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We were super excited to bag BBC MUA Jenna Hacking for our latest photoshoot! With her celebrity experience we saw the perfect opportunity to pick her brains about one of our favourite past-times: make-up! In between creating model Rachel’s amazing looks, Jenna answered our all-important make-up questions, revealed her holy grail products and spilled the secret to looking fabulous in just ten minutes…

 

 

1. Who would be your dream client and why?

Ooh there are so many people who’s make-up I would love to do. It would have to be Kate Middleton. She is so classy, a style icon and fab role model for young women.

 

2. What are your make-up bag essentials?

I change my kit quite regularly but at the moment I am loving Illamasqua’s ‘Skin Base Foundation’, they have a full range of colours from the deepest browns up to the whitest white.

 

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3. What are your tips for making a bright lip stay flawless all day?

There are many ways to do this but my advice to people who are on the go would be to buy a product called ‘Lip Tar’ by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. It’s great for topping up throughout the day and the colours are really vivid!

If you want to use your own products, line and fill the lips with a pencil in your chosen colour. Then apply the lip colour, hold a thin piece of tissue over the lips, gently press loose powder onto the lips over the tissue and then reapply the lip colour. This will build up the colour and give it more staying power.

 

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4. What kind of products do you use for a natural make-up look?

I use many different brands but I love the Urban Decay ‘Naked’ palettes.

 

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5. What is your absolute holy grail product?

The Kryolan ‘Shimmering Event Foundations’ are an absolute must for my kit.

 

6. Contouring seems to be a huge beauty trend at the moment, is there an easy way to do it yourself?

A lot of people get contouring wrong, they instantly go for a really pale colour to highlight and the darkest colour for the contours. This is a total drag!! It is much better to use a shade lighter than your natural skin tone and a shade darker for the contours- you don’t want to look false!

 

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7. What are your favourite products to use to conceal blemishes and eye circles?

I love Illamasqua concealers especially ‘White Light’ for the inner corners of the eyes. It’s light reflecting qualities give the eyes that extra pop.

 

8. You’ve overslept and have 10 minutes to get ready- how do you do you make yourself look fabulous?!

If I’m in a rush I just make sure I conceal under my eyes and any blemishes. I may powder or add a little bronzer but the most important things are to define my eyebrows, add a smoky liner to my bottom eye lids and apply mascara to my upper and lower lashes.

 

9. How do you achieve the all-important perfect brow?

I always use a fine angled brush and draw in the bottom line first brushing upwards, then I highlight the top outer edge of the brows.

 

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10. Which make-up artists inspire you?

All make-up and make-up artists inspire me. The list is endless and I recently had the honour of training with Lan Nguyen and Sandra Cooke who are make-up idols of mine!

 

11. How can you improve the staying power of make-up throughout the day?

It is important to find the correct primer for your skin type to help your make-up stay put. There are so many out there; Mac ‘Prep and Prime’, Laura Mercier and Smashbox are all great choices.

 

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12. What are going to be the big beauty trends of AW14?

I think red lips are going to be back with a vengeance this Autumn!

 

 

Check out Jenna’s Twitter and Instagram to see more of her work.

Photography by Sophie Traynor, check out her Facebook.

 

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From party girl to FRow regular, Kim Kardashian has transformed into a style icon in her own right.  Kim’s road to fashionista status has seen her refine her style, frequently rocking midriff bearing co-ords, bodycon dresses and stunningly sculptured couture creations. An expert at maximising her iconic silhouette, the queen of curves knows what works. We show you how to steal some of our favourite Kim K. looks and flaunt your figure like a true Kardashian.

 

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In her slimmer days, Kim still knew how to accentuate her curves. Perfect for any body shape and age, a wrap dress is a classic feminine style that never goes out of fashion making it an excellent investment piece. Steal Kim’s timeless look with our Sienna Dress here.

 

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2012

 

Kim complemented her yellow floor-sweeping gown with orange-toned lipstick and glamorous statement earrings. GC’s Melina Maxi Dress will provide instant red carpet glamour, available here.

 

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2013

 

Kim didn’t let pregnancy hold her style back and wrapped her bump in a sparkling all white dress for Elton John’s Oscar Party. Our Naomi Swarovski Maxi dress (available here) is not only perfect for stealing Kim’s style but our luxury stretch jersey fabric will comfortably flatter your bump.

 

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A plunging neckline is one of Kim’s signature looks. Whilst being totally on-trend, a wide-leg jumpsuit provides the perfect amount of coverage to counteract the revealing neckline. Shop our Sofia Jumpsuit, here.

 

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Long sleeves and a high neckline bring a new dimension to the bodycon dress. Whilst only revealing her legs, Kim still manages to show off her assets in red hot style. The Rosie Dress is perfect for making an impression day to night, available here.

 

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Drawing attention to your shoulders is a great way to balance out wide hips as Kim demonstrates in this revealing black maxi. The high neck, racer line style of our Carmen Maxi Dress will be sure to highlight bronzed Summer shoulders. Shop it here.

 

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Kim effortlessly worked day-time chic with a pastel pink jumpsuit. Complement our Penelope Jumpsuit (available here) with a blush tinted lipstick to achieve Kim’s flirty, relaxed style.

 

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Stunning silhouettes and inspirational styles graced the catwalks of Paris this week. Paris, the home of couture, is a very special place to view the offering from the cream of the fashion crop; Chanel, Christian Dior, Atelier Versace, Valentino are just some of the giants of the fashion industry worthy of the Haute Couture House status.

 

With incomprehensible budgets, crazy-skilled craftsmanship and boundless creativity, the couture collections are a designer’s chance to really go to town.  The Fall 2014 collections were a mix of the weird and wonderful (Schiaparelli), the elegant (Valentino, Chanel) and the downright dramatic (Viktor & Rolf).

 

 

Red

 

Viktor & Rolf’s collection had us seeing red- literally! Every look was comprised of red in it’s entirety, a sure fire sign that red is on the horizon for Autumn/Winter. Red was seen throughout other collections including Valentino, Alexis Mabille and Elie Saab in varying tones: it’s a dead cert that we will be seeing a lot more of it. Shop everything red here.

 

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Monochrome

 

Monochrome is pretty much a staple style by now (you can never go wrong with black and white) and it’s almost reassuring to see that even couture designers love it. Ulyana Sergeenko and Valentino featured monochrome looks in a colour blocking style. Shop monochrome pieces here.

 

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White

 

Chanel’s collection was positively heavenly. Heavily embellished, sparkling decorations adorned white, structured and flowing gowns whilst delicate lace and chiffon were formed into angular silhouettes made for an intriguing mix of styles- there was even a powerful maternity bridal look to close the spectacle.   Shop white GC pieces here.

 

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Grecian Gowns

 

Valentino presented a collection heavily influenced by Roman and ancient Greek culture. This wasn’t just reflected in the styles but in the romantic draping, the barely-there materials and the powerful robe-like gowns. Elie Saab presented similarly inspired dresses with a touch more heat. Our Melina Maxi Dress is the perfect way to pay homage to the couture gods, shop it here.

 

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Blue

 

Blue was inescapable throughout the Couture presentations. The shade and tone didn’t matter; at Christian Dior it was cornflour, at Atelier Versace it was cobalt, at Elie Saab midnight and at Valentino, the inky-er the better. Another Autumn/Winter wardrobe staple, you can rock the trend with Cobalt and Midnight Blue GC pieces now.

 

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