Nicole Kidman Photo: Luca Teuchmann
If we're talking new season trends, experimenting with a fresh hairstyle or learning how to navigate your way around the latest lipstick shade is the easiest way to update your look – without splurging on a new wardrobe. Here’s our edit of four of the most flattering trends to try now.
The New Lob
We all know Gwyneth Paltrow pioneered the Lob (short for long bob) but we owe it to Nicole Kidman for reviving the style for winter. Not only is it the ideal fix for nixing damaged ends, but it’s way more versatile than the other haircut craze sweeping through beauty town — the Karlie Kloss bob. Rather than follow GP’s super sleek locks, this time around it’s all about wearing the ‘do wispy at the ends with a less-than-perfect part so ditch the hair straightening iron and use a large barrel brush to curl the ends under. Then if you’re still craving extra oomph, go back and spritz a teeny-tiny amount of a sea-salt spray onto your hands and use your fingers to gently ruffle up the ends.
Jessica Alba Photo: Jon Kopaloff
The Faux Undercut
Worn ruffled and matte or glossy and wavy, this incredibly easy style can be ‘90s grunge or butter-wouldn’t-melt sweet, depending on the makeup you style with it. You can create the illusion of an undercut by flipping your part to the opposite side before securing the remaining hair with a handful of bobby pins. Or, if you’re feeling super-gung-ho, you can’t go wrong adding a soft braid or plait into the mix for a hint of texture. Hot top: the grittier the roots, the better the style will hold so try creating the look on day-old hair.
After years of trying to perfect mile-long-looking lashes it’s time to ditch the Kardashian-approved extensions in favour of a volumising mascara. You can beef-up your lashes by dusting a translucent powder across the eyelids with a soft, fluffy eye shadow brush before zigzagging the mascara wand through the lashes. Added bonus: the powder not only gives the lashes something extra to bind to, but it also helps to set the eye shadow or liner that follows.
Bubblegum-pink lipstick made an unexpected return on the runway this season and it’s now an official trend after Alexa Chung was spotted sporting a soft-pink pucker in London last week. Admittedly, finding the right lolly-hue for your skin tone can take a little trial and error but once you’ve got the shade down pat, you can’t go wrong wearing it with a dewy base and a barely-there slick of black gel eyeliner across the top lash line. Our vote goes to MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Candy Yum-Yum, $36, maccosmetics.com.au, which is the closest thing to the perfect pink this side of heaven.