Articles By Ron King

A bevy of Tinseltown beauties has recently chopped off their locks and now look impossibly soignee and chic (Willow Smith and Emma Watson to name a few), but is this cropped look a 'do for everyone? I say it depends on the person’s style, confidence level, age, personality, hair type, face and body shape. There is a short cut that will suit nearly everybody. It’s just a matter of cutting and styling it in a way that is flattering to the wearer.

For a true pixie cut, it helps to have petite, delicate facial features and a heaping dose of confidence since your face will be front and center. Crops can look good on those with more rounded or angular features as well. Simply ask for longer layers and maybe err on the side of a short bob with side bangs (same if you’re on the taller or plus size side because it can look disproportionate).

Attitude is key with the pixie and it should match your style and personality as well. Teens and ladies in their twenties/thirties look best in a Mia Farrow-esque ‘do, which makes them appear fresh and stylish. On the other hand, women on the more mature side do best with bobs or shoulder length hair usually because it lends an air of youthfulness to the face and very short hair can look severe on mature faces. At the same time, going too long with your length when you’re a woman of a certain age can make you look older as well. It’s best to hit that mid-length sweet spot.

Scared of losing all your length at once? I suggest gradually going shorter (from long to medium length to a bob to a pixie cut) so the shock won’t be as sudden and you can get an idea of what you will look like without hacking too much off. Play with color as well when you take the short hair plunge. Just like with adjusting hair and makeup styles and colors when you make a change in your appearance, you should with your color. This can also ease growing pains if you don’t like your cut and is a nice way to make short hair more playful and fun.

So curlies, are you down for the pixie cut?


Cat Eyes

Go for a cat-eye effect to make your eyes pop

Winter is in full effect. And according to my friends in NYC, the northeast, and other parts of the country, we are in a bit of a pickle with the weather. Over two feet of snow in some areas of the tri-state region and beyond has accumulated, yet nightlife shows no signs of slowing down. So, what’s an intrepid and fashionable gal to do when heading out in the snow? Below, my fave tips for keeping warm and looking good during snowstorm season to share with your clients:

Wear waterproof makeup. Simple, affordable options abound everywhere and this is perhaps the most important tip I can give. After all, snow is simply water in solid form. If you want your makeup to stay put, opt for waterproof eye and skin makeup especially. A large makeup store that carries a variety of brands might be a good place to start to find colors and formulas that work for you (try Sephora) and will stay put throughout the inevitable snowball fights.

You may also want to call attention to your lovely face with bright colors and dramatic looks which will punch up your look despite your dreary surroundings. Winter often means parched skin and sallow complexions, but it doesn’t have to. Been wanting to try out a dewy, pearlescent look? Now is the time. It will add punch to just about any drained and stressed face. Simply mix your favorite rich moisturizer with a liquid foundation or purchase a shimmery tinted moisturizer and cream blush to get the look. Likewise, a bright lip or dark eye will ensure you’ll look like a vivacious vixen. I like a classic red in a matte shade or coral for lips. Berry-stained lip gloss works too. For eyes, go for the drama with a gorgeous cat-eye effect in true black or smokey eyes in a shimmery gray.

Colorful tights

Colorful tights will keep you warm and oh so stylish

As for your crowning glory, keep hair under wraps. Literally. Now is the time to don that cute hat you’ve been meaning to try out (I like fedoras and knit vintage-inspired caps) or the trendy braided hairstyles we’ve been seeing all over. Undone hairstyles with an edge work well, too, with inclement weather. Just make sure your artfully messy chignon looks messy all over and not like an intentional hot mess. Remember, hair product is your friend as well and so is having unwashed strands. They are easier to style updos with and look cute tucked underneath a cap, when you’re rocking your natural texture. If you hair is a little too greasy, go at it with some dry shampoo first before styling.

Lastly, you know the deal when it comes to dressing in the cold weather. Layer, layer, layer, but keep each layer of clothing thin but warm, so you don’t appear bulky. Sleek cardigans, funky hoodies and vintage long-sleeved sequined tops are all good options for tops. If you’re going for a dressier look, try a thin, nice quality turtleneck underneath a dress (very Vera Wang) but keep the length short so the outfit isn’t frumpy and dumpy. Opaque tights, colorful and textured leggings, skinny jeans, jeggings or a long, knit maxi dress a la the ’90s paired with a leather bomber jacket and some flat, chunky boots (very My So-Called Life) are all chic ideas. And don’t forget to stay warm!


Celebrity stylist Ron King, aka "The Style King," offers these great skin care recipes. Treat yourself to a spa day in the comfort of your own home with these delicious do-it-yourself masks for the face and body.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal exfoliates

Honey Yogurt Face Mask

This simple mask both exfoliates and hydrates, making it suitable for just about any skin type.

1 tablespoon of finely ground oatmeal
1 tablespoon of plain organic yogurt
A few drops of honey

Mix the yogurt and oatmeal in a bowl and stir in drops of warm honey. To warm the honey, simply place a spoon under hot water for a minute, and pour the honey onto the spoon. The honey will melt as soon as it touches the hot spoon. Apply the mask over your face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Let set for ten minutes. Rinse off your mask with warm water, and finish with a moisturizer.


Carrots

Carrots help rebuild skin collagen

Carrot Avocado Mask for Face and Body

There are many variations of the classic green avocado mask used by women for ages. This mask adds a touch of carrot, which is rich in beta-carotene and antioxidants to help rebuild skin collagen and improve tone and texture.

1 mashed avocado
1 cooked and mashed carrot
½ cup of heavy cream
1 egg
3 tablespoons of honey

Simply mix all the ingredients above and apply the mask to your face or dry areas of your body (hands, elbows, and feet). Wait for ten to fifteen minutes, and rinse off your mask with cool water.


Summer is coming to a close and many of us are scrambling to get our fall wardrobe together and come up with other approaches to autumnal dressing aside from layering. There are other ways to jazz up your clothes for the cooler weather, however, and the simplest way is to play with color, both traditional and more trendy shades. Since the runways for Fall 2010 were filled with classic, feminine silhouettes and styles in mostly solid tones, use a versatile palette of colors to play up these looks. Using your hair and skin coloring is a good way to gauge what shades were made for a person with your unique complexion. Below, I've suggested some general guidelines for different coloring types.

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore

Generally, redheads, though blessed with gorgeous hair color, face the most difficult challenges in determining what colors to wear. Common wisdom says redheads can't wear pink or green or purple, but that is simply not true. Witness Molly Ringwald in, ahem, "Pretty in Pink" or any red carpet shot of class act and style renegade Julianne Moore, who wears both green and purple frequently, for example. Since having red hair is such a vibrant trait, it goes perfectly with fall's neutrals, especially grays and blacks, in that it offsets them and adds some vibrancy. I would stay away from chocolate browns and camel colors, unless you have a deep auburn shade of color, because it won't play up your color as much. Blues and greens of every stripe as well as deep purple also work great for you because they have cool undertones usually which counteracts the pinkish coloring most redheads have. A great vintage-inspired swing coat in any of these shades is trendy for fall and will play up the retro appeal of red hair.

Brunettes, on the other hand, are such a varied group in terms of coloring that it's best to classify them as having cool undertones or warm before following any hard and fast style rules. Don't know how to figure out your undertones? Simply place something gold and then silver next to your face. Whatever color seems to go with your coloring more determines your undertones. If it's silver, you're cool and if it's gold, you guessed it, you're warm! Cooler toned brunettes, like redheads, are best in blacks, grays, blues, greens and some purples. Warm brunettes sparkle in tawnier colors like camel, beige, mustard, chocolate brown, cream and reds/oranges. I like brunettes in mod, belted sheath dresses in whatever color flatters them the most. This is a nod to the '60s style shapes that are everywhere and play up the classic vibe of brown hair.

Lastly, blondes do have more fun, but only when they know what they're doing in terms of coloring. Like brunette beauties, blondes are a diverse group with many different complexions. Use the same technique to figure out if you have cool or warm undertones. Cool blondes are great in grays, black, true white, and pale blues and greens. Since there is low contrast between blondes' coloring and hair generally, you need to create contrast with clothing for a more attractive look. Warm blondes do best in deep, honeyed shades from the brown and beige family but can also flirt with deep blues, greens and purples. I love a Hitchcock ice queen look for blondes in fall. Demure separates like knee length skirts and tights with a blouse are perfect for ringing in the fall.


Eye

Having big features is not usually considered a good thing, especially not when it comes to body parts … But there is one facial feature where bigger is always better. I’m talking about having huge, expressive, doe eyes. Not only will having larger peepers (or the illusion of it) make you seem more attractive, younger and rested, it’s also just a plain cute look. If you’ve ever seen a picture of Twiggy, you’ll realize that much of her appeal had to do with her huge, adorable and blue eyes framed by spidery, black lashes.

Not all of us have been blessed with big eyes, however, so below, I’ve compiled some tips and tricks to make your eyes large and in charge (I work with a lot of makeup artists in my salon and on shoots, so I’ve managed to pick up these hints up). Here we go…

  1. Put a shimmery, light-colored eye shadow on either side of the bridge of your nose as well as on your lids (apply lightly here). White or light colors in general make the allusion of more space between your eyes and bigger eyes overall. Just don’t go crazy with the white eye shadow. This is not 1976.
  2. Try a peach-toned liner on the inner rims of your lower lid instead of black, white or brown (this is not as harsh and unnatural). Then, apply a black/brown/gray liner a little underneath the rim and the peach liner.
  3. Apply a darker shadow in the crease of your eyelids. If your eyes are close-set, try just putting the shadow on the outer part of your crease. If your eyes are far apart, do the opposite and apply shadow on the inner part of your crease. Have well proportioned eyes? You're in luck. You can play around with your makeup to find the best application to enhance your orbs.
  4. Lastly, don’t forget the mascara!!! This is key to creating a lush, sexy eye. I like black and glossy mascara for night and a more opaque and natural shade for day. Curl your lashes and apply a few coats of mascara (just make sure it doesn’t look goopy). Two brands that are great are DiorShow mascara and, for the more budget-conscious, any Maybelline kind (can’t mess with the tried and true).


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