The most iconic decades in beauty

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Confession: bh loves beauty inspiration from celebrities on the red carpet. Be it Angelina Jolie, Taylor Swift and even Kim Kardashian (sometimes). But ever so often we like to hop in a time machine and look at the sultry sirens and elegant glamour girls from the past.

Turns out that organisers of Miss Italia beauty pageant feel the same way about classic beauty icons. The pageant ignited controversy this week when it banned all its contestants from wearing bikinis, and having any tattoos, body piercings or cosmetic surgery. The reason? Organisers want to return to “the classical beauty of the 1950s… and add a sober element” to the competition. They want to judge the pageant on the basis of the girls’ long legs and curvy figures, as opposed to “artificial beauty”.

Here at BH HQ, we feel there’s nothing wrong with showing your individuality through piercings and tattoos, but we also understand Miss Italia pageant’s desire to celebrate classic beauty.

In fact, we’ve been fans of the vintage make-up looks that have been making a comeback for a while now. Whether it’s taking '60s inspiration from Mad Men, or channelling your inner Marilyn Monroe, a splash of vintage make-up can add instant glamour to any look.

Not sure which era would suit you? We’ve taken a look back at the most popular decades in beauty and what made them so iconic.

1920s
The Twenties was when the world was in a crazy party mood. To complement the overdose of wine and rum, deep berry-hues were on every flapper girl’s lips, while her hair was pulled back in retro finger-wave curls.

1940s
This post-war period was all about female empowerment and it showed the most in the feminine looks that emerged. The hair was cropped to shoulder length but the vintage curls remained. Women at the time left their skin natural and dewy, but really exaggerated their eyes with a heavy dose of mascara on both top and lower lashes.

1950s
Remember Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly’s iconic glamour? The perfectly-curled hair, sun-kissed skin, thick brows and velvety red lips, this decade’s look is definitely one of the most copied over the years.

1960s
The cropped platinum pixie cut of this era really emancipated women at the time, made famous by Twiggy and Audrey Hepburn, of course. The look was minimal, fresh and youthful, with individually-defined lashes, flicked cat eyes and nude lips.

Flick through our celebrity gallery below to see how these old-school looks have made a comeback today.

Which decade’s beauty look is your absolute favourite? Do you have a beauty icon you look up to? And how you do feel about piercings and tattoos?

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Posted by: Senorita (Australia)

great galery, i love Rachel McAdams' look

Posted on: August 17, 2012 (Aug 17, 2012 12:14pm)

Posted by: Crystaltipps (Australia)

I love the fifties look. Stars had such style then and its always an era I would love to go to.

Posted on: August 17, 2012 (Aug 17, 2012 12:15pm)

Video: Michelle Phan’s best beauty blogging tips

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Did you catch the first part of our video interview with the super-cute Michelle Phan? You seriously need to watch it. Why? Well, it’s here the Lancôme Online Video Make-up Artist – and one of most influential people in the online beauty industry today – spills the beans on her must-have beauty products, her skin care secrets and the name of the lady she claims to be her ultimate beauty idol. It’s definitely interesting viewing.



bh’s Cherie posed with the petite beauty vlogging sensation Michelle Phan when she was in town recently for a Lancôme in-store event at MYER.

In part two, the self-taught make-up artist (who has over 2 million YouTube subscribers) delves into the online world. Yep, she’s keen to disclose the most popular content on her website, share her best tips for up-and-coming beauty bloggers, and also reveal the number one beauty question her fans always want answered. Curious? You should be. This pint-sized beauty has some solid advice that should most certainly be followed.

Now, get your note pad and pen ready, and feel free to thieve – and then put into action – some more bites of beauty wisdom from the make-up video queen that is Michelle Phan…

Cherie Herrmann

 

 

 

 


Are you a fan of Michelle Phan? Have you watched any of her make-up tutorials? Do you enjoy watching make-up how-to videos?

 

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Posted by: Lana Lang (Australia)

Michelle was my first ever beauty subscription on YouTube and I love her to bits! She's got videos on everything!

Posted on: August 17, 2012 (Aug 17, 2012 5:07am)

Posted by: katshepsutt (Australia)

I've learnt some great techniques and tips from vloggers over the years, but I'm new to Michelle Phan - she seems sensible and aware of her audience and their needs, so thanks for the opportunity to find a new source of info and looks :-)

Posted on: August 17, 2012 (Aug 17, 2012 5:30am)

Five ways to beat stress

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Flustered mind, hot flushes, racing heartbeat, breathlessness: these are the awful symptoms of stress. You know, that nasty feeling at the bottom of your stomach that makes you jittery and anxious? That’s what stress can feel like.

What causes stress?
A busy period at work, a family disagreement, a traumatic incident in the past – any of these might result in making you anxious. The causes of stress differ for each individual. But speaking on a general level, work-related stress, financial worries and relationships are often the most common causes of stress.

How does stress affect your health?
Stress has an awful rap for throwing out the brain to perform inefficiently. When you stress, you could suffer from memory loss, irregular periods, chronic depression and premature ageing. All these unwelcomed symptoms do cause harm to the body, physically and mentally.  

Can stress make you fat?
Yes, it can. When you stress, your body releases a hormone called cortisol that stimulates the appetite. Notice how you feel next time you get stressed; you may feel like you want to eat everything in your fridge. Most of the time it’ll be food such as cookies, pizza, lollies and ice cream; basically everything your body hates. While  binging on bad food, this high level of cortisol might also mean fat accumulates around the abdominal region.

What can you do to reduce your stress levels?
It hampers your immune system, causes fatigue and can also lead to memory loss, so what the hell can you do to shove it out the window? Start by making these simple changes to your everyday life:

Tip #1: Send flowers to yourself
Humans are comforted by vegetation. Fact. That’s how cavemen survived, at least. Use this age-old strategy and buy your favourite bunch of flowers for your bedroom. Either that or convince your other half to.

Tip #2: Get fresh air and daylight
No matter how cold it is outside, if your stress hormones are hitting the roof, open the windows of your house or go for a walk. Getting a good dose of Vitamin D and fresh air has shown to send positive signals to the brain, so spend at least 20 minutes outside, every day.

Tip #3: Laugh until you cry
You know when you laugh so hard that your stomach curls into a ball and tears start streaming down your face? Aim for that when you’re feeling overwhelmed with life. Watch your favourite funny movie, or call a friend who makes you LOL, literally.

Tip #4: Switch off
When you start feeling under pressure from all directions, give your thumbs a rest and stop surfing the internet. Disconnect from every social media platform and device. Sometimes, being disconnected is the best way to connect with your own self.

Tip #5: Say ’ommmm’
Studies have proven that practicing yoga is a great stress reliever, especially poses that send blood gushing to your head like headstands and downward-facing dog. Pull the yoga mat out, light a beautifully-scented candle and bend that spine. Try Glasshouse Fragrances – Water Lily Triple Scented Candle.

What makes you stress the most? What do you do when your stress hits its peak?

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Posted by: kellies36 (Australia)

Great tips, I also find Yoga is very helpful!

Posted on: August 16, 2012 (Aug 16, 2012 5:27pm)

Posted by: Senorita (Australia)

Relaxation/rejuvenation gym classes, like Body Balance or Yoga are great if you're stressed

Posted on: August 16, 2012 (Aug 16, 2012 5:35pm)

How-to: add another dimension to your nails

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We couldn’t help but notice that this year has been all about nails. And not just your average on-trend nail shade, but rather experimenting with quirky nail looks and textures.

From having one statement nail on each hand to different ways of applying your polish (and let’s not forget nail stickers), the nail has become a canvas for you to play around with and showcase your individuality.

Which is why we thought it was really cool when we noticed a new trend emerging in nail art – 3D nails. So not only can your nails look really interesting, but now they can feel it too.

So if you’re looking to add another dimension to your nails, why not try one of these 3D nail options:

1000 Hour 3D Nail Wraps in Sienna – The adhesive nail wraps make it quick and easy to achieve any nail look in the comfort of your own home. We love that Sienna gives each nail a unique 3D look while sticking to the same colour pattern.  

Vixen Nailed It 3D Nail Wraps in Pink Cheetah – Who says you can’t have an out-there pattern and some bling? The Vixen nail wraps combine embellishments and prints for one (easy-to-apply) nail look that will certainly get some attention.

Bio Sculpture Studded Nail Art (pictured above) – If you’re looking for a professional finish that will last you a long time, you’ll want to try Bio Sculpture’s newest nail look. The studs ere embedded onto the nail gel application to give your nails an edgier look while keeping your nails healthy and strong.

Yep, velvet nails are an actual thing…

Extra! Read all about it (the hottest nail trend to hit newsstands, that is)…

 

What’s your favourite nail look?

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Posted by: Coconal (Australia)

I love nail art and I love experimenting! I have used those 1000 hour ones before, and I also love the KIss nail dress stickers...so easy to apply and remove, plus they are textured to make things a bit more interesting. :)

Posted on: August 16, 2012 (Aug 16, 2012 12:39pm)

Posted by: Trudz (Australia)

So many great designs out there. I love the nail wraps, polish pens, and stickers.

Posted on: August 16, 2012 (Aug 16, 2012 12:45pm)

Video how-to: braided boho bun

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Do you like a little boho chic with your serving of bun? Yeah, us too. It’s a great way to rock the donut – which we love by the way – and channel a bit of a Blake Lively’s boho-esque strands at the same time.

It’s chic and sexy all at the same time – like Brigitte Bardot in a hairstyle – and it’s simpler than you may well think. Check out how you can achieve a sexy twist on the standard ballerina bun….

Do like to rock the ballerina bun? Is this an updo you'd like to try?

More inspiration on bh:
- Why we can't get enough of Blake Lively's style
- How-to: the Carrie Bradshaw bun

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Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

So cute! I love this style so much.

Posted on: August 14, 2012 (Aug 14, 2012 11:36am)

Posted by: chari01 (Australia)

You can get one of those hair bun tools to make the bun easier... and with no bobby pins :)

Posted on: August 14, 2012 (Aug 14, 2012 1:32pm)