Last night, Made in Chelsea stars Millie Mackintosh and Funda Onal attended a party for Skyy Vodka at the Electric in Brixton. Millie looked sexy in an all black outfit which also happened to include her nail varnish, whilst Funda spun records in a black-ish purple lipstick shade. This badass, dried blood shade is one of the hottest of the season, and I'm not just saying that because it reminds me of Bendick's Bittermints! Shop goth nail and lip shades by clicking on the products above and let me know what you favourite current colours are.
It looks like blood red lipstick isn't just for those channeling their inner goth anymore. In fact, it's become quite glam, showing up on the lips of some of the most famous faces in Hollywood as they walk the red carpet. Just last night, The Office star, Mindy Kaling arrived at the NBC Universal Golden Globes After Party in a dark wine shade, and over the weekend at the Art of Elysium Gala, Ashley Olsen also donned a bruised-coloured lip. This very berry fashion forward shade also appeared on Cheryl Cole at Gary and Dawn Barlow's anniversary party last week. and on Mary Kate-Olsen at a tribute to Tim Burton in late November. Do you think the bloody lip look is something you could see yourself wearing on a night out on the town?
Happy new year fellow beauty junkies! I hope you've all had the chance to relax a bit and gather round with those closest to you to welcome in the new year. I had the opportunity to play around with some new products and also test out some great older goodies from friends and family. Read on to find out what they are here!
Just out is the latest launch from Chantecaille called Sylvie Personal Collection. The range consists of four new products in the purple family (a popular colour trend this season) and was inspired by Sylvie Chantecaille, the founder of the brand. It is intended to be a fashion forward range for the chic and sophisticated, stylish city woman with gunmetal packaging and simple yet strong colours. The range isn't overly exhaustive, but I think the items are well chosen and it manages to pack a lot of punch.
The star product is of course Sylvie's Personal Palette (£75) which contains three powder shadows in a matte vanilla shade, a shimmery fawn brown, a brown-plum colour and a medium pink blusher, each embossed with a signature Chantecaille rose — a pretty and feminine touch (don't you think)? The shadows can be worn wet or dry and are although the colours are soft, they are rich in pigment so they show up better than you'd expect.
The collection is due out online this week, but until then you can buy it on counter at Fenwick, Harrods and SpaceNK. To see each of the products up close and for prices and a description of the complete range, read more
Last night in East London, Peaches Geldof partied with her mates with newly goth-inspired purple hair and chipped metallic blue nail varnish. I'm quite used to seeing a more reserved side of peaches with blonde or brunette hair, so this dye job came as quite a surprise to me. Vote below and let me know your thoughts on Peaches wild new hair colour.
The sexy vampiress look is coming back again for Autumn '09. As we see on the womenswear catwalks of Italy at the Moschino Cheap & Chic, Frankie Morello and Luciano Soprani shows, a deep berry, almost bloody lip style is all the fashion. I happen to like this edgy alternative to a classic red lip, but it's certainly not something everyone feels comfortable pulling off. What are your thoughts on a dark lip stain: could you handle looking once bitten or are you too shy?
Grunge goth beauty was never supposed to be about the money, so what's with this season's Glam Goth makeup looks (not to mention clothes, thanks Luella) costing so much? I'm not one for scrimping and saving on makeup, but as we are sliding into a recession it makes sense to worry our pretty little heads about prices, every now and then.
Cue my credit crunch-friendly pick of the best products to get autumn/winter's soft goth look, on the cheap. At my sister, the Blonde's, punk party last weekend, I tested the high street's selection of gothic offerings, putting them through their paces with a night that included not only jumping on the sofa to the Ramones I Wanna Be Sedated, but also making, consuming and then cleaning up after numerous vodka jellies. Yes, my nail polish was chipped, but that black eyeshadow didn't budge.
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Is this a catwalk-only trend? Or are you sharpening your kohl pencils and licking your blood-stained, rouged lips in anticipation of autumn's latest look?
This season we're descending to the dark side for inspiration.
Chanel sent out grunge goths with washed-out skin and matted hair, whilst the Yves Saint Laurent models had blood-bitten, black or burgendy stained lips and Viktor & Rolf's girls sported almost cartoonish black ringed eyes.
This is a far cry from the teenage goth looks of yore. Soft Goth or Goth Glam, is a polished, prettier version of the tough love goth vibe. If hair is going to be grungy – it should be artfully, not unwash-edly, matted – while skin may be pale, but it has a super natural, translucent glow that whispers money and good grooming.
Here are my top tips for chanelling your inner Morticia Addams. Just read more
The word Goth, which comes from gothic, is typically used to refer to a youth subculture, which started in the post-punk era of the late 70s and early 80s. Pale skin, piercings, coal-back hair and dramatic makeup are all trademarks of the goth look, for girls, as well as boys.
Achieving a Goth beauty look is all about attitude, as oppose to actual rules. Although, as with all looks that involve a lot of makeup, it can be very high-maintenance.
Typically, the skin should be ghostly-pale to contrast with the hair, which is dyed jet black, and often worn super-straight. Eyes are heavily lined in black eyeliner, and lipstick is ultra dark, like deep purple or a va va vamp red. Nails should be black or deep purple. This look is all about the contrast between light and dark, and the drama of standing out from more mainstream beauty ideals.
Recently, and somewhat ironically, perhaps, Goth-inspired makeup is set to be a huge trend, for Autumn/Winter 2008. Dubbed 'Soft Goth' it is inspired by the opulence and theatricality of dark, vampish makeup.
Balenciaga, Lanvin, Gucci and Viktor & Rolf, all sent out girls with smudgy, kohl-lined eyes and dark, blood red-black lips. Oh my goth!