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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29.05.12 Beauty, Skincare

Beauty Spotting Trend: A Fresh-Faced Look

Naomi Watts and Stella McCartney showed us that sometimes less is more at the NSPCC Pop Art Ball last week.

The busy working mothers, both in their forties, looked fresh faced and youthful, shunning the usual smoky eyes and coloured lips for a simple no-make-up look.

The secret to achieving this is not to go completely make-up free, however, but rather cut down on the number of products and use just one of the new generation of technologically advanced multi-taskers: a BB Cream.

Instead of layering primer, foundation, concealer and powder, which can look heavy and aging, especially in the summer months, a BB cream can impart a glowing, even complexion.

Blemish or beauty balms act as a moisturizer, primer, foundation, anti-aging serum, spot treatment and sunblock all in one. And while they may provide sheerer coverage than a foundation, any trouble spots can be covered with a dab of concealer, giving skin a more dewy, plump appearance.

Make-up artist Lisa Eldridge, whose clients include Cameron Diaz, Heidi Klum and Cate Blanchett, sums it up: “….not only is a BB cream an illuminator, moisturiser and protector with SPF. It also has corrective and balancing qualities. Your one stop shop to flawless, beautiful skin.”

What else do you need to achieve this look?

Naomi Watts tints her eyelashes rather than use a mascara, and Stella McCartney’s desert island must have? Eyeliner.

Finish off with a slick of natural lip lacquer and this is a modern look that can work anywhere, day or night.

Stila Stay all Day 10-in-1 HD Beauty BalmSephora.com
Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. CreamBoots.com
Cle de Peau Beaute ConcealerSaks.com
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel EyelinerSelfridges.com
Nars Lip Lacquer in Chelsea GirlsSephora.com

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19.10.11 Beauty, Skincare

We Know Gwyneth Paltrow’s Sssssssssmooth Sssssssskin Sssssssssecret

Love her or hate her, you have to admit—Gwynnie has it all: A loving family and fantastic friends, a stellar multifaceted career, an approachable demeanor, a divine figure, and undeniable beauty. (Jealous yet?) We’re not sure what all of her secrets are, but we’re clued in on one or two…

The gorgeous GOOP author credits her fabulous body to Tracy Anderson and her youthful complexion to Sonya Dakar’s $450 Snake Venom Age Control Facial, a progressive antioxidant-rich treatment that features the controversial SYN-AKE® peptide, a synthetic (oft-compared to Botox) ingredient that mimics the biological composition of temper viper snake venom, which works to temporarily paralyze expression lines and wrinkle-prone muscles in the face, namely around the eyes and in the forehead.

If a trip to Beverly Hills for a pricey appointment at the Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic isn’t in the budget right now, perhaps a bottle of Sonya Dakar Skincare Ultraluxe-9 Age Control Complex is.

Ringing up at a far cheaper $185 (available at SonyaDakar.com), this miracle-cream-in-a-bottle is also formulated with a concentrated version of SYN-AKE®, along with 9 other potent anti-aging additives which work in tandem to stimulate collagen reproduction while filling in fine lines, thus halting wrinkle formation.

If it does all it says it does—worth every single penny, I’d say. What say you? —India-Jewel Jackson

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