BEAUTY: It's a Wrap

BEAUTY: It's a Wrap
ESSENCE.COM Aug, 28, 2008

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The latest updos put a brand-new spin on romantic sophistication. Time to live it up!

By Mikki Taylor

Have a Ball
When night falls, swap a simple knot for a grown and sexy bun. To create this look, hairstylist Yusef of the Paul Labrecque Salon & Spa in New York City used human hair over a filler (available at beauty supply stores) to create this dramatic swirled do. He pulled the model’s own hair into a ponytail and wrapped it into a knot. Then, attaching the add-on hair, he wrapped hair over and around the knot and pinned it into place.

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Airy fringes have their place, but nothing is more stunning than a brow-grazing bang, especially when paired with an asymmetrical wrap. Here Yusef placed a shortie fall (with a comb attachment) at an angle and secured it with hairpins. The model’s own hair was parted at the crown and swept over the fall. He tucked the ends under and secured them, then bumped the bang with a large iron, curving it toward the wrap.

BEAUTY BONUS:
Make eyes shine by night with upper and lower lashes. To try: shu uemura Partial Soft Cross ($15) and Smoky Layers lashes ($25, shuuemura-usa.com).

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The classic beehive goes airborne with double-wrapped braids. To achieve, pull hair into a ponytail, fan out to form a large bun, then roll hair under and secure with pins. Next create two individual braids, using synthetic or human hair extensions, wrapping each around the base of the bun and pinning into place.

BEAUTY BONUS:
Nail your look with OPI Nail Lacquer in Give Me the Moon! ($7.50, JCPenney stores), a cool gray iridescent reminiscent of the swinging sixties.

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Fast-forward the classic French roll by wrapping it off-center. For a glam-slam effect, top it off with a directional side part and a pompadour, as Yusef did here.

BEAUTY BONUS:
Shorter, thicker brows are in, in, in. Create the look with MK Signature Brow Definer Pencil in Soft Black ($10, marykay.com).

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This double-knotted do plays on volume and proportion. The topknot is rolled and then wrapped horizontally, while the nape knot is coiled and wrapped vertically. To achieve, Yusef parted the hair ear to ear and used add-ons to form two ponytails. The knots were then formed and pinned into place.

BEAUTY BONUS:
Contrasting a smoky eye with a nude semimatte lip is the most modern approach to evening chic. To try: MAC Cosmetics Mattene Lipstick in Cafe Matte ($14.50, MAC locations nationwide).

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