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Shhhh...French Beauty Secrets Revealed

13 June 2014 12:06:43 PM EST

France is not known for producing some of the world's most stylish women for nothing! Here, twelve Gallic beauties share their make-up and skincare secrets...

"Sometimes when I have puffy eyes, I take ice and put some rose lotion and a cotton pad all together, and put it on my eyes in the morning," - Laetitia Casta, actress. Try this lotion from Nuxe.


"Use two different colours of mascara; black for your top lashes and brown for your bottom ones. It gives you a sharper look with more definition and makes your eyes look even sexier!" - Constance Jablonski, model. Lancome has some beauties.


"When applying skincare, use a light tapping, pressing motion, especially around the eyes," - Virginie Courtin-Clarins, heiress. You'll love Bioderma.


"It is good to have just a few products that are very good quality," - Ines de la Fressange, model.  We recommend La Roche-Posay or Gatineau.


"Put on black eye makeup before going to bed, so it looks all smudgy and beautiful in the morning,"- Jane Birkin, muse. Lancome's our fave.


"My trick is to protect hair with some borage. It's the best nourishing oil. I also put some on my skin after being exposed under the sun," - Julia Restoin Roitfield, art director. We love this from L'Occitane.


"I like masks, and sometimes I use them as a day cream," - Elisa Sednaoui, film director. Try Uriage's mask.


"I always start the day with a cup of hot water and lemon - I find it really cleanses and hydrates me," - Eva Green, actress. For the next best thing, try these from Guinot.


"Use a little lipstick as your blush!" - Isabel Marant, fashion designer. Stock up on these from Lancome.


"With eyeliner, I do a really thin line and almost straight out-I don't go all the way down and up because I have quite small eyes, so it can make my eyes quite droopy," - Josephine de la Baume, singer.  We can't get enough of Lancome's liners.


"When you're tired, Benefit's Benetint makes you look like you've slept for hours," - Astrid Berges-Frisbey, actress


"I know I shouldn't wash my hair so often, but it gets greasy very fast, so I use a tea tree oil shampoo every day and always let it air-dry," - Anne-Catherine Frey, fashion blogger. Check out these options.

Get the MET Gala hairdos!

8 May 2014 4:41:39 PM EST

We've all drooled over celebrities' hairstyles at fancy awards, resiging ourselves to the fact that we'll never be able to sport their amazing 'dos.


Here, we catch up with Moroccanoil for a sneak peak into how you can replicate the stars' looks at home!


Inspiration: Inspired by the very glam, ultra-elegant haute couture gowns of Charles James, Moroccanoil created a luxurious style for Georgia May Jagger. The hairstyle draws on 1940s American glamour and Veronica Lake's iconic cascading curls.

- Apply Moroccanoil Volumising Mousse to wet hair from root-to-tip to create volume at the crown and give strands extra body and bounce.
- Blow dry hair smooth using a Moroccanoil 35mm brush.

- Starting with the top section of the head (full crown), use 1.5" barrel iron to curl hair in a backwards direction. When strands are still hot, pin the curls and allowto cool.
- Next, take the hair on the sides of the head divide into two sections. Using a 1.5" barrel iron, curl each section towards the back of the head. When strands are still hot, pin curls and set to cool.
- Divide rest of hair into 2" sections and using barrel iron to create soft, full, voluminous waves. Then brush this hair to soften the waves into 40's-style waves.

- Remove pins from top sections of hair and lightly finger-brush through ends with Moroccanoil Treatment Light to control flyawaysand add extra shine.
- Spritz Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine for a red carpet-ready, ultra-shiny finish.

Inspiration: For this year's 'White Tie & Decorations' Charles James-inspired MET Gala, Moroccanoil created a soft updo to complement Claire Danes' elegant, strapless Oscar de la Renta gown. The hairstyle was inspired by Charles James' haute couture evening gowns and his way of elegantly dressing glamorous women.

- Apply Moroccanoil Volumising Mousse to damp hair from root-to-tip to create volume at the crown and give strands extra body and bounce.
- Blow dry hair smooth
- Using a 1.5" barrel iron, curl 1" sections around entire head; apply Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection to each section before curling to protect strands and keep hair shiny and healthy. Allow to cool.

- Draw a deep side part and finger comb the hair into a very low ponytail, keeping the hair loose-not taut-and secure with an elastic.
- Next, wrap the entire ponytail into a physical knot, pulling end of the ponytail through. Tuck end under and secure entire knotwith pins.

- Lightly pull out face-framing pieces and finish with Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine for a shiny, gorgeous style.


Inspiration: Drawing on this year's theme "White Tie & Decorations" and Charles James' structured approach to fashion design, Moroccanoil created a glamorous, structural updo for Selena Gomez, who attended alongside Diane von Furstenberg. Inspired by the legendary designer'sglamorous approach to haute couture, Selena's style is truly American glamour (plus, the updo puts the show-stopping, stunning earrings on full-display).

- Apply Moroccanoil Volumis ing Mousse to wet hair from root-to-tip to create volume at the crown and give strands extra body and bounce.
- Blow dry hair smooth
- Using a 1.5" barrel iron, curl 1" sections around entire head; apply Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection to each section before curling to protect strands and keep hair shiny and healthy.

- To create the updo, split hair in three sections: bottom (ear-to-ear); middle (temple-to-temple) and top (full crown).
- Starting with bottom section, create a ponytail at the nape of the neck, and then roll entire the ponytail upwards and pin horizontally for a tube effect. Secure with pins.
- Next, roll the middle section horizontally and pin underneath into the bottom roll.
- Lightly tease the top section for extra volume. Then, roll vertically (similar to a downward French twist) and pin into the middle roll.

- Finish with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong for long-lasting hold and Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine for a photo-ready, red carpet finish.

Your Autumn Hair Heads-Up

15 April 2014 3:14:07 PM EST

As we wave goodbye to the warm weather, you're probably taking a look at yourself and wondering what needs to go, what can be changed and what is staying. In come the winter woollies; out go the cute pastel-coloured pedis and messy top-knots.

To get a heads-up on the season's hottest hairdos, I sat down with O&M's Global Creative Director, Janelle Chaplin. Having just finished up at Mercedes Benz Australian Fashion Week, she's in the perfect position to cast a critical eye over what you should - and shouldn't - be wearing this autumn

What styles are we seeing a lot of at the moment?

For fashion, I am seeing a mixture of wet and dry textured looks. Tighter slick shapes with dry textured long lengths. I am also seeing a lot of the LOB - a longer bob style - which is sometimes styled with a soft-textured wave. 


How can we re-create some of these looks at home?

You can recreate the looks by using texture sprays like O&M's Surf Bomb Sea Salt Spray to get a dry floaty texture through your hair, then a wet style cream like O&M's Style Guru to slick the sides or top down.


What tips should we keep in mind when deciding which of these styles would suit our face shapes and hair types?

It is important that you wear the hairstyle, not have the hairstyle wear you. A tip I find that works is to find a celebrity or a model with a similar face shape to you - this will help you see how the stylist adjusts the look for different face shapes and hair types.