Friday, 9 December 2016

The Kardashians' best beauty and hair looks for Christmas

Copy the Kardashians' best beauty and hair looks for Christmas - with tips from their stylists

Take make-up and hair inspiration from the famous family for one of the most glamorous months of the year

Who's look will you copy this festive season?

Kim's slicked-back bun

Contour like Kim 

Jen says: "This look is super-glam, and you can play around with different partings if you don’t want it completely scraped back. I added some Beauty Works tape extensions to Kim’s hair, because they lie nice and flat and it gives the bun more thickness. When you’ve pinned the bun into shape, use a toothbrush and an oil spray to smooth any flyaways into place."
Match the make-up: Kim is known for her contouring, and it pairs well with this
off-the-face hairstyle. "Use a firm contour brush and apply the product into the hairline, under the jaw and down the nose," says Mario. "Suck your cheeks in when you’re contouring your cheekbones, and blend the product upwards as you’re doing it."

Khloe's high pony

Make your cheekbones pop like Khloe 
Jen says: "I used a curling tong to add some texture to Khloe’s hair, taking big sections at a time. You want movement, not curls, so only wrap them around it for a couple of seconds. Tie it all up into a really high pony, then finish by wrapping a piece of your hair around the hairband to hide it. If you don’t have much time, then add an accessory, like a cuff, over the band."
Match the make-up: When you have all your hair pulled off your face, then you really want your cheekbones to pop – and you can do this with a highlighter. "Make
sure you apply a little product, then build it up. And if you have older skin, then use one with a cream formula, so it doesn’t intensify any lines," says Mario.

Kylie's smooth waves

Pare your make-up down like Kylie 
Jen says: "I created this style using straighteners. Pull the hair downwards, spiralling it around the iron, then break up the wave by using your fingers. For a “California girl” look, stop about an inch short of the ends."
Match the make-up: If you’ve used up all your prep time on curling your hair, then go back to the basics with your make-up. Sometimes simple is the best, even at a party – so let your natural beauty shine through (with just a few quick tweaks!). "A nice base is the most important," says Mario. "When you’ve done that, add lots of mascara, a groomed brow, then pretty, flushed cheeks."
Kendall's messy bun
Kendall at New York Fashion Week 

Makeup trends for Fall/Winter 2016-2017

The glitter eye

Upgrading your beauty look with sequins, a feature at the biggest shows, marking a big return to the beauty lexicon. Elegant party girls go for subtle monochrome

The fluorescent make-up

1980s style took over the catwalk with electric makeup. From a touch to a tint, models rocked neon colors on eyes and lips for an ultra-fresh result that remained strong and feminine

The smoky eye

The smoky eye is a beauty perennial that was revisited this Fashion Week. Whether it was a cat eye, airy or intergalactic shimmer, the smoky has infinite possibilities for the catwalk.

The dark lip

Giving immediate character to the face, dark lipstick was a Fall/Winter favorite spotted at the biggest shows at Fashion Week. Black or plum, matte or glossy, the models’ killer pouts were paired with dark pigments to create sassy style with just a touch of insolence.
Spotted at: Rodarte, Christian Dior

The Twiggy lashes

Achieve doll-like lashes à la Twiggy, with the XXL makeover seen at Carven or Nina Ricci. For maximum impact, apply to both lower and upper lashes.
Spotted at: CarvenChristian Dior

The silver touch

Whether a touch of eye-shadow in the corner of the eye or a flick of metallic liner, a flash of futuristic silver is a surefire way to raise your beauty game

The glossy detail

Another failsafe model look favored by make-up artists this season was the glossy lip. We're talking ultra wet-look lacquered lips, paired with shimmering eye-shadow to catch the light.

The blue eye-shadow

Reach for electric blue and make like the models on the runway at Fashion Week with a strong hue for a bold eye and cool blue gaze, ready to take on the coldest of winters.
Spotted at: Olympia Le-Tan, Jill Stuart,

Christmas Makeup Ideas to Copy This Season That Enhance Your Semi Permanent Makeup

Your makeup is just as important as your outfit, gifts, and the Christmas dinner on the big day itself, so get it right the first time. We’ve brought you plenty of inspiration with these Christmas makeup ideas to copy this season!
Pull up a chair, get your makeup bag ready, and perch yourself in front of a mirror. It’s time for us to start playing around in your makeup box! Add a splash of gloss, glitter and click your heels and say 'there's no place like Christmas'!

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To achieve this brilliant eye makeup look, you’ll need to start with a primer – this is important to make sure your eye makeup doesn’t move at all. Glitter has a habit of getting everywhere, so make sure you apply / hold a piece of tissue underneath the eye so you can mop up any spills. You could also consider putting translucent powder down, and then brushing it all away, with the excess glitter, when you’re all done.
Eyes: Makeup Geek eyeshadows in Frappe (crease and lower lash line) and In the Spotlight (inner corner), ABH eyeshadow in Hot Chocolate (crease), ABH Self-Made Palette; shade Selfmade (lid), and MAC Gold Glitter.


Green is a very brave old shade to wear in makeup, but it’s totally achievable once you know how to rock it properly. You need to know the right green shade to wear for both your skin tone and hair colour, and you also need to know how to apply it properly so that it packs the maximum impact.
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You should start with your eyes when going for a bold shade like these dark green eyes – leave the foundation and everything else until you’ve finished. The brows and eyes are going to be the most eye-catching part of this look, so start with them and then mute the rest of your makeup regime down to match / highlight the green shades, not clash with them.
Link for the tutorial – Metallic Green Smokey Eye
Eyes: Makeup Geek eyeshadows – Bake Sale, Cabin Fever and Epic.


And if you’re not bold or brave enough to go for a solid green eyelid, how about green eyeliner? We love the way it’s been teamed with the gold pop here, bringing the two festive shades together. If it’s Christmas makeup ideas to copy this season you’re on the hunt for, you could do a lot worse than this.
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Here’s a great tip if you don’t have a green eyeliner to hand, and let’s face it, who does? You can use a regular eyeshadow as eyeliner with a small lid filled with water, and your regular green eyeshadow. Dip the brush in the water, brush the excess moisture off, and then dip in the green eyeshadow, applying and building up as you would with regular eyeliner. You may find that you need a couple of layers to get that green pigment through, but you can achieve exactly the same look as a liquid eyeliner.
Eyes: Too Faced Christmas Tree, NYX Ultra Pearl Mania, MAC Heirloom Mix, and Amrezy Palette LBD & Morocco.


It’s hard work wearing big eye makeup and big lips at the same time, but this gold and dark red combo shows you how to do it the right way.
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The eyes, although packed with shimmer and shine, are quite muted, leaving the big red lips to do the job they were intended to do. That tiny hint of white / pale shimmer on the inside corner of your eyes really help to open them up to, and it works with the gold eyelid shade!
Link for the tutorial – Gold Eyes & Dark Lips


The cut crease is such a hard look to achieve at home, especially if you’ve never practiced it before. The one tip we would definitely give to you is practice, practice, practice!
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Work on the cut crease first, and then clean it up afterwards if necessary. Trying to achieve the nude eyelid, and then adding the darker or brighter cut crease later, is much harder to achieve.
Eyes: ABH Master Palette by Mario, StarCrushed Minerals eyeshadow in Ice Queen (inner corner), EuniqueBeauty Glitter.
Lips: Jeffree Star Cosmetics liquid lipstick in Unicorn Blood.


If you don’t want to go for a traditional black smokey eye, how about a brown one instead? With the right shades blended together, the look is just as popping, but it’s much easier to wear than the harsh black and dark grey tones that you’d normally find.

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You can use the brown hues from your highlighter and contour palette if you don’t have the right tools for the job. We’ve managed to recreate an entire brown smokey eye look just with that one contour palette alone and a big fluffy blending brush.
Mini tutorial for the look – Brown Smokey Eye
Products used: Lime Crime Venus Palette, Vivienne Sabo gel liner, NYX Eyebrow Clear Gel, and Makeup Forever glitter (#11).


To get the right nude lips, you should first start by making sure you have good condition lips. Use a lip exfoliator first, and you could even use a homemade sugar scrub with a soft toothbrush to brush those dead skin cells away first.
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Then apply your balm, and give it plenty of time to soak in while you do the rest of your makeup regime, and then at the end, use a lip liner first to “overline” them slightly – this is what gives them that fuller appearance. Once you’ve added your nude lip shade, and then the gloss (if you want it) over the top, dab a touch of highlighter to the centre of your bottom lip to make it light-reflecting and appear bigger.
Eyes: ABH Master Palette by Mario,  Touch In Sol Metallist Liquid Foil & Glitter Eye Shadow Duo Eldora (lid).
Lips: MAC Stripdown lip pencil, Peach Stock lipstick and Oyster Girl lip gloss.


If you want to wear darker shades of lipstick, and wear them well, you should keep your darker shades for the evening, or big events. Wearing a really rich plum look to the office during the day might be a bit much, unless you keep the rest of your makeup relatively nude and subtle.
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If you don’t know what shade of dark lipstick to wear for your light-eyes, a burgundy with a hint of pink about it would be just right, and darker eyes can opt for something with a brown tone.
Eyes: ABH Master Palette by Mario, and ABH eyeshadow in Noir, NYX glitter in Gold Dust.
Lips: Lip Fanatic matte liquid lipstick in Special


How about a classically festive look? Gold eyes, plenty of liquid eyeliner, and a pop of red matte lips to finish it all off. It’s so classic, and so very glamorous too, so you can understand why it makes to the list of Christmas makeup ideas to copy this season!
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If you struggle to keep your hands steady when applying eyelashes, which are clearly essential for this wowing look, keep your elbows on a flat surface and look down into your mirror. This can help to stop the shaking that often happens when you’re trying to concentrate on getting them just-so, and stability is always important for a vital part of the makeup look such as this one.
Eyes: ABH single eyeshadows in Orange Soda, Sienna, Noir and Amber.
Lips: Beauty Bakerie Makeup in Cranberry Stiletto Lip Whip.


How do you feel about a dark purple / plum shade on the lips? It can be quite daunting to wear a really deep or rich shade, especially if this is your first time, but one thing that can definitely help is a chat with your local drug store or makeup supplier.
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The people who are selling you makeup often know more than you think they do, so why not ask their opinion on which shade of deep, rich lipstick you should buy? Alternatively, do some research to see what works with your skin tone and hair colour, and try to match it from there. Not all shades will suit everybody, and it’s just a case of working out which one is the most likely to be flattering for you.
Eyes: Makeup Geek eyeshadows in Cocoa Bear and Bitten (transition colors), Motives Cosmetics eyeshadows in Illusion, Antique Gold (inner corner and eyelid), and Tiramisu (outer corner), Violet Voss Glitter Goldie (mobile eyelid).
Lips: ABH lip gloss in Black Cherry.


If you really struggle to get your eyeliner on point, stop stressing out about it. The more you stress, the higher the chances you’ll screw it up, and that’ll just stress you out even more.

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Work from the flick inwards – create the flick, and then use the natural sweeping motion of your hand to carry the flick on right over the eyelid, and to the inner corner. There are lots of tutorials on Youtube with lots of different ways to get your eyeliner right, and we’d suggest taking a peek. Just because you can’t get along with one method, doesn’t mean you won’t ever find one that works for you.
Eyes: Too Faced The Power of Makeup Palette by Nikkie Tutorials, Violet Voss glitter in Don’t Leaf Me.
Lips: ABH liquid lipstick in Vamp.
We hope that you’ve found plenty of Christmas makeup ideas to copy this season, but remember to play around – you might just come up with a beautiful makeup combo that no one else has! It’s always good to be a little trendsetter! 

Easy Winter and Christmas Nail Ideas to Get you in The Festive Mood

Let’s face it, at Christmas there are so many things to do so your manicure is often bumped right to the last of the list, if it even gets done at all. Here are some easy winter and Christmas nail ideas that you can totally recreate at home. And that leaves you with plenty more time to cook turkey, shop for gifts, and find that perfect Christmas day outfit!

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It just wouldn’t be the party season without a little sparkle, and with these nails, you’ve got just the right amount of sparkle. We especially love the way a half n’ half nail has been created.

On the Autumn Winter catwalks for 2016, short plum nails were a big hit. Not only were they short, they were rounded too, which many of us would find easier to work with on a daily basis.
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If that sounds a little too dull and not very Christmas-like for your liking, add a touch of glitter, just like you can see here. It’s just a little addition, but one that makes the world of difference. And you’ll see be in trend!
Products used: Insta-Dri in Wined Up and China Glaze in Twinkle Lights.

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You could opt for an ombre-effect across your nails, which we think is a great idea. The thumb could be dark blue, for example, moving to the pinkie finger, each nail getting lighter in shade, until you get to white.
Add your snowflakes and you’re basically good to go. Now all you need to do is hope for a white Christmas!
Products used: Isadora Velvet Matte Nails in Moody Blue and Marble.

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You can’t get much more Christmassy than the story of Santa and his reindeer helpers, and that’s why we fell a little bit in love with these easy Christmas designs.
Products used: Revlon in Bare Bones, Catrice in Get Boho in SoHo , DA in Famous, and Lucia Couture in Honeybee.

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Just make sure you leave the polish to dry before taking away that tape, otherwise you’ll run the risk of smudging. Who has time to do these beauties twice before Christmas? We’ve got gifts to buy!
Products used: Il √©tait un Vernis in Live Love Laugh and Pinot Noir.

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It’s still a Christmassy look, especially with that pretty pink Christmas tree, but it’s not too Christmassy. Perfect for those who don’t really dig the red, green, and gold theme.

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We’re obsessed with the red glitter look in these easy winter and Christmas nail ideas, and the best way to achieve this look is to start with a solid bright red base, and then add a couple of layers of large red glitter.
Products used: OPI in Alpine Snow, China Glaze in The Heat is on, Seche Nails in Seche Vite, and Red holo glitter from Michaels.

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You could also add a base coat stripe of colour, and then add a glitter shade over the top if you wanted a contrasting look. There are so many ways you could customise these snazzy nail designs to make them perfect for you and your look.

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They might not be the most practical nails (especially if you’ve got kids), but they certainly look good. It is a special occasion after all!

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A more bronze-gold shade of glitter has been used here, and we’re desperately in love with these snazzy nail designs.
We just keep thinking about the glasses of champagne that those nails would go hand in hand with!

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White is such a cool colour, and any shade that you place over the top of it will automatically pop when applied to that white backdrop. If you wanted to recreate these for your NY celebrations, simply use tape to mask the main bulk of the nail, leaving just the tip free, and then paint just that section in the contrasting glitter shade.

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Apply some of your polish to the triangular makeup sponge and then dab on the nail. You can always remove bits that have gone too far down.

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Another great look for both long nails and short nails alike, they’re easy and simple, and you can do these ones yourself at home. You’ll save a fortune from the regular nail salon trips!
We hope that gives you some inspiration ladies. Don't forget to book your semi permanent eyebrows, eyeliner, lip liner and facials too with Annette in Harley Street on 020 7224 0012 and visit our website too!