Everyday Starlet

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How to Find Your Personal Starlet Style

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There’s one thing Hollywood Legends have in common (besides money, of course) and that’s a signature look.  True Glamour Icons think of themselves as a brand, and they rarely stray from that.  Can you imagine Elizabeth Taylor without diamonds?  Or Gwen Stefani without her cool girl chic look?  Of course not… that’s because these Starlets found their “look.”  If you are going to be an Everyday Starlet you need to find a signature look that suits you.  Finding your style is a long process, and it may (and probably will) evolve over time. (more…)

Starlet Soundtrack: Getting Ready

It’s no secret that Starlets take a while to get ready, so sometimes they need a little motivation to keep them going.  The perfect playlist is just the trick.  It’s a trick used by Dita Von Teese, who says in her advice column on xojane.com

“If you’re the kind of girl who loses track of time, try creating a playlist that runs a certain amount of time so that you can notice when you should be getting out the door. I like to put a ridiculous song at the end of my playlist so it’s my obvious cue to hurry up!”

Dita Von Teese Getting Ready Playlist
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Here are some song ideas (new and old) to get you excited about getting ready to go out…

Also, when getting ready for a Burlesque performance, Dita listens to some Beastie Boys.  She tweeted…

Sad to hear of the passing of Adam from The Beastie Boys, they’re prominent on my “gettin’ ready for a show” playlist. Rest in peace. — Dita Von Teese (@DitaVonTeese) May 4, 2012

Now sometimes a Starlet needs to relax in a warm bath. For this she tends to listen to classical.  Usually music from the opera Carmen, the ballet Swan Lake, or a little Bach or Beethoven…

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So relax in a tub and stay tuned for music for entertaining

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Sarah

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Old Hollywood vs New Hollywood

Personally, I love the Starlets of Old Hollywood.  However, if you are a more modern gal, you can still be an Everyday Starlet.  The idea being that your life is a movie and you are the star, so you should always look your best.  Here are some Starlets from Old Hollywood and New Hollywood for inspiration:

Blonde Bombshells

Then

Now

Brunette Bombshells

Then

Now

Redhead Bombshells

Then

Now

 

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Sarah
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Ready For Your Close-up: How to Have Starlet Hair

There’s no way around it, Starlet’s have great hair.  This usually starts with her stylist.  While most Old Hollywood Starlets traveled with their stylists, that is not practical for most women.  But since you are a Starlet now, it is important to find a favorite stylist.  A hairstylist for a woman is like a bartender for a man, you will be sharing a lot of your life stories with them so find one that you have good chemistry with.  If you watch the awards shows, many actresses thank their hair and makeup teams.  Your stylist is your hair guru and is essential in getting you into character for your life movie.

 

Color

Starlets have a signature look and they rarely stray too far from it.  And each has a signature color.  Your hair color should match your coloring and your personality. 

Blonde

I think Lauren Stover summed it up best in one of my favorite books, The Bombshell Manuel of Style:
“The hair color of fairy tale heroines and victims, blonde is unthreatening, sexually open, childlike.  It commands more attention than any other hair color and needs somebody who knows how to turn it on.  Be prepared.  Going blonde is letting the genie escape from the bottle”

Brunette

While there may be a cold war between the blondes and the brunettes, dark hair is sultry.  Anywhere from chestnut to pitch black, brunette is the hair color of femme fatales and sensual seductresses.  It’s also the best color for strong women who want to be taken seriously, and known for their complexities. 

Red

Red is a very difficult color to pull off… and if it’s not your natural color, it can be difficult to maintain as well.  But hey, Rita Hayworth definitely made it work, so if you think you can too, go for it!

Cut

A starlet needs a good haircut.  She may add or grow out layers, she may cut bangs, but she rarely changes her look completely.  Nothing too trendy.  A starlet sticks to a basic cut and shape that flatters her face, and works with her hair texture.  No buzz cuts, pixies, and anything that makes her look like a boy or a soccer mom.  How many movies about a soccer mom have you watched?… exactly.  It’s okay to be one, just not look like one.  For specifics on a cut that works for you consult your hair guru. 

Products/Tools

The specific products you need depend on many factors: hair texture, length, style.  But these are the basics:
Shampoo/Conditioner– there are so many to choose from, ask your hair guru for recommendation s for your hair type.
Leave in Conditioner/Serum/Heat protectant– you’ll want to put something in your hair after washing it to protect it from heat styling.
Hair brush/Comb  I know people are divided on this, but I believe a wide tooth comb is the best option for detangling wet hair.  A hair brush is for styling and brushing dry hair.
Dry Shampoo– I only recommend washing your hair a few days a week.  The longer you can go (and I know it can be hard, especially in the summer humidity) without shampooing, the better.  A dry shampoo can help your hair feel clean between washing.  Brigitte Bardot used one, and Marilyn was known for using baby powder.
Hairspray– I have a light-hold for when I want movement, and an extra-strong-hold for when I need things to stay in place.
Deep Conditioner– My favorites is Davines.  Your hair is your signature and you should care for it.  A weekly deep conditioner can be great.  If you’re short on time, slap it on at the beginning of your shower, then put on a plastic cap and let it work while you shave.  Then rinse and you’re out of the shower in the same time you normally would be.
Styling tools– everyone needs a blow-dryer, but depending on how you want to style your hair, and your personal preference, you can use a number of options: hot rollers (Dita Von Tesse’s pick), curling iron (my preference), or try pin curls, steam rollers, etc.  The options are endless.
Other products  stuff like gels, pomades, mousse, etc are all personal preference and depend on how you would like to style your hair.  Try out different products to see what you like, and ask your hair guru for advice.

Styling           

You can find just about any hair style, and an explanation of how to do it on the internet or in books. I like to wash my hair and mostly dry it at night, and then style my hair after my shower the next day.  I set it with a curling iron, pin the curls, and let them cool while I’m doing my makeup.  But the options are endless.  For some tips, you can read how Dita VonTeese gets ready in the morning.

 

Updos

For days when you’re in a rush, or your hair just won’t do what it’s supposed to (we all have days life that, in fact most Starlets are late because of their hair), it’s good to have a few quick, cute updos in your beauty tricks arsenal for hair emergencies.  Here are some inspirations:

 

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Sarah
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Ready For Your Close-up: Perfume

Your life is a movie and you are the star. Yes, film is a visual medium so fragrance is not recognized on film.  However, one thing fragrance can do it help you get into character.  Now you should always be yourself, but you can aspire to be whatever you want to be. 
Many of the classic fragrances that Old Hollywood Starlets wore are still around today….it’s well known that Marilyn wore Chanel No5.  But I find many of these classic fragrances just remind me of the little old ladies that used to pinch my cheeks in church when I was a little girl.  The most important part of fragrance is that it should make you feel like the best version of yourself.
So head to your nearest fragrance counter and start sniffing for the real you.
One of my personal favorites is Chloe.  It’s feminine and girly, like me. 
I have recently discovered Love, Chloe and I love that too.  I tried it because I heard it was similar to Dita Von Teese fragrance FleurTeese.  I hear great things about Dita’s fragrances, but since they are not readily available in the US yet I haven’t tested them.  I have read the descriptions and FleurTeesewas the one that looked like it would suit me.  Love, Chloe has very similar notes, so I gave it a try and I love it.
Another line to check out is Tocca Beauty.  They have a collection of fragrances based on past Starlets and glamorous places.  Just read the descriptions and make a list of the ones that closest describe who you would like to be.  Then take that list to your nearest Sephora and see which ones you like in person.  Make sure you test them on your wrist to see how they mix with your own essence.

Cleopatra

Inspired by the Mediterranean seductress, Cleopatra captivates the senses. It is infused with the crisp, fresh scent of juicy grapefruit and soothing cucumber used in the legendary queen’s beauty rituals.
Notes: Bitter Grapefruit, Lush Greens, Cassis Bud, White Jasmine, Peach Nectar, Tuberose, Warm Patchouli, Golden Amber, Rich Vanilla Musk.
Style: Powerful. Seductive. Vivacious.

 Stella

Stella is infused with the slightly sweet, never bitter, and always fresh scent of blood orange. With its origins coming from 17th Century Sicily, the blood orange is harmonious with Tocca’s philosophy of combining the best of old world traditions with modern influences.
Notes: Bitter Orange, Blood Orange, Watery Accord, White Freesia, Wild Diamond Orchids, Spicy Lily, Sheer Musk, Sandalwood.
Style: Sexy. Sensual. Impetuous.

 Florence

Florence is scented with the sophisticated essence of the old European garden rose known as Centifolias or “cabbage” rose. Bred in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Dutch, Centifolias are noted for their highly fragrant blossoms. In the Florence collection, Tocca combines this delicate flower with iris root to anchor the scent.
Notes: Italian Bergamot, Grapefruit Leaves, Green Pear, Apple Cocktail, Ivory Gardenia, Crushed Violet Petals, Jasmine, Tuberose, Blue Iris, Blonde Wood, White Musk.
Style: Sophisticated. Romantic. Feminine.

 Brigitte

Brigitte channels the essence of screen siren Brigitte Bardot—an icon of glamorous, free-spirited class. Tocca’s newest fine fragrance invites you into Brigitte’s bike ride in the south of France. The intoxicating scent of the Marseilles spice market mingles with ginger, then folds in the essence of Moroccan Rose petals, blending chic, old-world European style with whimsical and exotic intrigue. Brigitte’s loveliness is deliciously textured—sweet top notes of Rhubarb and Papaya bloom into middle notes of Iris and Saffron. Her depth shines through bottom notes of Sandalwood and Musk.
 Notes: Ginger, Rhubarb, Papaya, Moroccan Rose, Iris, Saffron, Sandalwood, Musk, Pannetone Accord.
Style: Chic. Free. Glamorous.

 Giulietta

Inspired by the love story of Italian director Federico Fellini and his wife, Giulietta Masina, Tocca’s Giulietta is a sweet, floral scent reminiscent of the couple’s holidays spent on the island of Corsica. Sweet top notes of ylang ylang, green apple, and pink tulips bloom into the floral delicacy of lily of the valley, vanilla orchid, and lilac. The essence lingers, leaving the skin with a hint of pink tulips and amber.
Notes: Bulgarian Rose, Ylang Ylang, Green Apple, Pink Tulips, Lily of the Valley, Iris Pallida, Vanilla Orchid, Lilac, Heliotrope, Cedarwood, Musk, Amber, Sandalwood.
Style: Refreshing. Feminine. Delicate.

 Colette

Inspired by the French novelist and libertine, Colette, Tocca’s newest fine fragrance captures the seductive essence of a woman. Known for her romantic liaisons as much as her inspiring writing, Colette embodies the irresistible scent of a woman that lingers on the pillow long after she leaves. Warm, spicy and sweet, Colette is the perfect fragrance for the sensual woman in us all.
Notes: Bergamot, Mandarin, Lemon, Juniper Berry, Pink Peppercorn, Jasmine, Violet, Cyclamen, Pine Needles, Incense, Musk, Sandalwood, Amber, Vanilla, Cedarwood.
Style: Spicy. Sweet. Seductive.

 Bianca

Transport yourself to a seaside cafe in Southern Italy. Bianca opens with a light citrus blend of lemon orpur and mandarin. Green tea and rose petals bloom, while a whisper of musk and sugar linger on the skin, capturing the imagination.
Notes: Bergamot, Lavender, Mandarin, Lemon Orpur, Rose Petals, Jasmine, Green Tea, Musk, Sugar.

 Graciella

Graciella pays homage to the unparalleled beauty and sophistication of Grace Kelly. This beautifully lush and floral scent is as unforgettable as its muse.
Notes: Bitter Orange, Asian Pear, Watery Apricot, Casablanca Lily, Ylang Ylang from Comoros Islands, Karma Fleur, Rose de Mai, Creamy Iris, Cashmere Musk, Benzoin, Laos.
Style: Beautiful. Lush. Floral.

 Violette

Imagine springtime in Paris—the vibrant blooms along the Champs-Elysees awaken the youthful spirit of first love. Violette evokes the whirlwind romance between a young soldier on leave and a beautiful girl at the fragrance counter of Le Bon Marche in1940s Paris. This fine fragrance is housed in an Italian-made glass bottle and a gold-leafed box, making it a luxurious gift for your love or an indulgent reward for oneself.
Notes:  Italian Bergamot, Ginger Oil, Coriander Seed Oil, African Violet, Bulgarian Rose, Black Currants, Creamy Cedarwood, Cashmere Musk, Touch of Benzoin.
Style: Romantic. Lavish. Imaginative.

 Liliana

A lush, green, rolling lawn is the setting for a roaring 20s party in full swing. Liliana conjures a reveler in the bloom of youth dancing the Charleston amidst flowing bottles of champagne and a spirited jazz band. The lowering sun casts a golden sparkle as an intoxicating bouquet of muguet, gardenia, and peony wafts from the gardens, filling the night with joie de vivre.
Notes: Italian Bergamot, Neroli, Watery Peach, Muguet, Gardenia, White Peony, Sandalwood, Musk, Benzoin, Patchouli.
Style: Spirited. Intoxicating. Radiant.

 Margaux

Evoking the deep, enduring love of two kindred spirits, Margaux embraces and enchants with velvety petals of green gardenia, amber, and violet. The rich warmth of cashmere woods and warm musk, lightened by the sweetness of vanilla, envelopes the senses in an intoxicating perfume that conjures the timeless ideal of one true love.
Notes:  Blood Orange, Bergamot Blossom, Cassis, Green Gardenia, Black Jasmine, Ambery Violet, Cashmere Woods,Warm Musk, Benzoin, Vanilla, Heliotrope.
Style:  Deep. Rich. Soulful.

 

Wardrobe

It’s likely that more than one scent will appeal to you.  That is how you create a fragrance wardrobe.  It’s a good idea to have a daytime scent, a more seductive evening scent, a light summer scent, and a scent to suit other activities that you really enjoy. 
 

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Sarah
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Ready For Your Close-up: Starlet Makeup Tips

In Hollywood, stars sped hours in the makeup chair.  Getting ready for the movie of your life should not take that long (only you get bonus points if your makeup chair has your name on the pack like in Old Hollywood days).  Once you have a regular makeup plan down, it shouldn’t take you long at all.
The important thing to remember about makeup is that it should emphasize your own beauty.  It should highlight the things you love about yourself, and downplay the things you like less.  Your makeup should never upstage you.  You are the star after all, not your mascara. 

Face

Base– while many Old Hollywood Starlets wore pancake makeup, for most of us, pancakes belong at IHOP.  If you are taking good care of your skin you probably don’t need a foundation for every day.  However it’s always good to have a good one on hand for occasions when you need to look especially flawless.  Your foundation is the closest to your skin so I definitely recommend going to a cosmetic counter to have an expert help you find your ideal shade and formula.  For every day, just a few dots of concealer where needed, maybe a highlighter under eyes, and some loose powder (applied with a glamorous brush or powder puff).

 

Cheeks– As a general rule, if you look good in pure white, you look best in cool tones, if you look good in ivory you look best in warm tones.  If you’re a cool you should go with a pink blush, or maybe a lavender.  If you’re a warm, stick with a peachy blush.  If your skin is dry, go for a cream formula.  If your skin is oily, go for a powder. 
Contour/Highlight– you can add bronzer for a sun kissed look, or to contour your face.  You can also add shimmer to highlight areas you want to highlight.  This is more for special occasions than every day.

Eyes

Shadow– no crazy colors for us, Starlets want their eye color to stand out.  So neutral shades like nudes/ivorys/grays/golds/silvers… maybe a little pastels.

 

Liner-Starlets love there eyeliners.  You can try any formula from pencils to cake to gel, but when you think Pin-Up Bombshell you think liquid liner cat eye.  Yes, this look can be tricky, and takes a lot of practice.  If you would like to try this look, I suggest practicing at night before you take your makeup off before going to bed.  That way, if you mess up, you’re just removing your makeup anyway.
Mascara– this is a must.  Always curl lashes first, then apply mascara.  This is an everyday essential.  The formula is up to you, but most Starlets have drama in the movie of their lives, so a waterproof or long lasting formula is a must.
Brows– if your brows are well shaped then you just may need a pencil or powder to darken or fill in where they are sparse.  Pick a shade that matches you brow color.

Lips

Every Starlet should have a lipstick wardrobe, but she will also usually favor one color.  Every Starlet has a signature lip color.  Marilyn was known for her red lips.  Jayne Mansfield was known for pink kisses.  Brigitte Bardot was known to go nude (on her lips and just in general).

 

Every Starlet needs a red, pink, and a nude, but the shade of each is dependent on your coloring, either cool or warm.
Many Starlets of the past used lipstick brands that are still around today.  So by all means try the drugstore brands and see which brands/shades suit you. 

 

If you happen to have a leading man in your life you may want to consider a long lasting formula for your hot and heavy love scenes.  I have tried a few kiss-proof brands and my favorite is Maybelline Superstay 24 Color  I have it in several colors.  One side is a lip stain that will stay on through eating and light smooches.  The other side is a lip balm that you can re-apply throughout the day… and since it’s clear, you don’t even need a mirror to touch up.

Tips

Your makeup look should also be appropriate for the time of day and the occasion.  As glamour queen Dita Von Teese says in her book Burlesque and the Art of the Teese:

“A lady knows how to wear makeup tastefully for daytime, dramatically for evening, and theatrically for the stage”

 

Dita also breaks down her everyday beauty routine here.

Stay tuned for our fragrance lesson!
Kisses
Sarah
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