Inherent Vice inspired beauty look

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Inherent Vice is a fantastic film set in the sixties, based on a Thomas Pynchon book, full of great female characters. Last night I found myself subconsciously imitating their sixties glam.

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These women knew how to wield a liquid eyeliner pen.

The look was all about a thick eyeliner flick on the upper lid, at least one pair of big false eyelashes, and cut crease eyeliner. This would be paired with nude matte lips and some dark brows to balance it out. The front of the hair was parted on the side, and the back of the hair was usually centre parted or just poofed up.

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My attempt.

I wore a black turtle neck dress to complete the look. Its not quite a Shasta Fay but it was good enough for me.

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How to rock black lipstick

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Khloe Kardashian posted this picture of herself earlier rocking black lipstick, and it got me thinking about all the other celebrities who have worn black lipstick and looked great doing it.

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You don’t need to be any kind of famous to work this look, however. Lime Crime have a gorgeous matte black in their Velvetines collection ($20)

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The colour is called Black Velvet, and the gloss wand makes it really easy to apply.

The trick with black lipstick, and with any dark lip colour, is to have Q-tips and concealer on stand-by for clean ups. A dark colour is very unforgiving with errors. With a light colour the edges aren’t so defined or noticeable, but with black your edges have to be crisp. Which is why is it important to go round the lips with concealer and a decent brush after you have applied the colour.

With a bottom heavy makeup look like this, it helps to balance it out with bold brows. But with your eyes, anything goes. Whether you want to stick with just a simple cat eyeliner or go for a more sultry smokey eye, you can get away with either of these with a black lip. And if in doubt, just think: what would Rihanna do?

See in the new year with some Bling Brows!

The latest trend from Benefit are their ‘Bling Brows’. A set of Swarovski stones and all the kit needed to apply them yourself.

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You can decorate your brows any way you want with a choice of coloured stones. You can buy the kit ($25) or get the experts to do apply them in the store for $5.

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This look is like extreme highlighter. The ultimate way to get that perfect brow bone shimmer. And great for the party season if you want a look that turns heads. Or just where them in the day, out and about, because why not. You’re fabulous.

NARS Roman Holiday Review

You may remember a few weeks back I posted an article about great Christmas present ideas, in which I mentioned the NARS Roman Holiday collection. Well, my parents bought me it for my birthday! I was so excited, I wore everything in there.

First up, the Nails:

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This comes out as a pinky/purpley/shimmery mauve.

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Its a subtle, sophisticated pink, perfect for evenings or just when you want to look fancy.

The Lipstick is a gorgeous barbie pink, without being too fluorescent, and the same goes for the blusher:

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The pictures aren’t great. The first one is a snapchat in a pub and in the second one I’m not wearing the lipstick, but they looked cute I promise. I received many a compliment.

I always think pink is a flattering colour on everyone, because its not too harsh and it softens the features. Therefore I recommend this set to everyone! When in Rome(an Holiday)..

Bright Brows

During my fashion week beauty round ups, I briefly mentioned one of the neon brow looks and how to recreate it. But I didn’t go into detail. I keep seeing this look everywhere so I thought I would try it for myself in a variety of different ways that don’t involve any pre bleaching.

For the first method, I just used a lip liner pencil (Mac’s Embrace Me) without any base on the brows:

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Obviously I need to get my eyebrows done so ignore the shape, but without any base I thought this worked well. Because its a pencil it was easy to control, however you can still see my hair colour underneath.

The next method I used was applying a base of white pencil, and then going over the brows with a matte eyeshadow:

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In terms of covering up my natural brow colour, this worked well. You just need to make sure the eyeshadow you use is pigmented enough to create a more opaque look.

The third method I used was lipstick applied with an eyebrow brush:

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This probably worked the least well because despite using a matte lipstick, it still created a very sheer look. When colouring your eyebrows, sheer is the last thing you want.

Finally I used my new Velvetines dupe lip colour, applied with its own wand, and gone over with a Mac lip liner in Currant:

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This method was the best for covering my natural eyebrows, but mainly because I used a dark colour. Because the lacquer applies wet and dries matte, it was really good at creating a matte opaque look that lasts all day. It lasts so well in fact that it was hard to take off.

Regardless, this is a fun, albeit bold, look and its a creative take on the eyebrow obsession of the nation.

What shape are your eyes?

Came across this helpful video that shows you how to work out your eye shape:

CLICK HERE 

Yes, its made by Smashbox and they want you to buy their palette that tells you the best eyeshadow looks for your eye shape, but obviously there are literally millions of tutorials out there that tell you how to do makeup for your specific eye shape. But they’re useless unless you know what shape your eyes are in the first place! So I hope this helps you to work it out.

AmfAR Gala 2014 Beauty Roundup

The annual amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research) Gala is a black tie event thrown to raise money for the foundation and awareness of AIDS/HIV. Many celebrities attend and often it is a time for headline grabbing outfits, as this gets the foundation even more attention in the press. Celebrities are often criticised for their daring outfits but it is all to draw attention to the foundation and the good work it does.

This year the headlines were mainly about Rihanna and Miley Cyrus. This post with similarly be mainly about Rihanna as she looked, as always, fan-bloody-tastic.

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That makeup. Come on. Flawless!

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She has the perfect 80s orange lipstick to match her skin tone and her eye makeup, which is a burnt orange colour. All this makes her green eyes pop, and the chronic lashes for days add glamour.

The Hair

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I LOVE the sleek ponytail look. It’s something I do a lot to instantly solve a bad hair day and it’s really easy to recreate. They look great with a centre or a side parting. Rihanna is rocking hers with a side parting which adds a bit of retro glamour to her look.

Next up, Miley’s makeup was actually really cute:

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The feline flick eye liner complimented her pixie crop and works really well with her elfin features. I would like to see this look on her more often,.

Lea Michelle looked FIRE

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Lea Michelle has the best beauty team. She always steals the show for me on the red carpet. I love the brown smokey eye, it works so well with her chocolate brown eyes and caramel highlights. Her hair is big and beautiful, and even though I don’t think the bronzer is the right colour for her, it does match her highlights.

Alessandra Ambrosio

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Another example of a great sleek ponytail, this time with a centre parting. When you have an intricate dress and makeup, it is always best to go for simple and elegant hair. This ponytail works perfectly for that purpose.

Kelly Osbourne

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I like this makeup because it reminds me of one of my staple looks. I often like to go for an edgier bold liner with that barbie pink shade of lipstick. It works really well with Kelly’s unique style and it’s very youthful. I used to use the Lady Gaga Viva Glam lipstick but as it’s limited edition and mines running low, a look-a-like is Mac’s Saint Germain (£15.50).

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I can’t wait to see what these guys do for Halloween tonight!

Magnifibres VS Talc

These days it’s all about fibre mascaras that build on your natural lashes. There are plenty of products on the market that promise to deliver an extra swish to your blink, such as Fast Lash by Japonesque (£15) and Younique 3D Fiber[sic] Lashes ($29, seems to be an Avon type deal where there are individual sellers, yet to find a UK seller).

One of the first products to do this was Magnifibres Brush on False Lashes (£15.80 on beautybay.com. This price has gone up, when I first bought this product it was £10). I haven’t tried the other products, but I do own the Magnifibres and it does work. It will build your lashes noticeably however it also gives them a spidery look. Not just a spidery look, but a hairy spidery look. Like a tarantula. Some people like this look, some don’t. I personally am scared of spiders, although I do appreciate their beauty. 

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It’s basically like applying cotton candy to your lashes and painting over it. I stopped using it because it seemed to always make me feel like I had bits of it in my eyes. It wasn’t particularly comfortable to wear. I have read lots of beauty ‘hacks’ saying that you can use talcum powder to achieve the same effect as these products. So I put this to the test. 

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The eye where I just used talcum powder is a lot more clumped together. I looks like I have exactly 4 eyelashes. It was also quite hard to apply the talcum powder to the lashes. I used a q tip and brushed it only the lashes, however not much of the powder stuck. 

The Magnifibres eye is not much better, but it is probably the way I applied it. 

 

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Overall, the Magnifibres did work better, as you would expect. But if applied better, the talc might work. It seemed to tangle up my lashes so it made them look worse than if I had just used mascara on it’s own, but again that could just be my own incompetence. Let me know if you have tried this and got on better than I did. 

Emmys 2014 Beauty Roundup

Last night, the 66th Primetime Emmy awards, saw the coming together of some of Televisions biggest stars (even if they did forget about Broad City). I could fill a whole separate blog talking about the shows, winners and nominees (I am TV’s biggest fan) but I’ll just stick to my favourite hair and makeup looks of the night. 

10. Edie Falco

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I thought Edie looked gorgeous last night. Her tan perfectly complimented her sunkissed highlights, and she kept it glam with some fluttery lashes and a nude lip. Very Flattering.

9. Mayim Bialik

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I love this grecian hair on Blossom – I mean Amy – I mean Mayim! 

8. Mindy Kaling

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Even though The Mindy Project didn’t receive any nominations, Mindy still won in terms of beauty. The sixties beehive hair (always shiny) plus blushing pink cheeks and smokey eyes equal one beautiful Mindy. 

7. Christine Baranski

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My personal favourite star of The Good Wife looked chic and classy last night. Her signature hair was as always coiffed to perfection and her makeup is glam but understated. 

6. Christina Hendricks

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I love this boho hair with the sheer blushed lips and coppery smokey eyes. Nothing could look better with her hair and skin tone. She looks beautiful. 

5. Julie Bowen

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Peng. I really like this edgy version of the classic bob. It looks fierce with her smokey eyes.

4. Keke Palmer

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Keke’s hair and makeup is ON. POINT. I love the double nose piercings and the sleek long ponytail, plus the smokey cat eye to top it all off. 

3. Kerry Washington

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This ombre grown out bob is everything! And who would have thought matte denim blue eyeshadow would go so well with an orange dress? I need to find out what eyeshadow her makeup artist used.

2. Sarah Hyland

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My beauty winner. The simple hair donut looks gorgeous with Haley’s blonde highlights. Plus we can see all of her beautiful face. Her eyebrows look full without looking fake, her lashes and golden brown eyeshadow on the upper outer corner of her lids accentuate her hazel eyes and her lipstick is the perfect ‘Kylie Jenner’ shade. This is my favourite look of the entire evening, bar one..

1. Bryan Cranston’s Moustache 

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VMAs 2014 Beauty Roundup

Last night/this morning (depending on what part of the ,world you’re in) it was the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, nicknamed by Beyoncé fans as the BeyMAs. And you can see why, with her 17 minute performance and teary award acceptance. But enough people are talking about Bey today, so I’m going to focus on the other stars of last night. The BEAUTY stars.

The Ageless Beauties 

JLo

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Lets be serious, JLo never misses a beat when it comes to looking knock out gorgeous. So it’s no surprise she’s on this list. I love the purple smokey eyes with pink lipstick and a glowing cheekbone. And with the complexity of her dress, she is keeping it simple with her hair. It works. 

Gwen Stefani 

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I think it’s fair to say these women look even better now than they did in the noughties. Gwen looks great matching her lips to her outfit and with her signature blonde hair. Of course, she has one of the most perfect faces of all time so I don’t think it is possible for her to look bad. 

The Model Chicks

Jourdan Dunn

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That wig though. Such a cute style. 

Chanel Iman

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Again, a beauty rocking some shorter locks. Is this going to be the new trend? And Chanel is giving us her signature smokey eyes and barely there lips. I’m not disappointed. 

Ireland Baldwin

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I couldn’t find any close up pictures of Ireland’s makeup last night, but these two shots really capture her glow. She is also sporting a full pair of top lashes, sixties style. Again, Ireland is one of those girls who always look stunning, makeup or no makeup. 

The Talent

Iggy Azalea 

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BAM! That’s the sound of Iggy knocking us all out with her body-ody-ody. I love this hair on her, and with all her natural beauty all she relied on was a pair of fluttery lashes and let her beauty speak for itself

Holland Roden

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I don’t even know who this girl is except that she is some kind of actress, but this look blew me away. Her coppery brown smokey eye with her natural matte lips perfectly compliment her hair and skin tone. This girl got it 100% right. 

‘Other’

Kylie Jenner

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Kylie’s many makeup artists always get it right. Whether those lips are surgically enhanced or it’s just the effects of a good lip liner, she looks stunning. Her hair is in her usual bob, and her lips are a slightly darker shade of her normal nude, and from the neck up she looks fantastic. 

‘Muva’ Rosebud (aka Amber Rose)

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Her dress may have been a little controversial, but she kept it simple and classy with the face. 

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A nice glow, some pink lips and cheeks and a couple of sets of eyelashes. Can’t go wrong. Let’s hope it was nice and warm in Hollywood last night. 

So those are my beauty favourites of last night. Join me tomorrow to discuss the Emmy’s!