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Final Weeks of Winter


The only good thing about the continued winter weather is that we can still wear the items picked up during end of season sales. As the cold weather drags on it’s important to keep your skin hydrated and moisturized. Go for cream based eye shadows and blush, and unless you’re very oily minimal powder will ensure you maintain glowy looking skin.

Click here for tips on how to winter-proof your skin.

1. Charlotte’s Magic Cream 2. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Belle Du Jour 3. Gucci Face Lustrous Glow Foundation 4. Giorgio Armani Face Fabric 5. Aesop Immediate Moisture Facial Hydrosol 6. Shu Uemura Depsea Hydrability Concentrate 7. Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Mono Eye Shadow 8. Kiehl’s Vanilla and Cedarwood Skin Softening Lotion 9. Clarins Lip Comfort Oil

Coach Shearling Coat/Anthropologie Atlas Rancher Hat/Helmut Lang Leather Skinny Pants/Black Eyewear Sunglasses/Stella McCartney Wool Striped Sweater/Missoni Striped Gloves/Casadei Venice Thigh High Boots 

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Runway Inspired Party Looks


Party looks call for illuminated skin, bold lips, smudgy brown eyes, and deep burgundy nails. Get dressed up and go out!

1. Shu Uemura Stage Performer Instant-Glow 2. Illamasqua Precision Gel Liner  3. YSL ‘Wildly Gold’ Palette Limited Edition  4. Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Gold Shimmer Limited Edition  5. Charlotte Tilbury Lip Liner 6. Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick in Siren in Scarlet 7. Dior Golden Shock Collection Powder 8. Tom Ford Nail Polish in Bordeaux Lust

Blue Antonio Berardi Satin Blazer/Devon Leigh 18 Karat Gold Drip Cuff/Alexander Wang Chastity Minaudière Clutch in Wet Black Hair Calf/Alaia Laser Cut-Metallic Leather Sandals/Wilfred Free Ling Bustier/Warehouse Pink Crop Faux Fur Jacket/Balmain Metallic Jacquard Pants 

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Valentino Couture New York


Valentino showed their Couture collection in New York last week. (Valentino will still show during couture fashion week in Paris in the new year) The show was 60’s chic, all white, and lots of capes. Pat McGrath designed a sophisticated makeup to go along with beautiful designs that was very clean. Natural brows and lips, slightly flushed cheeks with a dewy complexion.  The super sleek centre parted ponytails were courtesy of Guido Palau. The exact ponytail I aspire to recreate on myself often, but never quite manage!

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Chanel Métiers d’Art Pre-Fall 2015

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Salzburg Austria made a picture perfect backdrop for the Chanel Pre-fall collection. Tom Pecheux created a black and gold structured eyes and full eyebrows. Soft pink cheeks and lips along with skin so fresh, that it made the girls look like they just ran through the hills like Maria in the Sound of Music!

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Winter Brights


Pops of colour and bright attire gives life to an otherwise wet and grey fall season. Opt for neutral makeup like chocolate brown eye liners, peach lip colours, and light enhancing cheeks to effortlessly pull this look together.

1. Shiseido Face Colour Enhancer 2. Obsessive Compulsive Nail Polish in Covet 3. Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Coral Bite 4. YSL Lumieres Majorelle Colour Palette 5. Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss in Exotique  6. Laura Mercier Creme Liner in Espresso 7. Shu Uemura Warm Eye Shadow Palette 8. Jouer Illuminating Eye Definer Pencil

Kenzo Bi-Colour Jaquard Dress/ Teal Spade Felt Fedora /Nike Air Max 90 GS Hyper Pink/ Kate Spade Small Square Stud Earrings /Joe Fresh Red Stripe Shaker Knit Sweater/ Alexander Wang Runway Survival Kit in Citrine/Blue Unreal Fur Jacket /Maiyet Pleated Wide Leg Trousers


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Dramatic Eyeliner Fall 2014


This seasons eyeliner looks bring major drama, here are a few tips to take these runway trends from the catwalk to the street.

Lanvin’s undone, smudgy lids can be replicated by using a small flat brush and a black cream shadow. The round edges on the inner and outer corners give the liner at Dries Van Noten a very cool feel. Shrink the size of the liner and avoid extending too far out towards the temple to capture the essence of the look in a more wearable way. Opaque black lids combined with massive amounts of lower mascara, as seen at Saint Laurent can be toned down by simply taking the liner only half way up the eyelid.

1. Urban Decay Good Karma Multi-Task Brush 2. Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow  3. Giorgio Armani Black Ecstasy Mascara 4. Shu Uemura Calligraphy Ink Eyeliner Pen  5. Ellis Faas Creamy Eyes

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Get the Look Chloe FW14

The makeup look from the Chloe show is both simple and pretty. The eyes are the main focus; I love the cool and warm combo of the colours. To recreate the look use lavender on the eyelids and a warm brown through the crease. Make sure to blend the brown shadow out towards the temple, and wrap it underneath the eyes. To achieve the diffused look use a cream shadow like MAC Mid-Tone Sepia. The skin should be perfected where needed with concealer, and a tiny amount should be applied to the lips to take down the natural lip colour.

1. Hakuhodo S142Bk Eye Shadow Brush  2. MAC Mid-Tone Sepia Cream Colour Base 3. Urban Decay Eye Shadow in Asphyxia 4. MAC Master Match Concealer 

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Best of Paris Fashion Week SS15


Paris was like a creative overload. Incredible collections, spectacular shows, and brilliant makeup looks it was hard to pick only 9 looks. Clearly I need a bigger grid! The high gloss black masks, blocked out eyebrows and, impeccably blended bronze shadow at Alexander McQueen was my absolute favourite look of the week. Of course this strikingly beautiful look was the work of Pat McGrath.

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Best of Milan Fashion Week SS15

These 9 shows from the Milan collections showcased some rather beautiful makeup. Full strong brows were in effect at Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, and Armani. The single line eyebrow courtesy of Pat McGrath at Prada was also a fave. Fendi’s strip eyeliner designed by Peter Philips, was cut from leather hair ties. 70’s wavy hair and slightly flushed cheeks at Pucci completed the hippie vibe of the collection. Sultry eyes at Cavalli are standard procedure, it’s just what they do. Gucci was soft and neutral this season where as Missoni had a pop of colour with a matte red lip.

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Best of London Fashion Week SS15

The makeup  looks from London fashion week were definitely more diverse than we had seen in New York. Of course there were the fresh faces and dewy skin that go without saying on the catwalk, but the mad creations (there were about 6 different looks) at Vivienne Westwood is what makes London fashion week so brilliant!

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