Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Copy Ashley Greene's organic makeup look

Copy Ashley Greene
Posted by Tony Milner

The girls of the Twilight saga have been demonstrating some show-stopping natural makeup looks recently and are sure to have women all over the world wondering how on earth they've managed it.

Norma Hill-Patton, makeup artist to stars such as Ashley Greene and Nikki Reed, who play the Cullen sisters in the latest flick, named Eclipse, spilled the beans to the Hollywood Life blog on how she managed to create the looks on set.

'Apply concealer to the under-eye area and wherever else there are shadows like from your nose to your mouth. With a soft taupe colour, subtly contour the cheekbones, sides of the nose and jawline,' she told the news provider.

Ms Hill-Patton told women who are looking to create the alluring beauty both seem to share in the film to find a pale foundation and apply with a sponge or brush.

According to the Independent, the new film is the largest-ever release at the box office in the US.
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Go for sexy summer lips with natural makeup

Go for sexy summer lips with natural makeup
Posted by Maggie Morley

Eva Mendes is a star that instantly springs to mind when women consider some of the sexiest actresses in the business, but what she do to get her natural makeup so flawless?

According to People StyleWatch beauty director Holly Carter, 'summer equals sexiness' and that means taking natural makeup up a notch to help you get in the feel for all the frolics the season has to offer.

'On the beauty front, that means heating up your look with notice-me makeup,' she said.

Eva, who looked amazing in Hitch with Will Smith, is a starlet who seems to be able to get away with most things when it comes to makeup.

According to Ms Carter, her style is to go colourful in one area, say the lips – splashing out on a bright pink gloss - and toning down the remainder of her face to add emphasis.

She suggested opting for a vibrant fuscia, red or coral or - for even more 'pop' - picking a more pigmented formula that will really stand out.
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Recreate Kristen Stewart's look with natural makeup

Recreate Kristen Stewart
Posted by Annie Coyne

Kristen Stewart can be somewhat of a hit-and-miss starlet – she can look radiant on occasions and washed out on others (think the gothic look with the black hair extensions), but at her latest bash her natural makeup was to die for.

At the Twilight: Eclipse premiere in New York on Monday she was sporting hair a few shades lighter than her usual dark brown or black and she wore phenomenal natural makeup that accentuated her striking green eyes.

The under-eyes were lined with a kohl dark grey liner, with the inner rims with black, lashings of mascara and the best bit – her lids were covered in what is a new innovative take on the smokey eye look – red and black.

Red was swept from the inside out along the bottom of the lid towards the lashes and then a smokey black took over up into a brown just under the eyebrows.

The Hollywood Life blog took note of her show-stopping natural makeup, saying: 'I love the combination of the black and red shadows. It's completely unexpected and edgy yet really beautiful at the same time.'
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Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Natural skincare: Prep yourself for summer

Natural skincare: Prep yourself for summer
Posted by Tony Milner

With summer upon us and the UK throwing out some of the hottest weather of the year, now is the time to perfect your natural skincare routine and make for the beach to show yourself off.

Makeup artist Rafael Pita, writing for ASOS magazine, said there are a few secrets when it comes to getting the bikini body just right and it starts with the face.

'Start with a high-factor SPF and massage from the outside and face in. Foundations with SPF are great but not if you're swimming. Only powder the T-Zone if you really need it – you want a healthy shine,' he asserts.

In terms of natural skin care for the body, he suggests exfoliating with a cream scrub and body brush (use this before showering), as this will help to prolong the holiday glow and enhance the silhouette.

The last natural skincare tip is one that most women are aware of - top off the look with a brightly coloured nail polish, such as a fluorescent pink, which will help to enhance your beautifully tanned pins.
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Beverley Knight shares her natural skin care tips

Beverley Knight shares her natural skin care tips
Posted by Felicia Cardinal

British singer and soul goddess Beverley Knight is well known by the females of the nation not only for her beautiful voice, but for her smooth skin and fashion status.

The star told ASOS magazine what her natural skincare routine involves that leaves her looking so good.

She explained that she follows her skincare regime religiously and this involves cleansing, using spray toner and moisturiser twice a day and exfoliating twice a week to help speed up skin renewal.

When it comes to health, Ms Knight, who rose to stardom with songs such as Come As you Are and Shoulda Woulda Coulda, said exercise is one way she ensures her skin stays at its brightest.

On discussing makeup, her top tip was to 'use enough powder to give you evenness, but let natural skin colour come through. Too much can blank out your features'.

She admitted that her biggest natural skincare faux pas was wearing a foundation that was a complete different colour to her actual skin tone.
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Learn to live with less natural makeup

Learn to live with less natural makeup
Posted by Maggie Morley

Women looking to avoid a natural makeup meltdown this summer should learn to live with less and downsize the number of products in their beauty essentials bag.

In a question and answer article in the Orlando Sentinel, Jean Petterson responded to a query about how to look professional when often natural makeup will melt in the heat.

For her, the answer was simple: 'Learn to live with less. Heavy makeup makes you sweat, which contributes to that melting feeling.'

Her top tips for downsizing and going for the 'less is more' look was to start by swapping heavy foundation for a tinted moisturiser with SPF –which in turn cuts out a number of layers – suncream, moisturiser, foundation and powder.

Top off the look with a few sweeps of bronzer (but not blusher as well) and swap lipstick for a light lip stain or lip gloss.

Other tips for melt proofing natural makeup include investing in waterproof eyeliner and mascara, which makes smearing less likely.
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Monday, 28 June 2010

Use natural makeup to banish under-eye circles

Use natural makeup to banish under-eye circles
Posted by Annie Coyne

Dark under-eye marks can be embarrassing and add years to your face but, according to one expert, there are ways to help banish the problem area for good.

Beauty consultant Sara McKiernan, speaking to Modern Mom, explained that there are many reasons for dark marks, not just because of lack of sleep, but these can be targeted with the correct natural makeup know-how.

The first thing on the natural makeup list should be a very good under-eye cream, as regular use has been proven to reduce dark circles and can work well as the first step in your makeup routine.

Without the cream as the first step, 'the concealer may settle into fine lines and wrinkles, making you look older,' she explained.

Powder alone will not provide the coverage needed but Ms McKiernan said it is an essential part of the natural makeup routine to help the cream settle and last longer.

Women eating healthier and drinking plenty of water will also stand a better chance of reducing the dark marks.
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Find your natural makeup comfort zone

Find your natural makeup comfort zone
Posted by Alison Paquette

Every week, there seems to be a new trend or beauty must-have gracing the catwalk but women looking to keep up with the changing looks should ensure they find natural makeup that is in their comfort zone.

According to makeup artist Anthony Vesnaver, speaking to WCBSTV, there are certain products that will not work well with summer, so this is something to factor in when attempting a new look.

'Kohl pencil is going to melt right away,' he said, adding that the last thing women need is to be worrying about their natural makeup slipping off in the heat.

'It's really kind of finding your comfort zone in the makeup.'

Women were also advised to consider generally going lighter for summer, as with fashion where clothing gets skimpier and more breathable, the same premise should be applied to natural makeup.

Think foundation that is less heavy and lighter eye makeup shades.
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Go monochromatic with natural makeup

Go monochromatic with natural makeup
Posted by Felicia Cardinal

Women hoping to keep up with the latest trends and catwalk fashions will be pleased to hear they will be able to achieve the latest staple look with minimal effort and natural makeup.

According to Elle, monochromatic is now the hip look and Alexandre Herchcovitch's spring 2010 show was a perfect demonstration of just how good the look can be on anyone.

Charlotte Willer, who created the theme for the show, explained to the news provider that Mr Herchcovitch wanted the girls 'to have a healthy, youthful flush – nothing too crazy'.

She added that the theme is a 'fresh, easy, five-minute look' that will suit every eye colour, but she suggested peach or pink hues for a summer take on the style.

For those who are unsure of exactly what monochromatic means in natural makeup terms, it simply means one colour – for eyes, cheeks and lips, with a few lashings of mascara for added 'pop'.
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Friday, 25 June 2010

Natural makeup is a way to 'accentuate'

Natural makeup is a way to
Posted by Annie Coyne

Star of Mission Impossible II and 2012 Thandie Newton has spoken about how natural makeup should be used simply to accentuate a woman's features.

The beautiful actress spoke to Stylist about her inner beauty, which apparently she is in abundance of (the writer Emma Smith noted), natural makeup routine and how she keeps herself looking her best and healthy.

When it comes to looking after her skin, she highlighted that loving your skin as much as you love your body is a key part of any beauty regime, which for her consists of good food and moisturiser.

With regards to natural makeup, she said: 'I think of makeup as an accessory, just as jewellery would be.'

'It's a way to accentuate the attributes you already have, after all.'

She went on to say that she is teaching her young children this, as her mother taught her when she was younger, adding that anyone who respects their body will be beautiful.
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Latest natural hair dye colours: Bronde

Latest natural hair dye colours: Bronde
Posted by Maggie Morley

Women wanting the best of both worlds when it comes to natural hair dye colours should look into the latest red carpet craze named 'bronde'.

A the name suggests, it is a natural hair dye mixture of blonde and brunette, which results in a sun-kissed look perfect for summer, as stars such as Jennifer Lopez and Natalie Portman have proved.

However it should be noted that the bronde style may only be achievable by those with blonde or light-coloured hair.

'Women who might normally lighten their hair all over are going for a darker base shade with more highlights, so what you get is something that's part blonde, part brown, or 'bronde,' explained Beth Shapouri in a recap of the article on 'Glamour's' Girls in the Beauty Department blog.

According to Stylelist blog, the look can help women debating natural hair dye colours to look younger, something which has worked on model Gisele, taking years off her already radiant skin.

Some women may wish to achieve this look without nasty chemicals, using a 100% natural hair dye. However a truly natural hair dye cannot lighten your hair, but it is possible to have low lights with a natural hair dye. For women who have grey hairs mixed in with their brown hair then it may be possible to use a natural hair dye to colour their grey hairs a blonde shade.

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Thursday, 24 June 2010

Top new natural makeup looks

Top new natural makeup looks
Posted by Tony Milner

The latest styles to hit the runways are all open for women at home to test out with natural makeup, according to a leading fashion website.

Allure has listed the top 11 natural makeup looks that can easily be achieved and require little effort or know-how, and these include metallic eyelids, (think pure gold) and warm cheeks achieved with a pink cream blush, for the 'Lolita glow'.

Next on the list is lipstick, from moisturised nude to light demure pink to flaming red or blazing orange, in contrast to previous makeup artists' recommendations of going neon.

'Every woman is a mere two lipstick swipes away from sexpot. The key is getting the shade right—too red spells harlot, too orange is plain [ugly]. Try mixing shades,' the site recommends.

Bringing up the rear in the try-at-home creations, winged eyeliner was tipped as a showstopper, something that will immediately take the heat away from the rest of the face.
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Go lighter with natural hair dye

Go lighter with natural hair dye
Posted by Annie Coyne

Dabbling with the natural hair dye bottle can often be like a game of roulette – what will your hair colour turn out like in the end?

US model, dancer and presenter of Dancing with the Stars Brooke Burke recently told Stylelist that as she doesn't have too much spare time on her hands, she keeps her makeup to a minimum and sticks with what she knows for her hair.

'I don't stray far from my natural colour, no more than a few shades lighter. But I should be more daring! Maybe I will this summer,' she admitted.

Ms Burke, who was voted number 23 in FHM's Sexiest Women of the World in 2005, also said when it comes to her makeup routine; it simply consists of sunscreen, lip gloss and mascara, stating 'less is more'.

With regards to natural hair dyes, she explained that she likes to keep her tresses healthy and gleaming, so often opts for highlights and gloss treatments.
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Is your natural makeup suffocating your beauty?

Is your natural makeup suffocating your beauty?
Posted by Alison Paquette

Women need to consider whether their natural makeup is becoming more of a mask than a beauty enhancement.

Alyssa Kolsky Hertzig, writing for the Allure Daily Beauty Reporter Blog, recently made reference to teenbopper Justin Bieber's statement where he said he doesn't like women who wear too much makeup, and blamed this on insecurity.

'But every time a male celebrity claims that he prefers a woman without makeup, we have to wonder: Does he even know the difference between minimal (or just well-applied) makeup and none?' she questioned.

Ms Hertzig's top tips to ensure natural makeup does not end up looking like it's been caked on were to exfoliate with a grainy scrub to help make the skin more naturally radiant.

Her final rule was that moisturiser should always go before foundation, particularly if you don't fancy investing in a primer.

Applying primer is said to hold in the moisture underneath foundation, so as to prevent it going crusty or dry.
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Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Natural makeup is 'personal'

Natural makeup is
Posted by Alison Paquette

Summer is a time when on-trend natural makeup shades can change every other day, but one makeup artist has urged women to only opt for the looks that they enjoy and can pull off.

International lead makeup artist, James Boehmer, explained to the Montreal Gazette that the catwalks and celebrities do not make strict rules that women need to follow, only guidelines that they can adapt to their own personal style.

'We don't dictate trends. Makeup is more personal,' he said.

Mr Boehmer, who is a big name behind the scenes at the NY Fashion Week, recommended multi-use natural makeup for the dewy look, suggesting colour sticks that can be used on the eyes, lips and cheeks as fast and foolproof, but again said this is not for everyone (including the writer of the article, Eva Friede).

Of the coral lips that took the catwalks by storm recently, he said: 'It's very user friendly to get on board that trend'.
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Get your natural makeup spot on

Get your natural makeup spot on
Posted by Maggie Morley

Rihanna is an up and coming style icon, she doesn't always seem to get her clothing right, but one thing that is always picture perfect is her natural makeup.

The star, who shot to fame with Pon De Replay in 2005, has since evolved into one of the most fashionable and trend-setting stars, experimenting with different makeup styles which often leaves us green with envy.

However the driving force behind Rihanna's look is Karin Darnell, and when discussing natural makeup with Elle, she warned women with an oily complexion not to cake on the powder, but to remove any excess moisture with a tissue.

'To avoid your complexion looking too flat use a foundation a shade lighter than your skin tone to add highlights to your cheekbones, nose and brow bones. One shade will just blank you out,' she told the news provider.

Ms Darnell went on to recommend application of natural makeup with your fingers and said above all, the key is to blend, something which is also the staple behind getting the smoky eye look just right.
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Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Swap Botox for natural skin care

Swap Botox for natural skin care
Posted by Alison Paquette

Young women considering Botox should instead turn to natural skin care routines and moisturisers to prevent the onset of wrinkles, a skincare expert has said.

Dr Sean Lanigan of sk:n said he has seen an increased demand for Botox in recent years following the rise of the celebrity culture, but explained that women who do not have wrinkles yet should stick to natural skin care.

'Simply using a moisturiser, ensuring that you carry out an effective skin routine and avoiding excess exposure to UV light by avoiding sunbeds or prolonged sunbathing can do far more to prevent the appearance of wrinkles,' he said.

Dr Lanigan added that the kind of imagery celebrities are creating is perpetuating a mentality that flawless skin is the only acceptable image to aim for.

Women were recently told by Bevis Man from the British Skin Foundation not to substitute sun cream for a moisturiser with SPF in their organic skin care routine, as it may not provide the right amount of protection.
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Natural makeup should 'enhance not cover'

Natural makeup should
Posted by Tony Milner

Women should ensure their natural makeup enhances their features and does not swallow them up, according to an expert.

Chris Bailey, chief creative director at Burberry, has talked of his love for the English rose look – delicate organic makeup that emphasises a woman's best bits, whether it be structure, eyes, skin or lips.

'The Burberry girl wears just a trace of makeup — no crazy eyes or crazy lips ... Makeup should enhance women, not just cover up what they perceive as flaws,' he said.

He added that English women should articulate their character through their natural makeup, and said it is possible to create sexy, rebellious or sensual looks simply by applying the beauty essentials correctly.

The latest colours to be announced for autumn by Chanel will help women emphasise their eye colour dramatically – deep plums, khakis and chocolate greys, all of which will help to enhance any eye colour.
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Natural makeup shades: Moonlight

Natural makeup shades: Moonlight
Posted by Maggie Morley

This autumn is set to go sultry when it comes to natural makeup.

Chanel recently unveiled their beauty trends for the upcoming season in the fall 2010 runway show and the colours are set to be showstoppers, if you like deep plums, khakis and chocolate greys that is.

However, these deep, moody shades are ones that will suit every woman when applied correctly, and work particularly well when teamed with a matching colour on the nails for a more striking look.

Dark-grey violet is 'the new statement-maker of the season' according to the brand, and global creative director Peter Philips said style icon Coco Chanel was the inspiration behind the new take on the smoky eye paired with nude lips.

Ladies should invest in some organic makeup in these up and coming shades and could practice their staple look for evening natural makeup as this will work wonders with a little black dress.
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Monday, 21 June 2010

Choose natural hair dye colours wisely

Choose natural hair dye colours wisely
Posted by Alison Paquette

Summer is the time many women consider to be perfect for a complete hairstyle or natural hair dye shade revamp.

A dramatic hair colour is usually the top way to give yourself a makeover, but women considering turning to the natural hair dye bottle should ensure they opt for the right colour.

Tess Daly's hair stylist, however, suggested to Hello magazine that women should select a colour that works well with their skin tone and one that does not venture too far away from the colour that they are used to.

'Colouring with confidence is about hair colour that looks natural – so you don't want to jump too many shades lighter,' Jonathan Duffy recommended to the news provider.

'Two or three shades, within the same tonal range (ie ash or goldens) is a good general guide.'

Katie Holmes recently stepped out to a film premiere with glossy brunette locks, shaped into smooth waves, a look which many women will consider recreating.
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Recreate Katie Holmes' look with natural hair dye

Recreate Katie Holmes
Posted by Felicia Cardinal

Katie Holmes has created a stir on the red carpet, sporting a wavy sleek 'do that will have women scrambling for the natural hair dyes.

The star, who is married to superstar actor Tom Cruise and rose to fame acting in teen show Dawson's Creek, was spotted out and about at the premiere of her hubby's new flick, Knight and Day, in Seville and very nearly stole the show with her stunning look.

Her deep brown locks were tucked behind her ears, looking extremely sleek and with perfect waves rippling through them, highlighting the colour beautifully and topped off with an elegant side parting.

The Hollywood Life blog noted the new look was a winner, but mentioned her recent failed attempts to glam it up on the red carpet.

'I absolutely love her sleek, side parted hair and shiny, retro waves. It such a classic and beautiful look. Let's hope that Katie keeps up the good work and continues on this tres, tres chic path!' it asserted.
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Friday, 18 June 2010

Natural hair care: Dancer-inspired styles

This year
Posted by Alison Paquette

The latest natural hair styling trend is in the theme of the dancer, according to the catwalk and the red carpet.

Elle has reported that ballerina buns are the summer staple and a 'plethora' of celebs have already demonstrated how it's done, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Bosworth and Vanessa Hudgens.

But for those who consider this natural hair styling trend to be boring, they have been urged to think outside the box and go colourful to match the summer fashion trends with ribbons, or extensions intertwined into the chignon.

Hair can sometimes be a welcome distraction from the face, so if you do decide to go for this look, ensure makeup is fault-free, and if you want to go catwalk, opt for shimmery eyes, rosy cheeks and glossed up lips.

To achieve a flawless bun, invest in a good comb and hair spray and team with this season's makeup colours – pastel pinks, greens and blues and lashings of mascara to finish off the look.
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This year's must-have theme is the dancer, complete with the ballerina bun.

This year
Posted by Alison Paquette

The latest natural hair styling trend is in the theme of the dancer, according to the catwalk and the red carpet.

Elle has reported that ballerina buns are the summer staple and a 'plethora' of celebs have already demonstrated how it's done, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Bosworth and Vanessa Hudgens.

But for those who consider this natural hair styling trend to be boring, they have been urged to think outside the box and go colourful to match the summer fashion trends with ribbons, or extensions intertwined into the chignon.

Hair can sometimes be a welcome distraction from the face, so if you do decide to go for this look, ensure makeup is fault-free, and if you want to go catwalk, opt for shimmery eyes, rosy cheeks and glossed up lips.

To achieve a flawless bun, invest in a good comb and hair spray and team with this season's makeup colours – pastel pinks, greens and blues and lashings of mascara to finish off the look.
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Natural makeup: How to pick the right concealer

Natural makeup: How to pick the right concealer
Posted by Felicia Cardinal

The question which looms over many women is what shade of concealer should I opt for? But getting the answer wrong can easily ruin your natural makeup look in a flash.

One of the latest A-listers to get it very wrong (granted she got it right on her face) was The Saturdays' singer Frankie Sandford, who stepped out in London last night with glaringly-obvious white marks dotted all over her chest.

With regards to the face however, there are some tips on getting your organic makeup shades just right, and the About Beauty blog has the answers it seems.

Julyne Derrick recommends yellow tones for covering up under-eye marks, and orange tones for darker skins and suggested testing the product on the blue veins on the inside of your wrist.

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Go makeup-less with your natural makeup

Go makeup-less with your natural makeup
Posted by Tony Milner

For many, the ultimate natural makeup goal is to look like you're wearing no makeup (and are startlingly beautiful with or without) even when this is far from the truth.

Jasmine Antoinette, writing for the Epoch Times, explained that many women if they even dare to go bare, may end up looking slightly ill, but with know-how this can be avoided.

'When done right, however, it lends a polished, fresh, and healthy appearance. Bringing out your natural beauty is the goal, albeit using decidedly unnatural means to get it,' she mused.

Ms Antoinette explained that the basis of getting this look is to have a pristine skincare routine, suggesting the big three: cleanse, tone and moisturise as the best way for flawless skin.

Women who need it can use foundation – but only for those urgent areas and if necessary follow up with concealer that blends well over blemishes and under-eye marks and top off with a fine powder.

After that, the remainder of the natural makeup is up to you – whether mascara, nude lipsticks (which are all the rage on the red carpet) or eyeshadows.
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