What’s the best way to feel and be fashion forward without spending much money?
Easy-peasy lemon-squeazy! I’m glad you asked. It’s all about the details of course! One of the fastest and most apparent things you can do is get the “in” hairstyle. Luckily this season’s look is top-knots and braids, so you don’t need to visit your hairstylist. This means that other than investing in some pins and elastics, if you don’t already have them, it’s free! You can search online for many braid and knot demonstrations so you can achieve the look at home with a little practice. The knots are the simplest (if you don’t mind hair headaches) and the braids (depending on which style) can be more complicated and require more practice to master – but it’s well worth the effort. Some of the most beautiful braiding we are seeing is the Victorian inspired braided crowns, side-swept French-braids and messy beach inspired fish-tail braids.
Another easy way to get in-style is to buy some new nail polish. For less than $10.00 you can slap on the hottest color and/or design yourself! There are many trends to try this year, cool, opaque, pastel nails are really trendy and your nails are a great place to add that pop of neon to your wardrobe without investing in shoes or purses! You can also use whatever little knick-knacks you have at home to help you create designs and patterns with the polish. Without having to purchase specialty tools you can create nail art like a pro! Use stickers, mailing labels or Washi Tape to block off areas to paint or to make straight lines. Pieces of thread dipped in polish and then briefly laid on the nail haphazardly will create unique lines and feathering effects, while toothpicks can be utilized to create polka dots or small pictures! You are only limited by your imagination.
Make up is another easy way to keep in touch with the seasonal trends and this year we are bearing it all! Natural lips and muted shadows are key, but what’s the focal point this year? EYEBROWS! That’s right, prominent and even overly-prominent brows are what’s making waves this summer. We are moving away from that tailored, over-plucked look and going back to a more Brook Shields-inspired brow. To achieve this look you can let your brows grow in a bit and just shape them normally, while allowing for more fullness than perhaps you are use to. Another way is to pencil them in a little more heavily but ensure that the color you use is natural looking – nothing too dark for your complexion.
Looking forward to the fall and winter for make up, we will be seeing the return of the classic smoky eye and deep dark lips in reds and plums. What else does the coming winter hold? Leather! Oh yes, leather is back with a vengeance and it looks so good!
EXTRA EXTRA! Here is a tutorial for achieving the Fish-Tail Braid at home! http://www.beautylish.com/a/vmnza/fishtail-braid-tutorial