How To Take The Most Flattering Photo – Plus The Best Camera Apps

How To Take The Most Flattering Photo – Plus The Best Camera Apps

As the official photo agency, Getty Images had a crew of veteran photographers on hand at the Spring 2016 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week to capture every moment of the notoriously fabulous New York event.

MBFW Getty Images photog Astrid Stawiarz shoots models, celebrities and for some of the most prestigious newspapers and photo-journals in the country. We asked Astrid for her top tips in taking the perfect photo (hint: invest in quality foundation and a wide-brimmed hat!)

Rule #1: Location, location, location

It’s not just real estate where this adage rings true. The key to a truly flattering, profile picture-worthy portrait is positioning your pretty face in the most attractive of surroundings. “In an ideal world, I’d love perfect soft lighting, no direct flash from a camera and a Beyonce-esque wind fan  (like the one she has in her concerts!) to follow me around,” says Astrid.  “Unfortunately, there will be times where YOU look perfect but the location doesn’t flatter you.” Want softer lighting? Stay out of the sunlight and find a shady area. Sunlight creates harsh shadows on the face and makes makeup melt. You also want to look behind where you are standing. The last thing you want is a perfect photo with a garbage can behind you.

Rule #2: Pose like you mean it.

“Know your best pose and show off YOU! Whether it’s your perfect jaw line, long legs or your favorite outfit, show it off and be proud!  Practice at home with a point and shoot camera in front of a mirror. Ask close friends on what sides or poses work for you.” Don’t be shy!

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Rule #3: Turn to expert guidance (in the latest issue of Us Weekly)

“Putting one foot over the other, turning your hip slightly and placing arms over the waist is classic pose for celebrities like Blake Lively. Also a great relaxed natural look for street style photos! Take note on how Angelina Jolie made a typical pose for the cameras all her own by showing off her legs at this year’s Academy Awards.” Astrid does note no Zoolander ‘blue steel’ posing – and that may include the current celeb fave ‘duck lips’ pout as well.

Rule #4: The camera add 10lbs – how to ditch it fast.

“To make the face appear slimmer, tilt you head up slightly while turning it 3/4 — or angle your camera slightly above your head while tilting your face halfway. Never take a photo from eye’s level it will flatten your face.”

Rule #5: Get ready for your closeup with HD-worthy foundation

“I’m a huge fan of Dior skin foundation, Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, YSL Touche Eclat foundation and correction pen as well as the Smashbox HD line. You also don’t want to put much finishing powder over your makeup or make your complexion too dewy.” Stick to liquid formulas – spray on foundation looks too caked-on, says Stawiarz. “I like to start with lightly applying foundation in small even layers and accent the eyes, lips and add a touch of blush. Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry and Frieda Pinto do a great job of showing off their natural features by NOT piling on the makeup. Makeup should enhance your look, not hide it!”

Get ready for your closeup with HD-worthy foundation

Have you Instagram’ed so much, life looks too dull without a filter?! Fear not, besides Instagram and Camera +, Astrid likes the following apps for iPhone:

Photographer’s Ephemeris App: it uses your phone GPS to tell you the weather around you and how the light will fall that day. It’s perfect if you plan on taking outdoor photos and want to know the right time for lighting.

Snapped App: can make any photo look great – you don’t need to know how to edit a photo; it’s so easy to use the tools.

Photoshop Express: ideal for Photoshop users to make your iPhone snaps look just like you ran the real Photoshop on them.

360panoram: to show where you are or to remember your surroundings.

Mirror App: great for quick self portraits & also a great way to check your face before photos.

Fast Camera: it can take over 800 frames a minute! Perfect for group photos and events – you wont miss a moment.

Model and TV Personality Erin McNaught

Erin McNaughtWith her killer good looks and effervescent sense of fun, Erin McNaught was destined to be in front of the camera. From Miss. Australia pageant queen to MTV VJ, Erin is the type of media personality that can go from FHM cover to Cosmo in one easy swoop. Now based in London, the Aussie bombshell recently earned a coveted spot in the 2013 Red Pages Hot 100 list as a breakout talent and is getting ready to say ‘I do’ to her fiancé, British singer/rapper, Example in May. Despite the impressive list of achievements the brunette beauty has already notched up – the best, it seems, is yet to come.

Q: What are your favorite skincare tips and products for clear, glowing skin? Gently exfoliate every day. Your exfoliant needn’t be expensive, either – save your cash for serums and moisturizers. Be utterly vigilant with cleansing. Makeup wipes alone are not enough! They are merely to get the bulk of your makeup off before you double cleanse. I love Natio Gentle Facial Scrub, La Mer The Soft Moisturizing Creme, Dermamedica Dermal Repair Cream and Loreal Makeup Wipes.

Q: What is your secret to perfectly bronzed skin? Do you spray tan? I do self-tan at home about 9 months of the year. The trick is to be meticulous with both exfoliation and application. I’m quite fastidious so don’t often have tanning disasters, but I’ve had my share in the past!

Q: Do you have any essential tips you’ve learned from hair stylists & makeup artists when working on photo shoots? Day-old hair is much easier to work with, and holds styles better than freshly washed hair. If you have to wash and style, tip your head upside down and use a tiny amount of styling powder at the roots for volume and control.

After applying foundation with a brush, and once you are happy with the coverage, gently press the foundation into the skin using the pads of your fingertips, then apply concealer. By pressing it into the skin, it will last longer and won’t just sit on the surface, waiting to slide off your face. Once you are happy with your base, apply a light powder such as MAC Blot Powder Pressed on your T Zone.

Q: How did you find the pageant experience? What advice would you give other girls thinking of competing? It was terrifying! I was so underprepared. To girls thinking of entering, do loads of research. Watch every YouTube clip about the pageant that you can find, consult a stylist, but most of all, be confident.

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Q: Jetting between Australia & London, how would you compare the vibe and the people? What are some of your favorite things about the two places? I find people in London to be quite considered and thoughtful, while Australians have this gregarious, fun-loving attitude. London is definitely more refined, and cool without even trying. Obviously the outdoors lifestyle in Australia is incredible; I would often do interviews like this while sitting on Bondi Beach in a bikini, however I love the fact that there is always something to do in London – the music scene is just phenomenal. I would be out every night if it didn’t kill me!

Q: Any travel beauty tips or onboard essentials? Two words – LIP BALM.

Q: How many times a week do you work out? Is there a type of workout (that you swear by for results? [I work out] 3-4 days per week. The minimum I do is one long run (4-5 miles), a BodyAttack Class at the gym and a pilates class. I need exercise to keep my energy levels up, especially in winter. In Australia I had a trainer who I did really hardcore boxing sessions with – I miss that a lot.

Q: Have you ever done a juice cleanse? No way! I would strangle someone. I can’t live without food!

Q: What is your diet philosophy? Do you strive to stay in top shape year-round or do you have a particular regime in the run up to a shoot or red carpet appearance? I’m generally pretty good year round, but I love pizza more than anything, so I do have to cut this out before a shoot or red carpet appearance. Life is for living and I would be desperately unhappy if I only ate salads while out with my fiancé or friends. As Homer Simpson says, you don’t make friends with salad (even if salad is friends with you!)

Q: How have you found the wedding planning? What are the best perks & the more stressful parts of the process? It’s been relatively easy, actually! I was never one of those girls who fantasized about their wedding but I still kind of knew what I wanted. The hardest part has been getting the addresses of 70 people for the invitations!

Q: You’ve achieved so much already in a short period of time, what’s next for Erin McNaught & what would be your ultimate ambition? Thank you! At the moment, I’m still finding my feet over [in the UK] but ultimately, I would love to write about fashion and lifestyle, as well as continue my television presenting career here.

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QUICK FIRE Q&A

Having a mani and pedi…….makes me feel glamorous.

My makeup essentials areLa Prairie Skin Caviar Foundation in Mocha (summer) and Golden Beige (winter); Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Colour in Coral Pink, and Model Co LashXtend Lengthening Mascara in Black.

If I had to choose, my favorite part of my body is I can’t see it very well but my boy says I have a sexy back! I think I have nice feet :)

My go-to swimsuit brand is…. Zimmermann or Seafolly.

One of my favorite magazine shoots was….. My FHM cover and spread from December 2008. I also loved the shoot I did in Cleo’s January 2012 edition – it was in this incredible house perched on a 300ft cliff!

I would describe my personal style as Interesting and sometimes unusual, but with a classic feel. I always seem to get odd looks in the street!

The best part about Twitter isfeeling close to people you know even when they’re on the other side of the world.

In 5 years, I’d like to see myselfliving a fun and fulfilled life, whatever it is I might be doing!

How To Create A Big Bouncy Blowout At Home

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There is nothing quite like the feeling of when you have had your hair teased and coiffed in a salon, but unless you are a professional lady of leisure, that’s sadly not an everyday option! The way to get around this is get your blow dry to last as long as possible.

Follow celebrity hair stylist Lee Stafford’s step by step guide to achieving this luxuriously glamorous blowout look:

  • Use a volumising shampoo and conditioner such as My Big Fat Healthy Hair Shampoo and Conditioner ($9.99). Rough dry your hair with a towel and give a quick blast of heat using my BLow DRy FASTER AC HAiR Dryer.
  • Apply a handful of volumising mousse to the roots of your hair. (Try Living Proof Full Thickening Mousse, $15-$26)
  • Section your hair into manageable sections. By sectioning around the crown of the head you will be able to add big volume to the hair.
  • My BLow DRy FASTER AC SALon DRyer has an ultra slim concentrator which is perfect for controlling the airflow, perfect for creating the style you want
  • Blow dry your damp hair using the medium heat and high speed setting. The hotter the setting, the more lift you will attain from your hair.
  • Blow dry hair section by section, starting at the back of the head and work around.
  • Don’t use too much heat as you can dry out or damage your hair.  Be sure to vary the heat and wave the dryer so that you don’t concentrate the air flow on one section of hair for too long.
  • As you blow dry your hair use a round or metal vent brush to lift and separate sections of hair as this will help to create a perfect, long lasting blow dry finish.
  • Aim the hair dryer airflow down the hair shaft, from the roots to the ends of the hair curling the brush round as you go in order to get the glamorous flick at the ends and it will also help add lift. Drying down the hair shaft will smooth the cuticles so your hair will be left smooth and shiny.
  • Use my sock diffuser that comes with the dryer to add volume without the frizz into your hair. A little trick to remember when blow drying your hair is not to touch your hair with your hand. Let the hair dryer and diffuser do all the work.
  • Blow dry your hair until it is completely dry and use the freeze shot after drying to set the style.
  • Finish with a spray of hairspray (Try Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray, $25)

Q&A with The Real Housewives of Miami’s Joanna Krupa

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Q: What are your favorite skincare tips and products for clear, glowing skin? I like Kiehls Panthenol Protein Moisturizer Face Cream but recently I’ve also started using a European cream called SVR Lysalpha Active Cream. Since I don’t tan my face, I love the La Prairie Cellular Self Tan for Face and Body SPF 15. On my body, I use Palmers Cocoa Butter and also Nivea Essentially Enriched Daily Lotion for when my skin feels extra dry.

Q: In the lead up to a big magazine photo shoot, what does a typical day’s diet consist of? I never really had to diet but I just don’t overeat, meaning when I feel like I’m getting full I just stop eating otherwise it’ll lead to me wanting even more. I also try to eat less carbs and sugar before an important photoshoot.

Q: What is your typical workout routine? I typically like to do a whole body workout. I do pilates training once a week with a private trainer in L.A. But mainly I love doing classes –kickboxing, kettlebells; & this cardio ‘pound’ class with drumsticks at the Equinox gym in West Hollywood, which is so much fun and you really feel the burn. I change up my routine so my body doesn’t get used to the same workout. It all depends on my schedule but I try to workout at least twice a week but on weeks where I have more time and energy, I’ll up that to 3-4 times.

Q: Probably the most envied body part of a swimsuit model are those long, slim legs! Do you have any tips for toning the thigh area? Inner thighs is the hardest part to workout and honestly I still haven’t figured out a secret routine for them!

Q: What are your model tips for making your stomach look as flat as possible? Honestly, I wish I found the secret because I never had a perfectly flat belly! [laughs]

Q: Do you use any supplements to maximise your results? Sometimes I’ll use Slimfuel because it doesn’t make me feel jittery.

Q: Do you still taking dance classes after your time on Dancing With the Stars? Did training for the show transform your body? To be honest, I haven’t. I would need a teacher like Derek [Hough] in order to continue and it would take hours a day to learn new dances. The show definitely made my body leaner but didn’t lose any weight on the scale.

Q: What tips do you have for looking your best in a revealing photo shoot? Stay away from carbs a few days before and drink lots of water to flush out any water retention and get rid of that bloated look. I’ll also have a girl come by my house and spray tan me because a bronzed body looks a lot sexier and it makes a huge difference on a shoot.

Q: It takes tremendous discipline – and good genetics! – to be a top model: what advice would you give women who feel that they could never have the physique of a pro model, but want to make the best out of what they have? No one is perfect and we all have to accept what God gave us. My advice is to eat healthily with lots of fruits and veggies, low carbs and workout regularly to look and feel your best.

The Queen of the ‘Instagirls’ // Gigi Hadid on taking the fashion world and social media by storm

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Social Supermodels Like Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner, Fueled by Instagram and Twitter, Are Hitting the Fashion Stratosphere

Supermodel Gigi Hadid is big on social media.

It’s about 6 p.m. on a chilly Tuesday in late March, and model Gigi Hadid, equipped with a jar of charcoal pencils, is gleefully scrawling enormous hashtags on the stark white walls of a photography studio in lower Manhattan.

“I could do this all day!” effuses the 19-year-old Los Angeles native, who has, in fact, spent the better part of the day here, posing in sky-high stilettos. The following day, she posts a photo from the shoot on her personal Instagram account, with a caption thanking the makeup artist for her “on fleek” eyebrows. Some 24 hours later, the image has garnered more than 185,000 likes and 1,400 comments from her 2.5 million followers on the app. (Hadid’s total social following, including Twitter, has grown to more than 2.8 million.)

It’s that social media clout—not to mention the stunning face, killer body and irresistible personality—that has helped propel Hadid, seemingly overnight, from up-and-coming model to global fashion celebrity. And brands have taken notice. Over the past year, Hadid has scored big contracts with the likes of Tom Ford, Victoria’s Secret Pink and Maybelline.

Along with contemporaries like Kendall Jenner, Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevingne, Hadid is part of a new wave of digitally savvy models taking the fashion industry by storm. Dubbed “the Instagirls” by Vogue, these millennial models have achieved success both in the realm of high fashion and the commercial world—a rarity since the supermodel era of the ’90s. These days, some models are just as likely to be found on the Paris runways as in the pages of a celebrity weekly or Taylor Swift’s latest Instagram post—or in Kloss’ case, on the cover of Vogue with her good friend Swift.

“Social media has allowed these girls to have a voice and a platform and not just be some random, anonymous model,” says Teen Vogue editor in chief Amy Astley. “Young people today are totally open to a self-invented person who uses technology to launch their career and put their message out there,” the editor adds.

Hadid was just 14 when Instagram first launched, and she recalls having had an innate sense of social media long before she began consciously using it to further her career. “I think it’s always come naturally to just be genuine on social media and to put things into words that people can relate to, rather than putting things in a way that makes them feel that they can’t be a part of it,” she explains.

In high school, having gained a bit of notoriety from appearing in two Guess campaigns and a few episodes of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (on which her mother, former model Yolanda Foster, is a cast member), Hadid began hosting her own Q&A sessions on Twitter, dubbed “Ask Gigi”—something she continues to do when time allows. “I answer random things like, ‘What was your favorite class in high school?’ ‘What’s your favorite ice cream?’ Stuff like that,” she relates

Dubbed ”the Instagirls” by Vogue, these millennial models have achieved success both in the realm of high fashion and the commercial world—a rarity since the supermodel era of the ’90s.

After graduating high school two years ago, Hadid relocated to New York to pursue a degree in criminal psychology at The New School. By the end of her freshman year, she had made her New York Fashion Week debut and was the newest face of Tom Ford. By the following September, she was booking runway shows for Marc Jacobs, Jean Paul Gaultier and Chanel.

All the while, she continued promoting herself via social media, posting a mix of captivating selfies, behind-the-scenes shots from her modeling projects and inside looks at her life as a teenager hanging out with family and friends (including Cody Simpson, her indie-musician boyfriend, and friends like Kendall Jenner). By the beginning of 2015, Hadid had amassed nearly 1.5 million followers on Instagram alone.

When it comes to landing major beauty and fashion contracts, having a built-in social following can be a priceless advantage.

“If a model happens to come with a few thousand or a few million followers, that’s amazing for brands,” notes Harper’s Bazaar executive editor Laura Brown. “Especially if you’re a brand that wants to target a new, younger demographic, you’d have to consider [hiring] those girls in a second.”

“There are tons of examples of successful working models who don’t have a big Instagram following and aren’t interested in social media,” adds Teen Vogue’s Astley, “but it’s becoming something more and more that the ad clients are looking for—and all the girls know it. The game is definitely changing.”

In January, the game changed for Hadid when she revealed (via Instagram, naturally) that she had scored her biggest contract yet with beauty brand Maybelline—a deal that has the potential to make her into a household name. According to Maybelline’s global brand president, the model’s social following played a key role in the decision to hire her. “Gigi is extremely connected, and beyond being connected, she is fantastically engaged with women around the world,” he says. “She is extremely relevant for the millennial consumer, not only because of who she is externally—her beauty, her fashion, her style, her sexiness—but also because she is a girl that has amazing confidence, has amazing drive and is willing to share that with women through social channels.”

Just before Hadid’s Maybelline announcement, Estée Lauder made headlines by hiring its own Instagirl: Kendall Jenner, the 19-year-old Kardashian sister who, with a social media audience of nearly 40 million (including 22 million on Instagram), is by far the most-followed model in existence.

While it has taken big sister Kim Kardashian years to become accepted by the fashion industry—which is notoriously wary of “lowbrow” celebrity (consider the backlash over Kardashian’s Vogue cover last year)—the statuesque Kendall has been widely embraced since she signed with Elite Model division The Society Management in 2013. On top of dozens of runway appearances, she has appeared in ads for Marc Jacobs, Givenchy and Karl Lagerfeld—and just last week signed with Calvin Klein Jeans.

Jenner’s Estée Lauder deal represents a significant step for the cosmetics giant in reaching out to a younger audience. By signing her, the brand gets instant access to millions of women in its target demographic. “Whether you like it or not, people are fascinated by her life and the world in which she lives,” says Estée Lauder global creative director Richard Ferretti. “The fact that she is now behind the scenes at runway shows and going to these great parties, there’s great interest in that.”

Ferretti notes that Jenner also happens to have a resumé worthy of an Estée Lauder model. “The fashion designers love her, and her fashion credibility and her personal style is pretty outstanding,” he says. “So that, as a representation for our brand, is pretty incredible.”

Both Kendall and Gigi are very professional, really hardworking and grateful for where they are,” adds Astley. “They don’t ask for any special favors. They’re physically great specimens. And the fact that they’re known to the public and have a big social following is extra, and it’s great.”

It’s not just the newcomers who have benefitted from this social media revolution. “Girls who have already had success in modeling have been clever about leveraging social media to make themselves known outside the small world of high fashion and expanding their careers, because the high-fashion career can be a short one,” says Astley.

For the Instagirls, building a personal brand online isn’t just about boosting their modeling pursuits. It’s also a form of insurance against the inevitable aging out that happens in fashion where someone in her late 20s is considered ancient.

Originally published in the March 30 issue of Adweek magazine. The story story and pictures can be viewed here.

Kim Kardashian’s glam master Mario Dedivanovic shares his secrets to polished & oh-so pretty makeup

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To aspiring makeup artists everywhere, Mario Dedivanovic is a super hero of sorts. Don’t just take our word for it. One only needs to check out the YouTube videos dedicated to re-creating his concealer technique, his packed out workshops, or the 72,000 and counting Twitter followers that refer to Mario as the ‘go-to glam master’ or the ‘god of makeup artistry.’ While Mario has spent the past decade showcasing his skills on countless editorials and red carpet looks, there is one particular client that has firmly cemented his status as an iconic beauty maker. Mario’s self-professed ‘muse’ Kim Kardashian’s flawless complexion, perfectly arched eyebrows and fluttering lashes have set the bar on how modern glamour girls want to look – polished and oh-so pretty. We asked Mario about his makeup kit essentials, what every woman should be doing to enhance their beauty, and how we too can create eyes and cheekbones that pop.

How did you start out in the business? What was some of the best advice you got along your journey to success? I was introduced to the beauty business when I was 17-years-old and began working at Sephora in NYC. I was hired to work as a fragrance consultant but the makeup was more interesting to me. I fell in love with the art of makeup and was determined to become a great makeup artist. A great piece of advice that I learned early on was to always compete only with myself and not others. To do better today then I did yesterday…better tomorrow then I am today.

Fans of your work say they can immediately spot a celebrity face that you’ve transformed; how would you describe your signature makeup style? I don’t really think much about my ‘signature style’ so it’s hard for me to answer that one. I love to do very polished, pretty and clean makeup and I try to be consistent with my work. For me, there’s nothing worst then being hit or miss.

What are your absolute essential products you have in your makeup kit? I have so many essentials in my kit and they change from time to time; Kiehls Ultra Facial Moisturizer, Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes, Shu Uemura eyelash curler, Eye M Glam all over highlighter, Smolder eye pencil by MAC – the list goes on.

Your fans travel from around the world to attend your workshops; what questions do you seem to get asked time and time again by guests? Before I did workshops, I was afraid that people would ask me a lot of questions about my clients or would be more interested in the whole celebrity world. I was surprised and relieved to see that wasn’t the case at all. Most of all who attend my workshops are very serious about makeup and the majority of the questions I get asked are about product names and shades that I’m using, my technique and tools. I always allow for questions the entire time I’m working so that they really have an understanding of what I am teaching.

Could any beauty fan benefit from your workshops or just makeup professionals? Any beauty fan can certainly benefit from attending one of my workshops.

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Your ‘muse’ Kim Kardashian has become a beauty icon for her sculpted cheekbones, defined brows and ultra-glam lashes: what easy tips can you give for emulating this look? Don’t over pluck or wax your brows and fill them in using pencil or powder. Curl lashes and apply Lancome Hypnose Mascara to top and bottom. Use individual eyelashes in medium to really open up the eyes. Lastly, highlight your cheekbones and eyes with Eye M Glam.

What is the one thing every woman should do to enhance her face and beauty? The eyebrows are very important and frame the whole face so I would definitely recommend keeping your brows groomed and in a shape that best flatters your face.

What is the biggest mistake you see women making with their makeup all the time?Just an FYI – I don’t usually critique a woman’s makeup in my mind upon meeting her, LOL. People always assume that I do. If I were going to critique as a whole, I’d say the biggest mistake women make with their makeup is choosing the wrong color foundation and/or not blending their makeup as much as they should be.

You are a master of contouring: what are your go-to tools and products for achieving this look? Is it worth investing in special contouring brushes or palettes? Quality brushes are always worth investing in and will make your application much easier and last longer. I contour using different products, depending on the skin tone I’m working on or the effect I’m going for. I like to contour using a foundation that’s a few shades deeper than the skin tone and always blend it into the skin and hairline with a damp beautyblender sponge.

Is there a celebrity or model you would love to work with, or give a glam makeover?Yes, of course ;-) I feel as though I’m just getting started, so please stay tuned.

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When is your next workshop? I was recently the Keynote Speaker at The Makeup Show in L.A and it was an incredible experience to say the least. I do plan on hosting more workshops in the future and I’d love to travel to Miami, Chicago, Atlanta, London, Australia and the Middle East & wherever else people ask of me to go.

Skinny Secrets: Beverly Hills bombshell Lilly Ghalichi

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If Mattel were ever going to design a Persian Barbie doll, they wouldn’t have to look much further than Lilly Ghalichi for inspiration. This Beverly Hills bombshell (who co-founded the luxe swimwear lineHave Faith – Swimgerie, along with another G Girl, Jennifer Stano-David) has turned mirror pics into a fine art with her perfectly tousled hair, towering Louboutins & all-out glam style.

We asked the bronzed beauty to share in her own words all her stay skinny secrets!

“I know what I’m about to say is going to make every girl despise me, but the real reason I’m so skinny is honestly due to my genetics.  I have the smallest bones on Earth, my wrist literally look like that of a 6 year old’s.  As a result, I will naturally always look super, duper tiny.

Everyone in my family is ultra-thin.  Great for my sister and I, maybe not so great for my brother! Lol. We’re all blessed with something amazing- great hair, beautiful eyes, long legs- for me, it’s being skinny! I HATED it when I was younger.  Kids would make fun of me and call me Olive Oil, and I had to wear sweat pants under my jeans (sometimes 2 pairs!) because even the size 0 was WAY too big.  I cried all the time and even saw doctors to try and gain weight.

Now that I’m an adult, I love it

With that said, I do give a little effort to keep my body looking skinny-tight rather than skinny-fat (and, yes “skinny fat” exists, skinny girls get cellulite too!). I’d love to share my skinny secrets with you and your readers.

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Diet.  As far as dieting goes.  That entire term is really a foreign concept to me.  I eat whatever I want, and I am a sugar queen- desserts are my weakness.  However, diet is the NUMBER ONE factor for me on how my body will look.  If I eat poorly, it shows.  Although I’m still skinny, I get a little gut, and my butt/thighs look soft also.  When I eat clean, it really shows as well- definition in my abs and all.

When I have to be beach or photo shoot ready, or maybe if I have a new crush I want to impress, I follow a few diet guidelines:

1.     No sugar (unless is natural sugar such as in a piece of fruit)

2.     No Carbs with Dinner, and

3.     No food at all after 8pm.

These 3 simple rules will turn my body from flab to fab in about a week.  No exercise required.  They say that diet is 75% of how your body will look, from experience, I absolutely agree. Although I don’t “diet”, I do have a few very healthy habits naturally, they definitely contribute to why I’m so thin.

For example, I DESPISE alcohol.  You cannot pay me to have a drink.  It tastes disgusting, and the way it makes people act is even more repulsive to me.  I know that alcohol is full of empty calories, so by not drinking, I’m likely sparing myself of tons of unnecessary pounds (and morning regrets!). Also, I don’t drink soda.  Carbonation burns my nose and esophagus.  I have always hated soda, or any carbonated drink, even as a kid.  Sodas are full of sugar and liquid calories, so again, another step I naturally do that I’m sure helps contribute to my skinniness.

Workout. I LOVE to workout.  Cardio is a huge stress reliever for me, and sweating makes me feel alive.  When I was in law-school I had the BEST body.  I used to run about 3 miles-4 times a week because I was so stressed out.  Too bad I was too busy with school to show off my beautiful body!

These days, I don’t have a lot of time to squeeze in exercise.  My partner Jennifer Stano and I run a swimsuit company together (Have Faith – Swimgerie, www.HaveFaith.com), and summer is our busiest season.  When I do find the time to squeeze in a workout, I love to Spin, and I have recently become obsessed with Pilates.

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For anyone that hasn’t tried spinning, it is the most incredible cardio workout.  You can easily shed 1000 calories in 1 hour if you give the class your all (in fact where I spin (Cycle House in West Hollywood) they offer a class called “The 1000 Calorie Ride”, no one leaves until the calorie counter hits 1000!). When I walk out of a spin class, I’m completely drenched in sweat. The only downfall to spinning is that I actually get too skinny if I go too much! Although skinny is sexy, women need curves too.

Pilates is the second type of workout I do when I have the time.  It’s low impact, and it creates long, lean muscles rather than bulking you up.  Pilates is definitely a great way to be skinny, yet still have a perky butt, and definition in your legs and torso. My class is always filled with models, so clearly it’s working for a lot of girls!

When I’m preparing for something, I will spin 3 times a week, and do pilates 3 times a week (usually on the same day, back to back!).  During busy season at work (like right now..) I will maybe find the time to spin once a week. I need motivation- a trip/shoot, or boy!”

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Skinny Secrets: Model Renee Somerfield

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Would you say you’ve always been naturally skinny, or is it a product of diet & exercise?

I have definitely always been skinny. My physique is naturally very petite and I am quite tall (5’10). Growing up, this felt very awkward but I have grown to love and embrace my body! I work hard to keep my body looking healthy and fit, which means eating 6+ times a day and working out with resistance and weights to make sure I maintain lean muscle… I don’t like looking too skinny!

Describe what you typically eat and drink over a normal day? What will tend to order if you eat out at a restaurant? 

A healthy lifestyle is something I encourage and being a passionate vegan makes it easy to eat clean! I believe in eating as natural as possible, the way mother nature intended. I avoid all animal products like meat, dairy & eggs and stick to green, wholesome foods from the earth. A typical day would include avocado & tomato on rye bread or organic muesli with almond milk and fruit. For lunch I love soy/veggie pattie burgers, Mediterranean salads, wholegrain pastas or a toasted baked vegetable roll.

For dinner I love making Thai dishes with veggies & tofu, Mexican tacos or burritos with beans & LOTS of chilli, baked veggies with hummus or vegetable soup with beans and pasta! I have a recipe book with over 500 vegan recipes, so it never gets boring and always stays fun and nutritious! And believe it or not, I rarely have a problem being vegan and eating out, there are so many yummy, healthy choices – you just have to look!

 

Renee Somerfield

What are some of your golden rules to being skinny? (for example, no food after 8pm, zero alcohol, no dairy or carbs) What are some of the common mistakes you see other girls making?

I believe that nourishing your body with healthy, natural and nutrient-rich foods will show on the outside. I can thank my positive attitude, lean body, glowing skin and healthy hair and nails for my clean inside! Common mistakes I see are drinking too much alcohol, using recreational drugs, indulging in processed and convenient foods, relying on caffeine for energy and sleep deprivation. Give your body the love and respect it deserves!

How many times a week do you workout, and at what intensity? What kind of workouts do you swear by for a slim, lean body? Is it a huge time commitment?

I like to workout 4-5 times a week for about an hour depending on my schedule. You will never find me at the gym, I’m always keeping it fun and fresh outdoors! I love long distance running, walking my dogs, sand dune sprints and Pilates with weights. If the weather is horrible or I am traveling and can’t fit in a workout, I will use a resistance band! I think the key to fitness is finding something you love and enjoy! If you loathe going to the gym (like me!) then try an outdoor class, swap the treadmill for the sand or go for a bike ride with a friend. Working out is meant to be fun, not a chore!

If you really want to tighten up and get a super flat stomach before a big shoot – what do you do to prepare?

I don’t do any emergency dieting or training before a shoot. I believe in a healthy lifestyle, not a quick-fix diet. Making sure I am eating clean and moving my body insures I am always bikini ready!

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Craving Longer, Fuller, Sexier Hair? Everything You Need To Know About Hair Extensions

Craving Longer, Fuller, Sexier Hair

From Kim Kardashian’s glamorous raven locks to the sexy tousled waves on the Victoria’s Secret runway, these girls sure know how to inspire serious hair envy. The secret behind this supermodel hair? Hair guru Orlando Pita rolled up to this year’s VS fashion show with an entire suitcase packed with extensions and wigs. Proof that with the right extensions, those longer, fuller, oh-so sexy locks are yours! We asked hair stylist and extensions expert Sherri Belanger from the Román Salon in West Hollywood to create an essential guide:

Want Something For The Weekend? Consider Clip-Ins

If you are considering adding length to your hair, but aren’t ready for the commitment of hair extensions, clip- in’s may be the perfect solution. Pieces can be purchased at most wig stores, and some beauty supply stores and are perfect for someone who only wants to add volume and length occasionally, like on the weekends, or for an event.

Clip-In With Caution!

You can’t sleep or swim with them, so save yourself the embarrassment and don’t wear them when trying to do either. I’ve seen clip-in pieces on the floor at a club, in the bathroom at a restaurant, in the pool in Las Vegas.. yup. And be sure that your pieces match your hair, ladies. I see it all the time – girls with light brown hair and golden highlights – and bleach blonde extensions! If you have different tones of color in your hair, then your clip-ins must have different tones too otherwise it screams fake. They make so many options these days and offer many sets with low lights and highlights throughout which makes them look much more natural.

Are You Ready For A More Long-Term Relationship

Are You Ready For A More Long-Term Relationship?

If you find yourself becoming addicted to your clip-ins and wearing them almost every day, it’s probably time to start shopping around for a more permanent method. I encourage you to do some homework and shop around to find a method and a stylist that seems best for you. There are many different types of extensions with varying price ranges and qualities.

So How Much Do Hair Extensions Cost?

I get emails daily with this same question over and over. Though I understand this is important, it’s not as simple as that. Price varies depending on many things and you need to learn all about them to better understand where your money is going. If the hair is really cheap, then it probably won’t last very long, and you will have to replace it frequently. The better the quality, the longer it will last. If a stylist is charging you $2500 for extensions, and says you have to replace the hair every few months, then she is ripping you off. Hair that is that price should last you up to a year.

Extensions Are An Investment – and Need To Be Maintained

Once you have hair extensions installed in your hair, you will need a “blending” haircut to finish (and make sure to ask if it’s included in your service charge) You will need them to have your extensions “maintenanced” every few months. This means as your own hair grows, so do the extensions, and after about 2 months it’s time to move the extensions back up to your scalp. This is an additional service so it’s important to consider this when investing in hair extensions.

Important Questions To Ask Your Stylist

Firstly, you need to be sure that your hair can even handle hair extensions. Bad candidates include someone losing their hair, someone whose hair is too short for installation, or someone with severely damaged hair. If your hair is damaged, it’s so important to cut back on the things creating the damage like flatironing. Be sure to check the temperature dial on your hot tool – someone with fine hair shouldn’t have their iron turned up to the max. These tools get hot and can literally burn your hair off, so keep that in mind. Once you burn your hair you can’t “unburn” it. Try to always use a heat protectant product before styling to coat your hair and act as a protective shield. My favorite is Ciment Thermique by Kerastase, but all product lines have their own version of heat protectant products, so shop around if you’d like. The good news is the hair growing back from your roots is virgin hair and has a chance at a new beginning of healthy hair, but if you keep over processing it you’re never going to recover from the damage, and over time it will get worse.

If your hair is damaged from lots of bleaching or changing your hair color often, you may want to chat with your hair stylist about other ways to achieve the color you like without having to create extra damage. If they still are damaging your hair excessively it might be time to find someone new. Natural looking color is so in style right now, and this is huge for us! It means less visits to the salon, which saves damage, time, and money. By taking a more natural approach to your color you are saving yourself all around.

Can Extensions Be Dyed To Match Your Hair

Can Extensions Be Dyed To Match Your Hair?

Coloring hair extensions can be tricky since it’s hair that has been through some processes that we don’t know about. I would never attempt coloring your own extensions at home… ever. Consult your stylist and see if they are able to help you out. It is true that when you have roots throughout your hair, especially when it comes to hair extensions, it blends them and makes them look so natural. Bumble and Bumble makes hair powder in a few different colors which would work great and be a temporary option too.

The Bottom Line

My belief is if you trust your hairstylist, have seen their portfolio of hair extension work, and feel confident in them, then go for it! Everyone has their own personal preference, and whatever works best for you works best for you. I encourage clients to ALWAYS schedule a consultation before getting hair extensions. While extensions are not permanent, they aren’t cheap, and you need to feel good about your new hair awaiting you!

*The hair Sherri uses has been sought after by many stylists but she won’t divulge her secret to anyone. “I’ve spent many years searching for the best quality hair, and now that I have found it, I’m not letting it go! Stylists contact me all the time curious about where I purchase my hair from, but unfortunately I have to keep it to myself!”

Meet the new member of Bravo’s reality hit Shahs of Sunset, Lilly Ghalichi!

The masters of reality TV over at Bravo have cherry-picked a hot new face to star in the newest season of Shahs of Sunset. It comes as no surprise to us that it should be the gorgeous Lilly Ghalichi, who we’ve interviewed in the past both for her risqué swimwear line and her ‘skinny secrets’.

Lilly Ghalichi

So who is this Persian bombshell who is about to stir things up in the 90210? She describes herself as “a Persian Barbie on the outside, but…with intelligence and drive on the inside.” She is a licensed attorney turned swimwear designer (celeb-fave Have Faith Swimgerie, which she runs with BFF Jennifer Stano-David) with a growing social network full of fans that can’t get enough of her candid tell-all blog and ultra glam style.

Lilly Ghalichi shahs sunset

Lilly Ghalichi shahs

 

The show follows a group of Persian American friends in Beverly Hills, who are trying to juggle busy social lives and up-and-coming careers while balancing the demands of their families and tradition. With this raven-haired beauty becoming a series regular, no doubt boys will be in love with her hot-smart-girl appeal while girls will be swooning over her hair & makeup (hello glam squad!) and skyscraper Louboutin heels.

What do you think about the show’s latest cast member?