From the daily archives: "Wednesday, March 13, 2013"

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Kim Kardashian loves it when she pulls off an attention-grabbing publicity stunt. So it was no surprise to see the cocksure reality star take to Instagram to share her new blunt bangs with the world. Actually, they’re rather good. A squarish cut with layers dancing round her cheekbones, the lash-skimming fringe takes center-stage by framing her features and creating visual balance. Blunt, geometrically shaped bangs are a dramatic way to emphasize angles, disguise imperfections on the forehead and hair line, break up a long face, or simply make a fashion statement. For tips on using bangs to make a bold and beautiful statement like Kim, click style notes.

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If you’re ready for a seasonal update but still want the option of a ponytail, this mid-length layered cut may be the perfect solution. The collar-dusting length is flirty and soft, with a multitude of layers that add body and movement to the hair, freeing texture for easy waves and flips. Warm golds and caramels add extra shine and give the skin a healthy glow, especially when painted around the face as shown here. This cut provides maximum styling versatility and looks great tousled, straightened, or curled. Click the style notes for tips on getting the look. –– Laura Martin

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Coined as ‘the Karlie,’ coined as ‘the chop’ this Karlie Kloss cut has everybody talking; as such it’s already been featured on our blog. But –– as a sign of a truly great cut –– we think it is looking even better now that it has grown in a bit. With the color softened into a mousey brown, soft-side-sweeping bangs, an indiscriminate parting, and a natural-looking, perfectly imperfect texture Karlie looks like a celestial seraph, filled with purity and light. Artfully random layering gives the style separation and pieciness. Cut with a razor, the edges are diffused –– no blunt lines –– which promotes a sense of modernity that makes this style special. For the way to achieve a similar look, click style notes.

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Wisps and fluffs of silver tones edged in blue feel fresh and full of promise for spring, like a cloud-dotted sky. Platinum hues soften features and pair well with the season’s bold palette and strong makeup looks. Eggshell shades are hip yet delicate, and match with styles from girlish to vampish. Flashes of blue add depth and enhance the striking silvery whiteness of platinum blonde, for a dimensional, painters finish. Read on for tips and professional formulations for creating this look. –– Laura Martin

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