British music sensation, Rita Ora, has been stealing the beauty show on many a red carpet over the past few months. The 22-year-old loves a bright lip and like to go just as loud with her hair, usually opting for big, blonde curls. But, at the Jingle Bell Ball in London over the weekend, the singer went in the opposite direction with a cool, wet-look 'do. We highlighted the style earlier today, proving sleek is still your go-to look for easy, Summer-ready hair. What do you think of Rita's very festive hair?
Aside from the festive season and festival action (more on that later), we've got Summer beauty on the brain. With each new season, we try to experiment with different trends and beauty products because, well, it's very fun. We asked the Sugar editors to tell us what they'll be wearing on their pretty faces, legs, lips, in their hair and on their eyes. Ready for some inspiration?
The whimsical, messy top knot was popular in Winter, but it's getting a more polished makeover for the Summer months. Sarah Hyland was spotted sporting an over-the-top bun at an event honouring Katy Perry this week and one thing is for sure, she wouldn't have been able to create this look without a little extra padding. To try an oversized top knot at home, use a donut or rolled-up hair extensions to create the shape you desire. Start with a slicked-back high ponytail. Then pin down your stuffing and cover with your hair, tucking in all the ends. You can go smooth or leave a few tendrils hanging like Sarah. This is one Summer hairstyle that rivals the star atop the Christmas tree.
Deep down, aren't we all beach babes? The best part about Christmas in Australia has to be the perfect weather — even if it does get a little on the hot side! Summer beauty essentials make the perfect present for your sister, your girlfriends and even your work colleagues. Beach beauty is all about protection, hydration and a little bit of colour... Time to get salty.
Bacne is an issue that people put up with all year, but it can seem so much worse in the Summer. Putting on a slinky string bikini when you have blemishes all over your back and shoulders can feel like someone's thrown a spotlight on you. But bacne is not something that's going to go away on its own. "You need to take on a lot of commitment with it," says Jamie Ahn, owner of Acqua Beauty Bar in NYC. To get Ahn's insight on how to prevent back acne and what to do if you find yourself speckled with unsightly bumps, just keep reading.
Olivia Munn stepped out with a coral shade blended into the apples of her cheeks for a 2013 Golden Globes Awards Season celebration over the weekend and we think her makeup looked current and ultra-feminine.
So why is coral blush so flattering? The hue works well with a wide variety of skin tones, so it transitions easily with both paler complexion and warmer tones. And the colour gives your cheeks that I-just-stepped-out-of-the-sun glow, which is the perfect warm-weather flush. Matching coral blushes to your undertones is also easy — deeper tones should reach for a heavily pigmented coral while women with lighter skin will want something a little less harsh.
The main thing to remember when picking your Summer blush is to shop for a cream formula, like Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush in Coral Reef ($26.95). It will stick better than a powder blush, plus it's more hydrating for your skin and will give you a more healthy-looking glow.
We've been told time and again that we should steer clear of powders, since they have an unflattering result. Understandably, you might be wondering how to mattify an oily complexion the right way, or how to get a matte finish without looking like you went crazy with powder. To get the experts' take on how to master the art of matte this Summer, keep reading.
Last week we reported the Therapeutic Goods Administration in Australia confirmed the news we'd been waiting for: new, SPF 50+ sunscreen standards have taken legislative effect. It's great news for us sun-loving Aussies, and finally puts us at the same standard as Europe. More than a few brands have since released their 50+ sunscreen offerings, so we thought we'd pop them into a handy gallery for you. You should ideally be wearing sunscreen under your makeup (it goes on clean skin before your moisturiser and makeup), or at the very least, your makeup should have SPF included. We prefer to do the former. So, here's to even younger looking skin...