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Last season, the must-have product in every beauty junkie’s make-up bag was a BB cream – a tinted moisturizer-slash-primer-slash-anti-aging-serum.

So fans of the Beauty Balm will be pleased to learn that another multi-tasking product, aimed at colour correction, has just landed at beauty counters.

CC creams, aka Colour or Complexion Correction creams, are the latest skincare innovation cribbed from Asia and this year Chanel became the first international brand to jump on the bandwagon with their CC cream, Correction Complete SPF30PA+++.

While both products act as a tinted moisturiser and sunscreen in one, CC creams give more full, foundation-like coverage, masking discoloration, pimples, age spots and sallow skin while simultaneously tackling aging and brightening the skin with ingredients such as liquorice, vitamin C and antioxidants.

Makeup artist Kristee Liu, whose rock ’n roll clientele includes Cher, Pink and Alanis, says: ‘It’s a total improvement on the BB cream. CC creams are infused with skin-improving nutrients so they have long-term benefits such as improved skin texture, collagen renewal, diminished dark spots and brighter overall appearance.’

Olay’s Total Effects CC Tone Correcting UV Moisturizer
Chanel CC Cream Correction Complete SPF30PA+++
Wei To Go Beauty Ideal Skin Perfect Finish

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Vampy red lips may be a winter staple, but the cerise lip, a trend seen on the Spring 2013 runways, has already made its way onto the red carpet.

At Dries Van Noten, make up artist Peter Philips sent models out wearing Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet lipstick in L’Exuberante. ‘I think fuchsia is more street… it’s edgier than red and has a more punk-rock feeling’, he explained.

At the Giles show, Lucia Pieroni for MAC applied a combination of foundation and powder as a base on the lip to cancel out the natural colour before filling them in again with MAC lip pencil in Embrace Me. ‘I’m obsessed with lips at the moment’, she said.

While some may shy away from such a bold hue, remember: a vivid lipstick wakes up your complexion instantly – a blessing in the cold winter months.

Choose a more orangey shade if your skin is olive-toned and a blue-based pink if your skin is pink-toned or dark.

For a softer look, dab it on with your finger rather than applying it straight from the tube.

Experiment with Mac Pro Lip Palette/ 6 Preferred Pinks.

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She may have just turned 40, but Cameron Diaz somehow continues to look ageless. At last week’s UK premiere of her new film, ‘Gambit,’ the star looked stunning in a Stella McCartney dress with flawless skin, a nude lip and classic lined black eye.

Hairstylist George Northwood spoke to us about how he achieved Cameron’s girlish bun on the night.

‘My inspiration was something soft, girly and modern for the red carpet,’ he said. ‘First I rough dried the hair, scrunching for texture and volume using a Parlux dryer.’

‘I blow dried the fringe forward with a small round brush, rounding at the end to create a soft edge – part it where desired.’

‘Next I sprayed Redken Quick Tease, a backcombing lift finishing spray, throughout the roots excluding the fringe which I kept flat. I backcombed the hair at the roots all over, again excluding the fringe, using a carbon comb which keeps the hair static free.’

‘To copy this style, hold the hair into a pony then twist on itself and wrap into a bun. Then grip and pin it into place around the outside of the bun.’

‘Pull some bits out around the face and tong lightly for texture and wave definition. I recommend T3 tongs.’

‘Finally spray with Pureology Strengthening Control Zero Dulling Hair Spray and rough up the style a bit for a fresh, young tousled look.’

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Natalie Portman has hit the bottle and gone blonde for an upcoming film role and there was only one woman she trusted with the job: Hollywood’s go-to colourist Tracey Cunningham.

Tracey’s client list reads like an Oscar nominations announcement with names like Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lopez, Emma Stone (she turned her from blonde to red and back again), Kate Beckinsale and Drew Barrymore, to name just a few.

Tracey spoke to us about how she achieved Natalie’s drastic hair transformation which she debuted on the red carpet this week at a dinner for her choreographer husband Benjamin Millepied’s L.A. Dance Project in Los Angeles.

‘Natalie makes a beautiful Blonde!’ Tracey said. ‘She needed to make the change for an upcoming movie role, and using Redken’s Blonde Dimensions we achieved a gorgeous, multi-dimensional Golden Blonde.’

A big change like this requires a lot of commitment, however, and Tracey recommends sitting on it for a while before making the leap. If you do go for it, here’s her advice.

‘I always recommend colouring every six to eight weeks, but for a single-process colour, you should really do four to six weeks. Two months is just too long,’ she says.

‘You should treat your hair like you would a fine garment—you wouldn’t throw a cashmere sweater into the wash! I love sulfate-free shampoos for gentle cleansing and I recommend Redken’s Color Extend Shampoo & Conditioner to all my clients. It does an amazing job to keep your hair healthy and vibrant’

‘I’m also really into Redken’s Real Control Slim Supreme right now, which I use pre- and post-blow-out for nourishment. It’s just a really good blow-dry serum. It does everything—it gives shine and life to the hair.’

Tracey also says to invest in some styling tools: ‘Buy some hot rollers—big, big hot rollers are awesome. Everybody looks good with a blow-out.’

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Actress-turned-designer Katie Holmes has become the first celebrity face of Bobbi Brown’s eponymous makeup line and will appear in a new advertising campaign next spring, as well as collaborating on a capsule collection of colour cosmetics.

‘Katie Holmes epitomises the modern ‘Bobbi woman’… I think of her as the modern day Ali McGraw, who I have always admired,’ Bobbi said.

‘Katie is a classic natural beauty, entrepreneur, and mother. When I met her, I thought she was a natural fit for my brand, and felt an instant connection with her because we have so much in common.’ And clearly the feeling is mutual as Brown was chosen as the makeup artist for the much-anticipated Holmes & Yang presentation at New York Fashion Week.

‘Bobbi is exceptional and Bobbi Brown Cosmetics is a company that we, as women, all turn to because it is make-up that is very accessible and makes you feel pretty,’ Katie explained.

‘Sometimes it is just a lipstick or a blush that makes you feel like you can do what you need to do. Make-up is powerful and I am thrilled to be a part of this brand.’

Bobbi Brown also shared her favourite makeup look for Katie Holmes using products from her own line.

Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Medium Bisque
Creamy Concealer in Natural
Foundation Stick in Natural Tan
Face Touch Up Stick in Natural Tan
Blush in Pretty Pink
Ivory Eyeshadow all over the lid, Cement eyeshadow on the lower lid and Grey shadow in the crease.
Long Wear Gel Liner in Espresso Ink
Mahogany Brow Pencil
Extreme Party Mascara in Black
Naked Plum High Shimmer Gloss

Gemma Arterton attended the premiere of her new movie, Byzantium at the Toronto Film Festival on Sunday in an old school Hollywood Antonio Berardi gown.

And while the Bond actress kept her makeup classic too, with a glamorous cat’s eye and Bordeaux lips, hairstylist Alex Polillo took a more relaxed approach to her hair, opting for a gorgeous beachy wave.

He spoke to us about how he achieved this laid back look:

‘To start I misted her hair with a saltwater spray (try Charlotte Ronson’s A Perfect Mess Beach Hair) and split it into four equal sections. I then braided each section loosely and secured the braids at the bottom.’

‘Next I used a hairdryer to dry the braids and also to give some heat to set the waves. After the hair was completely dry and had cooled down, I unbraided the sections and shook out her hair.’

‘I touched up the super crazy pieces with a large barrel curling iron to give it more of a languid look and then used some Leonor Greyl Eclat Naturel styling cream to piece out the texture.’

‘I finished off the look with some Frederik Fekkai Sheer Hold hairspray.’

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Makeup artist Jenn Streicher made sure that Emily Blunt stood out at the Toronto Film Festival’s premiere of ‘Arthur Newman’ this week with her flawless skin and a beautiful pink lip.

Jenn gave us a peek inside her make-up bag and let us in on how she achieved this look.

‘To prep Emily’s skin I used La Mer The Eye Concentrate, followed by Clarins Beauty Flash Balm and Hourglass Veil Fluid Foundation in No. 1.5: Nude.

‘I’m also a fan of Prtty Peaushun Skin Tight Body Lotion in Medium for a great, even-looking décolleté, and arms and legs.’

‘On the cheeks I used Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Rose Bronze.’

‘For Emily’s eyes I went for Chanel Ombré D’eau in #60 Sand (this has been discontinued so you could try Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Amethyst) and Cle du Peau Beaute Eyebrow & Eyeline Compact in 2.’

‘And for the lips I chose Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Demure, which is actually described as a ‘bright purpled magenta’ – I’m a huge fan of this line – topped off with some M.A.C. Cosmetics Clear Lipglass.’

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