As August winds down and school starts heating up, it’s time to start thinking about how to define your look for the coming year. This year’s hair and makeup trends are all about looking effortlessly glam. So, whether you’re a hipster hero or an urban punk, these are the looks you’ll want to try.
1. Messy Bun
The best way to make a messy bun work is to start with messy hair, which is amazing news to any student or teacher who overslept their alarm and needs to look great, stat. Hold the hair loosely in your hand and begin gathering it into a bun shape on the top of your head. Secure it with an elastic and gently pull at the top and bottom to loosen the structure and make it look softer. Finish with a little hairspray or holding gel. The lazy girl’s lifesaver just got a whole lot cuter.
2. Bronze Smoky Eye
Believe it or not, a smoky eye is actually totally acceptable for back to school – as long as you anchor it. Try starting with a peach eyeshadow color, and then go over it with a darker brown shadow; it will help give the look some drama without putting it over the top. Add some more definition with a chocolate brown eyeliner and put on a swipe of pale pink lip gloss. A neutral lip color keeps the focus on the eyes.
3. Sleek Middle Part
Kourtney Kardashian might not get the same attention for her hair and makeup that her sisters do, but she’s got a ridiculously easy hair secret that anyone can follow: she changes up her hair by changing where she parts it. To recreate her famous sleek middle part, begin by straightening the hair. Using a comb, find your middle part by measuring upwards from your nose. Smooth it out by lightly applying a styling serum at the root. And you’re done. Slay, sister.
4. “No Makeup” Makeup
The “no makeup” makeup look is a huge trend, and it’s easy to see why: in just a few minutes, and with just a few products, you can create a fresh, dewy face. The best way to do it is to use a primer first, so whatever foundation you apply doesn’t get oily or slide off later in the day. For the eyes, just a little mascara and brow gel will do the trick.
Now you’re ready to hit the books in style.