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Best Dressed: Oscars 2015 – Red Carpet Hair & Makeup Styles

We have been waiting in anticipation for the Oscars, dubbed ‘the most glamorous night of the year’. Hollywood really ups the style stakes and shows us what they are made of and we were not disappointed.

We have put together our list of who was best dressed; take a look to see who made the cut.

Rosamund Pike

 

Rosamund Pike stunned us in so many ways. The “Gone Girl” actress arrived in a show stopping red gown by Givenchy and her overall look was flawless. From its figure hugging design to Rosamund’s sophisticated up do and classic makeup, she really got it spot on.

Reese Witherspoon

 

Now Reese’s outfit was hardly all singing all dancing but it was definitely one of the most elegant outfits of the night. Proving that you do not have to go over the top to stand out Witherspoon went for a fitted Tom Ford gown with a classic monochrome combination. She really showed that less is more, even when it came down to her relaxed hair style.

Emma Stone

 

We were unsure what exact shade Emma’s Elie Saab dress is, but it would seem that chartreuse is the correct way to describe it, and it looks surprisingly good on redheads. The long sleeves of the gown are balanced out with sheer detailing and a thigh high slit. Where many would have gone for a nude lip colour to match this ensemble, Emma packed a serious punch with her bold lipstick.

Lupita Nyong’o

 

Lupita is normally associated with colour on the red carpet but this white Calvin Klein gown looks amazing on her. The dress features a staggering 6,000 pearls making sure that it is dripping in glamour. We would imagine that this embellishment makes the gown pretty heavy to walk in!

Anna Kendrick

 

Anna Kendrick has been popping up on our best dressed lists more and more and she wowed us with her custom pink Thakoon gown. We love the neckline of the dress combined with the pretty cut out detail. Her classic up do was the perfect addition to this simple yet stylish look.

By Gemma

Best Dressed: The Grammy Awards 2015 – Red Carpet Hair & Makeup

Last night saw the stars out in force for the 57th Grammy Awards. The Awards were held at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles in California. It is one of the biggest and most important nights on the music calendar, with Hollywood’s finest turning out to walk the red carpet in an array of glamorous outfits.

Take a look at the stars we thought outshone the rest…

Taylor Swift

 

This may just be our favourite look of the night. The ombre effect on Taylor’s Elie Saab gown is beautiful and the style accentuates her long legs. She accessorised with a pair of aqua earrings from Lorraine Schwartz and some stunning purple Giuseppe Zanotti heels which added some serious pizzazz. Taylor’s makeup, in particular the blue toned eye shadow, really brought the whole look together.

Gwen Stefani

 

Gwen Stefani proves that you do not have to turn up in a dress to turn heads, and make our list. She showed everyone just how to rock a jumpsuit on the red carpet. The Atelier Versace number featured voluminous trousers which tapered at the ankle and a bustier with unusual detailing. Her hair and makeup was spot on, and the look was finished off with a pair of Christian Louboutins and classic white diamond studs.

Katy Perry

 

Katy Perry is next up on our list. She sported lilac hair and a crystal embellished fringe Zuhair Murad dress. She actually wore two outfits for the night, changing for her performance later on in the evening of The Grace of God. To match her sparkling gown she chose strappy silver and more than $2 million of Kotlar diamonds!

Rita Ora

 

We love Rita’s new hairdo! She went for a poker straight platinum crop which looked fabulous against the smokey eye makeup. Rita’s dress was a sparkling Prada number which was teamed with Stuart Weitzman shows, a Swarovski clutch bag, and Lorraine Schwartz jewellery.

By Gemma

Beautiful Bridal Makeup – Spring 2015 wedding makeup trends

We took a look back at Bridal Fashion Week to bring you some of the biggest and best makeup trends that we spotted among all those beautiful gowns. Take a look below for some inspiration for your wedding makeup.

Contouring with colour

 

As we all know contouring is a major makeup trend which has been made particularly popular by the likes of Kim Kardashian. It focuses on sculpting and highlighting your features using bronzed and highlighting tones. However, Bridal Fashion Week saw brides heading down the catwalk with a touch of colour being added to the contouring. You don’t have to go too crazy, soft peaches and pinks will work beautifully for your wedding day makeup. You have the benefit of gentle contouring but the overall look is still bright and natural.

English Rose Lip

 

One of the prettiest and most wearable trends is the English rose lip. It can easily be paired with a smokey eye or barely there makeup. Consider these pinky tones as an alternative to nude lipstick or gloss.

Black and Burgundy

 

This look is not for everyone but would look stunning for a Christmas or themed wedding. The catwalks saw quite a severe look with black lip liner and heavy eye makeup. For a look that isn’t too harsh try a softer smokey eye and a rich burgundy lipstick. You will still make a statement without going over the top.

Metallic Eyes

 

Metallic makeup has also been out there for a while now in both the fashion and beauty worlds. With the obsession for all things 90s, it is metallic eye shadow that is popping up everywhere. Obviously you won’t want to go too crazy on your wedding day but you can introduce the trend with a chic touch of silver shimmer or metallic bronze.

By Gemma

How to wear: lipstick – Create Beautiful Makeup Styles

Pink lips having been popping up everywhere and many in the know believe that the colour will be dominating this year’s lips. Orangey-red shades have ruled the runways for years but that is all changing. Barbie pink lipstick definitely made an impression during the ss15 fashion weeks, after all who can forget Moschino who built their whole collection round the colour.

 

While red lipstick is an easy go to colour when you want to make a dramatic impact with your look, pink can actually pack more of a punch in many ways. The good news is that there is actually a pink that will flatter every skin tone.

Selecting the correct pink shade for your skin tone is just as important as it is with any other lipstick shade.

Choose Matte

If you don’t like you lips to look too glossy and ‘plastic’ then you may want to give matte lipstick a try. Just make sure that you prep your lips beforehand by exfoliating off any dry skin with a toothbrush or flannel and then moisturise them well. If you lips are just ever so slightly dry, matte lipstick will highlight this.

Try Sheer

Some people are not a fan of the matte texture, in which case try using a sheer colour. A pink tinted lip balm is a good place to start as your lips will have a slight sheen, be moisturised, and have a nearly natural pink colour.

Don’t Get Carried Away

If you choose to go for a Barbie pink shade try not to get too carried away and give replicating her look a go. Instead go for barely there eye makeup with just a coat or two of mascara. The aim is to keep your lips as the main focus of your look.

By Gemma

Beautiful Spring Makeup Trends for 2015 – Learn how to create beautiful makeup

We always like to be ahead of the next makeup trends so with that in mind we have put together some of the top looks that were seen on the spring 2015 catwalks so you can start experimenting now!

Perfect Plum

 

 

Plum shades have been everywhere over the autumn winter months and they were also a favourite on the spring 2015 catwalks. Plum lips are wearable for both the day and night, choose a glossy lipstick for day-wear and make more of an impact with a matte lip for a night out. For a bit of a twist on the plum trend why not try covering your eyelids with a sparkly burgundy shade for your evening out on the town.

Dramatic Black Eyes

 

 

Black eyeliner will never go out of fashion and is a makeup staple for many. The runways were full of retro cat eye liner worn on the upper lid for a clean and stylish look that is ideal for day wear. Experiment with your liner and try tight lining all the way around your eyes using liquid eye liner to give maximum impact. Of course this look is best suited to the evening; take a look at the model that rocked this look at the Diesel show.

Bold Red Lips

 

 

When they weren’t wearing lip balm, spring’s models were rocking classic red lips. Bright pillar box shades were spotted everywhere. For a bit more of a modern take on this look try sporting matte orange red lips, which is actually surprisingly easy to wear. For a long lasting colour fill your lips in using your lip pencil first before layering on the lipstick in a saturated colour.

Brown Eyed Girls.

 

 

Brown is no longer seen as dull and boring. It ranges from cool taupe shades to dark chocolate-y bronze, and everything in between. This is a very versatile look as it is easy to find a shade which will suit your skin tone. Why not go taupe for the office and bronze for after work?

By Gemma

Try the trend: No makeup, makeup – Makeup Artist Tutorial

The latest trend in spring makeup is looking ‘au-naturale’ so we are waving goodbye to our winged liner and bold lipstick while we master the no makeup makeup! We have put together a step by step guide to help you to get this trend right.

Face

Step 1:

Begin by prepping with an oil free moisturiser so make up goes on smoothly.

Step 2:

If you are lucky to have clear skin you can use a tinted moisturiser instead to even out your skin tone.

Step 3:

Apply either one of these using a sponge in a stippling motion. Be careful to blend so that there are no harsh edges. Only powder areas that become oily as natural skin does not appear matte. We want to be left with a dewy finish.

Step 4:

For a healthy, natural glow choose a cream blush and apply with your fingers to the apple of your cheeks and blending up towards the temples.

Step 5:

You can spritz over your face with a facial mist for that dewy fresh look.

Eyes

Step 1:

Avoid your eye pencil here and go for a powder that matches your hair colour. Apply this with an angled brush and then blend with a brow brush for a softer look.

Step 2:

Focus on using your mascara and really work this into your lash roots, no eyeliner for this look. If you really need to use liner then only draw a very thin line in brown or grey rather than harsh black.

Step 3:

Slick on one or two layers of mascara and comb through with a lash comb to make sure there is no clumps.

Step 4:

False lash addicts can wear a thin, long pair for extra definition.

Lips

Step 1:

Exfoliate your lips with an clean toothbrush & vaseline to remove dry skin.

Step 2:

Apply a tinted lip balm or gloss for a hint of colour and shine.

By Gemma

Try The Trend: Faux Freckles How To – Spring 2015 Makeup Looks!

Faux freckles are set to stick around for another season having appeared on the catwalks once more. Having been born with freckles, I spent my younger years trying to cover them up as a clear complexion was seen as more desirable. Now is the time to embrace freckles, emphasising what you have or creating what you don’t.

The catwalks saw makeup artists using mahogany, oak, and coffee coloured pencils to apply small dots to the models faces and necks. Some even chose to continue these freckles down the body to give the impression of a sun kissed complexion. The result is a youthful look – which lets face it- most of us want to achieve.

To work this trend, choose a pencil which is a lighter shade than your natural hair colour. You can even select two colours which will give you a more natural look. If you have light to medium skin and hair then go for a light and medium brown. If you have a warm skin tone then go for a medium and dark brown. Just tap the pencil around your face, over your nose and cheeks, and even a couple of dots on your eyelids. Ideally the dots should not be too perfect, slightly odd shaped dots will give a more natural look.

Important things to remember:

1.

Dot your freckles over any area of your face where the sun would naturally hit like the bridge of your nose and the tops of your cheeks.

2.

Don’t get over enthusiastic, this is a case of less is more and you definitely don’t want to look like a dot to dot. Having created your freckles, gently pat over them with your fingertip. The warmth from your finger will make them look less drawn on. Apply a touch of peach pink blusher on the apple of your cheeks to emphasise the youthful finish.

3.

To make sure that your freckles last just mist over them with a touch of makeup setting spray.

By Gemma

Get The Look: America Ferrara Hair & Makeup How To

At the 2014 National Board of Review Gala earlier this month America Ferrara sported a look that was all about classics. She wore a stylish black Valentino dress which inspired her smoky eye and beige lip make up. Her hair was also a classic; beautiful curled waves which complemented the look brilliantly.

 

Get the look

Hair –

Step one:

Wash hair a normal and then apply a generous amount of thickening spray before blow drying.

Step two:

Once dry separate hair into sections. Create two sections at the front, two on the sides, and two at the back.

Step three:

Take a one inch curling iron and make you way methodically around your head curling sections.

Step four:

Allow hair to cool before gently brushing out the curls into the desired shape. Finish off by misting over with hairspray.

MAKEUP

Step one:

Create your base by applying a sheer foundation as the idea is to give the appearance of a radiant complexion. Apply a touch of pale pink blusher to the apples of your cheeks for a healthy glow.

Step two:

Take a black eye pencil and use it to line the top eyelid as well as the water line of the bottom eyelid. A readymade smokey eye palette is the ideal set for this look as you only need to take the darkest shade and use it to blend the pencil line. Now use the mid tone shades to blend upwards and outwards. Apply the highlight shade to the inner corner of your eye under just underneath the eyebrow. You can put a thin line of one of the medium shades under the eye to add to the smokey look.

Step three:

Brush on two or three layers of black volumising mascara to complete the eye makeup look.

Step four:

For your lips, slick on a nude lipstick or lip gloss to contrast with the heavier eye makeup.

By Gemma

How To Get The False Eyelash Effect – Beautiful Makeup Tips!

False lashes are a bit of a saviour when it comes to weddings and parties. Fabulous lashes are a must and we all want that bambi look but there are times when falsies are not a realistic option, like a day at the office or a more formal engagement. We have put together a step by step guide that will give you a touch of the faux look and you don’t have to worry about having steady hands and controlling messy glue.

 

Step one:

To start off with use eyelash curlers to give your lashes a perfect looking curl. Pump the curlers from the roots to the tips, making sure that you hold the clamp in place for around eight seconds before releasing. Curling the base, the middle, and the ends of your lashes will give you the ideal looking curve rather than an undesirable right angle look.

Step two:

Select your favourite plumping black mascara and brush through one or two coats of it from the roots to the tips of lashes.

Step three:

Now this is the all important step which is guaranteed to amp up your lashes. Take a small amount of baby powder and tap it into a small container like the lid of one of your beauty products, or even in the palm of your hands. Use a cotton bud and lightly dip it into the powder.

Step four:

Next, cover the top and bottom of your upper and lower lashes so that they are completely coated in a light dusting of the baby powder. You lashes will take on a bit of a grey colour when you are finished.

Step five:

Slick on another coat of your mascara from the roots to the tips which will turn your lashes back to black, and the powder with have given them added volume and length.

By Gemma

Try The Trend: Glitter Lips. Amazing NYE Makeup Looks

Ever since Dorothy donned her ruby red slippers in The Wizard of Oz we have had a bit of a thing for anything red and glittery. With New Years Eve nearly upon us we have been looking for a trend that will guarantee that we stand out from the crowd, and we think that we have finally found it; glitter lips. This eye catching is sure to style up your little black dress and gives you maximum impact with your makeup.

Take a look at our step by step guide to try the trend.

Step 1:

Choose your favourite red lipstick and a matching lip liner. We obviously love a ruby red shade but this look will be most effective if the shade matches your skin tone.

Step 2:

Sharpen your lip liner as you want to draw as clean a line as possible, and trace all around the natural outline of your lips.

Step 3:

Apply your lipstick and then blot it as too much lipstick will result in the glitter sliding.

Step 4:

When choosing your glitter select one that is quite chunky as it will have more of an impact that finer glitter.

Step 5:

Now you have chosen your glitter it is time to apply it. Prepare the glitter by adding two drops of liquid adhesive base into the lid of the glitter.

Step 6:

Take your lip brush and wet the tip with the liquid. The brush should just be slightly damp.

Step 7:

Push the brush into the glitter and then tap off and excess glitter.

Step 8:

Press the glitter onto your lips beginning at the centre and then moving outwards. Try not to drag the brush as you will end up smearing the glitter. When you have used all of the glitter on the brush you can repeat from set 5 to step 7 until your lips are covered. You don’t have to stick to just red, the technique can be applied to any colour of lipstick and glitter for killer party looks, or even fancy dress.

By Gemma