SPRING’s nail offerings featured an array of innovative textures and finishes, and Yves Saint Laurent looks set to keep the trend going for summer with its new tri-phase La Laque Couture Tie And Dye top coats.
Rather than creating the tie-dye finish you might expect, the new top coats are designed to be shaken to mix the iridescent particles, colour and high-shine, transparent top coat for a candy-like veil finish. And then, after each use, the three phases in the bottle will return to their distinct layers - like a beauty chemistry experiment, if you will.
Available from May 1 at Selfridges and Brown Thomas, in four shades priced at £18 each.
New Season, New Rules - Barbara Palvin models a selection of fresh beauty looks inside the September 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK. Photographed by Jonas Bresnan and with styling by Pippa Vosper, makeup artist Miranda Joyce gives Barbara a mixture of wearable beauty looks including dark cat-eye flicks and a bright red lip.
The New Trends and Make-up Buys
This is very much Britain’s year (thanks to the Jubilee and the Olympics) and backstage Britain was referenced regularly as inspiration by make-up artists. At Margaret Howelland House of Hollandbike rides through the English countryside were cited. While over at Michael Kors and Vanessa Bruno flushed cheeks and just-bitten lips synonymous with a traditional English Rose completed the looks.
The A-list has been flaunting this key autumn/winter make-up look for months as far back as the MET Ball in fact .Backstage the Romantic Goth trend was very much inspired by Lisbeth Salander (the main character in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and you can interpret this look two ways.First, blackened, vampy lips paired with hauntingly hazy eyes and little mascara; look to Gucci for inspiration. Alternatively, play up your eyes with smudged, worn-in liner and a barely-there lip colour.
Anything summer can do, autumn/winter can do better. Summer looks are so often playful and riotous with colour that winter pales in comparison, but this season it wants a piece of the action.Flamboyant sci-fi inspired looks were everywhere. Avatar-esque blue liner at Anna Sui , alien-like bare faces and bejewelled brows at Chanel and rich gem-toned shadow at Roberto Cavalli. This look is all about the eyes; get playful and remember the sky is not the limit.
With the sun setting on summer, the new season is paying homage to the bronzy, fiery hues so often associated with beach holidays. Dries Van Noten and Narciso Rodriguez flaunted unapologetically bold orange shades on eyes and lips respectively. A wash of orange-hued blush will liven up a winter complexion; orange nails will be a welcome change from the sea of nudes and navy polishes we’ll be seeing; while a tomato red lip is a modern take on that classic red.
Natalie Portman Is Launching a Charity Lipstick
Photographed by Mario Sorrenti the actress appears draped over a chaise lounge staring seductively into the camera (tastefully done)and in another, the actress’s crossed arms are the only things protecting her modesty.
Dior are supporting their muse in her new partnership as an ambassador of Free The Children Association, a charity set up in 1995 by Canadian activist Craig Kielburger, to help children confronted with poverty and exploitation and to free them of the notion that they are helpless.
In order to assist the charity La Portman and Dior have teamed up to create a brand new shade of Rouge Nude Lipcolor, ‘Grège #169’ and announced that all of the proceeds will go to support a study grant fund for secondary education of girls in Kenya.
“I chose the color Grège because it’s the one I’d pick to wear myself,” stated Natalie Portman. “The number contains different dates that are important to me and my family.”
Diorskin Nude is available exclusively at Selfridges from 31st August and nationwide from 14th September.
THE world may be obsessed with her toned abs, but Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis says that she prefers her legs - after a good deal of coaxing. Just two weeks after her triumph at the London 2012 Games, the heptathlete and face of Olay Essentials tells us all about her pre-Olympics diet, her reasons for avoiding the patriotic nails trend and of course her tips for achieving a stomach as flat as hers.
Everyone is talking about your abs - how does that feel?
“It’s weird! I’m used to training so I’m not really conscious of things like that, it’s normal for an athlete. Everyone who does the heptathlon is like that - if anything I think mine are the worst! Obviously when I’m training I’m not doing it to get a good figure, I’m doing it for my sport, but if I had to pick my best physical feature I’d say my legs - they were really skinny when I was younger but I feel like they’ve got a bit more shape to them now.”
And, aside from doing a heptathlon, what are your tips for people who’d like abs like yours?
“Yes, just train for 10 years for a heptathlon! No I think there’s a lot you can do - running is really good for the whole body. And anything that uses your core muscles, whether you’re in the gym or at home - you can use exercise balls and things like that. I think most people can get the body they want if they train, it’s just difficult for some people to fit it in around work.”
Do you follow a strict diet whilst training?
“Not strict, as my sport means I burn off a lot of calories. It’s more about staying healthy so that I don’t pick up injuries or illnesses - especially before the Olympics. If you get a cold on the day you’re competing then that’s it. But I do have a sweet tooth so I’ll have desserts, and chocolate every now and then.”
After a big event like the Olympics do you train at all, to keep up your fitness?
“No, I’m having a break! Maybe some of the cyclists still like to go on a ride every so often, but I don’t do anything! I’m just enjoying switching off, having a few drinks and things like that. I’d normally take a few weeks off after a big event, but after the Olympics I think I’ll have a bit longer. Usually when it comes to starting it up again I’m itching to get back into it, and that’s a good way to be I think.”
Do you wear make-up when you’re competing?
“I do - even though I end up sweating it all off! You do forget you’re on television, but I like to feel nice when I’m competing. I wear foundation, eyeliner and sometimes something on my lips. I really love Bobbi Brown products.”
But you didn’t go in for the Olympics nails trend?
“To be honest I don’t really look after my nails when I’m training. With the heptathlon I’m using my hands for throwing and things like that, or I’m training in the gym. When I’m training I always have plain nails and I didn’t want to do anything differently when I was competing, as I just didn’t want to change anything drastically - I wanted to carry on doing everything as I’d normally do it to give myself the best chance of winning. I thought all the Union Jack nails looked lovely, but I just wanted to keep everything the same.”
You are the face of the Olay Essentials range. How was it shooting the advert?
“It was really fun to film - we shot it in Barcelona, in the stadium at the European Championships where I won gold. It was weird to see myself on television but it’s so nice to have a team of make-up artists and hair stylists - they know all the tricks! You could never make yourself look like that normally. When I was first asked I felt like Olay was more of a mature brand, but the new Olay Essentials line is aimed at younger skin, so I thought that was a good direction for them to go in. People are always saying I’ve got healthy skin, so I think it was a good advert.”
In need of some gym hairspiration? Check out how the Olympians do their ‘dos before competing in the biggest workout of their lives - London 2012!
1) Heptathlon gold medallist and GB golden girl Jessica Ennis wore her hair pulled back in a low bun to win the competition!)
2) Anastasia Gloushkov and Inna Yoffe of Israel compete in the Women’s Duets Synchronised Swimming and synchronise their hair looks with pretty tropical headpieces!
3) Gold medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica was one of the only runners that didn’t opt for an up-do! Loving the curls!
4) We loved gorgeous GB cyclist Victoria Pendleton’s sleek brown pony!
5) Ashleigh Brennan of Australia wears her hair in a pretty bun whilst competing in the vault during gymnastics.
6) GB Heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson wore her long, voluminous locks tied back in a low pony whilst competing.
7) We love GB Cyclist Laura Trott’s two plaits and hairband combo!
8) US gymnast Kayla McMaroney and Romania’s Sandra Raluca Izbasa make a convincing argument for bringing back the scrunchie!
Olympic gold medallist Victoria Pendleton may be known for her record-breaking performances in the Velodrome, but being a sportsperson hasn’t hindered her love for make-up and beauty products. From shooting her first beauty campaign as part of her role as Pantene Pro-V Smooth & Sleek ambassador, to having her hair transformed into “a giant ball of frizz”, theTeam GB track cyclist tells us her best and worst beauty moments, her favourite products, and the secret behind the trend for patriotic nail art at the Olympics.
Patriotic nail art has been a huge trend for Olympians this year - why do you think that is?
“Because you’re not going to sweat it off! I think you can feel quite masculine in sport and nails are always something that you can play around with and it doesn’t affect your sport. It does make you feel a little bit more feminine, I think. If you’re wearing make-up it’s quite challenging if you’re sweating. There has been some really cool nail art in fashion generally over the last couple of years in terms of mixing and matching colours and designs.”
What do you normally do with your nails?
“I did my toenails myself! I had white nails and then I had little tiny stickers with the lion emblem on all of them. Jess [fellow Olympic track cyclist Jess Varnish] and I sorted that out. She organised it and said ‘you’ve got to do the same’. I said ‘yes, we are a team, of course I will’. I painted one of her toenails as a Union Jack as well actually. It is quite difficult, because Jess is quite ticklish. Varnish the Varnish.”
Have you ever had any beauty or hair disasters?
“I have had my hair and make-up done on a couple of occasions and thought ‘oh dear, oh my God!’. For one shoot in particular, I remember someone back-combing my hair - basically into a giant ball of frizz - and I thought ‘wow, I can’t believe you spent so long making my hair look tremendously bad,’ but I didn’t say anything. I just thought, ‘well this is the look they’re going for, I’m just going to go with it’ and actually the pictures didn’t look too bad. I’m not a big fan of massive amounts of lip liner outside the lip edge. It really upsets me when people take the liberty of extending their lip-line. Makes me feel a little uncomfortable. They’re not my lips. I feel a bit like Ronald McDonald.”
How was it starring in your first beauty campaign - for Pantene?
“Fantastic! I got VIP treatment all the way. We went to the Czech Republic to shoot the commercial and the print ad on separate occasions, and I felt like a real celebrity. They got a car from the runway and all sorts. I mean, the guy who did the make-up for the print ad basically bronzed me and highlighted me from top to toe. I was just looking at my arms and legs going ‘wow, you look so amazing right now.’ My hair - literally I sat in front of the mirror and thought ‘this is the kind of hair I’d like on my wedding day’. There wasn’t one strand out of place. I was like ‘wow, I just want to keep this hair forever, just where it is right now, nobody move me’.
Which make-up is best for a sportsperson such as yourself?
“Max Factor waterproof mascara - very important. Personally I couldn’t live without a bit of concealer. I love Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat, but I’ve moved on to the By Terry Touche Veloutee because it’s got a bit more concealer in it but it’s still got the same light-reflecting quality. I just love the By Terry products, I think they’re lovely - I have a couple of them in my bag. I cannot get enough of Lucas Papaw Ointment for dry lips. When I’m stressed out, I tend to get really dry lips from chewing on them, biting on them, stressing out. Especially in the Velodrome, there’s a really dry atmosphere.”
And hair and skincare?
“Pantene 24 Frizz Fighter - that’s my favourite product because it’s kind of like a serum, it keeps down all the stray, loose pieces of hair, which is quite important because it can get a bit frizzy with all the humidity and sweating. I basically have with me the contents of an Elemis beauty salon at the moment. I’ve really enjoyed having a home games and bringing the majority of my bathroom cabinet with me; I haven’t had to worry about luggage allowance. Elemis’ Papaya Enzyme Peel is an amazing product. All those kind of things so that Jess and I could pamper ourselves on the days leading up [to their Olympic events], help pass the time.”
Snejana Onopka makes a return for Tom Ford’s Autumn/Winter 2012 beauty campaign which also stars the designer. With a dark manicure, painted on red lips and sultry eye makeup, Snejana shines in this flawless beauty campaign.
“To have power naps! In the past months I have learned to have them everywhere I go and that is key for my health. To eat healthy food is also essential - especially fruit, for the vitamins. Drinking a lot of water is very good for healthy-looking skin too. Breaking news: I also stopped smoking!”
”I am quite “natural” in the sense that I do not worry too much about the way I look and I like a casual look. I do not wear make-up if I do not need to. I want my skin to breathe so I make sure it is clean before I go to bed, and after I’ve been wearing make-up for work. To cleanse and as a make-up remover, I use Créaline from Bioderma. If I wear a foundation I use Clé de Peau. In the evening, I like to put a line of black kohl on my eyes and sometimes red lips with a Chanel Allure velvet lipstick. “
Speaking on her exercise regime, Freja comments that she likes to unwind with yoga:
“I do a bit of yoga - by myself, not classes. I like to go for long walks and to garden. This relaxes me and brings a really good balance to my hectic professional life.”
Austin Powers and Indiana Jones are usually seen either on the big or little screens.
But a 24-year-old student from Birmingham has given these characters and many more a new canvas: fingernails. Creative movie buff Kayleigh O’Connor has really nailed the art of the manicure by painting her nails with elaborate designs inspired by films and other forms of pop culture.
The media studies student amazes friends and strangers when she goes out wearing her wacky designs, which include Batman, Dr Who, Oscar The Grouch, Tetris and Star Wars.
Other iconic designs that have inspired Kayleigh include spoof spy movie Austin Powers, hit American drama Breaking Bad, Fab lollies, Queen frontman Freddie Mercury and Pixar movie Up.
Kayleigh, who started wearing glue-on nails when she was 16 ‘to cover up my badly bitten real ones’ spends up to two hours perfecting her elaborate and unique designs with very fine brushes and a rainbow of coloured varnishes.
Initially I just painted them plain colours, but that got boring pretty fast. I started adding lines and patterns, then cartoon characters and logos.
‘I later realised that I could change the shapes of the nails to make them more individual rather than sticking to just square, rounded or pointed ones. This is what I enjoy doing now.
‘I am a fan of so many television shows, films and musicians that there is a never ending list of things I want to represent on my nails.’
Kayleigh - who wanted only her nails photographed, not her face - said she thinks of her quirky creations as mini, temporary tattoos: ‘Which is good considering my impulsive nature - I would probably be covered in tattoos by now if my nails weren’t the outlets for my fandoms.’
Speaking about the practicality of her often jagged and pointy designs, Kayleigh added that there is a price to pay for the pursuit of inventive beauty: ‘I always wear my designs out but it’s not always practical. Some of them break very easily or snag holes in my tights. But it’s just for a laugh, so I don’t mind.’People are always asking me about my nails and where I got them done, it’s very flattering.’ Kayleigh now has a collection of 100 different varnishes, which she applies to fake nails before sticking them, fully decorated, on her fingers.
Some have to be made in stages to give base colours time to dry before adding details - and she helps the time fly by watching the corresponding film or television show while they do.Though her nail art is currently only a hobby, Kayleigh has dreams of opening a nail salon or online shop so others can share her fun.
Source / Taken from dailymail