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We know a girl whose best friend’s cousin’s dog’s previous owner’s sister is a backup dancer for Beyoncé. So, basically, it’s like we know Beyoncé.
A better way to feel the connection? Try the queen’s favorite hairstyle: a glammed-up deep side part with curls (which she wore at the inauguration and halftime show press conference).
Stylist Jennipher Van Bogart at Woodley & Bunny showed our editor how to do it in just a few easy steps; all you need is root lift product, a curling iron, clips, and hair spray.
It’s your destiny, child.
For more information or to buy any of the products used in the video, go to woodleyandbunny.com.
Photo: Stephania Stanley / DailyCandy
You know in Center Stage when Jody likes Cooper, but Cooper’s all, “Ew, girl, get away,” and Charlie’s like, “Hey, I’m here, and I’m hot, too”?
We wouldn’t mind being part of a love triangle like that. The first step: looking the part. We asked Andie Hecker, former professional dancer with NYC Ballet and founder of Ballet Bodies in L.A., to demo the moves.
In today’s three videos, she shows (rhythmically challenged) editor Lauren Lumsden how to get svelte arms (above), tone her butt and thighs with high kicks, and do a full-body cardio workout — your calves will hurt for days.
And you’ll surely be riding a motorcycle on stage in no time.
For more information on Ballet Bodies, go to balletbodies.com. Want to keep working out? Here are dozens of ways to show the lingering holiday blub who’s boss.
We like everything to have a little kick to it. So why not our fitness routine? In this video, Andie Hecker of Ballet Bodies in L.A. shows our editor how to tone her thighs and butt with a series of high kicks. Feel free to laugh at her kicks compared to Hecker’s.
For more information on Ballet Bodies, go to balletbodies.com.
There’s a reason dancers have calves of steel: frequent and constant jumping. In this video, Andie Hecker, founder of Ballet Bodies in L.A., gives our editor the workout of her life — seriously, she had trouble going up and down steps for a week — with petit allegro (the proper term for tiny jumps).
For more information on Ballet Bodies, go to balletbodies.com.
Old Man Winter doesn’t care about popularity; he prefers to sit alone at the lunch table.
Aesthetician Joanna Vargas isn’t fazed by his cold shoulder (pun intended). In today’s Pretty Smart video, she provides five crucial tips for getting rid of and preventing dry, flaky skin.
Use her tried-and-true methods to repair perpetually chapped lips and keep hands from looking twenty years older than the rest of you. She even shares a recipe for an exfoliating sugar scrub you can make in one minute flat.
She’s our nominee for prom queen.
For more information on Vargas, go to joannavargas.com.
If your skin could talk, it’d ask you to skip the month of December and head straight to January resolutions. (Grinch.)
Introduce your epidermis to Mimi Dakar Berry of the Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic in Beverly Hills (yes, they’re daughter/mother). In today’s Pretty Smart videos, she shares three DIY concoctions to erase the damage of seven eggnogs in one night.
Start with a clarifying probiotic scrub, follow with a brightening daisy-infused face mask (above), and end with a two-minute depuffing massage. Alone or altogether, these steps make your skin look ten times fresher.
And the best part? They’re as easy as (five slices of pecan) pie.
For more information on the Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic, go to sonyadakarskinclinic.com.
Most of us know about taking a daily probiotic for digestion. But how about applying it topically for glowing skin? In this video, Mimi Dakar Berry of Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic shows how to make her tried-and-true face scrub, which rejuvenates your face in less than twenty minutes.
It’s not hard to make the mental leap from hot rollers to Golden Girl Sophia Petrillo running around in a purple bathrobe.
Heed her age-acquired wisdom: They’re better for your hair, simpler to use than a curling iron, and yield just-as-great-if-not-better results when used correctly.
For proof, watch our tutorial with Julie Dickson, founder and head stylist of Fox & Boy salon in New York City. Dickson’s easy steps require only two things: rollers (here are the ones we like best) and hair spray.
You’ll be so amazed by the volume (easily adjustable with a brush) you may want to call Dickson.
And thank her for being a friend.
Want more of Dickson’s tricks? Learn to cut your own bangs, give yourself a salon-quality blowout, or do a messy side bun. For more information on Fox & Boy, go to foxandboy.com.
A ponytail-related vocabulary list:
shark n. A finlike bump that refuses to stay down.
peach fuzz n. Tiny, persistent flyaways.
rattail n. Hair near the neck that escapes the elastic.
Get more meaningful definition at John Barrett Salon’s new Ponytail Bar, the go-to for sleek, effortless versions of the updo.
There’s a big difference between what we throw together pregym and Gwyneth Paltrow’s flawless coiffure. Stylist Halli Bivona proves it by showing us how to master the classic pony. Her steps are easy to follow and require few tools.
Words can’t express our happiness.
John Barrett Salon, at Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Avenue, at 58th Street, ninth floor (212-872-2700 or johnbarrett.com). Want to keep watching? Learn to cut your own bangs, get just-out-of-the-ocean curls, or nail an easy updo for short hair.
On days when nothing’s going right (food baby in the belly, hovering boss, ex posting a million pics of his new GF on Facebook), nail art still has an uncanny ability to make us smile.
We ventured to Wassaic, New York, a friendly hamlet two hours from NYC, where artist and certified nail technician Breanne Trammell churns out designs we love from her studio in an old barn.
In today’s Pretty Smart videos, she shows us a lowbrow/highbrow duo: donut sprinkles that’ll make you hungry (above) and geometric, summer-inspired shapes reminiscent of Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park paintings.
Both tutorials are easy enough for amateurs, though Trammell did help our editor with her left hand.
She really nailed it.
Check out Trammell’s newly funded Kickstarter. For more information, go to breannetrammell.com. To watch more Pretty Smart videos, learn to shape eyebrows, style just-out-of-the-ocean hair, and conceal a blemish.