Friday, 30 April 2010

Marilyn Monroe-inspired natural makeup to become trend?

Marilyn Monroe-inspired natural makeup to become trend?
Beauty icons don't come much bigger than Marilyn Monroe and the actress is once again inspiring the latest makeup trends.

The Tuleh spring 2010 show featured natural makeup with a Marilyn-esque twist.

Polly Osmond was the woman behind the looks. She told Elle magazine: 'It's almost as a teenager would interpret a Marilyn look.'

The models were given bubble-gum pink cheeks, eyes and lips.

Ms Osmond told the magazine that she used a light foundation and dusted
translucent powder over skin for a matte finish.

She then swept blush over the apples of the cheeks, and added concealer to pink lipstick to make it thicker and paler, which she applied lightly to the lips.

'We did Marilyn-like eyeliner in brown instead of black so that it's not so heavy,' Ms Osmond added.

The Marilyn Monroe look follows a current trend for very feminine styles. Makeup artist Doug Atkinson recently told The Sudbury Star the spring is seeing fresher and softer natural makeup.


Use natural hair styling products for asymmetric updo

Use natural hair styling products for asymmetric updo
Naomi Watts has sported a fabulous asymmetric wavy updo and you can emulate her glamorous look with natural hair styling products.

Celebrity stylist Melissa Brown told's Showbiz section that you should start by using a moisturising shampoo and conditioner to get your hair looking healthier and easier to style.

Having towel dried your hair, you should add a mouse to the roots and throughout your tresses to add texture and help hold the style in place.

'Once the hair is dry, brush into a side parting and use a large barrelled tong to create loose, soft tousled waves over the whole head,' Ms Brown advised.

You then need to use your fingers to separate and loosen the curls.

Finally, pull the rest of the hair into a loose ponytail at the base of the neck and twist it into a bun.

Natural hair styling products are needed for the finishing touches, so you'll want to spritz hairspray on the updo to hold it in place.

Plenty of celebrities are going for natural waves and curls at the moment, with the likes of Cheryl Cole and Amanda Holden opting for these style.

Matte finish is top trend for nails

Matte finish is top trend for nails
Women should be looking to buy nail varnishes with matte finishes, as the trend for these natural beauty products moves away from glossy looks.

Joanna Crawley, writing for Teen Today, said that the new pale colours that are in fashion at the moment, like pastel pinks, lilacs and mint shades, make an even bigger style statement in a matte finish.

She said that these colours look 'ultra modern' when worn without the gloss.

Among the fans of matte, pale nail shades is Gwyneth Paltrow, according to Ms Crawley. The Iron Man 2 star is a real natural beauty and always manages to exude effortless glamour on the red carpet.

Another advantage of the matte finish is that it looks great on any shade, Ms Crawley added.

If you prefer really bright colours for your nails, you'll be pleased to hear that celebrity manicurist Kimmie Kees, who has tended to the talons of Lady Gaga and Britney Spears, has told Access Hollywood that neon colours are bang on trend this year.

Thursday, 29 April 2010

Shop online to save money on natural beauty products

Shop online to save money on natural beauty products
Shopping online for natural beauty products is a great way to hunt down the best deals, according to an expert.

A recent survey by Superdrug found that women spend nearly £9,000 in a lifetime on makeup, so saving money is likely to be a priority for lots of ladies out there.

Jo Fairley, author of Beauty Steals, told Metro: 'Because they can have fewer overheads to consider, online sites are often able to undercut regular beauty counters.'

However, she warned people to make sure they are buying for a reputable site, like, when buying natural beauty products.

Ms Fairley said another way of making sure you don't waste money when buying natural beauty products is to try them out before purchasing.

She recommended getting free samples so that you can test them at home, since most cosmetics companies won't allow you to return a product once you've opened it.

Clever hair styles give the appearance of youth

Clever hair styles give the appearance of youth
There's no need to get a facelift to look younger, cleverly styled hair can help to enhance your natural beauty.

Bella Blissett, writing for the London Evening Standard, said that sweeping back hair can make 'even the most hidden cheekbones' emerge.

She recommended using a wide-toothed comb to bring the hair straight back, creating a square shape either side of the crown.

'Combing the hair back in this way immediately opens up the face and exposes the natural graphic lines of the bone structure,' catwalk stylist Luke Hersheson told the newspaper.

Natural hair styling in this way helps to extend the 45-degree angle of your cheekbones beyond your ears, he explained. This creates the illusion of sharper, more defined features.

If you're not so keen on the scraped back look, why not try creating the bouncy curls that Amanda Holden has been sporting of late.

Now magazine said that curling tongs and hairspray are all women need to achieve these youthful waves.

Natural makeup tricks can enhance lips

Natural makeup tricks can enhance lips
If you want luscious lips there are a few tricks of the trade that you can use with natural makeup to get the perfect pout.

Writing for the Huffington Post, renowned makeup artist Napoleon Perdis recommended dabbing a light shade of concealer on the outer corners of the mouth.

'This creates a lifting effect that makes you look like you're slightly smiling all the time - it's an old trick pioneering makeup artists used in the golden era of Hollywood,' he explained.

If you've got thin lips, there are ways of creating the illusion of fullness using natural makeup, Mr Perdis continued.

He recommended highlighting the centre of the pout with lip lacquer or some shimmering loose eye dust to reflect the light.

You can also use colours that are lighter and then shade the corners of the mouth with a darker hue to make lips look plumper, he said.

Celebrity makeup artist and Pearl Drops spokesperson Ariane Poole has also said if you decide to use bright colours on your lips then you need to make sure that they are applied absolutely perfectly.

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Use natural skin care products to prepare for wedding

Use natural skin care products to prepare for wedding
If you're getting married soon you need to be using natural skin care products to prepare yourself for the big day.

The Daily Telegraph has recommended that if you don't already, you should start cleansing, toning and moisturising every morning and night for at least six months before the wedding.

It is not just the face that requires treatment using natural skin care products, according to the newspaper.

'All eyes will be on your hands when it comes to the exchanging of the rings, so don’t forget look after them,' it said.

The newspaper recommended moisturising hands at least every morning and night. It said that using cream at work whenever your hands start to feel dry is better still.

Another tip is to eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables as these will help to promote a healthy, glowing complexion and give your hair extra shine.

When it comes to getting gorgeous, smooth legs, beauty expert Zara Rabinowicz has recommended shaving, waxing or epilating and then applying an intensive moisturiser.

Use natural hair styling products to get Amanda Holden's curls

Use natural hair styling products to get Amanda Holden
Amanda Holden has joined the host of celebrities working one of the latest trends with a new curly style.

The Britain's Got Talent judge was photographed outside London restaurant Zuma sporting her new hairdo. She has got rid of her usual fringe and instead has gone for a centre parting.

Now magazine said that it is easy to follow Amanda's lead in creating these curls, which are the on-trend style at the moment.

Amy Lawrenson, writing for Elle magazine, recently said that waves are enjoying a revival. This time round, the trend is characterised by 'soft volume and natural curls without the frizz' and women will need natural hair styling products to achieve this.

To create Amanda's cute curls, Now magazine advised: 'Just comb your hair in a centre parting and tong in individual spiral curls to frame the face.'

'Finish with spray and you're ready to go,' the publication added. It also suggested that women may also want to invest in natural hair styling products specifically designed for curls.

Use exfoliating cleanser to prepare face for summer

Use exfoliating cleanser to prepare face for summer
If you want to get gorgeous skin for summer then you need to use natural skin care products, like a gentle exfoliating cleanser.

Beauty expert Jeanine Downie told Elle magazine that a daily cleanser is the first step to achieving perfection as this sloughs away dead skin cells.

This should be followed with a physical exfoliator up to four times a week, Ms Downie said. Women with oilier, more acne-prone skin can use this more often.

'Look for scrubs that contain spherical, pliable microbeads versus grains with rough, scratchy edges to avoid irritation,' she recommended.

Ms Downie also suggested using a multi-tasking serum as part of your natural skin care regime. She recommended opting for one that contains natural antioxidants.

When it comes to making sure your legs look gorgeous for wearing shorts and skirts this summer, Madeline Crisp, writing for the Mirror, recommended regular body brushing to slough away dead skin cells.

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Celebrities spark neon nail trend

Celebrities spark neon nail trend
The 80s remain an inspiration for fashion trends at the moment, and neon nails are back so invest in some bright colours when shopping for organic beauty products.

Celebrities have been making a statement with bold nail shades, with Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Kate Perry and Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas all working the fluorescent look.

Celebrity manicurist Kimmie Kees, who has tended to the talons of Lady Gaga and Britney Spears, told Access Hollywood that neon shades add 'extra flare' to any outfit.

'The best way to wear most neon colors is to apply one coat of a solid white polish,' she explained to the news provider.

'This creates a base for the neon that allows the color to almost glow on the nails once it is applied,' Ms Kees said.

One way to extend to life of your manicure is to wear neon shades in their natural matte finish for a couple of days, then add a shiny top coat to rejuvenate the colour.

If neon natural beauty products are not your thing, Kristin Perrotta, editorial projects director at Allure magazine, has told Canadian Press that dark purples are on trend for nails at the moment.

How to create the dressed down top-knot

How to create the dressed down top-knot
Off-duty top-knots are one of the top trends at the moment, as natural hair styling continues to be the fashion.

Celebrities like Kylie Minogue, Rachel Bilson, Kate Bosworth and Victoria Beckham have all been seen wearing the dressed down updo recently.

Company magazine's fashion director Oonagh Brennan has also recommended wearing the style if you're going to a festival, as it's a low maintenance but stylish look.

Elle magazine said that there are various ways of going for natural hair styling to create the off-duty top-knot. For example, it is a good look to go for with day old hair as it is more likely to stay in place.

Celebrity hairdresser Lee Stafford told the magazine that another option is to 'pull your hair back into a tight ponytail with a snag-free hairband, then rough it up with a bit of back-brushing'.

You then need to twist the ponytail in one direction until the hair winds round on itself and tuck the ends into the main body of the bun.

Finally, secure it in place, but make sure it doesn't look too neat by loosening some sections to give the bun a 'tendrily effect', Mr Stafford recommended.

Use natural body care to prepare feet for summer

Use natural body care to prepare feet for summer
With summer on the way you need to make sure your feet are looking gorgeous for wearing sandals, so invest in natural body care products to pamper them.

The Daily Telegraph explained that the skin on your feet can become dry and rough over the cold winter months.

'Soak your feet in a basin of warm water with a few drops of olive oil to soften them up, then attack them with a foot scrub,' the newspaper recommended.

Women may want to try the natural body care company Aubrey's Neet Feet Foot Scrub, which has exfoliating ingredients like almond meal, walnut shell flour and oatmeal.

Next, you need to use a foot file or pumice stone to remove the most stubborn hard skin, the Daily Telegraph advised.

Towel dry your feet and apply a good foot cream, such as Weleda Natural Foot Balm, then put on a pair of socks and leave over night for 'maximum moisturiser absorption'.

'You'll wake up in the morning with beautifully soft feet,' the newspaper added.

Monday, 26 April 2010

Makeup is currently 'more feminine than ever'

Makeup is currently
This spring is seeing fresher, softer and 'more feminine than ever' makeup trends, with both creamy and bright colours being fashionable.

Makeup artist Doug Atkinson told The Sudbury Star that both flirtatious and more subtle, understated colours are in fashion at the moment.

Rosy pinks, sherbet-like shades of orange and apricot, and sheer melons and corals should all be in your natural makeup bag, as they are key colours for lips and nails at the moment, he said.

Pale, pinky-beige and lilac shades are also popular for the lips, although you need to have a certain depth of skin tone to be able to wear them, Mr Atkinson added.

Beauty expert Jenn Falik has told CBS' The Early Show that women should use a semi-sheer natural lipstick when going for a bold pout as this is more workable.

If you feel washed out in pastel colours, Mr Atkinson recommended opting for a bronzer. You can get this product from a natural makeup range to create a sun-kissed look that will make soft shades look more wearable.

Natural hair styling change for three celebrities

Natural hair styling change for three celebrities
A trio of the world's most recognisable stars have chosen to go for a shortened natural hair styling change in the last week.

Heroes actress Hayden Panettiere cut her locks and opted for new slicked-back short hair featuring an auburn shade as she was fed up with being described as 'cute' with her previous look.

German supermodel Heidi Klum also showed off a shortened natural hair styling appearance when she chatted with Jay Leno on his Tonight Show.

The 36-year-old told the host that she was 'bored' with her old look, stating that, like most women, she enjoys experimenting with different styles when she grows tired of her current one.

Another Hollywood star to shorten her hair into a bob recently is Bridget Jones star Renee Zellweger.

She paraded her new look at the premiere of her latest film My Own Love Song, adding that her long locks had become a 'hazard'.ADNFCR-2885-ID-19741415-ADNFCR

Makeup brushes 'should be weighted'

Makeup brushes
Women should invest in good brushes for applying their natural makeup and these should be weighted, according to an expert.

Makeup artist Daniel Thompson told Canwest News Service that both the bottom handle and the head of the brush should weigh the same.

'Really cheap brushes are bottom-heavy because they have very few bristles in the actual brush part. So makeup will go on unevenly and look streaky,' he said.

On the other hand, top-heavy brushes that have too many bristles will pick up a large amount of makeup and leave it looking heavy and cakey on the skin, Mr Thompson told the news provider.

He added that every woman should have five tools for applying their natural makeup - a large powder brush, one for blush, two eye shadow brushes and one for applying lipstick or gloss.

Whatever brushes you choose, you need to make sure you are cleaning them regularly, preferably once a week.

Friday, 23 April 2010

Wear natural makeup with red hair

Wear natural makeup with red hair
If you decide to follow the trend for red hair this season then you'll need to go for a natural makeup look.

Anyone wanting to emulate the likes of Doctor Who star Karen Gillan or singers Florence Welch and Nicola Roberts, need to go for a natural-looking eyeliner in a creamy brown colour, according to beauty guru Sue Moxley, writing for the Sun.

'Add two or three coats of a good mascara to give definition, and go for browny lipstick tones,' she recommended.

However, if you can't go without a little drama in your look, you can use a black liquid liner to draw a thin stripe across the top eyelid, according to the expert.

'Choose a peachy blush to add warmth to cheeks … then use a deep matt red for the lips,' she recommended.

Ms Moxley advised avoiding pinky tones, as they do not work well with auburn hair.

Natural redheads often have pale skin, and Style and beauty expert Jenn Falik has told CBS' The Early Show that women with fair complexions should not go to heavy with a brightly-coloured lipstick.

Women with curly locks should embrace natural hair styling

Women with curly locks should embrace natural hair styling
Women with curly locks should be embracing natural hair styling this year as sexy waves are enjoying a revival.

The return to the trend does not mean copying the curly styles of the past verbatim, according to Amy Lawrenson, writing for Elle magazine. She pointed out that no one wants hair like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman.

This season's styles are all about 'soft volume and natural curls without the frizz', she explained.

TONI&GUY artistic director Indira Schauwecker also recently predicted the trend for curls, saying that locks would look care-free and wind-swept this year.

Ms Lawrenson said that natural hair styling can really come into its own in the summer, when beachy textures are the preferred look.

'Curly hair is great to have,' celebrity stylist Oribe told the magazine. 'It's about embracing your hair.'

Ms Lawrenson said that ladies will need to arm themselves with the right shampoos, conditioners and styling products to make the most of their natural curls.

How to match natural lipstick to skin tone

How to match natural lipstick to skin tone
Women with olive-toned skin should go for natural lipstick with a glossy finish to make the most of their complexion.

Style and beauty expert Jenn Falik shared her tips with CBS' The Early Show and explained that the 'gold tones in olive skin just look extra amazing when there is shimmer and shine involved'.

A bright red natural lipstick with pink undertones complements warm, olive tones, she continued.

This is the ideal way to draw attention to the mouth, according to celebrity makeup artist and Pearl Drops spokesperson Ariane Poole, who recently recommended wearing a bright or glossy colour to enhance your natural smile.

Ladies with dark complexions should also focus on the lips. However, these women should go for a colour that 'looks more rich and less neon'.

'Something can be bright but it still can be warm,' she told the TV show.

Ladies with fair complexions can go bright with their natural lipstick but need to make sure it doesn't look too heavy, so a stain is ideal, Ms Falik said.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Lavera's bronzing lotions 'deliver super, natural-looking tan'

Lavera's self-tanning lotions have been recommended by a reviewer, who said that you can't go wrong with the natural body care company's products.

Liz Thompson, writing for Feel Good Style, said that fake tan products has come a long way in terms of looking natural and being easy to apply.

'The best part [is] you don't have to compromise safety for a summer glow,' she added.

Her favourite fake tanning products are those by Lavera. 'They go on easily, deliver a super, natural-looking tan and moisturise skin to boot,' Ms Thompson said.

She added that these natural body care products do not leave you with orange palms or weird streaks, but did stress the importance of exfoliating before use to provide a smooth canvas for an even tan.

Lavera's tanning formulas are made with organic ingredients, are non-toxic and use 100 per cent plant-derived active ingredients.

For example, The Sensitive Self-Tanning Lotion contains organic aloe vera to soothe and moisturise the skin, as well as vitamin E and green tea to provide extra nourishment and an antioxidant effect.

Use Aubrey Organics' Pure Aloe Vera for glowing skin

Use Aubrey Organics
It doesn't have to cost lots of money to bring out your natural beauty, according to one commentator.

Rachel Harris, writing for, said that there are a few natural remedies and beauty tips that you can try at home without breaking the bank.

One way to ensure that you have glowing skin is to use natural skin care products like pure aloe, according to Ms Harris.

She said that her mother 'swears by' using this on her face in between washing and applying face cream.

Ms Harris recommended natural skin care company Aubrey Organics' Pure Aloe Vera. 'This is a great moisturiser for the skin,' she said.

Aubrey Organics' Pure Aloe Vera soothes and hydrates the skin and is particularly good for stressed and sun-exposed complexions.

It is made from 98 per cent certified organic ingredients, as well as a little Aubrey natural preservative, made from citrus seed extract and vitamin E.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Use natural body care products before baring legs

Use natural body care products before baring legs
You're no doubt wanting to get your legs out now that the sun is shining, but you need to dig out those natural body care products to get your pins in shape.

Madeline Crisp, writing for the Mirror, recommended getting into the habit of body-brushing every morning to boost circulation and help flush out toxins, which are among the causes of cellulite.

'An added bonus is that scrubbing off dead cells helps less than perfect skin look smoother,' she explained.

'Work from the feet towards the heart on dry skin before you shower,' Ms Crisp recommended.

Exfoliating is important for helping to polish away micro-bumps that appear on the back of thighs and knees. It also gets rid of rough skin, so you may want to invest in a natural body care product like Logona's Tropic Body Scrub.

With coconut fibres and vitalising extracts of pineapple and papaya, this product gently exfoliates to produce a clearer, more refined skin texture.

Use semi-sheer natural lipstick to create bold pout

Use semi-sheer natural lipstick to create bold pout
If you love the trend for a bold pout you may want to choose a natural lipstick in a semi-sheer colour, which is more workable.

Jenn Falik, beauty expert for CBS' The Early Show, has shared her tips on working the statement lip and recommended a sheer rather than matte finish.

Speaking on the show, she said: 'Matte lips are gorgeous, but sheer colours blend better, creating a more 'you' shade.'

The other advantage of using a semi-sheer natural lipstick is that it can be layered so you can ramp up the level of brightness as required, Ms Falik said.

This means you can use 'the same lipstick to go from a pretty hint of pink during the day to a fabulous neon at night'.

Ms Falik also recommended using a lipstick primer as highly pigmented colour slides around and fades relatively quickly.

This is similar to recent advice from celebrity makeup artist and Pearl Drops spokesperson Ariane Poole, who has said that using bright shades on the lips is a great way to enhance the smile.

Use natural hair styling to create flattering volume

Use natural hair styling to create flattering volume
This season's hair trends are all about texture but volume needn't always go upwards, there are flattering alternatives.

Look magazine recommended that you try creating volume outwards, working on your mid-lengths and ends instead, which flatters the face.

Start by back-brushing from the ends using a bristle brush and then use natural hair styling products to retain the volume.

Spritz all over with hairspray to make sure the style stays big and then take the top section of hair and smooth back with the bristle brush to get a shiny, flat finish.

This should then be tied in a mini ponytail at the back of the head, according to the magazine.

'Pull out the roots at your temples to get some serious width at the top and fluff up the ends by scrunching in your hands,' Look advised.

Finish with some more hairspray to hold the style in place throughout the day.

One way to inject volume into your locks is to blow dry them with your head upside down, Trichologist Philip Kingsley has told the Daily Mail.

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Amber Le Bon gives natural beauty tips

Amber Le Bon gives natural beauty tips
When it comes to skin care, natural beauty Amber Le Bon knows what she's talking about.

The model, daughter of style icon Yasmin Le Bon, told Look magazine that the best advice she has ever had when it comes to taking care of her complexion is to remove her makeup.

'I always take my makeup off before bed,' she said.

The advice came from her mum, so women may want to follow Amber and Yasmin's lead and invest in natural skin care products like cleansing milk, cleansing wipes or eye makeup remover.

Amber also told the magazine that her top beauty essential is hairspray.

'I take hairspray everywhere because my hair's quite flat and I like to give it a bit of a bounce.

Amber's mum Yasmin has told Stylist magazine that while she doesn't have a can't-live-without-it beauty product, she always uses moisturiser, so women may want to incorporate this into their natural skin care regime.

Choose bold lip colour to draw attention to natural smile

Choose bold lip colour to draw attention to natural smile
Making sure your lips are the centre of attention is a sure fire way to enhance your natural smile.

Celebrity makeup artist and Pearl Drops spokesperson Ariane Poole said that applying a bright or glossy lip colour will draw attention to the mouth, so you may want to pick up a bold natural lipstick.

'It really doesn't matter what kind of shade, [make it so] the real interest is at your mouth,' she advised.

'If you are going to be using bright colours make sure they are applied absolutely perfectly,' Ms Poole stressed.

You can get away with not using lip liner with softer, neutral shades, she said. However if you opt for bolder colours like corals, pinks and reds which are fashionable at the moment, you need to make sure they are not 'wonky'.

Ms Poole also recommended exfoliating the lips before applying colour as it will not look good if the pout is dry, cracked and chapped

If you like the red lip trend but aren't keen on going too bold with it, Chris Mayes, of US department store Nordstrom, has some tips.

He told that lipstick can be worn more casually if it is applied over the top of lip balm.