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How to… do a smoky eye with a twist

15 August 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Smoky Eye

Image sources: fashionising.com.

I know this sounds like some sort of new cocktail in one of those bars where the wank factor is turned up to 11, BUT this is actually an eye makeup tutorial! Which woman doesn’t want that classic “I’m going to go out looking incredible and sort of dangerous in a sexy Bond villain way and come home after a big night with shoes in hand” look? These eyes can also be applied for classier evenings where you don’t choose to argue with your cab driver about politics if you so wish – but the fantastic thing about this makeup is that if it wanders a little (from, say, the eye watering strain of belting Mr. Big’s classic anthem “To Be With You” at an impromptu karaoke session), nobody will ever know.

So, the look we’re going for (pictured above) is from the runway for a designer called Francesco Sconamiglio (don’t worry, I don’t know who he is either). It’s basically a winged smoky eye with a touch of glitter. As you can see, the shape of the makeup varies greatly depending on your eye – all of those models were parading in the same show but different aspects are played up depending on the shape of their lid and their bone structure.

Smoky Eye

Image sources: 1. Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes, $59, from Myer; 2. Benefit Bad Gal waterproof eyeliner, $39, from Myer; 3. BYS glitter crème, $4.95 each, from Gloss.

If you’ve never managed to get the hang of a smoky eye, Benefit’s Big Beautiful Eyes kit is basically the best starter’s kit you could ever hope for. It has everything you need – brushes included- AND it comes with illustrated step-by-step instructions. It’ll work for our smoky eye, too. You’ll also need a black kohl pencil (or something with a bit of smudge) and fabulous glitter.

  1. Leave your under-eye concealer for last, but do apply a little foundation on your lids first –it helps the makeup to stick. Curl your lashes.
  2. Draw the eyeliner across the top lash in an extended wing shape (following out past the end of the eye) and fill in between your lashes. Run it along the bottom outer corner of each eye, blending in toward the inner eye.
  3. Take the lightest colour on your palette and brush it over the entirety of each eyelid. Take the middle brown and use it to shadow over the back end of each lid leaving a light spot on the middle to inner eye. With the mid brown, trace up and into the crease of your eye. Use this to create the base “wing” shape.
  4. Take the darkest colour and run it into the crease of your eye, darkening your wing shape as big and dark as you want it to go. To keep your eyes looking big, you want the heaviest of the dark shadow to be in the end corner of each eye, and then feathering out to the “wing” – which traces up toward the brow and to the under eye to blend with your eyeliner.
  5. Apply your glitter to the light sections, and remove any excess with a bit of sticky tape.
  6. Brush away excess eye shadow from under your eye, and apply your under-eye concealer and mascara.
  7. Celebrate with a drink.

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Tags: Fashion, Myer, Trends

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Stocked up on stockings

25 July 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Vogue fritts

Image source: Raymond Meier, US Vogue.

If you’re anything like me (and I'm assuming most Perth people are) there is just no point in a wardrobe full of winter clothes. Aside from about one cold month out of the year, every other day is above 25 degrees and your summer wardrobe is always going to take precedence. So this basically means that every winter outfit is made up of something from summer + stockings + coat + boots = ready for public consumption and icy winds. That’s fine though - it’s great to get the miles out of your summer buys, plus you can get away with not shaving your legs. But, my washing has started to look like a crowd of very thin Greek widowers. Black stockings seem to be the staple winter fashion accessory and it's beginning to feel like every day I’m forcing my legs to mourn even when they might not have anything to be sad about. And while I’d never suggest you stop living your life stocking clad, I’m going to suggest you look into patterned stockings: because for about $20, your outfit has been given some lift – and at least that party on your leg will not look like a wake.

Working girl

Working girl

Image sources: Voodoo ‘Empire’ 70 denier, $12.95, from Myer; Spot tight, $39.95, from Witchery; Voodoo Metro Rib tights, $19.95, from Myer.

Pop on these bad boys if you work in a corporate environment and are interested in keeping your soul alive – there’s a little bit of punch without crossing the line.

Cute as a button

Cute as a button

Image sources: Ditsy floral tight, $7.95, from Sportsgirl; Miss Shop heart print full length tights, $14.95, from Myer; Miss Shop leopard tights, $19.95, from Myer.

If florals, ukeleles and fixed gear bikes with puppies in the front basket are your speed, you’ve probably already got a closet full of stockings like this already. Here are some more to add to your army of whimsy.

Ooh la la

Ooh la la

Image sources: Basque flower seam pantihose, $15.95, from Myer; Leona Edmiston Elegant stay ups, $22.95, from Myer; Jonathan Ashton back seam fishnet tights, $19.95, from Myer.

Got a hot date lined up, or a night on the town? Be quite cold but incredibly sexy in this classic hosiery, a splash of lipstick and a pair of slowly batting eyelashes.

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Tags: Fashion, Myer, Sportsgirl

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School’s Out

11 July 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

School is out

Image source: Radical tween-age Olsen twins from lintothegloss.com.

According to my high school teacher roommate and to the scores of small people roaming the streets supping on blended juices, rolling around loudly on skateboards and discussing the musical importance of someone called Timomatic, it is school holidays. And as your children have been freed from their educational prisons for the next few weeks (dammit) and perhaps they have outgrown all of their stuff from last winter and are starting to shiver from the cold, I thought we might focus on clothing the hardest possible demographic there is to clothe: your tween-aged daughter. Yes, because when you’re about 10 to 13, not only are you filled with self awareness and forced to start considering who you ARE but have no independence or experience to explore it, not only are you wedged between feeling pretty old but being treated like you have been for the past 10 years, plus the beginnings of a crippling self doubt that will follow them well into teenager-dom - not only all of this, but you have to wear clothes, maybe even wear clothes who express who you are, without looking like a toddler or someone who has just discovered the nightclub scene and it’s just. Not. Easy.

And it isn’t, I’m sorry. Retailers are getting much better at accommodating the tween market but your kid’s head still might explode trying to find something she likes while maybe admitting that she likes herself in it. My top tips for shopping for your tween? If they have siblings that enjoy teasing (and let’s face it, what siblings don’t), try and shop without them (or keep them heavily distracted with an addictive hand-held gaming console). You don’t need a voice of dissent to complicate things. Pinpoint the shops you’re going to look in before you leave the house. Your tween probably does not have the shopping stamina you do. Try not to get distracted looking at shiny things for yourself until after you’ve found something for her – it’s demoralising when it seems so easy for you to find things that you like. Also, it drags out proceedings. And lastly, try primarily for separates: as her legs shoot out from underneath her or she suddenly acquires shoulders, you’re more likely to get the wear from the half that hasn’t grown as much. It’s also easier to get a good fit – you can accommodate long torsos and short legs or vice versa.

To help you along the way, I’ve pulled a couple of looks for your tween:

Cutesy


School is out

Image sources: Assymetric top with print, $9.99, from Pumpkin Patch; Knit bomber jacket, $20, from Pumpkin Patch; Tilii chambray denim skirt, $29.95, from Myer.

Cool


School is out

Image sources: Baseball jacket, $20, from Pumpkin Patch; Lost Girls gold mine top, $34.95, from Myer; New York jeans, $20, from Pumpkin Patch.

Girly


School is out

Image sources: Knit blazer, $20, from Pumpkin Patch; Bardot junior striped jewelled tee, $44.95, from Myer; Floral print skirt, $19.99, from Pumpkin Patch.

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Tags: Fashion, Myer, Pumpkin patch

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Strawberry kisses

04 July 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Strawberry kisses

Image sources: Zac Posen, Oscar de la Renta and Marc Jacobs from luckymag.com, glamourmagazine.co.uk and theluxuryspot.com.

Fear not: this trend has little to do with the musical stylings of Nikki Webster (or the anything stylings of Nikki Webster. Did you see her wedding pictures? Each to their own and all that, but I don’t think we’ll be looking to the girl who matches her dress to her wedding cake for the hottest in fashion quite yet).

Anyway, the actual fashion scribes have spoken, and seeing as everyone from Zac Posen to Marc Jacobs through to the wonderful Oscar De La Renta sent smouldering red lips down the runway, it’s a fair call to assume that we’ll be making awkward kissy faces in the mirror for a fair while yet. So, how to work it? Firstly, you’ll notice that all of those runway girls have minimal makeup: keep your skin dewy and your eye makeup to a minimum (especially for the day) – red lips are loud, and if you start going to town with eye shadow when the sun is out, you’ll end up at the office looking like a refugee from Perth’s (ahem) unceasing nightlife. Secondly, you’re going to want to pick up a tone that suits your skin tone. The best way to figure this one out is to visit a friendly makeup artist at one of the counters in Myer, but here’s a great slideshow from totalbeauty.com that will help steer you in the right direction.

The key to this look is in the perfect application: don’t bother with a bold lip if you’re not going to back it up with lip liner. First, apply a little plain balm to stop the cracking, then line your lips generously, blending the edges towards the middle of your lips. Apply the lipstick. Blot. Then, apply a fine coating of translucent powder, and apply again. Most of the runway looks are pretty glossy – something you can easily achieve with a clear gloss, or in a pinch, your basic lip balm. And voila, you are ready to give someone a pout full of strawberry kisses that they can subsequently miss.

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Tags: Fashion, Trends

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