BEAUTY BEAT: The Hollywood Brow

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am obsessed with eyebrows. And with good reason! Never underestimate your brows – they can make you look beautiful, they have the power to change your look, your style and even how approachable you look. And the right shape can make you look younger.  True story!

When it comes to the most sought after brow shape, it’s not surprise that the groomed arches of some of Tinseltown’s leading lights are the most requested look in salons. Leading the pack – the brows of Angelina Jolie, Kim Kardashian and Megan Fox.

‘These ladies have the most asked-for shape because their brow shape makes everyone look instantly polished,’ says eyebrow groomer to the stars, Vaishaly.

Vaishaly’s tips for achieving that Hollywood brow look? Numero uno, most importantly – don’t overtweeze! An overtweezed eyebrow can change or hide away your facial features. So don’t be getting overzealous with the Tweezerman!

Long gone are Greta Garbo’s severe slim, drawn-in arches — the new ‘LA’ has a youthful, mid-sized arch. For the Hollywood brow look, we want to be working with what you already have, and enhancing it, not taking it all away and radically changing your brow shape.

‘A medium thickness with a sculpted look opens up eyes and lifts the face. It’s great for any face shape and age,’ adds Vaishaly.

Some other great tips to achieving the perfectly groomed Hollywood brow:

  • Shape it carefully. If you get a sharp arch then your face may always look surprised.
  • The space between both the eyes should be same. Do not remove excess hair between the eyes.
  • Keep your brows thicker. They look sexy and are easier to manipulate into shape.

As you can see from the below pics, the Hollywood brow is about subtle and clever enhancing of your natural shape to frame your eyes and face just right; opening up the eye area and giving a clean, groomed and finished look.

Which Hollywood brows are your faves?

 

 

 

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BEAUTY BEAT: Weird and Wonderful Brows!

Are you sick of all the usual eyebrow trends and bored to death of the thin vs thick debate? One minute thick, bushy natural brows ala the Delevigne are deemed THE look d’jour; the next, it’s thin, sharp and tailored arches ruling the school and dominating the red carpets.

Just when your over-worked brows thought they could just keep up, BOOM…beauty editors are proclaiming them to be bleached into non existence or to get rid of them all together. No problem right? You can always get eyebrow implants when the trend swings back again, no?

Its enough to give anyone trend fatigue! (yes….. its a thing)

Stand out from the pack and do something different with your look, if only for one sparkling, special night!

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The beauty of colour, sparkles, metallic embossing and embellishments is they all wear or wash off eventually, no harm done. You can enjoy them for a fleeting moment, safe in the knowledge that you haven’t done anything so drastic you have to get hairs implanted back into your arches.

Put the tweezers down and prepare for some majorly fierce and different brow-spiration, with this selection of some high fashion, unique brow looks to take your arches to higher limits!

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Black, bold, graphic brows; they mean serious business.

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High, thin, severe brows drawn on just over the natural brow line. Almost a take on the 20s brow which was very slight.

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Beautiful bold angular brows, following the lines of the graphic eye makeup, in a nod to the 80s. Va voom.

A pastiche of colours and textures completely covering the brows and looking kind 80s also.

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A high, precise and angular faux brow has been drawn in high above the brow line. Natural brows have been covered completely and golden shadow blended over the top.

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Beautiful embellished brows in a fancy deco pattern, perfectly offsetting a gold shiny glittery skull cap.

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Sequinned brows are so much fun! I have yet to find a gentle way to do it though (glue rips hair out!), so beware.

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A gorgeous precise and perfectly arched brow from an Illamasqua campaign, taken to another realm by being completed in opaque white.

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These angular, upward slanting brows flick upward at the ends to give a mischievous look.

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These brows have been given a ‘fathered’ look by grooming them as normal, then filling them in with upwards strokes of alternating dark and light colours to give detail and texture. Cute.

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Missing brows! An interesting take where the natural brow is either shaved off or completely covered, then a new brow shape has been outlined above the natural line, giving the suggestion of brows in the negative space.

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Straight, bold and dark, these brows are toughened up with the addition of some spiked studs that have been applied over the top.

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A variation on the bold, dark brow on a blonde, these ones have been over emphasised and extended to make them contrast even more with the hair.

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Finally, gorgeous, fabulous, gold gilded eyebrows. Probably achieved with some liquid metallic gold paint. You could also try gold or silver foil for a different, more textured look.

 

xDS

BEAUTY BEAT: Fair skinned beauty

As a pale-skinned gal I have long tip-toed the divide between trying to look bronzed and tanned vs. embracing the pale – ‘au naturel’.

If you are a naturally fair-skinned beauty you’ll know how hard it is to ever achieve a natural look, or the beautiful, radiant glow promised from the tanning bed, spray or lotion.

Growing up in the late 80’s and 90’s I was surrounded by a decades-old beauty myth that tanned equated to being beautiful and healthy. Tanned skin has enjoyed popularity ever since Coco Chanel accidentally made sunbathing chic in 1923.

As a teen I spent too much money on lotions and potions to try and make my pasty moniker more bronzed and olive-like. Not that there is anything wrong with being bronzed and olive-like, if that is what you were blessed with! I also far spent too much time with orange streaked hands thanks to an over-zealous affair with those nasty early variants of fake tanning lotions, all in my quest to look more ‘golden’.

However, with our increased knowledge about sun damage and the risks of too much sun exposure, it’s becoming more and more fashionable to embrace your natural skin tone!

As I’ve grown older I’ve found myself accepting my paleness more and more; rather than reaching for bronzers and darker foundations I’m now definitely into playing up the creamy visage I was born with, even in summer.

If you’re like me, who used to hide my fair skin beneath layers of fake tan, now is the time to embrace that luminescent porcelain skin you were born with.

Thanks to current celebrity sweethearts like Dita von Teese, Rooney Mara, Amanda Seyfried, Kate Blanchet and Emma Stone, and the popularity of period dramas (The Great Gatsby etc), pale skin tones are being embraced once again.

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Today’s fair ladies embrace their alabaster skin and don’t seem to be in the least interested in turning themselves orange to be beautiful- they know how to make their red-carpet beauty looks work with their fair skin.  The idea pale skin is ‘unattractive’ and ‘sickly’ is now changing.

How to bring it out to play? If you’re looking to make a statement, lashings of mascara, bare eyelids and a bold red lip ALWAYS looks stunning on pale skin.

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Blue-based red lippy really pops against fair skin, and if you’re feeling extra bold you could try a deep, dark wine coloured lip.

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Fair skin also looks divine with a light pink or peach blush on the cheeks and a soft-hued lid.

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It can be extremely frustrating to find the right shade of makeup, as many brands traditionally haven’t made shades lighter than a MAC NC/W15. But with more and more people embracing their paleness and shunning the bronzed look, there has been a greater demand for brands that can provide light enough products to be a great match.

Luckily, there are now SO many amazing makeup brands and products that cater to really wide ranges of skin tones.

Girls Aloud’s Nicola Roberts brought out a gem of a foundation range called Dainty Doll, catering specifically for very pale British skin tones, which was a huge game changer.

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Some other brands that I’ve found that carry some great ivory and alabaster shades are Illamasqua (try their Skin base Foundation); Suqqu (a Japanese brand that does great foundations as well as really pale concealers);  Tom Ford’s traceless stick foundation (comes in alabaster and can double as a concealer); and Bobbi Brown’s Luminous Moisturising Foundation (which also features an Alabaster and a Porcelain shade).https://d3nr84omjz8945.cloudfront.net/images/products/bobbi_brown/luminous_moisturizing_foundation/470_470/alabaster.jpg

A great tip I’ve discovered if you can’t find a foundation that’s light enough, you can easily tweak it to your liking by adding a white product.  MAC Face And Body Foundation in White or Face Atelier’s Ultra Foundation in  Zero Minus are literally pure white, so by mixing them with a too-dark foundation, you can customise your own perfect shade.

As far as concealers go, the holy grail for many is NARS’ Radiant Creamy Concealer! It’s particularly good for tricky skin tones and textures, and it comes in a wide range of shades, with Chantilly being a true ivory shade for the fairest complexions, and Vanilla for those with a slight hint of pink in their skin tone.  As the name suggests, this concealer imparts a subtle luminous shimmer to the skin, making the skin look ‘lit from within’. It glides smoothly onto even the most dehydrated skin, which is great for paler girls whose skin can tend to look flat and dry when made up.

It’s definitely a case of trial and error, however with the vast array on offer now, you’re sure to be able to find your perfect match out there.

Of course, beauty comes in all different shades and colours, and I am not by any means stating that light skin is a beauty preference or something to aspire to if you are not born with it.  I don’t really agree with skin whitening and people trying to permanently disguise their natural beauty through artificial means. Whatever you were born with, learn to embrace it and let it shine, rather than try to disguise it.

The point of this article is to show all you paler skinned people that you can embrace it and look gorgeous without trying to hide it!

If you’re a faux-tan wannabe and are yet to be convinced to put down the bronzer and start embracing your luminous skin, take a look at my gallery below for some inspiration.

Here are some of my favourite beauties who wear their pale skin so very beautifully, from english roses to porcelain dolls.

xDS

Amanda Seyfried

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Katy Perry

Emma Stone

Amber Heard

 Scarlett Johansson

Vlada Roslyakova

Dita von Teese

Lara Stone

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Winona (forever)

Michelle Trachtenberg

 

Eva Green

Gwen Stefani

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Who is your favourite pale-skinned muse?

xDS

BEAUTY BEAT: Best looks from the Cannes Film Festival 2014

Lara Stone 2014 Cannes Film Festival Best Beauty Looks - Day 8

Lara Stone channelled Brigitte Bardot with smoking hot cat’s eyes (those lush lashes!), pared back base and full, nude lips. The gorgeous side swept waves held the look together.

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Frieda Pinto ups the glam with a classic side-parted wave, flawless base and a beautiful deep red lip. Classic.

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Rosario Dawson showed off her awesome new razored ‘do, played up to full effect with a smoky bronze eye, peachy lips and a natural bronzed base. You rock, Rosario.

Coco Rocha looked every inch the porcelain doll that she is with this glamorous and edgy look. Love love LOVE those winged eyes, and the bright cherry orange lip pops against her flawless alabaster skin. Not to mention that divine 20s-esque bob, nice work Coco.

Marion Cotillard 2014 Cannes Film Festival Best Beauty Looks - Day 8

Marion Cotillard is always a vision and shows here why she never needs much in the makeup department to make her sunny french features sing. Her skin is beautiful and radiant and her base is light and luminous enough to let her natural beauty shine through.  well groomed brows and a touch of bronzer giver her face the frame and colour while that elegant 60s inspired up do sets it all off. Gorgeous woman!

Irina Shayk 2014 Cannes Film Festival Best Beauty Looks - Day 8

Irina Shayk bewitched all that she gazed upon with that natural looking face, framed perfectly by amazingly sculpted brows. I have serious brow envy happening. They are amazing brows. Again, a luminous, natural but flawless base help her natural radiance shine, and ensure her look isn’t too overly ‘done’.

Aishwarya Rai 2014 Cannes Film Festival Best Beauty Looks - Day 8

Aishwarya Rai can never put a foot wrong in the makeup and hair department. Looking stunning as always, Rei plays up her exquisite features with sparkling purple and taupe eye pigments to make those catlike peepers shine.  Loving her perfectly smooth, voluminous and shiny waves too.

Zoe Saldana is another who rarely steps outta line with her style. Here she pairs a classic combo of slick winged eyeliner and red lipstick with beautiful bouncy curls for instant starlet.

Delevingne’s brows steal the show again! Channeling the Shields, Cara puts her most stylish self forward here with a glamorous deep matte plum/ burgundy lip and a side swept ‘do.

Cannes 2014 - Amber Heard

Wow! Those velvety crimson lips look absolutely knockout on Amber Heard. The strong brows, luminous flushed cheeks and cool half-braided hairstyle keep the look looking classic but not too stuffy.

Cannes 2014 - Riley Keough

Riley Keogh channeled old-skool Hollywood with a gorgeous dark berry lipstick (I’m sensing a theme here). The glimmering lids and fresh skin show how to keep this look from looking too winter.

Cannes 2014 - Liu Wen

Love a good Veronica Lake wave, especially when teamed with a classic red lip. Liu Wen keeps it simple and classic with beautiful results.

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Another of Rocha, because I love her chameleon-like style! Coco proves that fashion needn’t be stuffy and injects a bit of fun into her style this time with an offbeat purple hued lippie and a dramatic winged eye.  The colour looks incredible against her white dress and a little more interesting than the dark red, bright red and nudes everyone else was rocking.

Top of the class ladies! Who was your favourite from the Cannes film festival this year?

xDS