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Rocking Party Season

As party season beckons we caught up with Ballantynes’ stylists Anna Williams and Benjamin Knox for some style essentials and pro tips on pulling off the hottest, on-trend looks.


Fashion Edit

With Ballantynes’ stylist Anna Williams.

Ballantynes Anna

You can’t go past a bold pop of colour – if you’re after a bolder look, vibrant brights are a must. This trend is all about being fresh and fun! A personal fave of mine at present is the ultimate feminine elegance of lace and frills – oh-so-flirty! Frills can be delicate and positioned at the neckline, sleeve, waist or hemline. The hemline should be midi and your colours can be in delicate hues of blush, or go bold with colour to create the ultimate race day look. Headbands are hot right now and perfect for short or long hair – an embroidery floral headband is the perfect complement to elevate your outfit style for race day, Christmas party or that summer wedding. The hot silhouette for summer is the tight, fitted bodice with a graceful, voluminous, full skirt, ultimately with side pockets for that ‘hands on your hips’ stance. It’s all about the drama and swing! To complete this look, add a pair of strappy heels and bold headpiece.

Beauty Edit

With Ballantynes’ beauty stylist Benjamin Knox.

Ballantynes Ben

We’re all headed outdoors in that warmer weather, and that means it’s time to bronze up for summer! Buttery-feeling bronzers like MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Bronzer in Give Me Sun! give a real look, with a warm-toned tan for the face and body that is perfect for summer. Buff, blend and bronze up with the Real Techniques Large Powder Brush for a flawless finish. Layer your highlighters; layering a base of cream or liquid highlighter and setting it with a powder highlighter over the top gives your skin a multidimensional and long-lasting glow. One of my favourite combinations is layering Benefit Watt’s Up Cream Highlighter with a generous layer of Benefit Dandelion Twinkle Powder Highlighter over the top. Bright lips are in for summer too – coral reds are always on trend for the hotter months, and my pick for this season is MAC Lady Danger Lipstick. A stand out that looks great on any skin tone, it’s a must try!

Check out further details on getting these hot looks for spring party season in the October issue online here.

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