How-to: make a short crop really sexy
03 May 2013 14:10 PM | Posted by bh's Olivia Mackinnon
Is this woman the luckiest woman on earth? Not only is she married to one of Hollywood’s biggest Aussie-born heartthrobs (Hello Chris Hemsworth, we love you), she’s also been blessed with a bouncing baby girl and some of the most amazing, feminine features I’ve ever clapped eyes on.
The answer is ‘yes’, she probably is lucky – but she’s also smart, too. She’s made a short crop work for her, and we all know how bang-on-trend short and sexy crops are right now, don’t we? So what can we learn from Mrs. Hemsworth (I mean Elsa) on making a short crop work for us? Plenty, as it turns out…
TIP TO LEARN FROM ELSA #1: Take the plunge
Okay, so she’s married to a hunk and a half, it’s true - but that doesn’t mean she should have to stay in what I like to call ‘The safe, pretty zone’. You know the one I mean, where girls are too afraid to cut off their long, luscious locks and rock an edgier ‘do – but it’s important to remember, there’s no reason to hold back. In fact, taking a plunge like cutting off all of your hair is often one of the bravest things you can do. It has the ability to instantly make you feel free, empowered and totally chic – and isn’t that how you look your sexiest anyway?
TIP TO LEARN FROM ELSA #2: Contour to complement
If, like Elsa, you opt for a sweeping fringe that cuts across your face in a distinctive way, use the lines and shapes made to your advantage by carrying on the trend with your make-up, too. Elsa has been careful to make the highest points of her cheeks the most prominent part of her face, thanks to clever highlighting and contouring. Use a good bronzer, like Couleur Caramel Certified Organic Terre Caramel Bronzer to help sculpt and ‘lift’ the areas of your face that you want to highlight. Sweep underneath your cheekbones, jawline and temples to carry on the appearance of a slimmer face with higher cheekbones. We love Couleur Caramel Certified Organic Terre Caramel Bronzer because it contains organic shea butter to moisturise the skin, as well as organic apricot oil, jojoba oil and cocoa butter to help nourish and protect.
TIP TO LEARN FROM ELSA #3: Dress up your décolletage
Now that you have an ear-skimming crop, you can focus on areas of your body that may have been covered up by your hair in the past. Don’t be afraid to show off your neck, shoulders and décolletage good and proper! Start with a sexy dress, the more feminine-looking the better (it’ll stop anyone making any Justin Bieber look-alike references, stat) and ensure you give it a good backdrop. That means putting some effort into making sure your skin looks soft, supple and radiant. We love Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Body Gloss for its ability to impart a shimmering glow to your skin, instantly. Better still, this dewy skin dream also works to enhance your skin tone and contains pure cocoa butter and vitamin E to ensure smooth and oh so silky skin.
What are your top tips for rocking a super short 'do?
Liv got PhotoReady using: Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer, Revlon PhotoReady Makeup in 004 Nude, mixed with a little Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator in 100 Bare Light on her face; Revlon PhotoReady Crème Blush in Pinched on her cheeks; Revlon PhotoReady Primer + Shadow in 505 Impressionist on her eyes; Revlon PhotoReady 3D Volume Mascara in Blackest Black on her lashes and Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Sweetheart on her lips.
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