french twist

Outside of a wedding or a red carpet event it can be hard to pull off an old school updo. The formality of classic French twists, chignons, and bouffants doesn’t really gel with street style. The usual solution is to mess-up the style with intentional wisps and wild texture. But on the runways we’ve seen a different fix: naked skin. The absence of makeup (or its application on a single feature) gives updos a surprising, youthful, freshness. Learn how to create this high fashion style in the notes. –– Laura Martin

Step: To look polished without makeup, spend a little extra time on your skin. Moisturize thoroughly, apply clear lip balm, and carefully sculpt and smooth your brows. If your self-conscious about imperfections dab concealer lightly onto blemishes or under eye area, but nothing else.

Step: Brush hair to remove tangles. Emphasize skin’s dewiness by spraying hair all over with ReFinish, which will reduce gloss and add grip and volume. Shake through.

Step: Use a round paddle brush to push hair into desired shape. Secure with bobby pins. Finish with Fierce firm hold hairspray to anchor the style.

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter

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