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THE PEP LIST: Celeb beauty trends of 2011

December 28, 2011 3:07pm
All year round we've seen our favorite celebrities out and about in showbiz events, corporate functions, and other public gatherings.

And we've spotted some of them sporting the most fashionable trends of the year.

Which fashion trend did they pick up most often? Here's our list:

FLARED BOTTOMS. Fashion in 2011 banked on the revival of the 1970's look, particularly the flared pants.

Among its many types—the bell bottoms, elephant bells, balloon pants, and the boot-cut type, which were all popular in the '70s—the wide-leg trousers and palazzo pants emerged as the year's bigger hits.

Paired with virtually any kind of top that girls love to tuck in the waist and secure with a braided belt, platform heels, and eye-catching accessories, our own local beauties channeled the decade's fun disco vibe.

SPOTTED PICKING UP THIS TREND: Bianca Gonzalez in several episodes of the now defunct TV show SNN Showbiz News Ngayon; Jodi Sta. Maria at the press conference for 100 Days To Heaven in May; and Vice Ganda at the movie premiere of Bulong in February.

SHEER FABRIC. Celebrity fashionistas went all out this year with lace, tulle, chiffon, and other flimsy fabric.

Without having to go totally bare, girls embraced the sexy look, while keeping things elegant at the same time.

From soft shirts to feeble skirts, to full-blown dresses and red-carpet gowns, sheer fabric was seen on almost everyone.

This trend channels the more feminine side of 2011 fashion, compared to the androgynous twist of the wide-leg bottoms.

And if the runways of the Spring/Summer 2012 Fashion Week say anything, then this trend will continue at least until early next year.

SPOTTED PICKING UP THIS TREND: Sarah Geronimo at her press conference in January; Cheska Garcia-Kramer at the US Girls presscon in February; and Tweetie de Leon at the first Philippine Fashion Ball in August.

PRINTS GALORE. Again channeling the 1970's, some of our favorite celebs took the hippie route with its abundant choices of cool graphics.

Animal prints—leopard, tiger, zebra, and whatnot—topped the list as the default representation of fun, fearless fashion.

The more reserved, on the other hand, opted for funkier abstracts—the more colorful and confusing the design, the better.

SPOTTED PICKING UP THIS TREND: Anne Curtis at the Primadonna launch in November; Carla Abellana at the Golden Screen Awards in April; and Jillian Ward at Mother Lily Monteverde's birthday party in August.

GEM EARRINGS. It seems the ladies listened to the wailing of their necks from wearing all those chunky neck pieces last year.

2011 marked the return of the power earrings...but not just any kind.

We're talking about diamonds, crystals, rubies, sapphires, and opals—all those to-die-for (literally) stones embedded into intricately molded backbones of gold, silver, and white gold.

From the red carpet of the biggest black-tie events—where these pieces are usually seen as flashy accents to formal wear—these highly expensive blings were also worn by the ladies to more casual occasions.

Truly, modern styling has diminished the demarcation line between formal and casual wear. These days it's all about mix-and-match.

SPOTTED PICKING UP THIS TREND: Jinkee Pacquiao at Senator Bong Revilla and Congresswoman Lani Mercado's wedding in May; Angel Locsin at the Esquire Ball in October; and Bea Alonzo at the Star Magic Ball in September.

ON GUYS: NEUTRAL JACKETS. Since there are fewer fashion options for men, the trick to looking stylish always comes down to how creative they can get.

Using classic staples such as T-shirt and collared polo, male celebrities have learned to wear them along with a top layer, in the form of blazers, coats, or sweaters.

But among the variety of cover-ups available in the menswear section, what stood out this year were the casual jackets in neutral colors like black, beige, and gray.

Paired with slim-fit trousers and dressy shoes, guys infused the serious appeal of corporate dressing with a more casual look.

SPOTTED PICKING UP THIS TREND: Jake Cuenca at the My Neighbor's Wife press conference in August; Robi Domingo at the Star Magic Concert for Humanity in August; and Elmo Magalona at the Tween Academy: Class of 2012 press conference also in August.

NUDE MAKE-UP. As seen in Preview Magazine's November issue—with Nora Aunor on the cover—nude make-up is one beauty trend that made waves in 2011.

Replacing the smoky eye make-up and ruby red lips of last year are shades of beige, caramel, pale orange and light pink.

These soft tones allow the natural glow of the skin to shine through.

To pull off the look, it is important to have clear and blemish-free skin.

That isn't a tough task for our celebrities, as most of them take very good care of their skin.

Celebrities give this beauty tip about this trend: Cleanse, tone, and moisturize twice a day, and never go to bed with makeup on.

SPOTTED PICKING UP THIS TREND: Gretchen Barretto, Heart Evangelista, Nikki Gil.

STRONG EYEBROWS. Makeup in 2011 paid extra attention to the brow.

Since nude eye shadow can barely be seen—hence its name—spotlight is directed toward the eyebrows.

Channeling actress Brooke Shields in her heyday, the new eyebrow shape is fuller, with a boxier body and a more defined arch.

To achieve this look, many artists use the angled brush to apply eyebrow makeup rather than a pencil.

Choose natural colors that complement the skin tone, such as burnt brown.

SPOTTED PICKING UP THIS TREND: Kim Chiu, Bea Alonzo, Garrie Concepcion.

SOFT WAVES. Much like the carefree young Hollywood style, sported by the likes of Lindsay Lohan and Miley Cyrus, our own local celebrities have taken to the soft wavy look.

Versus the polished barrel curls, which needs a curling iron, this rather natural look is easier and quicker to achieve.

To do it, simply twist your hair into a tight bun and fan dry.

How long should you keep your hair in a bun? Between a couple of hours and a whole day, depending on how manageable your hair is.

If you have naturally straight hair which doesn't curl easily, try not to apply conditioner before the process.

Also, try spraying some styling mousse on your hair before putting it in a bun.
And then, when it's time to party, let it loose—and voila! Perfect waves!

SPOTTED PICKING UP THIS TREND: Angel Aquino, Solenn Heussaff, Jasmine Curtis.

BRUNETTE BEAUTY. Who says blondes have all the fun?

Most of our ladies seemed to enjoy being brunettes this year.

Adding just a hint of color to their natural black tresses, dark brown shades from chestnut to chocolate made the stars' crowning glory glow dramatically under the spotlight.

Of course, finding the perfect hair color is not the easiest of beauty tasks.

There are certain rules to follow—like, pick a color that matches your skin tone, and don't go more than two shades lighter (or darker) than your original hair color.

if you're the adventurous type, you can always experiment until you find the right shade that suits you.

SPOTTED PICKING UP THIS TREND: Angelica Panganiban, Jessy Mendiola, Ashley Gosiengfiao.

ON GUYS: THE "COCO MARTIN" LOOK. We couldn't find a name for this particular look so we decided to call it the "Coco Martin" hair, as we've seen this prominently on the actor.

The idea is to cut your hair clean (you can always ask your local barber to do this for you), and part it on one side.

Set with a non-glossy product like hair wax, and brush neatly to the side, keeping bangs from falling on the forehead.

From the front to the back, neatly tuck the hair in place for that "dream boy" look. - Demai G. Sunio-Granali, PEP
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