28.02.13 Beauty, Hair

Oscars Beauty Trend: Bejeweled Hair

Bejeweled Hair

Actresses attending the awards ceremonies are always dripping in millions of dollars worth of diamonds, but a surprising amount of jewelry has been appearing in the stars’ hair this year.

Ellie Kemper and Morena Baccarin kicked off the trend at the SAG Awards last month when they both wore diamond brooches in their up dos, and at 2013 Oscars Sandra Bullock sported a platinum and diamond Harry Winston brooch pinned above her left ear and Salma Hayek tied up her oversized bun with a gold Cindy Chao choker.

Stylists were doubtless taking inspiration from the catwalk where tiaras, headbands and brooches worn as hair accessories have been popping up at Dolce & Gabbana, Rodarte and Meadham Kirchoff.

Hair stylist Mara Roszak, who worked with Nicole Kidman at the Academy Awards this year, told us: ‘Wearing jewels in the hair can be a really fresh addition to a look. It takes accessorizing to another level. The most important part is finding the right piece to use. It has to make sense. I like pieces to be more subtle and not take away from the hairstyle, but add a nice feminine touch.’

‘In Nicole’s hair I used an antique brooch that matched her beautiful Fred Leighton earrings. They were picked out by her stylist, and the brooch was perfect for the hair.’ ‘I like to place hair accessories on one side of a hairstyle, not symmetrical in any way. Kind of like a hidden treasure.’

The good news is that anyone can try this look  – even if Neil Lane is not prepared to loan you an 18k piece from his collection. Any brooch can be adapted with the help of a few bobby pins or try Tarina Tarantino for a selection of beautiful hair crystal, lucite and tulle accessories that won’t break the bank.

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22.02.13 Beauty, Makeup

Vote For The M.A.C. Beauty Look You Would Like To See With My Roland Mouret Gown

MAC MakeUp Osars

M.A.C cosmetics have kindly offered to create my beauty look for Oscars on Sunday.

Matthew Militello has sketched two amazing looks he thinks would work best with my Roland Mouret gown, but the final decision, as always, is down to you.



14.02.13 Beauty, Nails

Red Carpet Trend Spotting: Nail Art

Nail Art

Nails and nail art are increasingly hogging the spotlight at red carpet events as evidenced by E! TV’s Mani Cam, specifically created to get close-up shots of celebrities’ manicures.

Zooey Deschanel kicked off the trend this awards season at the Golden Globes with a movie-themed manicure featuring reels of film and film cameras. At the SAG awards three of Anne Hathaway’s bright white nails were adorned with intricate hand-painted black butterflies, Busy Philipps – star of the television show Cougar Town – jazzed up her nude manicure with gold crystal embellishment on just two of her nails, while Big Bang Theory actress Kaley Cuoco sported bold red nails decorated with light pink hearts. And last weekend’s Grammys saw singer Janelle Monae go for just one bejeweled nail on her ring finger, Miranda Lambert flashing glittery gold tips with blue triangles at the base and Jennifer Lopez going to town with white polish, white glitter, gold leaf and gold studs on her pinkie finger.

Kimmie Kyees, a Los Angeles based celebrity manicurist whose clients at the 2013 Grammys included Katy Perry, Rihanna and Adele, told us: ‘In a bad economy, beautiful nails are an inexpensive luxury. Companies like Minx pioneered the nail art trend and now Sally Hansen and Incoco have introduced retail versions of dry nail polish art that have made it truly mainstream and something we can all do at home.’

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Kimmie has designed a nail just for readers. Here’s how to get our custom pink and white heart manicure.

‘Start off applying a base coat like Orly Bonder. Next paint the nails with two coats of CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Pink-finity 140.’

‘Using a dotter, put two dots of CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Snow Storm side by side on the top third of the nail to make the top of a heart. Then, using a striper brush, pull the white polish down to form the bottom of the heart. It’s super easy and if you mess up you can alway draw a small line of pink over the white to fix the line.’

‘Finally a layer of top coat like Seche Vite seals it all perfectly.’


Orly Bonder
CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss, Pink-finity 140
Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss, Snow Storm
Orly Nail Art Dotter Duo Tool
Seche Vite Top Coat

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13.02.13 Beauty, Makeup

A View to a Kill: Adele’s Outrageous Grammy Lashes

Adele's Lashes

Music’s biggest divas were out in full force for the 55th Grammy Awards, but we only had eyes for Adele’s killer lashes.

The singer, who won her seventh Grammy for ‘Set Fire to the Rain’ and will perform her theme song for the James Bond movie ‘Skyfall’ at the Academy Awards next weekend, showed off a flawless, milky complexion, a nude lip and an awe-inducing set of eyelashes.

Michael Ashton, Adele’s personal make up artist for the last five years, was responsible for the look and told us: ‘When it comes to creating Adele’s red carpet looks, I like to take references from classic styling, films and iconic images then reinterpret them with my own aesthetic. This gives an end look that is polished and current, but also softly elegant and timeless.’

Here is how he did it: ‘First, prep and prime to perfection! My secret to creating picture perfect skin is to massage Armani Maestro Fusion Foundation into the face and add a sheer veil of YSL Touche Eclat near the inner tear ducts, through the t-zone and high planes.’

‘Brows are always so important to complete any make up look. I use a clear brow set to groom the shape and then fill and extend with Lancome Le Crayon Poudre brow pencil.’

‘Eye shadow is kept to a minimum for this look, with just a subtle highlighter on the brow bone, followed by gentle contouring through the socket. I used Lancome Colour Design Infinite in Continuous Creme as a base, then created dimension using Lancome Colour Design Eye Shadow Palette in Coral Crush.’

‘The real hero of this look is the liner and lashes. Using Maybelline Studio Gel Liner in Black, start on the inner corner of the eye and increase the width of liner as you extend towards the outer corner finishing with a flirty flick.’

‘To give the eyes a polished yet understated feel, I placed false lashes along the entire upper lashline before building up lash density with Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara top and bottom.’

‘To finish the look, I filled in the lip with Rouge d’Armani Lipstick in Beige 101 working from the middle of the mouth and creating the desired shaped using a lip brush. Blot off the excess before tidying edges using MyFace Lip Liner in Nude and apply a slick of Sisley White Diamond lip gloss to the centre of the lip.’


Lancôme Color Design Infinite 24H Eyeshadow
Lancôme Color Design 5 Shadow & Liner Palette – Coral Crush
Maybelline Gel Eye Liner
Lancôme Hypnôse Star Mascara
Armani Beauty Rouge D’Armani Lipstick

08.02.13 Beauty, Makeup

Beyonce’s Fierce Smoky Eye

Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime ShowBeyonce may already be gearing up for her Mrs Carter World Tour, but we are still obsessing over the fierce, yet neutral, make up she rocked during her high energy Super Bowl performance.

The singer went for a striking, smoky eye framed by a strong brow, but eschewed glitter or bright colour for a nude lip and flawless skin.

Makeup artist Danielle Vincent, creator of cult cosmetic skincare brand Kimiko, was at the SuperBowl doing touch-ups and evening make-up for attending A-listers and told us: ‘High on the request list was an ‘evening’ smoky eye for the pre-parties – not dissimilar from what Beyonce revealed at the half time show – and perfectly arched brows’.

‘I always start out by perfecting their skin with Kimiko’s Hydrating Tint SFP 20 and finishing it with The Lifting Pressed Powder.’

‘To achieve Beyonce’s intense and smoky eye, you have to start by laying down a neutral base so that darker colours will blend evenly.  Try Kimiko’s Lifting Eye Shadow Bento Box in Imperial Nights, which contains exactly the shades needed to create the perfect smoky eye.’

‘Using The Essential Shadow Brush, take the lightest colour in the palette and apply it from lash line up to brow bone. Then, take the silver grey and blend it over the lid, right up to the crease.  Take a clean brush and sweep it over the crease to ensure a seamless, blended look.  Then take the rich black shade and starting from the outside corner of the eye, blend inwards over the lid and into the crease.’

‘For added drama, trace your eye with black eye liner (rim them if you can), and take a little of the Ninja sparkling black shade and trace your lash line, for tiny light reflections as you flutter your lashes.  Finally, curl those lashes and layer with your favourite jet black mascara. Finally, define your brows with The Super Fine Brow Pencil Automatique and apply a slick of Sheer Tint and Lip Plumper in Golden Apricot.’

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07.02.13 Beauty, Hair

Super Bowl 2013: Jennifer Hudson Scores a Touchdown

Superbowl 2013 Hair

The Super Bowl hit a new high this year with stunning appearances by Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson and Beyonce, along with her former Destiny’s Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.

But while all the ladies’ performances were pitch perfect, not all hit the right notes in the hair department. Kelly Rowland’s overgrown extensions and heavy fringe looked wig-like and Michelle Williams also looked like she needed a trim with her too long waves.

Los Angeles based stylist Shin An was on hand in the NFL Experience Lounge Gifting Suite in New Orleans this year to style attending celebrities and players’ wives for the big event. Shin, whose salon was recently named among the Best 100 in the US by ELLE magazine, gave us her verdict on which of the divas scored a touchdown with their coiffure.

‘Beyonce’s hair looked great but predictable. She went for the same big, beachy, sexy hair,’ said Shin.

‘Alicia’s hair was overly done, lacked style and height and did not compliment her face.’

‘Jennifer Hudson was my favourite. Her loose, messy chignon with the full bangs was hot and looked much more current and interesting.’

‘To copy Jennifer’s look start with dry, brushed hair and, starting about 10cm down from the roots, spray on some Sachajuan Volume Powder. This is a powder-based spray that creates volume and provides structure with a matte finish. Work it through with your fingers.’

‘Next, pull the hair to a low side ponytail. Separate the hair into two parts and then twist them around each other. Starting at the bottom, pull out some random pieces to loosed the coil and create texture. Wrap the coil into a bun-like shape and pin into place with bobby pins.’

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