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:
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.
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?