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DIY Pouty Lippies

Let’s face it, people with naturally pouty lips look effortlessly sultry. Angelina Jolie and Liv Tyler are best examples. But if you are a girl like me who doesn’t possess the same luscious lips as Angie and Liv and who doesn’t know how to do a pout, this post might help you.

Below is a technique I’ve learned (from experimenting) to achieve a natural looking pout, without the duckface.

First thing to do is exfoliate lips. You don’t have to do this,  however, if your lips aren’t chappy. To exfoliate, dip a soft-bristled toothbrush in lukewarm water, and then gently brush your lips. And then wipe with a clean cloth.

Before beginning, make sure you have two lip colors available–one very light  (nude or pale pink is perfect) and a dark red (brick red or royal red is good)–and a lip liner.

Next, create the shape you like by lining your lips with your lip liner. I wanted mine to look as natural as possible so I used Ianti‘s nude lip liner and just traced the natural contours of my lips.

Afterwards, I chose a pale pink lip color from ELF as base. Nude is too light for my lips. Apply your preferred color to both your upper and lower lip.

Third, create a line using a red on the inner part of the lips as shown. The goal here is to create a contrast and a shadow to give the illusion of pouty lips. Make sure not to stretch the line too much, keep the color in the middle.

It is best to start with the lower lip first, and then proceed to the upper lip.

When done,  carefully blend the parts where the dark and light color meet. You should get a result similar to this:

My camera is quite sucky at the moment but I’m telling you this method works, most especially if you’re using a nude color. Hope this somehow helps! 🙂

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84th Annual Academy Awards Best Dressed List

One of the most anticipated parts of the Awards season is the red carpet parade, where viewers get to see fashion hits and misses by Hollywood celebrities. When I started this blog, giving my top red carpet picks (in the Golden Globes and Oscars events specifically) became sort of a vow. And now, here I am presenting you my top choices despite my very tight schedule. (I’m sorry if I’ve been MIA for the past weeks, work and school stuff are taking way too much of my time at the moment.) Below are my top 5 in ascending order.

My fifth choice would be this spectacular Alexander McQueen gown worn by Jessica Chastain who’s a Best Suporting Actress nominee for her role in The Help. What I particularly love about this dress are the intricate gold details. It somewhat reminds me of autumn, which kind of gives off a somber vibe.

Delicate, soft garments attract me so much. I am in love with this Givenchy Couture gown donned by Rooney Mara, who definitely made her mark in Hollywood for her performance in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I’m still yet to watch the film (bummer, I know) but basing on the trailer, Mara absolutely deserves to be nominated as Best Actress for her role. Talk about how drastic the changes were in her appearance (I digress). Now her dress would have been impeccable, I think, if it fit well on the waist part.

Oh yes, the top trending topic on Twitter—Angie’s right leg. I’m pretty sure she did that for comedic purposes, posing like that on every picture, even onstage. But then again, minus the leg-baring stunt she pulled, she must be credited for choosing a velvet-y Atelier Versace gown. Scene stealer, I must say—the dress complemented her glowing skin.

Kristen Wiig’s look wasn’t everyone’s favorite, but it’s my top 2 choice. I love nude. It’s refreshing to the eyes, plus it complements almost everyone’s skin. Although, I think, Wiig of the Bridesmaids would have looked more sophisticated with this J. Mendel gown if she pulled her hair up, like a bun or something.

And my top look for the Oscars would be this Maria Lucia Hoha chiffon dress worn by Maria Menounos, a host of Access Hollywood. I told you I’m a sucker for soft thingies! 🙂 Menounos has such a great body, this dress suited her really well.

So those are my top picks. I don’t usually include men as I don’t know any thing about their fashion. Come back next year to see my top red carpet picks! 🙂

Photo credits: Yahoo OMG

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2012 Golden Globe Awards Best Dressed List

Indeed, time flies so fast. It was only last year since I started this blog and vowed to give you guys an update of the Golden Globe Awards. And now, the 2012 Golden Globe Awards has concluded and the winners have been revealed. Check out the list of winners at the bottom of this post.

On to my main subject—the Best Dressed list. I only picked out my top 5 choices though, as there were only a few good ones to choose from. It puzzles me how some Hollywood celebrities make awful choices when it comes to their wardrobe. I mean, hey, they are like the highest paid celebrities in the world and they can’t hire a decent stylist? Not that I’m a good dresser myself, but you understand what I mean, right?

The fifth spot would go to Kate Beckinsale. She chose a Roberto Cavalli gown and matched her look with diamond bracelets and earrings.

My fourth choice would be this Basil Soda dress worn by E! personality and Fashion Police panelist Giuliana Rancic. I’m digging the torso details, which give a conservative yet sophisticated vibe.

This is my third. Oh viva Versace! Haha. Aside from Nicole Kidman looking sexxxay in this dress, I also love how the torso details were constructed. It looks so structured, prolly because of the diagonal bodice cuts you see. I’m not sure though about the gold detailing/studs(?)—they look a bit over-the-top to me, which could be the reason why she kept her accessories minimal. Balance is key.

Second, one perfect example of a celebrity who always gets it right is Angelina Jolie. If you watched last year’s GGAs, then you could recall her looking so stunning in a sparkly green dress. This look of hers is no different. She was jaw-dropping in this year’s Golden Globes, thanks to this Atelier Versace gown. I’m not really a fan of satin or any glossy fabric, but the pop of red won me over.

And my top best dressed gal is no other than my forever girl crush Charlize Theron, who graced the red carpet in Dior Haute Couture gown and vintage Cartier jewels. The way her hair was styled is impeccable. Truly, she looked like a real Grecian or Greek goddess, if I may say.

So there are my best dressed ladies. But I think though there’s one girl who deserves a special mention. I’ve never really seen her as a fashion icon, but her look at last night’s GGAs is refreshing:

Yep, it’s indeed Zooey Deschanel! I loved how she showed her quirky and unique sense of style. This Prada dress complete with black and green embellishments stayed true to her personality.

Now below are the complete list of winners in the 2012 Golden Globe Awards:

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Motion Picture, Drama: The Descendants

Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical: The Artist

Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama: George Clooney, The Descendants

Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: Jean DuJardin, The Artist

Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn

Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Octavia Spencer, The Help

Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Director: Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Screenplay, Motion Picture: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Foreign Language Film: A Separation, Iran

Animated Feature Film: The Adventures of Tintin

Original Score, Motion Picture: The Artist, Ludovic Bource

Original Song, Motion Picture: “Masterpiece,” Madonna, Julie Frost, Jimmy Harry; W.E.

TELEVISION

TV Series, Drama: Homeland

TV Series, Comedy: Modern Family

TV Movie or Miniseries: Downton Abbey

Actor in a TV Series, Drama: Kelsey Grammer, Boss

Actress in a TV Series, Drama: Claire Danes, Homeland

Actor, TV Series Comedy: Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

Actress in a TV Series, Comedy: Laura Dern, Enlightened

Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie: Idris Elba, Luther

Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie: Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce

Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or TV Movie: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story

Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie: Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

CECILE B. DEMILLE AWARD: Morgan Freeman

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