Are you giving your makeup brushes enough love this Spring? Read: do you clean them once a week? Well, you should be. Not only does giving them a regular wash keep them intact, but it also helps to prevent breakouts. But if you don't want to run out and buy a fancy cleanser, then all you have to do is look in your kitchen or bathroom for the solution. Your bar of soap, olive oil, and dishwashing detergent will help to sanitise your brushes in less than two minutes. Watch now to find out all of your at-home cleaning options and learn a way to make your own cleaning liquid.
What you think is a major breakout could actually be diagnosed as rosacea, a skin condition that affects one in 20 Australians. If you have fair skin, experience a flushed complexion, dry eyes, and feel like you may deal with nodular acne, chances are you've got a case of rosacea. Rosacea flare-ups can happen at any given time, but are exacerbated by hot weather, strenuous workouts, red wine, and spicy foods — things we regularly partake in during the Summer. We break down what to avoid in your beauty routine, along with ways to cover it up without making it worse.
Lady Gaga gives us easy Halloween inspiration, given her makeup and hair are almost always on the bold side. Whether she's sporting a blunt bob with a painted star on her eye, a meat hairpiece, or an extravagant mask, it's easy for people to recognise Gaga with her eye-catching looks. This year, if Gaga will be your go-to, you'll want to give her watercolour paint makeup look from the "Applause" video a whirl. It's a piece of cake to apply and will take less than 10 minutes to give you a complete Gaga transformation.
Rose Byrne was picture perfect on the red carpet at the 2013 Emmy Awards, and part of that was due to her stylist, Harry Josh. Harry, in addition to taming the coifs of celebrities, has a new hair dryer that practically everyone is raving about (hello, Miranda Kerr!), so he knows a thing or two about how to give good hair. Harry walks us through, step by step, how to achieve Rose's disco waves — they were inspired by a photo of Bianca Jagger in the '70s — and made them wearable and modern for the red carpet.
The major theme of most of the hair for Spring 2014 at New York Fashion Week? Low-maintenance styling. How else could you describe the headbands, low ponytails, and just-throw-some-product-in-it wet hair that we saw coming down the runways? In today's Beauty Review, we're breaking down these three trends and telling you how to wear them.
Rachel Zoe sent her models on safari for her Spring 2014 show, and they had hair to match. Lead hairstylist Antonio Corral Calero wanted to create a style that was heavy on texture but still pretty. An oversize braid with smaller plaits woven into it fit the bill. Calero added loads of texture to make it seem like the hair was full of wind and sand, as if the girls had been hiking through the desert all day. He broke down the braid and gave us tips on how to achieve this incredible style at home. Watch the video, then check out our gallery of the full beauty look to nab some serious inspiration.
James Franco exercises his acting talent in his latest Gucci ad, a short dubbed Made to Measure. In the the one-minute film, named after the fashion house's new scent, Made to Measure ($94), Franco speeds throughout LA in a dreamlike sequence. "The story is about a man who travels who's trapped inside the bottle and he wants to get out. And once he's out, he becomes fragrant; he becomes like fantasy," director Nicolas Winding Refn explained in a behind-the-scenes video (below) of the shoot.
The spicy oriental, which is made to complement Gucci Première ($96) for women, contains notes such as bergamot, orange flower, aniseed, and French lavender at the top; nutmeg, juniper berry, plum, cinnamon, and water lily in the middle; and patchouli, leather, amber, and cistus labdanum at the base. And just like a well-dressed man in a fine suit, this highly masculine scent, much like the video short that touts it, is as sophisticated as
it is alluring.
Backstage at Marc by Marc Jacobs, we got a first-hand look at the madness! Lead hairstylist Guido (for Redken) changed the hair at the last second, creating a heavy texture with oil for a grungy feel. And although Marc did use his new lacquers on the nails, Dick Page for Shiseido masterfully applied a vibrant blue to the models' lids — and that's it. For the manicures, Marc was inspired by the lacquered look of one of his coffee tables and used that as inspiration for his own polish collection. Go backstage with us for our pre-show interview, and see all the beauty looks up close in our Marc by Marc Jacobs gallery.
Hervé Léger never skimps on sexy, and the beauty look for Spring 2014 wasn't any different. For the face, Val Garland for Sephora Pro used Marc Jacobs Omega Bronze Perfect Tan to create the perfect glow. For the hair, Laurent Philippon for Bumble and Bumble created texturised waves behind a sleek, wet look at the hairline. Watch now, and join us behind the scenes before the models took the runway. And for more on Hérve Léger's look, see our entire gallery.