Forget cropped styles and funky haircuts; this is the age of long, luscious, uncomplicated hair and we'll tell you why. Even a year ago, a hairstyle mostly meant either a well-layered mane with lots of highlights, or the other option of a sky-high puffy bun that did no one favours. This time around, however, make your hairstylist your best friend because elaborate hairstyles have made their way into our lives.
Back in the day, the word “hairstyle” concocted images of lots of hair gel, steaming hot irons, puffs, strange, glittery hair accessories, fake flowers and the inevitable morning-after hair loss woes.
Today's creative hairstyles are fun, modern and versatile -- perfect for any occasion, be it a daytime garden party or a nighttime wedding extravaganza. Most importantly, they all highlight the face and flatter almost everybody, as a proper hairstyle should.
What once was only recognised as the daily agony of every schoolgirl is now a hot hairstyle component. Braids, of every shape and form, are extremely in vogue, starting from the global runways to the casual hangout.
Bored of your bun and want to play up your regular sari look? Braid your fringe for variation. Don't want to let your hair down but despise a ponytail? Do a side braid with front twists. Or, if you're bored of the generic braid, opt for a fishtail braid which is really trendy at the moment.
Loose curls are a timeless style. Be it with a sari or kameez, curls always add an air of elegance to any outfit. Rebonding has lost its popularity as women are letting their tresses roam free to settle into their natural wavy selves. If you have long, layered hair, a quick blow-dry can transform your look from everyday to amazing in a matter of thirty minutes.
You can also get laid-back waves by letting your hair air-dry after a shower without combing it, and adding some texturising spray for finesse.
For a more interesting look, sweep your curls to one side using pins and leave one shoulder bare.
Up, up and away
The updo is not just reserved for a sophisticated, elder clientele anymore. A messy bun perched on top of your head is a cute addition to a very casual look. You can pull all of your hair back ballerina style, or leave your side-swept bangs out on your forehead. For those of us with thinner or shorter hair, a hair accessory in the form of a thick hair band is used to create what is called a “sock” bun.
You can even braid or curl your hair and then roll it up into a bun. Loose, wavy buns with some locks out and curled can make for a very alluring look. Buns look best with a high neckline, or if you are in the mood to show off those brand new earrings you recently bought.
EYES ON YOU
Bored with the thick kohl-ed look? So are we! Here are a few new tricks you can try out that are garnering a lot of global love.
Sprout some wings
Winged eyeliner is hands-down the most popular eye makeup look this season. And what's not to love about it? It's a streamlined, clean, elegant look and if applied correctly, stays perfect for the whole day. For best results, use liquid eyeliner or gel eyeliner.
When it comes to winged liner, practice makes perfect, so make sure you have some trusty eye makeup remover handy. And never, ever try to create winged eyeliner if you're in a hurry. If you are prone to dark circles under your eyes, make sure you invest in some good under-eye concealer because bright eyelids are a prerequisite for winged liner.
Neon colours are being frequently used in clothes these days. Why not try a dab of neon on your lids? Find some liquid eyeliner in bright colours and apply away. Make sure you keep the rest of your face muted so as not to look overdone.
The days of relying on mascara to make your lashes pop are long gone. With false eyelashes widely available in many department stores these days, you can rent long lashes for a night with ease.
Applying eyelashes is an art form in itself, so this might require a lot of trial and error. Most importantly, make sure you are using good quality eyelash glue because you can never be too safe when it comes to the eyes.
When removing eyelashes, dip a cotton bud into some eye makeup remover and rub on your eyelashes so that the fake one comes loose. Although it is possible to just pull the eyelashes off, doing so can also cause a lot of your real eyelashes to fall off as well.
WHEN IT COMES TO WINGED LINER, PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT, SO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SOME TRUSTY EYE MAKEUP REMOVER HANDY.
Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed
Model: Mithila, Sunehra
Make-up and styling: Farzana Shakil