From the daily archives: "Monday, May 13, 2013"

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With The Great Gatsby now on official release, the trickle of Roaring Twenties-inspired styles is set to turn to a torrent, putting the finger-wave wearing Flappers back into the center of fashion’s eye. Katy Perry is doing it right. The texture of her hair is reminiscent of the ‘S’ shaped curves that defined much about the era, while the perky bob and dazzling accessory cement the vintage feeling of the style. As it came to prominence during a time of women’s liberation, wearing this look is as much about attitude as anything else –– so be flamboyant, flirty, fast and free. With modern styling tools, you can forgo setting with fingers and use an altogether quicker and easier approach. For our tips, click style notes.

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Spring is the season for romance; billowy fabrics, floral prints, and open necklines hint at youth, innocence, and sensuality. Nude makeup with bold lips gives a look of sultry freshness that pairs perfectly with natural waves and a center part, as shown here. Pinning the front of the hairstyle back lends an open feeling and a hint of renaissance charm, while beachy waves and sleek roots add sixties, free-love looseness. Get this easy, idyllic style in a few simple steps. –– Laura Martin

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The headband and the braid: Two hair trends that can be put together for one organic, super-chic look. Inventive and original, this half up, half down, insouciant braided headband is a terrific example of how to take twines up a notch. Combined with the smooth surface of the rest of the style, here the beatnik braid creates beautiful contrast between the two textures. For sunny spring days, it’s the perfect balance between casual and put together. To learn to create a similar look, click style notes.

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This bright fashion tone has a fiery heart and a burgundy reflection, producing a shade both warm and cool that works on a variety of skin tones. The color sits on the blonde side of the spectrum, an unusual place to find vibrant reds. This lightness gives a glowing quality, and the mix of bright copper and amethyst offers depth and multi-dimensional shimmer. This hue works especially well with wavy or curly textures; the undulations show off its complexities –– shining crimson in the light, glowing maroon in the shadows. Get the formula for this stunning shade –– and tips for making it come alive –– in the style notes. –– Laura Martin 

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