For fair hair, it's fair weather again

STYLE FILE

January 27, 2002|By Tricia Bishop | Tricia Bishop,Sun Staff

Blond is back," says Los Angeles-based colorist Negin Zand. Cher just became one. So did Julia, and, more recently, Penelope Cruz, who shows off her newly lightened tresses on the cover of this month's In Style magazine.

"I have been coloring [Cruz's] hair for a while," Zand says. "But because of her film commitments, we have been playing it very safe, just adding a few highlights."

But when Cruz got a break in her movie schedule, the two women went to town, lifting Cruz's base several shades and adding highlights to bring her hair closer to the coveted color of model Gisele Bundchen's. (The Vanilla Sky star brought pictures of Bundchen in to show Zand.)

If you've got blond ambitions of your own, here are a few things to consider before taking the plunge:

* Go to a professional; you'll risk damaging your hair and ending up with the wrong shade if you do it yourself.

* Not all blonds are alike; choose a shade that compliments your skin tone: If your skin is olive, fair or rosy, choose cool, ash tones; pick a warm, golden blond if your skin's medium and your eyes dark.

* Be prepared for the commitment; you'll need to touch up your roots often.

New and improved fishnets

Sara Blakely, founder of the year-old Spanx hosiery company, has made fishnets actually wearable by adding a Lycra Spandex brief. The new Control Top Fishnets keep that crisscross pattern from showing up on your derriere and smooth out any rough spots -- a completely practical (and much-needed) development, but for some reason undone until now. So, for that, Sara, we thank you.

The fishnets, $26, come in black and beige and are available at Vasarri in Pikesville (410-415-6333), Wilmington Country Store in Baltimore (410-823-1245), select Nordstrom stores, online at www.spanx.com or by calling 877-997-7269. -- T. B.

Put on a patriotic face

With more fashionistas wearing their patriotism on their sleeves -- literally, on T-shirts, sweaters and the like -- cosmetics companies are hoping there's also a market for red, white and blue beauty. Here are a few products available on Sephora.com for creating the all-American face (and nails and hair and skin):

* Americana Lip Stain (Vincent Longo) -- $18

* Tony & Tina Chakra Nail Pens in Powerful Emotion (red), Free (white) and Reply (blue) -- $12 each

* Red, White and You patriotic palette with red lip polish, starry shimmer highlighting cream and navy mascara (Lorac; pictured) -- $25

* Artist Glitter for hair, nails, face and lips in red, white and blue (Sephora) -- $8 each. -- T. B.

Fantasy meets fashion

"There are immortals, and then there are those of us who are nearly immortal, who live so long that our beginnings have faded from our memories, bleached away by 10,000 years of life on earth. ... We are the witches and wizards who collaborate with the elements, the forces of nature, to conjure, to dazzle, to bewitch."

So begins photographer Suza Scalora's second book, The Witches and Wizards of Oberin (Joanna Cotler Books; $20), a fantasy fashion follow-up to her first mythical picture volume, 1999's The Fairies.

Set within a backdrop of dazzling make-believe, Scalora tells the story of magical forces joining to create an unprecedented spell through vivid color pictures of celebrity models in costumes by designer Molly Stern (a favorite of Britney Spears, Giselle Bundchen and Reese Witherspoon) and snippets of text.

If you peer closely, you might be able to recognize Gisele Bundchen and Stone Temple Pilot's Scott Weiland beneath their makeup.- T. B.

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