It’s common knowledge that women dress differently for men than they do for their girls. Ever heard the term ‘man repeller’? Blogger Leandra Medine (The Man Repeller) describes it as ‘outfitting oneself in a sartorially offensive way that will result in repelling members of the opposite sex’. Now, while we’re not suggesting you create a look specifically to make guys go ‘huh?!’, when you’re out with the girls, it’s the perfect time to show off something a little fashion forward. And here are some hot ideas for hair and make-up:
HAIR: Mohawks, braids and super straight lengths
Mohawk: This is a great edgy look if you’re wearing your hair natural (i.e. a ’fro) and a big trend in ethnic women’s hair right now. You’ll have to ask your stylist to cut a Mohawk for you (the sides of your head will be shaved and the length on top will be cut to however short or long you’d like it to be). To style, tease your roots and then mess up your Mohawk section giving it definition by pulling a hair texturiser styling aid through the ends (tip: hair gel will give hair hold and more of a wet look). Try, L’Oréal Professionnel Natural Fixation Light Gel, R240.
Braids: Adding a braid or two to a simple ponytail or bun gives your look at bit of fun and interest. Divide your locks into a side parting and take about a two-centimetre piece of hair from the front of the fuller side. Plait this section from root to tip and secure it at the nape of your neck with a natural coloured hair grip (so, the braid will run from the top front section of your head, behind your ear and disappear at the nape of your neck). Next, simply gather the rest of your hair into a low ponytail or loose bun and you’re good to go!
Super Straight: What tousled waves are to sexy, so is super-straight hair to fashion. Wearing your hair dead straight not only looks fierce but it’s a chance for girls with long hair to show off shine! Simply rough-dry wet hair (if your hair has a natural wave or curl to it, you may need to blow dry it straight) and then grab your flat iron. Divide your hair into two to three centimetre sections (depending on the thickness of your locks) and flat iron each section from root to tip, moving the iron slowly through your hair so more heat is applied for super-straight results. To finish, just spritz on a shine spray or add some serum to your mid-lengths and ends. Try Marc Anthony Moisture Gloss Daily Drops, R90.
MAKE-UP: Loud lips and bright nails
Loud lips: Wearing a bold-coloured mouth is a great way to add colour to your look. Classic red is always fabulous – and the very fashion brave can team this with black kohl eyes). True reds – so nothing too orange nor blue based – suit most skin tones (try, MAC’s Russian Red, R165). Dark skintones look stellar with a pop of plum or burgundy on their lips, so don’t be afraid of upping the intensity. To give your bright shade staying power, always fill in your entire lip area with a lip pencil in the same colour as your lipstick and then smooth your lipstick on over this base.
Bright nails: Is green the new black? Last season we started to see an array of mint, turquoise and forest hues and in 2012 they’re here to stay. The beauty of green against skin is that it looks striking on dark and light skin tones alike. Lighter sorbet greens pop on ethnic women’s skin while wintry greens look modern and sophisticated on paler skin tones. But whatever green takes your fancy, you really can’t go wrong on a girl’s night out. We love OPI’s Jade is the New Black, R128.
Stockists: OPI, call 011 305 1600 | Marc Anthony, call 011 477 7132 | MAC, at selected MAC stores nationwide | L’Oréal Professionnel, call 0861 113 911