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18.05.12 Beauty, Makeup

Fan Bingbing’s Tangerine Dream

For the second year in a row Chinese actress Fan BingBing rocked a bold, matte, nearly neon,orange lip at Cannes Film Festival.

Orange is her favourite colour and this year, with the help of L’Oréal’s Official Cannes Makeup Artists Karim Rahman and Billy B, Fan chose L’Oréal’s Color Riche Orange (303) to play off of her embroidered Christopher Bu strapless gown.

Fan is not alone in her penchant for orange.

MAC’s Morange is currently the number 1 bestselling lipstick in China (thanks to Fan Bingbing), the orange lip featured in JCrew’s catalogue was such a hit they developed a signature hue with Poppy King last year, and even Bobbi Brow, the queen of the nude lip, has launched a collection called Neons and Nudes of which Atomic Orange is a bestseller.

The tangerine lip is definitely shaping up to be a younger, more edgy take on the red lip and was prevalent on the spring runways with designers Jason Wu, Erin Fetherston, Thakoon and Nanette Lapore all showing bold neon shades.

Try it out with for yourself with Karim Rahmin’s top orange picks:
L’Oréal Color Riche Orange
L’Oréal Color Riche Volcano
L’Oréal Color Riche Sex on the Peach

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18.05.12 Beauty, Hair

Beauty Trend Spotting: Screen Siren Hair at Cannes

There has been a lot of attention given to the big buns at Cannes this year, but we prefer a much more inspiring and complementary style to the amazing gowns; that is the glamorous, side-swept screen-siren style as worn by Lana Del Rey, Eva Longoria and Bérénice Béjo.

Taking their inspiration from 1940s femme fatale Veronica Lake’s peek-a-boo look, all three showed off glossy tumbling curls swept over to one side and left to fall elegantly to the shoulder.

While you need at least shoulder-length hair to pull this style off, it’s pretty easy to do, as Los Angeles hair stylist Shin An explains: “The easiest method is to use hot rollers but you can use velcro rollers or, in a pinch, just roll the hair around your fingers and pin the curls into place. The important thing is to keep the curls large.”

Start by washing your hair with a smoothing shampoo like Living Proof No Frizz shampoo, run some Sachajuan Mousse through to the ends, dry the hair and then part to the side desired.

On the heavier side of your part, take 1 1/2 inch sections of hair and roll backwards away from the face using around 3 rollers. Starting on the opposite side of the part, roll the hair away from the face and continue in the same direction all the way around the head. When you get to the heavier side the rollers should be facing towards the face.

Set with hairspray and let the rollers cool for 10-15 min. If you don’t have hot rollers, leave them in place for anywhere up to an hour if you can. Remove the rollers and use a Mason Pearson type brush to smooth out the curls and mould into place.

Finish it off with some more hairspray.

Liqwd Design Professional Working Spray liqwd.com
Sachajuan Hair Mousse Liberty London
Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo Sephora.com

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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.

22.11.11 Premiere

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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