BEAUTY BAR: Love On Top (Knot)

Who knew that the way we layer our hair to style it or the messy bun we work so hard to make perfectly messy would one day be so many Fashionistas’ go-to look? Well, it’s happening ladies, and I think we can all agree that the top knot has saved us more than once. Whether you’re rushing to class or want to change up your look for a night out, a top knot makes a statement. Try a messy knot and let your baby hairs fly for a looser and more relaxed look, or channel your inner Kardashian, slick it back and throw on some heels if you’re headed out for a date or a girl’s night out. The top knot is impeccably versatile and will save you so much time when getting ready.

This Fashionista is rocking the more recently popular half-up top knot, complemented by long, natural curls. Arm yourself with bobby pins, hair ties and a little hairspray and you’re ready to go. First, part your hair half way through and tie a single ponytail. Next, twist the ponytail around the hair tie and secure it with either bobby pins or another hair tie, depending on the thickness of your hair. The rest is up to you! This look goes great with straight, curly or natural hair. Pin back your fly aways with bobby pins and hairspray to make it more sophisticated or go for a more playful look by leaving them down.

Going a more casual route, our Fashionista complements her top knot with a sleeveless burgundy sweater, a pair of black ripped jeans and black wedges. She accessorizes with her staple accessory—the little black bag. She wears natural makeup and embraces Cosmopolitan’s prediction that 2016 will shift from heavy to light contouring. She highlights her eyes using Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette and Elizabeth Arden mascara.

What’s on the BEAUTY BAR: Recreate this hairstyle with bobby pins, two hair ties and a little hairspray. This Fashionista wears Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Foundation and pressed powder, and contours using the Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight and contour. She uses Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Lash Enhancing Mascara in black and Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette to highlight her eyes and complete her look.