From the daily archives: "Tuesday, December 9, 2014"

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The shiny purple-black of an eggplant skin is one of the most gorgeous colors in nature, but it’s difficult to replicate. The darker the level of color, the more difficult it is to see tone, so producing shades that are both dark and vibrant is tricky. The best way to amp up the hue without losing depth is to add accent pieces of a lighter version of the same color. This can be done in in either a thin veil or through hidden blocks that peak through a darker top surface. Get the formulas for this dark but vibrant purple, and tips on application, in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

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Making braids feel fresh doesn’t take crazy basket weaving skills or hours of patient twining. Sometimes reinvention is about going back to basics. The four looks shown here are minor variations on a simple pair of pigtail braids. But changes in texture, accessories, and tension create four very different moods. Click the style notes for step by step instructions. –– Laura Martin

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kate hudson

Just when we thought the top knot had gone to hair heaven, Kate Hudson appears at Art Basel in an amazing unkempt ballerina inspired knot. It was effortless and looked like she just threw it up in seconds. In other words, it’s super easy to emulate and perfect for a less than five minute hair do that’s great for when you’re too lazy to wash and blow dry, but have to go out. To learn how to get this look, click through to style notes. –– Michelle Rotbart

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