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Home show in Chantilly, Va., to feature remodeling tips, celebrity experts


Northern Virginia residents interested in home design and remodeling can participate in the Capital Home Show in Chantilly, Va., Sept. 22 to 24.

More than 300 companies will showcase their home products and services at the show, which also will include seminars led by celebrity remodelers.

Among the featured speakers are Kevin O’Connor, host of the PBS series “This Old House” and “Ask this Old House.” O’Connor will talk about this season’s renovations of three New Jersey homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

Kortney and Dave Wilson, hosts of HGTV’s “Masters of Flip,” will speak about their experiences renovating homes in Nashville.

Other highlights of the show include a 1,400-square-foot house built at the event to showcase trends in new home designs, and a DIY station where visitors can sign up for workshops to create their own customized doormat, an item made with chalk paint or a piece of string art.

Lucketts Market, a popular Loudoun County antique and vintage shop, is a new enticement added to the Capital Home Show this year. Visitors can shop at a pop-up Lucketts Market for vintage items and, in addition, attend sessions about renovation and interior design, visit booths and shop.

The Capital Home Show will take place at the Dulles Expo Center at 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center in Chantilly from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sept. 22 and 23 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 24. Tickets are $10 per adult at the box office and $7 per adult online.

For more information or tickets, visit www.capitalhomeshow.com.

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7 Summer Hair Tips From the Celebrity Stylist Behind Shay Mitchell’s Waves


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Celebrity hairstylist Laura Polko is helping to set some of the hottest summer hair trends of the moment with clients like Gigi Hadid and Shay Mitchell. Her roster also includes stars like Lea Michele, and Chrissy Teigen—two stars that regularly inspire major hair envy. We caught up with the stylist to get her tips on summer hair care. Plus, she breaks down how to get the effortless waves she’s perfected for so many of her clients.

1. Use a deep conditioner on hair before heading to the beach or pool, if possible.

Polko suggests using a deep conditioner prior to jumping in the water to prep hair against some of the damaging effects of chlorine or sea salt. A thick conditioner coats the hair and seals the cuticle, making it harder for chemicals in the water to penetrate the shaft. It’s also helpful if you want to keep your blonde hair from going green. Also make sure to shampoo your hair ASAP after swimming.

2. Spritz on a dry shampoo to get “undone” beach waves.

Instead of using a hairspray or a salt spray to get the perfect beach waves, Polko explains that a flatiron and dry shampoo are all you need. Polko is a huge fan of Aussie’s 7n1 Dry Shampoo ($4, aussie.com) because it’s formulated with tapioca that helps to give hair more volume and hold.

For a Shay Mitchell-approved look, start by sectioning hair into two-three sections around the head, vertically. One section at a time, clamp hair in a flatiron at the roots and loosely wrap the hair around the iron while holding the ends. Slowly move the flatiron down towards the ends to achieve a soft bend in the hair. Make sure to curl hair away from the face. Once hair is all curled, shake hair out with hands. Finish with a few sprays of dry shampoo. For a twist, add a small braid on either side of the face and tie off with a clear elastic.

3. Want low-maintenance hair color? Ask for ombré or balayage.

Summer beauty is all about keeping things simple. Many of Polko’s clients opt for easy, low-maintanence hair color that they can let grow out while vacationing for months. Ombré lightens the hair from mid-shaft to ends, so the roots are always dark. Balayage is a special painting technique that also leaves a good portion of the roots dark. The placement of color looks like the sun could have lightened the hair naturally.

4. Purple shampoo can help prevent hair color from turning brassy.

Purple shampoos help balance color and neutralize any yellow or gold tones that may occur when lightening hair. This type of shampoo can also help blonde hues appear brighter over time.

5. A good shower filter can make all the difference for hair.

Many water sources are full of minerals and impurities that can wreak havoc on your hair. Washing hair in a shower with a filter can make a difference in the way your hair looks and feels overall, especially with color-treated hair. Try T3 Souce Showerhead ($130, t3micro.com).

6. Prepping hair before styling is one of the most important steps in keeping it healthy.

Polko recommends deep conditioning hair once a week to keep it moisturized and strong. And if you like to use hot tools, make sure to use a heat protectant to protect your natural texture from any damage.

7. And when the weather starts to cool down, switch up your hair products.

In some parts of the country, the weather remains constant (think Miami or San Diego), which means you don’t have to completely overhaul your hair routine throughout the year. But if you live in an area that has significant weather changes, Polko recommends alternating your shampoo and conditioner with the seasons. That means using moisture-rich products during winter months and lighter formulas in the summer.

You may also like: How to Get Beach Waves With a Flatiron



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Celebrity stylist shares hottest summer beauty tips


Celebrity stylist Chassie Post joins us to share tips on how to look and feel glamorous all summer long.

Chassie’s tips include how to pick the hottest designer accessories, how to look chic at the beach, and which products to select to protect your hair and body in the strong summer sun.

For More Information Visit: TipsonTV.com.

 

About Chassie Post

Chassie Post is a sought after TV Style Expert, Correspondent and Lifestyle Editor who is best known for bringing her upbeat style savvy and know-how to women across the country.  As a guest on national television shows such as The Today Show, Good Morning America, Live w/ Regis & Kelly, Access Hollywood, Extra, Entertainment Tonight, E!, The Insider, CNN, Wendy Williams Show, The Steve Harvey Show, The Meredith Vieira Show and more, Chassie covers the hottest trends in all things style: from fashion to beauty to celebrity to design to entertaining. Whether it’s dishing about Oscar red carpet looks, throwing the hottest Golden Globes Party or incorporating bold color into your décor, millions of viewers have seen her as their go-to style source.

Chassie develpoed her keen sense of style when she joined the magazine world as an Editor and Stylist for national home, fashion and lifestyle magazines where she acted as Contributing Style Editor for Domino and Cookie Magazines, and styled for the likes of Glamour, O the Oprah Magazine and more. She has contributed her style advice and been featured in many publications including her recent stints as cover girl of Living Etc and Kaza Magazine, as well as House Beautiful, NewYorkTimes.com, Marie Claire, New York Post, Domino Magazine and more.  Chassie currently acts as Lifestyle Editor at Gilt.com.

Chassie lives in Manhattan with her husband, musician Phil Costello, and their son.



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Monica Rose Shares Celebrity Athleisure Styling Tips


Monica Rose is the super-stylist to stars like Chrissy Teigen and Gigi Hadid (and former stylist to the Kardashian/Jenner clan), responsible for some of the most infamous athleisure looks. Naturally, we were thrilled when we got to pick her brain for styling tips on how to look so damn effortlessly stylish post-workout—whether the paparazzi is waiting outside or not.

Shape: How do you make athleisure look luxe enough to wear to work or on a date?
Monica Rose: “A standout jacket is always cool. What’s great about workout clothes now is that they are such great quality. They’ve been designed to look good not just to be functional at the gym, so there are so many great ways to wear them. Reebok does great high-waisted gym leggings, which I pair with a more upscale jacket and a great handbag. I feel like that’s a good balance. And accessories always help to make something look less casual if you want to disguise the fact that you’ve been in gym clothes all day!” (Try these athleisure bomber jackets for women.)

Shape: For a woman on-the-go, from the gym to brunch for example, what’s a quick style tip that instantly dresses up a look?
MR: “Red lipstick immediately dresses up a look. Or something unexpected like a statement earring.”

Shape: You’ve created a trademark style for the celebrities you style (the neutral floor length duster, bomber jackets over sports bras, classic sweats with heels, etc). Is there one signature Monica Rose trend that works for every body type?
MR: “I think one of the key things about the way I work is that I don’t like things to look too polished or too ‘done’. I like it to feel effortless and I think that’s something that’s achievable for everyone. That and putting your own twist on things. I’m always cutting things up, stitching things, finding new ways to wear things—that’s something that everyone can do. Make your style authentic to you.”

Monica in Reebok

Shape: You’re known to love sneakers, especially classic styles like the Reebok Classic Leather. What’s an easy way to modernize a classic?
MR: “I think the thing about the Classic Leather sneaker is that you can wear it with anything because it’s so versatile. So your look can be super modern and you can still keep your sneaker classic, white and timeless. Versatility is the key for pieces that never go out of style and there’s something nice about having an item that’s familiar to you and constant, even if you are experimenting with different looks, seasons or evolving your style.”

Shape: Lots of women would like to try the trends that you style on your celebs, but are nervous about doing it on a budget and looking crazy. What’s a hot trend that we can easily try at home without looking like a complete fashion victim?
MR: “I’m always into hats. I’m a hat girl. I styled Kendall in a great Saint Laurent fisherman hat as an airport look but you can get amazing versions just as great from vintage stores for a few dollars. That’s a nice touch that’s not too ‘out there’ or difficult to try. Another one is statement earrings, which I’m working a lot with lately. You don’t need to be super experimental but putting on an over-sized earring either with a casual tee or a more dressy look is a great way to try something different.”



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Celebrity Style and Fashion Tips


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April 25, 2017

Who: Lily Rose Depp

What: Zebra Print Heels

Why: The actress and Chanel muse channeled her model mom in a ‘90s inspired ensemble, complete with faded high-waisted jeans and a black silk top, finished with zebra print heels.

Get the look now: Gucci shoes, $99, neimanmarcus.com.

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April 24, 2017

Who: Diane Kruger

What: A Classic Black Moto

Why: With so many jacket options, it can be easy to overlook the classics—Diane Kruger recently stepped out in basic jeans and a black moto, giving us reason to recommit to the edgy staple.

Get the look now: The Arrivals jacket, $695, thearrivals.com.

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April 20, 2017

Who: Demi Moore

What: A T-Shirt With Cool Factor

Why: The actress nails understated glamour, pairing her Monse asymmetrical leather skirt with a little edge, in this case all-over grommets.

Get the look: IRO t-shirt, $145, barneys.com.

—Chrissy Rutherford

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April 19, 2017

Who: Shay Mitchell

What: A Safari-Inspired Ensemble

Why: Mitchell’s army green trench doubles as a sophisticated day dress when cinched tightly around the waist. The coordinating pants are the sartorial icing on the cake.

Get the look: Tibi coat, $1,100, tibi.com.

—Chrissy Rutherford

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April 18, 2017

Who: Kate Bosworth

What: A Sporty Trouser

Why: If your look is a little too polished to take on the track pants trend, try a striped trouser that still lends a sporty vibe.

Get the look: Fendi pants, $1,450, net-a-porter.com.

—Chrissy Rutherford

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April 17, 2016

Who: Kate Hudson

What: A Denim Pencil Skirt

Why: The Almost Famous star is the queen of modern ’70s style. Hudson proves that a denim skirt is always in fashion, especially when paired with summer ready platforms and an easy striped tank.

Get the look: Paige Denim skirt, $189, neimanmarcus.com.

—Chrissy Rutherford

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April 14, 2017

Who: Sara Sampaio

What: A Casual Jumpsuit

Why: In the spirit of one and done, the model pairs an easy jumpsuit by Faithfull the Brand with casual kicks and Vera Wang sunglasses for a languid spring day look.

Get the look now: Faithfull the Brand jumpsuit, $175, faithfullthebrand.com.

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April 13, 2017

Who: Gigi Hadid

What: Embellished Separates

Why: The model looks elegant yet casual in Stella Luna metallic pumps and embellished knit separates by Sally LaPointe that feel like an extra chic sweatsuit.

Get the look now: Alexander McQueen sweatshirt, $1,173, stylebop.com.

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April 12, 2017

Who: Sienna Miller

What: Black Statement Earrings

Why: The actress is playful yet chic in a red maxi skirt, but the star of her sartorial show is easily the artful black statement earrings by Proenza Schouler, which she donned for a special screening of “The Lost City of Z” hosted by Amazon Studios & Bleecker Street.

Get the look now: Proenza Schouler earrings, $695, proenzaschouler.com

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April 11, 2017

Who: Martha Hunt

What: An Innovative White Top

Why: The model skips the NYC dog walking uniform of yoga pants in favor of classic denim and an off-the-shoudler white blouse by Hellessy with contrasting black cuffs.

Get the look now: Hellessy top, $850, hellessy.com.

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April 10, 2017

Who: Yara Shahidi

What: Cropped Denim

Why: The 17-Year old actress illustrates how one perfect spring combo is done—pairing an airy tunic dress with cropped J. Brand jeans and white sneakers.

Get the look now: J. Brand jeans, $228, jbrand.com.

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April 7, 2017

Who: Angela Sarafyan

What: A Peasant Blouse

Why: The model is cool yet elegant in Brock collection for a night out—pairing faded jeans with a boho top for a lesson in laid-back cool.

Get the look now: Brock Collection top, $1,090, ssense.com.

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April 6, 2017

Who: Sienna Miller

What: A Floaty Mini Dress

Why: When Miller first hit the Hollywood scene, fashion was obsessed with her boho vibe—and now she’s making a chic return to the look in a floaty white mini by Chloe.

Get the look now: Chloé dress, $3,450, bergdorfgoodman.com.

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April 5, 2017

Who: Bella Hadid

What: Red Block Heels

Why: The model gives ’50s inspired denim on denim a sexy twist thanks to a sheer turtleneck—but the true star of this look is her ladylike red block heels by ALYX.

Get the look now: Topshop shoes, $85, topshop.com.

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April 4, 2017

Who: Elsa Hosk

What: A Denim Jacket for Evening

Why: The model and burgeoning style star attended the Montblanc and Unicef Gala in a sparkling Saint Laurent party dress topped off with a denim jacket worn insouciantly off her shoulders for a fresh take on evening.

Get the look now: Madewell jacket, $120, net-a-porter.com.

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April 3, 2017

Who: Diane Kruger

What: A Velvet Suit

Why: The actress is equal parts elegant and cool in a green velvet suit from Frame layered over a black turtleneck for an effortless ’70s vibe.

Get the look now: Frame jacket, $575, frame.com and pants, $375, frame.com

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March 31, 2017

Who: Emily Ratajkowski

What: Floral Booties

Why: The actress and model elevates basics like a trench and high waisted denim with cool floral booties, finished with clear shades by Westward Leaning.

Get the look now: Laurance Dacade boots, $925, bergdorfgoodman.com.

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March 30, 2017

Who: Cara Delevingne

What: A Striped Blazer

Why: Fighting the still-chilly spring in NYC like a pro, Delevingne layers white trousers and a preppy striped jacket with a sweeping shearling coat.

Get the look now: Hillier Bartley jacket, $1,995, net-a-porter.com.

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March 29, 2017

Who: Katie Holmes

What: A Plaid Coat

Why: The actress is channeling her once on-screen alter ego Jackie O in a polished plaid jacket that’s perfect for this in-between weather.

Get the look now: Kaelen coat, $1,595, orchardmile.com.

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Who: Juliette Binoche

What: Jewel Toned Leather Trench

Why: The actress is the definition of cool elegance in a green leather and shearling trench coat by Chloé—it’s a little bit ’70s and perfectly pulled together.

Get the look now: Balenciaga trench, $4,925, brownsfashion.com.

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March 27, 2017

Who: Thandie Newton

What: A Sparkly Pencil Skirt

Why: The actress is lovely in an Erdem look from the pre-Fall collection, layering up on flowers—with a sequin and floral pencil skirt stealing the style show.

Get the look now: Diane von Furstenberg skirt, $698, neimanmarcus.com.

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March 24, 2017

Who: Selena Gomez

What: High Waisted Skinnies

Why: The actress keeps her cool in a Coach bomber jacket and dark wash, cropped leg, high waist denim by J. Brand.

Get the look now: J. Brand jeans, $198, shop.nordstrom.com.

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March 23, 2017

Who: Kiernan Shipka

What: A Refreshing Floral Dress

Why: The young actress is singlehandedly bringing out out of our winter doldrums in a beautiful floral dress from Rosie Assoulin, which she donned for the Cinema Society Screening of her film, The Blackcoat’s Daughter in chilly NYC last night.

Get the look now: Rosie Assoulin dress, $2,295, farfetch.com

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March 22, 2017

Who: Nicky Hilton

What: Red Pumps

Why: Hilton pairs a classic Gucci coat, complete with striped ribbon belt with skinny jeans and red pumps for a polished look.

Get the look now: Manolo Blahnik shoes, $595, barneys.com.

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March 21, 2017

Who: Alexa Chung

What: Leopard Booties

Why: The always-stylist Chung embraces basics, but adds cool factor to her day look by way of interesting accessories like a beret and leopard print booties.

Get the look now: Charlotte Olympia boots, $1,095, net-a-porter.com.

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March 20, 2017

Who: Candice Swanepoel

What: Lace Up Boots

Why: The model and new mom stepped out with her baby boy in a look that proves motherhood hasn’t cost her an ounce of cool—punctuated by lug sole, lace up boots.

Get the look now: Dr. Martens boots, $140, revolve.com.

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March 17, 2017

Who: Chrissy Teigen

What: A High Fashion Robe

Why: The model takes luxury comfort to new levels, donning a cool Gucci robe for air travel.

Get the look now: Gucci robe, price upon request, gucci.com.

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March 16, 2017

Who: Vanessa Hudgens

What: A Statement White Blouse

Why: While the actress is more well-known for her boho style, she recently stepped out in denim and a ruffled white blouse that falls under game-changing territory.

Get the look now: Rebecca Taylor blouse, $495, rebeccataylor.com.

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March 15, 2017

Who: Dakota Johnson

What: An Unexpected Evening Bag

Why: The actress was very chic for a The Hollywood Reporter dinner honoring stylists, in a red suede two-piece look by The Row, contrasted with a knotted evening bag in a contrasting hue by the brand.

Get the look now: The Row bag, $990, barneys.com.

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March 14, 2017

Who: Emma Roberts

What: Pop of Red

Why: The young starlet punctuates her all black outfit and contrast coat with fire-engine red sneakers.

Get the look now: Tibi sneakers, $375, tibi.com.

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Spring Hair Tips with Celebrity Hairstylist Tym Wallace


Celebrity hairstylist, Tym Wallace, has been in the beauty and style industry for more than 10 years. He has worked with many notable celebrity clients such as Kelly Rowland, Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union and most recently, Zendaya Coleman, to name a few.

These celebrities and many other clients have been proud to have their hair #TossedbyTym Wallace took a moment to speak with EBONY.com. In the below interview, Tym provides us with tips and trends on how to refresh our hair and celebrate Spring.

EBONY.com: What hair trends are going to be hot this Spring?

Tym Wallace: This spring is all about texture. All texture. Straight from the runway to the “everyday,” enhancing natural curls or wave patterns is the “it” this Spring.

EBONY.com: Are there any chic looks that women should try this season?

Tym Wallace: I’m a huge fan of the bob haircut. It’s such a classic cut. It will never go out of style. Diahann Carroll’s classic Bob was my inspiration for Taraji’s hair for this year’s Oscars. It’s timeless. For this season, I recommend women cropping the bob to the jawline or a little longer with a soft wispy fringe bang.

EBONY.com: What products do you recommend for a great seasonal transition from Winter to Spring?

Tym Wallace: For dry scalps that may stick around in the Spring, I recommend Dove DermaCare Scalp Dryness & Itch Relief Shampoo and Conditioner ($4.99), which helps relieve any itchiness and flakes while keeping [your] hair moisturized. Also hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Drinking more water keeps the body and hair hydrated.

EBONY.com: What are some of your favorite hair care products and why?

Tym Wallace: I really like Dove’s Absolute Curls Supreme Crème Serum ($5.99) because of its creamy, lightweight formula that’s perfect to use on dry and frizzy curls. It’ll leave curls soft and shiny, while keeping them defined.

EBONY.com: Are there any other tips that you can provide for Spring hair care?

Tym Wallace: Seek professionals to give you expertise on hair care and hair styling. Today, society is heavily influenced by social media and that stylist expertise has become overlooked and voided. DIY YouTubers have become the experts and in most cases, are only experts for themselves. Stylists, on the other hand, have been professionally-trained and have worked extremely hard to develop these skills.

To learn more about Tym Wallace, visit his website, www.tymwallacehair.com. 



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#HTMostStylish: Tips on how to get the celebrity look on the red carpet | fashion and trends


The red carpet is all about keeping it simple and chic. While some celebrities keep their makeup minimalist, some choose to stay glamorous. Makeup artist Saba Poonawala, shares tips on how to be red carpet ready with the right makeup and accessories.

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Minimalist

Keep the base dewy, with rose pink lips, winged eyeliner and add an extremely soft neutral shade of an eye shadow, which is almost invisible, but still makes the eye stand out. Team this up with a pair of solid earrings to make a bold statement.

Jacqueline Fernandez looked stunning in minimal makeup at an award ceremony she attended in Mumbai.

Drama Queen
If you love drama, experiment with gold and brown eye shadow, and add some pale pink and brown colour for the lips. Opt for a neck band as a part of your outfit to go with this look.

Sonam Kapoor opted for a neck band as a part of your outfit . She also chose gold and brown eyeshadown to add some drama to the look.

Classic
If you’re one of the classic-look fans, then opt for red lip colour. Give yourself a flawless base, contour those cheek bones and highlight the Cupids bow on your lips. For this look, you can go with a soft smokey eye, or even a beige monotone with a chocolate brown half cut creased look for the eyes. You can team this look with a statement neck piece.

Flawless
Try flawless full coverage base using air brush makeup. Air brush is a silicone based makeup which is extremely light on the face and lasts longer. It gives a flawless finish.

Actor Kareena Kapoor Khan looked gorgeous when she sported winged eyeliner and nude pink lips for an event in Mumbai.
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You can go with nude pink lips, and a thicker (probably winged) liner to go with this look. For the eyebrows, fill the brows, all the way but keep it natural. Remember to comb the brows well before setting them. Remember to contour and highlight your face well to bring out the simplicity of this look. Go minimal with the jewellery. You can wear a chunky ring or carry a clutch to go with it.



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Gok Wan’s best tips to wearing this season’s trends and why women should honour their body shapes


When we find ourselves in a fashion flounder and haven’t the foggiest idea how to get dressed now we can ditch our winter eskimo coats for spring, there’s only one man for the job. Gok Wan.

Making women feel and look better since 2007, and not about to be stopping any time soon, despite branching out into everything from cookbooks to, now, releasing an album of operatic arias (he’s just curating it, not giving it his best Kiri Te Kanawa you will likely be relieved to hear).

We had a very useful chat about slogans, shoe porn, avoiding looking like a balloon, and how it gets right on his t*ts when he has to dress smartly…

Sometimes, Gok, we can’t keep up. Not enough time, not enough cash. If we were only to go for one new trend this season, what should it be?

Colour. Pink is everywhere. Reds, pinks and oranges together are my favourite palettes, and they work really well with citrus greens as well. So it’s neons and prints and colour, colour, colour.

Yet you’re not one for colour yourself…

I’m muted. I don’t follow trends for myself, it’s my job to make other people look good. I live in trainers, baggy jeans and sweatshirts, but everybody else, you must wear lots of bright, beautiful prints – jungle, ethnic, Africa-inspired, all stunning.

Gok Wan in How to Look Good Naked
Gok Wan in How to Look Good Naked

Sometimes our men just really don’t know how to cope with fashion. What should they/we do about that?

Just keep it smart, boys. Even I struggle and I work in the bloody business. Turn yourself out, and just try to enjoy it. We’re getting a bit more Japanese right now, it’s all gone a bit early Yogi, moving away from all this skinny-skinny stuff. It’s quite fun to wear, and easy to wear, so just relax and wear something with a pleat. That’s my advice.

Do you ever have fashion malfunctions?

So many, every single day. I tend to be a uniform dresser. I’m wearing a sweatshirt I bought from Cos, and I liked it so much I bought 15 of them and dyed them into different colours and put transfers and slogans on them. I bore myself, but it’s just what I do, it’s somewhere between OCD and laziness.

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So you use all your energy dressing everyone else and when it comes to yourself, you’re like, ‘I’m spent’?

It’s a little bit like that. And it’s quite unusual to see an Asian person so tall, and I wear stupid glasses and I’m getting older so my body has changed and I’ve gained weight and just all this stuff that comes with being 42, really. I actually do prefer myself to be dressed as a sloppy Emo skater most of the time. I put on my big parka and an enormous scarf that would make Lenny Kravitz jealous and I feel like I’ve made enough of an effort. If I’m at work and I have to wear a suit or something, it just gets on my t*ts, it annoys me.

How are you going to cope with summer, being a fan of dense clothing?

Air conditioning. We only have a week of it, so it doesn’t really bother me, I’ll just have a version of this on, in lighter fabric.

Where do you go for fashion advice?

My morning ritual is to find out what everyone is wearing on Instagram.

Victoria Beckham
Gok is a fan of Mrs Beckham

And say we are Instagram style novices, where should we be looking?

Follow Eva Chen. She blows my mind, she’s a great dresser and has a beautiful eye. There’s a lot of shoe porn. And Angelica Cheung, Vogue China’s editor, has a great style. Kim Cattrall really gets it right too, and I’m a big Victoria Beckham fan. What she wears now when she’s casual is incredible.

She went through a stage when it was all tight-fitting, but now she teams stuff together so well and has great shoes. Quite tomboy-ish and androgynous. And Holly Willoughby has been reinventing herself and become a great style icon.

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Gok chatting to Holly and Phil

What slogan sums you up best?

Tired. Needing to sit in my pants and listening to some opera.

Ah, yes, opera. You’ve released an album of your favourite arias. This surprised us slightly…

I love opera, always have done, but I never felt posh enough to like it, so I didn’t discover it properly in my 30s. I liked it when I was a kid, but slightly on the sly. I’m really, really not highbrow, and opera has this reputation for being for the upper class, and when I went to my first opera I felt like I shouldn’t be there and I don’t feel like that any more.

They are very long at the theatre, I have been known to fall asleep, and if you go, look around you, there’s always people sleeping. But you don’t have to go there anyway. I prefer opera in my living room, on the sofa, in my pants.

Gok’s SS17 fashion advice

Preen SS17
Pink and ruffles at Preen SS17

What should we avoid, avoid, avoid?

There are a lot of futuristic, incredibly over-size cuts that look wonderful and dramatic on a catwalk, but make everyone else look like a ballooon.

What do we have lurking in our wardrobes that we can dig out for this season?

We’ve smartened up, so recycling more formal clothes into casual. Jeans have been replaced with a capri or a skinny straight-cut trouser. Everybody has some trousers they wear to the office, so start wearing them at the weekend with a Breton, a pair of trainers and an oversize coat.

And accessories?

The clutch. The clutch is back. Decorated shoes too, there are some incredible ranges of customised trainers out there. And all of the slogan stuff is a great way of expressing your personality as well.

How should we cope when it’s all about spring frocks but global warming means it’s snowing in May?

Really, really good layering. Think Russian doll. The dolls get smaller, but there’s the same amount of detail on them, it’s about being able to derobe and there being another story underneath it. You need to channel your inner Babushka doll.

But what does one do if one loves, say, pink, but it doesn’t love us?

Just don’t. Honestly. Honour your body shape. If you really want it, just do it and bugger what anyone things. But why put yourself through it?

How do we deal with the fact gingham is back and we love it, but it might make us look like a five year old?

If you want to be, shall we say, demure, just reduce the amount. If you wore a huge ballgown-y dress, it’s going to be a huge statement, so just the shirt, or a bag or a scarf or a print on a shoe.

The album Gok’s Divas is released 10 March on Warner Classics



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