I'm one of those people who always gets bangs and immediately regrets her decision after the first snip. Luckily, I discovered the world of fake bangs.
Fake bangs come in many different shapes and sizes and I've tried them all, from the $5 eBay variety to Daniel Hersheson's premium synthetic versions. However, none come as close to looking as natural as the human hair baby bangs I got from Doll Bar Inc. in Toronto.
The talented owner, Melissa, a stylist who opened Doll Bar because of her passion for hair extensions, cut the bangs to suit my face. Though Doll Bar doesn't typically cut the bangs themselves, you can definitely DIY or take the bangs to your stylist.
What I love about clip-ons is that they're versatile: you can clip them higher or lower, depending on your desired length. And what better way to show off that versatility than through all the on-point bang looks from Beyoncé's "Countdown"?
Side note: Beyoncé is also a tool my boyfriend uses to gauge my feelings towards him on a regular basis.
Though it's impossible for a mortal to replicate Beyoncé's unfairly perfect bone structure, you might as well help what your mama gave you. I'm using Anastasia's Contour Kit to give myself some cheekbones and a narrower nose. I also dusted some contour powder along the jaw line.
This kit is pretty awesome, with three contour shades and three highlight shades you can mix and match. My only complaint is that it doesn't come with a mirror--though I suppose you aren't gonna touch up your nose contour at the mall.
I also have been using some real brushes, finally, rather than the haphazard collection I have accumulated over the years from hand-me-downs and Christmas gift sets. So far, I am really loving my Real Techniques Contour brush. Their brushes in general are fantastic and real value for money. The quality for the price is superb. They do the job and can make your skin look flawless.
The real love affair I'm having though, is with the Wayne Goss brushes I received a while ago, and boy oh boy, these brushes are the bee's knees.
Brush 10 is perfect for foundation and this brush, plus Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light, fools the world into thinking I have good skin.
I kept the plastic on Brush 14 because if I bring the plastic down half way, revealing only some of the bristles, it's the perfect size for contouring down the nose. If I bring the plastic all the way down to reveal all the bristles, it's perfect for blending. Also, I just couldn't bear to take the brushes out of the plastic.
For the face, I used my new favourite complexion enhancer, Hourglass's Dim Light. Every time I've worn this, I've been complemented on how glowy my skin looks, so if you need something in your makeup bag right now, this is it.
For blush, I used Charlotte Tilbury's Swish and Pop Blusher in Love Glow.
Beyoncé's beauty looks vary quite a lot in this video, from cat eyes and punchy pink lips to smokey eyes and glossy nudes, she runs the gamut. I chose a simple, slightly smudged cat-eye paired with two different lip colours.
I filled my brows in with Anastasia Brow Wiz. I also covered some of the excess hairs with concealer. (Testing out RevitaBrow at the moment, so taking it easy with the tweezers.)
Next, I added a matte brown from the Contour Kit into the crease.
Using a black pencil, I did a cat eye and also lined my lower lash line. I smudged both lines slightly with a cotton swab.
To finish things off, I used Ardell 101 Demi Black Lashes in Glamour. These lashes are cool bceause they came with a small taco-like applicator that made applying them a whole lot easier.
This look definitely takes its original inspiration from Audrey Hepburn. Bangs end mid forehead, and pushed to one side.
On my lips is Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil in 16C topped off with 3CE Lip Colour in Glass Coral. I love the texture of this lipstick, it's very balm-like in consistency and this particular shade is quite sheer and layerable.
With this look, I wore the bangs a little bit higher, looped a half ponytail, and pinned it high atop my head, finishing off with a headband. I combed the bangs to the front, but made sure to leave it a tiny bit gappy, so it's not so polished.
I used my 3CE Lipstick over Makeup Forever Waterproof Lipliner in 2C. (Love these liners, can you tell I bought a set?)
It's just a ponytail.
I let my hair down and placed the bangs so they were slightly above the eyebrow. To me this look is the ultimate testament to how natural the clip-on bangs look in the h
air. No need for clips, headbands or anything else. I've worn this set of bangs loads of times in public, without fear of wig police.
If you are in Toronto and in the market for bangs without the commitment, I highly, highly recommend Doll Bar! At $50 a pop, it's definitely the Rolls-Royce of faux bangs.
If you can't get to Doll Bar, definitely be on the look out for human hair bangs, so there isn't that strange, plasticky-fake shine fake hair tends to have, that needs to be fixed with dry shampoo. Plus, you can dye the hair to whatever colour suits.