New Year’s Beauty Inspiration

As 2014 fast approaches there is no better time to draw some inspiration from the best celebrity makeup looks of the last twelve months. If you’re heading to a party, hosting a party, or simply going out on the town to countdown to midnight on December 31st, what better way than with a great makeup look?

Classic Smokey Eye

Jennifer Lawrence Frida Pinto Cara Delevigne MakeupA classic smokey eye never fails to impress. This look can be worn with a darker lip like Jennifer, Lawrence and Frida Pinto demonstrate. If you prefer a more toned down look but still want a smokey eye, Rachel Weiz minimized the eye liner on her lower lash line but went for a defined brow and berry lip.Rachel Weiz Kerry Washington Heidi Klum MakeupKerry Washington and Heidi Klum opted for a nude lip but heavily lined top and bottom lash line. Heavily lined upper and inner rims, lots of mascara and a bright inner corner are essential for this look.

A Bold Lip

The perfect way to stand out this festive season is to adopt a bold lip colour. Tread with caution when wearing this look. You don’t want to look like a clown with massive red lips! Pair a bold burgundy lip with neutral eye makeup like Miranda Kerr.Clare Danes Miranda Kerr Kerry Washington Jessica Chastain Makeup Ditching the false lashes when you’re going for a dark lip is a good idea. If you’re feeling brave, try a glittery copper eye like Clare Danes. If burgundy isn’t your colour, Kerry Washington and Jessica Chastain paired their berry lips with neutral eyes but false lashes on the outer corners of their eyes for some definition.

A Dramatic LookAmanda Seyfried Taylor Swift Jessica Alba Makeup

For a head turning look this New Year, thick heavy eye liner and dramatic false lashes are sure to grab anyone’s attention. Amanda Seyfried paired her heavy eyeliner and falsies with bronzed lids, pink shiny lips and a natural cheek colour. Taylor Swift wore a similar style but with less dramatic lashes and liner. Taylor decided on a more bronzed eye look and continued it onto the lower lash line. She also with a matte natural pink lip. Stepping away from the bronzed and copper tones, Jessica Alba worked a shimmery metallic lid, highlighted her inner corners and spread it out to the outer corner on the under eye area which photographed nicely. Jessica lined her lower waterline and topped off her look with bold false lashes and again, a pale lip colour. Jessica also went for a dewy finish with her foundation in comparison to Amanda and Taylor. This is completely optional and down to personal preference.

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If you prefer to keep your look natural or don’t wear makeup on a regular basis you don’t have to go OTT to look elegant and sophisticated. Kate Bosworth shows that a lined upper rim, lashings of mascara and a warm berry lip and cheek make natural super chic. Angelina Jolie makes minimal makeup uber-glamorous with a heavy thick line on the outer corners of her lid, gradually fading and thinning towards her inner corner. Natural false lashes on the outer corner, no bottom lash mascara and a subtle fade and blend between the bottom and top liner on the outer corner connect the two lines. Subtly lined lips with a hint of gloss, finish off the look. Sienna Miller also goes for a natural lid this time with no liner or falsies.  Coats of mascara on the top lashes and minimal coats on the bottom lashes in company with a defined brow and pale lip is the most elegant way to achieve this minimal look.Rosie Huntington Whitely Beyonce Clare Danes Makeup

However, you can still do a natural and make it interesting. Rosie Huntington Whitely used black kohl liner on her top and inner waterline with a tiny, subtle wing at the outer corners. Beyoncé also wore this look but added some darker shadows on her lids. Her highlighted cheeks and arched brows set off the look. Clare Danes wears a natural red lip with a hint of glitter on her eyelids with mascara on her top lashes only.

Have a look at my previous post The Best of YouTube Makeup to recreate these looks at home.

I’d love to know your favourite beauty party looks and of course, which look you’re planning on wearing during 2014.

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Best Dressed November 2013

November showcased some great winter red carpet looks to ease us into the upcoming award season. Film premieres and TV photocalls displayed shorter, fun looks to banish the winter blues. Chic street style should hopefully provide us with some much need winter fashion inspiration for the cold days of December.

Red Carpet Glam

Emily Rossum Naomi Campbell Emma Roberts

Emily Rossum looked festive on the Saban Community Clinics 37th Annual Benefit Gala in a black bejewelled Naeem Khan two piece. Naomi Campbell maintained her Supermodel rep in a white, custom made Roberto Cavalli dress at the GQ Awards in Sydney, Australia on November 19th. Actress Emma Roberts looked lovely in a short black subtle print dress with sheer embellished long sleeves to the H&M Isabel Marant launch.

Nina Dobrev Kiernan Shipka Elizabeth Banks

Promoting The Hunger Games Catching Fire, Elizabeth Banks brightened up the redcarpet in a printed Alexander Mc Queen. While Nina Dobrev , wearing Naheem Khan and Kiernan Shipka, in Preen, followed suit in fun, young, colourful ensembles.

Olivia Palermo Karl Lagerfeld Jessica Chastain IMAN Evan Rachel Wood

Jessica Chastain and her date Karl Lagerfeld looked edgy in black, silver and white combos. Legendary model IMAN (who is 58, by the way!!) wore a tight black and sheer dress to the ACE Awards in NYC. Olivia Palermo also in black and attending  the ACE Awards, looked her usual stylish self in a 1920’s inspired flapper dress with gold shoes and an interesting rounded clutch. At The LACMA Awards, Evan Rachel Wood wore a black studded Gucci floor length dress to honour director extraordinaire, Martin Scorsese.

 Taylor Swift

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Miss Swift has had quite the month with 5 show stopping outfits. On November 3rd  at the BBC Radio1 Teen Awards, Taylor wore an emerald green dress with gold embellishments and shoes to match. A few days later at the CMAs she stunned in a gorgeous Ellie Sabb Coture gown with a sophisticated and on trend updo. Continuing with the theme of embellishments Taylor donned a bejewelled Victoria Secrets number at the Victoria Secrets Fashion Show. At the Weinstein and Co Hollywood party she kept it dark and sultry in a maroon Herve Leroux number. And finally, on November 26th to party with Prince William and Bon Jovi, Taylor wore an embellished sculpted gown to Kensington Palace.

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Street Stylin’

Gisele, Charlize Theron, Rosie Huntington-Whitley and Eva Longoria wore similar black ensembles with oversized handbags and sun glasses on the streets of New York and LA.

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Clare Danes turned heads with her new red hair and matching red Giambattista Valli outfit outside the David Letterman Show in NYC. Khloe Kardashian looked chic in a military green three-quarter length coat with light denim jeans and oversized bag at the Kardashian Kollection launch in London. David Beckham looked his usual stylish self at JFK Airport on November 4th and Nicole Roberts also kept it stylish at the airport in a camel coat and black ankle length trousers.  Street Style 2

Blue Babes

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Li Bingbing looked super glamorous in an off-blue-slivery coloured sheer Ellie Sabb couture dress at the 50th Golden Horse Awards. Kate Beckinsale looked absolutely stunning at the LACMA Art and Film Gala in LA on November 3rd in this blue embellished floor length dress. My personal favourite of the month! Model Miranda Kerr, who never puts a fashionable foot wrong in my eyes,  wore a baby blue and white combo to the Jaguar F-Type launch.

Let me know who was your best dressed!