Los Angeles is famously home to the well-groomed, the well-toned, and the well-documented in glossy magazines. And, of course, these beautiful people have their influence on local trends in hair and makeup. A star of equal stature - and a natural beauty in her own right - is the beach, which frames the western edge of the city and informs our style.
Eyes: The coral is the official tree of the city of Los Angeles, and those showy orange flowers have a big impact on the color direction for local beauties. Bronze is also a hot choice for L.A.'s endless summer. Ginger Schart, a MAC makeup artist at Nordstrom, says the look for nighttime is still the smoky eye. "That will never go away," Ginger says. Did someone say "movie star"?
Lips: Lip color is heavy on corals and peaches - remember the coral tree? MAC's Back to the Beach Collection is a hot seller, Ginger says.
Nails: The French manicure or pedicure is never out of style. Old-fashioned nail treatments like painting the moons of your nail a contrasting color (or not painting them at all) are making a comeback alongside metallics like gold, silver or bronze. Beach-influenced sorbet colors like pale blue, violet and orange are popular choices, seen in OPI's South Beach Collection. One of the most sophisticated and fresh color choices I have seen emerge is the dark taupe or smoky grey nail color seen on many a Westside gal's hands or toes.
Whether you love the look of old movie stars or hot new actresses, whether you prefer the ocean or the coral trees, you can find an influence to please you in the City of Angels.
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