8 November 2013

Fashion Role Model: Ali Michael

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If you don't recognise her name, chances are you recognise her face - notably those eyebrows that would make Cara green with envy. The 23 year old American model has climbed the career ladder in recent years to now be among the most wanted models of the fashion industry.

Ali Michael's simple style makes her the definition of effortless cool. Usually spotted in super high-waisted skinny jeans with a chunky leather belt and a cropped tee teamed with grubby Nike Airs, her minimalist choices are a match made in heaven. A prime example of 'if you've got it, flaunt it', Ali's petite frame could drop jaws in just an oversized t-shirt and cut-off denim hotpants.

Combining retro classics with designer statements, Ali has a definite air of chilled-out city chic. And her wardrobe is - lucky for us - relatively easy to recreate. Team a pair of high-waisted Acne jeans or vintage Levi's cut-offs with a men's CK Jeans black leather belt and a simple black, white or grey cropped t-shirt - how about a polka dot Comme des Garรงons tee which Ali herself owns? Complete the look with a pair of classic Nike Air Force and a small cross-body bag (this Marc by Marc Jacobs wrinkled leather bag is perfect for your essentials and will fit right into almost any outfit in your wardrobe).
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I can hear the sighs rushing out of your mouths. "If only Ali's breathtaking good looks were as easy to recreate."
I cannot promise you her heart-shaped face, full lips and spotless, porcelain skin, but I can promise you the products to bring you as close to transforming yourself into Ms Michael as possible. (And who wouldn't want that?)

  • Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream - this skin protectant from Elizabeth Arden is my saviour, and this fragrance-free edition means it's even more rewarding for your skin. Commonly used on lips for deep moisture and shine, Eight Hour Cream can also be applied to the face to soothe irritated or damaged skin, or simply dabbed onto cheeks and eyelids to achieve that brightness that Ali's complexion so luckily possesses.
  • bareMinerals SPF15 Foundation - forget orange, caked-on, oily foundations: bareMinerals powder foundation is simply swirled onto the face with a brush for an even yet natural skintone.
  • Blinc Eyebrow Mousse - this miracle multi-tasking mousse promises to perfect your brows; the water-resistant pigment tints your eyebrows while enhancing and filling in, and also controls and holds their shape without the need for a separate setting gel.
  • Edward Bess Ultra Dewy Complexion Perfector - as the name suggests, this weightless cream will perfect your skin and finish it off with Ali's healthy, dewy glow, without smothering your skin
  • Benefit Girl Meets Pearl - quite possibly the girliest beauty product around. This golden-pink highlighter can be patted on wherever you want, to illuminate your features with a shimmering, pearly sheen.
  • NARS Eyeshadow Trio - NARS colour combinations are a favourite of mine, creating the perfect blend of complementing tones to add a pop of colour to the eyes. This trio of colours, titled 'Ramatuelle', can be worn alone or blended together to create a sweeping smoky eye of neutral, rusty tones. Apply with a damp angled brush for intense colour.
  • Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener - this lightweight concealer has an applicator specially designed for precision around the eyes, masking under-eye shadows and imperfections so that you look and feel refreshed.

You've got the illuminated, rosy complexion, the dark, signature brows, and the relaxed yet statement wardrobe - what more could a girl want?

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