VIDEO: Style Showdown, episode 1

The best and worst dressed celebs on the red carpet–according to us.

In our debut episode, we introduce you to our expert panel of Jill Dunn, Ingrie Williams & Laura Carinci along with Vanessa Taylor as the host. We’re discussing the wardrobe highs and lows at the Iron Man 3 premiere on Gwyneth Paltrow and in Paris on Salma Hayek in Saint Laurent.

Video & Editing by: Jason Janarious

Golden Globes 2013: The Braided Bunch

The boho-braid doesn’t necessarily seem like a natural fit for the red carpet, but we love the casual laissez-faire feel of these updo’s–especially next to couture gowns.

Golden Globes Braids

Lucy Liu

The side swept fish tail

While we’re still undecided with regards to the tapestry-floral frock, this side fish tail braid is a definite winner. We especially like the slightly undone detail with a few frizzy bits to soften the look.

Here’s how to get the look:

video: http://thebeautydepartment.com/

Jennifer Lawrence

The textured chignon

Guaranteed to be a hit with bridesmaids this summer, Lawrence’s messy chignon is achieved by combining loosely braided sections and medium-size curls to give mega texture (instead of teased height) to this tousled bun.

Here’s how to get a simplified version of this ‘do:

Golden Globe Braided Bun

Courtesy of cupcakesandcashmere.com

We tried it: OPI Pure Lacquer Nail Apps

Nail Art for those of us with no patience…

If spending hours creating tiny stripes or polka dots on your nails is not an option (or seems way too labour intensive!)–you need to try these peel and stick wonders. No drying time and yes, they are actually nail polish (rather than a plastic sticker).

Here’s our quick tutorial:

Step by Step OPI

Remove with regular polish remover.

OPI Pure Lacquer Nail Apps in Girly Glam, $15. Available at OPI.com

For the full fashion shoot, visit TheKit.ca

VIDEO: Swimwear for your bodytype

Swimwear for your body type

Bodytype: Pear

You have a fuller bottom half in relation to a more petite top half. You could be described as someone with a little ‘junk in your trunk’. What to look for: Balance out this silhouette with details along the neckline like halter, deep v or one-shoulder styles. Keep the attention away from your fuller lower half with bottoms that are solid colours. Old Navy Bikini Top Crochet Zig-Zag Bikinis, $23; Mix & Match Bikini Bottoms, $18. Old Navy Bodytype: Apple You have a larger midsection and tend to carry your weight up top. You typically have more narrow hips and thighs. What to look for: Keep the focus up top with detailed necklines that have hardware or embellishment. Use bold prints like florals, stripes and chevrons to camouflage a heavier midsection. Old Navy BIKINI Mix & Match Ruffle Tankini Tops, $23; Polka Dot Bottom, $23.  Old Navy Bodytype: Athletic You have a straight shape with narrow hips and thighs and tend to have minimal definition around the waist. You have great arms and shoulders and a small to medium size bust. What to look for: Give the illusion of a fuller hip and defined waist with embellishment—look for ruffles, buttons and side ties that will add shape to a straight figure Boyshort bottoms are also a sporty option that give the appearance of a little extra on the backside. old navy bikini Printed Ruffle-Bandeau Bikini Sets, $23.  Old Navy Bodytype: Hourglass You have a full chest and hips with a small defined waist. Your curves give you a classically feminine shape. What to look for: Play up your best feature—your waist. Go with styles that emphasize your smallest part like stripes or prints that cinch in at the waist. Avoid side ties or detailing on your bottoms that tend to widen the silhouette, instead opt for a higher cut brief in your favourite colour. old navy stripe swimsuit Yellow stripe swimsuit, $35.  Old Navy

The Fix: finding the right red lipstick

Want a few extra compliments next time you go out? A bold red pout is a guaranteed winner. But how do you choose the right shade? Rimmel London spokesperson and P1M make-up artist, Vanessa Jarman gives us a few pointers.

Lasting Finish Lipstick in Kate Moss #01 Red

Here’s your red lipstick shopping cheat sheet:

Fair (Blue Undertone): If you are fair skinned with a blue undertone, choose a red that is cool. Blue-reds will work to enhance and brighten your complexion. Try: Lasting Finish Lipstick in Temptation

Fair (Yellow Undertone): Pick reds with an orange base. These tones will compliment the natural warmth in your skin. Try: Lasting Finish Lipstick in Alarm

Medium: A medium skin tone usually holds a yellow undertone. It’s a safe bet to choose a warm red. But when choosing a red, also be aware of your teeth. If you feel your teeth are slightly stained, try a cool based red to cancel out the yellow, and brighten up your smile.  Try: Lasting Finish Lipstick in Kate Moss #01 Red (what the model is wearing!)

Dark (Cool red/purple Undertone): You also want to choose a red with a cool/blue undertone Try: Lasting Finish Lipstick in Bordeaux

Dark (Warm yellow/orange Undertone): Choose a red with a warm/orange undertone. Try: Lasting Finish Lipstick in Red Hot

Kate Moss lipstick

The Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick Collection (Moss hand picked these 12 must-have shades), $7. RimmelLondon.com

Love the look: The Perfect Red Pout

Our celeb inspiration

from left: Adele, Zoe Saldana & Rooney Mara

celeb best lipstick

Our don’t-over-do-it-rules

If you’re not a huge make-up person (ie. a full face à la Katy Perry), keep the rest of your beauty look simple—skip the colourful shadows or uber-sparkly blushes.

Another suggestion? Go with barely done hair. Clean and brushed (of course!) but not primped.

Want to know how to find the right shade for your skin tone? Click here.

Arch Support Needed: Defining Thin Brows

 

best brows

I’m brow challenged. I never went to town on them when I was in high school—they have always be very light (I’ve described them as “see-through”) and sparse. Needless to say, I like a brow product.

brown marker

This precise, long-wearing pen (that looks like a marker) lets you fill in the hairs to create an arch. Once applied, I still like to brush through the hairs with a brow brush to ensure the product is blended.

Here are the results. Subtle but still a big difference.

filling in brows

GOSH Long Lasting Brow Pen in Venetian Brown, $15.  shoppersdrugmart.ca  Available in 4 shades of Dark Brown, Venetian Brown, Mahogany and Wheat.

Special Delivery: GLOSSYBOX

Sample obsessed? Those miniature fragrances, creams, lipsticks and polishes can arrive at your doorstep monthly–courtesy of GLOSSYBOX. For a monthly fee of $15.00, you’ll receive a 5-item luxury box (containing a mix of newly launched and favourite brands). By creating your online beauty profile, the samples are then tailored to your personal likes and dislikes.

So what exactly arrived in our first box?

GLOSSYBOX PRODUCT

1) Prevage Night anti-aging restorative cream

2) Essie nail lacquer in Neo Whimsical

3) Elizabeth Grant Moisturizing Stick

4) Oscar de la Renta Live in Love body lotion

5) AHAVA Deadsea Water Mineral Hand Cream

Bonus: Beauty So Clean Cosmetic Sanitizer Mist

For more info and to sign up, visit glossybox.ca

Oscars 2012: The Peplum

Michelle Wiliams and Tina Fey give the classic fit n’ flare gown an on-the-moment update with a peplum detail on their gown.  The result? The emphasis stays on their curves and creates a stunning hourglass shape.

1. Michelle Williams in  Louis Vuitton

2. Tina Fey in Carolina Herrera

Oscars 2012: Gold & Black gowns

The Oscar no-show? Bright colours. Hollywood opted for shades of black, white, cream and nude for the big night. Our favourite? Intricate gold embellishment that added lavish detailing to even the most basic of silhouettes.

Oscars 2012 Black & gold

  1. Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen
  2. Sandra Bullock in Marchesa
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