Beauty Trends

Side flips

How to master the side flip

Queen of swooshy, side-swept hair, Meryl Streep.

KATHLEEN LEE JOE Get down, flip it and reverse it with this timeless hairstyle.

Beauty Fads

Your skin doesn’t need to be put on a ‘diet’


KATHLEEN LEE JOE The 5:2 skin diet is just another hype-driven scheme, urging women to overthink our beauty regimes instead of just doing what we feel is normal.

Fashion Month

8 unexpected makeup trends that actually work IRL

MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 26:  A model is seen backstage ahead of the Fendi show.  (Photo by Ewan McLuada/Getty Images)

KATHLEEN LEE JOE Thoroughly unique, subtly alluring, totally achievable makeup looks from Paris, Milan, London and New York.

Just Add Water

The hair trend every lazy girl can get behind

Models pose prior to the Stella McCartney show as part of Paris Fashion Week.

Kathleen Lee-Joe Wet ponytails have just been given the fist bump of approval by Stella McCartney.

Eighties Hair

Wait, is crimped hair cool again?

A model backstage ahead of Alberto Zambelli's show at Milan Fashion Week.

Kathleen Lee-Joe You read that right. The ‘80s and ‘90s mainstay, beloved by Lizzie McGuire and vintage Tyra Banks, is making a comeback.

Puffy Eyes

Why Korean women are playing up their under-eye bulges


Kathleen Lee-Joe They call it ‘aegyo-sal’, which roughly translates to ‘eye smiles’ or ‘cute, charming and winsome baby-eye fat’.

Global Beauty

Watch: This is what beauty looks like in 37 countries

A portrait taken outside the Labrang monastery, in Xiahe, China.

Kathleen Lee-Joe Though the mainstream media tends to promote a fairly homogenous look, ‘pretty’ differs wildly depending on where you are in the world.

Watch: 100 years of Iranian beauty in one video

A modern-day take on Iranian beauty.

Kathleen Lee-Joe A visual tour through the changing roles and rights of women in Iran.

Unisex beauty

6 beauty products borrowed from the boys

Though we wouldn't necessarily call our ex-boyfriends the best dudes in the world, at least they left us with one positive legacy - a lasting appreciation for men's grooming products.

They're simple, streamlined, do the job, and lack that cloyingly sweet scent so popular in women's. (Seriously, who wants their legs to smell like coconut and mango?) 

Urine therapy

Should you be putting urine on your face?

The fountain of youth looks to be a … urinal?

KATHLEEN LEE JOE "It's urine therapy darling; it's not to be sniffed at."

Unicorn beards

2015 is year of the rainbow beard

2015 is year of the rainbow beard.

KATHLEEN LEE JOE Wait until Jared Leto gets a load of this …

New in beauty

10 beauty products to try in 2015

Want to keep up with the beauty times? These products are to 2015 what organic coconut oil was to 2014.

KATHLEEN LEE JOE These products are to 2015 what organic coconut oil was to 2014. Clear space in your medicine cabinet ...

Unnatural makeup

There’s much to love about unnatural makeup

Unnatural makeup.

KATHLEEN LEE JOE Women are constantly told that the key to wearing makeup is to look like you’re not wearing any makeup at all – yet frankly, we think that’s a tad boring.

Gifting scents

How to buy fragrance for someone else

KATHLEEN LEE JOE Buying perfume is pretty intimate business, but you needn’t be intimidated.

Beyonce beauty

Beyonce dropped a line of nail wraps inspired by Beyonce

HOUSTON, TX - JULY 15:  Entertainer Beyonce performs on stage during

The queen of stealth does it again.

Pastel pits

Would you dye your pits bright blue?


KATHLEEN LEE JOE Or is pink more your style? Dyeing your armpit hair could just be the next big thing in beauty.

Full frontal beauty

The pornification of beauty language


KATHLEEN LEE JOE Apparently, post-coital skin is now the end goal of our beauty routines.

Advanced nail art

This Advanced Style nail art is simply the best


KATHLEEN LEE JOE We spotted the fancy mani over on Instagram and thought it too good not to share.

Beauty match-maker

Get face-matched with a beauty blogger


KATHLEEN LEE JOE This online search tool allows users to find beauty bloggers and vloggers who share similar features to themselves.

60 the new 20?

A shout out to the women changing the beauty industry

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Gone are the days when actress Isabella Rossellini was dropped by Lancome at age 40, reportedly for being too old.

TV nails

Nails inspired by OITNB, Broad City and more

CANNES, FRANCE - APRIL 07:  (L to R) Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson pose during the photocall of 'Broad City' at MIPTV 2014 at Hotel Majestic on April 7, 2014 in Cannes, France.  (Photo by Didier Baverel/WireImage)

KATHLEEN LEE JOE Combining our two favourite things.

Micro fringes

Can anyone pull off micro bangs?

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17:  Beyonce sighting at Harry's Bar in Mayfair on October 17, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Keith Hewitt/GC Images)

KATHLEEN LEE JOE There was a phase in the ‘90s where everyone wanted bangs like Winona Ryder in Beetlejuice – choppy, slicked and super short. Of course, it took a face like Winona’s to pull them off. We didn’t realise this until the damage had already been done.

TV style icons

Which Twin Peaks character is your style match?

Audrey Horne

KATHLEEN LEE JOE Beyond the cinematography and David Lynch’s trippy meta-narratives, the thing that had us spellbound was Twin Peak’s femme fatales and their retro-kitsch style.

Pigtail resurgence

Can grown women wear pigtails?

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10:  A model walks the runway at Jeremy Scott during MADE Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Milk Studios on September 10, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Randy Brooke/WireImage)

KATHLEEN LEE JOE Like rompers and overalls, this particular look sits in that curious category of trends that are tricky to pull off past the age of 10.

Organic beauty

Why organic skincare may not be better for you

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KATHLEEN LEE JOE Going organic certainly sounds more holistic and Goop-approved, but are the products as effective as their mainstream counterparts? And what exactly makes a product organic anyway?

Competitive beauty

What exactly goes on at the Nail Art Olympics?

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KATHLEEN LEE JOE The Nail Olympics (‘Nailympia’) happened in London last week. And we think we just died and went to nail-art heaven.

French beauties

25 French beauty icons to make your muse

PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 26:  Marion Cotillard attends the Christian Dior  show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2015 on September 26, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)

KATHLEEN LEE JOE We raise our Champers to the Gallic gals doing effortless Franco-sophistication in 2014. (And yes, the list goes beyond Jane Birkin’s daughters.)

Beauty nostalgia

Which beauty products make you feel nostalgic?

Kate Moss

KATHLEEN LEE JOE Return to a period when half-up, half-down hairstyles fixed with a thousand claw clips, cloyingly sweet vanilla-scented body spray and multiple shades of mascara were the height of sophistication.

Runway to reality

15 Fashion Week beauty trends that work IRL

Ralph Rucci

KATHLEEN LEE JOE Sure, it’s exciting to see faux freckles, powder-blue brows and words spelt out with hair on the runway – but those looks probably aren’t going to work for Sunday brunch or that Monday morning meeting.

Botox warning

Botox may 'stunt emotional growth' in young people


CATHERINE RODIE Clinical practitioners in the UK have warned that Botox may 'stunt emotional growth' in young people.

Oh boy

Forget the man bun, your boyfriend needs a man bob now

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RACHEL CLUN We've learned to love the man bun, thanks largely to Jared Leto and his ombre locks, but now it's time to accept the latest male hair trend: the man bob.

High brow

How to get your best brows ever

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Lucy Corry Good brows are a game-changer. They frame the face, define the eyes and generally make you look more awake. Here are a few of our favourite brow shapers.

Gluten-free beauty

Are gluten-free beauty products only for the gullible?


KATHLEEN LEE JOE There may be more to a gluten-free lifestyle than just cutting bread out of your diet.

Cult classic

When scrunchies actually work


KATHLEEN LEE JOE Reconsidering our position on the much-maligned hair adornment.

Lupita's way

Lupita Nyong'o's beauty tips for dark skin and natural hair

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 15:  Lupita Nyong'o attends the Calvin Klein Party at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2014 in Cannes, France.  (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)

KATHLEEN LEE JOE And despite looking stunningly, shiningly, well-put-together on the regular, her approach to beauty is refreshingly low-maintenance.

Futuristic beauty

Could electronic make-up be the future of beauty?

Electronic make-up

RACHEL CLUN Virtual makeup and 3D printed eye-shadow. It has to be seen to be believed.

Must-watch beauty

The only beauty tutorials you need to watch on YouTube

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08:  A model get makeup applied backstage during the Harbison presentation during MADE Fashion Week Fall 2014 at Milk Studios on February 8, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)

KATHLEEN LEE JOE Anyone with a laptop, internet connection and face can make a YouTube beauty tutorial, but these keen vloggers have well and truly earned their clicks.

Beauty secrets

How to master this Korean beauty secret

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 10:  Soo-Young of Girls' Generation poses for photographs during the Raum flagship store renewal opening housewarming party on April 10, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea.  (Photo by The Chosunilbo JNS/Multi-Bits via Getty Images)

KATHLEEN LEE JOE Watch Korean dramas or tune into SBS PopAsia on any given Sunday morning and you’ll know the look I’m talking about.


Would you ditch shampoo for good?

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - AUGUST 05:  A model poses on the catwalk for Danish designer Veronica B Vallenes during Copenhagen Fashion Week on August 5, 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark.  (Photo by Rob Ball/Getty Images)

Cathy Bussey Welcome to the 'no poo' movement, you guys.

Trend alert

Japan's delicious new beauty trend: sushi nail art


KATHLEEN LEE JOE Try not to eat your fingers while wearing these yummy-looking nail art designs.

Beauty horrors

When contouring goes horribly wrong

MIAMI BEACH, FL - MARCH 12:  Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian attend the Grand Opening of DASH Miami Beach at Dash Miami Beach on March 12, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)

KATHLEEN LEE JOE The art of contouring is some complicated beauty business.

Get shorty

20 awesome hairstyles for short hair

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30:  Recording artist Rita Ora visits 106 & Park at BET studio on April 30, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images for BET)

KATHLEEN LEE JOE Who says Rapunzel should have all the fun? We asked the internet for cool styling tricks for the short-haired set and, as always, the internet delivered.

Brow weary

Have we reached 'peak brow'?

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KATHLEEN LEE JOE After spending the last year meticulously crafting hairy caterpillars onto our face, the trend is about to do a 180.

90s throwback

Are you ready for the return of this beauty trend?

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KATHLEEN LEE JOE It's about to hit the runway, red carpet, and your local supermarket aisle.

Trend alert

Visible bobby pins are happening

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 13:  Models pose on the runway at the House Of Ronald show during Fashion Forward at Madinat Jumeirah on April 13, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Fashion Forward)

KATHLEEN LEE JOE The accessory no one used to notice is having a beauty moment right now.

Beard gardens

Are flowers in beards a trend now?

Marlee Meghan Banta / Via Flickr: marlee_is_awake

KATHLEEN LEE JOE This isn’t some skit we pulled from an episode of Portlandia – beard gardens are actually a thing.

Beauty nostalgia

Would you try 80s beauty again?

circa 1985:  American model and actor Brooke Shields smiles while walking through an airport with her purse and a duffel bag. She wears a dark hat with a white brim, and holds a pair of sunglasses.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Leoni Barlow While the decade did include the odd beauty blunder (perms, for one) there are a few key looks that are making a stylish comeback.

Style a la French

10 French fashion bloggers worth bookmarking

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KATHLEEN LEE JOE What’s the secret to achieving that certain je ne sais quoi? Click forth, take notes, right-click and Save As to your desktop …

Beauty hacks

25 amazing beauty hacks for lazy-broke gals

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KATHLEEN LEE JOE There are plenty of beauty tips that we care not to listen to. Who actually throws out their mascara after six months? We ain’t got time for that.

Hair inspiration

Seven hair-obsessed Instagram accounts to follow

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KATHLEEN LEE JOE Abound in beauty inspo, you’ll find accounts by social-media-savvy salons, bloggers and brands, guaranteed to capture your attention and get you calling your colourist.

A braiding party

Watch as Lupita Nyong'o braids her best friends' hair


Effie Mann The Oscar-winning actress hosts a 'braiding party' for her closest friends.

Lupita for Lancome

First look at Lupita Nyong-o for Lancome


ANNIE STEVENS It's as breathtakingly beautiful as you imagined it would be.

Best hair tips

How to achieve the season's hottest hair styles

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - JUNE 11:  Jennifer Morrison attends the Closing Ceremony and Golden Nymph Awards of the 54th Monte Carlo TV Festival on June 11, 2014 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.  (Photo by Tony Barson/FilmMagic)

Schwarzkopf National Technical Educator, Grant Withnell, shares his tips.

Easy nail art

Finally, a nail art design you can actually achieve

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 08:  Natalie Cantell, wearing an outfit by Ginger & Smart, arrives at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2014 at Carriageworks on April 8, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Caroline McCredie/Getty Images)

Melissa Williams-King Here's a nail design you don't need three hands and an Archibald to create.

Beautiful bacteria

Have you ever tried not washing?

Woman splashing in puddle

KATHLEEN LEE JOE Could the secret to healthy skin be a friendly coating of bacteria?

Fish, snails & beer

10 totally bizarre beauty treatments

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 08:  Kim Kardashian attends as Nicole Richie, Rivka Sophia Rossi, Hayden Slater and friends host Marianne Williamson, Independent Candidate for Congress, CA 33 event at Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery on April 8, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)

RACHEL CLUN Try them at your own risk/sense of adventure.

Beauty muse

Five times Lupita styled her three-inch hair like a boss

PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actress Lupita Nyong'o arrives at the 45th NAACP Image Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)

Effie Mann Don't ever let the fact you have short hair stand in the way of a truly head-turning 'do.

Size diversity

This Australian start-up wants to make clothes shopping less hellish


KATHLEEN LEE JOE Sizable, an online shopping site, lets you choose the model that best matches your body type.

Beauty beat

Monday ready means a clean face, tidy feet and striking hair colour

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