoe.
Want more ideas? Check out our gallery of nine easy holiday hairdos. For more information on The Drawing Room New York, go to thedrawingroomny.com.
You know what could really spoil your NYE celebration? Accidentally hitting someone in the face with the cork as you open a bottle of bubbly.
Don’t spend your first hours of 2011 in an ER. Instead, watch our video tutorial starring Patrick Watson, owner of Brooklyn Wine Exchange in New York. We estimate he’s popped at least 10,000 corks in his lifetime.
And we’ll drink to that. Happy New Year!
For more imbibing tips and tricks, watch our videos on drinking wine like a pro, decanting it, and opening it without getting cork in the bottle.
Photo: E_calamar / Flickr
It’s the day before Thanksgiving and our brains are stuffing. And turkey, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, candied yams, honey baked ham … well, you get the point.
But we know this holiday’s not just about food but also about gratitude. So on a beautiful day last week, we walked around New York and asked people what they’ll be thankful for tomorrow. We were incredibly touched by everyone’s answers — and hope you will be, too.
And while we’re at it: Thank you so, so much, readers, for another wonderful year. Happy holidays.
Music: Pilot Touhill
It’s inevitable: You’re going to a holiday party and a zit as big as a tree ornament pops up. Oh, an ex you haven’t seen in five years will be there? Naturally.
We’ve got you covered. In today’s video, makeup artist Merrell Smith of Space NK shows you her simple technique for concealing blemishes. As a bonus she also demonstrates how to get rid of pesky dark areas around the eyes.
Smith’s tips are now an indispensable part of our daily routine. Our only regret is that we didn’t have these videos fifteen years ago.
For more information on Smith, go to merrellsmith.com. Products used in the video include Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage (concealer) and a concealer brush. For store locations, go to spacenk.com.
Tune in tonight for the thrilling finale of Top Chef: Just Desserts as editor-at-large Dannielle Kyrillos and fellow judges proclaim a winner. And check out these holiday recipes from dessert masters like TCJD contestants Eric Wolitzky and Zac Young.
Sometimes in life there are desserts so wonderful and decadent we dream and talk about them constantly. Friends, this is one of those moments.
In today’s video, our own editor-at-large and Top Chef: Just Desserts judge Dannielle Kyrillos shares her mom Patti’s tried-and-true recipe for pumpkin pudding — or, as we affectionately call it, pumpkin fluff. Her family ate it every Thanksgiving when Kyrillos was growing up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
The best part: It’s inexpensive (no fancy ingredients) and really easy. The total cooking time is about ten minutes if you have everything prepped. Even our editors who can’t boil water aced it.
You can thank us later.
For a printable version of the recipe, click here. Then check out our other editors’ recipes for champagne fruit salad, stuffed artichokes, and mac ’n’ cheese.
To see Kyrillos in action, watch tonight’s Top Chef: Just Desserts as the five remaining chefs do things with sugar you won’t believe. In the meantime, tide yourself over with sweets from our favorite mom-and-pop candy shops.
You do realize women of a certain age can’t have kids, yes? Wow, you’re eating a lot for a lady. BTW, your childhood friend, Jane, just got a job that pays one billion dollars.
If you’re going home for the holidays, chances are you’re going to want an adult beverage or two. Keep it classy with assistant editor Jordan Blumberg’s recipe for champagne fruit salad. All it takes is a little bubbly, fruit, sugar, and minimal cooking skills.
Should take the edge off.
For a printable version of the recipe, click here. Then check out other editors’ recipes for pumpkin pudding, stuffed artichokes, and mac ’n’ cheese.
We won’t lie: Artichokes are intimidating. Forget about how to cook them; how do you even eat them?
To help answer both questions, senior features editor Jeralyn Gerba offers her big Italian family’s treasured stuffed artichokes recipe. The prickly veggies are a mainstay at the Gerba Thanksgiving — and, after we saw how easy and tasty they are, we predict they’ll be at our table, too.
For a printable version of the recipe, click here. Then check out our other editors’ recipes for champagne fruit salad, mac ’n’ cheese, and pumpkin pudding.
We’ll be the first to tell you our market editor Aja Mangum’s mac ’n’ cheese could be a dieter’s downfall. We even thought about not publishing it, so as not to tempt the virtuous.
But for years, Mangum’s family’s been whipping it up for naysayers — from college roommates to Thanksgiving dinner attendees — who’ve all promptly asked for seconds with their tails between their legs. Us included.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
For a printable version of the recipe, click here. Then check out our other editors’ recipes for pumpkin pudding, champagne fruit salad, and stuffed artichokes.
In this video, makeup artist Ashley Kucich (whose work has graced the faces of Swirl) gives us useful pointers for applying faux lashes. We’ve also got a handy list of the items she uses: Shu Uemura eyelash curler ($19), DuraLash by Ardell black flare mini eyelashes ($4), and eyelash glue ($3).
Something you’re dying to DIY? Send your video suggestions to email@example.com.
The perfect blowout — one that leaves your hair silky, shiny, immune to humidity, and lasts, if you’re careful, three days — is magic. And the stylists in salons are magicians, guarding their secrets like the cure to baldness itself.
Until now. Here, Julie Dickson, owner of New York’s Fox & Boy salon (and star of other great hair how-tos, including the perfect messy side bun and cutting your own bangs) demystifies the whole process, from which brushes and hair dryers yield the best results to the all-important “how to make the back of my head look good when I can’t see it” dilemma. We did what she told us, and the results are pretty enchanting. If we do say so ourselves.
Something you’re dying to DIY? Send your video suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Fox & Boy, go to foxandboy.com.
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