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Othilia Simon Gives Vogue Ukraine Its Strongest Magazine Cover of the Year

Over the course of 2017, Vogue Ukraine has been one of the few magazines our forum members look forward to seeing each month. The publication has been killing it with covers from the likes of Doutzen Kroes, Chloe Sevigny, Amber Valletta and Malgosia Bela. For the new November issue, Vogue Ukraine adds another success to its portfolio with a trio of three spectacular covers featuring French beauty Othilia Simon, photographed by Alique.

Vogue Ukraine November 2017 : Othilia Simon by Alique

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Our forum members were speechless — well, almost. “Wow, the first cover (above) is giving me major Daria Werbowy vibes! Gorgeous covers!” raved artemovartem.

“Amazing. My favorite Vogue edition,” added forum member apple.

“Here we have it people, the best covers of 2017!! I will make sure to get the red one, but every one is perfection. This is how you do color issues. And then there’s the stunning Othilia! If Phoebe Philo ever decides to retire Daria, and she should seriously consider it, here is her replacement!” expressed Benn98.

Vogue Ukraine November 2017 : Othilia Simon by Alique

IMAGE: DESIGNSCENE.NET

Sharing the same sentiments was mariemaud. “Mind blowing! Alique proves one shot after the other she is a great photographer. And Othilia is totally stunning there!” she pointed out.

“Another great set of covers from Vogue Ukraine. The first one is my favorite. Pretty amazing!” praised narcyza.

“I love these covers — particularly the third one. Every month this edition keeps beating out bigger players, credit to them,” applauded 333101.

Valentine27 sure liked what she saw, writing, “Gorgeous covers! A breath of fresh air. I love the approach for a color issue. It’s a big deal for Othilia I guess. She’s in almost every issue of Vogue Paris, and it’s quite impressive to see her on 3 covers here. Congrats to her!”

Vogue Ukraine November 2017 : Othilia Simon by Alique

IMAGE: DESIGNSCENE.NET

Bravo, Vogue Ukraine. Await more from the issue and join the standing ovation here.

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Ashley Graham, Susan Sarandon and More Cover British ELLE’s Wonder Woman Issue

Since kickstarting her tenure at British ELLE with a striking Cara Delevingne cover for September, Anne-Marie Curtis continues to do innovative and inspiring things for the magazine. Her October cover featuring a Rihanna reprint outshone the publication’s American counterpart and now the new issue for November 2017 looks to be another success. Continuing with the bold and well-received redesign, Curtis presents four diversity-embracing covers featuring Ashley Graham, Alek Wek, Susan Sarandon and Beth Ditto for the new “Wonder Woman” themed issue.

UK Elle November 2017 : The Wonder Woman Issue

IMAGE: ELLEUK.COM

The covers received a lot of attention on our forums. “This is the first time I am in love with Ashley’s work in print. The other covers are also great,” expressed a delighted fluxxx the moment the covers dropped.

“What a lovely set of covers, love the new ELLE UK! Of course, Alek is my favorite, but I’m really impressed by Ashley’s cover: definitely not your typical cover shot! Nice work,” congratulated forum member apple.

“Lovely images of all of them. Good job, ELLE UK!” kenndale exclaimed.

Gazebo was also quick to show the magazine some love. “Wow at Ashley serving! For me, she totally outshines all the rest. She looks like a contemporary pin-up girl. This cover is the epitome of voluptuousness,” he raved.

“Ashley Graham’s cover is all I want to see on the shelves. She looks sensational, full of energy and allure — so alive!” said vogue28.

“Amazing! Every cover looks stunning except Beth. In fact, each of these women should’ve had their own month. It’s not just the art direction which got a lift, but also the refinement. Ashley’s cover looks sexy yet so tasteful,” Benn98 added.

Happycanadian commented, “Every cover is sublime. Alek’s is just incredible, though! That smile is pure magic.”

UK Elle November 2017 : The Wonder Woman Issue

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See more from British ELLE‘s new issue, let us know which cover you prefer and join the conversation here.

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Vogue Paris Takes a Risk With Rianne van Rompaey’s Bold, Garish November Cover

Vogue Paris opted for sophistication and simplicity with Cara Delevingne‘s chic cover last month. For November 2017, the magazine takes us on a completely different journey with an in-your-face image of Rianne van Rompaey, complete with bold, garish text. The Dutch redhead makes her debut on the French fashion bible, photographed on location by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin. The team transports us to the city of Venice with Rianne sporting a vivid makeup look, a head full of curls and a pink Céline dress for the electrifying cover.

Vogue Paris November 2017 : Rianne van Rompaey by Inez & Vinoodh

IMAGE: VOGUE.FR

Members of our forums were taken aback. “I gasped when I read the title. I was excited to see Rianne van Rompaey! But when I opened the thread, I quickly lost my enthusiasm. What is this? Wrong pose, wrong makeup, wrong frame, fake background, that dizzy pink font…” Valentine27 disapproved.

“We have a winner! Definitely the worst cover of 2017! It’s so bad, it hurts,” cried a horrified jaybee0605.

“Oh for crying out loud… what a complete eyesore! Yuck! I would expect this from [Mario] Testino, but I&V!” Miss Dalloway exclaimed.

In agreement over how horrendous the cover looked was gazebo. “This is nauseating. Ugly as sin and completely irrelevant,” he stated.

Not everyone was so quick to complain. “I love it!! Honestly. It’s something different and fresh, give me this over an old, boring studio shot any day. Well done VP,” applauded [Piece Of Me].

“I love it too. Very fresh. Rianne’s eyes are so intense, they pop off the page,” admired liv4beauty.

“Giving me Guy Bourdin on acid and I don’t mind it at all,” raved zoom.

“I love it. It’s completely horrifying and garish and absurd… but at least it’s different and refreshing. It would sure as hell catch my attention on the newsstand. And I don’t see the complaints about the background – doesn’t look fake to me,” noted happycanadian.

The cover story is set to be a total must-see. Await the contents and join the debate here.

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90s Hair Is Back, According to the Spring Runways

The fashion world loves few things more than a retro revival; it feels like the industry single-handedly keeps the phrase “what goes around comes around” in business. Every season we see some decade return for an encore on the runways in some form, be it fashion or beauty, and this season, 90s hairstyles are alive and well.

Sure, 90s redux isn’t exclusive to Spring 2018. The grunge-era resurgence has been going strong for several seasons now, permeating everything from our closets (hello, mom jeans) to our makeup drawers (matte lipstick, anyone?). But for the designer set, it would appear that isn’t quite enough. No, on the catwalks for Spring 2018 we saw a plethora of 90s hairstyles we recognized from our youth, confirming once again that the decade of Nirvana, Kate Moss and Friends will never die. Not if the fashion industry has anything to say about it, anyway.

So, will we be reliving our old styles from hair days gone by? Unclear. If you’re not a Gen X’er — or even a Gen Y’er — this nostalgic moment in beauty may actually feel new and fresh. But for those who lived through it the first time around, 90s hair may feel, well, best left in the 90s. Either way, we’re having fun strolling down memory lane. Check out the slideshow above and join us, won’t you?

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See Every Piece From Erdem x H&M, Feel Your Victoriana Obsession Reach New Heights

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Erdem x H&M; Image: Michal Pudelka/H&M

The Spring 2018 runways were filled with period pieces (styled anachronistically, of course). Miuccia Prada layered Victorian-era bustiers over graphic tees; Nicolas Ghesquière paired brocade frock coats with silk running shorts at Louis Vuitton. Here to further fuel our desire for clothes that feel as if they had a past life is Canadian and Turkish designer Erdem Moralioglu, who just unveiled his much-anticipated Erdem x H&M collab.

Erdem x H&M

Erdem x H&M; Image: Michal Pudelka/H&M

As presaged by the dreamy Baz Luhrmann-directed teaser the duo released this past July, the capsule is filled with floaty tea dresses and floral print suits. But that’s not all: there’s also ruffle, lace and bow-accented blouses, jackets and coats done in tweed and faux fur, colorful cable knit sweaters, fancy pajama-style shirts, pretty bow hairpins and — to remind us we’re all still in 2017 — a logoed sweatshirt and flower-embellished combat boots.

Erdem x H&M

Erdem x H&M; Image: Michal Pudelka/H&M

Suffice it to say we need it ALL. And even if you don’t partake of the collection — which you should, but we get it, H&M’s coveted designer capsules are known to sell out quickly/crash the retailer’s site — be sure to steal some styling tips from the surrealist, Michal Pudelka-lensed lookbook. Printed hoodies with matching slip dresses and heels? Yes, please.

Click through the slideshow below to see every piece from the collection and mark your calendar for November 2 when the collection drops.

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Daisy Ridley Is in Full Force on Vogue’s Bold November Cover

We’ve always been huge advocates for magazines championing fresh new talent and nothing thrills us more than seeing someone new and different on the cover of Vogue (as opposed to the usual actresses the publication favors). To our delight, Daisy Ridley makes her Vogue debut as November 2017’s cover girl. Shot by Mario Testino and with styling from Tonne Goodman, the British actress gives us chills as she stares down the camera in a bold Saint Laurent dress.

US Vogue November 2017 : Daisy Ridley by Mario Testino

IMAGE: COURTESY OF VOGUE

Ultimately, Daisy’s cover left our forums divided. “Stunning! She never worked in print to me before, but this is really well done. And wow at it being Testino to bring out the best in her,” wrote Miss Dalloway upon checking out the cover.

“The force is strong with this one! She never looked better. I love the styling, even the greasy hair works here IMO,” kokobombon added.

“I like it, she is giving me Carré Otis vibes,” described KissMiss.

Honeycombchild also approved of the cover image. “She looks beautiful. I detest the earring in such a symmetrically perfect image, but that’s just me. It’s nice. Feels quite bold and spring-like in its colorings,” he noted.

“I think she’s rather boring but this is a very nice cover,” commented a pleasantly surprised Ed.

Forum member dodencebt wasn’t feeling it, though. “Am I the only one who thought ‘volleyball player’ when I saw this? They couldn’t have put her in a more unflattering dress for that angle, no matter how gorgeous her face is,” he slammed.

“I don’t like it,” complained MON. “It looks like a Lindbergh photo. Too rough!”

Marc10 replied, “I was just thinking this, it looks like a colored version of a Lindbergh photo. I don’t really love it, but at least it’s something bold for Vogue.”

US Vogue November 2017 : Daisy Ridley by Mario Testino

IMAGE: COURTESY OF VOGUE

See more from Daisy’s cover story and voice your own opinion here.

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10 Eyebrow Mistakes You’re Making (Plus How to Fix Them)

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There’s an art to flawless brows. Image: Imaxtree

We’ve discovered the power of a good lipstick and a lash-lifting mascara, but don’t underestimate the importance of good eyebrows. A flawless set of arches can do wonders for the entire face the way a good haircut can. While some of us are naturally blessed with good brows (hello, Cara Delevingne and Emilia Clarke), others need a little help.

Like eye color and face shape, all eyebrows are unique. Some are thin, some are thick, some are sparse and some are so full they don’t need any brow pencil. Half the secret of having good arches is understanding your natural eyebrows and how they should be shaped to suit your face. The other secret is avoiding some of the most common brow mistakes.

It’s easy to think waxing, plucking, microblading and putting on a makeup case full of brow products are the secret to flawless arches, but they may not be doing brows any favors. Over-grooming can actually be worse than not doing anything. Just think back to the days you over-plucked your brows as a naive teen. Whoops.

To prevent any brow regrets, we asked the experts to divulge the most common eyebrow mistakes people make and how to fix them, in case the damage has already been done.

1. Using a magnifying mirror to remove brow hairs.

People who have magnifying mirrors swear by them because they help us see every single brow hair that needs plucking. But Chey James, national brow artist at Le Métier de Beauté, says using a magnifying mirror usually causes over-plucking.

Solution: Accidentally over-plucked? Put the tweezers down. Trying to correct it can often make things worse. It’s better to focus on enhancing brows with pencils and powders while waiting for them to grow back. James uses Le Métier de Beauté Precision Brow ($42) to create flawless, natural-looking brows.

2. Trying to shape eyebrows after getting them professionally done.

Sabah Feroz, Blink Brow Bar eyebrow expert, reveals that she encounters clients who try to maintain their brows between visits, but they’re unsure about what brow hairs to remove to achieve their desired shape. This can result in over-plucking or ruining the professional shape. Sound familiar?

Solution: Feroz states that those who are unsure about where to pluck their brows should avoid the area altogether and only pluck the stray hairs. Let professionals handle the shaping.

3. Removing too many hairs between brows.

According to beauty expert Jessica Jara, people have a tendency to over-pluck between their brows to get rid of a unibrow look.

Solution: Once the damage is done, allow brows to grow out while using brow color to fill in the area. Once brows have grown back, go see a professional to get them shaped. Those who prefer to pluck their own eyebrows can hold a pencil vertically along the nose as a guide. The brow should align with the bridge of the nose, so avoid tweezing beyond that mark.

4. Not maintaining brows while growing them out.

Waiting for over-plucked brows to grow out can be a painful process, but there’s more to be done than just waiting. Use brow makeup to enhance eyebrows and create the shape as they’re growing out.

Solution: While letting brows grow, Feroz suggests using a brow product, like Bbrowbar Nourishing Brow Oil ($30), to assist in the regrowth process followed by a brow enhancer that will help create the desired look. After brows have grown out, visit a professional to get them shaped.

5. Using the wrong brush with brow products.

Just like with any makeup, having the right tools to apply brow products is key. Jara cautions that using the wrong brushes with cream or powder products results in messy and unnatural lines.

Solution: She suggests using a thin, angled brush to make strokes appear much more natural.

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6. Filling in brows with a too-dark pencil.

Another common brow mistake that James sees is clients with dark hair using black pencils or powders to fill in their brows. The end result can be too harsh.

Solution: James suggests people with dark hair should use a dark brown pencil as opposed to black because the former is much more flattering.

7. Not using brow measurements.

When it comes to filling in brows, don’t guess. Measure. Feroz reveals this is especially important for those with asymmetrical brows.

Solution: Feroz suggests mapping out the start of the brow, the arch and where the brow ends with a brow pencil. Then outline the brow shape ensuring they are symmetrical. Next, fill them in and blend the color for a natural-looking result.

8. Forgetting to use a brow tamer or brush.

Applying a brow pencil or powder enhances brows, but not brushing it out can result in a harsh finish that won’t fool anyone.

Solution: Feroz states that the final step in correcting or defining brows should be using a brow tamer or a brush to ensure a natural look. Swipe the brush through brow hairs to disperse the product.

9. Skipping brow gel.

Like a good hairspray, brow gel is the finishing touch that helps eyebrows stay in place. This gives them a groomed appearance and shows off their shape.

Solution: Jara says that brow gel should be applied after the filler or color has been applied and blended. Those who don’t need any additional color can use a clear gel.

10. Thinking brows should be identical.

Most of us spend ages trying to get our brows to look exactly the same. But as James explains, “Brows are sisters, not twins. Work to make each brow perfect, not identical!”

Solution: Stop trying to pluck brows until they are mirror images of each other. As James says, try to make them look similar. When applying brow products, define each one and ensure they’re balanced. In other words, check to make sure one brow isn’t drastically darker than the other.

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10 Eyebrow Mistakes You're Making (Plus How to Fix Them)

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11 Makeup Brands With the Most Inclusive Foundation Ranges

Foundation is the secret to flawless-looking skin and when it comes to finding the perfect shade for your skin tone, “good enough” simply won’t do. With its telltale tint and demarcation between the neck and face, unmatched foundation is not a good look.

It’s no surprise that Rihanna’s newly launched Fenty Beauty range is flying off shelves — and it’s not just because people want to “shine bright like a diamond” with a RiRi-like glow. The line has been a hit because of its inclusive 40-shade foundation range. While Rihanna deserves praise for catering to all skin tones, Fenty Beauty isn’t the first brand to offer an extensive foundation selection. More and more makeup brands are realizing that people don’t come in just eight shades. That’s why they’re offering as many shades as possible to help us achieve that seamless, my-skin-but-better look.

Click through the gallery above to see the best foundation brands boasting an impressive range of shades to match all skin tones.

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Margot Robbie Shows Off Her Effortless Beauty on W Magazine’s November Cover

Serious question: who doesn’t love seeing Margot Robbie on magazine covers? Rarely does the actress ever disappoint, having photographed beautifully for the likes of Vogue, Vanity Fair and Marie Claire. Margot currently appears on W Magazine‘s November 2017 issue, captured by Craig McDean and styled by Melanie Ward. The Aussie beauty oozes effortless charm throughout W‘s entire cover story, shot in the back of a vintage car and wearing a brown suede Calvin Klein shirt in the gorgeous cover image.

W Magazine November 2017 : Margot Robbie by Craig McDean

IMAGE: WMAGAZINE.COM

Most of our forum members approved of the cover. “Oh wow, this actually looks promising! Love the change. Their studio covers got a bit stale and stifled. I’m keen to see more and perhaps even get this issue (haven’t bought W in ages),” voiced Benn98.

“Love it. She’s so beautiful that it’s ridiculous,” admired SallyAlbright.

“Perfect cover for me, nonchalant, chic and it displays Margot’s beauty in the best way possible,” commented YohjiAddict.

Nepenthes couldn’t have agreed more. “In love with this cover!” she praised, with forum member Handbag Queen echoing the same sentiments.

“Finally, a decent November cover,” jal718 applauded.

But the cover wasn’t appealing to everyone’s taste. “Man, yet again their cover is a total nonevent! And again, not even a good shot of such a beautiful woman!” Miss Dalloway complained.

“I used to be a big Melanie Ward fan but her work has not impressed me in a long time. Maybe it’s because she’s a freelancer now so It’s like she just styles clothes instead of constructing stories,” noted A.D.C.

W Magazine November 2017 : Margot Robbie by Craig McDean

IMAGE: WMAGAZINE.COM

Check out the rest of Margot’s cover story and share your own opinion here.

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Behold: The 20 Ugliest Looks of the Spring 2018 Runways

Fashion month has come and gone, and we’re happy to hang our hats till February. And while, season after season, we make it a point to round up the more covetable fashion trends, this time around we thought, why not give some of the — errr — less-than-aesthetically-pleasing, not-so-commercially-viable Spring 2018 looks their due?

And there were quite a few. In some cases, poor decision-making led to designs that had us thinking “how?” and “why?” and “wtf?” as we gazed on in disbelief. Other times, the tacky, ill-proportioned clothing was clearly meant to provoke. (We’re living in the heyday of ugly-cool, do-it-yourself fashion and Alessandro Michele, Demna Gvasalia and Christopher Kane are beyond willing to champion the cause.)

So, with a little help from a biting (but eloquent) thread in our forums in which members reflect on the worst ensembles they’ve seen on the catwalk, we compiled 20 of the ugliest** looks from the Spring 2018 collections. Enjoy them all in the gallery above. Warning: high-fashion garbage bags, lime green acid wash and some confusing tweed-patent pants lie ahead.

**For the record, we don’t use the word “ugly” to disparage any of the designers. Many of these pieces exhibit incredible craftsmanship and shared the runway with truly impressive collections. It’s just that…well, you’ll see.

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