Fab Friday style tip: how to add polish to your look

Nikki Parkinson Beauty, Fashion, How to 14 Comments

This week’s Fab Friday style question comes from Styling You reader Paula – and it’s a good one:

“My thing is – I’m trying to add ‘polish’ to my look this year. I don’t mean by buying more expensive things, just trying to lift my overall look, if that makes sense? Would love to read your advice.”

Paula, it makes SO much sense. The good news is that it doesn’t have to mean busting your budget to achieve a polished look.  In a nutshell, you need to focus on three things:

1.  Grooming – make friends with your hairdresser and look after your skin

2.  Invest in the best quality wardrobe basics your budget can afford

3.  Accessorise (yes, I’m a cracked record on that one!)

This campaign image below from Trenery‘s autumn-winter 2011 collection is a case in point.  I know she’s a model and paid (and helped by a hair and makeup team) to look this way but what I wouldn’t give to look this effortlessly cool …

Trenery Autumn-Winter 2011: a polished, yet casual look achieved through simplicity, good grooming, investment in quality basics and a killer accessory.

Shop this look online:

1.  Stripe crew knit $99

2.  Casual flannel pant $149

3.  Erika tote $249

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Beauty note:

This look is certainly channelling Gwyneth Paltrow – sleek, smooth, blonde hair, centre-parted and a flawless “no makeup” makeup finish.  I suggest a hair treatment like the one I blogged about here, finishing your style with a smoothing product and a run through with straightening irons.  Get the flawless finish with a great skincare routine and a light reflecting foundation. Finish with a lick of “nude” gloss.  Effortless polish, yes?

1.  KMS California Limited Edition Dry Shine Styler $19.95.  I’m a lot in love with this “shine in a stick”.  Instead of a smoothing serum or spray, it’s a dry formula that you can carry around with you all day to add just the right amount of shine and smooth any strays.  Ph 1800 506 060 for stockists.

2.  Benefit has four new “nude” glosses in its Ultra Shines Lip Shine collection $34 each – I’m loving nookie nookie (and opal glaze which just enhances my natural lip colour).  The sheer colour is perfect a quick touch up and the texture is a not sticky. Ph 02 8353 5000 for stockists.

3.  MD Formulations Moisture Defense Antioxidant Lotion $135.  As with all MD products, this lotion works effectively to enhance your skin. It contains antioxidants, hyaluronic moisturisers, vitamin E and green tea to protect and soothe skin, and is ideal for dry, combination and sensitive skin.

4.  Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals $86.  This is makeup and skincare in the one bottle.  Genius. The beads are liposomes and they contain active ingredients that are released into the skin to help diminish fine lines and wrinkles while minimising pores and evening out skin tone.

5. Cloud Nine irons $270.  The new kids on the electronic hair styling block have been winning fans since releasing their styling irons last year (and Australia has gone mad for The O – the heated roller and pod system that creates a blow dry look in just minutes).  What makes these irons different?  The major bonus is the six adjustable heat settings – a major factor for protecting your hair if you’re a regular styling iron user. And I don’t know what’s in those black plates (it’s a closely guarded secret) but quite frankly, I don’t care because they work to leave your hair with the most incredible shine.  And I like that.

Do you have a styling question you’d like answered in the Fab Friday vlog posts?  Email me: [email protected]

Comments 14

  1. I don’t know how I missed this, but I did. Great advice. I’m often surprised when I walk past a mirror and see how “messy” I look. Reading this I really shouldn’t be surprised, so this is great advice.

    PS: I have started to cull my wardrobe. Just need a bit more uninterrupted time and the task will be done. It’s all very exciting!

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  2. Thanks so much for doing my question this week Nikki! It was really helpful.
    I’m kind of on the right track by the sounds of it, although I have to admit I’m guilty of having good clothes yet hair that hasn’t been trimmed in 6 months! (Due to lack of time with babes etc – I wasn’t always this way!) I’m on it….

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      Don’t put too much pressure on yourself! I found it easier to have a hairdresser that did late night appointments when my kids were babies – I left them with my husband and then went had had “me time”. Also a bonus if the salon offers wine for night appointments!!

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