11 bold hair and makeup looks every woman should try at least once in her life
Beauty Dare: Pomp Up Your Hair Like Janelle Monáe
CoverGirl face Janelle Monáe may well be the first celebrity to pull off a piled-up-high-above-the-hairline coif since James Dean and Elvis Presley. (The singer reportedly says her signature updo hairstyle was inspired by both guys.) Next time you want to pull your hair off your neck, skip the ponytail and the topknot—go for the pompadour!
Beauty Dare: Wear a Pair of Fierce False Lashes Like Katy Perry
Rocking a set of lush, lengthy lashes is the easiest way to amp up any look, but take it a step further with an embellished pair of falsies. They don’t have to be patriotic like Katy Perry’s; pick a pair adorned with sparkly rhinestones or fluffy feathers instead.
Beauty Dare: Don a Turban Headband Like Karolina Kurkova
Sidestep a bad hair day with a super-chic head scarf in a fun fabric, like Karolina Kurkova’s sequined scarf, or a pretty print. Fold it like a headband to cover your hairline, or wrap it into a taut turban that’s right on trend. Glamorous but functional—what’s not to love?
Beauty Dare: Paint on a Pop of Bright Lipstick Like Alice Eve
Love bold lips? Here’s a quick FYI: Coral is quite wearable and quickly becoming the new red. Bonus points if you up the ante and go for a vibrant neon variation à la Alice Eve! (Make it stand out even more by blotting it so it looks more like a matte stain.)
Beauty Dare: Try Mega Cat-Eye Makeup Like Cheryl Cole
If a sooty, smoky eye or a traditional winged look feels very been-there-done-that to you, go the extra mile and fashion it into a sharp triangle shape that extends past the outer corner of the eye, almost meeting the tip of the eyebrow and fading off into the temples, like Cheryl Cole’s makeup does here.
Beauty Dare: Wear Oxblood Lipstick Like Rooney Mara
If you find cherry-red lipstick too racy, look away: Oxblood (pictured here on Rooney Mara) is the hot new lip hue in town, and if the red carpet is any indication, it’s here to stay. We’re excited about this for two reasons: (1) It’s nice to see another bold color start to take center stage, and (2) it stands out, in a sexy, mysterious sort of way.
Beauty Dare: Tousle Your Hair Like Jennifer Lopez
There’s an incredibly fine line between bad hair and bedhead-sexy hair and Jennifer Lopez is clearly doing it right . Here’s a quick and easy way to master a perfectly imperfect look: Cleanse and condition your hair, and twist it into several small sections while it’s still damp. Allow it to air-dry and release for utterly amazing locks.
Beauty Dare: Try Two-Tone Hair Like Kat Graham
The ombré look is ideal for three reasons: (1) Now it’s cool to let your roots grow out for months on end; (2) it’s an easy way to test a particular hair color without diving all the way in; and (3) you don't even need to dye your hair to pull it off. Take Kat Graham, for example. She achieved the look with temporary clip-in blond extensions blended into her natural black hair. Genius!
Beauty Dare: Do Dewy Skin Like Camilla Belle
People often write off dewy skin as being shiny, but when done right—like Camilla Belle’s always is—it’s flat-out stunning. For skin with a slightly glossy finish, look for a luminizing foundation as opposed to a mattifying variation.
Beauty Dare: Swipe on Bold Eyeliner Like Kelly Rowland
The next time you find yourself reaching for black, pick up colored eyeliner instead. Use Kelly Rowland as your bright-liner role model. She knows there’s no better way to directly draw attention to your eyes than by boldly lining your lower lids in a vibrant violet hue. (But jade, teal, and cornflower blue work too!)