It strips away bad oils like sebum along with essential fatty acids that form a barrier against germs and irritants. Look for alcohol-free toner and use blotting papers to absorb any midday shine. More Tips >
Sure, you could just fling a scarf around your neck and dart out the door, but why not spend a few extra seconds fashioning the fabric into one of these stylish looks?
Buckaroo Knot: For boardroom cool, this is one of your best bets when paired with a crisp collared shirt. Centre the scarf on the front of your neck so that the ends are hanging over your back. Crisscross the ends to wrap them around so that they meet back in the front centre. Tie a simple knot and let the ends hang loosely.
Square Off: Start with a large square scarf and fold over to form a triangle. With the middle point of the triangle facing down, rest the scarf across your chest, tie the two ends around your neck and secure with a simple knot. Arrange the scarf slightly off-centre and pair it with chandelier earrings for a boho-chic look.
Sweeping Belt: To complement a pair of solid-coloured trousers or a pencil skirt, tie your scarf around your waist through the belt loops and complete the knot off-centre so that the two ends fall loosely to the centre of one thigh. This works best with a lighter-weight scarf.
Do the Twist: To add texture to a solid-coloured lightweight scarf, twist it to create a loose rope. Loop the rope around your neck and tie a simple knot on one side. Try some stylish, bright gloves to balance this style.Go Wide: Adopt a European look with an extra-wide scarf (at least 1 foot wide). Begin by centring the scarf around the back of your neck with the ends hanging loosely over the front of your shoulders. Grab the ends and crisscross loosely across your chest, letting the folds hang down to mid-chest level. Tuck the ends into the fabric folds just behind your neck - and voila!
Like tie-dye and shearling, fringes are on high rotation in the fashion stakes. They come, they go and they come again, bringing with them an entirely new generation of fringe dwellers -- all of which understand that when it comes to fringes, you need straight, smooth hair and a little time on your side.
Clearly I’m not talking cowboy-inspired tassel fringing here. Oh, no. I’m talking bold, blunt hair fringes that cover your forehead and make you look 574 times cooler with minimal effort. Unless you have frizzy hair, in which case I suggest distancing yourself from the fringe faster than you can say “too hard.” Trust me, I’ve been there.
Specifically speaking, there are three fringe styles making the rounds right now. The bold, blunt fringe worn by Liv Tyler, Nicole Richie, Rose Byrne and Kimbra; the side-swept fringe seen on Heidi Klum and Olivia Wilde; and the baby bang, which translates to a super-short, blunt fringe now becoming popular thanks to Yves Saint Laurent’s Spring 2012 ad campaigns.
No matter what your style of choice is, remember three things before making the commitment:
1. Speak to your stylist about which style will best suit your face shape and hair type.
2. Always show your stylist pictures of the look you want.
3. Keep a set of bobby pins on hand for those days when you just can’t be bothered to style, straighten and smooth your fresh, new look. Oh, and you may as well hold onto those trimming scissors for a little longer too.
These days, it seems like the word “balm” is slapped onto the packaging of every beauty product on the shelves, from BB Creams (Beauty Balms) to the ever-handy Everything Balm (a multitasking salve suitable for dry skin, chapped lips and even nappy rash). The latest contender: the Cleansing Balm.
While it’s not necessarily new to cosmetics counters, the cleansing balm is making a comeback for its gentle approach to makeup removal and skin cleansing. "Cleansing Balms are formulas that do not require water to emulsify on contact with the skin," explains Clinique Australia's National Education Manager Melissa Elvin-Jensen. “It's often the convenience or even the texture that make it a preferred option for clients -- particularly drier skin types.”
Most cleansing balms work by dissolving sebum, dirt and oil on the skin's surface, but unlike other cleansing products that can easily strip the skin of its natural oils, cleansing balms keep this crucial balance in check. “Cleansing balms usually contain ingredients that cut through dirt, makeup or oil easily and can be removed with either a tissue or water," says Elvin-Jensen. “As they're heavier in nature than most makeup removers or cleaners, they tend to be more appealing to drier skin types.”
Ready to try them? Just apply to dry skin, massage and gently remove with warm water or a muslin cloth for best results.
Whether you stayed up partying at the new bar across the street or had left a project undone until the night before its deadline, a late night is bound to happen. And while you may not feel so fresh the next day, you can certainly fake it!
Oddly enough, a fake fresh face in the morning starts the night before. If you can still stand when you walk through the door at 2 a.m., then take the time to wash and clean your face. Don’t forget to moisturise too! Also, drink a tall glass of water to hydrate yourself. Bonus points if you can drink two glasses.
In the morning, you’ll only need five products to fake a healthy, well-rested face: eye-brightening concealer, tinted moisturiser, blush, tinted lip balm and mascara. You may think you need more, but trust me, heavy makeup will only weigh your face down, making you look more tired.
Start by sweeping some concealer underneath the eyes and in the inner corners to combat dark circles. Use a light feathery stroke and blend well. Then apply some tinted moisturiser -- this will even out your skin, but also hydrate it. Add colour back into your skin by dusting a pale pink or bright peach blush to the cheekbones. The trick here is to apply it high on the cheeks, and to sweep it upward toward the temples. This lifts the face instead of dragging it down.
Forget applying liner or eye shadow, which will only accentuate any dark circles. Instead, open up the eyes by curling the lashes and layering on mascara for volume and length. This will make you look wide-eyed and an awake. Finish your look by slicking on a bit of tinted lip balm or a moisturising lip gloss.This is a quick and easy routine to help you look polished and put together after only a few hours of sleep. So go ahead and stay out until last call … no one will be the wiser!