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Top Couturier Launches Casual Range At Fashion Festival Return

Leading couturier Paul Hunt will launch his first casual and lifestyle range at this year’s 10th anniversary Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane at the John Reid Pavilion, Brisbane Showgrounds, from August 23-28.

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Paul, 44, who splits his time between Brisbane and Paris, is renowned for his exquisite bridal gowns, finished by hand and created using the finest materials, intricate embroidery and embellishments. His breathtaking, luxurious Parisian-esque evening wear also makes him one of Brisbane’s, if not Australia’s, most prestigious, talented and in-demand couturiers.

Now, after one-year festival break, Paul’s fresh back from Paris to showcase his bold, new direction in a triumphant return at this year’s milestone Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane.

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“It’s really exciting to be back to showcase this new casual and lifestyle collection,” Paul says. “It’s a more accessible component – there are casual sets of clothing together, yet it’s still limited-edition. And there are no dresses at this stage, so it’s a complete turnaround from what I’ve done in the past – a complete new approach.

“It’s a different price point, but it was also created to give people a bit more of the Paul Hunt brand rather than just me being associated with bridal and special occasion and evening wear.

“Of course, I still get a kick out of bridal. It’s just so good to be a part of people’s most loving day.”

Armed with “fresh eyes, a fresh mind and a fresh heart” after his Parisienne jaunt with his partner, who’s based there, Paul says he’s got a brand new lust for life – and fashion.

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“I’m also really currently loving looking at how outfits and gowns from fabrics that are ordinary can be used in different ways!” he enthuses. “And then the evening gowns I’m doing are a little more refined. Oh and there is lots of lovely fabrics from Paris and London!

“My life is all about travelling at present; I’m heading back to Paris again soon. The benefits of having a partner living there include me having the opportunity to work in both Paris and Australia so I have the best of both worlds. It’s great for me work-wise – I do a lot of sourcing for fabrics when I’m in Paris. My partner loves Australia and will be coming out for this year’s fashion festival.”

An avid fashion designer since he was 16, Paul initially thought he’d become a costume designer. Now, after turning professional for more than 20 years, he’s still as passionate as ever about his craft and absolutely adores designing his bridal and couture ranges.

“My passion changes from time-to-time. Like all things in life, it depends on what’s happening around you. Sometimes it’s a dress style that gets me motivated, but more often or not it’s the fabric. I’m a textiles man. I love a great fabric – whether it’s a beautiful silk or lace or a stunning print,” he says.

“Being in Paris has given me a rest! After 10 years in a shop-front business, working almost seven days a week for a large part, it was nice to take a breath and take a look around; to look at the world with freshness. It was great! I approach fashion with a calmer feel.

“I loved Paris for Paris. It’s just beautiful and gritty and fun. Learning more of the language was great too. Now, I look at fashion with a different eye. French is different to Anglo-Saxon culture; there is a refined feel to the everyday Parisian. Yes, it’s the capital of fashion couture and one of the leaders of world style, but the everyday Parisians don’t walk around in couture gowns, yet they do have a refined look. I think I’ve taken some of that with me. A lot of the new collection was worked on in Paris this spring (their spring) so that has had a huge influence.”

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Paul’s other major muse is his new jewellery collaboration with fellow Brisbane-based costume jewellery designer Chelsea de Luca. “Look out on the runway for that and there will be limited-edition jewellery on sale too,” he says. “One of my closest friends whom I’ve known since I was a child, who has a keen interest for sparkly things, also gave me an old jewellery piece of hers. I’m currently using that as inspiration along with my collaboration with Chelsea.”

And Paul’s greatest personal indulgence in the busy lead-up to the fashion festival? For him now, it’s the simple joys. “Just the smile stuff,” he says, “Being on the sofa, next to the other half, with a scotch and soda, then a pizza. Oh and a chocolate is a must!”

This year’s 10th anniversary Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane will showcase the best spring/summer collections by big names such as Nicola Finetti, Jayson Brunsdon, Alex Perry, sass & bide and Easton Pearson. In addition, cult celebrity favourite Aje will make its Queensland catwalk debut in the Myer Spring/Summer 16 Fashion Show also starring The Face of Myer Jennifer Hawkins in her festival debut.

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Paul, who’s long been an avid supporter of the festival, makes his long-awaited return alongside some of these biggest names in Queensland and Australian fashion in the Group Show 2, says Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival director Lindsay Bennett.

“Paul Hunt has been a fabulous addition to the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival, participating every year bar one. He’s made a name for himself as a Brisbane fashion favourite, with his couture and ready-to-wear collections always creating an amazing show,” Lindsay says.

“We never know quite what to expect from Paul each year except that we’re guaranteed a beautiful collection and plenty of ‘wow’ moments. He certainly knows what women dream of wearing and I think everyone waits with equal excitement for the ‘show-stopper’ that always closes his runway! We’re really proud to have him in the fashion festival again this year.”

For full details and tickets, visit www.mbff.com.au.

Images via theurbanlist.com, theblondesilhouette.com.au

Nina Dobrev’s No-Fuss Top Knot Tutorial

Keep your hair frizz-free this summer in one of the easiest hairstyles to master, the top knot. Actress Nina Dobrev was recently spotted rocking a top knot on the red carpet, and we were so inspired to try a tutorial of our own!

The is the ultimate summer hairstyle which is so flattering on all hair types, and takes just 5 minutes to complete.

RELATED: How To Get The Perfect Top Knot

Instructions

1. To keep your hair from falling out of the bun, using a volumising mousse while it’s still damp. It will also make the rest of the bun look quick and full!

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Apply to damp hair (avoiding the scalp), and leave to dry naturally or use a hair drier on a cool setting so it doesn’t harm the hair follicle.

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2. Pull your hair into a high ponytail, then secure tightly with a hair elastic. You might need to use 2 if your hair is super-thick and textured.

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3. Take small sections from the ponytail, and use a flat iron to give them some extra shape. This is ideal for creating extra volume for thin hair!

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VS Sassoon Str8 Up Straightener, $44.89

4. Once you’re done with the flat iron, comb out your curls then twist your hair around in a bun. To create the illusion of extra hair, take small sections and pin them under the elastic.

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5. Keep everything together using a medium-strength hair spray. Tease out any additional parts of your bun to make your hair look thick and healthy!

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Get The Look: The Festival Edit

With festival season fast approaching, it’s time to plan those stylish outfits for the street-style photographers. This season we’re loving denim shorts, ankle boots and flowy garments that are super light and easy to throw on.

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Need a little inspiration? SHESAID has teamed up with THE ICONIC to bring you some seriously lust-worthy outfits for the big day out.

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Get The Look: Rachel McAdams’ 90s-Inspired Bob

Give your hair a style re-fresh this summer by chopping off those dead ends into a fashionable bob.

Since just about everybody is obsessed with replicating the nineties, we have compiled an easy hair tutorial using Rachel McAdam’s bob as inspiration. It only takes about 5 minutes, and is oh-so-effortless!

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Instructions

Get The Look: Rachel McAdams' 90s Inspired Bob

1. Stay with second-day hair for extra texture (and those natural oils), but if you can’t help it, shampoo your hair with a volumising formula. Really work it into your roots, then rinse with cool water.

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2. If hair is on the thin side, let it dry naturally and apply a light mist to the roots. It will give your hair an extra lift without making it feel crunchy.

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3. Section off your hair, then use a pair of flat irons to keep it looking super-sleek. Part your hair on an angle for the illusion of extra lift and texture.

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4. To keep hair in place all day, use our cult-favourite mist which won’t make your hair feel dry and lifeless. Dry shampoo also works to create instant texture.

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Get The Look: What To Pack For A Winter Weekend Getaway

All set for a winter weekend getaway with nothing to pack in your overnight bag? We have teamed up with THE ICONIC to bring you some of the hottest winter clothes, shoes and accessories which are perfect for a weekend away.

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Purchases over $50 are express shipped, so they’ll be on your doorstep just in time for the weekend!

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Get The Look: Nicole Richie’s Pink Pixie Hair Style

Give yourself a temporary makeover by colouring your hair with a wash-out, just like Nicole Richie. This fabulous hair trend is easy to achieve at home – it’s just like colouring your hair, and there are so many colours to choose from! So, for a simple way to achieve pink locks like the reality TV star, check out the following steps.

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Instructions

1. Most temporary hair colours will require you to wash your hair with shampoo before hand – this will give the colour a vibrant shine and allow it to last longer on your hair. However, if your hair is already naturally light, you can skip this step.

2. Apply the colour from root to tip, or simply highlight your ends for a dip-dye or balayage look. Feel free to use a brush to help you apply the colour onto your hair.

Celebrity hairstyles: Nicole Richie's Pink Pixie Hair Style

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3. Leave the colour to develop for 30-40 minutes, then wash-off with lukewarm water. If the colour is looking a bit too bright, use a violet shampoo to neutralise any harsh tones.

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4. Apply a serum to your ends, then leave it to air dry or style as usual.

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Recreate Olivia Wilde’s Slicked Back Ponytail

Are you ever out of hairstyle options during the middle of the week? Try this easy slicked-back ponytail, inspired by actress Olivia Wilde at the Finding Neverland film premiere in New York City.

RELATED: 3 Cute Ponytail Hairstyles For Long Hair

To help you create this look, we have named some of our favourite products and tips in the easy tutorial below. Enjoy!

Instructions

1. A hairstyle like this actually works well on 1-2 day-old hair, since the oil will actually make it last longer. However, if your hair has been freshly washed, apply a mousse to the roots for a little extra texture and body.

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2. Once hair is completely dry, use a thick brush to hide any bumps or knots, then secure into a high ponytail. If your hair is on the thicker side, you may want to use another elastic over the top, just to keep it in place.

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3. If you do find any bumps throughout the top of the ponytail, carefully comb them backwards and apply a little hairspray over the top. This will keep them looking flat and discreet.

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4. For the ends of your hair, use a shining serum to draw attention to the ponytail. Apply a few pumps in the palm of your hand and apply throughout the entire ponytail.

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Get The Look: Mad About Faux Fur

We’re embracing the drop in temperature this week, since it gives us all a great excuse to layer-up and keep warm.

RELATED: How To Wear White in Summer

Faux fur is a great way to keep the cold away, especially if you’re heading out for dinner and drinks during the evening. If you feel like you’re missing out, not to worry! We have teamed up with THE ICONIC to bring you some seriously cool faux fur threads for winter.

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Get The Look: Anna Sophia Robb’s Modern Chignon

Mastering a classic slicked-back hairstyle is number one on our list this season, especially since it requires so little maintenance. Actress Anna Sophia Robb was spotted at the Broadway premiere of Gigi sporting a modern chignon which we just had to try out. Follow our easy guide below to achieve this look yourself at home.

RELATED: 5 Hair Colour Trends To Try Right Now

Instructions

1. If your hair has just been freshly washed, use a lightweight cream so you don’t suffer from any flyaways. This particular formula adds a hint of shine, and is perfect if you’re getting photographed. Concentrate the product into the ends of your hair, then blow-dry backwards.

Get The Look - Anna Sophia Robb's Modern Chignon

Bumble and Bumble Brilliantine, $32

2. Comb backwards and secure the hair into a bun at the nape of your neck. If your hair is particularly thin, section it off, take small pieces of hair and wrap them over each other. This gives the illusion of added volume without the use of extensions. Once hair is done, set it in place with some hair spray.

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3. Let out those shorter layers at the front of your face and curl with a tong for added volume.

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Get The Look: Sweater Weather

Since we’re already into the month of April, the weather is dropping and it gives us an excuse to reach for the humble sweater.

Rather than wearing it with the same old jeans and sneakers combination, why not use our outfits below as inspiration for some cosy new looks. Happy shopping from SHESAID and our friends over at THE ICONIC!

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Top 10 New Green Beauty Products To Love

Like your beauty au naturel? There’s no mistaking the dangers everyday chemicals pose to us in everything from our food to top-shelf beauty products. I’m loving these fabulous, new “green” luxury and anti-aging face, hair and body products which both promise and deliver much, without all the nasties. What’s more, we can all do with some extra TLC in autumn/winter! Shop to it, beauties.

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1. Mermaid Perfume Hair Shine Spray, $38:
 Ever wanted to make like Ariel, the iconic heroine from The Little Mermaid? Here’s your chance: Mermaid Perfume is said to be the new “it” global product. This beauty consists of heavenly orange blossom flowers and coconut oil. What’s more, it enhances hair shine, softness, elasticity, lustre and tames flyaways. Mysterious, romantic and ethereal, its stunning scent will transport you to sunnier climbs on a paradise island… Sigh. This is guilt-free beauty too, not tested on animals.

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2. Waterlily Vitamin A Enriched Treatment Crème, $59, via: This is a super delicious smelling vitamin-intensive facial crème enriched with vibrant carrot and precious cold pressed oils. What’s more, there’s casings of anti-ageing vitamins for this ultimate repair treatment targeting the signs of ageing. This authentic Australian spa collection uses only the purest of natural botanical ingredients. Rich in aromatic essential oils, organic French clays, cold pressed plant oils, anti-ageing vitamins, healing herbs and lashings of exotic fruit, floral and marine extracts, this beauty brand is a feast for the senses.

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3. Obagi ELASTIderm Eye Gel, $99.95: Try to turn back the clock with this cooling gel, which is perfect for normal to oily skin – especially if you live in a tropical or humid climate, as I do. Its all-natural ingredients, such as antioxidants and blueberry extract, are said to tighten and smooth the delicate eye area. Obagi products are designed to minimise the appearance of premature skin ageing, skin damage, hyperpigmentation, acne marks, and sun damage. Find them at dermatologist and plastic surgeon clinics, medical spas and via other skin care professionals.

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4. Olivine Love + Salt Beach Hair and Body Mist, $25: Love + Salt is a vegan, volume-enhancing mist which will give you divine beach waves, in manner of a Californian sun goddess. Even better, you can spray it all over your body for beautifully hydrated skin thanks to “good” hydrating salts like Himalayan pink salt. And, happy days, Love + Salt is 100 per cent natural, vegan, cruelty-free and eco-friendly. It’s a love/love!

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5. Grown Alchemist Regenerating Night Cream: Neuro-Peptide & Violet Leaf Extract, $84.95: This rich facial cream is formulated with a potent blend of peptides, antioxidants, vitamins and more. Its aim? To beautifully restore skin elasticity, noticeably reducing the appearance of fine lines, and soften and smooth the skin while boosting hydration. And ladies, this hard-working product does all this while you sleep. Yay! And this brand is the business: organic, anti-aging skincare, body and hair care.

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6. 100% Pure Mint White Tea Moisturiser, $39.95, via: This super lightweight, non greasy, mattifying facial moisturiser is said to hydrate and nourish the skin without clogging pores. Even better, it’s packed full of skin-loving, nourishing, organic nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants to keep your skin healthy, hydrated, and looking youthful. Naturally, there’s no hidden nasties (pardon the pun), and it is instead loaded with goodness, and so is suitable for sensitive skin types, vegans and those avoiding gluten.

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7. Waterlily Moroccan Rose & Guava Hand Treatment, $42, via: This luxurious hand and nail crème treatment is a rich buttery blend of cocoa and shea butters finished with precious oils of evening primrose, apricot and jojoba. Laced with an exotic blend of skin brightening fruit extracts and pro vitamin B5 and E to protect and repair nails and cuticles, I adore both its heavenly feel and smell. Treasured oils of Moroccan rose with healing benzoin complete the treatment, to promote gorgeous hands and stunning nails. Hands down, it’s a dead-set winner.

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8. Tata Harper Elixir Vitae, $399, via: This supercharged, lightweight anti-aging face treatment promises to reduce wrinkles, which is lucky because, motherhood! It works by visibly smoothing the skin’s surface and filling the look of fine lines, topically delivering the visual effect of an injectable. What’s more, Tata Harper is a 100 per cent fresh, natural and cult-status beauty brand favoured by A-listers like Rachel Zoe. Sold!

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9. Grown Alchemist Age-Repair Serum: Peptide-8 & e-2 Polysaccharide, $94.95: Smooth those expression lines faster than Usain Bolt, with this potent, fast-acting anti-aging serum. Peptides 8 & 6 combine to erase the look of forehead brow creases, squinting creases surrounding the eyes and feathery lines surrounding the lips. And all bases are covered with this organic, anti-aging skincare, body and hair care brand. Sign me up!

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10. Obagi Professional-C Serum 10%, $69.95: Got dry, irritated, or sensitive skin? Help combat the signs of skin damage, via the healing power of Vitamin C,  with this gentle yet concentrated formula. A skin antioxidant, Vitamin C is said to brighten skin, retain moisture, replenish Vitamin E and more. Your skin will love you for it!

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Get The Look: Kylie Jenner’s Voluminous Black Bob

While Kylie Jenner is mostly known for her luscious big lips, she’s also been rocking a seriously stylish short bob.

Even if your hair feels thin and lifeless, use our tips below to create a shiny, voluminous hairstyle which is suitable for all occasions.

RELATED: Kylie Jenner’s Lips 

Instructions

1. If your hair is coloured like Kylie’s make sure that you’re using a sulphate-free shampoo. This will help to lock-in your colour for longer, and won’t dry out your ends after each wash.

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Puretopia Sensitive Care Shampoo, $10.99

2. Apply a conditioner to strictly the ends of your hair, and leave-in for 3-5 minutes. Applying it all over the hair (and the root) can actually decrease your volume later on!

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Puretopia Sensitive Care Conditioner, $10.99

3. Spray a colour shine serum lightly through damp hair, concentrating it on your ends.

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Goldwell Dualsenses Color Serum Spray, $13.90

4. Just before blow-drying the hair, use a lifting mousse and scrunch this from root to tip. Make sure your hair is still damp, otherwise it can get quite sticky.

5. As you’re blow-drying your hair, use a few different techniques which will help to create instant volume. Scrunch your hair between your fingers, dip your head upside down and dry it at the roots, and even apply some sea salt spray to awaken the root.

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Schwarzkopt Taft Curl Defining Mousse, $4.49

6. Once your hair is dry, use a finishing spray to lock-in the texture, and make it last for hours. To create some extra volume, part your hair on the side instead of the middle. You will find that it creates more texture at the roots without even trying!

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John Frieda Frizz-Ease Glossing Mist Spray, $16.99

Would you try this style at home?

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Get The Look: A Lesson In Autumnal Layering

Since we’re already in the midst of classic autumnal weather – sunny one day, raining the next – it’s all about using the summery items and layering them for the colder weather.

While this isn’t a PSA about buying a completely new winter wardrobe (well, not yet), it’s about providing some inspiration for the colder weather, and making the most of the items already in your wardrobe-floordrobe.

We’ve teamed up with our friends from THE ICONIC to bring you a few key looks ideal for that in-between weather. Happy shopping!

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Get The Look: Trans-Seasonal Essentials

Transitional seasons such as autumn and spring are often difficult to dress for.

Investing in a few key pieces such as jackets, shirts, boots, and accessories will enable you to layer your clothes in the colder weather, and style a simple outfit during those warmer days. Shop our exclusive trans-seasonal edit below with the help of our friends at THE ICONIC. Happy shopping!

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Get The Look: Naomi Watts’s Oscars Hairstyle

Australian actress Naomi Watts was rocking some seriously voluminous locks at the annual Oscars this year, and who wouldn’t want to recreate this look at home?

Her polished, tousled waves are easy enough to achieve if you have the right products, and with the help of JOICO you can easily get it.

RELATED: Miranda Kerr’s Luscious Berry Lips

Instructions

1. Apply JOICO Power Whip Whipped Foam to dry hair from root to tip for protection and smoothness. Add a slightly off centred side part.

2. Take 1/2 inch subsections and wrap around a barrel curling iron, holding each piece for 5 seconds. Unwrap and still holding the hair, pull down from the end to relax the curl for a looser wave. Use JOICO Matte Grip throughout hair for a textured look.

3. Finish off with JOICO Humidity Blocker to hold the waves while eliminating frizz for a flawless red carpet look.

Insider Tip: “Adding the ear tuck gives the look that perfect amount of chicness this is to be expected on the red carpet – it is something so simple, yet it can change the look and feel of the style entirely.”

Thanks to celebrity hairstylist, Jonathan Colombini

The Beginners Guide To Colour-Blocking

What’s not to love about colour-blocking?

You can wear all of your favourite colours at once, without the constant need to resort back to those same-old monochrome basics.

Create a colour-filled wardrobe (or floor-drobe, whichever feels more realistic), and start with these must-haves from our friends at THE ICONIC!

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Get The Look: How To Wear White in Summer

That white hot summer might be quickly coming to an end, so lets make the most of it and flaunt off our tans.

As we head into March, it doesn’t necessarily mean that summer clothes are automatically kicked to the curb.

Savour the last few days of summer with our edit of the best white dresses, tops, skirts, and shorts to wrap up the silly season. Click through to purchase from our friends at THE ICONIC. Enjoy the weekend!

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Jourdan Dunn’s Voluminous Bob Tutorial

It has been months since supermodel, Jourdan Dunn has chopped her hair into a bob.

Despite this, we are still completely obsessed with her new look, and have found some of the best tools and products to recreate it on our own hair. This style is perfect for girls with all hair types, since it creates the illusion of big, bouncy curls.

RELATED: Volumising Hairstyles For Short Hair

Instructions

1. Use a volumising shampoo and conditioning duo to give hair some extra body while it’s still wet. Massage the product gently into your scalp, then keep the conditioner mainly to the ends of your hair. If it penetrates the scalp too much, it could actually weigh down your hair instead of lifting it.

Jourdan Dunn's Voluminous Bob Tutorial

Edward Beale Volumising Shampoo, $8.99

Jourdan Dunn's Voluminous Bob Tutorial

Edward Beale Volumising Conditioner, $8.99

2. Once hair has dried naturally (or with a hair dryer if you just can’r wait it out), use a mousse and concentrate it primary to your roots. This helps to create the illusion of body, especially on hair which is thinning or very fine.

Jourdan Dunn's Voluminous Bob Tutorial

Toni & Guy Prep Mousse Volumising Plump, $15.99

3. Take a curling wand with a thin barrel, and curl small pieces of hair away from your face. The reason we’re suggesting a thin barrel, is because it makes hair look big and bouncy with minimal effort.

Jourdan Dunn's Voluminous Bob Tutorial

WAHL Curling Iron, $28.95

4. Set hair with a light finishing spray, and run your fingers through ear curl to make it more prominent.

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Get The Look: Miranda Kerr’s Luscious Berry Lips

Supermodel Miranda Kerr has the perfect base for almost any makeup look, with just one of our favourites including a deep-red lip stain. This trend is really easy to master (even for beginners), and lasts for hours even if you’re eating and drinking.

We share some of the best ways to apply your lip stain, and how to get Miranda’s trendy look this season.

RELATED: How To Apply Lip Stain

Liquid

Most lip stains are quite opaque, meaning they are packed with colour and rarely give you a natural, glossy look. Use a liquid lip stain to create a subtle pop of colour on both your cheeks and lips. The best way to apply this is with your fingers, and pat gently onto moisturised lips.

Get The Look: Miranda Kerr's Luscious Berry Lips

ModelCo Cheek and Lip Tint, $26

Crayon

Just like liquid lip stains, crayons are easy to apply and give you a lot of control. Start by lining the lips, then colour the inside. Fix up any errors by dipping an cotton bud into a micellar water, and dabbing the surrounding area.

Get The Look: Miranda Kerr's Luscious Berry Lips

Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint in Lively, $30

Stick

If you want your lip stain to stay on for hours, then a stick is your best option. Use a lip brush to carefully fill in any gaps, and reach those difficult places. Make sure to moisturise and exfoliate your lips before using a dark shade, since these colours have the tendency to emphasise cracks and dry patches.

Get The Look: Miranda Kerr's Luscious Berry Lips

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella, $36

Marker

While the thought of applying a marker onto to your lips may feel rather unsettling at first, it’s one of the best ways to maintain a bright colour. Make sure to firstly line your lips, then dab the product from top to bottom. It will take just a few minutes for the first layer to dry, before applying a second for a deep glow.

Get The Look: Miranda Kerr's Luscious Berry Lips

3CE Lip Marker, $31

Moisturise

Keep your lips feeling hydrated by moisturising well before applying a lip stain. These formulas are known to be a little more harsh, and can disrupt the delicate nature of your skin. Add one coat, and wait for it to completely absorb before applying a lip stain over the top.

Get The Look: Miranda Kerr's Luscious Berry Lips

Nuxe Reve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm, $19.95

Gloss

If you’re not a fan of the matte look, use a clear gloss over the lip stain. Not only does this help to lock-in the colour, but will also create the illusion of luscious lips – just like Miranda!

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Get Rose Byrne’s Hollywood Curls 

Short-haired celebrities such as Rose Byrne have an effortless hairstyle which is easy to maintain if you’re constantly strapped for time.

Create some signature Hollywood curls by using an iron or wand which keeps hair voluminous and bouncy for days. Follow this easy guide to achieve classic Hollywood curls just like our girl, Rose!

RELATED: The Best Dry Shampoo For Textured Hair

Instructions

1. Begin with hair which has been freshly washed and dried. For an extra lift on your roots, use a volumising shampoo which creates an extra boost with minimal effort. Massage gently into your hair, and rinse with lukewarm water.

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Edward Beale Volumising Shampoo, $8.99

2. After hair has completely dried, use a pea-sized amount of oil and work this into your ends. Don’t bring it to the scalp since it will only lead to flat, lifeless locks.

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Klorane Strengthening Serum with Quinine-Caffeine Complex, $32.95

3. To create those signature curls, use a wand, iron, or old-school rollers; it just depends on what you’re most comfortable with! If you are using a curling wand, section hair with a clip and start from top to bottom. This will ensure that the curls at the top will last, and won’t drop in the process.

4. Wrap small pieces of hair around the wand for 5-7 seconds, then release and shake the hair. This creates a classic, curl which doesn’t look too refined.

5. After you’re done, lightly spray your roots with a sea-salt spray. Work the product in with your fingers to create some extra volume before heading out the door.

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Lush Sea Spray, $12.50

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Kirsten Dunst’s No-Makeup Tutorial

If we could recreate just one makeup look every single day, it would have to be of actress Kirsten Dunst.

With skin that is always glowing, rosy cheeks, and glossy lips, this is definitely a quick and easy look which is perfect if you’re constantly on-the-go. Here are some quick tips on how to copy her (no-makeup) makeup look at home!

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Moisturiser

To keep skin feeling hydrated all day long, use a rich moisturiser which won’t cause dry patches or irritate the skin. Apply a pea-sized amount all of the face and neck, then wait for it to dry completely. This particular product is ideal for women who suffer from extremely dehydrated and sensitive skin.

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Bioderma Hydrabio Rich Cream, $39.99

Foundation

You can skip this step if your skin is mostly free from blemishes or simply doesn’t have a reddish undertone. If you have a few blemishes, use a lightweight powder foundation to even out your skin tone. Dust lightly with a powder brush over the face and neck, avoiding the eye area.

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Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF15, $65

Cheeks

Create a subtle hint of colour on your cheeks by using a liquid blush. This not only settles well into the skin, but keeps your face looking natural and radiant. Most cheek tints can also be used on the lips, so don’t be afraid to use this in the centre of your lips if you’re on-the-go!

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ModelCo Cheek & Lips, $24

Lashes

For flirty lashes, skip the eye liner and use just a mascara to create the illusion of bigger eyes. Curl your lashes, then apply a thin coat of mascara onto both the top and bottom. Feel free to curl lashes once again once the mascara has dried.

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It Cosmetics Hello Lashes Clinically Proven 5-in-1 Mascara, $24

Lips

Kirsten never wears anything too harsh on her lips, so something like a glossy lip tint is perfect for finishing this look. Choose coral shades if you have an olive-dark complexion, or pink/purple shades for a fair complexion. Most of these chubby sticks can also be used as a blush and eyeshadow as well!

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Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balm, $35

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Get The Look: Purple Smokey Eye Tutorial

Create a classic smokey-eye with a twist by using vibrant pops of colour to spice up your entire makeup look.

Not only do shades of purple suit every skin eye and colour, but they’re really versatile and can be adapted for both day and night. Follow our easy purple smokey-eye tutorial for a special night out.

RELATED: Eyeshadow That Suits Your Eye Shape

1. To allow your makeup to stay on flawlessly without creasing, use an eye primer and dab lightly onto the eyelid and surrounding area.

Get the look: Purple Smokey Eye Tutorial

Face of Australia Eye Primer, $7.95

2. Create the illusion of bigger, brighter eyes by using a highlighting shade on your inner corner. This is perfect for opening the eye, and creating a soft base for the rest of the makeup.

Get the look: Purple Smokey Eye Tutorial

Prestige Cosmetics My Brow Illuminating Jumbo Pencil, $15.95

3. Take a light purple shade and cover your entire eyelid. Buff it well into the skin by using an all-over eyeshadow brush for a flawless look.

Get the look: Purple Smokey Eye Tutorial

Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Painted Purple, $11.95

4. To contour the eye, take a slightly darker shimmery shade and concentrate it into your socket. Use a soft crease brush and easily swipe across the outer perimeters of your eyes. Keep blending until there are no harsh lines left on the surface, and it looks perfectly blended or gradient.

Get the look: Purple Smokey Eye Tutorial

Make Up Store Cybershadow in Bordeaux, $33

5. Add a winged liner if you want to create a stronger look; a felt-tip is perfect if you’re a beginner and don’t have quite a steady hand!

Get the look: Purple Smokey Eye Tutorial

Benefit They’re Real Liner, $35

6. Curl your lashes as usual, then apply a generous coat of mascara over the top. Don’t forget to take some extra product and highlight the brow bone area as well.

Get the look: Purple Smokey Eye Tutorial

L’Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara, $27.95

Would you wear this look? Comment below and share your thoughts on purple eyeshadow.

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Get The Look: Stassi Schroeder’s Messy Bob

Reality television star Stassi Schroeder is known for her central role as one of the many cast members of Vanderpump Rules. We immediately fell in love with Stassi’s new shorter hairdo in season 3 of the hit show, and created this easy tutorial to achieve her voluminous look.

RELATED: 5 Celebrity Hairstyles For Thick Hair

Instructions

1. Start by giving hair some much needed body and bounce in the shower. Use a volumising shampoo and conditioner which is designed to lift your roots, and keep hair looking shiny and healthy all day long. This formula is packed with SmartBoostComplex which is perfect for hair which needs a little love.

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Goldwell Dualsenses Ultra Volume Shampoo and Conditioner, $24.95 each

2. Carefully dry hair with a towel, and apply a hair serum into the ends. This is best if your hair is still damp, since it absorbs the product better. Do not rinse out.

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Puretopia Pure Protect Hair Serum, $14.95

3. Apply a volumising oil treatment between your fingers, and run evenly throughout your hair. Scrunch the product into your scalp, and work it all the way down to the ends.

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Percy & Reed Smoothed, Seal & Sensational Volumising No Oil, Oil for Fine Hair, $26

4. Blow-dry your hair on a low heat until it’s completely dry. This will make it easier to style later on. Once hair is dry, use a thermal heat protector on your ends. This is important since it will help to protect the hair from heat damage.

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Tresemme Thermal Styling Heatspray, $7.99

5. Use a straightener or curling wand (whatever you prefer), to create big, bouncy curls. Keep the curls away from your face, and work from front to back to create a long-lasting hairstyle.

6. Once your hair is done, carefully brush with a wide-tooth comb, and apply a dry shampoo to your roots for extra lift.

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Polished London Dry Shampoo Cornwell Coconut, $4.95

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Get The Look: Mary Kate Olsen’s Cat Eye

The Olsen twins are normally known for their quirky sense of style, and ability to wear almost anything and have it work for their tiny frames. This time, we’re looking towards Mary-Kate Olsen’s retro cat-eye which is a perfect makeup look for an evening out.

RELATED: 3 Easy Ways To Apply Winged Liner

1. Prep the skin by using a lightweight primer and foundation. If you’re heading out at night, skip the SPF since it will cause a white cast to appear on your face. Buff the foundation well into your skin by using a damp cosmetic sponge.

Get the look - Mary Kate Olsen's Cat Eye

Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Super-Charged Oil Free Foundation, $48

2. It’s time to conceal any blemishes and dark circles, so lightly dap the product with your fingers and blend it out. To contour under the eyes, use a concealer which is 1-2 shades lighter than your normal shade.

Get the look - Mary Kate Olsen's Cat Eye

Clinique All About Eyes Concealer, $36

3. Prime the eyes by using a lightweight eye primer. Anything that is too heavy will make it a nightmare to keep your makeup in place.

Get the look - Mary Kate Olsen's Cat Eye

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, $34

4. Now it’s time to work on the eyeliner. Firstly, line the eye with a felt-tip liner since it’s the easiest tool for beginners.

For the flick, use an angled brush and dip lightly into a gel liner pot. Follow the line of of your bottom lashes, and carefully extend it outwards. Fix up any mistakes with a cotton tip dipped in makeup remover. It makes it so much easier to fix any un-even lines.

Get the look - Mary Kate Olsen's Cat Eye

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, $18

5. Fill in any gaps with a liquid liner since this formula is unlikely to wear away. Carefully dab over any parts of the eyes that need a little extra maintenance. Carry this in your handbag if you ever need to fix up your makeup throughout the evening.

Get the look - Mary Kate Olsen's Cat Eye

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner, $26

6. Apply a thin coat of mascara onto your lashes, or even use a pair of falsies to make the look more dramatic.

Get the look - Mary Kate Olsen's Cat Eye

Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara, $38

Image via Olsens Anonymous

Get The Look: Victoria Beckham’s Updo

Nowadays Victoria Beckham is known for her remarkable fashion design as opposed to her hair. But she always looks refined, and wears her hair in very flattering and appropriate styles for the occasion. Her classic updo is easy enough to achieve, all you need is a handful of bobby pins and an extra-strength hairspray to recreate this look.

RELATED: Elegant Updo Hair Tutorial

Instructions

1. Start with air-dried hair, and work with the natural texture of your hair. Not only will this save you some time, but it’ll also guarantee that your hair will stay in place all day.

2. Carefully comb through the ends of your hair, and apply a shine serum from root to tip. This will leave your hair looking beautiful and healthy.

Get The Look - Victoria Beckham's Updo

Goldwell Elixir Oil Treatment, $28.50

3. Pull your hair up and away from the jawline at a slight angle – this look is flattering for all women, regardless of hair texture or bone structure. Then secure with an elastic band. Brush through the pony tail to give a little extra thickness.

4. Curl the hair around the base of the ponytail, then secure with bobby pins. Carefully pull out individual hairs to make this hairstyle look lived-in. Set with hairspray.

Image via Style Bistro

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