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Hand us a chaise lounge and a tube of extra-volumizing mascara, please. Gucci’s RTW Fall 2014 collection was a dreamy way to kick off Milan Fashion Week; the show was full of “boyish romanticism,” according to creative director Frida Giannini. Translation? Tough leather in sweet pastels, short hemlines with high necklines, dorky aviator glasses, and major furs. But whatever tomboyish elements we spotted in the clothing were completely offset by the sexy Brigitte Bardot-meets-Anna Karina hair and lush, 1960s eyelashes. When worn together, the effect was enough to stop anyone—tomboy, boy, or, I don’t know, casting director—in their tracks. Here’s an easy way to replicate both.
Start with the dry, slightly messy hair you’re inevitably sporting right now. Woo!
Give yourself a deep side part.
Spray texturizing spray just into the roots at the crown of your head. You want to create a bit of tackiness (as in, “somewhat sticky,” not “characterized by lack of good breeding”).
Gently backcomb the hair at the crown of your head, just enough to create a hint of extra volume.
Starting at the deep side part, swoop hair across your forehead, creating the illusion of side bangs. Pin in place.
Spray lightly to finish.
The top eyelashes:
Pile on two coats of mascara.
Carefully dab cornstarch (yes, cornstarch, you heard me right) over the damp mascara, then apply two more coats of mascara. This is the easiest way in the world to get falsie-worthy eyelashes without an actual falsie in sight.
Work black eyeliner into your lash line to create the illusion of thick, clumpy lashes at the root.
The bottom eyelashes:
Dot black eyeliner along your bottom lash line, between lashes.
Extend each of those dots into a thin line, creating a fake bottom lash. (Think Twiggy.)
Pile on the mascara.
And of course, to finish off your petulant French actress look: