29.10.13 Beauty, Makeup, Nails

Solange Knowles’ Trend-Setting Beauty Look

Solange Knowles’ Trend-Setting Beauty Look

There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Solange Knowles is always on the cutting edge of fashion, but last week at the after party for the eBay Future of Shopping Event in New York City, she proved to be a trendsetter in the world of beauty, as well.

Instead of following the typical rules of dark makeup colors being apropos for fall, Solange took two runway trends and melded them into one fierce look.

She took cues from the 3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2013 collection with a deep-hued lip, and then took inspiration from Lela Rose’s Fall 2013 collection by rocking a bright nail polish shade in the cooler months. We also saw minty nails on the runway for Chanel’s Fall 2009 collection.

To get Solange’s totally cool deep berry lip and mint green mani and pedi, try the following products.

Solange Knowles’ Beauty Look

Lipstick Queen Sinner Lipstick in Deep Red
RGB Nail Color in Minty

09.10.13 Beauty, Nails

Gwen Stefani x OPI

Gwen Stefani OPI

It looks like Rita Ora isn’t the only blonde singer teaming up with a beauty brand. Gwen Stefani and OPI have come together to create a limited collection consisting of seven polishes.

Within the collection two will have a ‘semi-matte satin finish’ which do not require a top coat.

There is also a signature Gwen-red polish that’s packaged with studs, Swarovski elements, and nail glue for DIY nail art.

The collection, which was inspired by the 2013 Met Gala’s punk theme, is set for released in January 2014 with stage names like ‘Love.Angel.Music.Baby’ (Gwen’s 2004 debut solo album), ‘4 in the Morning’, ‘Over & Over A-Gwen’, ‘In True Stefani Fashion’ a holographic silver glitter and ‘Lay Down That Base’, a base coat for a mirrored finish.

Gwen wears a Roland Mouret Spring 2013 asymmetrical top for the campaign.

Credit: OPI

24.09.13 Beauty, Nails

Beauty Spot: DIY Nail Art

Beauty Spot DIY Nail Art

If the recent spring fashion weeks and the Emmys red carpet taught us anything, it’s that nail art isn’t going anywhere.

At Sundays award show, stars like Zooey Deschanel, Kate Mara, Kelly Osbourne and Zosia Mamet all sported nail art–and from Zooey’s whimsical black and white checkered patterned nails to Kate’s subdued white and silver chevron print, nail art can be as bold or subtle as you want.

Check out these options for easy ways to create nail art at home.

Nail Art

Ciaté Very Colourfoil Manicure
Revlon Nail Art Expressionist
Essie Sleek Sticks
NYX Precious Pearls Nail Art Kit

Credit: Getty

17.09.13 Beauty, Hair, Makeup, Nails

NYFW Beauty Recap

Beauty 1

After seven days of high fashion and stunning beauty, we’ve compiled a list of the spring beauty trends from New York Fashion Week that we think celebrities will be rocking on the red carpet soon.

Nails: The ‘Floating Moon’ Mani
Nail art isn’t going anywhere, but it is taking a minimalistic turn for spring. At Milly by Michelle, butterLONDON manicurist Katie Jane Hughes painted just the moon of the fingernails in the shade Cotton Buds and then filled in the rest of the nail with a nude shade.

ButterLONDON polish in Cotton Buds

Eyes: The Rose Gold Smokey Eye
If you don’t know that rose gold is all the rage, then you definitely haven’t been paying attention! And at Jason Wu, the shade was used to create a thoroughly modern smokey eye. Makeup artist Diane Kendal used the shimmery caramel colour from Lancome Color Design Eye Brightening All-in-One 5 Pan Shadow & Liner Palette in Bronze Amour to lay a lovely bronze cat-eye shape base, and then applied rose gold coloured glitter over the top. This would be such a high impact look at the Academy Awards in March!

Lancome Color Design Eye Brightening All-in-One 5 Pan Shadow & Liner Palette in Bronze Amour

Beauty 2

Lips: Vibrant violet
This past spring and summer, stars had lots of fun with bright pink and even orange lips, and next up, they’ll be experimenting with violet. At Prabal Gurung, makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury created an eye-catching violet lip by mixing M.A.C. Lipmix in white and burgundy for her own custom shade. Emma Rossum loves to play with colour, so I’d love to see her try this out first.

M.A.C. Lipmix in white and violet

Hair: Sleek Ponytails
It may not be a new trend, but the perfectly sleek ponytail, loved by supermodels and actresses alike, is going to be a huge trend this spring. The look was seen on the runways of designers such as Victoria Beckham, Altuzarra and Jason Wu. At Altuzarra, hairstylist Odile Gilbert began by making a center part and then blow-drying the hair with Kérastase Mousse Bouffante and sealing the ends with Kérastase Fibre Architecte. The hair was then pulled back into a low, sleek ponytail and finished with Kérastase Laque Dentelle.

Kérastase Mousse Bouffante
Kérastase Fibre Architecte
Kérastase Laque Dentelle

Credit: Go Runway, Luca Cannonieri & Greg Kessler/Kessler Studio

14.08.13 Beauty, Nails

Hailee Steinfeld’s Teen Choice Awards Starburst Nail Art

Hailee Steinfeld's Teen Choice Awards Starbust Nail Art

During Comic-Con, Hailee Steinfeld’s nail art managed to even upstage her all-eyes-on-you Kenzo dress, and she was at it again for the Teen Choice Awards.

At first glance it would appear that the nail art was merely replicating the colour and starburst print on her House of Holland dress, but there is more to it than first meets the eye: Hailee was sending out an important message.

The teen had seen an anti-bullying campaign in a magazine where young girls were asked to make a “pinky swear” promise to be kind by wearing blue polish on their pinky fingers, so that’s exactly what she did.

Chanel celebrity manicurist Ashlie Johnson created the look, starting off with two coats of Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Elixir before coating the actress’s pinkies with Chanel’s Le Vernis Nail Colour in Blue Satin.

The blue was also used to replicate the starburst pattern seen on her frock on the ring fingers, with a layer of Chanel’s Extreme Shine Nail Lacquer Top Coat and a sprinkle of glitter for added shine completing the look.

Chanel Nails

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Elixir
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Blue Satin
Chanel Extreme Shine Nail Lacquer Top Coat

Credit: Getty

25.06.13 Beauty, Nails

Beauty Trend Spotting: Matching Mani/Pedis

Mani Pedi

I hope you’re in the mood for some monochrome, because the stars are getting matchy-matchy!

Wearing the same nail polish on your fingers and toes is a huge trend right now–and Hollywood is thinking red and nude.

Young trendsetter Hailee Steinfeld used a fiery shade of polish to pop against her cobalt blue dress, shoes and clutch, while Petra Nemcova took the trend one step further by matching her lipstick as well. Talk about striking.

On the nude side of things, Jennifer Aniston adopted the trend to fit her subdued style at the Spike TV Awards.

So do you like these matching mani/pedis, or do you prefer to mix things up on your fingers and toes?

Nails

Orly Bonder Basecoat
Topshop ‘Cream’ Nail Polish in Pillar Box
HIPPxRGB in F2
China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat

Credit: Getty