[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We thought that we had seen every type of smokey eye variation there is until Joan Smalls rocked up at the CFDA Awards with a full on ‘Denim’ smokey eye. Her simple style halter neck dress guaranteed you could spot her eyes from a mile away.

We have some top tips to help you achieve this look:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Eye makeup first

Remember when creating your look that any eye shadow can fall onto your cheeks which could ruin your finished look. Working on your base after your eye makeup means that it isn’t the end of the world if you mess up. Craft your lids and then sharpen the edges with tinted moisturiser and concealer before perfecting the rest of your face.

Begin small

When you want to create an exaggerated shape it is important that you start close to your lashes and then use the excess product on your brush to work the shape outwards.

Use more than one shade

By using more than one shade you will achieve a look that is more dimensional. Having created your shape with liner, select two or three navy jewel tones. Take a deep navy, a jewel navy, and a silver toned navy. Press each one onto the lid making sure you keep the crease and above clean for a modern finish.

Add some contrast

Having worked in the navy you can now define the inner eye with an azure shade. Follow this with navy mascara which will actually look black in some lights.

The perfect hair

To really make your makeup stand out slick all of your hair back into a ponytail, really making your face the sole focus.Learn how to create this beautiful, sleek, high pony tail – finished to perfection – on our Online Hair Up Course[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Make it your own look

If you feel like you can’t pull this look off then consider trying navy liner which actually suits everyone. Apply navy liner to your top and bottom lashes and then apply lashings of navy mascara.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Kate Middleton looked as stylish as usual during her visit to the Turner Contemporary Gallery earlier this month. Pregnant with her second child she showed off her baby bump in a cheetah print dress while her hair was in a messy, volumised ponytail which is the ideal hairstyle of this season. Perfect for both work and weekends, it can be achieved in just ten minutes. You can also add accessories like a pretty headband to dress up the look for date or special occasion.


Get the look

Step one:

Wash and condition your hair with volumising shampoo, making sure that you thoroughly rinse your hair. Apply some mousse to your roots before blow drying your hair. It is easier to work your way around your head if you first divide hair into sections.

Step two:

Now that your hair is dry, lightly run over the ends with hair straighteners to create a smooth finish. Avoid going over your roots as you will only flatten out the volume that you have just put in. Flip your hair upside down and comb through from underneath to again achieve more volume.

Step three:

Flip your hair back the right way and pull hair back using just your fingers to form a ponytail. Avoid using a brush for this as you don’t want to flatten your locks or create a look that is too precise. The idea is to have a slightly messy finish. Secure the ponytail using a hair elastic.

Step four:

Take a small section of hair from underneath the ponytail and wrap it around the hair elastic to conceal it. Fix this in place with a bobby pin.

Step five:

Use a touch of invisible oil to make any flyaways disappear, and avoid the stickiness and smell of hairspray. If you prefer to use hairspray then go for a product with light hold as you don’t want hair to have a rigid, crispy look.

By Gemma

Long hair can be extremely versatile when it comes to styling, but sometimes high maintenance when you simply want it away from your face. Sticking it in a ponytail is the easiest option and with these choices, you can dress it up as little or as much as you want! Here are seven ways to achieve an effortlessly chic look for all occasions.


Long, Silky Pony

Unless you and your straighteners are pretty much best friends, steer clear of this one. Taking your flat iron, you need to create a dead straight look before adding your favourite wax product from the roots to the ends of your hair which will smooth flyaways, provide grip and leave a mirror-like shine. Tie your low pony by the nape of your neck before wrapping a small section of your hair around the base.

Wound Pony

Jazz up your side pony by giving it a boho feel, wrapping it at the base. Prepare your hair with a texturising spray and leave a section of the hair loose before tying the rest in a low pony. Grab the loose section and begin wrapping it around your pony until it is mid-way down your ‘do. Secure with an elastic band and pin hair in several places to prevent the wound section from slipping down.

Light and Loose Pony

For those who love the “I woke up like this” look, bedhead hair is always a winner. Apply dry shampoo to the roots of your hair to eliminate any grease and flatness before gathering up your locks, lightly ruffling the top with your fingers for a tousled appearance– adjust to whatever suits you!

Sleek Parted Pony

An edgy and high fashion look comes in the form of a ponytail complete with sleek and sophisticated parting. Smoothing cream will help get rid of frizzy hair or stray tresses as well as giving your hair a wonderful glossy appearance. Add a deep side part just above your brow arch and slick back your ‘do into a low ponytail.

Beachy Boho

For hippy-chic waves, sea salt spray is the key to creating texture. Lightly douse your locks while they are wet and once dry, use your fingers to gather your hair into a pony. Any loose layers can be pinned and puffed into whatever look you fancy.

By Maria