Friday, 28 May 2010

Go for gold with natural makeup

Go for gold with natural makeup
Posted by Maggie Morley

The catwalk was gleaming for Diane Von Furstenburg's 2010 show as the model strutted her stuff, clad in ethnic prints, swimwear and flawless makeup.

Sunset was the beauty theme and countless sensational fashionistas strolled up and down the runway with gold and copper encrusted eyelids and skin looking like an organic cosmetics dream.

James Kaliardos, the brains behind the look, who also happens to be an actor, singer and editor, said he created the style by joining rouged upper cheeks with gold eyelids, which worked so well because of the sheer and glittery shadows and blush.

'The eyelid is gold and the outer edge of the eye socket is copper, which flows into a fuchsia cheek,' he explained, speaking to Elle.

He recommended opting for a more romantic look with blusher by dotting some of the makeup at the top of the cheekbone, nearer to the eye, saying if it is low on the face it looks 'old-fashioned'.ADNFCR-2885-ID-19807480-ADNFCR

Use natural beauty products to create fairytale look

Use natural beauty products to create fairytale look
Posted by Tony Milner

The theme to create with your organic cosmetics this summer is a look inspired by Alice in Wonderland, according to an expert.

Make up artist Kato Debian-Ellinger, who has now created her own cosmetics range, advised using pastel colours to accomplish a fairytale look and recommended beginning with a translucent cream eyeshadow as a base.

'Look at the nice garden, natural flora, the flowers and the teapot. The bright colours found in those things such as fuchsia, pink, peach, soothing sea blue, purple, grey as well as nice warm browns and golds are influencing this summer's makeup,' she said.

She advised to steer clear of Anne Hathaway's pale face and Johnny Depp's orange eyeshadow.

This supports tips offered by other make-up experts, such as Vickie Kapnas, a freelance beauty writer who suggested opting for natural beauty products one shade lighter than normal to give off a summer vibe.ADNFCR-2885-ID-19807048-ADNFCR

Go lighter with natural beauty products for summer

Go lighter with natural beauty products for summer
Posted by Felicia Cardinal

Women looking to liven up their summer natural makeup routine should go lighter with their shades, according to a beauty expert.

Vickie Kapnas, a freelance beauty writer, said when writing for Modern Mom, that going lighter is an easy way to change your look without having to revert away from your favourite organic products.

She explained that while skin tone has a lot to do with what shades are best suited to you, summer is not the time to wear burgundies, blacks and other dark colours.

'This summer, go light: Pale pastels and vivid tropical colours offer a nice complement to summer clothing, and rather than going dark and drab, keep things light and bright,' she said.

She added that this rule can be extended to eyeshadows, nail varnishes and lipsticks and to create an overall more natural summer-suitable look, women should stay away from the cream foundations, something which was recently re-iterated by Verena von Pfetten, resident makeup expert at Stylite.ADNFCR-2885-ID-19806431-ADNFCR

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Go 'green' with natural makeup

Posted by Allison Paquette

Women looking to be more environmentally friendly should go green with their makeup bags by buying organic cosmetics.

Canwest News Service listed five simple steps which will help to change your makeup routine into a planet-friendly one.

It recommended reading the labels to check for harmful chemicals or better still, choosing natural cosmetics, 'especially organics, when you can', which is something celebrities such as Debra Messing and Tim Daly from the Sopranos also recommend.

The other tips from the news provider include reducing waste, which it says can be done in a variety of ways.

'Choose products with less packaging, or packaging made from recycled or recyclable materials. Reuse or recycle makeup containers. Bring your own reusable shopping bag,' the website states.

Its final tip is to learn more about the products you use and the company's policies whether it's recycling, animal testing or energy use, just having the knowledge can help you to make a difference.ADNFCR-2885-ID-19804043-ADNFCR

Use natural body care to look your best this summer

Posted by Annie Coyne

With summer almost upon us, women will be hunting for summer dresses and sandals, while also sampling the latest natural beauty products in a bid to spice up their office look; but don't overdo it an expert has warned.

Instyle's fashion director, Hal Rubenstein, said that although it may be tempting to bring your leisure wear into the office, remember to consider how appropriate the outfit is for work and if you decide to bare all, ensure your body looks its best with organic body care.

Mr Rubenstein, who has worked for Instyle for 15 years, said it is important to assess yourself and ensure you look your best and your natural beauty products are blended well enough to stand out but not 'stick out'.

'The important thing to remember is that you're at work. It's not the beach and it's not the weekend. The reality is that you don't work outside, and you should still dress as if you're going to run into your boss in the elevator,' he said.ADNFCR-2885-ID-19804041-ADNFCR

Try the 'bed head bob' with organic hair styling products

Try the
Posted by Tony Milner

Victoria Beckham is one the most idolised women in the world for her amazing hair 'dos and fantastic and innovative wardrobe.

That's why when she rocked up to the LG Fashion Touch Party with a tousled-looking asymmetrical bob, it became clear that almost every female in the country will want to recreate this look.

The fashion icon, who created a stir with the 'pob', wore a beige strapless dress showing off her wonderful figure, but her choppy layered lightly curled locks stole the show.

This look will be easiest for those with short hair to recreate using organic hair styling products such as hair spray and mousse and some curling irons, but women who are going to attempt the look should ensure the hair is sufficiently layered.

VB posed for a photo with pal Eva Longoria whose makeup looked as though she was wearing a mask of concealer under her eyes.ADNFCR-2885-ID-19803470-ADNFCR

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Use organic hair styling to get Carrie's curls

Use organic hair styling to get Carrie
Posted by Felicia Cardinal

Women looking for a different hair style should consider attempting to recreate Carrie's 'love it or hate it' look from Sex And The City 2, which could easily be achieved with natural hair styling products.

Thousands of Carrie wannabes will be flocking to see her and her three famous pals when they cause havoc in Abu Dhabi, and at that stage it is up to you to decide - the best man scene where Carrie's hair is what can only be described as unruly: love it or hate it?

Carrie's hairstylist, Mandy Lyons, speaking to New York Fashion, explained that she knew that the team wanted to do a different play on some 80s textures and that the results could be taken either way.

'I think because she was wearing that suit and she was the best man we just decided to do something completely out there, and it’s the kind of hair do where you're gonna hate it or love it,' she admitted.ADNFCR-2885-ID-19801621-ADNFCR

Go foundation free with the natural makeup look

Posted by Maggie Morley

Foundation is a product many people struggle to wear, particularly in warm weather and according to one expert is something women hoping to go for the natural makeup look should avoid.

Verena von Pfetten, the resident makeup expert at stylite, has been an advocate for the less is more look for some time now, and believes women hoping to create a more relaxed look should also avoid powder.

However, aside from these two products, she will 'allow' blusher and a vibrant lipstick, something which Stylist's beauty director, Emma Smith also agrees is a natural beauty product essential.

'A few soft coats of mascara and a light concealer are all you need. I'll allow blush, because we all love a little color, but I categorically oppose foundation,' Ms von Pfetten said, speaking to the news provider.

She did add, for the women who would find it hard to go without foundation, tinted moisturiser can always provide a light form of coverage.ADNFCR-2885-ID-19800504-ADNFCR

Gwyneth Paltrow showcases natural hair styling updo

Gwyneth Paltrow showcases natural hair styling updo
Posted by Annie Coyne

Film star and recognised beauty, Gwyneth Paltrow stepped out at the relaunch of the Louis Vuitton Maison store on London's Bond Street yesterday with a new, very chic, hairdo.

Her platinum blonde hair was slicked back and pinned at the sides, creating a full head quiff, with the rest of her hair flowing out from under the pins and looking extremely healthy.

The relaunch was attended by a host of stars including Sophie Dahl, Thandie Newton and Kirsten Dunst, many of whom had opted for the minimal makeup look for the event.

Gwyneth has sported a variety of hair styles over the years, many of which have created a trend, including the asymettrical bob, the curly bob and the look she is perhaps most famous for, her blonde long locks curled to perfection.

The new look is a style that will not be hard for women at home to recreate, it will only require straight hair and some natural hair care products such as hair spray.ADNFCR-2885-ID-19800497-ADNFCR

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Take blonde hair one step further with organic hair dyes

Take blonde hair one step further with organic hair dyes
Posted by Tony Milner

Summer seems to be the time when all beauty trends go out the window and suddenly almost anything goes, from no makeup to bright coloured eyes and lips.

However, one thing is for certain, when the warm weather sets in, this is the perfect time for blondes to take their hair colour one step further and invest in natural hair dyes to go for a platinum look.

Reese Witherspoon, Hollywood's golden girl, recently stepped out with a similar 'do and looked positively radiant as she walked to the set of her new film with Robert Pattinson, donning a pair of aviators for the stroll.

The star currently has her fingers in a number of film-related pies, with four movies in production and her latest will be a must-see if just to see her gorgeous new hair style, which will be easily-achievable with organic hair products.

Reese's hair stylist, Lorri Goddard-Clark, speaking to Hollywood Life, said: 'It is a fun change for summer and she just looks gorgeous. It's one of the best looks for summer especially if your natural hair colour is naturally blonde to light brown.'ADNFCR-2885-ID-19798506-ADNFCR

Experiment with organic hair styling products for carefree curls

Experiment with organic hair styling products for carefree curls
Posted by Annie Coyne

The latest trend to establish itself on the catwalk and indeed in Hollywood is 'carefree curls', a look which can easily be achieved using natural hair styling products and a little know-how.

Orlando Pita, who created the hairstyles for Derek Lam's spring 2010 collection, which he said was inspired by 'summer vacations', explained to Elle how she got the hair just right for catwalk glamour.

'I wanted to create the wave and glamour of Kathleen Turner's hairstyle in Body Heat, only more destroyed. It's as if she had been on a roller coaster at an amusement park - the curl is very deconstructed,' she explained.

To create the curly updo for the models, who strutted down the catwalk in polka dots, nudes and turquoise, she recommended using a curling iron.

However, in a break from the norm, she used hair spray after using the iron as opposed to spray the hair before, finally pinning the curls on to the top of the head loosely allowing some strands to fall loose.ADNFCR-2885-ID-19797771-ADNFCR

Use natural cosmetics to create 'less is more' look

Use natural cosmetics to create
Posted by Allison Paquette

'Less is more' is a saying often applied to beauty and fashion, but quite often it is difficult to decipher what constitutes as toning down your makeup.

Collier Strong, the resident make-up artist on Project Runway, shed some light when speaking to Las Vegas Weekly, explaining that foundations are often the product that can make a look too heavy, but can easily be substituted with other natural beauty products.

The celeb's right-hand man has worked on numerous episodes of Project Runway, films Analyze This and Romy and Michele's High School Reunion as well as A-list celebrities Eva Longoria and Kate Beckinsdale.

'The least amount of product ultimately on your skin is best,' he advised.

'At the [runway] shows all the makeup is really played down. It looks like the models have done it themselves.'

He also recommended for a lighter look for women to opt for a powder rather than a liquid or a cream foundation and to ensure skin is always hydrated.

Monday, 24 May 2010

Use sunscreen as natural body care

Use sunscreen as natural body care
Posted by Annie Coyne

Women who are considering topping up their tan this summer should not substitute sunscreen for a make-up moisturiser which claims to have SPF, according to an expert.

Bevis Man from the British Skin Foundation urged women and men to see sunscreen as another form of natural skin care, as once you have been burned this damage cannot be reversed.

Around 2,500 people died from skin cancer in 2008 according to Cancer Research UK and this is why Mr Man says prevention is better than a cure and the best way of doing this is by wearing sun cream.

When asked for his thoughts on moisturisers with SPF, he said: 'Well if they're on the shelf and that's what they say, then sure, but what I would point out is that I wouldn't necessarily use them as a substitute for sunscreen.'

In his basic rules on avoiding sun burn, he said SPF 30 should be used as a minimum and to spend time in the shade between 11:00 and 15:00 BST when the sun is at its hottest.ADNFCR-2885-ID-19795269-ADNFCR

Use natural beauty products to create a younger-looking you

Use natural beauty products to create a younger-looking you
Posted by
Maggie Morley

Younger-looking skin is something almost all women are desperate to achieve, irrespective of age it seems, and expert Cyvia Lewis has given some tips on how to use natural beauty products to an advantage.

The celebrity makeup artist told Modern Mom that three of the most basic and overlooked rules include moisturising twice a day, getting a good night's sleep and smiling, which is natural body care at its easiest.

However, she explained that there are tips on makeup application that can help mask the effects of ageing, such as using a creamy blusher to hide dry skin and curling eyelashes before applying mascara.

Eyelash curlers have been said to be an instant eye lift and to further accentuate them ensure eyebrows are groomed to perfection.

For lips she recommended: 'Use creamier lipsticks, avoiding matte lipstick as they tend to be dry and settle into your lip lines. If you don't wear lipstick try a tinted lip balm or gloss.'

Michelle Obama: Natural hair styling faux-pas?

Michelle Obama: Natural hair styling faux-pas?
Posted by
Felicia Cardinal

Michelle Obama is well known for being at the forefront of fashion, making wearing the evening dress somewhat of an art since her husband took office in the White House.

However, her latest look, which she unveiled at the White House state dinner last week, was labelled a natural hair styling disaster, in which her curls did nothing to salvage.

The outfit itself was a blue one-shouldered dress, silver and blue earrings with glittery eyeshadow and a head of tight curls, and although it may not sound too offensive, was shunned by blogger Bonnie Fuller.

Ms Fuller, who writes the Hollywood Life celebrity blog, said the outfit was reminiscent of a junior prom; the hair was unflattering and 'over-curled'.

'I mean seriously, Michelle, what's up with the glittery blue shadow that perfectly matches your also shimmery dress? It just looks tacky,' she stated in the blog.

The ankle-length dress was electric blue, with a silver waist belt to accentuate her figure and silver open toe sandals.

Friday, 21 May 2010

Go quiff-tastic with natural hair styling

Posted by
Felicia Cardinal

The Cannes Film Festival is the ideal opportunity to spend a good few hours ogling the dresses, the beauty trends, the shoes and the natural hair styling.

This year was no different, with the best of the A-listers showing up to give us hair care inspiration and revealing a new-found love for the quiff.

While a good few celebs opted for the loose curls look, which works wonders with long hair, some celebs like Kate Beckinsdale and Aishwarya Rai went with the quiff.

This is a look that not only looks elegant when done correctly, but adds inches to a woman's height - which of course helped to make Kate look more graceful than ever - and is also easily achievable.

Unless you want to create a look similar to Jedward, who are well known for their hair-raising blonde tresses, a bit of back combing and some natural hair styling with products such as hairspray and mousse will do the tick.

All that's missing is the designer dress before someone mistakes you for a celeb.

How to apply natural beauty products

How to apply natural beauty products
Posted by
Allison Paquette

With the sheer amount of natural makeup on the market, most women have decided on their favourite or must-have products, but knowing how to apply them is another kettle of fish.

This is where Bruce Grayson, makeup artist to the stars, who has worked on America's Next Top Model and the Academy Awards, comes in with some tips on how best to apply natural cosmetics without having to smother your face in concealer.

Speaking to ahlanlive, he explained that light is the single-most important thing when applying makeup and the key is to ensure your face is turned towards it when you begin.

'You should be able to see where the shadows and highlights hit which is perfect for creating a base to apply make-up. Try to use great lighting – it's not always possible but it definitely helps,' he said.

Mr Grayson added that little things, like learning your strong facial points and the best look for you are small but important tactics.

Experiment with different long hair styles

Experiment with different long hair styles
Posted by
Tony Milner

It is easy to let long hair get the better of you, tying it back every day because it is too difficult to come up with different ideas that will not take the whole morning to complete.

According to Cosmopolitan, there is a range of styles that will require minimal natural hair styling and will be guaranteed to attract envious looks from friends and work colleagues.

Loose curls seems to be a look celebs such as Eva Longoria Parker and Salma Hayek are testing out and, according to the site, a little natural hair care will add 'vintage glamour'.

Add a deep side parting to straight hair, pulling the hair across the forehead and twisting the curls using straighteners or tongs.

This look can be made more edgy with a thick full-bodied fringe or for a sleek straight option, ensuring the hair is thoroughly smooth, creating a deep side parting, sweeping the hair back into a ponytail and tying to one side to create the 'style du jour'.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Expert: Don't damage natural beauty with sunbeds

Expert: Don
Posted by Maggie Morley

Women and men should not damage their natural beauty by using sunbeds excessively, an expert has warned.

However, with the influx of health warnings, many people are tuning out despite the message's importance and natural skin care routines are being ruined by the well-known addiction to a permanent tan.

Gary Lipman, chairman of the Sunbed Association, said people need to be aware of the dangers of overexposure to damaging rays, but scaremongering is not the way to reach people.

'Using a sunbed or sunbathing must be done in a responsible way. It is the overexposure to UV [Ultraviolet] in general – sunbeds or sunbathing – that can cause a breakdown in the collagen of the skin, which can lead to prematurely aging,' he explained.

Shockingly, recent findings published in the Archives of Dermatology found that, for young women, the prospect of wrinkles is a far more effective deterrent from using sunbeds than the risk of skin cancer.ADNFCR-2885-ID-19790007-ADNFCR

Emphasise natural beauty with a new hair style

Emphasise natural beauty with a new hair style
Posted by Maggie Morley

With summer almost upon us, nothing goes better with the new trends than an edgy hair style to draw to attention to them.

According to Cosmopolitan, there is a range of new styles to choose from, suitable for all hair lengths, colours and styles.

Amongst these are the Cleopatra bob, which according to the site, is a a very feminine look: 'The classic Cleopatra bob remains a potent symbol of powerful sexuality. The raven black hue ramps up the vamp factor.'

However, black is not the only colour to work with this look, as Gemma Arterton, a beautiful redhead, worked the style wonderfully as Strawberry Fields in Quantum of Solace, sweeping her fringe to one side for a softer look.

The key to this look is right angles, giving an edgy retro feel, one which will instantly add glam to any outfit, day or night.

Gemma Arterton proves that, with a little natural hair styling, it can be versatile with colour and texture.

Follow Katy Perry with natural makeup

Follow Katy Perry with natural makeup
Posted by Annie Coyne

Katy Perry is a chameleon when it comes to makeup, hair styles and fashion, with her looks varying wildly from day to day and still she looks brilliant in anything and everything.

One look that seems to be more prominent than the other is the minimal or natural makeup look, one that many celebs such as Diana Vickers and Kim Kardashian have jumped on board with.

According to US magazine, the key to achieving such a simple, yet elegant look is to start with a primer to even out complexion and smooth pores over, followed with a tinted moisturiser for barely-there coverage, topped off with a splash of blusher for colour.

To achieve the elegant look that seems to suit Perry so well, add a thick line of black liquid eyeliner and lashings of mascara and an amber or pale pink natural lipstick and make sure eyebrows are plucked to perfection.ADNFCR-2885-ID-19789021-ADNFCR

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Louise Redknapp talks of natural body care

Louise Redknapp talks of natural body care
Posted by Annie Coyne

Ex-pop star and wife of footballer Jamie, Louise Redknapp was spotted out and about without makeup and dazzled photographers looking radiant, happy and stylish, even though she had just got off a long-haul flight from London to LAX Airport.

Clad in skinny jeans, a blazer and flat shoes and emanating natural beauty, she was the image every woman desires to achieve with makeup, let alone without.

Speaking to Fabulous Magazine at the weekend, the star who once sang in band Eternal, achieving a number hit with I Wanna Be the Only One, is now a healthy size but has been thinner before.

She spoke of the time she filmed the show The Truth About Size Zero and said she has learnt a lot from it.

'When I look back at the images I see I looked terrible - gaunt, grey and miserable,' she said.

'The point of the programme was to see what damage losing that much weight does to your head. We all get sucked in and I wanted to explore that.'ADNFCR-2885-ID-19787349-ADNFCR

Invest in natural cosmetics for the smokey eye look

Invest in natural cosmetics for the smokey eye look
Posted by
Felicia Cardinal

Smokey eyes are a trend every woman aspires to master, but the stakes are even higher this year, with new variations of the look being showcased for summer by Stylist magazine.

Don't panic yet, the variations are only with colour, not technique, and it is relatively simple to get to grips with, as certain eye colours suit certain shades.

According to Stylist's beauty director, Emma Smith, emerald green eyes suit purples and lilacs, a colour which has been all over the catwalks so far and with a touch of grey this will 'create a deeper green'.

Brown eyes are best suited to the smokey eye look, so as with the old trend, stick with blacks, greys and silvers with a hint of the metallic and splashes of blue to liven things up.

For blue eyes, Ms Smith says as they are dramatically affected by light, rich coppery bronze and brown shades 'give a beautiful pop of colour'.

Women lucky enough to have grey eyes are advised to go for greens, heading towards the deeper greens and some turquoise or deep blues.

Use red lipstick 'to enhance natural beauty'

Use red lipstick
Posted by
Allison Paquette

Red lipstick is an eternal beauty trend favourite amongst almost all women and, despite our brief flings with other lipstick shades, red is always guaranteed to be in the makeup bag.

However, it can be difficult to achieve the look, whether it's the right shade, preventing the colour from bleeding or getting the lip liner that matches perfectly, for something which looks so beautifully simple, it's tough.

For Stylist's beauty director, Emma Smith, the first thing to check off the list is keeping all other makeup to a minimum and using a lip brush for application, starting with the top lip and finishing with a liner.

'A good lipstick shouldn't transfer too much onto the tissue. If your lips tend to be dry, put a little clear lip balm on top to really bring them to life,' she recommends.

Red lips are also favoured by all of our style icons, from Marilyn Monroe to modern day beauties Dita Von Teese and Christina Aguilera.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Diana Vickers shows off natural beauty

Diana Vickers shows off natural beauty
By Tony Miller

The latest celeb to show off their natural beauty is pop songstress Diana Vickers, who recently emerged wearing very little makeup.

Out and about recently, she went for the barely-there natural makeup look, which Kim Kardashian also sported for a front cover photo shoot for American magazine Life and Style.

The reality star also spoke to the magazine about makeup being another 'accessory' and emphasised that it is important to be happy in your own skin and occasionally to glam it up.

Although it was clear she had makeup on, Diana's look was along the same lines, being limited to mascara, foundation and a few coats of a red/pink lip gloss, which is in stark contrast to her previous outings, where she has sported liner-rimmed eyes and bronzer.

The star has recently topped the charts with her new track Once and possibly fancied a new look in celebration of her success.ADNFCR-2885-ID-19784335-ADNFCR