– make-up, hair and nail trends to try at home

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While the clas­sic smoky eye isn’t ex­actly a new trend, it does come with a sul­try twist this sea­son – ex­tra smudgy sooti­ness on the lower lash line. But is it wear­able dur­ing the day? Ac­cord­ing to Smash­box lead pro artist Sam Hart, the an­swer is yes. “You can make a smoky eye more wear­able for day­time by keep­ing the wa­ter­line nude rather than wear­ing black,” she says. “This re­ally helps your eyes ap­pear big­ger and also keeps the fo­cus on the shadow.” Hart rec­om­mends draw­ing black liner along the wa­ter­line for added drama in the evening. “Tightly lin­ing the up­per and lower lash lines also adds in­ten­sity and the ap­pear­ance of thicker lashes,” she says. As for mak­ing your shadow stay put, Hart’s pro tip is to ap­ply a primer first. “A lid primer keeps ev­ery­thing in place and pre­vents shadow from creas­ing,” she says. If you want to go a step fur­ther, Hart rec­om­mends ad­ding a few in­di­vid­ual fake lashes.

TIP: To stop your mas­cara smudg­ing through­out the day, pat a light dust­ing of face pow­der di­rectly un­der the lower lash line, rec­om­mends Hart.


Keep nails sim­ple this sea­son with shades that are wear­able and ver­sa­tile. “Clas­sic nude shades are trend­ing at the mo­ment as well as glam­orous deep plum hues at the other end of the spec­trum,” says Essie prod­uct man­ager Vai Fon­ro­ques. When it comes to ap­pli­ca­tion, use both a base coat and a top coat to en­sure your pol­ish lasts as long as pos­si­ble. “When you’re ap­ply­ing the top coat, sweep the brush along and un­der the tip of your nail so it seals the colour,” she sug­gests.

TIP: Solid colours work well on shorter nails. Squo­val – a straight top with round edges – is an el­e­gant shape that is also easy to main­tain, says Fon­ro­ques.

1. MAC Stu­dio Nail Lac­quer in Vin­tage Vamp, $26. 2. OPI Nail Pol­ish in Malaga Wine, $20. 3. Essie Nail Pol­ish in Spin the Bot­tle, $23. 4. Rim­mel Lon­don Su­per Gel Nail Pol­ish by Kate in #015 Boho-Li­cious, $13. 5. Revlon Nail Enamel in 165 Ro­man­tique, $17.


When it comes to hair this sea­son, Moroc­canoil global am­bas­sador An­to­nio Cor­ral Calero is a fan of soft styles that ex­ude fem­i­nin­ity. When he de­signed the hair looks for the Cush­nie et Ochs run­way show at New York Fash­ion Week this year, that’s ex­actly what he wanted to por­tray. He says mas­ter­ing this style is all down to prep and ad­ding vol­ume. “On damp hair, ap­ply a dime-size [10c coin] amount of hair oil and a heat pro­tec­tor spray from root to tip to cre­ate the per­fect styling foun­da­tion,” he says. “Add a quar­ter-size [$2 coin] amount of thick­en­ing lo­tion or mousse for full­ness and vol­ume.” Next, sep­a­rate hair into two-inch sec­tions and blow-dry smooth. Then, us­ing a 4cm curl­ing iron, cre­ate a slight bend in the front sec­tions only. “Fin­ish by mist­ing the en­tire head with a medium-hold hair­spray for a smooth, sleek and lu­mi­nous fin­ish,” he says.

TIP: Use the high­est point of your eye­brow as a guide to where the line of your part­ing should fall, sug­gests Calero.

Vic­to­ria Beck­ham


1. X Estée Lauder Eye Ink in Black Myrrh, $90. 2. Photo Fin­ish Lid Primer, $50. 3. Ardell Brow Build­ing Fiber Gel in Medium Brown, $22. 4. YSL Full Me­tal Eye­shadow in Grey Splash, $57. 5. Estée Lauder Brow Multi-Tasker in Blonde, $68. 6. Smash­box Al­ways Sharp Water­proof Kohl Liner in Bare, $46. 7. Tom Ford Ex­treme Mas­cara in Raven, $80.

1. Joico Body Luxe Root Lift Vo­lu­mis­ing Foam, $32. 2. Moroc­canoil Lu­mi­nous Hair­spray Medium, $45. 3. Moroc­canoil Heat Styling Pro­tec­tion, $64.

4. ghd Curve Soft Curl Tong, $270.

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