Half a Top Knot

Continuing the theme of 90s hairstyles that have come back in fashion, I present the half top knot:

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All the cool kids are doing it. It’s pretty simple too:

1. Brush your hair and take the top section of hair that you want to tie and brush out all the knots

2. Tie it into a ponytail

3. Like with the space buns, twist the ponytail and wrap it round the base. 

4. Secure with another tie and pin any unruly bits. 

It looks great on these cool kids, however whenever I try it, it looks really unflattering. I know the point of the hairstyle isn’t to look ‘pretty’ but sometimes a girl wants to. So for a much more flattering look, albeit less 90s and more 60s, just do steps 1 and 2. 

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Less ‘trendy’ but way more flattering and pretty. 

Once you’ve followed steps 1 and 2, make sure the ponytail is secured high up with lots of volume and then just back comb the hell out of the rest of your hair for a classic pretty 60s look. Have a play around and see which style suits you best 🙂

 

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The Dos and Don’ts of Summer Makeup Looks

Summer is a crazy time for makeup. If it’s not too hot to wear any (unlike today, where people wearing makeup deserve a medal) it’s nice to experiment a bit more with colour. But there aren’t really any rules, do whatever feels comfortable. These are just some of my ideas for Hot Summer Makeup:

DO go coral!

Whether lipstick or blush, coral and orange shades are always in for summer. At the moment I am in love with this Lime Crime lipstick in Cosmopop:

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 It looks very orange but it actually has more of a nudey/corally look on the lips. 

I also think these summer blushes look super cute:

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These Clinique Blush Pops come in 4 different shades, 2 berry shades (Berry Pop and Plum Pop) and 2 coral shades (Ginger Pop and Peach Pop). They are creme based so they won’t form a weird paste on your skin when you sweat, like powders tend to do. 

Another great cheek colour for summer are the Daniel Sandler Watercolour blushes, in particular the Acid and Trip duo set:

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At £25 for BOTH they’re very good value for the quality you are getting. They are highly pigmented and easy to blend, plus the colour lasts through storms and sunshine. These colours are gorgeous for summer. Trip (the orange) is great for complimenting your tan. 

DON’T be put off using dark colours! Your dark berry and purple lipsticks still can have a place in your summer makeup routine, if teemed with glowy bronzed skin and minimal eye makeup, alla these stars:

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(see my post on purple lips for the best products)

DO pair a smokey eye with a nude lip for the balmy summer evenings.This look looks amazing with a tan! 

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A great smokey eye palette is the Benefit Smokin’ Eyes Kit (£28.50)

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This kit also comes with a great eyebrow wax and highlighter that I use everyday, and a brush for easy application.

Lastly, DO what you feel comfortable with. Wear your makeup how you want, or wear none. If you are going to brave wearing makeup in this heat, just remember to use a good primer and a setting spray so you don’t accidentally leave your face behind on the tube.  

 

Kylie Jenner Lip Tutorial

There’s been a lot of speculation recently as to whether or not Kylie Jenner has had her lips done. Which would be slightly worrying seeing as she is only just 16. I don’t even think the Kardashians would let their youngest daughter have cosmetic intervention done while she is still a minor. Therefore I personally think she has just discovered the wonders of lip liner.

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It’s the difference between a tween doing their own makeup (left) and having a makeup artist (right). By not wearing lipstick and even getting a bit of foundation on her lips, she has made her lips look thinner. But with a good lip liner, matte lipstick, and flattering photo angle, she has managed to get people all worried that she is having collagen. These are just the wonders of makeup!

I can show you how it is done.

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Start with bare, conditioned lips. If there is any excess product on them just blot them dry. If they have any traces of lip balm or concealer left on them, the liner will not go on so easily. Most people have a bigger bottom lip, the way to make your lips look Kylie Jenner plump is to over line the hell out of the top lip so it is the same size as the bottom.

Choose a dark nude lip liner. I am using a Lipstick Queen pencil in Natural (£18)

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I always start on the bottom lip and I over-line the very bottom part of the lip, just under the natural lip line. I then fill in the corners of my natural lips with the liner. If you don’t fill in the corners, your lips won’t meet.

For the top lip I only over-line the cupids bow, by drawing just above the natural lip line, and then I join this part up with my natural lip line for the sides. If you over-line the whole of your top lip it will look too obvious and clown like.

TIP: If you fill in the dip in your cupids bow slightly, it will give the appearance of collagen injected lips. I sometimes do this when I am wearing a pink or a lighter nude, for a bit of a plumped effect.

When you are happy with your lining, apply a dark nude matte liptick.

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I am using a Chanel lipstick from the Velvet Matte collection, no.33.

To make your lipstick last longer, and to further mattify them, take a tissue and peel the sheets apart. Apply one sheet over your lips and then brush over the tissue paper with a translucent setting powder.

Now you’re good to go!

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To finish off the look, fill in your brows giving them as much of an arch as possible. Apply some natural eyeshadow into the outer corners of the lid, and a bit along the crease. Use some of the eyeshadow left on your brush to line under the lower lash line and then apply lots and lots of mascara. Use a white pencil for the lower water line, and a small amount of Kohl eyeliner for the top lid, only enough to make it look like the lashes are more full. Not enough to notice the line.

And that’s how to do the Kylie Jenner look. Say what you will about that family, but you can’t fault their makeup artists.