Q: I’m sick of all the grooming my long hair requires, but I’m scared of getting a short ’do. Any tips for pulling off a Michelle Williams-esque cut?
— Deb C., 29, Upper East Side
A: This look isn’t for the timid, and it requires a dive-right-in attitude. “This is definitely a short haircut — but, I’m telling you, everybody can wear this haircut,” said hairstylist Chris McMillan, who cropped Michelle’s locks. The key to the look is a feminine shape — ask your stylist to create soft lines, wispy pieces near the ears and a short nape. Ladies with rounder faces should add asymetrical bangs. Product-wise, McMillan loves Christophe Robin’s leave-in styling cream because it’s “not heavy, adds a little bit of shine and takes flyaways out.”
Q: I’m not getting married until June, but the debate over appropriate pre-wedding grooming for my no-fuss fiance hs already begun. What gentlemanly “primping” should a man do before his wedding? And what’s the best time frame?
— Nora R., 24, Boerum Hill
A: It’s time to get primping. Lorraine Carlin of Truman’s Gentlemen’s Groomers (120 E. 56th St., 212-759-5015) recommends a series of haircuts and facials, plus a manicure-pedicure. If the groom-to-be doesn’t have a trusty hairstylist, he should find someone a few months before the wedding. That way, the stylist will have time to give him a few cuts and-or let hair grow out so his big-day hair is on-point. The guy should get his last cut a week before the wedding, and a neck/sideburn clean-up a day or two beforehand. As for facials, he should start three to four months prior to the wedding and go for the last one at least two weeks before (in case of irritation). Lastly, a manicure is “very important — everybody will be looking at his hands to see his new ring. Photographers also take pictures of the couple’s hands with their wedding bands,” Carlin said. A pedicure is ideal for a beach-honeymoon-bound man — plus “it’s very relaxing,” Carlin said.
Q: I’m a lawyer. How can I keep my feet warm and dry while still looking professional on days when I am in court and do not have the option of changing from boots to heels?
— Lauren H., 28, Brooklyn Heights
A: Brooke Jaffe, fashion accessories director at Bloomingdale’s (1000 Third Ave., 212-705-2000), suggests two pairs that don’t look as obviously weatherproof as Uggs or yellow rain boots. Underneath pants, Jaffe recommends the Stuart Weitzman “Raindance” boots ($425), which are made of Gortex (so they’re water-resistant). “It’s very sleek with a nice heel, so it doesn’t have the appearance of a clunky ‘weather boot,’” she said. A little more showy are the Cole Haan “Air Melanie” rainboots ($228), which Jaffee likes to see worn over black tights.
What are some must-have items for winter?
— Beth A., 28, midtown
A: Style expert Jill Martin, author of the book “Fashion for Dummies,” swears by the following five: A neutral circle scarf, because it “works with any outfit”; Hunter boots with wool lining, “so you’re chic in the bad winter weather”; a fitted black blazer (“Ditch the boyfriend blazer!”); a messenger bag in camel or brown; and fingerless gloves for texting
and sending e-mails on the go.
Q: Help! I am going away to the Caribbean in February, and I’m too pale to even think about putting on a bathing suit. I’ve tried some self-tanners before, but they have either irritated my sensitive skin or made me look orange. Are there any good self-tanners that will give me a natural-looking tan?
— Mindy F., 24, Park Slope
A: Yes! Hampton Sun’s sensitive-skin-friendly Sunless Tanning Gel ($24) is your best bet. “It imparts a very even — and, more importantly, a believable — light honey tan, it smells good and is very easy to apply,” said Nicky Kinnaird, founder of beauty haven Space NK. To prep skin, exfoliate (paying particular attention to the ankles, heels, knees and elbows). Then apply a light layer of the tanner all over the body. Add a second coat the next day “if you wish to intensify your tan,” Kinnaird said.
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