Best Dressed Of The Week – Lupita Nyong’o In Gucci & James Marsden In Valentino

Best Dressed of The Week - Lupita Nyong'o in Gucci & James Marsden in Valentino

I can’t believe I forgot to announce the winners of last week BDOTW; thanks Alina.

It was quite an easy win for Lupita Nyong’o in her breath-taking Gucci gown from the SAG Awards. With two more events to go, I’m excited to see if she can top this one.

James Marsden had a bit more competition but eventually won for looking so very dapper in his Valentino suit.

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24.01.14 Advertising

Video: Miu Miu Spring 2014 Ad Campaign

In the latest Miu Miu video shot by Inez and Vinoodh, they dive into a techno interpretation of the Spring 2014 collection, starring a new generation of Hollywood talents (Lupita Nyong’o, Elle Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen and Bella Heathcote).

With video game speed and sounds, we discover the four actresses’ imaginary bedrooms through the liquid slide projections created by overlaying the footage with magnificent patterns of the Miu Miu prints.

Lupita Nyong’o In Cushnie Et Ochs – Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Lupita Nyong'o In Cushnie Et Ochs - Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Lupita Nyong’o made a guest appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday (January 22).

The ’12 Years a Slave’ SAG and Critics’ Choice Award winner, shared stories about her family, their reaction to her much-deserved Oscar nomination and that she thought Emma Thompson was ‘a riot’ having photobombed her on the red SAGs carpet.

Dressed in a Cushnie et Ochs Spring 2014 sleeveless cowl neck crop top and high-waist, wide-leg trousers, it’s once again the colour which I find so captivating about this look.

We haven’t seen her wear many looks featuring trousers, so this is a nice change of pace.

It’s always exciting to see what she’s going to wear next. While you all know what dress I would like to see her wear on the red carpet at the Oscars, the honour will surely go to Miuccia Prada, considering Lupita is the current face of Miu Miu.

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Best Dressed Of The Week – Lupita Nyong’o In Ralph Lauren & Calvin Klein Collection and Chris Pine In Ermenegildo Zegna Couture

Best Dressed Of The Week - Lupita Nyong'o In Ralph Lauren & Calvin Klein Collection and Chris Pine In Ermenegildo Zegna Couture2

You know you are a fashion force to be reckoned with when on a best-dressed poll the only person you are in competition with is yourself. That is what happened this week when Lupita Nyong’o’s Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein Collection looks ended up first and second place.

The majority of you picked Lupita’s Ralph Lauren Golden Globes gown. I also loved this look, but my favourite was the Calvin Klein Collection custom gown.

The Ralph Lauren look had too much of a Gwyneth Paltrow/Zhang Ziyi déjà vu-ness about it, which lost it half a point.

However, don’t be surprised if the Ralph Lauren ends up in my BDOTY list ahead of the CK, because that cape is clearly the more memorable ‘I’ve really arrived’ look.

When it came to the fellas there was no such dilemma. It was Team Chris Pine all the way; he took looking devilishly handsome, in a classic Ermenegildo Zegna Couture suit, to a whole new level.

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20.01.14 Beauty, Makeup

Get The Look: Lupita Nyong’o’s SAG Awards Makeup

20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - ArrivalsIf anyone doesn’t believe that Lupita Nyong’o is ‘the one to watch’ on the red carpet this award season, they haven’t been paying attention to the stunning fashion and beauty choices the newcomer has been making in the past few weeks. At the SAG Awards on Saturday night, it was no exception. Lupita’s stunning Gucci gown was a real attention-grabber, and her makeup was just as striking.

Lupita’s makeup artist, Nick Barose, explains that her makeup was inspired by Lupita’s gown–”the flowers across Lupita’s chest inspired me to do something with her eyes that reminded me of butterflies on flowers” but “to keep the look from being too matchy-matchy, I kept the blue eyeshadow only in the inner corners of the eyes, and then mixed in two other colours, purple and yellow, to mimic butterfly wings. Lupita can carry colour like no one else.”

To start things off, Nick massaged Chanel Sublimage L’Essence Essential Revitalizing Concentrate and Chanel Sublimage La Crème Yeux into Lupita’s skin, let it sit for five minutes, and then blotted it off with tissue, so it left behind just enough moisture for a perfect canvas.

Then, since her eyes were going to be so colourful, Nick didn’t want Lupita to look like she was wearing blush, so he dusted Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Emotion onto the apples of her cheeks to add dimension. Next, he applied Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour on to her T-zone, under her eyes, onto the bridge of her nose and along her chin to brighten up her face.

For the statement-making eyes, Nick used the bright turquoise shade (top left) from the Chanel Les 4 Ombre Quadra Eye Shadow in Fascination from the inner corner of Lupita’s eyes to the center, and then applied Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Amethyst from the outer corners toward the center, but did not let the two colours meet.

Then he used Chanel Limited Edition Le Crayon Khôl Intense Eye Pencil in Pêche Cuivré in the center of the eyes, blending it into the other two colours with his fingers. Next, he took a small shadow brush and combined all the colours together, to make sure you couldn’t see where each colour ended.

Then he took the Pêche Cuivré pencil again and coloured along Lupita’s brow bone and took Chanel Stylo Yeux Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Noir Intense and lined the lash lines and applied two coats of Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara Multi-Dimensionnel in Noir on the upper lashes only.

To finish the eyes, Nick used Chanel Stylo Yeux Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Violine from the inner corner to the outer corner along the lower lashline, and then topped that off with the same purple shadow he used on the lids.

To make sure the brows looked polished, but not too bold, Nick used Chanel Crayon Sourcils Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil in Brun Cendré to create a fuller shape, and then went over that with a bronze eye shadow to tone the colour down.

Finally, for her lips, Nick shares, “We did break the beauty rule of ‘if you do dramatic eyes, don’t do bright lips,’ but this look called for something whimsical, so a neutral lip would have fallen flat.”

First, he used Chanel Rouge Coco Baume Hydration Conditioning Lip Balm and let it sit on the lips to moisturize, before then blotting it off. Then, he traced the edges of the lips with Chanel Le Crayon Lèvres Precision Lip Definer in Framboise and then filled them all in, and then blotted it off. Next, he applied Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Passion, which he also blotted off. “To make the lips look like a stain and not too lipstick-y, I just removed the colour as I went,” explains Nick. “That way the colour popped in a gentle way and gave the look a feminine touch.”

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Chanel Sublimage L’Essence Essential Revitalizing Concentrate
Chanel Sublimage La Crème Yeux
Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Emotion
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour
Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in Fascination
Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Amethyst
Chanel Limited Edition Le Crayon Khôl Intense Eye Pencil in Pêche Cuivré
Chanel Stylo Yeux Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Noir Intense
Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara Multi-Dimensionnel in Noir
Chanel Stylo Yeux Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Violine
Chanel Crayon Sourcils Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil in Brun Cendré
Chanel Rouge Coco Baume Hydration Conditioning Lip Balm
Chanel Le Crayon Lèvres Precision Lip Definer in Framboise
Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Passion

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20.01.14 Beauty, Nails

Get The Look: Lupita Nyong’o SAG Awards Manicure

Lupity Nyong'o -- SAG Awards Manicure copy

SAG Award winner, Lupita Nyong’o was certainly the bell of that ball at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. While the beautiful star stunned in a teal-blue Gucci gown, it was her copper manicure that was doing most of the sparkling. Deborah Lippmann took her nail expertise to the next level by creating a unique look exclusively from her nail lacquer collection for the featured red carpet starlet.

Starting with a fortified and chip resistant base, Deborah chose to coat nails in her Gel Lab Base Coat. This starter coat not only prolongs a manicure but it protects nails without any harsh gel lights.

For colour, Deborah created a new shade by layering two polishes. For the first color, she opted for a single coat of Swagga Like Us, an oxidized cooper color with a hint of teal. The mirrored chrome finish of the polish served as a festive base for next nail shade.

Deborah followed with one coat of Chain Reaction, a dirty brass glimmer colour. Featured in her latest ‘Rock This Town’ trio collection, the muted shimmer finish of the polish looked especially radiant layered over the previous shade. The blended polished made for a beautifully shimmering copper colour that perfectly complimented her full look.

Finally, to seal the picture perfect manicure, Deborah polished nails in Gel Lab Top Coat.

A fabulous blend that rivaled the lovely metal tones of the SAG Award, this manicure is a must-have look. Would you try this polish blend for your next manicure?

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Deborah Lippman Gel Lab Set (Base & Top Coat)
Deborah Lippmann ‘Swagga Like Us’
Deborah Lippmann ‘Chain Reaction’