Hair & Make-Up

Make your hair an accessory

Supermodels change their hair color as often as their clothes. And now models have started a trend for accessorizing clothes with hair color. Linda Evangelista is top of the list for her chameleon-like ability to change her looks. Linda who has changed her hair color 12 times in five years, says that dyeing her hair gives her an emotional lift.

So before the winter blues set-in and the party season begins, why not change your hair color and let everyone see that you have a headstart on fashion.

There are lots of preparations that are inexpensive and easy to use in the shops now. You can enhance your natural color or be a bit more daring with a completely new look.

One of the simplest and quickest ways to apply color is a colored mousse. These mousses are used just like a styling mousse, applied straight from the can and wash out with your next hair wash.

If you are nervous about coloring your hair or not sure which home colorants to use, then a color-enhancing shampoo might be the answer. The color progressively increases with each application, so that after a few shampoos your hair will be highlighted with subtle hints of color.

Choose the product you use carefully, keeping in mind that a new hair color can be as temporary or as permanent as you wish. If you only want a new color for a special date, you can use wash-in wash-out shades which will enhance your hair and give it a high gloss. For longer lasting, deeper color, a semi-permanent color allows you to be experimental. Coloring shampoos are easy and will wash out gradually in about six weeks and you can then renew or change the color of you hair again.

If you've definitely decided to go with a color, you can use a permanent colorant which will also blend in any stray grey hairs you may have. You have to be quite sure about the color you have chosen before going permanent because they do now wash-out; they have to grow-out, and roots will need retouching after about six weeks.

The main hair color story for autumn is red. Ranging from fiery red to orange-red in shades of conker, rosehip, russet, cayenne and mahogany.

Consider your complexion when choosing a new hair color -- if you have a cool skin tone then mahogany shades will look good on you. If you have a warm skin tone you will need a shade like conker, amber, chilli or a warm rich brown. Colors that most people can wear are auburn or a rich chestnut shade.

When you've achieved your new color you may want to think about a new hairstyle. With retro revival come the sharp, blunt-cut bobs of the 60's and the 40's classical waves, pincurls and french rolls. Whichever way you style your hair a high gloss finish is a must.

To Sum It Up


Step 1: "Must Have" Products

Step 2: How To Choose The Right Shades

How do you figure the right color palette for yourself? It doesnít have to be confusing; follow these simple guidelines:

Foundation and Concealer Shades

Eyebrow Shades

Lipstick Shades

Step 3: Selecting The Right Make-Up Tools

The first thing a make-up artist learns is that the right tools are essential when applying and blending make-up. Itís the difference between okay make-up and perfect make-up.

Tools Right At Your Fingertips

Line lips with High Definition Lip Definer, then use the opposite end to apply and blend lip color with brush tip.
Line eyes with High Definition liner, then soften line with attached smudger tip.
Apply and blend eyeshadow with compact sponge applicator tip available in all High Definition Eyeshadow.
Lengthen and separate lashes with STRETCH Mascaraís crisscross brush.
Groom and set brown with the brush.
Apply and blend Silk Perfection Liquid to Powder make-up with custom sponge that comes with compact.

The Importance of Blending

The importance of blending make-up canít be overemphasized. Make-up thatís improperly blended looks harsh and undefined.

Here are some key areas to blend:

Step 4: Perfecting Make-Up


Apply concealer with fingertips around entire eye, including lid and inner corner of nose; blend inward against fine lines.
Apply foundation with sponge in outward strokes at hairline, temples, forehead and entire eye area.
For remainder of face, apply in downward, sweeping strokes, blending out foundation all the way to neck area.
Allow foundation to dry slightly and finish with a dusting of translucent powder over entire face and neck area.


Using sponge tip applicator or angled brow brush, fill in brow with brown powder, then groom and set brows with brush.
Apply one base color of shadow over entire lid.
Use a darker shade in crease and as an eyeliner, blend out with applicator.
Finish with mascara by holding wand horizontally.
Look straight ahead as you apply at base of lashes working outward, emphasizing outer lashes.
For lower lashes, stroke wand tip across lash line.


Smile as you apply blush to apples of cheeks with a big brush in a circular motion.
Blend outward with brush along cheekbones.


Outline lips with high definition liner.
Blend out pencil line and fill in lips by applying lip color with brush.

"It really does come down to everybody working together and trying to make the girl feel beautiful. My role is to make her feel the most comfortable she can be. Because if she's not, the picture is not going to work. I don't like transforming girls into something else. Make-up should be an enhancer, not a transformer. Sometimes my job is all about understanding what not to do. If we're on the beach, I might get paid to say a model doesn't need anything on her face. It's all about maintaining the quality of the girl. If you leave the skin real, she stays real."