Did Michelle Obama influence Pantone's color of year? First Lady's favorite purple hue is chosen for 2014

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Following this year's pick of emerald green, the purple hue of an orchid, officially known as Radiant Orchid, will have a strong presence in fashion, beauty, home design and consumer products. 'It's a little different, it's a little off the beaten path, and it's not a primary color,' said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

Spots, bloated bellies, frizzy hair... women are spending a whole MONTH each year fretting about their appearance

Spots and frizzy hair are just some of the concerns that have women worrying for a month each year

The study of 2,000 women, out today, found that annually, on average, they worry about their looks for 627 hours and 28 minutes.

Why your manicure could ruin your nails for life: Horror stories range from weeping sores and bleeding nail beds to skin cancer


Rebecca Mills, 26, is one of many victims of the booming nail bar industry. She suffered severe nail damage (bottom right) after getting acrylic nails removed by an inexperienced beautician.

How Kate made her grey hair less apparent thanks to a six-hour trip to the world's most expensive stylist

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The Duchess of Cambridge, seen greying earlier this month (left), booked the emergency appointment to restore her locks to their previous radiance (right).

EXCLUSIVE: Kate Moss is out of this world as she dazzles in futuristic new Rimmel ad

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The 39-year-old is the star of Rimmel's Christmas collection, which is packed with shimmery, space-age make-up.

You CAN sparkle at parties, but less is more

As the party season approaches, there's the temptation to add a touch of sparkle to your look

That doesn’t mean you have to stay on the road to Frumpsville, though. Just focus on one area — eyes or lips — and make it work for you.

Don't flap! You CAN get rid of a turkey neck: From the best creams and exercises to going under the knife, how to roll back the years

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There is nothing that betrays a woman's age more quickly than a sagging neck. Yet it is often left out of beauty regimes.

EXCLUSIVE: Cara Delevingne's £180 'needle pen' treatment gives her that supermodel glow - in spite of all those late nights

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The model is a fan of 111 SKIN Micropen Facials which she has regularly at 111 Harley Street to keep her skin in check.

BIG hair, bold make-up and piles of bling: 80s stars revealed in all their laquered glory in book celebrating snapper Mario Casilli

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It was the decade of Dynasty, Dallas, shoulder pads and excess in all forms. Big was beautiful, greed was good, and beauty was bold.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley: 'I certainly don't feel like a sex symbol!' Supermodel dismisses label as she launches her new sleepwear range

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The 26-year-old says she can't get her head around the fact she's considered one of the world's hottest women.

EXCLUSIVE: Binky Felstead reveals how she achieves her flawless foundation


When it comes to picking your base, there are two key points: tone and texture. Obviously you must colour-match your product to your natural skin tone.

London Calling: Binky Felstead shares her tips on getting that Chelsea girl look

Binky shows how to get that Chelsea girl beauty: It's all about glowing skin, glossy lips and seductive eyes

Chelsea girl beauty is all about glowing skin, glossy lips and seductive eyes. Here's how it's done, writes BINKY FELSTEAD.

Bare-faced beauty: Binky Felstead shares her tips for going make-up free and still looking gorgeous

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Now, you all know how much I adore my beauty kit, but once in a while, I'm so busy that I have to go bare-faced.

Made In Chelsea's Binky Felstead shares her autumn beauty secrets

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Much as I adore my summer beauty staples, it's time to put aside the hot sunshine shades and roll out a more autumn-appropriate look.

Made In Chelsea's Binky Felstead's tips on how to get the fishtail plait loved by Blake Lively and Vanessa Hudgens


This super-versatile style is perfect for festivals or summer nights out with friends, but also looks great for glam events a la Cara D in Cannes!

BINKY FELSTEAD: How to keep your summer glow... Even though Autumn's here

My tan enhancing favourite products: St Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Lotion lasts up to 10 days. I always exfoliate before applying this, then blend it on using a mitt for really natural, even coverage

From my bronzer to fuchsia lipgloss, I’m a summer-beauty girl. I wear fake tan 365 days of the year to ensure I’ve got a golden glow, whatever the season.

Wake up beautiful with these products that work wonders as you sleep

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Skin rejuvenates itself as we sleep and using the right creams and lotions overnight helps the process to ensure you look fresh in the morning. Here, we pick the best products to use at bedtime.

How to look snazzy in your holiday snaps

Strike a pose: Get the light and your make-up right for a flattering photo

Four women in ten have digitally enhanced their photos before posting them online, says a survey. Here, experts offer their dos and don'ts for looking your best in photos - without computer wizardry.

When it comes to cosmetics, expensive doesn't always mean better. Get your treats on the cheap!

We do the bargain hunting for you!

Get the best of the beauty bargains and more pricey treats to help you look good whatever your budget this summer - pick the cheaper options and you'll save a huge £122.51.

How to get a terrific tan - and at any age!

Faking it: If the sun is being uncooperative but you'd like your face to glow, try fake tan - or bronzer if you're sixty-plus

Sales of fake tan are at an all-time high thanks to our lack of sunny weather. But one shade does not fit all skin tones - or ages.