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Cannes Film Festival 2012: Anja Rubik’s Fresh Take On The French Roll
Mon, 28 May 2012 5:11PM
Whenever I’m in need of some fresh beauty inspiration, my go-to-girls are always Arizona Muse and Anja Rubick. While Arizon’s brows and sweet little cropped ‘do are beyond, when it comes to perfecting natural, laid back hair and makeup, I think Anja Rubick has fuss-free-looking beauty in the bag.
Perhaps this is why I’ve been so taken by her hair and makeup choices at Cannes. For someone who has built her career on simple, barely-there-looking makeup and off-the-charts glowing skin, I’m awarding her extra points for stepping out of her comfort zone and tackling the Cannes challenge head on.
Anja’s winning wispy modern take on the French-Roll and velvety-red lipstick.
Although we’re all over the red lip like a kid with a Freddo Frog right now, the real winner here is the hair. It’s got just the right amount of softness around the hairline to frame the face, boasts enough hold to keep short layers in check, is loose enough not to leave you with a splitting headache before entrees are served, and best of all, it’s nowhere near as difficult to master as it looks.
If you’re keen to give it a whirl at home, for starters, you want to create the style using day old hair as the grittier the hair, the better the hold. The other hot tip is to try tonging your hair first. You don’t have to go to town creating perfect curls, it’s more so about grabbing random small and medium-sized sections and twirling the wand right up to the root of the hair to create volume and lasting texture. Then, once you’re finished tonging, try shaking out the curls using your hands and wait until the hair has completely cooled down before spraying with hairspray. Otherwise, the heat has a knack for causing the lacquer to set looking crunchy and stiff. Then, once the curls have dropped, you can start the fun part, pinning the hair back, starting from the nape of the neck, and gradually working your way up to the crown.
Speaking of lacquers, you can’t go wrong with L’Oreal Paris Elnett Very Volume Supreme Hold, $9.95, from pharmacies and supermarkets, and if you’ve got naturally super silky hair, try prepping the roots and mid sections with a dry shampoo, like Cedel Dry Shampoo, $9.95, available from pharmacies and supermarkets, first.
It pays to think of this hair ‘do as the love child of the French Roll and the Messy Bun. To make line Anja, you want to avoid keeping the back section looking too neat, so ditch using a tail comb and use your fingers to grab the sections like you would if you were creating a school-girl braid.
PS. I’m thinking this has my wedding day hair written all over it. What do you think?
Do you find yourself gravitating towards models or celebs when it comes to sussing out hair and makeup inspiration?
Posted by: Eliza Ashe