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Half-moon manicure DIY

Half-moon hands: the trend of the moment

Want to make a statement with your manicure? Then request this season’s hottest trend next time you visit the nail bar – the half-moon manicure. Otherwise known as the moonicure or the reverse french, this quirky take on the regular manicure has been around for decades, but has recently come to the fore after a handful of stars have been papped showcasing such nail art (most notably Dita Von Teese, who can’t seem to get enough of the design).

Boasting both vintage style and classic elegance, when created with a combination of on-trend colours, the half-moon manicure can be brought bang up to date.

The simple design need not even be left to the professionals; you can perfect it from the comfort of your very home, DIY-stylee. All you need is two opaque colours (black and white is very on-trend, as Rihanna demonstrates) and a pack of french nail tip stickers or if you’re on a strict budget, ring binder hole reinforcements.

1. Paint your nails in one colour (preferably the lighter colour of the two as this will be easier to paint over in the later stage) and wait for it to dry fully (an hour should be plenty)

2. Apply the nail tip stickers about 2/3 of the way down each nail i.e. where the cuticle is

3. Paint above the sticker in the other colour, wait for it to dry and carefully remove the sticker – voila!

Telltale tip: For extra style points, alternate each colour so your cuticles go (for example) white-black-white-black-white

For clarity, follow this video below:


Guest post: Three knock-out night time looks

Make-up that makes the grade

Making the make-up transition from day to night can stymie even the most ardent of make-up lovers. Everything from fear of overdoing the drama, to anxiousness about washing out, can freeze up creativity and leave you relying on old primping standbys. But why settle for passable, when you can achieve perfection? Check out these three no-fail evening looks, which draw upon your outfit for the evening to create a comprehensive look that will leave you looking top-notch, no worries involved.


Elegance is the pinnacle of sophistication


Does an evening out scream knitwear? Are you drawn to a classically-lined pant suit or skirt suit? If so, your ideal evening look may well be one of focused elegance. For hair, go smooth yet carefully tousled for a look of contained smolder—think slightly-mussed librarian as a sexy starting point. Elegant eyes are kept muted or neutral, with little-to-no liner, but framed with extravagant lashes. Lips should be played up to the max, with a powerful deep color that says it like it is—deep purples, burgundies, or bronzes are ideal.









If you’re playing it cool, sporting jeans and a flirty top, or casual pants and extraordinary accessories, you’re a firm member of the

A rainbow eye smacks of fun and frivolity

‘fun and flirty’ camp. The accent here should be on your skin—a dewy and fresh look that’s ready to party, and a tinted moisturiser or bronzer to add a fun-loving glow. Keep your eyes simple with liner and mascara, but put a pout on with a bright color (pink or red works well) that showcases your smile. Hair should be free and flowing with luxurious, bouncing curls, or a simple, straightened look pinned-back with a whimsical accessory.




Be daring with brights that push the boundaries


Trina Turk (well-known with make-up aficionados as the designer behind a number of popular Clinique gift-with-purchase bags) is one of the major designers reviving the cocktail dress by transporting it back to its funky heyday of the 1960’s and 1970’s. With vintage power-florals, the look of gold lame’ or the boho cred of faux granny-squares, a funky look calls for makeup schemes with saturated colors, broad eyeliners, and no-holds-barred colour. For eyes, go strong. Be sure to use a good base on the lid (anything from Vaseline to a professional base will work), so that your shadow colors will both ‘pop’ and stay on all night long. Eye make-up can be anything from 80’s punk to 60’s Twiggy—whatever adds oomph and works with your eye color and shape. Keep the lips clear or glossy to add a touch of ingénue to the outrageous. Hair can be pinned up and the ends spiked for a retro-rockstar look, or kept down with a strong part viz-a-vie Woodstock.

However you play it, however you dress it, evening is a chance to take a risk. It all starts with who you are, blended with a bit of who you want to be, then accented with a bit of glamour and style. Don’t be afraid of trying a new look; just capture the spirit of evening fun—dive in and see what happens!

Written by Jesse Love


Guest post: Summer Skincare

Glow like Rihanna with these skincare tips

The elements of Summer can take their toll on our skin. Things like heat, chlorine and humidity can damage your skin during the Summer months, and even though it may not seem like it, the season is almost upon us. So in order to prepare your skin for the hot weather ahead and keep it looking healthy and feeling smooth, here are some tips on taking care of your skin this Summer.

Be sure to use SPF every day – Even when it’s raining or cloudy. You should always apply SPF 15 minutes before you leave your home and every two hours after that. You should also reapply it after you’ve gone swimming because the water will wash off the sunscreen. The fairer your skin, the higher the factor your sunscreen should be to prevent burning.

Use moisturiser every day – Instead of the thick, intense moisturiser that you use during the Winter, get a lighter one so that your skin can breathe and not feel suffocated. If your moisturiser has SPF in it, it’s a good idea to find out how much, but if you’re moisturiser contains less than 15% sunscreen, you should apply some SPF underneath in order to minimise sun damage.

Exfoliate – Use a exfoliator and scrub solution weekly to remove the dead skin cells from your face and body and keep your skin looking radiant. Be sure not to overdo it because freshly exfoliated skin is more sensitive; once a week is plenty during the Summer.

Drink lots of water – On a regular day, you should drink eight glasses of water, but in the Summer try to drink more so that your entire body maintains hydration and feels energized.

Consult your dermatologist – Check with your dermatologist before you continue using acne products, as when mixed with sweat the active ingredients in them can cause the skin to become irritated.

These easy-to-follow tips should help you get through the Summer season by maintaining the natural beauty of your skin. Have a fun summer!

Radiant Summer skin is but a few steps away

Written by Aleya Bamdad of the Manhattan Beauty School, Hair Design Institute


A Permed Return

Rihanna updates the perm for 2011

Gone are the days when the thought of a perm evoked visions of old ladies overindulged with rollers and blue rinse finishes, or the frizzy dos of the 80’s teen complemented by a neon shell suit.

Marc Jacobs’ spring/summer collection 2011 saw models sporting big and bouncy hair with a modern day twist.  This year will see the comeback of the perm like it has never come back before. Girls, ditch the GHD’s because perms are the way forward this season.

The Digital Perm - the revolution in perming technique

Today, there are a range of perm styles at your disposal, ensuring your curls are more Rihanna than Shirley Temple. Tighter corkscrew curls can be achieved with thinner rods, while sultry spirals can be created with larger and wider roller sizes. A consultation with your hairdresser can only put your hair worries to rest before taking the plunge. Just remember to hold your nose when it comes to administering the perming solution!

Alternatively, the Japanese-inspired Digital Perm is designed to create the loose and tousled look of celebs the world over. The difference to a traditional perm is that heat is applied as the metal rods ‘set’ the curl – the temperature is regulated using a machine. If you find a hairdresser that offers this service then kudos to you, but beware of the pricetag; the digi perm can set you back as much as £150!

However, if you don’t want your perm to be too permanent, use Babyliss’ Conical Wand or new-age hair rollers, Curlformers, for a bonce that is bang up to date.

Giving your style the 80's treatment will not a fashionista make


Ombre hair: the dip-dye effect


Lighter tips will brighten your hair in time for Summer



Ombre hair made a statement last season, with stars such as Alexa Chung and Drew Barrymore showcasing the ‘grown out roots’ look.

A few months on and the trend is still going strong – Elle Macpherson was recently papped whilst out with her (also suspiciously dip-dyed) son, sporting brown/blonde tresses. So for those of you who have decided to grow out a peroxide ‘do, then this hair fashion looks set to work in your favour as we ascend from Spring to Summer!

Perfect for the summer months, dip-dyed hair oozes that boho vibe of effortless chic. Forget block colour that looks too ‘done’, ombre hair is where it’s at with offerings of sunkissed hair without having to venture to warmer climes.

Dependant on your skin tone and natural hair colour, two-toned locks can be tailored to just about anyone; blonder ends a la Lauren Conrad can be pulled off with a tan, whilst the more demure and darker tones of Rachel Bilson will suit paler complexions.

Whilst this is a risky DIY job, it can be done. Style blogger LLYMLRS, tried just that and her results were nothing far from A-list status. However, if you want to spare yourself the worry of a potentially disastrous dye job, then book an appointment at your hairdressers, where stylists will be able to offer you a free consultation in order to discuss your requirements and assess your dip-dye needs.

Have you gone ombre? Paint The Town Scarlet would love to hear from you!


DIY face-mask guide

Instead of venturing to your local beauty store to stock up on indulgent facial treats, why not make a DIY face-mask from the comfort of your own home and say hello to a flawless face before your big night out?
Here are three of the best natural face-masks, all tailored to a different skin-type and concocted from the contents of your cupboard!
1. Egg white and yoghurt mask (1 egg, 1 tblspn natural yoghurt)

This face-mask is particularly good for those who suffer from acne or frequent breakouts, as it tightens pores and smooths out skin.
Separate the whites of an egg from the yolk and place it in a bowl.
Add one tablespoon of yoghurt and mix the two ingredients together with a spoon.
Apply to face, relax for three minutes, then wash off with warm water and pat face dry with a towel.
2. Honey and egg yolk mask (1 egg, 1 tblspn honey, Olive Oil)

This face-mask is good for dry skin-types, as its rich ingredients serve to moisturise and re-hydrate.
Separate the yolk of an egg from the white and place it in a bowl.
Add one teaspoon of honey and a few drops of Olive Oil.
Mix together and apply to face. Leave mask on for an hour, then rinse off with warm water and pat dry with a towel.
3. Apple and milk mask (1 apple, milk)

This face-mask is beneficial for oily skin-types, helping to keep excess facial oils at bay.
Peel the apple, grate it, add a little milk and whisk with a fork to make a paste.
Apply it to the face and wash off with warm water after 10-15 minutes.

Smashbox hosts Burlesque make-up range

Burlesque make-up range for Smashbox

Show me how you burlesque with Smashbox’s ode to this season’s smash hit film. Smashbox has collaborated with Cher and Christina to bring you a make-up range with which you can recreate some of the staple looks from the blockbuster, Burlesque.

Smoulder like the best of them with a seductive pout of a Burlesque performer. You can create a showstopping deep-red pucker courtesy of the double ended lip wand in Sparkling Raspberry, which offers both a rich colour and finishing gloss.

Replicate the flawless finish of Christina’s perfect palour. Smashbox’s loose shimmer powder in Shimmery Pink Beige offers a translucent sheen to your skin that reflects light particles and works alongside your natural pigment, allowing your own glow to emanate through.

Use the black liquid eyeliner pen to draw on a feline ‘flick’ or line the top lid for extra definition. Remember, the larger your lids the thicker the line you can  frame your eyes with – by allowing only a glimpse of your eyeshadow base colour, you can make your eye make-up more interesting. Use the Shadow Quad in Risque for a selection of highly-pigmented colours to complement your overall look. And what’s more, you can keep all the products in a handy Burlesque-inspired beauty trunk.

Smashbox offer you a product-by-product guide of how to achieve a look worthy of big screen status.


All the products are limited edition, so hurry to counters quick before all stocks get snapped up!

Got any reviews of the Smashbox Burlesque range? Paint The Town Scarlet wants to hear from you!

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