With all the digital cameras and smartphones floating around in this day and age, you can bet that any night out with a group of friends will end up being photographed and shared online. Whether you’re out trying the hottest new restaurant in town or planning a long night of wild dancing, someone is bound to whip out their smartphone and play paparazzi for a while. And even if you’re hitting the town solo, we’re sure you’re not the kind of gal that would stray away from snapping a selfie or two. So whether you’re ready or not, looking fabulous for your close up is a must. With the below outline from Brilliance New York as your guide, you can easily and quickly achieve a polished, sophisticated appearance that will leave you with shots you will be proud to tag, share, or even make that coveted profile picture. Try these styling tips for a night out.
Styling a Bun
No hairstyle says sleek, smooth, and sexy quite like the bun. It’s a simple updo that won’t take very long to put together and will last all night with the right amount of hairspray. To achieve a fun and flirty bun, put a little product in your hair before you blow-dry it to add extra volume. Then give your hair a little tease and pin it up however you’d like. Placing the bun atop your head, a la ballerina style, is a fun and modern look that will have you feeling as elegant as a prima ballerina.
You can also try giving the bun a loose and relaxed feel by pinning it at the nape of your neck, also known as a chignon. Let a few hairs fall out and frame your face. Remember, a perfect hairstyle is almost impossible to achieve. So embrace the little inconsistencies that result from a bun!
This ‘do works especially well for all hair types and textures. Whether you’re a curly diva or have pinstripe straight hair, the bun is one look you can definitely rock. Add in a narrow headband or bow to pull this look together nicely.
The little black dress, will it ever go out of style? Absolutely not! And there is a reason why the traditional “LBD” will never fade away: it’s simply elegant and flattering on all. Head designer of Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, once said, “Black is the color that goes with everything. If you’re wearing black, you’re on sure ground.”
Black heels, skinny jeans, or even a simple black blouse can be the only piece you need to add class and chicness to any outfit. As long as you’re sporting one of these looks, you’ll never look out of place or underdressed. And best of all, as Lagerfield says, you can pair just about anything with your LBD. Try an on-trend chunky gold necklace or a romantic and wild bib necklace. Also, you simply can’t go wrong with any sort of silver jewelry, like a cocktail ring, simple bracelet, or stud earrings.
Just add a little black clothing and you’ve got instant elegance and style.
Since your hair and outfit will be bold yet basic, modern yet timeless, your nail color choice is the best place to really go wild with colors, designs, and patterns. While the rest of you is understated, your nails can speak to your true colors. Apply a coat of any neon polish, and you’ll be sporting this summer’s most sought-after look. Hot pink, neon green, bright orange, or funky yellow nail polish can be just the right amount of pop you need.
Next, apply a nude or soft pink lipstick or gloss over your genuine bright smile, brush on some mascara, dust on a touch of blush, and your simply sophisticated look is complete and ready to be photographed.
Every night out should be a memorable one. And since you’re bound to be tagged on any number of social media websites, you might as well look your best! Keep your look simple and sophisticated with a chic bun, a flattering little black dress, and a pop of neon on your nails. You’ll be making a true style statement the moment you step out of the house. Above all, confidence and good attitude is the best outfit a girl can wear. If you feel good, you’ll look good – and you’ll have the pictures to prove it!
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