Heptathlete Hair!

Watching the Commonwealth Games isn’t all about the sports. With former heptathlete Denise Lewis on punditry duties, there’s also some serious style to feast on.

Denise has had all kinds of hairstyles over the years, from natural curls to corn-rows to bob, but now it’s all about the quiff. The shaved sides, the coloured tips, the rockabilly mohawk – it’s punky, yes… but sexy smart rather than Siouxsie Sioux.

The key is to leave the make-up natural and the outfits fuss-free rather than trying to make them match the boldness of the hairdo (kind of like that old rule of legs or cleavage – but never both!) Pairing sensible pastel clothes and gentle make-up with a kickass hairdo is a clash but one that’s strong in a classy way. And it’s easier to achieve than Denise’s other trademark: the sculpted six-pack.

Too scared to get shaved at the sides? Here’s how to get the look without clippers:

Beards are back… and I love it!

Beards are back… and I love it.

I can’t remember the last time you guys were so committed to growing beards. And I don’t mean goatees or any of those ‘arty’ facial hair statements either. No, I’m talking about the full works – the real man stuff!

Maybe actors like the release it gives them? During filming they have to adhere to a certain look but in between projects there’s a real freedom to looking as ungroomed as possible. Certainly beards can give definition to a face too, like a great frame that makes a painting look even better.

Whatever the reason, male stars certainly can’t get enough right now. I should know – I’ve just worked with three of them:

Ralph Fiennes.
Invisible Woman Premiere London

Jared Leto
Dallas Buyers Club Premiere London

Christian Bale
American Hustle Premiere Berlin

Tempted? I say go for it. I’m reliably informed the itching stops after a week or so. Just remember though, do care for your new furry friend. Condition it if it’s feeling too wirey and comb and trim regularly. You might want to look rough and ready but this is Hollywood we’re talking about here. Even looking as if you don’t care takes work!

Kylie on The Voice – Get The Hair!

So this month has seen the return of The Princess Of Pop, Ms Kylie Minogue, onto our screens in a big way. As one of the new coaches on The Voice she’s wow-wow-wowing audiences with her smiley charm and killer heels. For me though, it’s as much about the hair and make-up. And, as someone who’s just found herself walking out of the salon with hair the same length as La Minogue’s, I decided to try out a gentle Kylie curl on myself.

Kate Mara ‘House Of Cards’

As the temperatures plummeted to below freezing in London, Kate Mara shone on the red carpet for the ‘House Of Cards’ Premiere.

She opened the 2013 premiere season in a Spring Christian Dior bright yellow dress, accessorised with Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, a Gilan ring, and a Plukka necklace.

A stripped back make-up for the red carpet is brave, but Kate’s beautiful fresh complexion stunned me when I first met her so I had no intention of losing that in heavy make-up.

So after applying the lightest of bases I emphasised her eyes with black eye pencil and brightened them with Spring/Summers new hot colour – copper. Lips and cheeks were flushed in naked taupe tones.

For her hair, I groomed it into a sharp side parting (a style she favours in the new tv series) then tied it into a low-slung pony tail and textured the locks into beautiful curls.

We even got into the pages of the super-cool mag Nylon with this look!

House of Cards is a political thriller available on Netflix from 1st Feb.

It’s a tv series that’s not available on TV and all 13 episodes can be downloaded immediately. Heaven for those of us who love to indulge in box sets and watch a series at our leisure.

It stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright alongside Kate and is directed by David Fincher – we’re talking ‘Fight Club’ (one of my all time fav films), Madonna’s ‘Vogue’ video & ‘The Social Network’

That’s one hell of a reason to join Netflix!

L’Oreal Matt & Messy

WOW! I can’t believe that just a few simple squirts from this magic bottle did this. What a difference. No hair dryer, hair spray, mousse or styling skills needed!

It’s all thanks to L’OrĂ©al’s New Studio Matt & Messy Shine Free Salt Spray ‘Tousled Look’.

I award it my biggest accolade: it’s going into my kit bag.