Your best cut and color
FIRST sent six readers to the James Corbett Studio in New York City to turn back the clock with star-inspired looks. Here, the pros reveal their secrets so you can get the age-erasing perks of a new hairstyle and hue too!
Amazing makeovers: One will make you look younger!
“I want Emma Stone’s
HOW IT FLATTERS: “The contrast of deep auburn hair against fair skin creates a radiant, lit-from-within effect,” says Clairol color director James Corbett, who transformed our readers’ tresses. Plus, the rich color’s dimension paired with the bounce of a layered bob imparts mega-movement to finer strands.
GET THE CUT: Ask your stylist for a “lob” (a long bob) with angled ends and light, face-framing layers. GET THE COLOR AT HOME: When going darker, opt for a demi-permanent dye (like AGEbeautiful Demi Permanent Liqui-Crème Hair Color in #5R-Medium Red, $7, SallyBeauty.com), which fades gradually over time to prevent a harsh demarcation of regrowth. Apply from roots to ends and brush through with a wide-tooth comb for even distribution; rinse after 20 minutes.
“I want Emma Thompson’s
HOW IT FLATTERS: A platinum hue casts a light on the face to offset any dark under-eye bags or sallow tinge in skin for an instantly younger appearance overall, says Corbett. And a stacked-layer pixie creates volume at the crown that pulls the eye up for a subtle face-lift effect.
GET THE CUT: Ask your stylist for a pixie that’s tapered in back with sideswept stacked bangs in front.
GET THE COLOR AT HOME: Brush a lightener
(like Clairol Nice ’n Easy Born Blonde Maxi, $10, Target.com) onto 1" sections of hair from 2 inches away from the scalp down to ends. “This creates a ‘shadow root’ that softly blends in as hair grows,” says Corbett.
Let sit 1 hour; rinse. Next, apply an ash-blond dye (like
Wella Color Charm Light Ash Blonde Demi-Permanent Haircolor, $7, Amazon.com) over bleached sections to neutralize any yellow. Let sit 30 minutes; rinse.
Nicole Romanik, 42 Emma Stone Before
Margo Feltman, 59 Emma Thompson