BEAUTY BAR: Braided Babe

December 15th, 2015 at 10:38am

On busy days when you have classes and errands to run, the last thing you want to do is spend time crafting an elaborate outfit or hairstyle. It’s better to stick to the essentials: dark-wash denim, a leather jacket and versatile, black boots. With this foundation, you can easily layer on accessories and change up makeup looks to make your outfit more intricate and unique.

The outfit, hair and makeup of the Fashionista, all simple in their respective domain, combine to create an edgy and dynamic finished look. Easy accessories, like the detailed rings and the wide belt, add metallic elements that tie in with the silver hardware of her leather jacket and boots. The leopard-print backpack and the chunky scarf are not only practical additions for the fall semester, but also stylish ones. But what’s an outfit without the hair and makeup to go with it?

This Fashionista shows us how to take a smartly constructed outfit a step further with a breezy braid and a makeup look that nearly every girl can pull off with products already in her makeup bag. The braid adds an extra flair to her outfit because it is an interesting mix of a French and a standard, three-strand braid. Braids are the ultimate hairstyle for days when you want a put together look that requires minimal effort and keeps the hair out of your face. Similar to her hair-do, this Fashionista kept her makeup relatively simple with a light application of foundation and smudged, black eyeliner. This leaves the bold, autumnal lipstick as the focus of her makeup.

What’s on the BEAUTY BAR: To get this Fashionista’s look, you will need a hair elastic to secure your braid. If you want to try a variation of this hairstyle, use colorful barrettes or bobby pins to end the braid at the back of your head instead of continuing it down to the lengths of your hair. This Fashionista achieved her deep, berry lip shade by layering MAC’s Ruby Woo and NYX Cosmetics’s Butter Lipstick in Thunderstorm.