The Best of New York Fashion Week SS16


The New York shows kicked off spring fashion month with some spectacular collections. Riccardo Tisci brought Givenchy state side for what was probably one of the most anticipated shows of the week. Pat McGrath created two stunning beauty looks for the event. An elaborate jewel and lace face for the couture retrospective and then a dewy skin and brow-less look for the spring looks. I also loved Kabuki’s retro inspired liner at Jeremy Scott. Marc Jacobs grungy colourful eyes were fabulous too.

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Special Feature: AW15 Accessories Guide

The AW15 Accessories Guide

Fashion website Farfetch has broken down the must-have accessories trends for this fall season. These are the boots, shoes and handbags that will take you through the cooler months in style.

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Get the Look: Jourdan Dunn



Jourdan Dunn’s beauty look from the GQ Men of the Year Awards was perfection. The key to achieving a similar look would be to start with the skin. Use a moisturizer that has a pearlescent glow. For skin tones like Jourdan’s I recommend a golden undertone rather than anything too pink. Once the skin is prepped continue with a dewy foundation like YSL Le Tient Touche Eclat. Try a matte bronzing powder to warm up the skin tone and under the cheekbones for definition. The easiest way to apply a smokey eye is to begin with a super black pencil wrapped around the eyes and smudged out. Top the pencil off with black shadow to intensify the look and for added staying power. Of course the classic nude lip completes this look. Maybelline Stormy Sahara is a caramel beige nude, a go-to in my personal makeup bag.

1. Shu Uemura Brow Sword 2. Yves Saint Laurent Le Tient Touche Eclat 3. Garnier Ultra-Lift Transformer 4. Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons Tailor-Made Bronzing Powder 5. Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil in Perversion 6. Dior Show Mascara 7. Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad in Titanium Black 8. Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Stormy Sahara 945

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Transition to Fall



Autumn is definitely in the air. Make a lip and nail statement this season with deep tones of burgundy and eggplant. As the weather chills out protect and plump your skin with nourishing moisturizer. Add luminescence and put down the contour powder. Keep eyeshadow neutral for the day, and brush your brows up and groom them to perfection.

1.Giorgio Armani Face Fabric 2. Urban Decay Revolution High Colour Gloss in Brickhouse  3. YSL Couture Brow 4. Maybelline Color Molten in Taupe Craze 5. Christian Louboutin Lipstick in Very Prive 6. Lipstick Queen Glossy Lip Pencil in Chinatown  7. Embryolisse  8. Essie Nail Polish in In The Lobby  9. Hour Glass Ambient Light Powder

New Look Sleeveless JacketTopshop Unique David Wide Leg Velvet Trousers/Wilfred Free Waleska Coat /Saint Laurent Patent Leather Loafers/Pink Lapel Coat/Thierry Lasry Sunglasses/Stella McCartney The Falabella Mini Fringe Bag/Marks and Spencer Romantic Tie Neck Blouse/Topshop Hatter Boots/Balenciaga Scarf

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3 Concept Eyes Soak Off Clips





I love gel nail polish but I dread taking it off. I just discovered this popular Korean cosmetic brand 3 Concept Eyes, and it seems like these soak off clips are going to be the solution to my gel polish issues. The clips go over nail polish remover soaked cotton pads, which is easier and far more sophisticated than kitchen foil.

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2015 VMA’s


Last night on the VMA red carpet we saw a major focus on eyes. Dramatic eyeliner, smokey eyes, and loads of lashes were the look of the evening. Chrissy Teigen and Gigi Hadid’s skin was beautifully highlighted their complexion just glowed. Ciara took a break from her long tresses and went with a super slick bob which looked gorgeous. There were a sea of black dresses with the exception of a few like Nicki in gold and Gigi in orange, but then again Miley Cyrus took care of the rainbow bright costumes all by herself.

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Makeup Tip of the Day: Soft Brush for Lipstick


For a diffused looking lip with soft edges a typical lip brush will not work. Instead use a soft haired brush for a delicate application of product.

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5 Favourite Synthetic Fibre Makeup Brushes


Makeup brushes are my life. I will spend more on a brush than almost anything else in my makeup kit. Years ago when I started my brush collection I had only a few synthetic options, and they were mostly for foundation and concealer. Fast forward many years later the synthetic brush game has changed. With advancements in technology brushes made from synthetic fibres such as Taklon are extremely soft, and can function on par with natural hair brushes.

The MAC Flat Contour brush sits right under the cheekbone for perfectly chiseled bone structure. When it comes to eye makeup I live for a tapered blending brush. The Sigma E40 picks up colour and holds on to it for minimal fall out, and buffs out really well. When it comes to super thin liner brushes nothing compares to my Shu Uemura 2R. However this week I was using Makeup Forever’s Extra Fine Eyeliner brush and it gives fabulous lines. The Cozette Oval Concealer brush is the type of brush you need plenty of. I use it for concealer, foundation, and eye shadow. I always throw a kabuki brush in my personal makeup bag and the fact that the Hour Glass version has a cover is an added bonus keeping my brush free of dust and debris.

1.MAC #163 Flat Contour Brush 2. Sigma E40 Brush 3. Makeup Forever Extra Fine Eyeliner Brush 4. Cozette P345 Oval Concealer Brush  5. HourGlass Retractable Kabuki Brush

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Fall 2015 Campaigns


Judging by at least 3 of autumn’s major fashion campaigns, graphic eye makeup is going to be a big deal.

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Beyonce for September 2015 Vogue


Obviously this is the best September issue cover for the year! Beautiful Bey was shot by Mario Testino with make up by Francesca Tolot. Absolutely stunning.

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