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party-looksWhat should we go for: bold lips or smoky eyes? Should we wear fake lashes? Is glitter just for teens? What’s the trend today: natural or not?

If fashion has taught me 1 thing about myself, it’s that I should never say ‘never’ and always keep an open mind. Red lips were so not my thing, until I gave them a try, and then another, and another… and now… I think they’re the best thing ever. makeup-inspiration-for-NYEeyeliner-makeup-lookIs there a makeup trend this cold season? Here are 7 beauty looks to choose from. 

1. Aside from the dark bold lips makeup that we talked about here, another massive trend, courtesy of those grungy glam 90’s meets 80’s, has caught my eyes… #2 bold-lips-look-2014-NYE2. Bold lips AND heavy eye makeup. No longer a no-no in beauty this apparently too-much-makeup-look is the thing this winter.  bold-eyes-lips-NYE-party-makeupIt is too-much, I’ll give you that, but it’s got that saturated Instagram kinda urban grungy glamour to it, and I find it quite seductive in a very rebellious way. The key is to have a flawless face: moisture, foundation, contouring & powder, and not trying to simulate a perfect smoky eye makeup, cause it will look too clubbing, too posh, too much.

The look is somewhere between today’s urban put-together makeup styles, 90’s grungy effortless makeup, and 80’s kitsch glam beauty looks.

I was always preaching the natural look, or the balanced makeup styles, but I kinda like this too-much thing right now. It’s very celebrity emulating (think Rihanna & Rita Ora) and sort of models-off-the-runways-go-out-for-partying style. It’s an effing to all the stupid makeup looks, and a finger to all the balance we’ve been taught to have. It probably is more a fad, than a trend, and it makes more sense in winter, rather than summer, so why not give it a try this NYE? eyes-lips-bold-makeupgrungy-glam-makeupNYE-makeup-bold-lips-dark-eyes3. The natural makeup look will forever be IN, and it probably is a go-to-style for Christmas dinners with family. The saturated look may just be a bit too… much. Christmas-natural-makeup-look4. The red lips is a classic  and a perfect Christmas & party look. More on this trend herered-lips-makeup-stylered-lips-makeup-NYE-2014red-lips-cat-eyes-makeupred-lips-bare-face-makeup5. The smoky eyes – another been-there-done-that-turned-classic look to keep in mind for the big party. I do feel it’s been done too much, but if you love it, and look amazing in it, rock it! smoky-eyes-makeup-NYE6. Glitter & false lashes? Why not. The 2014 NYE party is the best occasion for it. I will however say, that in this case keeping a more natural lip color would be better. eyeliner-makeup-look7. Colored funky eye makeup. This is a very girly-girly party look, that was always present, but never quite stole the spotlight. It’s fun and perfect for the holiday season, so why not? colored-eye-shadow-lookcolored-makeupcolored-makeup-lookThe times we live in come with the biggest perk of them all. Nothing is off limits fashion wise. All is in, and there is no mistake when it comes to style, as long as you own it and can pull it off. Girls, I dare say the same thing applies for makeup.

From saturated bold eyes & bold lips looks, to false lashes, glitter, retro classic makeup styles, natural looks, glowing bronzed skin, pale skin, balanced styles, funky colored looks – it’s all a matter of personal taste & having fun. The best part about it is that, starting with tomorrow up until 31 of December we’ve got plenty of times and events to give these a try.

Let’s have a look at more makeup looks for Christmas & 2014 New Year’s Eve parties… ;) 90s-style-makeupbronzed-colored-makeupcolored-funky-eye-makeup-2014-NYE-partyheavy-eyes-makeup-styleeyes-makeupmakeup-for-2014-NYE-partynatural-looknatural-makeup (2)natural-makeup-NYE-Christmas-stylenatural-NYE-party-makeup-lookred-lipsred-lips-cat-eye-NYE-makeup-styleretro-makeup-lookurban-style-makeup-red-lipssmoky-eyes-makeup-looksmoky-eyes-red-lips-looksmoky-eyes-beauty-looksmoky-eyesretro-makeup-red-lips-party-lookWhat’s your fave? Do you think the bold eyes AND bold lips look is too much?



pointy-toe-stiletto-boots… the Pointed Toe Stiletto Ankle Boots that is. Or the I’m-sexy-and-I-know-it boots.

Somewhere between motorcycle boots, combat Tom-boy-ish styles, and the ever present chunky heeled ankle boot – this pointy toe stiletto style, once reminiscent of those early 2000 when every girl with a penchant for fashion dressed as a glam goth chic, crawled their way back into our lives. Maybe we’ve just had enough with flat un-sexy shoes. Maybe we’re in a desperate need to feel feminie and strong. Or maybe… we just wanna look great regardless of what we wear, and stilettos + tasteful pointy toes can do that to any outfit. Or perhaps it’s just me, falling hopelessly in love with my new ankle boots, that I’ve been crushing over for some time and finally found the ONES.

There is a bit of truth in all these ‘maybes‘, as there is, in the fact that these sexy uber strong feminine sophisticated boots are quite present everywhere lately: streets, celebs, retail, online… and I basically think it’s all a matter of fashion being cyclic as well as us wanting to look no less than fabulous again. ankleboots-stiletto-pointy-ankle-boots-trend-winter-2014Forever 21 Clear Cut Stiletto Booties, $39.80-trendI swear we need to make a promise: “I promise to never ever get rid of any old shoe, bag, or clothing item, as ridiculous as wearing it today may look, it will most likely be an IT fashion statement in at least 5 years.” Had I only kept this promise, I would have had quite a collection of pointy toe stiletto boots. pointy-toe-bootsThere is something very Cruella-ish about these shoes, yet alongside this cartoon’ish femme fatale trait they inspire, they also ooze hotness and extreme strength , confidence and refined attitude with a slight case of edginess if matched with say jeans and a plain old T-shirt. They can look extremely polished and incredibly classy or they can inject a certain sexiness and bad-girl vibe to an otherwise rather plain look.

Hence the saying: if you ever need to spice up your style last minute, go for stilettos. They can make a garbage bag look fantastic. pointy-toe-stiletto-ankle-bPersonally I couldn’t be happier if these boots made a huge comeback, for all the above reasons plus my sort of less liking to anything platform style (except wedges and those man inspired brogues). Being quite tall, but loving heels I would like to be able to wear the sexiest shoes and boots without the fucking platform, because frankly I don’t need it. (Although I’ll give you this, platforms are brilliant with chunky heels.) And anyway, today, we’re all in a polygamist relationship with all styles and all trends from 1920s all throughout 2013, so I think these pointy toe shoes can co-exist alongside all the others. pointy-toe-stiletto-ankle-boots-lookspointy-toe-stiletto-boots-lookstiletto=ankle-boots-trendIn terms of HOW to style them? Balance is the key. They look great with skinny jeans or leggings and a slouchy top or knitted oversived sweater, and also with mini skirts, office or party dresses whether short or midi length. And I would definitely give maxi skirts a try with these if styled properly: think rocknoll chic. stiletto-ankle-bootsBasically all goes with these boots, cause they’re super feminine and hot, but (yes there is a but) I’d avoid the all leather look, extremely dark-glam style, not cause it looks bad, just a bit too vamp’ish. Or too vampire style you know. If you love it though, do it! It’s not about what you wear but how you wear it ;) stiletto-ankle-boots-street-stylestiletto-ankle-boots-trendstiletto-ankle-boots-trend-2014street-style-pointy-toe-ankle-bootsstrettstyle-pointy-toe-ankle-bootszara pointy ankle boots-street-stylHere are 3 of my fave looks of the pointy toe ankle boots…

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stiletto bootiesI’m curious about you, do you like them? How would you style them?

marilyn-monroe-beauty-daytimeIf I had a quid for every time I’ve said ”ah, wish I could raid the closet of…” I’d probably be filthy rich by now, and ironically would’t need to raid anyone’s closet no more. But the fantasy’d still be there. I mean us girls have always been obsessed with what our BFFs are wearing and have, more than once, given a few thoughts about raiding famous closets, right? But what if I told you,  it’s no longer a fantasy. Yeah go ahead now… raise your eyebrow. I know I did. So what I am saying? And what does it have to do with Marilyn Monroe? Let me briefly unfold the story for you: marilyn-monroe-daytime-dres(1) with Marilyn Monroe‘s birthday coming soon I’ve been flirting with the idea of writing a post on her, as I’ve always felt, underneath all the admiration, awe and love for her style and looks, that we’ve barely scratched the surface with Marilyn’s fashion choices. All the media and the fans admiration aside – the truth is 51 years after her death and MM is STILL a style icon. Hell, I think she defines the concept of style & beauty icon. Why is that? I think she might be among the 1st products of Hollywood, and, as virgin as Tinsel Town was on that one, they nailed it. Actually they never topped it. Beginners luck or perfect recipe? Or could it be that MM is still teaching a style lesson decades later, and we still haven’t figured out how to do it? marilyn-monroe-style-fashion

(2) So we’ve got her photos and timeless dresses, but would a peak into her closet be asking for too much? Errr… actually no. Stylitics is launching Marilyn Monroe’s digital closet, making it possible to browse and shop her style for the 1st time. Wait. What? (see below a tiny glimpse of how it’s all gonna work and look like). To be honest with you (though I’m not a retro type dressing gal) I will however give it a few looks, just cause it’s Marilyn, you know. Besides I think nobody topped her in terms of makeup & the ultimate glam, so it’ll be fun chatting with other fans over her clothes, and potential style had she still been alive and young. How to get in the MM closet? Get on Stylitics and while you’re waiting for MM’s digital fashion world to come alive, built your own closet, share it and throw a few peaks into other famous fashionistas’ closets while you’re at it.  marilyn-monroe-inspiration

”It’s exciting to think about what Marilyn would be wearing if she were walking around NYC today”

Vintage-Marilyn-monroe-outfmarilyn-monroe-casual-looksI don’t know what it is about Marilyn that always leaves me speechless and lingering on her photos as if I’d be looking for the deepest most intriguing things in the world- but to me, she is the definition of beauty & style. Something about her makes it impossible for anyone to not fall in love with her. You can’t resist her charm. She’s all in one: seductive, innocent, beautiful, sexual, vulnerable, strong. One might assume her style was all white glittery tight dresses, diamonds and fur, and while that’s a true statement, and a Marilyn true image, I found her so much more appealing, human and utterly fabulous in a deux piece, capri trousers, shorts, flirty day-dresses, or oversized sweaters. With her famous pout, sultry look from beneath those perfect eyebrows, fake lashes and disheveled bleached blond hair – she had you at ‘Hello‘ probably (for more on her style click here). My favorite MM memories are those from film sets, in her room reading, laughing or on the beach. Comes to show you she didn’t need a village of stylists and artists to captivate and seduce. It was her. And that’t it. marilyn-monroe-beauty-lookMarilyn’s fashion looks over time…  marilyn-monroe-white-dress-furmarilyn-monroemarilyn-monroe-beauty-style-lookmarilyn-monroe-boots-lookmarilyn-monroe-capri-pantsmarilyn-monroe-dressmarilyn-monroe-dressesmarilyn-monroe-dress-lookmarilyn-monroe-evening-dressmarilyn-monroe-fashionmarilyn-monroe-gipsy-stylemarilyn-monroe-little-black-dressmarilyn-monroe-pink-dress-lookmarilyn-monroe-style-icon (2)MARILYN MONROE & ARTHUR MILLERmarilyn-monroe-style-iconmarilyn-monroe-sweater-lookWhen it comes to makeup she’s the queen of beauty, and to this day makeup artists and women are trying to emulate the red lips or fake lashes look. A while ago I’ve watched a video by Lisa Eldridge on Marilyn makeup and was totally blown away by how she captured the essence of those times & of what Marilyn stands for. Plus a tone of info, like what face moisturizer MM was using, or how her makeup artist loved to highlight her face as to create a heart-shape for her and all that. Marilyn Monroe-beauty-lookmarilyn-monroe-makeup-lookWith an army of makeup artists and a tone of beautiful gorgeous faces out there – there’s still one Marilyn. Not a copy in the world and a mastering in style or beauty will ever top what MM stood for, yet we’ll always use her image as a huge beauty & style reference and massive inspiration.

images via Pintrest & google images

red-lips-beauty-lookLately I’ve become pretty obsessed with (the concept of) red lips, to the point that I’ve started watching so many makeup tutorials and reading all sorts of red lips tips that I feel I’m becoming a tiny lipstick encyclopedia (as if). Now most of you might be rolling your eyes right now (those of you who are probably donning red lips with the most fabulous nonchalance), but it was just a few months ago that I’ve ever… yes EVER wore red lips. And you pretty much can count that one out, since it was a party… So I’ve still got the red lips during the day thing to try out and some more (read tons) of red shades to buy. Why this red pout reticence from my part? Just because I’ve never felt comfortable with bold lips… I’ve never felt they looked good on me. So I’m probably that ‘haven’t-found-the-right-shade‘ case. Which is a situation under control as I will start shopping for lipstick on every possible occasion I may get. It’s a promise! makeup-red-lipsred-lips-beuaty-trendred-lips-sun-glassesred-lips-look (2)streetstyle-red-lipsA true eye opener for me was Lisa Eldridge‘s video on red lips (click here to watch, highly recommend it). She is one of my favorite makeup artists out there and I completely agree with all she said in her red lips video. According to Lisa everyone looks amazing with red lips (noted) and it’s simply a matter of finding the right shade or texture that makes you feel comfortable. Yet she does not believe in makeup rules & restrictions such as: warm shades are just for brown skin tones, pink shades for fair skin et all. Au contraire she loves the play of contrasts & the powerful look of a bold color pout against a certain skin tone. But I guess nailing that takes a lot of practice and tons of confidence. One of the most inspiring things (for me) she said during this video was that, – yeah red lips look great on the red carpet, cocktail parties, evening events, but nothing beats ”red lips during the day with a grey sweatshirt & a pair of jeans while out shopping”. Ah! So well put Lisa. It’s edgy, out of place yet immensely feminine and beautiful! red-lips-daytime-lookretro-chic-red-lipsred-lips-teeLooking back on my poor red-lips knowledge :) I think it was the very traditional look of the red lips, that for me, was a real turn off. I mean I honestly love how red lips look for an evening event, but at the same time I find it BORING. Sorry. Yet I’ve always had a soft spot for those nontraditional beautiful looks: Tom-boy outfit & red lips, or sporty chic and bold lipstick. You know what I mean, those situations when red lips are not part of a certain look per se, actually they are in complete contradiction to it, and this very opposition is making it all look so appealing and strong. I’m not a huge fan of perfectly polished looks and uber put together styles (I find it way too unnatural and stiff), yet I love a super sexy feminine strong style. I guess at the end of the day it’s a matter of taste and how it all looks. If you love it and it makes you feel on top of the world than it’s a winner!

I find all the street style photos of the bold pout looks so inspiring. Just comes to show us when it comes to red lips the best tips are to:

  • never color coordinate,
  • never style coordinate,
  • never event coordinate.

just throw that bold shade on your lips whenever you need a boost of self confidence & hotness. all-black-red-lipsall-red-outfit-red-lipsclassic-look-red-lips-street-styleelegant-classic-look-red-lipsred-lips-cut-offs-lookred-lips-daytime-stylered-lips-during-dayred-lips-sporty-chic (2)red-lips-sporty-chicred-lips-street-style (2)red-lips-street-stylestreet-style-red-lips-day-wearAnother inspiring red-lips girl is fashion blogger Karla Deras from KarlasCloset – best style ever, simple with a twist, retro chic and a true bold lips guru! Love her :) red-lips-white-shirtkarla-deras-red-lipsFor an edgier style, urban / hip hop / grunge / glam & always feminine, strong & hotRihanna remains my all time favorite.  red-lips-rihanna-party-lookrihanna red-bold-lips"Battleship" - Australian Premiere In Sydneyrihanna-red-lipsrihanna-bright-red-lips

If you’ve been channeling Twiggy or Jane Birkin for the past years well kudos to you for forecasting the fashion cycle (and for those of you  looking for originality you’d better spice it up if you wanna stand out from the crowd) as 2013 Spring makes a huge swing right into 60s fashion. If Marc Jacobs’ Louis Vuitton collection in Paris last season wasn’t a big 60s MOD revival warning I don’t know what was.

With a green pass for all the razzmatazz of the youth culture back in the day, I really don’t know what to expect street style & retail wise today. I mean fashion from A to Z has pretty much been done, it’s just us the young spirits of today that find everything before the 80s so fresh. I just wish we came up with something different ourselves instead of always going back to the comfortable roots. Are we that bored or ignorant? Or has everything been done in terms of fashion? Twiggy

Spring 60s Fashion Inspired collections

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1960s in today’s fashion…

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60s Fashion back in the day…
 60s-mod-styleA dip into the 1960’s – Youth Revolution, Sex Freedom, Street Styles. How it all started…

60s-fashion (3)60s-fashion60s-fashion-lifestyle60s-fashion-trendHonestly I wouldn’t hold my breath on that one, I’ve always said fashion-music-culture are all linked, so we not only lack a movement in the former but in all. Clearly our thirst for something new is there. Might be sound asleep but hey. Thank God we’ve got the past to keep us on our toes, right? The swinging 60s were the Golden Age of freedoms, with so much happening in music, politics, society, morals – that it was bound to transpose in fashion.

Young people refused to be/look/act/think as their parents did. The past was constricting, booed, boring, wrong, not real. So all those 60s trademarks had quite a solid reason behind: short A-line dresses, plastic jewellery, kitten heels, bold geometric & psychedelic prints, bright colors, mini skirts. This was the time when the street fashion was invading the catwalk and when Brigitte Bardot went down in history for refusing (if not laughing in the face of) Coco Chanel, who offered to dress the young generation’s idol in elegant free of charge clothes, which Bardot dismissed saying ‘‘couture is for grannies” and stuck to her unconventional fashion boutique clothes.  brigitte-bardot-60s-fashionCould today’s designers long for a stronger backbone in our generation or are they just constantly nostalgic for the Golden Ages that had life, turmoil, purpose, anarchy & revolution in them, with all of it being reflected in fashion? Until that one clears up for me we’ve got today’s Fashion Trends to plunge into and learn a few things of the past while wearing them.

According to Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton or Michael Kors2013 Spring is a return to all the 60s trademarks:

  • mini skirts, A-line dresses,
  • kitten heels,
  • pointed toes,
  • checkerboard & stripes prints,
  • pops of bright colors,
  • monochromatic outfits

What is a different take on the 60s though, is the lack in flower prints for instance. 2013 Spring is a revival of black & white, stripes, checks and geometric prints. The cuts are simple, strong structured with quite some fun and opulent details: big earrings (think Dolce & Gabanna not 60’s plastic jewellery per se), boxy tiny bags (think those your grandma used to have) funky sun-glasses ( big 70s kind or cat-eye shades).

60s-fashion-spring-201360s-inspired-fashion-look60s-mini-dress60s-styles-spring-2013-trend2013-spring-trends-60s-styleskitten-heels-street-style60s-inspired-bagsThe streets have yet to make a 60s statement with all these, I mean we’re still stuck in winter at the end of March so I suppose grunge has still got a reason for sticking around. I haven’t seen nor found that many 1960’s screaming looks or outfits, but the idea behind a trend is to reinvent it, to adapt it, mix and match it, therefore who needs a 60s head-to-toe look when some random well chose items can get the same (or better) result. Once the sun settles in we’re bound to witness mini skirts, checks, stripes, tiny heels & cat-eyeglasses. Right?

To be honest with you 60s Trend is so offering in terms of clothes, looks, styles that I really think it should be quite big, and though we might not see Twiggys passing by, we will notice cool fashionistas picking one look or item of the 60s shelves and making it work into their own styles. It’s a huge decade with a bit of something for us all. Personally I am loving the Tom-boy meets Twiggy styles with tiny T-shirts, mini skirts, huge evening chandelier earrings, granny posh bags and head scarves. Oh… and the the cat-eye shades are my all time fave. What do I hate? Those kitten heels. Can’t stand them. So I shall be sticking to the classic heeled pumps, ballet flats and gladiator sandals, thank you.

How the 60s MOD hit the streets in 2013? The 60s Fashion Trend – Street Style Looks… Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2012 - VIP Private View60s-inspired-fashion-street-style60s-fashion-street-style60s-prints-street-style60s-style-street-fashion60s-trend-spring-2013-street-style (2)60s-trend-spring-2013-street-style60s-trend-street-style (2)60s-trend-street-styleParis-Fashion-Week-Street-Style-2012six03spring-2013-trend=60s-stylestreet-style-60s-fashionstreet-style-60s-fashion-trend-springstreet-style-60s-trendstreet-style-fashion-60sThis 60s craze is not only influencing fashion but beauty looks too:
  • beehives
  • bouffant hairstyles,
  • heavy eyes
  • nude lips

Best makeup & hair 60’s inspiration is at Marc Jacobs for 2013 Spring: the heavy black eyeliner is replaced by dark grey eye-shadow, a bit smudged, shadowy like, with side parted teased hair pulled back in that retro style. I love it. For different 60s looks check out Miranda Kerr’s cover (heavy low lashes – think Twiggy), Mila Kunis (soft boho 60s style), Lana del Rey (dramatic & classic) or Beyonce (slightly pin-up). Basically we’ve got a free pass to doll up and look retro chic while channeling our favorite 60s idols, and I think that’s pretty cool.

60s Fashion Inspired Beauty Looks…

60s-beauty-look60s-fashion-inspiration-mila-kunis60-sfashion-look60s-hair-inspiration60s-makeup60s-makeupbeyonce-60s-looklana-del-rey-60s-makeupmiranda-kerr-60s-inspired-lookRecap dolls: mini skirts, black & white, pops of brights, granny bags, cat-eyeglasses, A-line dresses, stripes, checks, bouffant hair, big earrings. What’s not to love, right?

blonde-veilingWhen it comes to hair this season, forget haircuts and hairstyles and focus on color or better yet coloring techniques that are uber hot in 2013! What am I rambling about? Why it’s the Hair Veiling & the Color Flipping Trends, that will supposedly be replacing the Dip-Dyed Hair. Well… I’d rather they add up to the dipped dyed style, because I finally want to do it :)  Hair Veiling is dying your hair a different shade underneath its first layer, getting subtle hair color nuances by creating hidden panels of color, so that when you flip the hair from one side to another it reveals another shade. And apparently the Color Flipping (which I would have assumed is exactly what I’ve just described) is switching the different-color-ends with the different-color-crown. So it will be a funky color on top of the head,  and then natural through the end. With denim blue being a huge color trend. Wait what? Errr that’s a bit far off for those of us who are no longer teens or in our early 20’s. Ha! But hey, if you love it, rock it! Like the girl in the photo below who is absolutely gorgeous rocking this edgy hair color!veiling-hairred-color-veilingAccording the Dailymail UK we’ll be noticing lots of celebs donning the Veiling Trend. No surprise there, I mean beauties like Jessica Alba, Rachel Bilson or Khloe Kardashian have become buckets of inspiration when it comes to their dip dyed tresses. These ladies look amazing with ombre hair and light blonde or red colored ends. So, as already established hair color icons, I think we should keep an eye on their hair and see what the fuss is about with Hair Color Flipping & Hair Veiling. 

Celebrities Dip Dye Hair Stylesjessica alba-dip-dyed-hairkhloe_kardashian_dip-dyed-hairombre-hair-veilingdemi-lovato-pink-dip-dyed-hairrachel-bilson-dip-dyedPremiere of TriStar Pictures' "Jumping The Broom" - Red CarpetBasically these 2 hair color trends are a more subtle version of the dip-dye hair style. Well actually it depends on how far you go with it… Speaking of color trends for 2013, here are the hottest shades to rock: Browns – ‘‘browns inspired by the rust tones on the color spectrum, giving a really flattering copper undertone that warms the face” or the ‘‘burnt brown”; Red – it’s less copper & more dramatic red; Blonde – ice blonde is in. But I would assume it’s OK to play with shades. It’s all about having fun, right? Flip that hair girl and show your daring shades… :) ”I flip my hair back and forth/I flip my hair back and forth’

Hair Inspiration for subtle hair veiling ideas: hair-veiling (2)hair-veilingice-blondeUntil this veiling color flipping trend kicks in… let’s enjoy some ”classic” dip-dyed hair for some fashion & beauty inspiration.

ash-blue-dip-dyed-hair-colorblack-red-dip-dyed-hairblonde-dip-dyed-hairblue-green-dip-dyed-hair (2)blue-green-dip-dyed-hairdip-dyeddip-dyed-hair-tredndip-dyed-style-trendgreen-dip-dyed-hair (2)green-dip-dyed-hairhair-trend-dip-dyedhari-veilingpink-blue-dip-dyed-hairpink-dip-dyed-hairI am loving the messy waves in funky shades, but my fave is the ombre dip dye hair. The dip dye hair is the in-your-face type pf style & look, so I suppose the advantage of the latest Veiling Trend is that it’s got a hidden edge to it. You could probably rock a crazy color, hide it away at the office and then take it out when you go partying. Talk about an alter ego!

burberry-backstage0cara-countouredWhen it comes to makeup I’m a complete girly girl – love me a flawless hydrated skin, mascara eyelashes, thin eyeliner, lip-gloss and the occasional eye-shadow/lipstick/contouring. The golden rule is focus on only one feature at a time and play that up to its highest level… and though sometimes on the runways this rule rarely applies (just because we get to experience the art in fashion rather than the street style or day to day beauty tips), some reading between the lines can be done to spot next season’s beauty & makeup trends. And hair for that matter. Best part about doing such a cover post? Why the backstage insight of course! Getting a sneak peak into what models do while sitting for hair and makeup, what they look like with a fresh face, how well they transform, who’s flawless and who’s not (they all are, trust me. Young and fabulous looking with amazing bone structures), what makeup artists are working on this and that show, products they use (mostly MAC). Stuff like that, us girls go crazy over :) backstage-2013-fashion-week-1So what do designers shout out to us fashion lovers when it comes to 2013 fall beauty trends? Well… I say (and it’s just my humble so-far-captured opinion based on what I’ve seen) Eyes will be big for 2013 – 2014 Fall/Winter. From Marc Jacobs & Donna Karan to Gucci eyes are sultry, seductive, dark… yet in not that 1990’s way, but rather a negligent metallic grey or brown smudge kinda way on both the upper and lower lid. With Anna Sui it’s all about cat thick winged eyeliner that looks absolutely amazing and at Michael Kors there’s the black or grey eye-shadow on the outer half corner of the eyes. Cat eyes ladies!!! Love . It. If however you’re a more-colored-eye-shadow kinda gal… look into Thakoon show: fabulous cobalt blue eye makeup! Keep skin & lips nude or to a minimal and you’ll be rocking an uber hot sexy look. eye-makeup-fall-2013-fashioanna-sui-makeup-2013-2gucci-beauty-2013-5marc-jacobs-makeup-2013-1eye-makeup-fashion-week-201anna-sui-makeup-2013-6anna-sui-makeup-2013-7michael-kors-beauty-2013-4Seductive voluptuous dark, deep, or bold lips made quite a statement at Marc by Marc Jacobs (red red red), Diane Von Furstenberg (pink pink pink) and Vera Wang (deep brown/burgundy vampire like lips) . So… ladies, if you love the bold lip look this one’s for you. Color in trend: pink, dark burgundy/violet and red! Flawless skin required and simple eyes! lips-fashion-week-2013-fallfendi-beauty-2013-3fendi-beauty-2013-2fendi-beauty-2013vera-wang-beauty-4diane-von-durstenberg-makeup-1And last but not least the look that will always be at the top of any list and make it to the trends in any season is the natural look. Glowing skin, flawless faces, moistured, hydrated, just the right amount of cover, blush and contouring… ah looking like you’re 15 again! skin-fashion-week-2013marc-jacobs-makeup-3donna-karan-2013-beauty-1burberry-beauty-2013glowing-skin-fashion-weel-frag-bone-makeup-2prabal-gurung-makeup-2rag-bone-makeup-5ralph-lauren-beauty-4Here are more backstage beauty, makeup & hair looks for 2013 fall Fashion Week.  vera-wang-beauty-1victoria-beckham-beauty-5fashion-week-fendi-backstagevivienne-westwood-backstagegucci-beauty-2013-3fendi-backstage-2013So lovelies, do you have a fave look? LIPS / EYES / NATURAL… 

9f9b571844e1b994a4a8fdb963454899No special occasion, event, party or romantic dinner could ever be complete without us ladies glaming up. And Valentine’s Day is no exception. It’s that day & night when we have to look our best for us (in the first place) to seduce our loved one or if single to turn loads of heads when partying with the girls. Though I’m not a makeup guru, I confess I love to be on the look out for makeup & beauty tips, and yes I am one of those girls who love to wear makeup. Can’t live without my mascara & eyeliner. I always say when you wanna look your best (office or going out) it’s not just about the clothes. Hair & makeup play quite the part and all of us girls have a few beauty routines and makeup must-haves that we just can’t live without or that we use every now and then. Like on Valentine’s Day for example… d14236559a8fbeaea6c70f0d480c72baWhat I always pay attention to when it comes to beauty & makeup (especially when a special occasion is right around the corner) is the skin. Drink lots of water, cleansing routine, exfoliating & moisturizing are at the core of a good makeup, just because I feel that the skin gets a certain glow when it’s taken care of and the makeup looks way better on it. It actually looks as if you’re not wearing makeup. Before jumping for the eyes or lips makeup wise, I always even out the skin (primer, foundation, loose powder) and for a uber professional & fantastic effect you can try contouring. Personally I love to do this whenever I have the time (highlight on top of the cheeks, nose bridge, chin – basically where the natural light falls; and conceal under the cheekbones, chin, forehead). For inspiration or tutorials look up Kim Kardashian’s contouring on youtube. She’s like the best example and the guru of contouring. And yes I do think a good makeup up starts with a clean, healthy, evened out and contoured face. Then it’s easy... if you choose to play up your eyes, stick to nude lips and vice versa. It all depends on the look you’re going for. I guess for Valentine’s Day it’s all about the red lipstick so play up your lips and skin and keep your eyes natural. My fave makeups are those that give the skin a bronzing glow &  smoky eyes…. Red Lips? I love them on someone else… just not me. Can’t seem to find the right shade so I just stick to lip-gloss and natural lipstick. Anyway for some Valentine’s Day makeup inspiration I found a few looks for you on Pintrest. Hope you like them :)

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Smoky Eyes for Valentine’s Day: khloe-kardashian-smoky-eyessmoky-eyessmoky-eyes-valentine-dayvalentine's-day-smoky-eyessmoky-eyes-valentine's-day-makeup

Red Lips for Valentine’s Day: red-lips-look-valentines-daykim-kardashian-red-lipsred-lips-makeup-valentine's-dayred-lips-valentine's-dayred-lips-valentine's-day-makeup (2)red-lips-Valentine's-day-makeupvalentine's-day-makeup-red-lipsvalentine's-day-red-lips (2)valentine's-day-red-lipsvalentine's-day-red-lips-beauty

pink-lips-eyeliner-new-years-eveContinuing my Holiday Season fashion & style peaks, today I thought of presenting some of my favorite makeup & beauty looks that us ladies may use for NYE makeup inspiration. After all, the big party is but a few weeks away and just donning an uber sexy dress (click here for looks) is not at all enough… there’s yet a style statement to make with our lips, eyes and pretty faces. Plus we’ve got our hot manes and nails… Choosing the makeup for the biggest night of the year may be somewhat of a dread, but if you’re in doubt you can either keep it  simple and natural, or glam it up all the way. Just remember… nobody likes a candy face for NYE. It’s not Halloween is it? So to avoid a caked ultra made up look, just stick to one feature, and take care of your skin.

natural-glowing-makeupSo ladies the first step we gotta take, even before choosing a makeup look, is to hydrate our skin. Lots of water, fruit, veggies, vitamins & sleep will make all the difference, as it helps the skin glow, stay soft & look young. And then… it’s simple. Basically it all depends on the features you love most about yourself – enhance them – and the look you want to get. Dark & Sexy: go for smoky eyes, nude lips (lipgloss is the best option) and face contouring (enhance those cheeks and highlight your T-zone). Seductive & Retro: eyeliner on upper lid, false lashes, matte skin, and go nude or any color with your lips. Here you can experiment with bright or dark red lipstick (take Rihanna for inspiration) or keep them natural, channeling your 1960’s Sophia Loren.

cat-eyes-makeupeyes-makeup-new-years-partyeyes-makeup-party-looksblack-eyeliner-lashes-makeup-lookred-lips-eyelinerrihanna-dark-lips-makeuprihanna-lips-makeuprihanna-makeup-red-lipsThe Glamorous Look is ideal for NYE, and what better time to play it up, than this one? Perfect eyeliner on your eyelids, false eyelashes, sparkle & glitter for the eyes and perfect looking skin with voluptuous lips… Make it a feast and go all the way on makeup! (Kim Kardashian is an endless makeup inspiration here). Bronzed Glow can be the perfect look for Latina ladies (take inspiration from Jennifer Lopez & Eva Mendes), so you can play around with tens of brown shades, eyeliner, perfect contouring, bronzed cheeks, brown-pink-ish lips and false lashes for an uber luscious look. This is my all time fave, perfect for a night out! Oh… and since it’s NYE bring it on with false lashes, they just give drama to any look and make your eyes appear perfect, heavy and ultra seductive. Make sure your skin is all clean, fresh, covered & flawless in foundation, powder, blush and highlighter and you’ll be ready to go. Actually ready to turn heads and break hearts… So ladies… which feature will you rock this NYE? Will you stick to your go-to-look or try something completely different? Simple or Glam?

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Red Lips Look

Red Lips Look

A look can hardly ever be complete without a touch of makeup or a beauty tip applied with care. Whether it’s a simple moisturizer or a full on kit of lipsticks, foundations, shades or eyeliners – we love all beauty & make up bits. This week FashionTag has decided to peek into some amazing makeup looks of sensuous lips in all the colors us girls love to wear.

Pink Lips

Pink Lips

Red Lips Make up

Red Lips Make up

Nude Lips Look

Nude Lips Look

Pink, red, nude, burgundy, purple, lipgloss, lipstick, lipliner – talk about too many options, right? Not to mention which one looks better with your skin tone, eyes or hair. Then you have the textures, the quality to look for… and the list goes on. Yet no matter how hard it may be (and let’s face it ladies, it is not, au contraire, it’s rather fun) a lipstick of a certain shade & color can make all the difference. It can add jazz and sex appeal to a rainy day, it can be in tune with your fabulous state if mind, or lift it up for that matter, it can be the hot stuff you choose to wear on a date or on a night out with friends. So girls… which shade and color do your prefer? Pink, red, or nude? 

Beauty Looks - Nude Lips

Beauty Looks – Nude Lips

Pink Lips - Make up Look

Pink Lips – Make up Look

Red Lipstick

Red Lipstick

Nude Lips Look

Nude Lips Look

Beauty Look - Pink Lipstick

Beauty Look – Pink Lipstick

Nude Lips

Nude Lips

Red Lipstick

Red Lipstick

Kate Moss Nude Lips

Kate Moss Nude Lips

Keira Knightely - Nude Lips

Keira Knightely – Nude Lips

Beauty & Make up - Red Lipstick

Beauty & Make up – Pink Lipstick

Beauty Look - Red Lips

Beauty Look – Red Lips

Miranda Kerr - Nude Lips

Miranda Kerr – Nude Lips

Miranda Kerr - Red Lips

Miranda Kerr – Red Lips

Nude Lipgloss

Nude Lipgloss

Nude Lipstick Make up

Nude Lipstick Make up

Nude Lips Look

Nude Lips Look

Pink Lips Beauty & Make up

Pink Lips Beauty & Make up

Pink Lips

Pink Lips

Red Lipstick

Red Lipstick

Red Lipstick Make up

Red Lipstick Make up

Red Lipstick Look

Red Lipstick Look

Red Lips

Red Lips

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