Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Autumn natural makeup trends

Autumn natural makeup trends
Posted by Annie Coyne

When it comes to natural makeup, the biggest trends for autumn are all about creating classical elegance and the barely-there fresh-faced look.

According to Marie-Andree Guimont, writing for Divine, makeup has taken a more sophisticated turn and one of the main features of this will be perfect, flawless skin.

'This fall when it comes to style, we're thinking classic cuts and natural materials. It's simple: fashion essentials of a classic wardrobe can be seen in all stores. And, of course, this transcends into the makeup realm, as well,' she explained.

Ms Guimont went on to say that blusher should be used to create a structured look, and added that the secret is to opt for a natural makeup shade or two darker than your own.

For the lips, red is the colour of the hour, and natural makeup fans are advised to go for a modern twist by using apricots or plum shades.

If you want an edgy take on this trend, opt for the blackberry lip and check out Scarlett Johansson's recent D&G campaign. ADNFCR-2885-ID-800044805-ADNFCR

Get the look: Kelly Osbourne's natural makeup

Get the look: Kelly Osbourne
Posted by Alison Paquette

The Emmys is the perfect event for women to take inspiration from and tot up ideas for natural makeup looks, and Sunday night's event was overflowing with great looks.

Kelly Osbourne, usually known for her grungy style, wowed the crowds with Marilyn Monroe blonde locks and flawless natural makeup teamed with a svelte black dress.

The star, who will soon be taking part in a new TV show named Fashion Police, had her look created for her by professional makeup artist John Stapleton, who spilled the secrets of her style to Mygloss.com.

He explained that the look is simple but stunning and consisted of foundation and a mineral skin finish on the face, followed by contoured cheeks using bronzer and a pink blush on the highest point of her cheeks.

On the actress' eyes, Mr Stapleton used a matte cream coloured eyeshadow, finished off with black liquid liner and lashings of mascara. ADNFCR-2885-ID-800044799-ADNFCR

Recreate Christina Hendricks' natural makeup

Recreate Christina Hendricks
Posted by Felicia Cardinal

Mad Men star Christina Hendricks has caused quite a stir on the red carpet recently, making waves with her natural makeup at Sunday's Emmy Awards.

The curvaceous star's look was inspired by Mia Farrow from The Great Gatsby and her makeup artist Vanessa Scali gave the Bellasugar blog the lowdown on how to achieve it. 

She explained that the base started off with foundation and concealer, followed by a few sweeps of a subtle pink blusher. 

When it comes to the eyes, Ms Scali blended two shades of eyeshadow; black mixed in with a cashmere brown to the outer eye to give off the illusion of bigger eyes and to define the lids, she used a black kohl liner. 

Aside from the actress' natural makeup, the lady who was recently voted 'best-looking woman in America' by Esquire magazine, also wowed the crowds with her flame red locks which were loosely curled.ADNFCR-2885-ID-800044795-ADNFCR

Friday, 27 August 2010

Natural hair care crush: Drew Barrymore

Natural hair care crush: Drew Barrymore
Posted by Tony Milner

Drew Barrymore has been working the red carpet of late, promoting her new flick, Going the Distance, but according to one beauty expert, her varying natural hair care styles are causing more of a stir.

Amy Lawrenson, writing for Elle, has explained that while beauty commentators can be fickle when it comes to natural hair care crushes, Drew Barrymore is definitely worthy of praise.

'The effortlessly edgy, look-like-they've-grown-out roots and the flowing lengths have made her hair the most covetable on the celebrity circuit,' she asserted.

Ms Lawrenson goes on to explain that the star's beachy texture and plaits has had a big impact, whilst in contrast, her silky-blow dry paired with creamy makeup was also a hit.

It's official – the actress is a natural hair care chameleon, and if you're fancying one of her looks for yourself, the main staple is to loosely tong sections and to plait a few strands.

Undoubtedly, as you near winter, your hair might take a beating from the harsh weather, and if you've got long locks like Drew, celebrity hairdresser John Chapman has suggested using a weekly treatment to keep it in check.

Natural skin care in your 30s

Natural skin care in your 30s
Posted by Alison Paquette

If you're nearing thirty and dreading the first sign of wrinkles, then one beauty expert has offered tips on the best ways to keep those pesky lines at bay through natural skin care alone.

A number of experts have gathered together to shed light on the hot topic of preventing ageing and they spoke to Forbes about the best way to achieve this, with Dr Paul Friedman, author of the new book Beautiful Skin Revealed, stating that the eyes will be the first place to show any signs. 

'The inevitable forces of gravity are subtly emerging,' agreed Stacy Cox, a beauty expert. 'Worry lines on our faces are the subtle indications that we're not in Kansas anymore.'

Both were also in agreement that vitamin C is the top antioxidant for natural skin care fans, whilst retinol also got a mention for its cellular renewal properties.

Other research has shown fruit to have a positive effect on our faces, look to creams with acai or pomegranate in them. ADNFCR-2885-ID-800042790-ADNFCR

How to avoid natural makeup blunders

How to avoid natural makeup blunders
Posted by Annie Coyne

Natural makeup fans have been warned of the top beauty blunders, which could leave them looking more like a tramp than a lady.

Isabel Roces, writing for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, has explained that issues such as wearing makeup that is either a shade too light or too dark can draw attention for all the wrong reasons.

'Test a foundation on your jaw line or the back of your palm. Or let your real skin shine through. After applying moisturiser, use foundation as cover-up,' she said.

Other blunders included attempting to cover up a spot, which, in turn, draws more attention to it, and wearing too much makeup, which can be an issue as women get older.

Natural makeup fans were also told to avoid moisturiser near the eyes if they plan to wear eyeliner, as this will only run and when it comes to self tanning 'don't miss a spot'.

One trend that is definitely not a blunder is toffee, caramel and honey shades, which are currently all over the catwalk.ADNFCR-2885-ID-800042779-ADNFCR

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Natural makeup debate: Can red eyes ever look good?

Natural makeup debate: Can red eyes ever look good?
Posted by Alison Paquette

Red natural makeup on the eyes can sometimes look so far from fashionable that it can actually result in people asking if you've been crying or have an infection, but one expert believes that is no longer the case.

Alison Caporimo, writing for Allure, has explained that times may be changing when it comes to red makeup and the likes of The Pretty Reckless singer Taylor Momsen are showing us how it's done.

'Momsen's style is definitely edgy – is this one more look that the average woman just couldn't pull off? Surprisingly, no,' she asserted, going on to say that red shadow can in fact be pretty.

Ms Caporimo suggested taking a peek at Dior's recent show for inspiration and hinted that there is a fine line between 'sexy and sickly' and it's all down to where you put the shadow – use black or brown to rim the eyes and only apply it to the outer edges.

However, if red isn't for you, according to Elle, the colours for autumn are camels, and this applies both to your wardrobe and to your natural makeup.ADNFCR-2885-ID-800041493-ADNFCR

Ensure your cut enhances your natural hair dye shade

Natural hair dye shades should be enhanced by the style of the hair.
Posted by Felicia Cardinal


Women considering making a natural hair dye change ready for the autumn and winter months have been offered some tips by the top beauty gurus.

If you decide to opt for a cut to enhance your latest dabble with natural hair dyes, then the advice is to communicate with your hairdresser, otherwise it could all end in tears.

Bonnie McCarthy, writing for WalletPop, spoke to some of the top US hair stylists about the best way to get what you want, and Billy Lowe, hairstylist and beauty expert based in Los Angeles, suggested taking in a picture and jotting down the words that you would use to describe the look.

'Talk about shape,' said celebrity stylist and bi-coastal salon owner Ted Gibson, 'if you feel like your stylist didn't understand, keep talking before you have your hair done.'

Women have also been told by celebrity hairdresser John Chapman , who spoke to Stuff.co.nz, that if they do keep their locks long and lovely, then they should be investing in a weekly treatment to ensure their natural hair dye shade stays put.  ADNFCR-2885-ID-800041177-ADNFCR

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Natural skin care: Consistency is key

Natural skin care: Consistency is key
Posted by Tony Milner

Women have been told that sometimes it is not about buying expensive products in a bid to battle ageing, but about maintaining a regular natural skin care routine.

Joyce Orena, writing for the Philippine Star, has explained that the best way to achieve a natural skin care look that glows is to create a routine that fits in with your lifestyle and stick to it.

'I cannot stress enough that consistency is key. No matter how expensive your skin care line is, it is useless without it. It is the best-kept secret to beauty, more than any specific product,' she asserted. 

Ms Orena added that on the runways , healthy and glowing faces are dominating, emphasised with honey, toffee and caramels. 

With regards to hair, natural skin care fans have been told that now is the time to look after it, as the cold harsh weather approaches, and according to celebrity hairdresser John Chapman who spoke to Stuff.co.nz, weekly treatments are the best way to achieve this.

Eat your way to better natural skin care

Eat your way to better natural skin care
Posted by Felicia Cardinal

If you're looking to enhance your beauty with natural skin care, then consider investing in a few super fruits, both in your diet and as part of your routine.

Janetta Mackay, writing for NZ Herald, has explained that in 'beautyland' it's all about fruit, and while eating plenty of it will reap huge natural skin care rewards, lathering it on your face can also be a big help. 

The top fruits to warrant a mention were blueberries which are vitamin-rich, pomegranates which promote cell renewal and acai which boasts antioxidants and essential fatty acid content. 

'Rosehip, the fruit of the rose plant, is another favourite natural ingredient, and though it isn't a berry, it figures in many skincare products, with its oil recognised for helping skin tone and texture,' she stated.

Emma Wells, a nutritionist, recently told the Style section of MSN.com that women should aim to include red watermelon in every breakfast, as it is rich in lycopene and beta-carotene. ADNFCR-2885-ID-800038959-ADNFCR

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Age-fighting foods good for natural body care

Age-fighting foods good for natural body care
Posted by Maggie Morley

Natural body care measures can start by simply watching what is put in the mouth, according to an industry expert, who stated that eating wisely can help combat both the appearance of ageing and effects that time has upon the skin.

Emma Wells, a nutritionist, told the Style section of MSN.com that ripe, red watermelon should be on everyone's breakfast tray as it is rich in lycopene and beta-carotene.

According to researchers at the Universities of Newcastle and Manchester, lycopene can provide more protection against sunburn, which is a major cause of skin ageing.

'For a snack try a probiotic yoghurt that will aid your digestion too,' said Ms Wells, adding that for lunch 'the omega 3 fatty acids in oily fish, such as herring, salmon and fresh tuna, help alleviate a number of age-related conditions'.

At dinner time, the expert suggested crushing a clove of garlic and adding it to meals, as it has natural body care properties, as well as a reputation for fighting illnesses such as heart disease.

WomenFitness.net recommends eating avocadoes, as they are a good source of monounsaturated fat which reduces cholesterol in the body. ADNFCR-2885-ID-800038160-ADNFCR

Natural haircare: Make the most of what you've got

Women have been urged to look after their tresses.
Posted by Annie Coyne

Women considering dabbling with the natural hair dye bottle have been urged to give their locks some TLC now and again.

Celebrity hairdresser John Chapman spoke to Stuff.co.nz and explained that the secret to shine is looking after your tresses in the warm weather and investing in a weekly treatment.

He said this is particularly important if you want a nice natural hair dye colour with a high-shine, think Liv Tyler's brunette hair and Julianne Moore's redhead locks.

'The younger people coming through like Rachel Bilson and Emma Roberts, Julia Roberts' niece, have great hair. It's about making the most of what you've got,' he asserted to the news provider.

Mr Chapman added that if women put the time in then it will be worth it, not only in how it feels, but in how it looks.

Kim Kardashian is another A-lister with continual high-shine, and if you're wanting to draw attention to your locks, then consider going for the blunt fringe, which only makes her stand out from the crowd even more.ADNFCR-2885-ID-800037017-ADNFCR

Celebrity natural haircare crush: Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian is sporting a new look, one that is bound to go down a treat.
Posted by Tony Milner

US socialite Kim Kardashian is not someone we would usually style ourselves on, but her latest dabble with natural haircare styles is a definite hit.

The TV queen was spotted out at Keeping Up with the Kardashians/The Spin Crowd Premiere Party in Hollywood sporting her usually long and glossy tresses, but also with a newly-added blunt fringe.

Complete with smoky brown eyes, lashings of mascara and nude lipstick, the starlet looked fantastic and is bound to create a stir among the nation's females, particularly those who are looking for a new cut.

Ms Kardashian also happens to be totally on trend, following in the footsteps of Teenage Dream singer Katy Perry, who recently hopped off a plane in Tokyo with a thick blunt fringe.

Entertainment Wise asked readers to vote as to what they think of Kim's new look and a whopping 76 per cent voted that it's a 'hell yes' – forget unruly curls for autumn, the fringe could be a winner.ADNFCR-2885-ID-800037014-ADNFCR

Take natural haircare to the max next season

Take natural haircare to the max next season
Posted by Maggie Morley

If you're looking to emulate the catwalk for next season, then it's time to get back-combing, as volume is the current must-have.

According to Georgia Collins, writing for Elle UK, models at Vivienne Westwood, Roksanda Ilincic and Karl Lagerfield sported volumous and sometimes even frizzy messes – but the one thing that underlined all the shows was the bigger the better.

'At Dior frothy curls exploded from heads then gave way to loose fishtail braids that hung over models' shoulders,' she asserted, adding that height was key – think sky-high chignons with a headband near the forehead.

So natural haircare fans have licence to go wild next season, but whether you choose to go fluffy, messy or just plain unruly, makeup was perfect – matte skin, bare eyes and blood red lips.

This natural haircare style might be too much for some, but fear not, normal curls are also on trend and according to celebrity hairstylist Billy Lowe, who spoke to WalletPop recently, ensure they're carefree and unstructured, but above all, 'volume, volume, volume' is a must-have.ADNFCR-2885-ID-800037013-ADNFCR

Monday, 23 August 2010

Emma Willis teams up with expert to give natural makeup advice

Emma Willis is to give fans natural makeup advice


Posted by Felicia Cardinal

A new collaboration between a major TV presenter and a well-known makeup artist has resulted in a series of tutorials to be published by the News of the World, which could give natural makeup fans some new inspiration.

Emma Willis, best remembered for co-hosting I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here! Now and Big Brother's Little Brother, will be collaborating with cosmetics pro Neil Young on the project.

A number of How To videos will be published on the newspaper's website and guide women through the ideal look for every eventuality.

This week the duo work on a fantastic day look that would be perfect in the office or at work and next week's episode will involve the essentials needed to transform this look into something suitable for dinner.

Those looking for some natural makeup inspiration should take a look at Maggie Gyllenhaal, who has starred in Batman and Crazy Heart.

The actor recently appeared at the premier of Nanny McPhee Returns sporting a deep, plum eyeliner that suited this year's autumn trends perfectly.

Natural skincare: Grow old gracefully

Natural skincare: Grow old gracefully
Posted by Annie Coyne

The French know where it's at when it comes to the good old natural skincare routine, and according to one beauty expert, we should all take a leaf out of their book.

Ann Morrison, writing for SMH, explained that stars such as Juliette Binoche and Isabelle Huppert seem to know the secrets of ageing well and gracefully – no Botox for these ladies.

The first tip is to maintain a steady weight, which as we all know is achieved by eating little and often and keeping an eye on the scales for any extra pounds, but avoid exercise – walking is an acceptable way to keep fit.

'French women also recommend facials, massages and spa 'cures' in their campaign against wrinkles, cellulite and saggy bottoms, bellies and breasts,' Ms Morrison added.

When it comes to makeup, less is best, and with regards to natural skincare, the French apparently have a cream for everything – ' day creams (with sunscreen), night creams, repulping creams, serums, moisturisers, cleansers, toners', and many more.

It goes without saying; regular sessions on the sunbeds will only damage any natural skincare routine you get in place, and could even damage your eyes.ADNFCR-2885-ID-800035097-ADNFCR

Natural haircare must-have: Autumn curls

Natural haircare must-have: Autumn curls
Posted by Felicia Cardinal

When it comes to natural haircare, autumn is all about the curls, according to the beauty gurus.

WalletPop recently got the low-down from some of the top hair stylists in the business and found out exactly what style women should embrace, and next season soft and textured locks is where it's at.

Billy Lowe, Los Angeles-based celebrity hairstylist and beauty expert, explained that the best look right now is unstructured and celebs such as Sandra Bullock are leading the way.

'Look for continued soft, tousled curl around the neck and shoulders ... [and] more attention to 'careless' hair,' he suggested to the news provider.

Another expert named Oribe, added that this natural haircare style will also mean that your hair isn't subjected to the straighteners constantly and therefore is kinder to your locks. 

If you're looking for a change in colour, then red is on trend and is set to stay that way for the foreseeable future – look to Christina Hendricks for inspiration.ADNFCR-2885-ID-800035090-ADNFCR

Women are 'more educated' about natural makeup

Women are
Posted by Alison Paquette

When it comes to natural makeup, women are demanding that their products do more, as well as being good for their skin, according to a beauty expert.

Zara Rabinowicz, who has worked with publications such as SHE Magazine and Catwalk Queen, explained that nowadays, women are viewing natural makeup products as 'a two-pronged' attack.

'In this world of multi-tasking we expect everything to be able to work in different ways,' said Ms Rabinowicz.

'People are more conscious of their skin health and how their appearance can be linked to the ingredients in products and are thus making more educated decisions in purchasing.'

She went on to say that a prime example of this requirement for multi-tasking is the foundation with SPF – we now expect the natural makeup product to make us beautiful and protect us from the sun.

Last month, research from Jolen found that 18 per cent of females purposely keep their beau in the dark about their gruelling beauty regime.ADNFCR-2885-ID-800035085-ADNFCR

Friday, 20 August 2010

Use your brows to enhance natural makeup

Use your brows to enhance natural makeup
Posted by Alison Paquette

Eyebrows are not something many women focus upon, aside from the monthly wax or occasional pluck, but according to one expert, these could be the key to enhancing your natural makeup.

Chase Aston, international makeup artist, spoke to Canada.com, and explained that, while it may be all about the latest trends for autumn, without some beauty housekeeping rules, these will be ruined by bushy brows.

He told the news provider that brows should be 'bold, shaped, shaded and defined', which will therefore add 'strength, structure, and polished glamour to the face', adding that the colour can also be a factor in your bid to be groomed to perfection.

'Simply mix two brow shades together to colour-match your natural hair colour (blonds should go a little darker with their brow shades to add drama). Then, using short, feathery strokes, draw brows in and, once finished, comb through some clear brow gel to set,' he added.

If you're more interested in the actual natural makeup side of things, then tawny reds, olive greens and mellow yellows are the top colours to incorporate into your smoky eye, come autumn.ADNFCR-2885-ID-800034006-ADNFCR

Natural makeup 'should be dishevelled'

Natural makeup
Posted by Tony Milner

Natural makeup fans looking for a new style to recreate have been told that naturally dishevelled makeup is a trend destined to make you a cut above the rest in the style stakes.

Speaking to the Independent, Alessandra Steinherr, beauty director at Glamour, explained that, if you usually look to the catwalk for your inspiration, Balmain is the one to emulate.

She said the beauty was 'sexy, yet cool' and shouldn't be too hard for natural makeup fans to recreate.

'For makeup, think low-maintenance but groomed ... Concealer goes on ultra-light but makes skin flawless, then add bronzer to skim along cheekbones and define the socket of your eyes,' Ms Steinherr added.

Other looks to warrant a mention included the models from Chloe, who sported a chic matte complexion.

However, if you're looking for something a little more edgy, check out Scarlett Johansson's latest ad for D&G – the blackberry lip is a definite must-have for autumn.ADNFCR-2885-ID-800034000-ADNFCR

Natural hair dye inspiration: Kristin Cavallari

Natural hair dye inspiration: Kristin Cavallari
When it comes to natural hair dyes, women often take their inspiration from the celebrity world and one star is showing us how it's done.

Kristin Cavallari, star of The Hills, swapped her bleach blonde locks to a more sedate light brown shade and is currently loving the change.

'I just dyed it!' Cavallari told People earlier this week. 'I was bored with my hair and it's the first time I was able to dye my hair because of filming for The Hills.'

However, unfortunately for the star, despite her love for her latest natural hair dye shade, not everyone is as thrilled with the idea.

The Hollywood Gossip blog asked readers whether they preferred her as a blonde bombshell or a brunette vixen and, as of today (August 20th), 70 per cent of the 471 women who voted preferred her previous look.

If you're considering investing in some natural hair dye, another star who is currently providing masses of inspiration is Christina Hendricks from Mad Men – red locks are all the rage at the moment. ADNFCR-2885-ID-800033371-ADNFCR

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Natural makeup must-haves: The blackberry lip

Natural makeup must-haves: The blackberry lip
Posted by Felicia Cardinal

If you're looking for some guidance and inspiration for the forthcoming autumn trend of dark lips, then Scarlett Johansson has exactly what you need.

The star of Iron Man 2 and The Black Dahlia has recently shot her latest D&G advertising campaign and is looking particularly gothic – with almost-black lips, heavy-duty eye makeup and porcelain skin.

Clad in a cropped black corset and leather lace-up hot pants and sprawled on a leopard print rug, the star shows us exactly why the hottest trend for autumn when it comes to natural makeup is the blackberry lip.

While we might expect it to completely wipe out any colour in the actress' skin, it works surprisingly well.

As an indication of how the nation's females feel about this look, the Hollywood Life blog asked viewers to vote, stating: 'Is it sexy or too over-the-top?'

As of today (August 19th) 93 per cent of us think the natural makeup is a hit, while only seven per cent voted for it being a no-no.

Now we know what the ultimate autumn trend is set to be.ADNFCR-2885-ID-800031503-ADNFCR

Natural makeup icon: Maggie Gyllenhaal

Natural makeup icon: Maggie Gyllenhaal
Posted by Felicia Cardinal

If you're looking for a high-voltage addition to your natural makeup bag, then take a peek at Maggie Gyllenhaal on her most recent red carpet outing.

The star of Batman and Crazy Heart recently attended the NYC premiere of her latest flick Nanny McPhee Returns and sported deep plum eyeliner, which worked beautifully.

It was a very glam look, one that will suit everyone and could be the latest addition to the autumn natural makeup trends.

Hollywood Life blog spoke to her makeup artist, Molly Stern, who explained that she was 'inspired by the beauties of the 1920s and 30s'.

'We combined the smoky eye with an added electric element and a deeply-stained lip.'

Ms Stern added that to achieve this vintage look, women should invest in purple eyeshadow, apply this to the lid and line with brown liner and then run a purple liner along the bottom lashes.

Finish off with some coats of brown mascara with black added to the tips.ADNFCR-2885-ID-800031495-ADNFCR

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Natural makeup must-haves: Blue mascara

Natural makeup must-haves: Blue mascara
Posted by Alison Paquette

Fresh from the news that denim is back in fashion, both for our wardrobe and for our natural makeup palette, the latest must-have product is the navy-blue mascara.

According to the Independent, who spoke to a number of beauty gurus, while the summer season boasted lighter and more vibrant shades of blue, the autumn months are seeing a darker take on this trend.

'For a bit more drama, I loved the navy-blue, smoky eyes at Derek Lam,' said Nicola Moulton, Vogue's beauty director. 'And it's not for the faint-hearted, but the multi-coloured eyebrows at Balenciaga had everyone talking.'

Meanwhile, beauty expert Tom Pecheux explained to the newspaper that the trick, when it comes to blue natural makeup, is to be very light-handed and blend as much as possible.

If you're not a fan of the blue trend however, then autumn is also the time to dabble with tawny reds, olive greens and mellow yellows – incorporate these into the traditional smoky eye look.ADNFCR-2885-ID-800029584-ADNFCR

Leighton Meester shares natural makeup tips

Leighton Meester shares natural makeup tips
Posted by Tony Milner

Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester is well known for her character Blair Woldorf in the hit show, and she recently explained her views on natural makeup and looking her best.

The star spoke to the Toronto Sun, telling natural makeup fans that, while her TV character may have super-perfect locks and constantly-flawless beauty, in reality she believes we should not lose sight of how we look without makeup on. 

'When you get so used to seeing your face with makeup on - and seeing your hair styled perfectly all the time - you sort of lose touch with how beautiful you are naturally, and how great your hair can look if you just take care of it,' she told the news provider.

Ms Meester, who recently told Total Beauty that she prefers the 'undone' look, added that when she's off-set she keeps her natural makeup simple, opting for foundation-free skin, curled lashes and a hint of blusher. ADNFCR-2885-ID-800029577-ADNFCR