Stick to side-swept styles to make sure your hair doesn't look like you forgot to pull out your pin. All three women's bobbies were actually serving a purpose, too, and a wayward pin almost always looks like a mistake. As for colours, let the style dictate which ones you choose. Similar hues to your hair colour look classic, like Emily's pinned-back style. For a punchier take on things, try Katharine McPhee's colourful trio. Either way, you'll have a hair accessory that wins in both utility and chicness. And what's better than that?
Braids will always be bountiful in the world of beauty, but lately it seems that celebrities are taking to a new kind of plait: the conjoined braid. This twisted style starts as a French braid that frames your face before cascading into a long tail. Celebrities like Jennifer Hudson and Rita Ora have been spotted sporting the style, and Lucy Liu added a formal flair to her braid when she walked it down the red carpet at the Golden Globes. A new twist can add some life to an otherwise played-out style, but will you be taking the conjoined braid out for a spin?
There's no doubt that the military trend has legs — it has steadily survived from season to season with nothing more than simple tweaks along the way. This season in particular, we're seeing camouflage everything: a not-so-subtle nod to army influences that always manage to look edgy, sophisticated, or feminine, depending on your styling choices. Check out some of our suggestions below, then click through to shop some chic camouflage pieces that will help you stand out rather than fade into the background.
- For an edgier look, pair your camouflage jeans with a worn-in rocker tee and leather jacket. Add biker boots or studded jeans — and just see if anyone tries messing with you.
- Camo can look cool and girlie in a snap — throw a printed utility jacket over your flirtiest white dress then throw on pretty heels and jewelry. It's an unexpected look that's totally worth wearing out on the town.
- The military trend can definitely be office-appropriate; try tucking a crisp button-down blouse into a camouflage skirt or layering a camo dress under a fitted blazer. Cinch the look at your natural waist with a leather belt for a sleek silhouette.
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Matching your lip colour to your dress isn't exactly a new trend — we loving revving up the red, teaming a scarlet lip with a co-ordinating gown for a fancy soirée — but it is one that we're starting to see more of as more and more makeup ranges add punchy pigments and bold brights to their line-up. Nicole Trunfio is the latest star to take on the trend, teaming a glossy tangerine lip with a cute coral and black number at a screening of Trishna hosted by The Cinema Society. Keeping the rest of her look suitably pared-back (a simple wash of shimmering mink and messy high bun), Nicole is the perfect poster girl for this look. Thinking of trying it? Remember:
- Don't go overboard: Being matchy-matchy can look dated. If you choose to co-ordinate your lipstick and dress, don't follow suit with the same nail colour.
- Keep it simple: Unless your dress and lipstick are light in colour, keep your eye makeup simple to avoid competing with your bold dress and lips.
- Mix it up: If you're trying to match a bold colour, it can look bad if the lipstick is unintentionally off. Experiment with a few shades on the back of your hand to ensure you get the right colour match.
- If you're scared of the one-shade look: Get the effect of matching tones by co-ordinating your lipstick with an accessory for an unexpected pop of colour.
This season we've seen an abundance of bold and bright nails, such as taxi-cab-yellow polishes. And while these bold and bright shades may be in high demand, classic red is still holding its own, especially when worn with its natural pairing, red lipstick. So when it comes to red on red, take a look at some different ways to wear it, from demure to cool and everything in between.
In 1952 Revlon aired its Fire & Ice advertising campaign featuring "It" girl Dorian Leigh and pioneering the matching "lips and tips" trend as Leigh wore both red lipstick and red nail polish. Ever since red has been a cult colour choice for the nails and lips, but with elaborate nail art taking over in trend talk, we haven't seen the classic combo being worn together in a while. Until now. Because it seems to be having a moment again. Lauren Conrad was seen sporting red lips and tips at a book signing last month and Paz Vega and Gemma Arterton have given the look Cannes' chic seal of approval. Closer to home Delta Goodrem also picked red lipstick and nail polish for the second live show of The Voice. See the stars and their co-ordinating colours now!
Lately, it seems the stars have been feeling nostalgic when it comes to their hair. Naya Rivera, Katharine McPhee and Ke$ha have all been seen sporting 1930s-era finger-waved looks. This style works well on long hair, especially when it's swept over the shoulders for added drama. In order to recreate this vintage style at home, try using medium-sized hot rollers. Then, once the curls are set, gently comb through the hair with a paddle brush to bring out bombshell volume. You can also take a note from Ke$ha and accentuate this Old Hollywood hair with an accessory like a glamorous Grecian headband or an on-trend vampy lip.
Ponytails are a style staple globally but if you're struggling to think of ways to make yours look, well, more interesting and not so gym-chic, you're in luck because Fashion Week just served up six new twists on the classic style. From a simple, two-second trick that'll add an instant glam factor to dual-textured and two-toned styles to equestrian-esque takes on the look, you can be as adventurous or low-key as you like when it comes to refreshing an ol' classic. Take a look.
With punk references cited as inspiration at several shows including Ginger & Smart, Manning Cartell and Zimmermann, it made sense that as well as pops of colour, we were going to see a Mohawk or two. Now, traditional Mohawks may be a polarising style that’s not really suitable for the office but Fashion Week showcased some more wearable ways to take on the trend. From Zimmermann’s rag curls to Whitney Eve & We by Whitney Port’s Mohican hybrid braid, take a closer look at how the Mohawk was updated for the upcoming season.
The hands-down, standout beauty trend of the A/W 2012 shows was winged eyeliner. Be it classic, creative or colourful, liner made its mark as the look of the season. So whether you've been winging it for a while now or are new to this look, we've gathered together our top picks straight off the runway and red carpet to show you just how versatile a winged eye can be. For the season ahead, it's all about teaming a slick flick with a nude, natural-looking lip — see now.