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16.05.12 Beauty, Makeup

Beauty Trend Spotting: The Dark Lip

The dark, vampy lip was out in full force at the Met Costume Institute Gala in New York City last week.

Dark, rich, wine-stained lips were sported by Kate Bosworth, Jessica Alba , Lana del Rey and Camilla Belle proving that the goth-inspired, Rooney Mara effect is going to be hanging around a little while longer. But Pat McGrath, the make-up artist on ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ film, has toned down the severity for this season making it a bit more wearable. She sent statement lips down the runways at the YSL, Gucci and Nina Ricci Fall 2012 shows and explained the look as: “A little bit Dante Gabriel Rosetti…It’s all about the bleached eyebrows and slightly paled-out skin with a dark lip—it’s ethereal, but dark and strong.”

To achieve the perfect dark lip McGrath recommends layering lipliner and lipstick over concealer. Using a cover-up will erase your natural lip hue and create a blank canvas for the perfect stand-out lip. “Brush a light layer of concealer over lip balm, blending with your finger, then line and color in the lips with a lipliner,” says McGrath. “Next, apply your shade of choice, blot with tissue, dust with a light bit of translucent powder, and add a second layer of lipstick for superior, longwearing coverage.” For full-on glamour, McGrath suggests pumping up shine with a touch of clear gloss.

Flawless skin is the starting point for this bold look. Make Up For Ever HD Invisible cover foundation will provide a smooth, even canvas and Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer should mask any dark spots or redness. Keep the cheeks bare and eyes simple. If you have fine brows and you’re feeling a bit edgy, give them little dust with some translucent powder, MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder should do the trick, the rest should follow Bosworth’s lead and go for a gorgeously groomed full brow.

After prepping lips, start colouring in. Plummy Clinique Quickliner for lips 07 is the perfect match for any dark,wine coloured lipstick but Lipstick Queen Silicone Invisible Liner is a fool-proof option for those with a problem staying inside the lines. Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Color in Black Orchid, Lipstick Queen Sinner in Wine and 17 Lasting Fix Lipstick in New Black are all perfectly vampish shades. Finish off with a slick of DuWop Lip Venom 2nd Sin – a clear gloss that will not only add shine but also plumps the lips.

Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation Sephora.com
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer Sephora.com
MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder maccosmetics.com

Lipstick Queen Silicone Invisible Liner Spacenk.com
Plummy Clinique Quickliner for Lips 07 Sephora.com

Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Color in Black Orchid Nordstrom.com
17 Lasting Fix Lipstick in New Black Boots.com
Lipstick Queen Sinner in Wine Spacenk.com

DuWop Lip Venom 2nd Sin Sephora.com

Will you be trying out this trend?

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Nicholas Oakwell Fall 2011 Couture

Nicholas Oakwell is a new designer which we can’t wait to see on the red carpet.

We recently told you about Nicholas following our discovery of his work during pThe Communications Store’s press preview.

He impressively graduated from the Epsom School of Art and Design where his entire final collection was bought by Harvey Nichols and featured in a Harpers & Queen spread at the desire of Hamish Bowles, the current American Vogue European Editor-at-Large.

Nicholas’ ability to mix structured necklines with feminine textures like ruffles, sequins, fur and pleats is exquisite. He recently debuted his first couture collection, which consisted of 18 different looks.

Look 17 was the most breathtaking and impressive of the presentation. The ombre ruffled skirt and structured beaded bodice sent us to gorgeous-gown heaven. We would love to see this on red carpet at the Oscars in February.

Nicholas also seems to be continuing the ballet-inspired trend. Black and nude feathers, pleats and feminine skirts all give a nod to ‘Black Swan’.

We can’t get enough of Nicholas’ feminine pieces and look forward to seeing his couture clothes on stars like Zoe Saldana, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anne Hathaway and more.

Those of you who watched ‘The X Factor’ will recognize this dress as it was worn by Kelly Rowland on the Saturday finale show.

Click here to see the full collection.

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Salma Hayek In YSL Edition Soir – ‘Puss In Boots’ Paris Premiere

Salma Hayek was in France on Sunday night for the ‘Puss in Boots’ Paris premiere.

The actress wore Yves Saint Laurent from head to toe, pairing a dress from the Edition Soir 2011 collection with the YSL Tribtoo platform pumps in black patent leather.

The black taffeta and velvet dress is a perfect choice for the fun, kid-centered event, while front pockets give a modern and edgy touch.

Loose curls and natural makeup completed the look.

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Celebrities Love…Leather Sleeves

With the holidays right around the corner, here’s a trend to put at the top of your wish list: the leather-sleeved coat/jacket.

Leather is a chic yet rough fabric that adds edge to even the most feminine pieces.

Both on and off the red carpet, celebrities like Zoe Saldana, Ciara, Elizabeth Olsen and Rihanna have been spotted wearing this sleek and sophisticated look.

The trend was big on the Fall 2011 runway at The Row, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Zero + Maria Cornejo.

Pair your leather sleeves with simple jeans like Zoe did in her Roland Mouret jacket or toughen the look up in head-to-toe black like Rihanna in Givenchy.

Elizabeth Olsen dressed up her Helmut Lang number with a Preen skirt and heels.

The fur accents on Ciara’s Helmut Lang jacket add a chic winter vibe to the trend.

Check out our favourite fashionable picks below to get your own leather-sleeved look.

Oasis faux leather sleeved coat
ASOS.com $215.64 and Oasis £100
W118 by Walter Baker Milly cotton and faux leather trench
theOutnet.com US $198 & theOutnet.com £175
Kaufman Franco belted leather and wool-blend felt coat
Net-A-Porter US $2,995 and Net-A-Porter International £2,430
Markus Lupfer leather sleeve City coat
Revolve Clothing $898
The Row Menford leather-sleeved wool coat
Net-A-Porter US $3,100 and Net-A-Porter International £2,090
Dover leather sleeve trench coat
Shopbop.com $695

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Lily Cole In Tom Ford – Harper’s Bazaar Women Of the Year Awards 2011

Lily Cole walked the black carpet at Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year Awards in London on Monday night.

The model/actress wore a stunning Tom Ford sequined cobalt blue from the Spring 2011 collection.

The contrast between Lily’s deep auburn locks and the rich blue of the gown are a fantastic combination.

The high neckline may not be to everyone’s taste but Lily’s model face is so unique she can pull this look off.

Strappy metallic stilettos and light dewy makeup let the dress be the centre of attention.

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Elle Macpherson In Alessandra Rich – Harper’s Bazaar Women Of the Year Awards 2011

Elle MacPherson attended Harper’s Bazaar Women Of the Year Awards on Monday in London.

The supermodel wore a sleek Alessandra Rich Spring 2012 dress featuring puffed polka-dot sleeves and an open at the back.

While the blonde beauty usually shows off her legendary body, the monochromatic look is a welcomed change.

Elle left her blonde locks stick straight, but she would have done better to go with a chic updo. The flock polka dot sleeves are such a focal point that it’s a shame to hide them with hair.

A small metallic clutch, modern black caged heels, Solange Azagury-Partridge crinoline earrings and light natural makeup completed Elle’s dark look.

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