From the daily archives: "Tuesday, April 2, 2013"

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These blushed tones are a great way to add some red dynamism to your hue, without giving up the blonde base. The muted warmth of soft, pastel peaches sparkles like a champagne cocktail, adding fizz and pop to any look. For anyone that wants to attain a similar shade, think about soft copper, dusky pink, vanilla blonde, as well as pastel peach –– anything pale, delicate, airy and light will maintain the ethereal, spring feeling. For further insights, click style notes. –– Ashley Kowalsky 

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A sun-dappled forest comes to mind when gazing at this beautiful mix of earth hues. Woodsy browns set off with points of brightness creates a look that is both eye-catching and natural. This effect is created by using neutral shades that sit on the border between warm and cool, which are achieved by combining complementary colors. Bronzed ash and golden khaki interweave through the gentle undulations and windswept texture. Minimal, metallic makeup sets off the look. Read on for tips and expert formulations that make the look achievable for you. –– Laura Martin

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With regard to styling hair, one of the biggest debates surrounds what to do with naturally curly tresses. Some of the myths grew so big that nowadays we even have salons that only cut curly locks, which suggests dealing with texture is a separate skill. It’s not. It just requires a refined approach. So last week we asked pioneering hairstylist Nick Arrojo to share some thoughts for successfully styling curls at home. His wet-set technique was an easy-to-do revelation, yet required the time to let hair air dry. What if, we wondered, it needed to be done faster. The answer is the diffuser. Read on to see what Nick had to say about that…

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You may have heard hair described as an art form, but what you may not know is that the principles of design taught to painters and architects are the same ones used to create flattering cuts and updos. Line, form, shape and proportion can alter and enhance both the shape of the face and the balance of the features. A high chignon can elongate the cheekbones and chin, a geometric bob can give the illusion of a perfect jaw line. a cascade of curls can deemphasize a large nose or a pointy chin. The size and form of the frame surrounding the face is just as important as the internal outline of the shape. A few weeks ago we brought you a detailed look at the use of negative space; now we’ll look at how to use line and volume to get the most out of your ‘do. Read on for more details about getting the right silhouette and celebrity examples of the principle at work. –– Laura Martin 

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