TV personality Megan Meany has reported on everything from the hottest celebrity news for E! News Live, to the latest fashion trends for the Style Network, and even traffic reports for WNBC. Today Megan is a lifestyles expert and host who appears on some of TV’s top national programs such as “Today” and “The Rachael Ray Show.” After all these years under studio lights, Megan has come to rely on some no-fail beauty products to help her look her best for every single show. She’s guest-posting on Gloss today to tell us more about her must-haves.
Megan Meany’s Must-Haves:
As a lifestyle reporter my beauty must-haves are like guardian angels. They never fail me. It’s how I shine (not melt) in the spotlight. Over the years, spinning through many a-makeup chair I’ve collected insights from my on-camera comrades and the professional artists who primp us to perfection.
Here are my Must Haves for an A+ appearance …
1. I never set foot on a morning show without smoothing my skin the night before with Peter Thomas Roth’s Glycolic Acid 10% Hydrating Gel. I used to pay for pricey chemical peels until a make-up artist at NBC told me a trip to Sephora could improve texture, lighten sun spots and fight wrinkles. I’ve been using this product ever since.
2. Proper highlighting is a must for serious star power. Mally’s Light Wand Eye Brightener in the inside corner of the eyes and just under the eyebrow makes me look like I got 8 hours of sleep even when I was reporting the traffic at 4:30 a.m.
3. One day during an appearance at VH1 the music stopped, we took a commercial break, and they touched me up with Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Illuminator–it’s a must on cheekbones for that luminescent, J. LO- perfect glow.
4. Here’s a trick you can use from the studio to sidewalk: Individual fake eyelashes are a natural way to extend your lashes. Ditch the strips. If you’re a first timer, black glue like this one from Lus is more forgiving with mistakes than clear.
5. When I don’t have time to hit the salon, I’ve learned how to blow-dry my own hair and it’s all about the brush. 3ME professional brushes are Italian-made in metal or hair and they cut static. People ask me all the time if I’ve just come from a blow out.
6. On a recent TV trip to Los Angeles a producer begged me not to scare West Coast viewers with my white East Coast gams! We drove to the nearest CVS and bought Sally Hansen’s Airbrush Legs. I got an instant five day Malibu beach tan for $12. Compare that to $65 professional spray tan and you know why this is a must have!
Read more from Megan on her blog, www.MegansMustHaves.com
My hair has always grown extremely fast. My mother swears it’s because of all of the peanut butter I eat (I’m severely addicted and have been since birth), but I blame my Italian heritage. While I will always appreciate my body’s odd talent, it seemed that whenever I went to the salon for a trim (which wasn’t often), just three weeks later, my hair was back to the length it was before I made my appointment.
I never wanted to cut my hair short because of its thickness—getting a short haircut with thick hair is just asking for ridiculous volume. I also didn’t want to damage it with dye. I’ve always liked my natural brown hue. The result?
Nearly 22 years of carrying around the same long, dark, wavy mane.
It was definitely time for a change. I was in dire need of a good cut (my hair had never been this long before), but I wanted more than just the usual five or so inches chopped off. It needed something special, something unique, but nothing too drastic. I just didn’t know what. The hair continued to grow and I continued to fret.
When our beauty team asked what was going on with my hair (that alone is a sign that it was reaching a ridiculous length), I told them I desperately wanted to do something with it, but felt I needed some true experts to weigh in.
So, they sent me to the fabulous Nunzio Saviano for a cut, and I decided I would give highlights a try. When I arrived, I didn’t give Nunzio many specifics, except that I wanted a decent amount chopped off, while still satisfying requirements for the “long” category. His first reply? “I’ve never cut anyone’s hair this long before.” I wasn’t sure whether to feel honored or scared.
Nunzio had me stand up so he could first cut the bulk of the unwanted length. I immediately felt at ease and watched in awe as he fearlessly trimmed and chopped, giving me lots of great layers and long bangs. While the floor of his salon was covered with what looked like nearly a foot of hair, I was left with the perfect length. Free of my overly grown, straggly ends, I immediately felt like a new woman.
Next on the agenda was a chat with colorist Stephanie Brown. I was still incredibly skeptical about jumping on the color bandwagon, as I’ve always preferred a more natural look. Stephanie assured me the highlights would indeed be a subtle, yet still noticeable, change. I was so impressed with her technique. She concentrated the warm honey color near my face and ends to brighten up my look, but was still careful not to overdo it in order to protect my signature brown shade. She finished with a gloss treatment to add shine to my overly dry hair.
Nearly four hours later, I left Nunzio’s salon with what felt (and looked) like a completely new head of hair. Our entire office was oohing and ahing the next day at my new ‘do, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision to embrace a much-needed change. I can’t thank Nunzio and Stephanie enough for working so hard to give me such a professional look.
Need a lift? These dry shampoos double as volume-infusers to boost your bouffant, ponytail, or even your regularly scheduled side- or center-parted ‘do. Eek another 48 hours out of your style with my picks below.
Pantene Root Reboot Dry Shampoo not only makes my hair feel cleaner, it actually helps it feel WASHED. Plus, the volume is so good, you’ll want to stock up to impart texture for updos and braids, as well as extending blow-outs.
TREsemme Fresh Start Volume Dry Shampoo smells divine and brushes through easily, even for those with darker hair. Mineral clay absorbs oil while citrus imparts an invigorating, fresh scent.
Sally Hershberger Major Body 3-in-1 Volumizing Spray yields ’60s screen siren locks, which is no surprise as some of my best blow-outs, styles, cuts and color originate at this Sally’s salon. Caffeine refreshes limp locks and revives after a blow-out – even the most intense spin session at Flywheel.
What’s your favorite dry shampoo?
It’s that time again! Time to store your dark lipsticks, black nail polish, and full-coverage anything and stock up on spring essentials. Lightening up your routine is essential to making it through the warmer months looking fab (instead of like a sweaty mess). We’ve tested these products over the last few weeks and they’ll certainly be helping us toward a beautiful spring.
RMS The Un-Powder – Your favorite setting powder can quickly turn into a cakey mess in the heat. However, this ultra-fine powder is like nothing we’ve ever seen before–it’s our new go-to for spring and summer. The product goes on light and airy and leaves no white residue. We’ve even worn it during workouts and it stays completely invisible, even through a sweat session.
Burt’s Bees Lip Gloss in Summer Twilight – The last thing you want on your lips in the spring and summer is a thick, sticky gloss. That’s why we stock up on these stunners from Burt’s Bees. Each gloss has a gorgeous tint that isn’t too sheer, nor too intense. The best part, however, is that the non-sticky formula feels weightless on lips.
Revision Skincare Intellishade Broad Spectrum SPF 45 — By the time winter ends, we’re so pale we’re practically glowing and that usually means our foundation just looks a little off. Instead of struggling to mask slightly orange-tinted skin we’ve turned to this smart tinted moisturizer. It adjusts to our skintone whether we’re pale or lightly bronzed. Plus, it works as a moisturizer, SPF, anti-aging cream, and foundation in one!
SoCal Curls Tie – The worst thing in the hot months is taking a cool shower only to get out and sweat while you dry and curl your hair. Skip the curling step and try this genius head wrap from SoCal curls instead. Microwave the tie for 30 seconds then wrap dry or slightly damp hair around the it and secure it. Thirty minutes later you’ll have gorgeous beachy waves. We like to do our makeup while we let our hair set but you can wear it overnight, too. Here’s a tutorial to help you master the wrapping technique.
Here are our latest “This Stuff Works” product picks from our May issue! Not only are these products awesome — they work! Try them for yourself and let us know what you think. Or better yet, enter for a chance to win this entire set by telling us in the comments section below. Click here for official rules and guidelines.
Answer this question in your comment: What is the best beauty advice you’ve ever been given?
First of all, please excuse the fact that these pics were taken in my messy lavatory, a.k.a “That ’70s Bathroom.” (That’s really what I call it, since 1973 was roughly the last time it was renovated. Whatever, it’s “vintage.”)
Once upon a time I’d just gotten home after a long day, which included a work dinner in San Francisco.
It was late — around 11:30 p.m. (when I’m normally, blissfully, in my first cycle of REM sleep) — and I was really, REALLY glad to see that my hair was still bouncy and big.
Thank you, Kerastase Spray a Porter ($35 for a 150ML bottle).
I had a moment — the moment when a hair styling product evolves from a mild obsession into a full-on holy grail — and felt the sudden urge to commemorate the moment by taking a selfie.
If you’re a fan of casual, bed-head beachy waves, this flexible hold styling spray is fan-freaking-tastic! Just spray on wet or dry hair to add volume, hold and texture, and then either air dry or use a blowdryer.
I prefer to air dry because I feel like the blowdryer leaves my hair looking messy, as opposed to purposefully tousled.
Once my hair is fully dry, sometimes I’ll kick it up a notch by grabbing a large-barrel curling iron, curling a few random pieces, and then spritzing everything one more time all over with Spray a Porter.
Either way, I end up with lifted, beachy waves worthy of (at least in my mind) a Victoria’s Secret runway.
I’ve tried more beachy wave sprays than I can count, and this one stands atop them all. The ones that fall short either zap every molecule of moisture from my hair, leave it feeling dry and crunchy, or lack hold or volume-boosting power (volume boosting-ness?).
Kerastase’s Spray a Porter gets the job done. For me, it’s a game-changer!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
I’m all about changing up my hair this season. Just two months ago I chopped 6 inches off my hair to create a huge change. I absolutely love it. It’s been different for me, but it’s something I knew I needed to do. With Spring here, I’m having a blast checking out some of the trends for hair. Last year it was all about length, this year it’s all about color, up-dos, and chopping away! It’s fun to see. I have a hair appointment booked for April 6th, so I’m really looking for something ultra-cool and ultra-trendy to try next.
Here Are 5 Hair Trends for the Spring:
1. LONG BOB - This is what I ended up doing this Spring. It’s chic. It’s trendy. It’s easy. Perfect for that person (like me) who doesn’t want to do ultra short, but doesn’t want to do long anymore. It’s the happy medium.
Image from Pinterest.
2. LOOSE WAVE - I love a loose wave, so I think this trend is awesome. Natural hair that is wavy or if you’re good with a hair wand–wave away!
Image from Pinterest.
3. BLONDE OMBRE - Ombre! Ombre! Ombre! I love it! This spring, the ombre trend is taking a walk on the lighter side.
Image from Pinterest.
4. BRAIDS — I have to get better at learning how to braid this Spring because braids are trending like CRAZY! Side braids, pony braids, French braids–have fun with all of them! It’s s bohomeian look that is very cool and can be dressed up and dressed down.
Image from Pinterest.
5. MESSY UP-DO - This is probably my most favorite trend for the Spring. It’s an up-do that is “messy,” but fabulous. This is part of the reason I needed my hair long enough for an up-do! Regardless if it’s a bun, a ponytail or a quick clip and go, a messy up-do is something you literally do on-the-go! It’s chic and fabulous!
Image from Pinterest.
Urban Decay has a reputation for producing colorful and highly pigmented palettes, but UD’s newest creation takes color to a whole new level—it’s electric. Comprised of ten bold shades, these colors are truly eye-catching. From matte to shimmer and even a little bit of glitter, these neon hues do not disappoint when it comes to color pay off. The palette is released today and you can buy it here.
Don’t be intimidated by these bright shadows–nothing brightens up a look like a pair of bold, statement eyes. We’ve created two easy eye looks with this palette to help you master the art of bright eyes.
Triple Bold Wing
Colors used: Thrash and Revolt
- Apply a white eye shadow stick to your entire lid. This creates a base for the shadow.
- Using the shade, Revolt, use a blending brush and apply this color to your lid.
- Using white eyeliner, start at the crease of your eye to create a thick wing.
- Apply Thrash with a thin-tipped brush (I used the UD brush that comes with the palette) over the white wing.
- Layer your wing and apply the same white pencil underneath.
- Highlight the inner corner of your eye using a thin-tipped brush with the shade, Thrash.
- Apply white eyeliner underneath your waterline to define your eyes.
- Using a black liquid liner, create your third wing underneath the white eyeliner.
Electric Blue Eyes
Colors used: Gonzo, Chaos, Fringe and Revolt
- Apply Revolt with a blending brush on the inner corner of your eyes.
- Blend the shade, Gonzo, into Revolt with a thin-tipped brush.
- On the base of your lid, apply Fringe with a fluffy brush. Blend this shade outward to generate a smokey effect.
- Using your finger, apply revolt just above your lash line to add sparkle.
- Using a thin-tipped brush, apply Chaos underneath your waterline.
- Finish the look with liquid liner and mascara for bold, blue eyes.
I have been trying desperately to grow out my hair for what feels like years. I’ve dreamed of having Victoria’s-Secret-model-length locks. I’ve been so focused on the length of my hair, in fact, that I’ve avoided doing anything interesting to my ‘do for far too long. I’m no stranger to switching up my style, I’ve been dyeing my hair since the 8th grade. I’ve tried every color under the sun including blonde, black, and Taylor-Tomasi-Hill-inspired red. I’ve tried tons of lengths, too–asymmetrical bob, long and flowing, bangs and everything in-between. I am definitely not afraid of change, but I’d been stuck in a rut.
Finally exasperated with my mousey-brown shade, I wanted to update my look to something sexier. I work in fashion so having an edgy look is par for the course. Usually, my feeling is that the cheaper the haircut, the better, so you can only imagine my excitement when LHJ told me I was going to the incredible Sally Hershberger Downtown Salon here in NYC. I was paired with colorist, Aura Friedman whose clients include, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lawrence, and Sophie Dahl to name a few. I was at a party with a few girlfriends the week before my appoinment when I mentioned I was going to Sally Hershberger, “Oh my god, are you going to Aura?” one of the girls asked. That’s when I knew I was in for something special.
I arrived at the salon with a photo of Khloe Kardashian’s new ombre hairstyle. It was close to my own shade without being a drastic change, but also like nothing I’d ever had. Aura painted my hair like an artist to a canvas (the last time my hair was highlighted there was one of those embarrassing caps involved). She spoke like a chemist talking about the pores of the hair while using a fluid non-method technique to apply the color.
While my color set, I asked Aura about the best treatments for colored hair. She recommended a brand new product from Nexxus Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer that you apply before washing your hair and it acts as a primer to protect against fading (Why didn’t someone think if this sooner?!).
My plastic-wrapped locks weren’t burning or itchy like most dyes I have had in the past. Aura and her assistant, Lucille Javier, checked up on the color often to make sure it wasn’t over processed. After my color was finished I headed to stylist, Temur Dzidziguri for a cut. He snipped off the dead ends and shortened the layers to avoid a heavy look. I had been growing out my blunt bangs and he easily worked them into my cut. Temur said even if you’re growing out bangs, it is helpful to have them trimmed often – as they tend to grow out “crazy.” I’m from the south, so to get a little lift Temur dried the bulk of my hair with my head flipped upside down. Using a round brush and a light layer of hairspray, my hair was transformed into a shiny, buoyant masterpiece. My color transitioned from brunette to blonde flawlessly.
I left the salon with not only the best color and cut I have ever had, but also with the confidence that I no longer looked like the boring girl next door. I may not have the body of a Victoria’s Secret model, but I do have the hair.
There are a few things we almost always have in our purses–iphones, hand sanitizer, various lipstick tubes, and good old Chapstick.
Chapstick is a classic that has kept our lips smooth through many a harsh winter and we’re excited to announce that there’s a new tube on the block. The classic brand is adding two limited-edition flavors to their classic lineup for spring: Pomegranate Gum Drop and Citrus Jelly Bean.
We gave both flavors a spin and we’re hooked. They offer the same great Chapstick moisturizing power you know and love and the scents are sweet but not overpowering. Our favorite is the Pomegranate Gum Drop but treat yourself and give both flavors a go! Whether you’re preparing to stuff some Easter baskets or get your lips in tip top shape for warmer weather, these sweet lip-savers are the perfect pick.