Brit-pop phenomenon Marina and the Diamonds (read: 320,000+ Twitter followers and two albums) was in Toronto recently for her first show as part of the North American Electra Heart tour. She sat down with TheKit.ca to chat about her beauty and fashion essentials. We give you the scoop on her must-have brands, what the trendsetter dressed like in her teen years, her dream collaborations (read: Eminem) and what makeup she needs to apply before she leaves the house--or she won't.
Fun fact: she does all of her makeup herself.
1. What/Who Are You Wearing Now?
"A yellow, Christian Lacroix jacket I bought off Ebay, I found out about him when I was about 12 years-old off this series called Absolutely Fabulous in the U.K. (Edina Monsoon's favourite designer). Then a I was obsessed. I'm also wearing this pink and gold bracelet that I got from The Bay, a Topshop blouse and the heels are from Office, in the U.K."
2. My Favourite Beauty Icon Is_____________.
"Sofia Loren: She exudes, a very classic... beauty. "She's very feminine, which I really like. And she, she was an hour-glass which I am too."
3. Finish This Sentence: "I won't leave the house until I've put on___________."
"My eyebrows, because even if I have no makeup on, I need [to fill in] my eyebrows. I don't think I'm that vain of a person, like I really don't mind, being seen looking like sh-t. But, my eyebrows are like my face, so, they are like my identity in two strips [on my face]."
4. My No-Fail Outfit: ____________.
"I have this big T-shirt that says Sassyland on the front which I really like and--it's so boring but --I love leggings, I really, I do use leggings quite a lot."
5. My Best Makeup Tip Or Trick Is______________.
"Use a lipliner and then just put a little bit of lipstick on. I use a lipliner by Givenchy... I outline slightly above my lip line, to make my lips look bigger. Then, I just put a little bit of [lipstick] in the centre to moisturize it, so that helps it not to bleed, and it stays on for a lot longer then if you just put lipstick on."
6. My Look As A Teenager Was _________________.
"It was more shambolic... I loved vintage and charity shop things and still customized them. Obviously when you're a teen you have no money, so you make like three outfits out of one dress. You're like, 'OK cut the arms here. Alright: New party, cut them to here.' I've always used colour the same way I do now, so I really like mixing something that's really classic and quite high quality, with something more gaudy and kitsch... that defines my look actually!"
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Octavia Spencer In Tadashi Shoji
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Sofia Vergara In Vera Wang
The "Modern Family" star is a true siren -- she knows how to dress for her curves. The deep blue of this gown complements her olive skin tone, while the mermaid silhouette shows off her hourglass shape. Golden Globes, January 15th Photo Credit: WireImage
Julianne Moore In Dior Couture
Not many people can pull off a bright yellow gown on the red carpet, but Moore is a pro. The sunny hue is drop-dead gorgeous with her pale skin and red hair, while the sleek top and voluminous skirt emphasize her toned upper body and tiny waist. Emmy Awards, September 23rd Photo Credit: WireImage
Gwyneth Paltrow In Tom Ford
Like <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/27/cate-blanchett-oscars-2011_n_828890.html" target="_hplink">Cate Blanchett in Givenchy Couture</a> the year before, this look will go down in style history as one of the best red carpet moments ever. Who would ever have expected a cape? The sleek column gown, paired with the cape and the Oscar-winner's golden skin and blonde hair is just stunning. Academy Awards, February 26th Photo Credit: Getty Images
Viola Davis In Vera Wang
"<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/11/viola-davis-on-the-help-my-mom_n_924127.html">The Help</a>" star killed us with her Oscars look. The combination of her natural hairdo, stunning earrings, emerald-hued gown and toned arms had us swooning. Academy Awards, February 26th Photo Credit: WireImage
Reese Witherspoon In Zac Posen
The <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/09/reese-witherspoons-baby-tennessee-james-is-perfect_n_2266946.html">mom to baby Tennessee</a> has spent much of 2012 out of the spotlight, but her appearance at the Golden Globes in January left a lasting impression. Her red fitted gown showed off her svelte figure, while also complementing her light hair and skin. Golden Globes, January 15th Photo Credit: NBC via Getty Images
Michelle Williams In Jason Wu
Normally navy has us yawning, but not here. The "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/09/my-week-with-marilyn-michelle-williams_n_1002395.html">My Week With Marilyn</a>" star looks gorgeous in this sapphire-colored column gown. The belt at her waist creates curves, while the pretty shade plays nicely off her blonde hair and pale skin. Golden Globes, January 15th Photo Credit: NBC via Getty Images
Charlize Theron In Dior Couture
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/04/charlize-therons-childhood-home-scene-grisly-murder_n_1939111.html">Theron</a>'s high-drama gown stole the show at the Golden Globes. Her hair and makeup was regal, calling to mind Grace Kelly. The deep V balanced out the volume at her waist nicely, while the slit showed off her gorgeous legs. Golden Globes, January 15th Photo Credit: NBC via Getty Images
Emma Stone In Lanvin
"<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/03/amazing-spider-man-review_n_1645675.html">The Amazing Spider-Man</a>" star knows her way around a red carpet. She takes risks and wears fashion-forward designs ... and we love her for it. This sweet red frock is a youthful silhouette (love the high waist and full skirt), but those legs are pure sex appeal. Her updo and sky-high heels make for a grown-up and gorgeous ensemble. Met Gala, May 7th Photo Credit: Getty Images
Kristen Wiig In Stella McCartney
The <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/21/kristen-wiig-best-snl-sketches-video_n_1533279.html">comedienne</a> looks lovely in bright hues that set off her pale complexion and her rich, dark hair. The sleeveless dress shows off her ams, while the full skirt calls attention to her tiny waist. Met Gala, May 7th Photo Credit: Getty Images
Solange Knowles In Rachel Roy
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/29/beyonce-solange-knowles-2012-photo_n_2204210.html">Beyoncé's little sister </a>has made a name for herself, both in music and in the fashion industry. She plays with fun colors and outlandish shapes that show off her curves. Bright yellow pops against her skin, while the sleek shape works nicely with her 'do. Met Gala, May 7th Photo Credit: WireImage
Kate Hudson In Atelier Versace
"<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/29/kate-hudson-sheer-dress_n_1840769.html">The Reluctant Fundamentalist</a>" actress goes for the gold in this metallic column gown that shows off her willowy frame. The metallic hue looks gorgeous against her radiant complexion, and her simple hair and makeup are the ideal backdrop to such a dramatic dress. Premiere, August 29th Photo Credit: Getty Images
Taylor Swift In Elie Saab
Sheer lace and the crimson color of this gown are surprising choices for the "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/24/taylor-swift-red-tracks-reviewed_n_2011555.html">Red</a>" singer, but both worked to her advantage. The bold shade was a dramatic opposition to her pale skin, while the peek-a-boo panels added sex appeal. Billboard Music Awards, May 20th Photo Credit: WireImage
Beyoncé In Stephane Rolland Couture
Blue Ivy's mama has kept a low profile since her baby's arrival, but she really turned up the volume in this <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/01/beyonce-2012-bet-awards_n_1641949.html" target="_hplink">poison-green gown</a>. The belt nipped in her waist, while the fitted top accentuated her bust line and the slit showed off those stunning gams. BET Awards, July 1st Photo Credit: Getty Images
Kim Kardashian In Tom Ford
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/07/kim-kardashian-calls-kanye-west-family_n_2258156.html">Kanye West</a> has had quite an influence on the reality TV star. Gone are the ripped jeans and more-is-more style ethos. Instead, Kardashian focused on a minimalist black and white color palette, and kept her silhouettes simple. Case in point: Kim showed off her curves in this sleek sheath dress that let her hair and makeup take the spotlight. BET Awards, July 1st Photo Credit: Getty Images
Katy Perry In Dolce & Gabbana
What a pleasant surprise from the<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/03/katy-perry-nude-look-dress-trevor-awards_n_2230706.html"> pop sensation</a>. Perry looks feminine and pretty in this floral gown that emphasizes her neckline without showing too much of her famous décolletage. Dream Gala, November 16th Photo Credit: WireImage
Michelle Obama In Michael Kors
The <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/03/michelle-obama-2012-kennedy-center-honors-photos_n_2230580.html?utm_hp_ref=michelle-obama-style">FLOTUS</a> has us giddy at the sight of her in this pleated gold gown. The intricate detail at the top calls attention to her lovely face (and those arms!), while the metallic hue gives her just enough sparkle. White House Event, December 2nd Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images
Diane Kruger In Chanel
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Zoe Saldana In Prabal Gurung
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Rihanna In Giorgio Armani
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