What’s your Party Beauty Code? Urban-chic or Beach-babe?

Wed, 14 November 2012 1:30PM

Last night was a massive night in magazine event world. In one end of Sydney, GQ held its Men of the Year Awards; in the other, CLEO launched its Annual Swimsuit Party. Both parties brought out a gaggle of gorgeous girls – but with two very distinct hair and makeup styles. It got me thinking, when it comes to party-primping this season, there are two ways to go: sophisticate-sleek, or bright and beachy.

Cases in point … Here are some of the top looks from the GQ red carpet:

Phoebe Tonkin, with her fabulously groomed arches, dewy skin and shiny-white eyes (which is no surprise, her being such a health nut and all):


Bella Heathcote, with her doll-like fringe, liquid-liner-lavished eyes and short, shiny nails:


Ruby Rose, with slicked-back hair, luminous skin and one fabulously show-off-able décolletage:


Meanwhile, over at CLEO were …

Jesinta Campbell, with her twirly curls, fluttery lashes and red lippie:


Cheyenne Tozzi, with caramel highlights, tousled waves and shimmery lips:

And Nikki Phillips, with a Gisele-like mane, smoky eyes and a sheer base that allowed her freckles to cutely peek through:


So which team will you be on this summer party season? Sleek-chic à la GQ, or beachy and breezy in true CLEO-girl style?

Me, I have a soft spot for the latter. Living in Bondi could be part of the reason. But mainly it’s because I used to work at CLEO for yonks. And went to many a swimsuit issue party (not to mention many a Bachelor of the Year do, but that’s another story) and have a heap of fond memories of the fun and games everyone got up to back in the pre-mobile-phone-as-camera and before–instagram days. Like when a certain celebrity fell asleep behind a couch at Hugo’s, only to be found by the cleaner the next morning. Or when another celeb ended up lap-dancing a top advertising client. Or when another had a ripper of an argument with the bar staff because she couldn’t get a Cosmopolitan (we only had CLEO-politans on the menu, of course).

Ah, those were the days. When you could act up and know you wouldn’t get filmed and uploaded to YouTube within minutes for all the world to see your bad behaviour. Although you would have looked great while acting up, because the CLEO party beauty style was, as it is now, that can’t-go-wrong combo of beachy hair, sun-kissed skin, and bright pops of pouty colour.

To get the look? I highly recommend stocking up on David Babaii’s Bohemian Beach Spray, a Becca lip gloss, and a few bottles of St Tropez. And going easy on the Cosmpolitans.

So, Primpers, are you Team CLEO or Team GQ this party season?

If you’re a GQ kinda girl, what are your go-to products for getting the sleek-chic look?

Kat x

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  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Wed, 14 November 2012 01:41pm

    Oh its too hard to choose :) I love both ruby and jesinta alot and think there both very beautiful.
    But if i had to choose some styles and inspiration to choose from id go team cleo. The wavy hair and light make up is so trendy and gorgeous.

  • Posted by: Jensta Master Fan // Wed, 14 November 2012 03:13pm

    Beachy and breezy is definately more my style so I will have to go with the Cleo gals.

  • Posted by: Elmo Enthusiast // Wed, 14 November 2012 03:16pm

    Phoebe and Ruby do look stunning – but overall I have to say I’m more of a beach babe kind of girl. Always have been! Much prefer messy, textured hair and simple makeup rather than anything too precise or high maintenance!

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Wed, 14 November 2012 03:52pm

    Beachy and breezy for summer simply because it so much more comfortable in the heat to maintain.
    Love Ruby Rose dress, just stunning!

  • Posted by: jimmney // Wed, 14 November 2012 03:56pm

    bella heatcote’s eye makeup looks a bit strange. I would naturally say beachy for party season but I think in reality I always go for more urban chic as opposed to beach babe.

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Wed, 14 November 2012 04:41pm

    i like jesinta’s look

  • Posted by: soMuchPretty Master Fan // Wed, 14 November 2012 06:09pm

    Phoebe’s look is striking. And it’s nice to see a short hair-do for a change! But Nikki Philips is positively glowing! Love that look too.

  • Posted by: misschris Master Fan // Wed, 14 November 2012 07:50pm

    I love both, but would probably lean more towards the beachy look.

  • Posted by: Julieow Master Fan // Wed, 14 November 2012 07:52pm

    Beachy at heart conformed to urban girls clothes. Need to get back to living beachside :(

  • Posted by: strawbsundae Master Fan // Wed, 14 November 2012 08:11pm

    Oh Bella looks so gorgeous! Her doll eyes look so cute!

  • Posted by: DebstarDesigns Master Fan // Thu, 15 November 2012 01:48pm

    I’d probably lean more towards team GQ.

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Thu, 15 November 2012 01:56pm

    interesting dress on Bella Heathcote

  • Posted by: loopylexy Master Fan // Thu, 15 November 2012 09:38pm

    I’m leaning towards GQ because I can’t pull off the beachy look, I just can’t… I wish i could though!

  • Posted by: p3charmed Master Fan // Fri, 16 November 2012 11:04am

    they all look so beautiful, i can’t choose :)

  • Posted by: lolo Master Fan // Mon, 19 November 2012 02:24pm

    Definitely Team CLEO! I love my beachy waves and sun kissed makeup :) cant go wrong with this look as it seems effortless and isnt too heavy for any type of party.

  • Posted by: nita01 Master Fan // Sat, 24 November 2012 09:57pm

    I think Pheobe looks gorgeous. I’m not a fan of Jessinta at all, I think she always looks fake.

  • Posted by: Bantam Master Fan // Sat, 19 January 2013 03:17am

    I’m on team Cleo, wavy hair ftw!

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Sat, 16 May 2015 09:21pm

    Beach babe is the look I like best. I think all the girls are looking good with great hair and make-up.

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