Tulle was all over the S/S 2017 runways, at high fashion houses like Dior and Dries Van Noten.
The frothy fabric is perfect for the brighter months, adding a hint of girly glam to even the most drab of outfits.
While the fabric is usually reserved for whimsical weddings and those of a ballet dancing disposition, Spring/Summer is the perfect excuse to get experimental with your look, and a tulle skirt is an easy way to mix things up.
This Littlewoods piece is a total steal for €40, and ticks all the boxes when it comes to styling a tulle skirt.
The tea length keeps it out of tutu territory and the dusty pink shade is the perfect nod to the soft, pastel shades of spring.
This look needs toughening up, so team with a t-shirt, boots and embroidered leather jacket for daytime, or really clash the textures with some fishnet tights and a boyfriend coat.
It been a long day. You get home, grab a makeup wipe, get the bra off and shimmy into your favourite fleecy PJs.
And inevitably your hair is scraped back into a messy topknot.
That routine is what a lot of us associate with when we think of a messy bun but the topknot has actually become a catwalk staple and all-round consistent beauty trend.
So here’s how you can embrace the glorious topknot in all it’s wondrous forms.
1) The Classic Topknot
The trend: The classic messy bun should look like you pulled your hair up into a bun three days ago and left it. It conveys minimal effort and maximum style.
Get the look: Tip your head over and pull all your hair to the front of your head. Let strands fall loose along the way. If you have very sleek or straight hair, use a salt spray to add texture. Secure the hair into a pony tail.
Next, wrap the hair in a circular rotation until you have the desired topknot effect, secure and use a spritz of hair spray. Pull strand loose as desired. Yes, I woke up like this…
2) The Fearless Topknot
The trend: The fearless topknot leaves very little to the imagination. It is all about pulling the hair back so you can serve optimum face, darlings.
Get the look: Use a serum to smooth the hair and straighten. Pull the hair up into a very secure and severe ponytail positioned at the tip of your head.
Use hair wax to further smoothen and matte the hair around the face. Take the sleek ponytail and wrap tightly around into a bun shape. Secure with bobby pins and hair spray any stray strands into submission. Use a wet look spray for added shine and drama.
3) The Half Down Topknot
The trend: The latest celeb favourite is the half down topknot. Ideal for day to night and even better if you just have particularly greasy roots that day!
Get the look: Separate the hair into two sections and secure the top section into a high ponytail. Pull out any strands you want to leave around your face. Taking another bobbin wrap the pony around into a bun style and secure.
Wear the loose hair as you like!
4) The Boho Topknot
The trend: Ideal for those ladies with a fringe, this look means loads of loose strands around the face, a messy style and an even bigger and better bun.
Get the look: Use a texturising spray. Back comb the hair around your face before pulling back hair into a ponytail and securing. Pull down your fringe or loose strands to frame your face.
Back comb the ponytail before securing into a very loose bun. Add volume and texture by pulling the hair apart until you reach your desired style (if you have thin hair, use a thickening spray or a donut bun!)
5) The Fashionista's Topknot
The trend: The fashion topknot requires a bit more work and design. It definitely makes the topknot more accessible for a night time look.
Get the look: One example of this style is to do a plaited topknot. Pull hair back into desired ponytail at desired height. Plait the hair in the ponytail and secure at the end.
Wrap the hair around, gradually allowing it to get higher until you achieve a beehive effect. Secure with bobby pins.
Plus the key products to help you master the trend…
Why is it that when we’re getting off an airplane, we look about ten times worse than we did when we got on it, but the cabin crew still look the same?
We decided that if they can manage to maintain their look throughout a four hour flight, then we need to find out what they’re doing so that we can apply it to our everyday routine. So, we caught up with Suzanne Donaghy, a member of cabin crew, to ask her how on earth they do it.
“I tend to use MAC products,” Suzanne explains, “such as the studio fix foundation and their bronzing powder. I like to go a shade darker than my normal foundation tone so that the uniform and the cabin lights doesn't make you look washed out”.
Ah, so that’s why we instantly feel ten times pastier than usual as soon as we step on the plane. And there we were thinking it was just the fear of being the palest person on the beach kicking in early!
Suzanne also says that eye make-up is a really important part of the cabin crew look: “I love the first Naked eye shadow pallet by Urban Decay because of the variety of shades that you can mix and match.”
Before you get down to doing that though, you need to look after the base. Suzanne explains: “A good base primer such as Smashbox or Two Faced helps to keep my make-up in place while flying long hours. It also helps my foundation to glide on and look even.”
The next piece of advice Suzanne offers may put an end to your airport bevvies, as she says the key to looking good is to keep hydrated: “Water is essential for the role of cabin crew. You would be surprised with how dehydrated you get from working up in the sky. I also use Nuxe Oil for my body, face and hair. It rehydrates the skin and also smells delicious…like summer holidays!”
Last but not least – the lips. We love a bit of colour on our lips, but sometimes wonder why we bother when it disappears within an hour. However, Suzanne says the lipstick she uses is pretty stubborn – in a good way: “Maybelline 12hr stay is great for keeping that fresh look colour on my lips. It's stubborn to get off and the end of the working day, but does a fantastic job with minimal application.”
Olivia Palmero wasn’t particularly popular when she first appeared on The Hills spinoff, The City. However, since the show finished, the 28-year-old has become quite a hit with fashion followers. Her clothes always have a timeless chic and it is complimented by her flawless make-up.
Skin Olivia never looks like she is caked in make-up, so it is imperative you get the foundation right. Longwear fluid foundation is perfect for create a natural look, but make sure you chose a shade that is right for your skin tone.
Eyeshadow Opt for a cream eye shadow in a light rose colour. Cream shadows are great for crease-free long lasting colour.
To get the her perfect brows, fill in using a brush and apply light feather strokes to create a natural look.
Eyes Give definition to your eyes by applying a black khol pencil from the outer corner of your eye right into the inner part. Make sure you use a mascara that offers extreme length.
Bronzer Sweep a little bronzer across your forehead, cheeks and nose for a natural sun kissed look.
Blusher Finish your look with highlighter across you brow bone and cheek area and a light pink blusher swept across your apples.