From the daily archives: "Tuesday, July 23, 2013"

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The San Diego Comic Con is not the first thing to spring to mind when one thinks of celebrity-ridden, red carpet affairs. Yet this iconic convention continues to draw A-listers. We think it’s because it allows them to be much more casual, wear dress-up and hair that fulfills their own sci-fi fantasies. Whatever our suppositions, Jennifer Lawrence’s winding road of micro-braids shows us another inventive and trendsetting way to keep hair off the face in the heat and humidity of summer. For our tips to creating a similar look, click style notes.

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One-length cuts that fall between shoulder and chin have a beautiful, girl-next door simplicity; brushing the edges with sun-kissed lightness enhances this quality and softens the horizontal edge. The resulting look is classic, elegant, and effortless –– the sort of style that would suit a modern day Grace Kelly. The feminine, clean-lined design works with looks from preppy to hipster. Read on for my professional take on the steps to achieving breezy, American girl beauty. –– Laura Martin 

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Last weekend the beach beauties and the fashion-forward met in Miami for the Mercedes-Benz Miami Swim Week 2014. Amongst the glitz and glamour of the hottest models flashing the sexiest bikinis and beach wear for next season, we also noticed some tantalizing hair and makeup. It shows that even with a perfect body and a vogue bikini, careful attention to beauty can elevate any look. For tips on recreating these four favorite hairstyles, click style notes. –– Michelle Rotbart 

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In fables and fairytales the princesses are often blonde, and why not. The color has a romantic, ethereal quality that’s just right for mythical beauties. A lovely golden blonde gives your mane a touch of fantastic mystery. It’s the best color for reflecting flames, catching sunlight and soaking up moon glow. Read on for the formulation for this magical color, and for tips for guaranteed sparkle. — Laura Martin

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