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Get the look… Queen of Hearts Comments Off on Get the look… Queen of Hearts

Posted on January 17, 2014 by admin


Lewis Carroll’s beloved classic Alice in Wonderland is never-ending source of inspiration for fancy dress and costume. The weird and wonderful characters can and have been reinterpreted time and time again and various screen adaptations of the story have provided the characters with a variety of looks and styles.

One character who has been reinvented countless times is the fabulous yet terrifying Queen of Hearts. This dynamic character has had many looks over the years ranging from angry Queen to a fierce fantastical force to be reckoned with.

If you’re looking for a new twist on this classic character, then check out these fantastic tips for your Queen of Hearts costume.

Get the look… Make up

When it comes to choosing the make-up for your Queen of Hearts costume, you can choose something simple but bold or something far more striking and detailed. In this fantastic make-up tutorial from Julia Graf, the entire face is used, making the make-up the focus of the whole costume.

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You might choose to go for something a little more subtle and create a more detailed look using eye-shadow. This simple yet effective look uses pink and orange eye-shadow to create a soft heart shape around the eye.

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Create a deeper more striking look using a bold red eyes-shadow and black liquid eye-liner. By painting the base of the eye with a pale white shadow you can create an excellent contrast with the black and red colours.

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Depending on the kind of look you’re going for you might want to use some white face paint along with some red glitter for the lips and eyes. These false eyelashes also work well to add an extra bit of detail to your eye make-up.


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When it comes to creating a hairstyle for your Queen of Hearts you can make it as big and eccentric as you like. Alternatively, you might go for something a little simpler, if you’ve gone for a more fearsome looking Queen. This smooth, sleek bob works really well to create a more severe Queen.

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This eccentric hairstyle is created by back-combing and pinning curled hair, creating a frantic and crazy look for your Queen of Hearts costume. This design combines using bold eye make-up and face-painting, to create a simple but effective look. Only part of the face is painted with an Ace of Hearts design, with a bold eye-shadow and false eye-lashes on the opposite eye, creating a more detailed look.

Got a great Queen of Hearts costume or some excellent hair and makeup tips? Let us know on our Facebook page.

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Get the look… Traditional Christmas Comments Off on Get the look… Traditional Christmas

Posted on December 13, 2013 by admin


A traditional Christmas look incorporates everything we love about the holiday period: a touch of magic, a sprinkle of good joy and a great big handful of glitter! Whether you’re looking to create a Christmassy look for a party, a night on the town or for Christmas day itself, we’ve got the low-down for every part of the look.

Think cheesy Christmas jumpers teamed with fluffy Santa hats, Victorian hairstyles with a little extra oomph, bright colours on your clothes and for your make-up, but most importantly, a whole lot of glamour.

The make-up method

The traditional Christmas make-up look is all about having fun with your products. For those who can feel a little intimidated by bright colours, Julia Graf has put together a brilliant video for an evergreen look.

The bright colours blend well with the glitter to give the make-up a deeper, more developed appearance. The combination of the two also work to make the eyes pop and are sure to compliment a whole range of skin tones.

This particular make-up combination is suitable for day or night time events and with a variety of hairstyles. Thick curls or ringlets will work well with the look for night time looks, while daytime would look brilliant with a top knot or bun.

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A highly pigmented eye-shadow will work well for this look, but for something with a little more edge that will last a lot longer, stage make-up will have a much brighter finish.


Red and green are the traditional Christmas colours and adding a touch of red glitter to small features on the face will help to give the look an extra touch of magic. Green grease paint will work especially well for those wearing the make-up whilst out on the town, while choosing even brighter neon green face paint is sure to make the look truly stand out from the crowd.

The alternative looks

There are plenty of fun ways to change this look according to your favourite Christmas colours. Just remember: the brighter, the better!

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This neon make-up manages to be both understated and astonishing as the eyes and lips gently draw attention to the most flattering areas of the face. The pink works incredibly well with the green, while the lips are beautifully bright.

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If you fancy yourself as Santa’s little helper this year, this look is as fun as it is well-executed. The lips are the perfect shade of red to really stand out, while a touch of silver or green glitter would really finish off the design around the eyes.

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A little more Gothic but not less festive, this look is inspired by the traditional elf design but uses defined eye-liner to add an extra edge. The false eyelashes have brought attention to the design and the darker colours have created the ideal night-time Christmas look.

What do you think to our traditional Christmas look? Why not leave us a comment on our Facebook page and let us know what you’re wearing this Christmas!

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Get the look… Christmas party Comments Off on Get the look… Christmas party

Posted on December 06, 2013 by admin

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The work Christmas party is the ideal time to let go and celebrate the festive time of year with your co-workers. It’s also a great time to show off your ‘out of work’ style and show a different side of yourself that is rarely seen in the office environment.

Whilst you’re dressing up in your gladrags, throwing on a sparkly dress and strapping yourself into your favourite killer heels, you’ll also want to ensure that you’re looking fittingly Christmassy to celebrate the holidays. Whether you decide to go all out or include a subtle Christmas style to your outfit, there are lots of ways to add a little festive spirit to your Christmas party outfit.

The make-up method

The make-up you choose to wear can add a Christmassy element to your chosen outfit. Beauty and lifestyle vlogger Lisa Gregory has created this wonderful look that everyone can achieve relatively simply.

The make-up creates the impression of a fresh, healthy face with a focus upon naturally red cheeks and bright eyes, along with the very seasonally appropriate shade of red lipstick. The look is the perfect balance between natural and glamorous with an understated face and bold lipstick.

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To apply a base before the foundation, it’s important to ensure that you are not creating creases by using the fingers – sponges will create a much more even finish that will effectively cover the entire face.

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A wonderful way to bring the festive look to your outfit is to wear a Santa hat. There are a huge range to choose from as Santa hats become increasingly popular; a smaller, fascinator style may be best for those with large curls, while those looking for something a little more extravagant may prefer something that covers the whole head.

The alternative looks

Whatever your style, it’s really easy to adapt and change this Christmas party look to go along with the kind of clothes you feel most comfortable in.

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As this image shows, you may choose to emphasise the eyes rather than the lips. By using a light colour on the lips, they are defined but not prominent, while the eyes use a combination of smoky make-up with a silver shimmer for the perfect Christmas look.

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Of course, some people prefer to really make their lips stand out and this design is the perfect way to do so. The lipstick is incredibly bold and is finished with an even glitter effect that is sure to grab attention. Blend some of the lipstick in with a blusher and keep the eyes minimal to balance this bold look.

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If you love this Christmas make-up look, you’ll want to complete it with some complimenting nails. The white base coat ensures that the deep red glitter stands out and looks almost like a reverse snowing effect. This is surprisingly easy to achieve; all you need is a steady hand!

What do you think of our Christmas party look? Why not leave a comment on our Facebook page to show us what you’re wearing at this year’s Christmas party?

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