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Beauty fix: How to protect your hair this summer, a shine-free foundation that actually works and more


Beauty Fix

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

What exactly is a toning shampoo and what is it used for?
Toner is generally applied to hair that has been bleached in order to bring the colour down to the desired shade. A toning shampoo performs the function of a toner in a shampoo step to refresh and correct the tone of hair that has been succumbed to an undesired shade shift. John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Tone Correcting Shampoo ($14, works to tone hair colour by absorbing UV light and emitting white-blue light so that brassy tones are eliminated and your hair is returned to its former salon-fresh shade in as little as three washes.

How do I protect my hair from overexposure in the sun and keep it healthy?
Our overall efforts related to a healthy life usually incorporate intense hydration and sun protection—hair is no exception to these efforts. Keep hair hydrated with moisturizing hair masques and be sure to protect hair when in the sun either by donning a hat or using products that contain sun filters in their formulations. If you want to rewind the clock, treat your hair as you would for your face and make sure you’re treating hair to beneficial ingredients! Schwarzkopf BC Hair Therapy Time Restore Rejuvenating Spray ($18, at salons) is a leave-in spray that contains coenzyme Q10, a well-known anti-aging mainstay, which stimulates production of two keratin types that usually slow down in natural production over time. This spray will help hair remain shiny, voluminous and healthy. Read more »

Beauty Fix: A powder foundation ideal for darker skintones, ways to soothe itchy skin and more


Beauty Fix

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

Can you suggest a powder foundation formula that’s suitable for darker skintones?
Powder foundations haven’t always been the most suitable format for darker skintones, usually because traditional formulations contained talc. When applied to darker skintones, talc can create a grayish cast that looks unflattering and unnatural. Ask anyone with a medium-deep to deep skintone and they’ll likely tell you that they’ve long avoided powder foundation—until recently, that ia! CoverFX Pressed Mineral Foundation ($35, is a talc-free pressed powder foundation that feels virtually creamy when applied since it’s so finely milled Even better, it comes in 24 shades split by undertones of golden, neutral and pink, ensuring that all skintones will find a suitable, non-ashy match. Read more »

11th Annual Readers’ Choice Beauty Awards: We reveal the winners you voted to the top


11th Annual Readers Choice Beauty Awards

Photographed by Adrian Armstrong. Styled by Michelle Burca.

The results are in! You voted and we listened: From perfume and mascara to sunscreen and shampoo, we reveal the beauty products you voted top of the vanity in our 11th Annual Readers’ Choice Beauty Awards. This year more than 65 products make the cut across six categories, including nails, fragrance, makeup and hair. And as always, the Readers’ Choice Beauty Awards rewards products in a range of prices, allowing you to find favourite new products regardless of budget. Ready to see who made the cut? Pick a category below or read on to browse all the winners.



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Beauty magnified: Examining the ski chalet–ready beauty look on Michael Kors’ Fall 2012 runway

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Michael Kors Backstage Beauty Fall 2012

Photography: Backstage and runway by Peter Stigter; product by Carlo Mendoza

See how the Michael Kors Fall 2012 hair and makeup was done »

Featuring chunky cable-knits, fox furs and shearlings, the Michael Kors Fall 2012 collection was inspired by a well-to-do couple—say Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, or John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette—settling in at their cozy winter retreat after a day on the slopes. To achieve this fireside look, makeup artist Dick Page used Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in “Drama” on both lips and cheeks. The red liquid lipstick was applied with a foundation sponge on cheeks to mimic an in-from-the-cold flush then blotted on lips for a bold, precise effect. On the eyes, Dick Page swept pale gold and iridescent white powder over lids and into inner corners and finished with black mascara. Hair was just as cozy: After prepping with a volumizing spray for texture, Orlando Pita created a side part, secured it with a bobby pin and pulled the lengths into a casual, undone knot. Read on as we examine the runway look for Michael Kors Fall 2012 in full, complete with tips, tricks and the six products you need to try the hair and makeup at home. Read more »

Fall/Winter 2012 beauty trend report: 70 of the best hair and makeup looks and products from New York, London, Milan and Paris!

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Fall/Winter 2012 beauty trend report

By Lesa Hannah and Sarah Daniel

Our Fall/Winter 2012 beauty trend report covers the makeup, manicures and hairstyles you need to know, paired with the best new products. From the moody colours of Dark Shadows to Wild Side’s super saturated shades and groomed ponytails, we have all of fall’s top looks in one spectacular slideshow. Time to start browsing!

See all the beauty trends for fall »

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All the silver ladies: Just because you embrace grey hair, doesn’t mean you’re a poster child for aging gracefully


All the silver ladies

Image of Guinness courtesy of M.A.C. Cosmetics

When Liza Herz decided to embrace her grey and stop hitting the bottle, it wasn’t a statement about aging gracefully

GREY MATTER: A roundup of silver hair–friendly product picks »
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Beauty Fix: Hair dye dilemmas? We have the all the answers!


Welcome to the revamped Beauty Fix: what was once a daily hit has now expanded into a weekly beauty advice column! In our first instalment, we’re offering up tips on everything to do with hair colour. From decoding the latest trends to your best bets for colouring at home, we’re here to help you navigate through various hair dye dilemmas.

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Is the sudden summer weather wreaking havoc on your hair? We present 5 of the best anti-frizz fixes!


Warm weather brings many great things with it (think: sunshine! cocktails! pedicures!) but also increases the chances of a slick hairstyle quickly turning into a frizzy mess. Humidity relaxes the hair cuticle, making it more likely to expand into Einstein-worthy proportions. No need to worry though! Just like the earlier-than-anticipated warm temperatures, we’re ahead of the game with a rundown of five of the best anti-frizz hair products. From brand new creations to old favourites, we have you (and your hair) covered.

Ready to say goodbye to frizz? Count ‘em down! »
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