From the daily archives: "Tuesday, March 13, 2012"

Model, blogger and New York City style darling, ‘Natalie Off Duty’ knows how to work it. This disheveled street style is right on trend. Delicious deep-set bangs –– check; straightness through the crown married to messy cascades of billowing texture down the sides –– check; wearing it like she’s just rolled out of bed and doesn’t give a damn –– check. If you want to be loved like this, ask for deep-set bangs and a mid-length layer cut –– then it’s up to you to add the daily attitude.

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We can’t stress enough the importance of great bangs. Get them cut wrong and your eyes will look closer together, or they can weigh you down into a heavy, old-fashioned look. Get them cut right and bangs will lift you up, frame the wonderful features of your face, and bring more attention to your eyes. Here, Sandra Bullock shows how to wear superstrong one-length and vivid, striking bangs that portray a powerful, polished woman and a marvelous, modern finish. And then, on days when it is time to expose the face and lift up the cheekbones, sweep it all back into a classic, game changing, off-the-face updo.

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If you were ever in doubt about the power of a hairstyle to change the way you look (and feel), check these images of Emma Watson. On the left, she’s the picture perfect Prom date –– girly beauty in all her glory. On the right, the mod-inspired cut helps her look artistic, creative, independent –– the young woman making a new name for herself. Whether one prefers the long or the short style, a drastic change like this is the best way to redefine your personality. In Emma’s case, it was a clever direction for her to go to get away from the bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, goody-two-shoes image given to her by a certain series of magical movies…

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