Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian

So, I recently got thinking about plastic surgery. Not about getting any, but about the general social reaction and taboo around it.

We all know that, as women, it is easy to get quite caught up in the practice of staying as ‘fashionable‘ and ‘beautiful‘ as possible. In fact, for a lot of women, this practice amounts to something of a hobby which can be time consuming, prioritized and fun. On a personal level, I think my involvement is pretty inflated as I have created a career for myself that revolves around beauty, fashion and creativity.

But it’s not just those of us ‘in the industry’, is it? Generally, most of you will be involved in keeping tabs on the latest and greatest in fashion, and keeping pace with different styles and trends in both fashion and beauty. If you are one of these women, you probably know what it is like to keep your eye on the runway, fashion magazines, fashion blogs (etc), and you may even follow certain celebrities to see how they are dressing and doing their make-up. Pretty normal, I would say.

After the ‘basic’ interest, we all know that a number of women are also beginning to turn to other methods – besides clothing and makeup – to achieve a type of beauty they desire, and ‘keep up’ with the models, celebrities, Kardashians et al.

Plastic surgery. As you can see on any plastic surgery website (I’ve been looking at, the industry of cosmetic surgery now offers a huge variety of simple and precise procedures that are both effective and difficult to ‘notice’. Of course, for some women, the idea of surgically altering a physical appearance simply isn’t an option, because they just don’t want to go ‘that far’. However, it is important to at least realize that the term “plastic surgery” can apply to slight, delicate procedures just as easily as more drastic ones.

One example of a plastic surgery which might not be what it seems at first mention is liposuction. Because it is often referred to somewhat negatively, and is often joked about, liposuction seems at times to be a drastic method reserved only for extremely overweight people who need to lose a lot of weight. However, you do not have to be dramatically overweight to undergo a liposuction procedure. Many people use these procedures to, for example, get rid of leftover weight following a pregnancy, or shave off a small number of pounds as they grow older and find it harder to lose weight naturally.

There are numerous other procedures that are far from drastic, and which can help women to maintain a youthful and beautiful appearance to the specific ways they might desire; things like minor tummy tucks, to facelifts, and even collagen injections are technically considered “plastic surgery,” but can be used to improve someone’s appearance in small steps.

With the ‘obvious’ being a hold back for many, with improvements in surgical methods and experienced doctors, most of these procedures are also subtle enough that the effects will improve your appearance without making you appear fake or contrived. Sure, there will be those that take it too far, but that also happens with the overuse of make-up, tanning, hair colour, etc.

Most of us alter ourselves in some way every day – even a blow dry is not ‘natural’. While I have nothing I’d like to change about myself (except maybe more manageable hair!), I completely empathise with those who do, and believe that plastic surgery can be done in effective ways that could help someone’s self-esteem as long as they account for the mental effects, as well.

What do you think? Have you/Would you ever undergo plastic surgery?

Now that True Blood Season 4 is coming to a close in the U.S., the world can welcome many more porcelain-inspired make-up looks in the build-up to the finale.

To go a little retro on you in every regard, let’s look at Evan Rachel Wood as Sophie-Anne Leclerq – the beautiful and financially-endowed Vampire Queen. While a face like that can cost you thousands (nudge, nudge), I will show you how to re-create it for under £10!

Face: Whatever foundation or moisturiser you want to start with, remember to throw a good layer on matte powder on top! No oil/sheen allowed! (Try Maybelline’s Dream Matte Powder Compact£1.)

Cheeks: No blood = no ‘flush’. Contour your cheeks by applying light browns under your cheeks, blending up towards your ear. (Try Revlon’s creme shadow quad in “Not Just Nudes”£4, to keep it from looking cakey.)

Eyes: Use the beige shade from the same quad as an allover lid colour. Then, apply heavy liquid liner with a wing on your upper lashes and a light line on your lower lashes – from the centre of your eye outwards. (Try e.l.f.’s liquid eyeliner£1.)

Lips: The main event! Create a perfect lip shape with a burgundy lip pencil, fill in your entire lips, then add the lightest shade from the Revlon quad – lightly – in the centre of your lower lip for dimension. (Try Lord & Berry’s Ultimate Lipstick Luxury in Burgundy,£3.50.)

Then sing along to the True Blood theme song for a few hours while staring at your beautiful face in the mirror. You know you want to.

Kim Kardashian Wedding Make Up
If you’ve somehow managed to the avoid the media frenzy, you may be interested in knowing that Kim Kardashian is getting married to Kris Humphries this weekend!

Since rumours are flying around that the Kurvaceous Kardashian (I had to do it) thinks her wedding will “be bigger than the royal wedding“, and I did a breakdown of Kate Middleton’s make-up pre-wedding, I figured a Kardashian wedding make-up tutorial (aka make-up guesstimation!) was in order.

Kim Kardashian’s three key make-up traits (seen in the photo at the end of the post) are as follows – smokey eye, false lashes, highlighting. Since we’re all not as lucky to have Mario Dediavanovic – King of the Smokey Eye and Kim Kardashian’s make-up artist – on hand, follow the simple steps below to create a flawless and photo-friendly look!

  • You’ve got to start with perfect skin. Though Kim Kardashian is constantly wearing liquid foundation, it blends seamlessly with her skin, so use a product like Make Up For Ever‘s HD Invisible Cover Foundation and touch up any blemishes or pigmentation still visible with MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer. Seal your perfect base with Clinique‘s Gentle Light Powder in Glow 3. The reflective pigments will ‘airbrush’ your skin in photos, but won’t wash you out.
  • Eyes! Because Miss Kardashian likes to wear a smokey eye even while working out, I didn’t want to stray too far from the ‘drama’ while keeping it fresher than a red carpet look (wedding photos last forever, after all). Highlight your inner corner, lid and browbone in Urban Decay Shimmer Eyeshadow in Midnight Cowgirl. Use a toffee tone with a hint of grey (Urban Decay Shimmer Eyeshadow in Sellout) to sculpt a smokey eye from your socket and above, continuing the same colour on your lower lash line. Use Stila Stay All Day Eyeliner on your upper lash line only, and pop natural-looking false eyelashes (my favourite are Mister Mascara‘s in Harrods) on top to really open up the look. I used Lash Power mascara, as well, as it is specially formulated not to run if the tears start flowing!
  • Fill in your eyebrows with NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in a shade slightly darker than to your hair colour. Don’t be heavy handed, as there is a lot of structure in your eye area already.
  • For your cheeks, use a Ramy Cosmetics Juicy Cheeks to highlight the top of your cheekbone and a warm, rosy mineral blush from your apples to your ears.
  • For lips, use a long-wearing lipstick, and line your lips with Borghese Longevita lipliner over the top. By lining after the initial application, it looks much more natural. For a perfectly plump pout – a Kardashian must have – apply lip gloss only in the center of the lips. Estee Lauder’s Lip Color Set gives you every other tool you need.
  • Spritz with Mist & Fix. You want it to last all day!
  • Obviously, I’m a million shades lighter than the Armenian goddess, so this is a look that can really work for everyone. Hopefully, you all will share your interpretations or guesstimates of her wedding look!

    (Also, I’m hoping Kim Kardashian’s wedding dress looks like this! A flattering change from the norm.)
    Kim Kardashian Wedding

    Kristen Stewart W Magazine
    It’s not Brooke Shields, it’s not Lindsay Lohan, it’s a Barbarella-haired Kristen Stewart on the cover of W Magazine‘s September 2011 issue! What a knockout. With the combination of her white Max Mara mohair and wool sweater plus a swipe Rouge Dior lipstick in Angélique Beige, she has retro, chill-out glamour down to a tee.

    Inside the editorial, shot by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, she continues to vamp it up in Junya Watanabe, Dolce & Gabbana, Theory, and the same Gucci dress Beyonce Knowles wore on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar UK.

    My favourite segment from the accompanying interview:

    Twilight was your college, and you graduated, in a way: You became Bella Swan at 17, and now you’re 21.
    Yeah—and that time has been sort of nuts for me. In film, I have chronicled every stage of my life since I was nine. And it’s more intense now, obviously, because I’m not in control of it anymore.
    You’re not in charge of your life?
    No. Not really. Not if I want to think solely about what I really like to do. It’s a funny thing: You want so badly for people to see what you do—you’re proud of it—and I like the effect that movies have on people. But the attention can also make me uncomfortable. In certain situations, people say to me, “C’mon, what’s wrong with you?” I apologize. I love what I’m doing, but I’m a little uncomfortable.

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    Jessica Stam
    I have raved and raved about Jessica Stam for years. Almost ten years, actually, from her fresh-faced entrance into the industry as Steven Meisel‘s muse. The Canadian model is a fashion fixture with one of the most striking faces working today.

    Lucky for us? One of my favourite websites, Into The Gloss, delved into Stam’s impressively low-key beauty regime. Low-key for a model, anyway. Her secrets?

  • Balm! Added to the eyelids for a sheen, or her eyelashes if she foregoes mascara.
  • Old Spice. Yep, the men’s deodorant.
  • She adores Egyptian Magic“>Egyptian Magic. (But seriously, this product is absolute gold.)
  • Viviscal supplements. Both to keep her hair healthy and help it grow!
  • Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioner. The “Hello Hydration” range fools even industry experts!
  • She eats “whatever [she] wants”. We call that the model gene. (Granted, she does so “in moderation” and works out.)