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Fun With Color: Cool Blonde


Picture this: you’re at a beauty counter. There are 36 shades of eye shadow angled toward you ever so sweetly, each like a velvety soft puppy, begging to be taken home. People with pink undertones should choose blue-reds, right? And olive skin tones should steer clear of pastels...or something? There are ‘rules’ to color-matching of course, but maybe whoever first wrote them up had it all wrong in asserting that a person’s hair and makeup shades should be based skin tone. What about starting with hair color? After all, Drew Barrymore once told us, “We could get hit by a bus tomorrow, and we’re going to have played it safe and conservative? Forget it. I want to try every hair color, I want to paint my face crazy colors. I don’t care what people think or say, I want to live. I want to have fun!”

In an attempt to demystify hair shades (let’s be honest—how many times have you been asked to “bring a reference” to your colorist?) while having Barrymore-level fun, take a look at the work of hairstylist Thanos Samaras, who essentially created six entirely new identities for us with a change of hair color and a little makeup experimentation. It’s all in celebration of John Frieda’s new Colour Refreshing Glosses. Because what’s that warning that comes at the end of every lotto commercial? Play responsibly. If you’re going to go for a new color, keep it looking good between salon visits (or enrich what you’ve already got going on) and your colorist won’t kill you for Manic Panic-ing your hair in a moment of...panic. And now, the fun part:

The hair you want: Ashy blonde. The first lift took you to Cara Delevingne, but you’ll probably go back for more, citing a tear-out of that Louis Vuitton ad with Michelle Williams. Your colorist will remind you that the ash will turn to brass without proper at-home maintenance.

Your Colour Refreshing Gloss: Cool Blonde. The purple, deliciously scented goop will gently tone out the brassiness.

Makeup experiments:

-Did you see Lady Gaga's Versace campaign? Ash blonde paired with any soft sherbet shade, like orange and pink or lavender, is a killer combination. We used Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Melondrama, and added an angular eye to give a Debbie Harry vibe to the Marilyn hair.

-Be the woman who actually pulls off an unexpected lip color by trying a steel metallic lip (check out MAC Lipglass in Steel Kiss) worn with bronzer, a frosty highlighter, and loose platinum hair.

-Use an olive eye shadow, either as a subtle liner at the edges, or a matte version all over the lids, with an otherwise bare face.

-Rich purple lips (a neon berry or deep grape) with cool highlights create an updated cyber-goth vibe.

Part 1 of a 6 part collaboration with John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss. Annie Kreighbaum photographed by Emily Weiss in New York on January 19, 2014. Hair by Thanos Samaras; makeup by Junko Kioka.

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  • StupidGirl

    You look amazing! Very old world glamour meets sex kitten.

  • Isabel

    I am SO glad these John Frieda colour glosses are back! They were around ages ago, although only in a few shades (a couple of brown tones and a red I think?) and then they got discontinued.

  • http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/ Nomadic D.

    I just went blonde myself, and though I am definitely going to go paler next time (is this really a super common thing?) I am kind of in love with it!


    I went out and bought some purple shampoo for grey-haired folks and so far it seems to be working pretty well! So true that all my makeup routines need to be rethought now though...

    ps- huge thanks to brave Emily for motivating me with her newly blonde fabulousness :)

  • Stacey Nishimoto

    oh my lord. perfection

  • Jessica Rose

    Very Marilyn Monroe. ;)


  • Mary-Katy


  • Stephanie

    Amazing! But...you would look good with any hair colour.

  • Julie

    Thank you for this post! <3 I just got my ombre touched up and my stylist recommended that I start using a gloss to maintain my minky-gray-ashy color.

  • D.f.

    been there, done that. :)

  • Peach Blossom 22

    Wow,it's beautiful
    Come to see the mini bag by PEACH BLOSSOM 22 at
    And if you want we can have a collaboration

  • Amanda

    What the hell Annie, you look great!

    I'm so interested in this product but I typically dye my hair blue black. Would the one for cool brunettes work?

  • Britt

    I enjoy reading your posts Annie! I look forward to reading more of them.
    P.S. loved your post about being a sorority girl in A-town. I live in San Antonio. Happy to see you rep Texas!!

  • Misskitty

    Am I the only one who sees the (facial) resemblance to a younger, fresher Lindsay Lohan?

    • prairie_dogs

      Annie did this series of recreations of Lohan's mugshots over the years that was amazing! I bet if you google her name and Lohan mugshot it'll come up.

  • Isabel

    Do you know if these will be available in the UK? If so when/where?

  • cpgreenwood

    She looks great in all the colors, but this entire series would be more helpful if we could actually see the various "makeup experiment" suggestions with each hair shade in photo form.


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