Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Top natural makeup tips from NY Fashion Week

Top natural makeup tips from NY Fashion Week
Posted by
Alison Paquette

Women have been told to take some of their natural makeup inspiration from New York Fashion Week, in which a number of trends and fashion tips have emerged. 

Sophia Panych, writing for the Allure beauty blog, has explained that, while there were some styles on the catwalk that would attract attention for all the wrong reasons, there were some gorgeous looks that natural makeup fans should take note of. 

At Peter Som it was all about the eyes, with heavy liner being applied for instant glamour, and makeup artist Tom Pecheux explained that getting the slickest line means no lotions or creams beforehand. 

'You should also always prep with a little foundation or concealer - I prefer concealer because it's a bit thicker and acts as a better base,' he added. 

Meanwhile, Lisa Butler for Philip Lam told the news provider that one way to get extra depth one your nude lips is to use a eyebrow pencil round the edges, which keeps them from looking flat. 

Buns were also a big hit on the spring catwalk, in all shapes and sizes, whereas the ponytail is very-much this season. ADNFCR-2885-ID-800074319-ADNFCR

Natural body care: Nails get on trend for A/W 2010

Natural body care: Nails get on trend for A/W 2010
Posted by Annie Coyne

Natural body care fans have been told that this season nails are taking a stand and if you're a fan of dazzling hues, then autumn has just what you're looking for.

Suzanne Scott, writing for Elle UK, has explained that there are different themes, from 'working girl' which encompasses pale hues of brown and peach, or 'the seductress' which has gorgeous shades of deep blue and burgundy. 

'Forget this season's smoky eye or red lip, all attention will be on your fingertips. Nails are having a fashion moment with Rihanna, Katy Perry and Beyonce all getting in on the act,' she said. 

Other themes include 'the adventurer' which has earthy tones such as khakis and deep browns, or if you're looking to go bold with your shades, then 'the maximalist' has turquoise, purple and golds to its name. 

Whatever your natural body care preferences, the 'nailed it' is bound to have something for you, and if you want to get on trend with your hair, go for the bun, whether intricate or simple, it's a catwalk winner. ADNFCR-2885-ID-800074316-ADNFCR

Natural haircare is all about the pony

Natural haircare is all about the pony
Posted by
Tony Milner

Now that everyone is aware that spring's autumn natural hair care is about the bun, all eyes are on this season and what could be the newest trend. 

According to Georgia Collins, from Elle UK, the ponytail has finally made it back after a 'notable absence', but now it's here in force and the likes of Luis Vuitton, Stella McCartney and Preen have all welcomed it with open arms. 

Whether you go for the natural hair care styles of bouncy and free flowing, or the elegant twist at the nape, any take on this trend is on the money, however House of Holland's bandana-esque version may be a little harder to recreate. 

'At Michael Kors texture was turned on its head with wispy frothy ponies the order of the day, the perfect style for a windswept day when paired with ruddy pink cheeks,' the natural hair care expert asserted. 

This seems like a toned-down variation of the extra high pony, which was recently praised by New York Fashion.

Monday, 20 September 2010

Get the look: Gwen Stefani's natural makeup

Get the look: Gwen Stefani
Posted by
Annie Coyne

Some celebs have their own comfort zone when it comes to natural makeup, and for Gwen Stefani it's definitely red lipstick. 

The No Doubt star, who looks fabulous for her 40 years, attended her L.A.M.B runway show at the Lincoln Center in New York, opting for her usual pale face and startling red lips. 

With her thick lined eyes and voluminous lashes, this is a look that natural makeup fans can pull off with ease and something that is also an eternal trend. 

The Hollywood Life blog asserted that the star looked great in her signature look which contrasted with tribal yellows, reds and blues in her jacket and also recommend starting with a liner on the lips. 

Primer was the second must-have for underneath the colour as the news provider stated: 'It will help the colour stay longer and it glides on smoothly for a precise line. On top of the liner it is important to use a good lipstick for shiny not overly glossy lips.'

Fashion icon Betty Jackson recently told the Guardian that this winter, red lipstick with a fresh face and no natural makeup is glamorous.ADNFCR-2885-ID-800072201-ADNFCR

Natural haircare how-to: Ballerina bun

Natural haircare how-to: Ballerina bun
Posted by Tony Milner

Now that we know buns are set to be back in fashion for spring, now is the time to perfect yours, and luckily for natural hair care fans, an industry expert has offered some tips. 

Celebrity natural hair care stylist, Luca Blandi, was the vision behind Jessica Simpson's ballerina bun at the recent Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, which was praised by the Hollywood Life blog for being 'fabulously high'.

He told the news provider that the best way to start is by using dry shampoo on the crown to add volume and slick back with a little gel, then tie with an elastic hook and twist the bun and secure with pins. 

'Place the bun with the bone structure of the face and see where the better location of the face. For round faces, do it higher to elongate and slim the face,' he told natural hair care fans, suggesting that those with a heart-shaped face should aim for the nape and those with square shaped faces should go higher. 

If you're looking for more inspiration on this upcoming trend for spring, then check out the pictures of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, where buns of all shapes, styles and sizes ruled the roost.

Natural haircare: Buns galore

Natural haircare: Buns galore
Posted by
Felicia Cardinal

If you're a fan of simple hair, then you're in luck – buns have been showcased in every form on the catwalk at the recent Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. 

From the low-slung twisted bun from Nanette Lepore, to the plait-style from Luca Luca or the simple roll at Monique Lhuillier, you name it, the catwalk had it and natural hair care fans should get ready to follow suit. 

'Each designer managed to have a different take on the classic bun, which made it even more fun,' the Hollywood Life blog asserted. 

A poll on the website asking readers' opinions, currently shows Monique Lhuillier as the favourite, which, surprisingly, was the simple style of slicked back hair and a rolled neat bun. 

Vera Wang followed in second position, with a birds' nest type affair that was carefully pulled together at the back. 

However, the list of choices for natural hair care fans is endless, and if you're looking for a chic style, then take a peak at Jessica Simpson's gorgeous updo from the same event.ADNFCR-2885-ID-800071833-ADNFCR

Friday, 17 September 2010

Autumn natural haircare is "fun"

Autumn natural haircare is "fun"
Natural hair care fans have been told that there is a multitude of options open to them for an on-trend autumn.

Alexis Collado, writing for Parade, has explained that A/W 2010 is set to be filled with colour and 'awesome' hair and beauty trends, from thick fringes to layers and bold shades. 

'Women tend to move towards a more rich and bold colour as the season goes from summer to fall,' hairstylist and salon owner Latrice Strader asserted to the news provider, recommending Kim Kardashian as the ultimate brunette. 

Ms Kardashian was also commended for her style, praising the cut, length and bangs which compliment the star's oval face perfectly. 

'The layered bob is very popular right now and I can definitely see it carrying into the fall,' Ms Strader also told natural hair care fans, suggesting copper tones and vivid reds as a must-have. 

If you need inspiration on the bob, take a peak at Katy Perry's latest style, which is complete with a thick fringe.ADNFCR-2885-ID-800069913-ADNFCR

Good natural skincare 'does not have to be complicated'

Good natural skincare
Posted by
Felicia Cardinal

Natural skincare fans have been told that perfecting their routine does not need too much time, effort or even new-fangled treatments, but just a little TLC. 

Candice Gardner at the International Dermal Institute has explained that good skin care does not need to be complicated and getting it tight can make a 'huge' difference to the condition of your face. 

'Exfoliation is also a great option if used regularly as it too can improve the surface smoothness and tone, and ingredients like lactic acid can strengthen the skin, improve skin repair and boost hydration,' she suggested. 

The expert went on to tell the ladies that sunscreen is also a must for protecting against potential damage and with regards to Botox, said that such treatments are a 'quick fix' but will not equal the benefits of a good natural skincare routine. 

Earlier this week scientists at the University of St Andrews claimed that a lack of exercise can make our faces look older and fatter.ADNFCR-2885-ID-800069911-ADNFCR

Warm reds 'a must for autumn natural hair dye colours'

Warm reds
Posted by Felicia Cardinal

This autumn, protect yourself against the cold with a shot of natural hair dye to add warmth to your usual colour.

Gossip Girl Alexis Bledel is leading this season's must-have look by moving from an auburn tint to a fire-red shade, Hollywood Life has reported.

The actress debuted her new style at the Lela Rose fashion show at New York Fashion Week on September 13th. With her shoulder-length hair smoothed and glossy, the bright hue was a perfect contrast with the 28-year-old's natural blue eyes, and made a bold statement backstage at the show.

Other stars currently going for a dramatic red look are Mad Men's Christina Hendricks, and singers Karen Elson, Paloma Faith and Florence Welch. The classic colour naturally lends itself to vintage style and contemporary looks alike.

Natural hair dye is perfect for adding a hint of colour for a gradual transition to a warmer shade and is ideal for anyone who is unsure of whether they dare to go red.

Autumn and winter hair trends from the catwalk at this year's New York Fashion Week include classic ponytails, dramatic volume, statement plaits and high-gloss shine.ADNFCR-2885-ID-800069027-ADNFCR

Taylor Swift's A-List natural skin care routine

Taylor Swift
Posted by Annie Coyne

Anyone looking for a delicate glowing complexion like Taylor Swift's should look to natural skin care to brighten their appearance.

Attending the premiere of Easy A in Los Angeles on Monday, 20-year-old Swift looked radiant with clear, porcelain skin, accented by a dash of bold red lipstick.

Dermatologist Dr Neil Sadick explained that healthy skin is often the sign of dedication to a well-thought out care routine.

He advises: 'Most people who have good skin use cleanser, toner and a broad-spectrum SPF. Using daily moisturisers are also key to having beautiful skin.'

Protecting your skin from the elements whatever the weather is also important to keep skin looking youthful. Even in winter, sun screen should be used to stop damage from harmful sun rays.

The natural skin care trend is something that seems to be taking the red carpet by storm, with Gemma Arteton recently stepping out with a flawless complexion and barely-there make up at the premiere of her latest film, Tamara Drewe.ADNFCR-2885-ID-800069015-ADNFCR

The blunt fringe 'is a natural hair care must-have'

The blunt fringe
Posted by
Annie Coyne

Everyone is talking about the blunt fringe; this natural hair care must-have is on the catwalk, the red carpet and is gradually filtering down to the females of the nation. 

Stylist has reported on this dramatic way to update your 'do for A/W 2010, which has been embraced by Katy Perry and a whole host of celebs. 

The news provider explained that this rock 'n' roll look has recently been championed by the models at Lanvin who opted for 'crow-black dos' paired with gothic makeup for high impact. 

However the writers explained that the blunt cut will not suit all natural hair care fans - those with oval faces will be able to rock the look with ease, while those with a round or square face should take the fringe longer at the sides. 

'For foolproof styling, angle your hairdryer down on to your fringe and use a paddle brush to sweep it from side to side. This encourages the hair to lie smooth,' leading stylist George Northwood told the news provider. 

Angelina Jolie, Kerry Katona and Lily Allen are just a few of the celebs who have latched on to this top trend.

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Go for 'maximum impact' with natural makeup

Go for
Posted by
Alison Paquette

This season's natural makeup is pulling no punches. Forget the barely-there look - it's now all about creating a show stopper. 

According to Stylist's Annabel Meggeson, rosy cheeks are set to be a big feature of this trend, which encompasses eyes, cheeks and hair, and the feverish look is part of this 'high-impact' look. 

The theme is glamour and Bardot-inspired, and the key is to make your creation look as though it hasn't required too much effort – 'artfully played down' is the term. 

So opt for rosy cheeks, which is the perfect way of creating high impact and has the added benefit of reviving a tired complexion and pair with lived-in lashes, for a sultry addition. 

Last week Ms Meggeson explained that blush is the best way of battling against the signs of ageing, as it has the effect of reigniting youthful rosy cheeks, to get your ideal natural makeup shade pinch your cheeks and opt for the colour that mimics it best.ADNFCR-2885-ID-800067860-ADNFCR

Natural skincare: Anti-ageing starts in your 20s

Natural skincare: Anti-ageing starts in your 20s
Posted by
Felicia Cardinal

Natural skincare fans have been told that the best time to embrace the perfect routine and prevent those telltale signs of ageing is in your 20s. 

Beauty writer Zara Rabinowicz has explained that it's a good idea to invest in a fool-proof routine in your 20s, so you're already into good habits and will continue to look after your skin from then onwards. 

'When you're younger it's more about being preventative, whilst as you age, you should increase the number of products with active ingredients to target specific concerns,' she added. 

Ms Rabinowicz went on to say that using a multitude of natural skincare products from the same range is a good idea, because that way the formulas are constructed to work together. 

Recent research published by Mintel has shown that 51 per cent of women in the UK use anti-wrinkle products, which was the top concern when it comes to natural skincare, followed by dark circles under the eye.ADNFCR-2885-ID-800067486-ADNFCR

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Natural makeup: Dark lips should have the 'kissed-off look'

Natural makeup: Dark lips should have the
Posted by
Annie Coyne

Fresh from the news that dark shades are set to be on trend this autumn, natural makeup fans have also been told that the same premise applies to lips. 

This is a style that seems to have lost no ground since Scarlett Johansson graced the billboards in that rock chick D&G campaign, and according to Stylist, moody tones are a must-have for the perfect pout. 

Annabel Meggeson, writing for the news source has explained that whilst blood-red was a big hit on the catwalk, thanks to the likes of Chanel, this has changed to reflect the seasons – the darker the better. 

'Last season's bright-red lipstick has darkened into moodier shades of burgundy, blackcurrant and plum. Apply product straight from the bullet with your fingers for a stained, kissed-off look,' the expert advised. 

For high impact, team a nude face with stained lips, matching nails and a vampish bob with the on-trend blunt fringe, and you're onto a natural makeup A/W 2010 winner.

Go for gold with natural makeup

Go for gold with natural makeup
Posted by
Felicia Cardinal

If you're looking for some understated chic following on from the bright natural makeup shades of summer, then the multi-toned eyes trend could be for you. 

This is a chic look that screams elegance and is perfect for the forthcoming months, and according to Stylist, the more muted palette is usually a big hit for autumn. 

Shades that warrant a mention include mushroom, coffee, bronze, amber and gold, which, teamed with pink hues on the lips and cheeks, is the perfect balance of colour. 

Jamie Coombes, national make-up artist for Dior, told natural makeup fans that these shades add colour and depth and recommended building up layers on a bronze base, with brown in the sockets and gold in the inner corners. 

'Finish with a contouring sweep of blush in dark peach or bronze and a coffee-coloured lipstick patted on,' he added. 

Meanwhile, pink hues on the cheeks have been tipped for the top by numerous natural makeup experts, who have advised that the product could even make you look younger.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Embrace the darkness with natural body care

Embrace the darkness with natural body care
Posted by
Felicia Cardinal

As the weather takes a turn for the worse, it's time to go moody with your natural body care – from lips to your toes. 

Kate Shapland from the Daily Telegraph has reported on the latest trend of dark nails, of which she explains there is no end in sight to the 'glut' of deep, muddy taupes and mauves. 

Teamed with pale makeup, the style is reminiscent of the huge vampire natural body care trend that took the nation by storm in summer – dark eyes, nails, lipstick and a deathly-pale face. 

'The darks make broader fingers look slimmer, especially if you wear them as a single stripe down the centre of your nail,' Ms Shapland explained, adding that the beauty of this trend is that it suits all skin tones. 

If you're not a fan of the dark look, then take a peak at the catwalk's latest offering of almost luminous lips, whether neon orange or the wild yellow and blue hues of Alexandre Herchcovitch.ADNFCR-2885-ID-800063544-ADNFCR

Natural skincare is 'enhanced by bold brows'

Natural skincare is
Posted by
Tony Milner

Whichever A/W 2010 trend you opt for, one thing that should be a constant is your natural skincare routine and the bold eyebrows that enhance it. 

Amy Lawrenson, writing for Elle, has explained that the forthcoming season is all about brows that are sculpted but thicker than your average, then this should be teamed with a relatively bare face. 

'Brows are back this season and while they shouldn't steal the show, they should be strong and groomed. You need a product that will help you to shade in your brows and enhance the natural shape,' the expert asserted. 

Natural skincare fans were advised by Ms Lawrenson to take a peek at pencils and liners that can help to give definition, whilst brown and peachy hues on the lid can also go a long way to creating show-stopping peepers. 

If you need inspiration then check out the models at Ohne Titel, who, whilst sporting vivid orange lips, also rocked the pale-but-unusual look finished off with picture-perfect brows.ADNFCR-2885-ID-800063540-ADNFCR

Monday, 13 September 2010

Natural haircare trends: Voluminous locks

Natural haircare trends: Voluminous locks
Posted by
Annie Coyne

Everyone loves the idea of Farrah Fawcett-style tumbling natural hair care and, luckily for us, Diana Vickers has proved that they are never out of fashion, no matter what the season. 

The X Factor singer was spotted out and about recently sporting classic old-school chic makeup complete with 60s-inspired tresses. 

Glamour praised the pop starlet's natural hair care, stating: '[We] love Diana Vickers' va-va-volume hairstyle at the BFC/Bazaar Fashion Arts Foundation launch. She's becoming one of Glamour.com Towers' favourite hair icons right now'. 

The key to this natural hair care trend is to create volume from the roots and, if like Ms Vickers you have a fringe, go for volume with this too, as it helps to sculpt the face. 

Finish off the look with heavily lacquered lashes, thick liquid eyeliner on the lid and pink hues on the lips and cheeks. 

This trend could be more suitable for those not so keen on the funky bold shades set to take autumn 2010 by storm, such as blues and vibrant oranges.ADNFCR-2885-ID-800061930-ADNFCR

Traffic-stopping shades take natural makeup by storm

Traffic-stopping shades take natural makeup by storm
Posted by
Felicia Cardinal

Autumn and winter 2010 are set to be filled with colour and if you're a fan of this natural makeup trend, then the latest take on the style will be a definite hit. 

For lips that really 'pop', look no further than Ohne Titel's catwalk must-have of traffic-stopping shades, which is sure to reignite everyone's love of neon. 

New York Fashion magazine reported on this bold natural makeup trend, stating: 'This isn't the first time we've rubbernecked over neon-orange lips, but it might the last time we write them off'. 

To complete the catwalk-inspired look, go as bright as you dare with your lipstick, keep the rest of the face pale with pink hues on the cheeks and eyebrows should be thick but styled. 

With regards to hair, scraped-back buns piled high on top of the head were the order of the day and added to the minimalist natural makeup look. 

Be careful not to go orange-mad in the forthcoming season, however, as pumpkin is set to be one of the hottest shades when it comes to fashion too.ADNFCR-2885-ID-800061927-ADNFCR

Friday, 10 September 2010

Less is more when it comes to natural makeup

Less is more when it comes to natural makeup
Posted by
Annie Coyne

Less really is more when it comes to natural makeup, and the A-listers are showing us how it's done. 

Two of Hollywood's blondest bombshells, Gwyneth Paltrow and Blake Lively, were both out on the town on Tuesday, both sporting barely-there natural makeup, but they also both looked positively glowing. 

They follow Gemma Arterton, who last week at the premiere of her flick Tamara Drewe, looked stunning with hardly any makeup, and the Hollywood Life blog has praised the style and the actresses' courage. 

'Gwyneth Paltrow, 37, was glowing as she went to a Fashion's Night Out event in London. She radiated beauty without having to cake on a load of eyeliner and foundation. It just goes to show that less really is more - at any age!' the website asserted. 

The blog explained that their looks consisted of light peach blush on the lips and cheeks, nude lip gloss and mascara, this definitely gives fashionistas food for thought when it comes to their next night out.

Natural hair care trends: The high ponytail

Natural hair care trends: The high ponytail
Posted by
Tony Milner

If you're looking for a way to get on trend with minimal effort, then consider testing out the ultra high ponytail, which is set to be a big autumn natural hair care favourite. 

New York Fashion has reported on this style, which consists of hair placed high on top of the head in a bobble with around half of the ponytail wrapped around the bobble giving the height. 

The majority of the models who sported this look at recent catwalk shows had the ponytail pulled forward resting across the forehead, but for a less 'out there' style, hanging loosely at the back would look just as good. 

'Many of the models at the Concept Korea Spring 2011 show at Lincoln Center also rocked sky-scraping ponytails, albeit ones that were a bit sleeker and more Madonna-circa-Blond Ambition than whacked-out Neanderthal girl,' the writer asserted. 

If you're more interested in your natural hair care colours, then blondes should consider the camel tones and brunettes the tonal style of Olivia Palermo.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Natural hair dye shades for blondes: Camel

Natural hair dye shades for blondes: Camel
Posted by Tony Milner

If you're naturally blonde and are looking for a way to update your 'do with natural hair dyes, camel is the hottest trend which deserves some consideration. 

Amy Lawrenson, writing for Elle, has explained that when it comes to the top shades for A/W 2010, camel and caramel are a driving force – from our makeup to our clothing and natural hair dyes

She explained that the camel shade is best suited for those with naturally blonde hair and for inspiration to look at A-listers such as Blake Lively and Kate Hudson. 

Ms Lawrenson spoke to Ravi, senior colour technician and stylist at Windle and Moodie, who said: 'The major difference between a camel and a normal blonde is the warmth'.

'Adding warmth can take you from cooler blonde shades all the way to red,' she warned, explaining that the choice of natural hair dye shade is important at this stage. 

Other top tones for A/W 2010 included oxtail red such as Florence Welch and Paloma Faith or tonal brunette such as Olivia Palermo.

Natural makeup tips: Wearing blue eyeshadow

Natural makeup tips: Wearing blue eyeshadow
Posted by
Maggie Morley

Natural makeup fans have long shied away from blue eyeshadow, but thanks to Leighton Meester it may be getting a revamp. 

The Hollywood Life blog has reported on the Gossip Girl's look at a recent red carpet event and explained that the star, sporting blue, literally blew everyone away with her natural makeup

Her eyelid was lined with blue eye shadow, with heavily lacquered lashes and peach and pink cheeks and lips and the overall result was a definite hit with the news provider. 

'You might be a little afraid of blue eye shadow but really, don't be! It's come a long way since the frosted nightmare of the 70's and 80's and it can really make both brown and blue eyes really pop,' the writer asserted. 

Whilst blue might be a shade to dabble with occasionally, but still treat with caution, at the other end of the scale is A/W 2010's latest shades, which is orange and luckily for us, is versatile enough to be worn on the eyes, lips and cheeks.

Natural makeup 'should be ageless'

Natural makeup
Posted by
Felicia Cardinal

Women have been told that if they are looking for ageless natural makeup, they need to review their choices every so often. 

Kate Shapland, writing for the Daily Telegraph, has explained that as you age, a review is important and at that stage your choices should come individual to you rather than following every trend that hits the catwalk. 

'To get the most out of makeup, you must review it - and regularly after 45, when a face starts to lose its early clarity, and what you have been doing for years suddenly doesn't work so well,' she stated. 

For those ladies who want skin as soft and glowing as Gemma Arterton at her recent Tamara Drewe premiere, the top natural makeup product recommended was primer rather than foundation, which is described as a 'magic veil' that transforms skin instantly. 

Ms Shapland also suggested opting for a lip colour that has reduced pigmentation, as too much could age the face.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

A/W 2010 must-have shades: Tangerine

A/W 2010 must-have shades: Tangerine
Posted by
Maggie Morley

If you're looking for a way to inject some colour into your autumn then take note of the forthcoming orange natural makeup trend, which is ideal for the eyes, lips and cheeks. 

Stylist has reported on the must-have for A/W 2010 and according to the catwalk, it's out with the conventional reds and in with fruity and lively oranges, which is one trend that has been tipped as 'totally wearable'. 

'On eyelids, a lively coral will make green eyes pop, or a thin wash of apricot shadow with no mascara, gives a soft daytime look,' Alexa Chung's makeup artist, Ashley Ward recommended. 

With regards to the lips, the expert explained that olive and darker skin tones will suit a brighter natural makeup shade, whereas paler skin tones should opt for a more burnished colour. 

However if orange natural makeup isn't for you, then opt for the rosy cheeks look, which, according to some of the biggest names in business is one of the easiest autumn trends and is a youth-injecting one at that.