HOW TO WORK A CURTAIN FRINGE

IT’S THE BRIGITTE BARDOT INSPIRED HAIR TREND THAT’S NOT GOING ANYWHERE. IN FACT, PINTEREST SEARCHES FOR ‘CURTAIN FRINGE’ ARE UP BY OVER 600%. HERE’S HOW TO LOOK MORE BRIGITTE, LESS BACKSTREET BOY

Quite frankly, a fringe that parts in the middle could be a terrible idea, but such swooshy fringed icons as Alexa Chung, Sienna Miller, Suki Waterhouse, Kirsten Dunst and J Lo (the list goes on) prove that a forked fringe can actually look beautifully French and nonchalant, as opposed to nerdy nineties boyband member. The French thing shouldn’t really come as a surprise, seeing as the curtain fringe first found favour thanks to Brigitte Bardot’s iconic eye-skimming style in the 70s, and there remains a je ne sais quoi, ‘who, me?’ innocence to a relaxed, sweeping face framer.

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So popular are blasé bangs that ‘curtain fringe’ is peaking in popularity on Pinterest- searches are up by over 600 per cent. Like 'no makeup makeup', however, achieving and styling a curtain fringe can be quite the art, and as Nick Carter et al prove, it can go quite sticky uppy, greasy and generally wrong pretty much as soon as you turn your back. Creative Director or Hari’s Hair Salon Craig Taylor has intel, inspo and some essential curtain fringe ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ to keep that fringe in line.

THE CURTAIN FRINGE. TALK TO ME.

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"A curtain fringe is a fringe cut in an inverted 'V' shape, the shortest part of the cut is where you would wear the parting in the fringe. When being cut from the shortest point, the shape of the cut is angled down gradually, and hair is left longer towards the top of the cheek bones.”

“Note that the shape of the curtain fringe needn't always be centred. It can work perfectly well from the side, so it works if you wear your hair in a side parting, and it’s especially helpful if you have a cowlick (strong angled hairline growth), as the fringe can be placed at the shortest cut point, therefore taming the cowlick.”

So functional as well as fashionable. Ideal.

WHO IT WORKS FOR.

Almost everyone.

“This fringe can suit nearly every face shape, but it does need to be cut with consideration. The only case in which it could be difficult is if your hair is very coarse or curly and it can be tricky for very narrow or broad foreheads too.”

HOW TO GET A GOOD ONE

Put the nail scissors down. This is NOT a DIY job.

“Always go to a salon if you’re even thinking about having a curtain fringe cut in. It needs to be professionally done, with careful assessment of your face shape, hair type and personal style, not to mention precision. A curtain fringe needs to blend seamlessly with your existing haircut too. A thorough consultation with your hairdresser will ensure that you’ both on the same page

“I would always suggest taking along images to show what your stylist what kind of curtain fringe vibe you’re going for (holler Pinterest). A visual representation of what you want is still the best form of communication with your hairdresser! It is important to be realistic though- try to find an example worn on someone who has a similar face shape and hair type to your own.

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“A stylist then needs to asses how much hair should be sectioned out to form the fringe so that it’s easy to style and suits you. Deciding where the fringe should be placed and how short the shortest part should be requires expertise, as does cutting in the angle and where the fringe should end to flatter your face shape.”

HOW TO STYLE IT

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It looked so Parisian chic when you left the salon...here’s how to hold onto that swish:

“If correctly cut, this fringe should need very little or no styling at all, the look it is supposed to be easy and natural. If your hair is fine a little styling product is handy for hold - try L'Oreal Elnett Mousse, £5.99, to keep the parting in place. You can even leave it to dry naturally and it’ll still look cool.

“If you have thick hair or stubborn sticky outy bits, apply your styling product of choice then gently blow dry the parting into place. Don't overwork the hair as the fringe will not fall as it should. You can always clamp the fringe from the ends on either side with a hair-clip, securing hair at the temples, while you dry the rest of your hair or apply make-up. I would suggest putting tissue on top of the clamped hair under the clip so the fringe doesn't get marked (stylists use playing cards backstage- just an idea).

“Whatever you do, don’t use a round brush to dry the fringe ‘under’ at the roots. It will always make the hair sit badly (I’m envisioning Susan from Neighbours here). When drying the fringe, try to keep roots flat.”

WHY IT’S SO HOT RIGHT NOW

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French girl style seemingly never goes out of fashion, but Craig reckons the curtain fringe craze could be seasonal:

“A post-summer fringe is always popular in salon. I think it’s because heat and humidity has moved on, making hair ‘behave’ better. Hair on the face in the summertime can be faffy and irritating- I find that clients are much more open to a fringe in the colder months.

“That said, a curtain fringe in particular can work whatever the weather. A curtain fringe is less of a commitment than a regular fringe as the gradient at the sides means it’s easier to grow out than a straighter, squarer fringe. Plus, it makes for a refreshing change without a drastic loss of hair length.”

I’m off to the salon with all the Alexa Chung tabs open. And possibly a Backstreet Boys poster as an example of what not to cut. No one wants a Nick Carter curtain.

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THE HAIR STYLING MISTAKES THE PROS WANT YOU TO KNOW

FROM TOO MUCH PRODUCT TO TOO MUCH HEAT, HERE ARE THE EXPERT HAIR TIPS GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOUR HAIR LOOKING GREAT

My mane mistakes? There have been many, and the journey back to full hair health hasn’t always been a smooth one. From brushing bloopers to straightening no-nos, curling kinks to being too hot tool friendly, it’s been a journey, but the bright side of it is that many lessons have been learned. Sometimes the smallest changes to our hair care routines can make all the difference and so I’ve taken a stroll down memory lane and spoken to a trio of stylist supremos to compile an expert’s guide to the biggest styling mistakes to help make the road to healthier hair less rocky. Here are the pitfalls from the pros to watch out for.

YOU’RE APPLYING TOO MUCH PRODUCT

If your hair styling plans normally fall flat, incorrect product placement could be a useful first port of call. “Often applying product to the root area can cause grease and oils to build up, which will make your hair appear dull, flat and greasy,” explains Craig TaylorHari's Creative Director and GTG Expert. By being more strategic in where it’s applied, the greater the likelihood that it’ll help instead of hinder your handiwork. “Think about where your hair requires the benefits of the products - this should relate to how you style your hair or the condition of your hair,” he says, and go slow - adding more product is infinitely easier than having to remove it by having to wash it all out.

This simple yet effective modification has been incredibly handy for me when it comes to repairing my relationship with my trusty bottle of hair oil. Dehydration is my key concern however, product overload was leaving my lengths looking dull. Rather than focusing on what I was using, turning off autopilot and shifting my focus to how I was using it made a huge impact. “Always apply hair oils to where the hair needs it most,” says Craig (which for me, are my ends). “This could be where hair is at its driest or where the hair is most stubborn and helps its appearance when styling.”

YOU’RE BRUSHING TOO HARSHLY

Just like when brushing your teeth, brushing your hair too harshly could also end up doing more damage than good - especially if your hair's already damaged from too much colour or styling. The most snag-free of protocols? Start from the bottom up. “Work from underneath first and work your way to the top sections of the hair,” advises Craig. “Always work from the ends to the roots to avoid tearing and damaging the hair and take your time and be gentle.” Brush-wise, not all tools are created equal. Craig’s firm favourites are natural bristle brushes (sames), as well as a gentle detangler such as a Tangle Teezer, £11.25. My hair and handbag are also currently loving Wet Brush’s new portable Mini Pop Fold brush, £7.99, which also has a useful mirror in its handle too.

YOU’RE WASHING YOUR HAIR IN HOT WATER

I absolutely love a hot shower. I’m absolutely devoted - especially with the chillier winter nights drawing closer. However, it won’t be doing my already dry hair any favours. “Piping hot water dries out the hair and strips away moisture,” cautions award-winning Afro hair stylist and GTG Expert Charlotte Mensah

However, that needn’t mean that ice cold showers are the way forward (thank goodness) - just being cautious that your temperature dial doesn’t veer too far into the red will suffice. “Washing tresses in warm water will still cleanse effectively, plus will help seal and be much more gentle on the cuticle, resulting in a happier head of hair.”

YOU’RE OVER-CURLING YOUR HAIR

My favourite hair tool is by far my curling tong but admittedly, my endeavours have been far from consistent over the years. And unfortunately (for me), errors in technique are often ones that Craig highlights as being among the most detectable to notice. “I see people making a lot of mistakes but some of the worst are when people over-curl their hair, practically at the roots and or at the ends,” he says. His advice? “Always start at least 3 inches from the roots and leave the ends for a more natural looking result.”

For waves, he also recommends trying out 'denting' or 'bending' for creating a more natural finish. "To bend the hair, hold the section on the tong, wrapping it loosely around it while holding the ends unwound. To dent the hair, hold the section tight and press the tong onto the section for a few seconds. If the hair has taken too much movement, hold the section and run the tong along the hair swiftly to knock out the over movement."

YOU’RE NOT BRUSHING YOUR CURLS THROUGH

I’m always guilty of this particular mistake despite the fact that a final comb through can make all the difference between channelling your inner pageant queen or Victoria Secret model. “Put your head upside-down to loosen the roots and make sure the tonged sections are broken up," advises Craig. "Your fingers work perfectly well for the job but if you prefer a tool, I personally favour a wide-toothed comb such as ghd’s Detangling Comb, £7.50, for making tighter ringlets let loose a little.

YOU’RE OVER-STRAIGHTENING YOUR HAIR

Few tools have made as much of an impact over the last decade as hair straighteners have. Everyone has one in their artilleries however, overuse can often leave hair looking completely flat and pancaked against the scalp (I unfortunately have the university pictures to prove it). According to Craig though, there are some cardinal rules that can prove helpful for making the most of them and keeping marks and ridges where the irons have been too aggressively clamped to a minimum. “Keep natural body at the roots and whatever you do, don’t overly flatten the ends,” he advises. “Do this by gently brushing the section and putting the straightening irons where you want to start the straightening. Very gently clamp the hair, don't slam them together and slowly clamp them tighter as you work down the hair if required.” Finish by carefully opening them as you ease off of the hair at the preferred place along the hair length, for a snag-free and more natural finish.

YOU’RE USING TOO MUCH HEAT

When it comes one of the worst ways we’re ageing our hair, the experts I spoke to are unified in agreeing that too much heat from hairdryers, straighteners and curlers can be a one of the worst culprits. When mixed with environmental factors such as sun exposure, chlorine from pools and salt water, the health of our hair can fade, fast.

It is avoidable though. Over-styling is one of the main mane mistakes that master stylist and GTG Expert James Pryce (best known for styling Kate Middleton's hair on her wedding day) has seen over the years. A huge advocate of embracing and enhancing your natural hair, he feels that injecting an element of self-celebration into your routine could be a game-changer - and I definitely agree. “It should look like you haven't tried at all. Even if secretly you have,” he says. “If you have curly hair, then roll with it. Dig out that diffuser from the back of the cupboard, pop in some curl cream and bring those curls back to life. If you have straight hair then find a good stylist and tell them you want to be able to simply rough dry your hair. My hair ethos is ‘Use what nature gave you.’”

If however, you’re also looking for a less intensely heated way to go straighter should you want to, James recommends ‘wrap drying.’ “It’s the simplest and most effective way to style your hair,” he tells us. Sounds promising. “Rough dry till hair’s about 80% dry, then hold the dryer above your head so it's aimed towards the top of your scalp. Using either a paddle brush or Denman brush, simply smooth it from one side to the other until it's completely dry. This will give a really nice natural finish. If you want to encourage your curls, then take sections of wet hair around the size of a two pound coin. Twist it from root to tip and either use a diffuser or let it dry naturally and watch your natural waves blossom.”

Too much heat can be particularly detrimental for dry and Afro hair types in particular and so seeking less scorching means to style lengths can be more fruitful both in the long and short-term. “Constant blow-drying and ironing damages cuticles, splits the strands and dries out the hair,” warns Charlotte Mensah. Her recommended alternative? “Rather than blow-drying and tonging, try roller setting instead. As this involves less direct heating being applied to the hair, this option is a kinder way of getting hair smooth. And remember, whenever you’re heat-styling your hair, always use protection first.”

YOU’RE TYING UP FRESHLY WASHED HAIR

A little bit of grease isn’t a bad thing - especially when it comes to giving updos increased staying power. “Save wearing your hair up for day two or three,” James recommends. “It will be far more malleable. I find that people often over wash their hair.” Your natural oils can act as the ideal in-built hair product. And it’s free. “The oils in your hair are a natural barrier against many things such as pollution and can even protect against styling tools,” says James. So save your sebum and forgo the buns on day one.

YOU’RE NOT GETTING REGULAR TRIMS

This is a rule in the pros’ hair handbooks that applies pretty universally - even if you’re looking to grow your hair out. “As tempting as it may be to hold on to your length, it can do more harm than good,” says Charlotte. “The ends of your hair are old and have been subjected to blow-drying, brushing, straightening and more, so if you don’t trim them away, it won’t style well. What’s more, once the ends start to split, it travels up to the mid-lengths causing the damage to spread.” I tend to look to book in for a haircut at about 6-12 weeks after my last haircut however, shorter hair types are more likely to find smaller breaks more beneficial for maintaining their length (say between, three and seven weeks). It's your call though but the main factors to consider are the style you're looking to maintain plus, how damaged your hair is. For Afro hair types, Charlotte recommends the 6-week rule. “If you want your hair to style, curl and hold better, have trims every six weeks. Once the damaged hair is removed, it will look and feel so much healthier.”

YOU’RE NOT HAVING REGULAR TREATMENTS

Of the at-home variety. “Afro and curly textures can struggle in the cold weather,” notes Charlotte. “What’s more, central heating can dry out the hair, leaving it dull and dehydrated. “It’s so important to apply a treatment every two weeks to rehydrate, strengthen, protect and maintain hair health. A rich oil in-salon treatment such as my signature Manketti Oil Treatment, £42, is ideal.” Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream, £6.99, is also great for more regular use and counts Janelle Monáe as a loyal fan. I also use Kerastase Chronologiste Essential Balm Treatment, £27.75, on a weekly basis for replenishing my thick and thirsty hair - an intensive creamy hair softening pot of joy that keeps dry ends at bay, but that doesn’t feel too heavy. The perfect balance.

 

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3 SS18 MAKEUP TRENDS THAT WORK IN THE REAL WORLD

AND TWO THAT REALLY DON’T…

What happens in the backstage beauty arena is rarely a reflection of what might happen at your local bus stop anytime soon, but from getting a bit of a glow to trying something fresh with your felt-tip liner, the twice annual fashion months can serve as party inspo, haul you out of a blah beauty rut or just make you consider that, actually, you might not want to wear makeup today thanks very much (more on that from backstage skincare queen Caroline Hirons below). There’s also the kind of impractical catwalk beauty that can be marvellous to ogle of a lunch break, but would clash with eating/ drinking/ being taken seriously in that upcoming work presentation. Here are three trends getting the go-ahead from this makeup maniac, and two that delight my inner preschooler but...no.

THE TRENDS TO TRY

Non-boring black liner

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Tightlining has been the liner look du saison in recent fashion months, but makeup artists and designers have so far been giving black eyeliner a kick up the bum for spring/summer 2018. Start practising your wings, flicks and general flourishes now to get ahead. Go bold and all-around the eye with a liquid in the spirit of makeup artist Diane Kendal at Marc Jacobs or Charlotte Tilbury at Versus Versace, coat winged black liner in glitter in the style of Pat McGrath at Tom Ford or opt for a subtle rounded “arrow” at the outer corners as head makeup artist Yadim did at Jason Wu (takes two secs). For something even fancier, add colour into the mix in the form of a flash of bright liquid liner below your black wing- see Tom Pecheux’s youthful update of a traditional cat eye at Oscar de la Renta. However you play it, black eyeliner has more edge than ever.

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Glittery eyes

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If you want to graduate from black liner in the playfulness stakes, glittery, glimmery eyes have been all over the shop for SS18. We say get in now so that you’re a pro at mermaid inspired eyes pre-festive season. Topshop lead makeup artist Lynsey Alexander recreated “the electric colours of the early nineties” in a hazy, haphazard yet beautiful way by highlighting lids with Topshop Beauty Chameleon Glow, £9.50, in green and pink hues (models alternated colourways) over lids, accompanied by a restrained sprinkling of glitter in the same shade family. Much of the eye look was a relaxed exercise in finger painting too, which makes it all the more appealing from where I’m standing.

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Want to dabble in something more minimal yet arguably more striking? Get down to your local haberdashery and stick a few crystals along your bottom lid à la Kabuki for MAC Cosmetics at Jeremy Scott, or impersonate a clown (in a good way) with a stripe of silver glitter vertically on top and bottom lids as per Pat McGrath at Anna Sui. Pat used her Pat McGrath Labs’ Dark Star 006 kit to achieve the ‘circus artist goes to space’ effect, with a dot of psychedelic silver at the inner corners to create wide-eyed impact. The delicate thin line (McGrath applied glitter with an eyeliner brush and sealed it with Elizabeth Arden’s cult Eight Hour Cream, £26) also makes the finished article ethereal rather than too ‘big tent ringleader’. The key in both cases is to keep the eye area otherwise bare and any additional makeup understated.

Post-facial face

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Skincare may not be a trend, but it seems that sporting little else on the face, other than artfully layered soothing and radiance enhancing skin elixirs, is a seriously in-demand aesthetic. Emilia Wickstead recruited doctor led brand Zelens backstage this week, with fount of all skincare knowledge Caroline Hirons acting as expert facialist. The brief was “healthy, fresh-faced and tomboyish”, and Hirons achieved glowing results via a combo of gentle cleansing, acid exfoliation, a spritz of Z Balance Probiotic & Probiotic Spray (coming soon), dehydration busting eye cream and hydrating emulsion mixed with vitamin D enriched treatment drops. Add a ‘resistance application’ treatment method whereby models leant their faces into Caroline’s hands to ensure optimum take-up of product, plus a plumping Lip Treatment Oil, £40, to finish, and skin looked so juicy that makeup took a back seat.

Michael Kors’ SS18 show was also a masterclass in skin minimalism, with models of all ages and sizes wearing next to nothing (on faces at least), with sunkissed accents, brushed up brows and concealer applied sparingly where required by “no makeup” makeup artist extraordinaire Dick Page. Pass the sheet mask.

THE TRENDS TO LOOK AT BUT...LEAVE IT THERE

Overdrawn lipstick

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We’re filing the ‘colour wheel’ lip at Helluvagirl under “don’t try this at home”. Or do, but don’t leave the house without having a bit of a clean-up around the lipline first. Just taking a gander at lead makeup artist Lisa Potter-Dixon’s arm post-show will give you an idea of what you’re dealing with.

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It was messy, daring and ‘out-there’ to the extreme, which is just very London Fashion Week really, but you’ll need an arsenal of lipsticks to achieve anything like it, plus an explanation as to why you’re wearing them all at once, literally ALL over your mug.

Sequin mouth

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Makeup artist Lucy Burt created fairy-like glitter lips at Shrimps’ for MAC Cosmetics, and they looked like modern art, but might make for sparkle all up in your grill issues. Any snack you attempt to eat would become glitter-fied, you’d likely spray glitter all over every conversation (not a bad thing but...inconvenient) and end up flossing sequins out of your teeth every evening. Spangly first-world problems right there, but we’re stashing this on ur fancy dress mood board and leaving it there for the foreseeable.

 

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SHOULD YOU DARKEN YOUR BLONDE BROWS?

WHEN YOU'RE ROCKING FAIR HAIR AND A PALE COMPLEXION IS IT POSSIBLE TO ADD COLOUR AND SHAPE TO BLONDE, PALE EYEBROWS AND STILL LOOK NATURAL?

For me, eyebrows have always been slightly alien territory - unknown and a little bit terrifying. This is due in large part to my paler than pale skin tone and bright blonde hair that’s left me with a pair so fair that I’ve never really seen or had the need to alter them. Unlike my darker hued friends, I’ve been able to skip past the plucking palavas and pencilling tutorials, and for reasons that were part fear, part laziness, have left my brows completely au naturel.

However, with the trend of big, bold brows becoming more popular by the minute, the need for me to step away from my insipid eye territory and showcase a little more shape and definition never seemed more pressing. 

So, decision made, brows-a-trembling, I made my way to Blink Brow Bar - if ever there were a place to begin your brow experience, this is it. Capitalising on the beauty world's new obsession, Blink is one of the foremost salons offering brow and lash treatments that include the same level of professional colouring and styling as the very hair on your head. Founded by Vanita Parti in 2004 after she realised the need for a walk-in service, the salon is renowned for its fuss-free service and consistently high standards.

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Before

I probably don’t have to spell out that given my extremely flaxen tones, my main concern was walking away with two angry dark lines that quite clearly had no business being on my forehead. However, with over a decade in the brow industry and a client list that’s bursting at the seams, customer concern and attention to detail is the first port of call with Blink salon therapists. 

“We do get clients who are nervous, especially those with fair hair. So, initially we’ll always offer to do a patch test 24 hours before a client's appointment, so they can ensure their skin won’t react and also to give them some more time to think about it,” says Blink brow expert Jaimineey Patel. “Following that we also suggest that clients test out a coloured pencil or eyebrow gel first as these can help give a good idea of what a more structured, filled in brow would look like.”

Why, I hear you cry, would a fair haired individual even want to tint their eyebrows? “All our clients are different,” says Jaimineey, “but for the large part tinting helps pull a woman's beauty look together. When brows are well-kept, the face looks so much more clean, groomed and striking - I think it’s as important as brushing your hair!” Indeed, any beauty junkie or makeup aficionado will be the first to tell you about the unparalleled power of the brow to frame the face, accentuate the eyes and complement the contours of our cheeks. One need only think of Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich or even Cara Delevingne to realise how altering and shaping the brows of these blonde bombshells have been.

Despite my initial worries, I experienced a burst of misplaced confidence and ended up having two coats of the lightest brown tint (a tint should be one shade darker than your natural hair colour) as the first coat didn't come out half as dark as I’d feared. Taking just a few minutes to apply, the end result was a light caramel colour that gave just enough definition to bring out my brows but not so much that they stuck out like a sore thumb next to my natural hair.

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After

Once coloured we moved on to the grooming, and my Freida Kahlo-sized brows were well overdue a tidy up. “The biggest advantage of threading is the precision it allows - with threading the therapists can dictate the shape right down to individual hairs, ensuring a really accurate finish,” says Jaimineey - and precision was certainly what I got. In just a few eye watering swipes the unruly duo were left clean, sleek and perfectly arched, but still with a bit of meat to them. “The bushier and bigger the brow, the better,” says Jaimineey. “A bigger brow is always more youthful.”

I can’t lie, the finished look did take some getting used to and for the first 24 hours I was terribly aware of their presence, feeling like I could almost sense them tipping over my eyes - almost as though I was wearing a large sign on my forehead that read ‘eyebrows now here’. Quite ironically however, the change seemed much more subtle to others. 

‘You look older,’ a friend said, ‘More groomed,’ said another, with there being a general feeling that I looked ‘different, in a good way’ but people were unable to pinpoint why. The only way I could personally describe it is that it feels like my face has now come into sharp focus and something I never knew I needed is now the focal point of my entire beauty look. Not matter how inconspicuous you think they are, “Every brow needs a product,” says Jaimineey, “blonde or brunette, whether it’s a pencil to fill in a gap or a gel to control unruly hairs, there’s always something that can be done to make them look their best and the difference is staggering.” 

There are not many treatments that are both simple, fast and drastically altering but the brow is most certainly one of them. Much to my surprise and annoyance it’s now taking pride of place in my monthly beauty regime - in fact, I’m starting to wonder how I ever lived without my new face-framers.

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10 BAD THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW SUGAR WAS DOING TO YOUR BODY

WE REACHED OUT TO OUR STELLAR PANEL OF EXPERT NUTRITIONISTS AND HEARD FROM VICKI EDGSON AND EVE KALINIK ABOUT THE SECRET DAMAGE SUGAR IS DOING TO OUR BODY

Tell the average person that an excess of sugar can lead to tooth decay and weight-gain, and they’ll probably tell you that they already know that. Mention consequences such as heart disease, wrinkles and rotten gums however, and they’re unlikely to be so sugar savvy.

While you might consider yourself to be following a reasonably healthy diet, the average person in Britain currently consumes a whopping 238 teaspoons of sugar each week - often without even knowing it. Indeed a large proportion of our deadly sugar intake is hidden within seemingly innocent snacks and foods such as soups, yoghurts and ready meals.

With absolutely no nutritional value and being proven to be a major factor in causing obesity and diabetes both in the UK and worldwide, it’s never been more important for us to pay attention and cut out the secret sugars that are sneaking their way into our daily diets - we’re sure that if you knew the extent sugar was really harming your body, you couldn’t look at a Mars bar in the same way again.

IT'S THE NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF PREMATURE WRINKLES

“Too much sugar consumption forms a process called glycation and end products called AGEs (yes it does what it says!), says expert Nutritionist Eve Kalinik. “This affects the structure and flexibility of proteins and the most vulnerable of these in the skin are collagen and elastin which are the ones needed for plump and firmness. This also leaves the skin much more susceptible to the effects of environmental damage too.”

IT HARMS YOUR HORMONES

“Sugar upsets your hormone levels, so watch out if you’ve discovered you have imbalances such as PCOS – (Polycistic Ovarian Syndrome), Endometriosis or heavy periods, says expert Nutritionist Vicki Edgson. “While you might crave chocolate prior to your period for the magnesium it contains to relax cramping muscles, choose dark low-sugar chocolate which is more likely to help, without harming at the same time.”

IT DRAINS YOUR ENERGY

“Sugar deprives you of energy, rather than contributing to increased amounts. Athletes in particular, know this. Eating high sugar foods prior to a race or hurdles only slows you down. Susannah Taylor found this on her training towards her triathlon, and Sarah Vine can vouch for this when she experienced her various delvings into diets that don’t work.” Vicki recommends snacking on an apple, core and all if you’re looking for a little lift. “Plenty of fibre combined with the inherent glucose in a food is the best way to ‘get your fix’ – with the glucose being released more slowly and consistently.”

IT’S LIKE AN ADDICTION

“Sugar is highly addictive since it affects satiety hormones (the ones that tell us we are full) and that’s why we continue to eat it”, says nutritionist Eve Kalinik. “It also stimulates dopamine in the brain, giving that pleasure effect, so with the two together it can be a pretty difficult habit to break!”

MORE GLOSS: Sweet talk: Is there a healthier alternative to sugar?

IT ROTS YOUR GUMS

Not just a danger to your teeth, sugar also hugely contributes to the rotting of your gums. “This in turn then leads to gingivitis and causes your teeth to fall out”, says Vicki. She advises chewing parsley to naturally sweeten your breath and strengthen up the gums.

IT CAN BE HIGHLY DISRUPTIVE FOR THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

“Sugar feeds the yeasts in our guts”, says Eve. “Since 80% of the immune system resides in the gut, it’s important to maintain a healthy balance of the good bacteria so we can fight off viruses and bugs.”

IT MAKES YOU SWEAT

“Sugar makes you sweat more profusely, and it isn’t a sweet odour either. As sugar is a toxin, the body will try to get rid of it anyway it can, and it won’t just be through the sweat glands in your armpits.” Nutritionist Vicki Edgson recommends using natural deodorant to stay protected and eating fresh fruit rather than dried.

IT CAN LEAD TO HEART DISEASE

“Sugar can be a significant contributor to heart disease since it increases triglycerides, VLDL cholesterol, insulin resistance and also leading to thickening of the arterial walls”, says Eve. All major risk factors.

SUGAR MAKES YOU...BREAK WIND

The more you eat, ahem, the worse the stench, aside from being just feeling bloated and uncomfortable. “Sugar feeds the pathogenic bacteria in your gut, leading to cravings for more of the same”, says Vicki. “Don’t eat probiotic yoghurt, which simply has added sugars to ‘feed the good bacteria’ – it’s nonsense! Take a good quality probiotic supplement such as Optibac or Biokult, which provide you with multiple strains.

IT DRIES OUT YOUR SKIN

“Refined sugar (bleached, blanched, and anything ending in ‘ose’ such as fructose, galactose, sucrose) all cause dehydration to skin cells, resulting in that crepey, thin-looking skin that is anything but healthy”, says Vicki Edgson. “Sugars bind to to the essential fatty acids that make up the outer layer of our skin cells, preventing the nutrients getting in, and the toxins getting out. So, rather than spending fortunes on skincare remedies, why not cut back on your sugars, and treat yourself to a great facial every month – far better value.”

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ROACCUTANE: A SKIN SPECIALIST’S GUIDE TO THE ACNE DRUG AND ITS SIDE EFFECTS

CONSIDERING ROACCUTANE FOR YOUR ACNE? SKIN DOCTOR DR TERRY LOONG EXPLAINS HOW ISOTRETINOIN WORKS TO GET RID OF ADULT ACNE, THE PROS AND CONS AND WHETHER IT'S RIGHT FOR YOU

Roaccutane; it gets a bad rap, but is its negative press deserved? Who can roaccutane help and how does it work? In a continuation of our clear skin feature, we tapped into integrative cosmetic and skin doctor Dr Terry Loong’s knowledge and experience with the renowned acne medication to find out about roaccutane side effects, how it really works and whether it's right for your skin...

Get The Gloss: What exactly is Roaccutane? How does it work?

Dr Terry: Roaccutane is a vitamin A derivative that is taken orally as a pill to treat severe acne. The true mechanism of how it works is not fully known but in essence it does the following:

  • Dramatically reduces the size of the oil glands (by around 35-58%)

  • Reduces the amount of oil produced by the gland itself (by around 80%)

  • Reduces skin cells clogging up the pores

  • Reduces inflammation

  • Indirectly reduces P.Acne bacteria that causes acne opportunistically.

GTG: Who is most likely to find it suitable?

DT: Severe inflammatory acne that has not responded to traditional or alternative methods will fare best. That usually means very oily, inflamed skin.

GTG: How long is a course of treatment? What should happen once a course is over?

DT: A course of treatment is typically 3-5 months (one cycle) depending on the severity.

Research shows that Roaccutane can achieve partial or complete clearance of acne in about 95% of people who complete a cycle. The majority of people who take it see their acne effectively cured, experiencing long-term remission of acne symptoms.

Studies show an average relapse rate of around 33%, and in these cases sometimes a second course is given.

GTG: What are the pros of taking Roaccutane?

DT: It reduces oil production on the face, dramatically improving acne and for some achieving flawless skin.

GTG: On the flip side, what are the cons?

DT: Plenty! As it's a systemic medication (taken orally), it affects many systems of the body. Approximately 80% of people taking Roaccutane will experience one or more of the below side effects:

  • Dry mouth

  • Dry, cracked lips

  • Dry skin

  • Nose bleeds

  • Hair loss or baldness

  • Skin rash or worsening eczema

  • Hair overgrowth in women (rare)

  • Sensitive skin

  • Increased risk of sunburn

  • Depression

  • Suicidal thoughts

  • Hearing impairment

  • Visual problems

  • Joint pain

  • Bowel inflammation

  • Birth defects

  • Muscle pain

  • Arthritis

  • Liver problems

  • Dry eyes

Unfortunately the list goes on...

GTG: How can you counteract any side effects?

DT: It’s best to weigh up the pros and cons carefully before starting on it. Increase your supplement intake to reduce inflammation in your body, eat organic produce where possible, increase your antioxidant uptake and reduce any toxic chemical burden where you can to help to minimise the impact of side effects.

GTG: Should you also change the skincare products you're using?

DT: Yes, your skin will be drier so it's best to hydrate! Moisturise your skin and don't use products that have too strong active ingredients. You’ll want to avoid skin treatments that would be reactive or strip the skin, for example steer clear of skin peels or lasers that may be too harsh for the skin. Sunscreen is a must, even on cloudy days!

GTG: Is it worse to take it in winter?

DT: It could be as the weather will be dry so you should increase your moisture levels. However, during winter there’s less sunshine, so from this perspective it may be beneficial to start a course during the winter months.

GTG: Do you have any Roaccutane success stories? Or on the contrary, horror stories?

DT: I prefer not to use Roaccutane. My patients normally come to me after Roaccutane failed them or in cases where acne has resurfaced and they don't want to go through the side effects again. I had a patient who had such dry eyes after roaccutane that she couldn't wear any contact lenses for 3 years. It’s whatever works for individual patients.

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Hottest Halloween makeup inspo from Instagram

Holla! Halloween is every makeup lover’s fave time of year right? Where everyone gets to release their inner MUA and get a bit crazy and experimental with their look, it’s the perfect excuse to spend hours in front of the mirror in makeup land letting loose with the facepaint, and glitter! And let’s not forget all the practice runs (which annoyingly always turn out perfect and impossible to recreate)!! This is serious business, it’s time to start prepping gals. Here are our 10 favourite Halloween makeup looks from Instagram to give you some inspo and get the creative juices flowing.

Pirates and Halloween go hand in hand! @bybrookelle is showing us how it’s done! This is a super easy look to achieve, just smudge out a darker shadow than your everyday over your eyes, team with some lippy and some pirate-like accessories and you’re winning.

You can’t go too far wrong with a sexy cat outfit on Halloween! Cat makeup is so flattering for some reason! @makeupbyleyla is nailing it, and those contacts finish the look off purrfectly!

@jamiegenevieve slaying the classic half skeleton Halloween look. This isn’t just makeup, this is art!

You can’t get any girlier than @amythemermaidx! How gorgeous is her look. Unicorns are most definitely the most scary things to dress up as for Halloween!

Alice in Wonderland themed costumes are always a Halloween favourite! We LOVE this white rabbit makeup from @beauty.x.jenna she is so talented!

Another spooky one from @monicarosemua. Who says Halloween costumes have to be scary anyway! When else do you get the opportunity to dress up as a mermaid?! Christmas? Nope.

HOW does @brookelle still look this good with fake blood all over her face?! It’s not okay. But hey if you want something a bit gorier this joker inspired look is the one.

This white sugar skull style makeup from @rushanaisaacs is sooo pretty and girly with just the right amount of spookiness!

This unzipped zipper makeup from @amberroseoatman is one for the girls who just want to give their everyday makeup a Halloweeny edge  

One for the Suicide Squad fans! @beeisforbeauty is killin’ it.

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Makeup trends to try for Autumn/Winter 2016

Hey Ruby Girls! Want the lowdown on this season’s hot new beauty trends? Look no further, Ruby’s got it covered!

This season it’s all about individualism and embracing your beautiful features! The Autumn/Winter fashion weeks saw dark lips, grown up glitter and flushed cheeks take centre stage, while liner got graphic and brows and lashes became bold!

Here are five of our favourite looks for AW16 that could be incorporated into your makeup routine..

Vampy Lips

As the air gets chillier, the vibes get vampier and lips get darker! Deeper lips for Autumn is a classic, from ruby reds to bold berry colours and coppery browns, this Autumn/Winter look is here to stay! As the glitter bug is going around this season, Ruby’s Shimmer Lipgloss in Ruby Red and Brown are perfect to keep you on trend!

Flushed Cheeks

It’s time to embrace your girliest blusher shades! At Vivienne Westwood there was a romantic, ethereal vibe to the makeup, and Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner rocked their perfect complections at Balmain. To achieve this look try Ruby’s L.A. Sheer Contour Kit, which includes a perfect pink blush, as our contour kit is powder based it is great for creating a gorgeous natural looking complection, a powder contour allows you to build up the perfect amount of colour to create a sheer, naturally flushed effect for Autumn, and avoids the dreaded ‘cakey’ look which is never in!

Graphic Liner

Okay so this is a bit of a crazy look, probably not one for walking the dogs. But if you’re brave and you’re into a bit of crazy experimental makeup this one is for you! The recent Fashion weeks have seen models rocking this look down the runway at Topshop Unique, Jeremy Scott, Simone Rocha, Giamba, Ryan Lo and Kenzo to just name a few!

Bold Natural Brows

The big brows trend continues its reign, only this time the emphasis is on their natural beauty so throw away the tweezers girls and let your brows do their thing. So this is great but not all of us were blessed with naturally thick and bold brows so to create the impression of fuller brows try our Ruby Brow Powder, in colours ranging from Irid Brown to Charcoal, we’ve got you covered. Find out what colour you should be using in our guide for naturally full looking brows! The brow kits include stencils so you can master that perfect natural shape.

Textured Eyes

Fashion weeks saw designers such as Emporio Armani and Jason Wu present some eccentric ways to make your eyes pop, from foiled lids, broken glass effects, glitter and messy clumped lashes against fresh skin. This is probably another one for the more daring but you could create a more toned down version by using a shimmery shadow, or using a brown mascara instead of black when layering up the lashes!
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Beauty without Bunnies!

At Ruby we love animals just as much as we love our makeup! That is why we ensure all of our lovely products are cruelty free!


We’re all aware of the gruesome realities of animal testing. Hundreds of thousands of animals are poisoned, blinded or even killed every year in product testing for cosmetics, personal-care products, household cleaning products, and even fruit juices! These tests are not required by law, and often produce misleading or inaccurate results. Even if a product has blinded an animal, it can still be marketed to you. Not cool. We all have a responsibility within society to help put a stop to this nasty business!


The good news is, scientists have developed sophisticated product tests that are faster, cheaper and far more accurate than testing on animals. Girls, you don't have to choose between the gorgeous makeup you can’t live without and helping to stop animal cruelty, you can do your bit by just looking out for the ‘Beauty Without Bunnies’ logo when you’re shopping! By purchasing only cruelty free products you can help save rabbits, mice, guinea pigs, rats and other animals from excruciating tests and a lifetime of suffering.


We are very proud to announce we are now a recognised member of the ‘Beauty Without Bunnies’ campaign. This means that all products manufactured and sold at Ruby are certified by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Companies included on PETA’s cruelty-free/ and vegan cosmetics and skincare list have either signed PETA’s statement of assurance or provided a statement verifying that they, and their suppliers, do not commission any animal tests on ingredients, formulations, or finished products, and pledge not to do so in the future.


PETA’s ‘Beauty Without Bunnies’ programme is the perfect resource for conscientious shoppers, making the quest for cruelty free beauty products a whole lot easier, just look for PETA’s cruelty-free/ and vegan bunny logo- products proudly displaying this logo are cruelty free, or cruelty free and vegan.


You can see the full ‘Bunny Free’ list on PETA’s website to check whether a company is cruelty free or not! You will also find more information on the programme and what else you can do to help!
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It’s time to eat your way to amazing skin.

We all love makeup and we know that the right concealer can certainly hide a multitude of sins, but every artist knows that a smooth, well treated base is the foundation of a masterpiece.
Your skin needs the right balance of foods and nourishment from within to help it stay soft, supple and blemish free. Sorry girls.. step away from the Maccies.

5’s right
Fruit and veg are the key to protecting skin from the free radicals that are caused by smoking, pollution and sunlight and can cause all manner of nasties to happen on your face. When we say eat the rainbow.. we don’t mean pick up a packet of Skittles, we mean at least 5 portions of colourful fruit and vegetables a day. Betacarotene found in pumpkin, carrots and sweet potatoes, and lucetin found in kale, papaya and spinach are brimming with antioxidants that are all important for normal skin cell development and a healthy skin tone.

Vitamin C
Blackcurrants, blueberries, broccoli, kiwi fruits, oranges, papaya and strawberries - no, not a fab new cocktail recipe, but the best sources of Vitamin C. Essential for a strong immune system and radiant skin - helping blemishes heal properly and producing collagen that strengthens capillaries that supply the skin.

Cut out crash diets
Losing and gaining weight over and over again takes it toll on your skin, making it sag, causing wrinkles and giving you stretch marks. Crash diets are often very short of essential vitamins too, reflecting on your skin more than you realise.

Stock up on selenium
Yes, it sounds like we’re getting scientific, but hear us out. Selenium is essential for your immune system, and studies suggest that a selenium-rich diet can help protect against skin cancer. Just four Brazil nuts provide your recommended daily amount.
Other sources are fish, shellfish, eggs, tomatoes and broccoli.

H2 OH!
Even mild dehydration can cause your skin to look dry, tired and grey. Aim to drink six to eight glasses of water a day - all fluids count towards your daily allowance but water is the best. If you work in an office, you could keep a large bottle of water on your desk to remind you to drink.

The good kind of fat
Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are found in avocados, fish, nuts and seeds. They provide essential fatty acids and act as a moisturiser for your skin that works from the inside out!

Opt for omega-3
Omega-3 and omega-6 are both essential fatty acids that produce anti-inflammatory compounds that are particularly effective against skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Find them in oily fish, flaxseed oil, walnut and rapeseed oil.

A to Zinc
Zinc helps to repair skin damge and keep it soft and supple. Foods rich in zinc include fish, lean red meat, wholegrains, poultry, nuts, seeds and shellfish.



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Natural makeup removers that you can find in your kitchen right now

In a recent survey, a third of women questioned confessed to sleeping with their makeup on at least twice a week. Guilty as charged over here.. We all know we should but the lure of a cosy and comfy bed after a night out is way too strong!

Good cleansers can be super expensive but have you tried something a bit more natural?
We’ve done some digging and found 4 makeup removers that you can probably find in your kitchen right now!

Natural Oil Cleanser
Natural oils such as olive oil and coconut oil will cleanse your skin without over-drying it. They’re also great at removing basically all types of makeup, from the darkest mascara to the most pigmented lipstick.

  • Milk
  • Milk is great for your skin. The fat and proteins in milk, especially whole milk, can help to hydrate and allow for your skin to retain moisture. Take about a tablespoon of almond oil and add it to a bowl of whole milk and rub it all over your face with a wash cloth or cotton ball. It should leave your face makeup-free and refreshed.
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    Cucumber
    Cucumbers have anti-inflammatory properties, so they will help to soothe irritated skin or acne-prone skin. Take one cucumber and blend it into a paste. Use it as a cleanser on your face. If you have tough makeup to remove, add a little bit of milk or olive oil to the mixture.  

    Yoghurt
    Using yogurt on your skin can help to moisturise it, and it’s perfect for relieving sunburn. Take a clean cotton round and dip it into some plain yogurt, rub it all over your face in a circular motion, and then rinse off with cool water.

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    Picking your brow powder shade...

    We’ve had a lot of people asking what is the perfect Ruby Brow Powder colour for
    them recently, so we thought we’d pull together a quick guide for all you Ruby Girls
    out there.

     

     

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