Great runway makeup and hair looks you will want to try for work

Hey, loves! We’ve got our eyes on the catwalk. From Jasun Wu to Prabal Gurung, here are some great runway makeup and hair looks you will want to try for work. Work? Yes. That’s right! These runway looks are polished and minimalist, perfect for the office whether you are in corporate or creative. Check them out!

DONNA KARAN | The poker-straight hair at Donna Karan (above pic) was held back from the face with a barrette, “to draw attention to the eyes,” according to hairstylist Eugene Souleiman.
Why this works for the office: Chunky hair accessories can be a bit OTT for work but a sleek barrette adds sophistication to your look.


HELMUT LANG | The slouchy clothes in the Helmut Lang spring/summer 2014 collection were offset by smooth and sleek hairstyles by Paul Hanlon. Parted neatly on one side, hair was straightened, tucked behind the model’s ears and fastened with an elastic low at the nape of the neck. Lips were painted deep red to balance the neutral overall look.
Why this works for the office: Sleek hair and red lips are perfect not only for corporate but also for the creative industry.


JASON WU |Odile Gilbert kept the hair slick, polished and modern, with rod-straight ponytails coated with plenty of hairspray and fastened with metal clasps.
Why this works for the office: Sleek hair makes you look professional and the metal clasp hair accessory adds a touch of class.

PRABAL GURUNG | In Paris and Milan, lips were largely left natural, but in New York it was another story entirely. Bright, matte lips packed a punch at Altuzarra, Rag & Bone and Prabal Gurung, and the message got through to London Fashion Week too, with scarlet pouts at Mary Katrantzou, Antonio Berardi and House of Holland.

Why this works for the office: Although the lips are bright, the rest of the makeup is kept minimal.


BURBERRY PRORSUM | A wash of shadow around the eyes made for a pretty, summer alternative to the smoky eye, coming in pastel hues at Burberry, Rochas and Dolce & Gabbana and in nude shades to add subtle definition at Giambattista Valli, Emilio Pucci and Ruffian. And if there’s only one colour to wear this spring? Blue. We dare you.

Why this works for the office: The pastel hue has a beige tone to it and beige is very wearable especially at the office.

Will you try any of these? What do you think?

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Images via British Vogue.

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How to look sophisticated on a budget? Learn from these pictures!

How to look sophisticated on a budget? Yes, it is possible! You’ll be surprised that all it takes is attention to detail and not so much on spending more. It’s about making the extra effort to look great even close up, from makeup and hair to fabric choice and accessories styling. Here are some examples from our two bloggers whom we think are experts are looking sohpisticated –  Kristina Bazan of Kayture and Annabelle Fleur of Viva Luxury. Let the lesson begin!


Stay sleek, keep it minimalist

Keep blazers structured and sleek like Kristina’s. They do wonders at making you look sophisticated. The same goes with tops, dresses, pants and skirts. The sleeker they are, the more sophisticated you look. Forget about gaudy ruffles and messy appliques (which can look great if you know how to work it) and go for clean cuts and fuss-free designs. Even your hair can be stylish when minimalist. Gone are the days where big hair means big money!



Drape a blazer over your shoulders

The rich and cool people don’t really wear their blazer, they just drape it over. Okay, we are kidding. But coincidentally, most sophisticated dressed fashionistas just love doing this. It’s an easy way to update your current look too. Zara makes affordable but excellent structured blazers that are stitched to perfection. Drape them over a knit top and you are guaranteed to look like a million dollars. The same goes with cardigans, you can also just drape them over your shoulders for a similar effect.





Keep your makeup classy, not tacky

We just love how natural yet amazing Kristina Bazan’s makeup looks! You can do the same too. Keep your complexion matte, groom your eyebrows and apply makeup that enhances your features, not drown them. Unfortunately, too much makeup is not classy. An earthy smokey eye looks perfect on most skin tones and apply eyeliner for a polished finish.



Pick luxurious fabrics

Soft fabrics like chiffon and silk are super luxe and can give you that luxurious look and feel. They have good “weight” in them and that makes the fabric move elegantly with your body. These fabrics give a smooth, weighty drape unlike cotton or cheap chiffon. See how sophisticated Annabelle Fleur looks in her suit thanks to her perfect choice of fabric.


Stick to classic colour combinations

White speaks sophistication and luxury. Maybe because it’s a colour that needs more work! Like keeping a white blazer clean or being careful so that your white shoes do not get soiled. But if white pants is just too troublesome to maintain, try pairing white with black. Karl Lagerfeld has been wearing black and white for a long time and that classic colour combo has never failed him. Ever. White blazers look great with black pants or skirts and a white bag goes perfectly well against a black dress. Plus, it’s a colour combination that anyone can wear.

Keep your nails manicured and hands moisturised

Now, you wouldn’t look perfect if your nails are not well manicured and your hands are as dry as cream crackers. You don’t need to pay anyone to do it, maintaining your nails is easy. Trim and clean your nails after a shower, it’s always easier that way. File to shape and buff for shine. Massage cuticle oil on your cuticles; Sally Hansen has a good one. Then moisturise your hands with a lotion. Our editor Mel loves L’Occitane for its luxe texture and amazing scent.



Make sure your clothes are crease-free and without lint

It’s all in the details. Looking sophisticated isn’t about wearing expensive clothing but paying attention to little details: like making sure your shirt is ironed crisp, cleaning your outfit off any lint and snip off any lose threads. But why? Because the rich have staff who take care off those details. You might not, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be extra detailed about what you are wearing.


Which one is your favourite look?

Here’s our shopping list to get items that look sophisticated but without the hefty price tag:

  • Blazers – Zara
  • Knits – Zara, Mango
  • Pants – Sheike (Australia), Zara, Mango, sometimes Marks & Spencer
  • Shoes – Zara, Aldo
  • Accessories – Lovisa, Asos
  • Clutches – Zara, Vincci (Malaysia), Charles & Keith (Malaysia/Singapore)


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Images courtesy of Annabelle Fleur of Viva Luxury and Kristina Bazan of Kayture.

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Kate Middleton Style Diary: What the Duchess wore in New Zealand

Welcome to the Kate Middleton style diary as we follow her journey in New Zealand! The Duchess is a big fan of structured yet feminine pieces and you’ll see her wear them throughout this diary. And as a tribute to New Zealand, Kate arrived wearing a fern leaf brooch on her coat. Chic!


April 6 2014

The Duchess wore a Catherine Walker coat, accessorised with a fern leaf brooch on loan from the Queen, to arrive at Wellington Airport with her son and husband. Photo By PA

April 6 2014


April 8 2014

She wore a Tory Burch dress to attend a function at Government House in Wellington, organised by The Royal New Zealand Plunket Society. The event marked the first time Prince George had accompanied his parents on a public engagement. Photo By PA


April 9 2014

She wore an Alexander McQueen coat for a visit to Blenheim, where the royal couple took part in a service of remembrance for New Zealand’s war dead. Photo By Rex Features


April 9 2014

The Duchess wore a Jenny Packham bespoke black crepe dress, with embroidered crystal ferns on the shoulder, to attend a State Reception hosted by Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae at his official residence, Government House. Photo By Getty


April 10 2014

She teamed a ME+EM Breton top with a navy Zara jacket and J Brand jeans to visit Whenuapai, near Auckland, home to the country’s biggest air base. Photo By Getty


April 10 2014

The royal couple competed in a yacht race around Auckland Harbour with New Zealand’s America’s Cup team. Photo By PA Photos


April 12 2014

She wore an Erdem coat to visit the Rainbow Place Children’s Hospice in Hamilton, New Zealand. Photo By PA Photos


April 13 2014

The Duchess arrived at Dunedin International Airport wearing an Emilia Wickstead pleated dress and a Jane Taylor hat. Photo By Getty


April 13 2014

The royal couple visited the Amisfield Winery in Queenstown. Photo By Getty

April 14 2014

During a visit to Christchurch she wore a Luisa Spagnoli skirt suit. Photo By Rex Features


Which one is your favourite? We love the Jenny Packham black dress with ferns.

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