The parade of beauty looks seen at the Emmy's and Grammy's have been better than ever. Here is a roundup of the top 4 beauty looks and the key cosmetic and coif combinations that make them work.
For beauty and hair inspiration, you can't go past the red carpet. Whether you want to update your look or just appear more youthful, these 4 beauty trends have you covered.
1. Jennifer Lopez: Smoky Eyes and Sexy Skin
Never hitting a wrong note, J-Lo gets it right - again - with the perfect marriage of smolder and sparkle.
Eyes: The updated smoky eye is all about introducing greys and metal tones into the mix, rather than sticking with just traditional black. Use a cream tipped pencil to best achieve this look as they get into all the tight spots along the lash-line, yet can also be beautifully blended and smudged out with the fingertip for full effect.
Try: Burberry Effortless Kohl Eyeliner, $29
Décolletage: J-Lo’s Latina heritage has bode her well, as her skin is naturally caramel and crease-free! However, no matter how good your skin-tone, as you age, décolletages can be the first place to show the signs of pigmentation and creping. This is the time to introduce an anti-ageing product specifically designed for this area, best applied in upward stroking motions, working against the downward drag of gravity.
Try: Prevage Anti-aging Neck and Décolleté Firm & Repair Cream, $130
2. Reese Witherspoon: Cherry Lips and Taupe Cheeks
Reese brings a sexy new maturity to the ‘Girl Next Door’ appeal with this gorgeous pink pout and dewy cheeked combo.
Lips: Lips don’t naturally contain any sebaceous glands, making them the only part of our body that is not able to self-moisturise. So, to achieve a lush lipped look like Ms. Witherspoon, you need to keep lips cared for and heavily hydrated. Always choose a tinted lip-gloss or lip balm that contains bee’s wax, shea butter, vitamin E oil, honey, coconut or olive oil – which are all magnificent moisturisers.
Try: Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lip Crayon, $16.95
Cheeks: Reece has beautifully offset the glossy lip with a more crème cheek, which prevents her looking too shiny. The trick when using cheek crème is in the distribution, as it is easy to appear clown-like if you apply it in circular motions. Instead, look in the mirror and with cheek crème pressed onto your middle finger, dot three times from above the apple (most raised area) of the cheek, then on the apple of the cheek and finally above it, and blend in patting, pressing (not pulling or rubbing) motions.
Try: Bodyography Créme Blush, $30
3. Ariana Grande: Winged-eye and Airborne Ponytail
This eye is timeless and elegant, and teamed with the high, uplifting ponytail; Ariana’s beauty look is the essential anti-ageing trick to try.
Eyes: Start with the wing, not the line along the eye. This is best done with a fine-tipped liquid eyeliner. Start the wing directly above the iris of the eye right on the lash line, sweeping ever so gradually up until it is directly in line with the outer tip of the eyebrow. Then, apply a super fine line along the tear duct from the inner most corner of the eye (literally on the lash line) sweeping it gradually up to meet the outer corner of the wing and line the inner lower lash line with a black kohl pencil.
Try: Face of Australia High Definition Liquid Eyeliner, $11.95
Ponytail: From the catwalks of Marc Jacobs to Ungaro recently, the ponytail is reaching new heights in elevation and elegance. The look can be interpreted as 60's or 80’s, but whatever its vintage, it is certainly enjoying a renaissance. The best bit is it proves a great anti-ager, as sweeping your hair up to the utmost crown of the head will pull the entire eye line up also, making the skin appear tauter – and more youthful – around the eyes.
Try: ELEVEN AUSTRALIA ‘Give Me Hold’ Flexible Hairspray, $21.95
4. Katy Perry: Violet Locks and Arched Brow
Katy is pulling the prettiest punches with this violet riot of hair and bolder than ever brows, a look that is both fun and fierce!
Hair: The market is awash with pastel home hair colour choices, but although it all seems fun in theory, there are defined rules to follow. Always do a patch test pre-colour to ensure desired results are achieved (the best spot is the hair at the nape of the neck which is generally the least exposed to environmental aggressors and chemical colouring) and only apply pigment to clean hair in an extremely even distribution to avoid it ‘holding’ and clumping on grit, grime and oil.
Try: The KEVIN MURPHY COLOR.BUG, $24.95
Brows: Brows are back in a big way, and Katie is sporting some of the best in the business. Her shape is particularly popular at the moment as its not so much an arc as it is an elevation. This has been cleverly accentuated with brow powder and a brush upwards all along the brow. Then, some stealth upward angled eye shading also successfully elevates the focus upwards.
Try: Bobbi Brown Brow Pencils, $38