Tulisa VS Nicole

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Let’s face it – any beauty addict was more excited to see what the girls’ were wearing than to hear Jahmene’s sweet warble each week. Well, I certainly was. As soon as those over-sized doors wheeled open, me and my girlfriends would analyse their looks from head to toe.

Who were you more impressed by?

Although, we know they have stylists AND makeup artists; they’re modelling the work and we, we are the judges this time.

Nicole pulls of makeup effortlessly, while Tulisa it seems has the ‘all or nothing’ situation. She looks better with a minimal, basic and natural application, don’t you think? Too much and she looks too much. While I think it’s obvious they had the same makeup artist, I think she/he played it safe but played it well.

Fashion wise: Nicole won in my eyes. Tulisa often came across a little chavvy and sometimes tacky. She cannot pull off the more daring items, where Nicole can rock the most quirky things. Don’t you think?

Take this for example, perhaps they would have been better swapping?

'The X Factor Live' TV Programme, London, Britain  - 20 Oct 2012

Oh and I’m so glad T’s blonde hair lasted as long as me on a diet… Soooo not a good look!

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Anyway, you glad James won?

Were you team Nicole or Tulisa?

Nicole all the way… 

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Go Gradient Gal!

Start from the top left hand corner and work round it like a clock.

1. Base coat – for obvious reasons.

– Apply a light coat.

2. Choose your colour scheme. I chose pink but I’ve seen it done it blue and orange and they look equally amazing!

– Get the lightest colour possible you can get your hands on. Most use white but as I didn’t have white, this pale pink was the closest (and I feel it works just as well!)

3. Apply the light colour all over your nail.

4. Take the next shade up. I chose my OPI strawberry shade nail varnish.

5. Mix with the lightest shade you used in stage 2. (Two to three drops of each should be enough for both hands). – I used a plate to mix on and a cocktail stick to mix with.

– Apply this about a third down your nail so 2/3rds are covered.

– Make sure each layer is completely dry before applying the next (or it’ll get messy!)

6. When dry, choose the shade darker than step 4. I chose my OPI shade ‘You’re a Pisa Work’ which i absolutely adore. Drop about 3 droplets of your darker shade onto the mixing plate.

7. Mix this with the remains of what you’ve been using. Add a drop of the original light varnish if needed.

8. Choose your next colour. and repeat process – This time covering only 1/3 of your nail.

9. It should look a little like this. Don’t worry about any mess – It is easily removed with a good varnish remover and precision brush.

10. You can get darker & darker but I decided to finish with a purple as this is a gradient of pink. I mainly did it because a lot of my pinks are very similar shades, so to create a thorough gradient I went with a lilac shade into a darker purple.

11. This is my lilac from OPI – shade ‘Panda Monium’.

12. Mixed into this deep purplePamplona Purple.

13. Back to top coat. Make sure you leave it dry for longer than usual.

NOTE: I’m not going to lie, it’s a little fiddly but I did manage to do it first time. If you find it difficult, don’t be disheartened – give it a try – afterall; practise makes perfect!

The unspoken rule of the red carpet: The Emmys.

Because I’m not going to let you go out looking like this….

When it comes to the red carpet, there is no room for error. All eyes are on you, all camera lenses are on you and most of all the public are looking at you in anticipation to judge you solely on how you look. This is important; these photos will be used for years to come, whether it’s for the award you won or for how fabulous you looked, or how not so fabulous you looked… You don’t want to end up on the circle of shame section for thousands to see, so let’s go through the unspoken rule of the red carpet, this week: The Emmys.

When it comes to makeup, a general rule I like to use when considering eye makeup and lips is, ‘it’s one or the other’. If you want to go with a heavy or dramatic eye look, then keep the lips simple and natural. Vice versa, when you can’t wait to try out your new bright red lippy, make sure your eyes have minimal application of products. This way, you won’t look like a drag-queen, unless that’s your thing of course.

The Emmys which were held on Sunday 23rd of September, made us makeup-junkies and fashion-addicts all over the world wait in anticipation for the first photos to go viral.

We saw, we took note and we were inspired.

Kelly Osbourne showed us when it came to ‘all or nothing’ she was going for it all. I’m loving her perfectly shaped brows which not only look amazing but make such a difference to the shape of her face. She rocked a vampish rouge lip, teaming it with light –but-still-grey- eyeshadow and a simple eyeliner flick to create the all-round full on look. And it worked. Oh and if anyone can pull off the granny-grey barnet, it’s Miss Osbourne.

The stunning Hayden Panettiere looked fault-free whilst wearing what looks like next-to-nothing. This girl chose the ‘nothing’ look and pulled it off. Too well.  I’m loving her bronzed eye-shadow with the blended eye-liner look. This looks amazing on anyone, regardless of your eye-colour. Promise. She’s topped off her effortless, beige tones with a simple neutral tinted lipbalm for the ultimate natural look. But we all know just how much works goes into a ‘natural’ look – don’t we girls!

So how would you makeup your face for The Emmys?

Let me know…