06.06.12 Beauty, Skincare

Beauty Trend Spotting: The Bronzed Goddess

As summer heats up and skin acquires a sun-kissed glow, it’s time to break out the bronzer. Jessica Alba, Kate Beckinsale, Louise Roe and Olivia Palermo were some of the first to go for a summery glow this week, keeping it looking natural with a smoky eye and neutral lip.

But even if the sun doesn’t break out from behind those clouds, this is a look that everyone can achieve with the help of make-up artist Kay Montano, who explains how to fake it with the ‘Bo Derek meets Gisele in Rio’ look she created for the Issa London S/S 2012 show:

– Apply Mymix Foundation in a shade suited to your skintone – do not go darker!

ModelCo Airbrush Luminizer sprayed on the face or Revlon Skinlights Face Illuminator Loose Powder applied using a big blush brush for a blown-out, blended effect are both perfect to highlight the tops of cheekbones and the temples.

– I used Nars Bronzing Powder Laguna to shade, contour and sun-kiss the girls then applied a clear raspberry cheek stain. Try Tarte cheek stain in Sheer Berry Rose.

– For the eyes I used Chanel Le Crayon Khol in Ambre smudged deep into the lashes and on the inner rim of the eye. Then I used Chanel Illusion D’Ombres in Embloui to create a smudgy, soft finish and thickened eyelashes with Chanel Inimitable Mascara in Black.

– Eyebrows were brushed up with Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream.

– The t-zone was mattified with a brush of Jurlique Rose Silk Finishing Powder.

– And finally I applied clear lip balm or Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Beige Pink.

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04.06.12 Beauty, Nails

Beauty Spotting Trend: Natural Nail

The glamour stakes were high as it was the 2012 Glamour Women of the Year Awards but one area which was notably low key? Nails.

After an excess of neon and oddball coloured manicures doing the rounds recently, Lily Collins, Lea Michele, Sofia Vergara and Naomi Watts all sported wearable shades of cream and beige taking their cue from the Fall 2012 catwalks which included glossy buff tones at Christopher Kane, soft seashell pink-and-yellow at Marc by Marc Jacobs and a sophisticated milky white at The Row.

Deborah Lippmann, manicurist to Kate Winslet, Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Jessica Parker and Penelope Cruz concurs: “Nudes are not going away and this opaque nude on a short shape is almost like the skin extended.”

And stars often opt for neutral nail lacquer hues like peach, beige and light pink on red carpet so they don’t clash with their dresses.

“Nails have to coordinate with what the celebrity is wearing and often times they don’t know until the day of or as close as an hour before they leave their house or hotel,” says Lippman.

But finding the perfect nude shade can be tricky. Here’s Lippmann’s no fail tip: “Try it on! When you put on a nude that’s wrong, your cuticle will look gray or dark or red. If the cuticle turns any colour that breaks up look of the skin extending, it’s the wrong shade.”

“Opaque formulas are great because no nail shows through, so it’s an updated, stronger way to wear nude. It’s considered the most sophisticated nail look from the top fashion houses, beauty experts, and photographers – it’s a look that they’re all requesting because it’s so chic and modern.”

“Darker skin tones can go more toward orange and yellow shades, and they can also wear a lot of purple shades. Tweak the coverage to make the shade your own, and to achieve the hue that you feel looks best. If the color looks a little light, try doing one thin coat, and then one heavier coat. If you play with the coverage, you can get the shade that works best for your skin tone.”

Here are our top picks:

Nails Inc. Cadogan SquareNailsinc.com
Essie A Crewed InterestEssie.com
Deborah Lippmann Tiny Dancerdeborahlippmann.com
Orly Nail Lacquer Coffee BreakAmazon.com

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01.06.12 Beauty, Makeup, Skincare

Diane Kruger’s Award Winning Beauty

Diane Kruger wins our Palme D’Or for looking the most fabulous throughout the 12 day Cannes Film Festival.

The model-turned-actress, who claims to have no stylist and takes only 45 minutes to get red carpet ready, made jury duty look effortless with her glamorous, yet simple look: a smoky eye, highlighted cheek bones and a natural lip.

How does she do it?

Here is Diane’s beauty routine: ‘I always wash my face with Surgras soap. Then I’ll apply Kiehl’s Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion and follow up with Roséliane d’ Uriage cream—it’s the only cream I can use on my sensitive skin.’

‘I don’t like to wear too much makeup so I’ll often just do it myself. I learned all the tricks during my modeling years—like never use foundation all over, just use something to cover imperfections. I prefer to use cover sticks, like Secret Camouflage by Laura Mercier.’

‘I have fair skin and blonde hair so I have to keep in mind that some looks can make me seem washed out.I usually go all out on lashes and eyebrows and I love red shades so I tend to go all out on lipsticks. I’m a huge fan of the smoky eye but I also like a fresh and natural look, so it just depends on my mood.’

‘The best beauty advice I was ever given came from my mom: Less is more. I’ve always preferred the natural look.’

Diane’s beauty arsenal:

Kiehls Blue Astringent Herbal Lotionkiehls.com
La Roche-Posay Lipikar Surgras Cleansing Barskin-etc.com
Uriage Roseliane Creamfrenchcosmetics.net
Uriage Makeup Removal Lotionfrenchcosmetics.net

In her make-up bag:

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealerlauramercier.com
Stila Colour Push-upsdermstore.com
Tom Ford Beauty Shade & Illuminatesaks.com
The Backstage Beauty Collection Smoky Eye & Eyeliner Quadbettesboutique.com
L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Explosion Mascaraboots.com
Laura Mercier Brow Powder Duolauramercier.com
Lancome Juicy Tubessephora.com

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31.05.12 Beauty, Skincare

How To Achieve The Perfect Pins

Ever since Angelina Jolie’s much talked about, if questionable, leg pose at the Oscars this year, we have taken more notice of pin-flashers on the red carpet.

At amfAR’s Cinema Against AIDS Gala last week, Jessie J, Milla Jovovich, Isabeli Fontana and Nina Dobrev all donned dresses split to the thigh, showing off a lot of leg.

While these lovely ladies are probably up at 6am with a personal trainer every day, those who have not been dutifully doing one hundred squats a day and hill sprints all winter can also have picture-perfect legs in minutes.

Here’s how:

– Pre-shower using a dry body brush to boost circulation and slough off dead skin

– In a warm, not hot, shower use a body scrub like Clinique Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliator or Bliss FatGirlScrub to smoothe skin and get rid of any pesky in-grown hairs

– A great razor and moisturising shave gel is a must have

– If your legs are looking pasty or have unsightly bruises, a shimmery tinted moisturiser like This Works Perfect Legs Skin Miracle can hide imperfections, skin discolourations and scars. It also has a powerful complex of vitamin C and vitamin E to help even out skin tone and Arnica to fade bruising

– If you need more coverage, a body ‘foundation’ like Dermablend Leg and Body Cover will hide tattoos, stretch marks, varicose veins, spider veins, bruises, scars and even burns for a flawless red-carpet look

– If you don’t want any colour on your legs, Philosophy Amazing Grace Firming Body Emulsion tightens and moisturises in a flash, then you can finish off with a dusting of shimmer powder down the shin bones to make your legs appear longer.

Clinique Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliator Sephora.com
Bliss FatGirlScrubBliss World
Gillette Venus Embrace Razor for WomenBoots.com
This Works Perfect Legs Skin MiracleBoots.com
Philosophy Amazing Grace Firming Body EmulsionSephora.com
Dermablend Leg and BodyDermablend.com
Victoria’s Secret Makeup Brilliant Shimmer All-over PowderVictoriassecret.com

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