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A select group of people in the universe- early birds, we’re looking at you- actually become excited for the morning when all is quiet and a full day ahead awaits (cue birds chirping and Pharrell’s “Happy” soundtrack). But even the most put-together gal can secretly become disheveled as soon as her alarm clock blares.

If you fall into the latter category and your daybreak routine is a bit less magical and more manic, let us be the bearers of good news: it can only get better. With a morning routine inspired by Emily Shriner in her recent shoot with editorial extraordinaire Kim Genevieve, you’ll soon find out there’s an easier way to start your morning sunny side up. Read on for our tips and tricks to start your day off on the right foot, and 8 a.m. will be looking almost as good as happy hour.

Sometimes the actual act of waking up is the hardest part. Simple fix? Let some natural light sneak through your shades when the sun rises rather than having to get up and open your current go-to double-backed blackout curtains. While you may already be relying on it as the best light to snap a selfie in, subtle natural light actually helps you rise refreshed and ready to go. If your bedroom feng shui doesn’t include a window for morning light, try investing in a dawn simulator alarm clock that relies on gradual light to wake you up – rather than the jolting buzzer of your current iPhone alarm. We’re fans.

After gracefully easing out of your beauty sleep, you’re en route to the ladies room to work on that actual beauty. Aside from being a platform for your next T. Swift rendition, the shower can also help boost productivity for the rest of the day. Some of your best thinking can be done in the shower, this we know, but visually planning out things like your #OOTD can be just as rewarding as belting out the chorus of Blank Space.

Added bonus: you won’t risk having to frantically change outfits after your breakfast magically spills all over your favorite go-to dress.

Speaking of breakfast, they don’t call it the most important meal of the day for nothing. Even just a bite or sip of the right thing can rev up your metabolism and keep you on track for the day. We’re not saying break up with your beloved Starbucks latte (but maybe we are). Cutting back on your caffeine intake to make room for real nutrients might just be a step in the right direction: too many cups of coffee actually trigger a dependence on caffeine, making you more and more dependant on it in order to wake up refreshed. Try swapping out a cup of joe for a smoothie or steaming mug of green tea in the a.m.; you (and your wallet) will likely thank us later.

The next step in your morning beauty rituals requires taming that mane. Every girl knows that when you have a good hair day, it’s pretty much guaranteed that a good day will follow. If only there was a formula (or an app) for that. Until then, we’ll make it more of a recurring pattern by investing in simple, old-school curlers, perfect for fighting frizz and breakage that too often accompanies curling irons and blow driers.

Another weapon in our arsenal is dry shampoo: the go-to tool for creating that perfectly-blow dried illusion. If you’ve used up all of your allotted non-hair wash days, there are a bunch of wet-to-dry hairstyles that you can actually pull off without looking like you’re auditioning for an Orange Is The New Black episode. We love a messy bun or a chic chignon, both of which air dry nicely into tousled waves for an “I’m born with it” effortless look.

Next up: put on your game face! What better way to wake up out of your morning slump than with a fierce lipcolor? Applying a bold red lip immediately awakens your face and elevates any outfit in a matter of seconds. Can any other product in your makeup bag accomplish that?

Adding some color to your wardrobe can also brighten up your mood for the day. While you may naturally gravitate to the black section of your closet, try and liven things up with some bold colors and fun patterns. And if you want to keep things looking polished, we love a structured jacket that serves as a 2-for-1 statement piece. Especially now that the forecast is gray, a pop of color will keep you singing long after the shower.

Before stepping out the door it might be be tempting to log onto Facebook and Instagram first thing, but save those social media feeds for your lunch hour. Says Jocelyn Glei, editor of Manage Your Day-to-Day, it’s best focus your energy on your most creative tasks at hand first thing in the morning, while our reactionary tasks (responding to your incredibly intimidating list of unread emails) should wait until later.

 

Photographer – Kim Genevieve WEBSITE / INSTAGRAM

Emily Shriner PORTFOLIO / INSTAGRAM

 

 

 

Getting caught in the rain, missing a new episode of Glee, not being born a Kardashian: these are things (we’d like to think) are out of our control. Something that’s not: having a camera-ready complexion.

A healthy glow may be the last thing on your mind in the cold winter months. But if you think that wintertime gives you a free pass when it comes to the clear skin department, think again! As a model knows best, you can’t hide under a hat or behind a pair of aviators when it’s time for a photoshoot on, say, the beach. And who wants to turn down a chance to spend some time behind the lens in the sand and sun?

Our girls Sydney Schafer and Sakura looked (in the words of Queen Bey) flawless in their recent tropical shoot with one of our favorite photographer duos, Melis and Dainon. Aside from having a top-notch photography team on their side, what’s their secret? It lies in the skin care!  In the interest of shopping local, all of our featured products have been selected from LA-based spa and skincare brand, Ole Henriksen.

For a girl on the go it’s important to find products that fit easily into your routine. Since we love all of you so much, we’ve decided to give you the ultimate cheat sheet to achieving enviable skin. Start now, and come spring break, you won’t even be needing an Instagram filter to look your best.

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Starting your day off right is essential – you’ve got your O.J., your egg white omelette, and your pump up Katy Perry playlist on repeat. Add in an exfoliating face scrub to your morning routine and you’ll come to class feeling like a rockstar yourself. Our favorites are the Walnut Complexion Scrub and Rub N’ Buff Salt Scrub.

Jet Setting

A day in the life of a model is never boring; sometimes, you’ll wake up at home and be in a new time zone by dinner time. To keep travel light without having to sacrifice your skin, try throwing in the Clean Truth Cleansing Cloths, which will fit perfectly in your carry-on. When you land, spray on some refreshing Cucumber Face Mist to refresh and revitalize (and combat the jet lag).

Afternoon Pick Me Up

Move over Starbucks latte; it’s time to make room for a new afternoon essential. A face tonic is a must-have after a morning or midday workout, which oftentimes leaves our pores clogged and looking dirty. This face tonic is grease-free (score!) and will leave you feeling renewed, replenished and ready to tackle the second half of your day with ease.

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Bedtime is the most crucial time for getting your skin in check. Unwind after a long day with a lavender body oil – a scent that has been proven to increase relaxation and improve sleep (see ya later, insomnia). Then, apply an Invigorating Overnight Treatment to do some repair work for you, while you catch some Zzzs.

 

 

Photographers – Melis and Dainon WEBSITE / INSTAGRAM

Sakura Heffron PORTFOLIO / INSTAGRAM

Sydney Schafer PORTFOLIO / INSTAGRAM

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This article reposted from Byrdie.com.

“When it comes holiday party beauty, your options are endless, but we like to think the most festive look involves luminous skin, glimmering eyes, and a statement lip. Sound like too much? We can assure you it’s not. With the expert guidance of celeb makeup artist Lauren Andersen, you can easily pull off this memorable beauty look. Keep reading for the step-by-step tutorial!

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Before

The look calls for radiant skin, so choose a luminous foundation and go easy on the face powder.

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Step One: Amber Eye Shadow

Use a small flat brush to press an amber gold eye shadow into your lid.

Apply it all over, and then carry the shadow down along your lower lash line.

We’re using the copper shade from Kevyn Aucoin’s The Eyeshadow Duo in 204.

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Step Two: Garnet Eye Shadow

Smoke out the eye shadow with a darker shade in the outer corners and along the lash line.

We’re using Garnet from Lorac’s Pro Palette.

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Step Three: Eyeliner

Define your eyes by smudging brown eyeliner into your upper lash line, concentrating on the outer corners.

To add a bit of drama, line your waterline with a rich brown eye pencil.

To make sure it stays in place all night long, use a waterproof formula like this Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Whiskey.

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Step Four: Soft Pink Blush

For the cheeks, apply a generous dusting of a pale pinky-peach blush.

We’re using Chanel’s Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Innocence.

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Step Five: Oxblood Lipstick

The finishing touch? A statement lip.

Choose a warm, deep red like oxblood to complement the golden look.

Andersen recommends applying dark colors like this Avon Ultra Color Bold Lipstick in Bold Bordeaux with a lip brush for better control.

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Done!

Add a fresh coat of mascara before you head out the door, and you’ll be holiday party-ready!”

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Photographer – Justin Coit WEBSITE / INSTAGRAM

Makeup Artist – Lauren Andersen WEBSITE / INSTAGRAM

Hairstylist – Gregory Russell
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Manicurist – Barbara Warner
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Producer – Jenna Peffley

Take a look at Lyzy’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

Fashion credit: Kristinit Velvet Nina Dress

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A sultry eye is demystified by a sought-after makeup artist with this step-by-step tutorial.

Original article found here.

While a bold-red lip is always tempting during a season packed with parties, it’s rarely as straightforward as it seems, what with all of the mirror-checking and constant reapplication involved. A smoky eye, its sultry and mysterious counterpart, gets an undeserving reputation for being difficult and intimidating, and can seem unapproachable if you don’t have experience. While no one ever said it was easy, spending time mastering a foolproof technique before the holiday parties are in full swing is well worth the effort. To wit: once you have the basics down, you can create looks with varying degrees of impact, in a variety of shades, and commit to making it a steady, reliable standby.

The beautifully soft and universally flattering stare above is the handiwork of red-carpet makeup artist Mélanie Inglessis, created exclusively for VIOLET GREY. The French artist is sought after, in part, for her ability to create the perfect smoky eye. (Her client roster includes Kate Hudson, Olivia Wilde, Rosamund Pike and Lea Michelle.) Below, her step-by-step technique for building a deep, defined eye without harsh edges, and the products she used to create the party-ready look above.

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Step 1: DEFINE
To begin, sketch a soft line on the entire top lash line and around to the outside half of the bottom lash line with Tom Ford’s Defining Eye Pencil in Onyx. Don’t worry about it being precise, as you will blend the color into the shadow shortly. The primary goal is to define the lash line.

Step 2: FEATHER
Lightly dust M.A.C.’s Eye Shadow in Smut over the entire eyelid, and feather it into the crease of the eye. Use minimal product (dip your brush into the shadow, then tap it onto a hard surface to ensure the lightest application), and layer it slowly, using a small shadow brush for precision. (Violet suggests Utowa’s Regular Eyeshadow Brush 10.) The goal is to darken and define the lid and crease. You may clean up any mistakes or powder that falls onto the cheekbones as you go with a cotton swab moistened with face cream or makeup remover.

Step 3: BLEND
Next, add dimension and build out the shape of the eye. Using a blending brush for a diffused application (Violet suggests Bobbi Brown’s Eye Blender Brush), layer the bottom right hue from Tom Ford’s palette over the shadow and liner on the top lid. Continue to add more color to build the shape of the eyes. Switch back to the smaller shadow brush (Violet suggests Utowa’s Regular Eyeshadow Brush 10) and blend the same hue over the liner on the bottom lash line. Remove excess color from the brush with a dry tissue, then blend the top right hue into the inner corners of the eyes and into the liner and darker shadow with the same brush.

Step 4: HIGHLIGHT
Use your ring finger to dab Giorgio Armani’s Eyes To Kill Intense Silk Eyeshadow in No. 6 onto the center of the top lid, close to the lash line, and the inner corners of the eyes. This delivers a shimmery finish that makes the eyes appear wider and brighter. Then gently blend the colors together.

Step 5: ADD MASCARA
Curl the lashes, and apply a thick coat of Tom Ford’s Extreme Mascara in Ravenous Black to the top lashes, pushing the brush into the roots and wiggling it up through the lashes. Then use Bobbi Brown’s Smokey Eye Mascara in Black on the bottom lashes; its smaller-width brush allows for a more precise application on the bottom lashes.

Original article found here.

Written by Lexy Lebsack.

Photos by Robin Black.

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This article is reposted from Byrdie.com.

If the thought of covering your face in skeleton makeup makes you giddy, then this is not the tutorial for you. But if you’re looking for a Halloween makeup look that’s pretty and wearable, rather than frightening and time-intensive, read on! This year, we suggest using the occasion as an excuse to wear dramatic false eyelashes, play with runway-inspired faux freckles, and paint on as much pink makeup as you please. To bring the vision to life, we asked celebrity makeup artist Lauren Andersen to create a doll-inspired Halloween look that’s easy to copy.

Scroll through to see the step-by-step tutorial on how to be a doll this Halloween (in the least creepy way possible)!

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Start with a flawless, even complexion. Skip any foundation that promises a luminous or radiant finish—dolls pretty much keep it matte. And don’t go crazy highlighting and contouring. A small amount of matte bronzer in the hollows of your cheeks is all you need.

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Step 1: White Eye Shadow
Using a flat brush, pack white eye shadow onto your entire eyelid and carry the color down along the lower lash line.

 

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Step 2: White Eyeliner
To make your peepers pop even more, apply white eyeliner to your waterline and the inners corners of your eyes. Andersen recommends using MAC’s Eye Kohl ($16) in Fascinating to get this wide-eyed look.

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Step 3: False Lashes
Full, fluttery, doll-like eyelashes are the next order of business. First, apply strip lashes to your top lash line. Just measure them to your eye and trim the excess before applying. Andersen also says it’s important to let the glue sit and get tacky for a few seconds. Then, use tweezers to perfectly place individual lashes all along your lower lash line.

Need more tips on how to apply false lashes flawlessly? Check Andersen’s tutorial here.

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Step 4: Bright Blush
Swirl a peachy pink blush, like Laura Mercier’s Crème Cheek Color ($25) in Sunrise, onto just the apples of your cheeks. Crack a smile to find the apples of your cheeks, and use circular motions to concentrate the color there.

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Step 5: Faux Freckles
To create doll-like freckles, use brown gel eyeliner and a precision brush, or a sharp brown eye pencil. Sprinkle them across your nose and cheeks, making them different sizes and varying the strength of color. If one gets too dark, Andersen says you can just press the spot with your finger a few times to soften it.

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Step 6: Pink Lipstick
Finish off your doll-inspired makeup look with a bright pink lip. Skip gloss, and go with matte or semi-matte lipstick. Try Chanel’s Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour ($35) in La Diva.

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Done!
And that’s it—you’re Halloween ready!

*Just add bow.

 

As seen on  www.byrdie.com

Photographer: Justin Coit

Makeup Artist: Lauren Andersen

Hairstylist: Gregory Russell


Manicurist: Barbara Warner


Producer: Jenna Peffley

Model: Bridget Satterlee

Fashion credits: Topshop Collar Top ($50) in Black

 

Take a look at Bridget’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

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What to do when you are inspired by beauties like Kim Kardashian and Niki Minaj and a few wrong moves leaves you looking like a cast member in the Lion King on Broadway?  Our suggestion is leave the contouring to the professionals!

What you absolutely should learn is how to do your own beautiful, natural makeup. Especially if you’re an aspiring model! When you start doing test shoots for your portfolio, it will be absolutely essential to sport a natural makeup look, so that agencies and clients can see your true beauty, not how beautiful you could be with the help of a professional makeup artist.

Make Up For Ever was literally built on the education of makeup artists- a teacher and her students working harmoniously together to create something that they not only wanted, but needed! Naturally, we wanted to work with them for this makeup tutorial and video (see what we did there?). The video is wayy down at the bottom, just in case you want a better idea of how exactly to apply these steps.

Here’s everything you need to apply your natural makeup in under 20 minutes, which is just quick enough to fake your early a.m. #IWokeUpLikeThis selfie!

1. All About That Base
First things first, pick a great moisturizer and apply sparingly using your foundation brush. This will not only moisturize your skin, but it’s also going to moisturize the brush so it glides better when you use it for the next few steps. Pick a foundation color that’s just a touch darker than the skin tone on your face but not quite as dark as the tone on your arms and body. Instead of applying primer and then foundation separately on top, mix them together and use at once! It’ll give you a lighter coverage to look more natural. Dab it sparingly onto the end of your foundation brush. Start applying in short sweeping motions from the center of your face and then pulling the mixture out towards and even onto your ears. Don’t forget to blend downwards from your chin onto your neck too, avoiding that awkward makeup line! When you’re finished, if there are any areas where you think you need a little more coverage, put a touch more of just the foundation (no primer) directly onto the brush and instead of brushing over your skin, gently press the brush directly into those spots, dabbing the brush to fill in the area.

2. Skip Facetune
And get a great concealer. Concealer is tricky; you need much less of it than you think and the right placement is key. Look in the mirror and tilt your chin downwards slightly. See those little indents below your eyes? That’s the ONLY place you need to apply the concealer is right there, not underneath your entire eye. Put a tiny bit of the HD concealer on your hand, using your pointer finger, gently dab tiny bits of the concealer into those areas. It’s important not to swipe or brush using your finger; dab it! Do the same thing for the upper inner corners of your eyes just under the inner corners of your eyebrows.

3. #Blushed
Not #blessed, but BLUSHED! Ever-so-slightly rosy cheeks are the epitome of a fresh face. After applying your foundation, your skin is going to be pretty monotoned. So instead of contouring darker areas to enhance your bone structure, use cream blush to bring the life back to the naturally beautiful apples of your cheeks. Dab your blush brush into the cream just a LITTLE and very, very ever so slightly apply the cream to the apples of your cheeks, starting from the top of the apple down and back toward your ears and then in brisk a circular motion directly on top of the apple. VERY LIGHTLY! (We’re not kidding, obviously applied blush is just not cute.)

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4. The Secret Weapon – MUFE HD Powder
If you add anything to your makeup collection from this tutorial, ADD THIS!!! Just barely dipping your brush into the cap of the container rather than the bags, use the HD Powder sparingly to coat and finish your now perfect complexion! It’ll gently blend all of the previous products making your skin look ever so smooth and it will also lock everything in place. Apply lightly in the same way you applied your foundation.

5. Brow Game, Strong.
Apply a dab of the MUFE Aquabrow cream to your hand, and just barely dip your brow wand (if you don’t have a brow brush, use a throw-away mascara wand) into the cream. Lightly brush your brows with the wand without touching your skin.

6. Beauty is in the Eye of the Brush Holder
Eyeshadow and eyeliner brushes are super important tools for natural eye makeup.  If you haven’t already, we suggest investing in a few.  Pick 2 neutral shadows that blend well with your skin tone; one slightly lighter than your skin tone and one slightly darker. Using the flat brush, dab the lighter shadow onto and all over the base of your eyelid up to your crease line, but not above. Keeping your eyes open this time, use a pencil brush and your darker shadow to very slightly dab the area above your crease line but below your brow.

Drawing eyeliner on directly is going to be too harsh for this natural look. Instead, take your eyeliner brush and gently swipe it against the end of a chocolate brown eyeliner to get the product onto the brush. Using the brush and starting from the outer corner of your lids inwards, dab the liner into the root of your upper eyelashes. For your lower lashes, look upwards and do the same thing, but with even less force than you applied on the top lashes.

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7. Bat Those Lashes
No crazy tricks here! Looking upwards, very lightly dust the Extravagant Mascara through your lower lashes first, and then lightly drag the wand through your top lashes- being careful not to actually coat the lashes entirely.

8. Pucker Up
Pick a natural color that matches your natural lip color. Just like you did with your eyeliner, swipe your lip brush across the top of the lipstick to get the product on the brush. Use it to lightly apply onto your lips starting at the center of each lip and working outwards toward each corner.

Make Up For Ever was made by artists, for artists.

Taking the art of painting the face and body to the next level, Make Up For Ever provides trade tools designed for Makeup Artists and professional quality products for everyday consumers, as well as educational classes at varying professional and recreational levels. This makeup tutorial was done in-house at the Make Up For Ever Boutique on Robertson Avenue. They are open from 10:30 am to 7pm Monday through Saturday and 12-6 on Sunday. For more locations, click here.

Makeup artist Brittany Paige has been doing makeup for 12 years and has been with Make Up For Ever for 3. Currently the Head Make Up Artist at the LA Boutique on Robertson Blvd, she’s represented MUFE for media outlets such as doing makeup on camera for ktla, the drama queen on E!, multiple beauty webisodes as well and doing makeup for a Japanese beauty channel that was aired all over Japan. Focused on education, Brittany teaches weekly Make Up For Ever classes for both consumers and industry professionals.

Want to get the look? Here’s your shopping list:

HD Primer

HD Foundation

HD Microfinish Powder

Velvet Finish Compact Powder

Artist Shadows 

Artist Liner

HD Second Skin Cream Blush

Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick

Aqua Smoky Extravagant Mascara 

HD Concealer 

Aqua Brow Eyebrow Corrector

Sculpting Kit Palette

A huge thank you to our friends Jonathan Del Castillo and Britney Paige at Make Up For Ever for working with us to make this tutorial happen!

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The top knot, a.k.a the world’s easiest hair style (and quite possibly our favorite). Why? For starters, it’s wearable by everyone regardless of what texture your hair is.

In the modeling industry we dig it because it gets your hair up and away from your face, highlighting your cheekbones and accentuating your overall bone structure. We can’t explain it, but in general this look somehow just makes everyone look younger and fresher.

But what we really really love is that there’s no right or wrong way to do it. Everyone has their own go-to method that suits their hair and their personal style. No more than a twist and a tie, there’s really no tutorial necessary for this one. Whether it’s perfect, or super casual, your bun is like your hair fingerprint. It says a lot about you.

There’s a whole mess of buns out there (no bun, I mean pun, intended). So instead of a tutorial, what we will give you is a plethora of what we like to call Bunspo: inspiration for your perfect top-knotted bun.

And last but not least, here’s a little Bunspo gallery courtesy of Le Fashion‘s article, “16 Buns for Any Occasion“.

What does your top knot say about you!?

Use #Bunspo to show us how you rock this look and we’ll add your picture along with your Instagram/Twitter handle to the gallery!

Here are some of our favorites so far!

maggimaecover3[1] Being in LA, where a beach day is a good idea all year-round, we’re big fans of braided up-dos. Salty, wind-swept hair after a long beach day? No problem; hide the mess in a messy braid and transition from day to night without breaking out your arsenal of hair products and tools. This is no secret to us Angelenos. But this year, the beach babe’s go-to braided, tangled, messy updo is officially NYFW-approved!

Donna Karan’s Spring/Summer 2015 beauty statement was definitely a new concept. People are calling it the ‘hair lanyard’. Hold up: does this mean we can actually use those finely-honed knotting skills we learned back in summer camp for something other than a plastic keychain? ..Yes!?  We dig it.

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On the same day, 3.1 Philip Lim displayed his first NYFW up-do ever. Meet: the flyaway, knotted bun.

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Rag & Bone, Dannijo, Tome and Marissa Webb all used messy knots and braids in their runway looks too.

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As did Street-Style queen Chiarra Ferragni and other Fashion Week-goers.

One of our favorite hair stylists, Cantrell Mitchell showed us how to get our own version of the trending messy braids and buns in just a few short steps with Maggimae using 4 standard french braids pinned together into a bun.
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For a second braided up-do, check out Cantrell and Maggie’s first braid walkthrough here.

Follow the team on Instagram!

Cantrell Mitchell @HairsCantrell

Maggimae @Maggimae_

 

Thanks to our friends over at Vogue, Fashionista, WWD, Lucky Magazine and Style.com for the photos and insight. Click any of the NYFW pictures to be directed to the original articles.