Beauty Trends

Feel-good fragrance

Perfume really can improve your mood


Tracey Strange We've known for ages that fragrance has a huge psychological effect on our lives, but until fairly recently that knowledge has been mainly anecdotal, not scientific.

90s revival

So, hair gel is happening

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12:  A model walks the runway at the Jeremy Scott Autumn Winter 2014 fashion show during New York Fashion Week on February 12, 2014 in New York, United States.  (Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images)

Genevieve Rosen Here a four non-confronting ways to re-introduce the old beauty staple into your arsenal.

MBFWA beauty

Backstage beauty cheat sheet

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 09:  A model showcases designs by Aje on the runway at the Aje show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14  at Carriageworks on April 9, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Jennifer Polixenni Brankin/WireImage)

KATHLEEN LEE JOE What tips, tricks and wonder products were responsible for those stunning faces you saw on the runway?

MBFWA beauty

Aurelio Costarella's bringing bouffant back

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 07:  A model walks the runway at the Aurelio Costarella show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2014 at Carriageworks on April 7, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Stefan Gosatti/Getty Images)

Effie Mann Aurelio Costarella's 1930s Paris-inspired runway wasn't just about the clothes.

Lupita Nyong-o

Lupita Nyong-o to be a face of Lancome

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Lupita Nyong'o attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

Is excited to be an ambassador for the brand.

Clumpy mascara

The beauty 'mistake' we can't get enough of

rita ora

ANNIE STEVENS Rita Ora and her clumpy mascara covered Paper magazine and it was actually brilliant.

Nail colour

The season's hottest nail shades

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Melissa Williams-King You might not be ready for winter clothes, but new nail polish shades are an easy autumn accessory to try.

MDNA skincare

Madonna's ad for her new skin care range is nonsensical

Madonna for MDMA skincare.

It could also be described as redefining the acronym "WTF".

Hilarious beauty spoof

Must watch: this honest and hilarious make-up tutorial


ANNIE STEVENS Echoes so many of our feelings on the mysteries of makeup.

Beauty quick fix

Beauty quick fixes for cosmetic catastrophes

bad hair day

Tracey Strange Hair in a tizz? Skin having a fit? Need to look good in a photo - fast?

Beauty muse

Perfect 90s preppy with Cher from Clueless


NICOLE ELPHICK Cher’s style was influenced by nineties minimalism, a fairly pronounced preppy streak and a touch of Beverly Hills glamour.

Bathroom luxe

Why not beautify your bathroom?

Woman showing how to take a bath.

NICOLE ELPHICK Fancied-up bathroom products needn't just be for holidays.

Lorde for MAC

Lorde nabs exclusive collaboration

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 23: Lorde attends the Delta Air Lines 2014 GRAMMY Weekend Private Reception And Performance With Lorde held at Soho House on January 23, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)

Sarah Mackenzie Not content with her reign over the music charts, Lorde is about to take the beauty world by storm.

Cate Blanchett and Amy Adams visit tattoo parlour post-Oscars

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Nick Allen, Los Angeles How do you celebrate winning an Oscar? A meal at a fine restaurant, or perhaps a glass of champagne at an exclusive bar? Not if you’re Cate Blanchett.

Manicure tips

At-home mani no-nos

PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 29: Fashion blogger Valentina Siragosa wears a an Antonio Marras dress and a Roger Vivier bag on day 6 of Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014, Paris September 29, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/FilmMagic)

NICOLE ELPHICK Expert tips for perfecting DIY nails.

Star secrets

Oscar red carpet secrets

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Sandy Cohen The flawless looks about to be unveiled on the Oscars red carpet have been months in the making and require an army of experts.

Budget beauty

Top three chemist cult buys


NICOLE ELPHICK There are plenty of budget beauty buys – but which ones can actually hold their own against their luxe brand counterparts?

Fair-trade beauty

Do you have a fair-trade beauty routine?


NICOLE ELPHICK You probably have fair-trade coffee in your plunger and fair-trade chocolate as a treat, but how about the products you use on your skin?

Camera ready

How to look fabulous in photographs


NICOLE ELPHICK We asked Max May, celebrity hair and makeup artist, to share his tips on the basics of camera-ready beauty...

Bad hair day

Never underestimate the fallout from a bad hair day

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Tracey Strange A BHD can leave you feeling flat, depressed, even. Here are some tips for avoiding negative 'dos.

NYFW nails

Best nails from New York Fashion Week


NICOLE ELPHICK A few designs you may want to recreate during your next TV binge watching session...

Scented nails

Scented nail polishes: great or gimmick?


Melissa Williams-King Now that everyone is getting gel manicures, regular nail polish brands need to get even more inventive to entice us.

Beauty muse

Cassandra from Wayne’s World


NICOLE ELPHICK Tia Carrere’s character was indeed a total ‘Babe-raham Lincoln’...

Autumn beauty

Must-have beauty for the coming season


Tracey Strange White liner worn as eye shadow, molten chocolate enamel, luxurious multi-taskers - welcome to autumn's most-wanted beauty products.

Summer skin

Refresh your summer skin

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NICOLE ELPHICK After the sweat, sunscreen and sea salt, your skin needs a little TLC.

Made up

The many ways make-up changes us


SARAH BERRY New research shows how make-up influences how we are perceived and how we perceive ourselves.


Male beauty trend?

All hail the man-bun

man bun

Sara Bauknecht The top knot for blokes continues to gain momentum.

Super (foot) model

What exactly does foot modelling involve?


NICOLE ELPHICK When Tom Ford is rolling around at your feet you've probably made it. We chat to Gemma Howorth to see how it's done.

Best nail blogs

Top 5 nail art blogs


Rachel Clun There's really no excuse for boring nails.

Red carpet beauty

2014 Golden Globes beauty


Hollywood’s elite offered up a few pleasant surprises...

Beauty gram

10 beauty experts you should be following on Instagram


Effie Mann Draw daily inspiration from beauty experts around the globe.

Beauty Muse

Sad-eye icon: Margot Tenenbaum

Gwyneth Paltrow in The Royal Tenenbaums
For SMH Metro

NICOLE ELPHICK How to capture the 'little girl meets French chic' of Wes Anderson's iconic character.

Organic beauty

Is organic beauty essential or indulgent?

Beautiful woman

Cassy Small The secret to glowing skin and luscious locks or an overpriced gimmick?

Beauty truths

There's no such thing as effortless beauty

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 14:  Alexa Chung attends a photocall to Launch her new make up collection in collaboration with Eyeko at Selfridges on November 14, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Winnie Salamon Behind the scenes, in bedrooms, bathrooms and salons across the globe, women and men work tirelessly to look as though they just happened to be born this way.

Bizarre beauty

2013: a year of bizarre beauty

PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 29:  Kim Kardashian attends Givenchy show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear  Spring/Summer 2014, held at 'la Halle Freyssinet' on September 29, 2013 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)

CAROLINE ZIELINSKI Thai face slapping massages, vampire facials and toe-besity plastic surgery. The wacky beauty treatments people were getting this year.

Runway beauty

Pretty-looking hair and younger-looking hands


Stephanie Darling The ready-to-wear catwalks are a constant source of inspiration for Stephanie Darling.

How to: beauty

Beauty queens of YouTube


Cassy Small Among the cat videos and clips of kids falling over on YouTube there is a goldmine of beauty advice.

Beauty beat

How to get lips like Rihanna and Kim Kardashian


Stephanie Darling From nearly nude to cool coral, nude lips are trending right now.

The Top 10 worst movie make-up jobs

Shawn Wayans and Marion Wayans in a scene from the film White Chicks. Directed by Kennen Ivory Waynes white chicks opens in cinemas August 2004.
SMH METROPOLITAN pic supplied by Colimbis Tristar

Anthony Morris Time and time again Hollywood makes the basic mistake of turning perfectly good-looking people into hideous freaks because their perfect features just “aren’t right for the part”.

Beauty beat

Perfecting the winged-eye trend


Stephanie Darling It's easy, just join the dots, says Stephanie Darling.

Bizarre beauty

Are these beauty looks brave or bonkers?


NICOLE ELPHICK Beauty has been getting slightly bizarre of late.

Bowl hair cuts

13 reasons bowl cuts were the worst

Bowl cut

Christine Erickson Everyone around you was visibly uncomfortable with your choice of hair style

Beauty tips

Beauty secrets from around the globe

India, Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar

Cassy Small Take inspiration from some of the world's most beautiful women.

Skincare update

Are parabens a problem?


NICOLE ELPHICK What exactly are parabens and why might consumers be avoiding them?

No quick fix

The one thing beauty editors don't want to talk about

PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 02:Fashion blogger Eleanora Carisi wearing a Valentino dress, Louis Vuitton jacket and bag on day 9 of Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014, Paris October 02, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/FilmMagic)

Jo Stanley It's a common thing that happens to women as they age, but nobody wants to admit it.

Uniqlo Hairdo

Uniqlo matches your clothes to your hair style


NICOLE ELPHICK And it's both adorable and useful.

Cat's eye makeup

The new way to do cat's eye makeup

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06:  A model walks the runway at the Jason Wu fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 at 82 Mercer on September 6, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images)

NICOLE ELPHICK This look is just as sexy, but allows for a little bit of pleasant smudginess.

Pick a new scent

How to sniff out a new scent


Stephanie Darling Spring is in the air, and so are some sensational fragrances.

How to: Matte nails

Move over nail art, there's a new trend to experiment with


NICOLE ELPHICK Matte nails have been spotted on and off the catwalk. With good reason.

Make-up free zones

Women are wearing less makeup than they used to

BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 04:  A model waiting backstage ahead of the Schumacher Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014at Brandenburg Gate on July 4, 2013 in Berlin, Germany.|  (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

NICOLE ELPHICK But why are they still buying so much of it?

Donate your hair

Here's why you should consider donating your hair


NICOLE ELPHICK New pixie crop AND wigs for cancer patients? Call that a win.

Neon eyeshadow

How to actually pull off neon eyeshadow


NICOLE ELPHICK We're dubbing the look 'electric mermaid' and you should definitely try it.

Tousled hair

How to get perfectly tousled hair

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 21:  Supermodel Kate Moss is sighted at the 'Gare du Nord' on November 21, 2012 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Marc Piasecki/FilmMagic)

Stephanie Darling IE, how to successfully pull off Kate Moss' signature 'do.

Long-lasting polish

The new super long lasting nail polish

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Stephanie Darling And other beauty things to know about this week.

Bargain beauty

Did you notice that high end beauty products are getting cheaper?

Fuerteventura, Spain, Woman in car applying lipstick

NICOLE ELPHICK Some of your favourite fancy products are going down in price. Here's why.

Instagram beauty

Seven beauty accounts to follow


NICOLE ELPHICK We’ve curated the style shots that are holding the most influence over our current beauty regimen. Prettiness ahead...


Bigger brows

Bigger is better


NICOLE ELPHICK Right now eyebrows are in and it’s very much a case of the bigger, the better.


Nail classics

Nailing it

Seductive gaze. Make-up by J?rgen Braun for Dior with: Diorskin Forever Fluid Foundation, Beige Clair; Diorliner, black; Diorshow Iconic Mascara, Black. Elsa Durrens Manicure for Dior with Dior Base Coat; Dior Rouge Altesse Varnish; Dior Top Coat. Ring (Christian Dior Joaillerie). 
Produced by Julie Gillet.
DRIU & TIAGO / Madame Figaro

ELIZA ASHE The nail polish classics that never go out of fashion.

90s beauty icons

6 beauty icons of the '90s

Winona Ryder in publicity portrait for the film 'Reality Bites', 1994. (Photo by Universal/Getty Images)

NICOLE ELPHICK Because it wasn’t all about over-plucked eyebrows and obvious lip liner.

insider makeup tips

Q & A with MAC's make-up maven

Sun Herald. S. Inside My Wardrobe with Nicole.
Photo: Edwina Pickles. 1st July 2013.

JENNA CLARKE A pow-wow with MAC Cosmetic's Senior Artist for Australia and New Zealand, Nicole Thompson.