The smoky eye is one of the festive season's most coveted eye shadow looks, but applying all that black shadow can get pretty ugly if you don't know what you're doing. For those of us (ahem . . . like me) who aren't so skilled with smoky eye application, Topshop has gifted us its Smoky Eye Kit (£22). The kit contains the brand's uber-luxe kohl liner, a full-sized tube of its 3D Curve Mascara, and a palette with four shadow shades. While I love the liner and the mascara, my favourite has to be palette, mostly because it does the work for you. Along with your typical black shadow, Topshop's Tuxedo palette houses burgundy, purple, and cream shades, making it easy to create a bunch of different looks. This may be the only kit you need to get you through party season. And as if that weren't enough, the entire kit comes tucked inside a fluorescent envelope clutch. Christmas has come early!
We've all been under the influence — under the influence of a stinky fragrance, that is. Perhaps you've been spritzed at the perfume counter by an overly eager salesperson and now you're just as eager to eliminate the offending scent before a headache ensues. Or maybe you had one spray too many of your signature scent. Whatever the case, get a few tips on how to quickly remove fragrance when you read more.
British beauties stepped out in London tonight for the British Fashion Awards, and while the gowns were worth gawking at, we couldn't keep our eyes off the stunning beauty looks, too. From Poppy Delevingne's teased hair and flirty lashes to Kate Moss's sexy blowout and glossy pout, see all the style stars' beauty looks up close.
At the red carpet premiere of The Class of '92 in London on Sunday, Victoria Beckham was in full support of her husband David Beckham. And, coincidentally, we were in full support of her sexy gunmetal smoky eye. Victoria is usually one for neutral yet striking makeup looks, so we were more than excited to see her sporting this bold look. The timing couldn't be more perfect, either. Victoria's gunmetal shadow is perfect for the holidays, especially for ladies who aren't so keen on full-on sparkles. She finished the look off with some brushed-up brows and a pale, nude lip. Feeling inspired? Shop some similar shades below!
Palettes are like the buffet of the beauty world: a one-stop shop for everything to make yourself gorgeous. From the beautiful packaging to the coordinated colours, showstopping palettes always top our list of covetable gifts. Any beauty lover would flip out when she flips open one of these goodies, so click through for some giftspiration . . . even if it's for yourself.
—Additional reporting by Gemma Cartwright
Even though the Hunger Games trilogy is known for its action sequences, there's one aspect of the films that always piques our interest: the hair. From Katniss's french plait to everything Effie Trinket wears on her head, the hairstyles that have come out of these movies are nothing short of amazing. We chatted with Linda Flowers, lead hair designer, department head, head colourist, and wig designer (phew!) of The Hunger Games about what goes into the eccentric locks of the movie.
POPSUGAR: Katniss is known for her plaits. How did you come up with the different styles for her looks in the Capitol versus when she's in the arena or in District 12?
Linda Flowers: In the film, you notice when she first arrives at the Capitol, Katniss has a coloured braid across her forehead. Her braids always connect her to her family, her roots. She always maintains some version of the braids as to not lose who she is. The braids are symbolic. For instance, when she arrives at the Capitol she has a HUGE braid. It’s a sign of revolt.
PS: What about Prim's hair?
LF: Prim always has braids too — little bows out of hair. They are similar to Katniss's braids, only slightly different. This shows continuity and unity between she and her sister.
PS: What was your inspiration for Johanna's hair?
LF: Johanna is a wild card. Her hair had to be very street, very choppy with colour. Not a perfect haircut. I wanted it to look as though she did it herself. Because she is a darling of the Capitol, her hair is her way of rebelling — it's not a glamorous hairstyle. This pays tribute to her personality. She is very raw and an amazing fighter. Johanna is the opposite of what the Capitol represents.
PS: Effie Trinket has incredible costumes. What was it like creating her many hairstyles?
LF: So fun! Effie is one of my favourite roles in the whole movie. She is the fashionista, and she embodies everything the Capitol represents. Effie is always accessorised immaculately. I created looks that were over the top. She wore these crazy Alexander McQueen costumes, and her hair had to stand up to them, complement them. A simple style would have been lost.
PS: Who are some of the other characters you had the most fun creating looks for?
LF: Caesar Flickerman and his different wigs. In the book he has a purple wig. So I created a two-toned lavender/purple wig. He's always fun to do. Also his sidekick, Claudius Templesmith, was also interesting. He wore a very feminine, cool wig. The two together are interesting, colourful people — both very extreme.
PS: What's it like bringing the Capitol style to life?
LF: It's challenging and fun. I'm allowed to use my imagination — this is not a time period piece where I have pictures to reference. Everything had to come from my imagination. It was very scary to see if my ideas would be accepted and very exciting when they were.
PS: What are some of the challenges of working on the many looks for the Catching Fire cast?
LF: Time. We have to do so much in such a short amount of time. For instance, I had three weeks to do 300 wigs! Of course, I have a lot of help — amazing hair artists, platinum stylists. I have a great team. We work together to get the most out of the time we have.
While we're worried about damage to our hair year round, your hair needs extra attention in the Winter, because the cold, dry air zaps your hair of any moisture. With this being the season of the sleek blowdries and static hair, we chatted with Jenny Balding, a Cutler/Redken styling and grooming expert, on how to keep your hair healthy and protected — even with your hot tools in the on position. Don't let your hair dryer or flat iron dehydrate your already parched locks, follow these tips to keep your hair looking top-notch right through to March.
POPSUGAR: What is the worse-case scenario with heat damage?
Jenny Balding: The worst-case scenario is that you hair will weaken so much from heat damage that it will break off. Gently does it with heated appliances, and always use a product to protect your hair from hair damage.
PS: We know hair needs added protection with heat styling, but how can you protect finer hair without making it look greasy?
JB: With fine-textured hair, it is really important to still protect your hair by using conditioner after you shampoo, but to avoid it feeling heavy or oily at the roots, keep the conditioner to ends only.
PS: Is there anything you can do to rectify heat damage once it have it?
JB: It's best to get the worst cut off, and then get regular trims. Use a deep nourishing mask once a week to try [to] repair any leftover damage.
PS: What ingredients should we be looking for in heat protectants to minimise the damage?
JB: Silicone is the main ingredient to look for, as it will smooth and protect your hair from burning.
PS: How can we actually get rid of static midday?
JB: To really get rid of static, use a small amount of light moisturising product, like a finishing cream, and rub into your palms and lightly smooth over your hair. This will work for all textures of hair and will work instantly.
PS: And what if it's my brush that's giving it to me? Any tips?
JB: Try using a natural boar-bristle brush, as this will prevent static as opposed to nylon bristles.
PS: Any other hair care tips we should know for battling cold temperatures and hairstyling?
JB: A gloss spray is a brilliant way to amp up dull, dry-looking locks in the Winter. Redken Shine Flash (£13) is perfect.
When you're in need of a gift in a pinch, this peppermint sugar scrub is so easy to make. Peppermint-flavoured candy canes go hand in hand with Christmas, so it makes total sense to use a few for a decadent sugar scrub. The big plus is that no one will know that each jar's contents cost pennies to make. Upcycle a glass container, and you've got a savvy, chic, and fabulous holiday gift that everyone will love.
Broken lipstick, unruly brows, runaway glitter makeup . . . we've all dealt with headache-inducing beauty issues at some point. But we have a few simple tricks up our sleeve, so you can avoid yet another beauty mishap. We're breaking down three beauty hacks to know and commit to memory.
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