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Kevin Murphy spills hairdresser secrets!

16 July 2014 4:13:55 PM EST

You know when you leave the hairdressers with gorgeous locks and think to yourself, 'Why can't I look like this every day?' We'll let you in on a little can! Our favourite, award-winning hairdresser Kevin Murphy, is not only known for tending to tresses in person but has bottled his expertise, too. Meaning that with his at-home range, it's like having a personal hairdresser at your beck-and-call!

We were lucky enough to catch up with Kevin Murphy himself for all the goss on latest trends and his insider hair secrets you simply must follow, dah-ling.

Australian hairdresser Kevin Murphy talks exclusively with Adore Beauty

Where do you get your inspiration for your amazing products and signature styles from? 
All around! I love the Australian outback and all the amazing ingredients we can source here. They are rich in vitamins and nutrients, which make developing products that little bit easier as we don't have to alter them too much because they just perform so well. I get a lot of inspiration from magazines and runways from around the world, too. I enjoy old movies and TV shows when hair was super styled and hairdressers really dressed hair - I love looking at what they did back in the 20's 30's 40's 50's and then breaking it down and making it modern.

What are some of the things we should look out for this coming season?
Short hair is in, as are long layers, around collar bone height. You can actually do so much with hair that is that length - wear it wavy or smooth and tie it in cute knots and twists.

How can these be adapted for everyday use? Any tips for picking which styles suit which sort of person?
Get a great haircut and have a good chat with your hairdresser. Make sure it is a style that works for your face shape and hair texture. One idea is to take elements from a celebrity's style you love and make them your own.

I'm sick of my current hair colour. What are the shades making waves at the moment?
Natural, all-over colours in warmer tones, pastel blondes and rosy brunettes. Or if you are really game - super bright hair in one colour, all over, is still happening! You need to make sure this matches your general look though; you should never do anything that drastic just because it's fashionable.

Which hair product/styling tool can you not live without? 
My entire range!! I use most products daily, either on myself or on the job styling hair. With tools, I would say a medium sized, hot tong and my rollers - I love rollers! I adore my smoothing brush, too; it's perfect for most looks.

What's the one thing I should be doing every day and every week for optimum hair health?
You should brush your hair every day or at least massage your scalp. It's important to keep the blood flowing to your scalp for the best scalp health and of course, use the best wash and rinse for your hair and scalp needs. Once a week, you should definitely use a treatment or masque, especially in winter when our hair dries out in the wind. Plus sitting all day with the heaters on, we need to rehydrate our hair.


For more insider secrets, check out those of Adore Beauty Founder, Kate Morris.

See your true colours!

2 July 2014 3:25:50 PM EST

Most of us have an idea of which colours we like, but do they translate into makeup that suits our features? BECCA's Rebecca Morrice Williams gives us some pointers on how to look good and have fun with cosmetics (And yes, blue eye shadow is allowed!)


BECCA founder Rebecca Morrice Williams knows a thing or two about colour!

As a rule of thumb, which shades suit which colourings?
Generally pale skins suit pinky tones for blushes and lips but not for the eyes (as it makes them look washed out and tired). Blue eyes can wear shades of blue (if desired) and golden browns make blue eyes pop nicely. Charcoal greys look great for a smokey eye look - better than black, which can be too harsh.

Tanned and olive complexions look gorgeous in peachy shades for cheeks and lips. Green eyes again can wear shades of green but russet/purple tinged tones make the eyes stand out. Brown eyes can wear most brown shades of eye shadow - muted tones of blue and navy intensify the colour. Hazel eyes look great in similar toned shades of khaki and golden hazels but can also wear purple/reddish tinged browns to intensify.

Darker skins can wear orange/reds for cheeks and many rich and bright shades for lips. Darker eyes look wonderful in browns, some jewel- like colours and black is gorgeous for a dramatic smokey eye.

In general neutral eye shadows work for all eye colours.

How can I be sure my foundation matches perfectly to my skin?
The trick here is simply to look in natural light and to make sure that the blend between face, neck and décolletage looks seamless. Don't match colour specifically to the neck as this is usually the lightest part - test foundation on the jaw line. If your chest area is a lot darker than the face and neck, you might want to use a darker but sheer foundation colour on the face to even everything out or alternatively tint the skin with a bronzer underneath. I like to use BECCA Bronzing Skin Perfector specifically for this.

I dye my hair a lot - will this affect which make-up colours I should be wearing?
In general, the darker the colour of your hair the more washed out you can look unless you have a tan or dark skin tone to begin with. If your hair is red I would l stay with neutral shades. If you go blonde, stay with soft peach pinks and soft neutral beige tones for eyes. If you are dying your hair brown you may find you need some bronzer and more obvious peachy blush as well as bronzed shades for the eyes, to give your skin some life. Really dark hair may call for some rich shades and if you plan to go grey then you may need some bright cool toned shades for cheeks and lips to avoid looking drained.

Are there particular shades that are ageing, or conversely, that make you look younger?
There are some things that definitely make you look younger versus older. Too much foundation, too much concealer under the eyes and too much powder will all serve to make you look older - keep your base as sheer as you can get away with and always match to your skin tone. Colours that are too dark or too light will age you.

A little radiance is a must-have for keeping your skin looking youthful - this is where BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector becomes a necessity. One pump added to foundation will put back a healthy dose of radiance.

Always use a little blush to look younger and healthier - tints, gels and creams applied to the apples of the cheeks work like magic!

Avoid deep and bright colours for lips as well as super matte tones. I personally think red lipstick is not great after a certain age and does make you look older. Perhaps it's fun and quirky much later in life (ie 70). Neutral rosy and pink tones for lips are better in formulations that are cream and/or semi -glossy.

Eye colours that are neutral, soft and not too shimmery are best to keep eyes looking fresh and younger. Avoid too much mascara or eyeliner.

I like to experiment with colour - how can I do so without coming across as garish?
Definitely only play with bright colour on one area of your face - either lips or cheeks or eyes or nails - not all at once. A rich, bright lip looks wonderful with beautiful, minimalistic skin. A touch of coloured eyeliner can be fun with next to nothing lips and cheeks. Don't match colours to your outfit - opposites look modern.

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Spice up your 'do with American Crew!

18 June 2014 5:03:03 PM EST

Women change their hair hundreds of times throughout their lifetime, so men, why not do the same and experiment with different looks? Get rid of that old do' you've been sporting for years and try something different this winter, with American Crew.

Below, lead hairstylist for American Crew Australia, Phoenix Thomson, shows guys easy ways to update their locks.

Look 1 - Modern day comb over
1. For a smooth shape with a plenty of hold, prep the hair with American Crew Firm Hold Gel and allow to dry naturally
2. If you need it to dry faster, help it along with some heat and a small flat paddle brush
3. Brush the hair in the direction it moves naturally and use the blow drier at the front for an element of lift at the hairline


Look 2 - Rockabilly edge
1. For a shape that defies gravity, apply American Crew Firm Hold Gel liberally to damp hair
2. Using a dryer and your hands, lift the hair at the roots to get the height needed to re-create this shape
3. Then grab large amounts of hair in your hands and squeeze it as the dryer adds heat to cement the movement on the ends
4. Rub a small amount of American Crew Fiber into your hands and use this on the ends of the hair, for hold and a matte finish


Top tips from American Crew All Star Phoenix Thomson:
1. For a beachy finish on hair, run American Crew Light Hold Gel through damp hair, shake it out and allow to dry for a 'just out of the ocean' texture
2. If it's a groomed finish you want, put a 50 cent piece amount of gel onto damp hair. Comb your part in and dry for a smooth finish with a small paddle brush. It will give you a great foundation for your finishing product. American Crew Pomade is a favourite for high shine!
3. Drying in American Crew Superglue will give you a high hold, high shine wind-defying shape that will last all day. Always apply a small amount to wet hair and use your fingers or a small denman brush and use the hairdryer to lock in the height and form you want to create.
4. Always finish off with a dust of American Crew Boost Powder if you want to add more texture and definition