How to Get Rock Star Hair and Makeup

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How to Get Rock Star Hair and Makeup

Eye-skimming bangs with a piece-y cut are the edgy alternative to first lady fringe. Taylor Swift models it for you.

Cut: Sadly, this style discriminates. It's best on straight or wavy hair; curly can be difficult to get this smooth. Ask your stylist for textured bangs that stop below brows, plus allover layers. Think: choppy.

Style: Spritz damp hair with a heat-protective mist. Blow-dry bangs first, brushing side to side against forehead. Rough-dry remaining hair with fingers.

Straighten: Pin-straight ends add drama. Hold a 1-inch flatiron horizontally, pressing ends to define them. Next, spritz dry hair with a flexible-hold spray—no helmets. You want movement when you toss your head.

Sally Beauty Supply Ion Titanium Multi Styler, $70. Aloxxi Thermal Styling Spray, $25

Long bangs hide lids, so keep eyes from disappearing by tracing both upper and lower lash lines with a colored pencil (green, purple, cobalt), says Sarah Tanno, celeb makeup pro in NYC and L.A. Avoid ugly smudges with a long-wear formula.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Freak, $19

Kinda '80s, kinda punk—totally hot. (Hear it for Alicia Keys!) And sleek works on all hair lengths and types.

Prep: This style starts with a bit of body. Wash with volumizing shampoo before spritzing damp roots with a lifting spray containing panthenol for thickness.

Style: Flip head over and blow-dry hair, lifting roots at scalp. When dry, flip back; brush top middle section (about width of forehead) forward from crown. Mist with hairspray and tease roots with comb.

Smooth: Brush top and sides back, tucking hair behind ears, pinning if needed. Have long hair? Leave the back down and loose. Set strands with maximum-hold hairspray and finish by combing a dab of gel through sides for high shine.

Nexxus Hydra-Light Weightless Moisture Root Lift Mist, $12. Living Proof Full Shampoo, $24

Your face takes center stage with hair pushed back. Shine a spotlight on cheeks by sweeping pale gold highlighter on apples, blending up toward temples, Tanno says. Use a pinkie to dot illuminator on the inner corners of eyes; it will distract from any imperfections.

Smashbox Halo Highlighting Wand, $32

 British pop star Rita Ora demos "how we do" a cool update on typical twists: sideswept and fattened up. 

Prep: Texture is key. Don't have natural curls or waves? Create them with a 1 1/2- or 2-inch curling iron. Then lift top layers of dry hair; spray with dry shampoo to bulk up base.

Braid: Create a side part above arch of right brow. Grab three sections of hair above right ear and begin tightly French braiding until you reach nape of neck. Blend remaining hair into braid, moving toward left ear and allowing braid to cascade over shoulder.

Hold: Secure end with a clear elastic, then rub a dot of texturizing wax between fingers and gently pull the width of the tail of the braid to create fullness.

Paul Mitchell Dry Wash Express Dry Waterless Shampoo, $21. Herbal Essences Set Me Up Texturizing Wax, $5

We love a good braid, but it can look a little milkmaid with super pale skin. You need some glow! In palm, mix a dime-sized dot of gel bronzer into your favorite tinted moisturizer or foundation, Tanno says. Blend all over your face and décolletage with a makeup sponge.

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Luminous Liquid Bronzer, $29


There's a total wow factor when you pair the right makeup with your hairstyle. Our pro, L.A. celeb stylist Sunnie Brook Jones, shows you how to emulate some of your favorite pop stars.

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