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Get the Elizabeth Taylor “White Diamonds” Look

There are several biopics of Elizabeth Taylor coming out and this has brought back a style of makeup that Taylor wore in the eighties.  The look was basically a play on her favorite color “purple.” The truth about Elizabeth Taylor’s look when she was marketing her famous scent “White Diamonds” was that it was actually a look that was a study in purple.  The reason that she loved shades of amethyst, lilac and violet is because they were supposed to match her light violet eyes. Yet another reason she liked purple is because she considered it to be the color of Hollywood Royalty.


First off start off with a very thick pasty white foundation in ivory and cream and make sure it is well set with powder.  The idea is to make your complexion look pasty, like you are wearing enough make-up to pass for a Japanese Kabuki performer. Dust the hollows of your cheeks with a tawny dark bronzer to sculpt your cheeks and make them look hollow. Dab the bronzer to beneath your nose to make it look a bit shorter and more upturned.  A dusting of bronzer beneath your chin makes it look like you have less of a double chin.


Create a smoky purple eye by smoothing amethyst eye shadow on your lids, dark purple shadow in your creases and shiny pink eye shadow on your brow. Line your eyes on the top and bottom and inside with thick black eyeliner and then coat false eyelashes with lots of thick black mascara. Wearing thick black short false lashes can help augment this look.  It is okay for the shadow and foundation to be applied so thickly that you can see the beads of powder.


The look also looks just right if you apply a light plum colored shade of lipstick that is smothered in layers of amethyst gloss. Dark purple lipstick is found in the Goth section of most cosmetic counters nowadays but back in the eighties it was quite common.  The deep plum lipstick is necessary if you want to look completely eighties.


To get the hair to be just right dye it black and then add a bit of a dark purple or very dark plum tint so that it gleams violet in the light. Whether you like violet, blue or plum highlights in your hair is a matter of personal preference and what hue looks best with your eyes and skin.




Stretch Fabric Jacket

stretch fabric jacket

This Prism Jacket by Zella is a made from a moisture-wicking, four-way stretch fabric. It can be used for warming up or is even cool enough for everyday use. It features soft ruching that textures the long sleeves and a two-way zipper that fastens up to the tall, stand collar. The material is great, stretch and comfortable. Very flattering fit and a little bit of see through material for an edgy feel. The print and the color is on trend.

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Comfy Xmas Shawl Cardigan

comfy xmas sweater

This Sandy Snowflake Shawl Cardigan is cute and comfy. Perfect for Holiday get togethers. Stay snug and stylish with this piece of chunky, unique knitwear.

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How to Get the “Walk the Line” June Carter Look

Reese Witherspoon played June Carter Cash in the biopic about Johnny Cash called Walk the Line.  The look begins with the singer’s signature hairstyle which was the top of her hair pulled straight back into a ponytail; a style that the real June Carter wore her entire life.  This entails sweeping your hair straight back and poufing it at the top and then fastening it with a big brett.  The hair hanging down, to about the shoulders, was then flipped at the ends so that the curls flipped upwards on her shoulders.  Adele is a good example of a celebrity who wears her hair the same way that June Carter did in real life. Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie have adopted the look as well.


Carter’s eyebrows and hair were the same color as her hair and she made sure they were thickly drawn in to create a strong, definitive statement.  This was part of the necessity for her to have a lot of comic impact onstage; she was known for her delightful sense of humor and her raised eyebrows were part of the act.


She had a lot of freckles, which showed through the sheer foundation she wore; at times this made her look like a bit of a sexy country bumpkin.  She also wore a lot of blush in a strawberry color on her cheeks, especially when onstage. Part of the key to making this look work is looking partly flushed and excited all of the time.


Carter also wore a minimal amount of eye makeup.  She circled her eyes with a thick dove gray pencil and wore a bit of brown mascara to uphold her “girl next door” friendly country image.


Carter also rarely wore lipstick, so if you do her look line your lips only with a dry light pencil in nude.  Sometimes she wore a flesh or very light baby pink gloss over her lips as well.


Carter was also known for sense of Southern taste, which often included A line frocks in her earlier years, but in her later years, a well-tailored shift, often in emerald or forest green paired with a black or white cardigan.  She always looked a bit dressed up but still friendly and informal. She wore very little jewelry except for a tiny grandma watch with a thin black strap and a crucifix on a silver chain around her neck. She also always wore her wedding ring from Johnny Cash.  In later years she would be seen in public wearing wide Palazzo pants and large round gold earrings.


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