Movie-inspired hair and makeup: 3 Beauty Panel looks made popular by our favourite film heroines


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There’s no question that films these days are playing a large role in the fashion and beauty industry (think Net-A-Porter x Hunger Games and M.A.C x Maleficent). So it’s kind of expected to see us all regularly channeling our favourite film heroines, especially when these collaborations make it so easy to cop. And who doesn’t want to borrow  some of that leading lady confidence? While rocking our favourite movie looks is usually saved for Halloween, that doesn’t mean we can’t try to incorporate movie-inspired hair and makeup in our everyday lives. So this week, we asked Beauty Panel to do just that. From Katniss Everdeen’s much-coveted braid to Cher Horowitz’s ‘90s hair and makeup, Beauty Panel members are showing off their favourite movie-inspired beauty looks they’re rocking all year round.

Challenge 72: Which movie heroine inspires your everyday beauty? See the answers now! »

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Skin cancer warning: The US Surgeon General has issued a statement that you seriously need to read


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Summer beauty routines often consist of perfect beach waves and tanned skin, but the latter has just been named a “major public health problem” by the United States Surgeon General. The statistics are shocking. CNN reports that more annual cases of skin cancer are diagnosed than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer combined. Even we are guilty of basking in the sun for a little extra glow, but this skin cancer warning has made us seriously rethink our summer beauty habits.

Each year, almost 5 million people in the United States are treated for the disease, with more than 63,000 cases of melanoma diagnosed—the deadliest type of skin cancer. The Canadian Cancer Society estimates that in 2014 alone 6,500 people will be diagnosed with melanoma and that’s 6,500 people too many. Tanning beds are a major source of the problem, with 400,000 cases of skin cancer each year related to indoor tanning. This is completely avoidable. It is heartbreaking that people are damaging their skin to this point just to get a tan.
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Are you punk enough? 10 celebrity half-shaved hairstyles to inspire your next transformation


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Asymmetrical hairstyles of any kind have been making their way around the celebrity pool lately. While the once-punk look used to be reserved for the most hardcore of style-makers, many celebs have proven that half-shaved hairstyles are actually super-wearable. Heck, even Hollywood’s most glam have experimented with the undercut and half-shaved look (looking at you, Scarlett Johannson). With its instant ability to transform someone from glam to edgy, we can see why this risky look is becoming more of a red carpet beauty trend lately. Thinking of new and unexpected ways to change your image? Then you’ve come to the right place. But if you’re not ready to make such a bold move, we’ve still got you covered. From Rosario Dawson’s side-shaved look to Julianne Hough’s faux-undercut, we round up the 10 best celebrity half-shaved hairstyles (real and faux!) to inspire your next transformation. Read more »

Ever burnt your scalp? 5 hair products with SPF to prevent feeling like your head is on fire


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Photography by Peter Stigter

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I don’t mean to brag—yes I do—but I haven’t stepped outside without SPF on in ages. If I could bathe in sunscreen, I would. But this past weekend, I made the horrible mistake of spending an entire afternoon outside with sunscreen on every part of my body except for my head. Now three days later, I’m still dealing with the consequences of a sunburnt scalp. Not to be dramatic, but it feels like I’ve had my skull bashed in—my scalp is on fire and my head is throbbing.

If you would like to learn from my mistake and never feel this excruciating pain, here are five great SPF hair products that I normally use but OH MY GOD, THIS ONE TIME. My personal favourite is Clarins Sunscreen Care Oil Spray SPF 30 ($42,, because it’s lightweight, hydrating, and paraben- and sulfate-free, but honestly, I don’t care which one you use as long as you use one. Or wear a hat. Be safe (and smarter than me)!
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Beauty fix: How to lighten up your summer makeup routine


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Every week our Beauty Fix columnist takes on your questions about makeup, skincare, hair and more. Have a beauty question we haven’t answered? Email us at or ask away in the comments below.

What should I use to define my brows that will last through a day at the lake or beach?
Even if you’re in a less-is-more mood for summer, brows still need to have a place in your summer makeup routine since they are so integral to facial structure and appearance. If you find your usual pencil or powder doesn’t stand the test of time when heat comes into play, try Anastasia Dipbrow Brow Pomade ($23,, which essentially replaces a pencil, powder and wax in one genius pot. Use an angled brush to apply for cleanly defined brows that will stay put, even in high humidity, thanks to the waterproof formula. Available in 8 shades means you’re bound to find a match to carry you through the summer. Tip: run a spoolie through brows after applying for a softened, natural finish. Read more »

Four eyes forever: The Bobbi Brown eyewear collection + how to wear makeup with glasses


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See what makeup you should be rocking behind your frames »

In the 1970s, Sissy Spacek became an unlikely beauty inspiration for makeup artist Bobbi Brown; she had just seen Spacek host Saturday Night Live wearing round wire frames and was immediately drawn to them. Serendipitously, Brown failed an eye test and was told she needed glasses but they weren’t mandatory; she jumped at the chance to wear a pair. “They were not that popular at the time,” recalls Brown over the phone from her New York City office. “It was just about this cool hippie girl, which I really wanted to be.”
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How to pack for a road trip: 3 foolproof tips for a green beauty routine on the road



 See what you need on your green beauty on the road packing list »

Going green with skincare and makeup can feel similar to going gluten-free or eating raw; it’s all a piece of (flourless chocolate) cake until you leave home. With a little pre-planning, some smart packing and a free-spirit focus, green beauty on the road is easy.
Here are three easy steps to determine what natural beauty loot to take and what to leave behind when hitting the road for summer fun.
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Office beauty looks: 4 Beauty Panel tips for staying chic and professional in the workplace this summer


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It’s no easy feat to apply makeup for work during the summertime, especially when heat often results in runny makeup and super shiny skin. Who wants to spend a ton of time putting on makeup in the morning only to have it messed up after a short walk from the subway to the office? Piling on makeup to hide those little imperfections when it’s so hot outside is definitely not ideal, and unfortunately not many of us can rock the “I woke up like this” look for the office. So, how do we get the best of both worlds? Well this week, Beauty Panel tackles the office beauty look for the summer and show us tips and tricks on how to stand out while still looking professional.

Challenge 71: What is your office beauty look this summer? See the answers now! »

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