9 temporary beauty risks to take this summer
You could be rocking blunt bangs and leopard print lips, and be your normal self again the next day.
Summer is nigh, which means being outdoors, a healthy dosage of Vitamin D and big jugs of Pimms, which will fortify you with a new desire to rock some bold fashion statements.
Before you ruin your employment chances or give your mum a heart attack with a drastic new look, check out some of these awesome but totally temporary beauty risks below.
From colourful hair chalk to lip tattoos, spend your summer looking more stylish than ever, before you retreat back to leggings and ugg boots when uni starts again.
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1. Hair chalking
Adding colourful dip dye to your hair is a lot easier than you think. Choose good quality wax chalk available in art supply and craft shops. You can also order specially made hair chalk online.
If you're applying the chalk to darker shades, spray the hair down with a little water first as this will allow the colour to show through with greater intensity. The colours that stand out the most on dark hair are bright and vibrant shades like pink, magenta, mint green, and turquoise blue.
For light shades the chalk can be applied to dry hair. You can pretty much use any of the chalk colours, with the exception of the yellow hair chalks, which just tend to blend in. On red hair, light colours work really well.
Once the hair is completely dry seal the colour in with a curling iron, straighteners, or hold hair momentarily in the diffuser cup of your hair-dryer.
One thing to keep in mind when using chalk is to wear darker colours, as it may come off a bit on your clothes
2. Coloured streaks
If you'd like to add colour to your hair that will last a little longer, usually anywhere between a couple weeks to a month - try adding a summery streak.
You will need:
- the colour you want in your hair
- plastic combs
- an old shirt that you don't mind ruining.
- hair bleaching kit
Section off the piece of hair you want to dye with a clip. Clip the hair that isn't in that section up and away from the piece you want to dye. Hair dye can get messy, and you don't want to dye your hair in uneven pieces.
Follow the directions on the bleach packet. Using a plastic comb, comb the bleach into the section of hair. Don't put too much on the comb or it will fall onto the other parts. Repeat this until you have enough on your piece of hair.
Wrap the bleached section in foil. Wait about 30 minutes. Take off the foil and check the colour. Is it light enough? It might take longer if you've dyed your hair in the past.
Wash the bleach out of your hair. Make sure you get it all out. You can use a shampoo but no conditioner as it will interfere with the colour you're putting in it.
Dry your hair with a towel or a hair dryer. Resection off the piece of bleached hair with clips/bobby pins. Open and follow the directions on the colour.
Using a new comb, comb the colour into the streak. You may want to put a little more of the colour than the bleach in because it is not as powerful.
Tip: NEVER use household bleach on your hair. Its WAY too harsh and you could end up with a burnt scalp and your hair will probably fall out.
3. Lip tattoos
Have you ever felt an overwhelming urge to wear animal print on your lips? Thanks to temporary lip tattoos this is now possible.
You just have to wet the tattoo and apply it to your mouth. There are some great patterns out there, including leopard, glitter, rainbow, lace, and polka-dots.
There are loads of online stockists such as Violent Lips, where you can order a a pack of three for around 10 pounds.
4. Clip on fringe
Thanks to Zooey Deschanel gracing our TV screens with her dark brown bangs, a fringe seems pretty great right now. However there's no need to go chopping into your hair, try a temporary solution with a clip-on fringe.
Before you fasten it in in your hair, spray a little dry shampoo to dull the shininess out, and make it match up with the rest of your mop. Then clip 'em in and there you go: bangs with no commitment, no regrets and no grow-out stage.
You can get your clip on fringe at any large department store.
5. Henna tattoos
Henna tattoos don't have to be holiday souvenirs from your trip, you can get your own Henna kit or Google British Henna artists in your city.
Typically henna colour fades in one to three weeks depending on your skin and how much you wash the part where henna is applied. For longevity of henna colour, try not to scrub it with too much soap.
Make sure you stay away from black henna. Henna is never black. When someone says they do henna in a black colour, just turn around and run away. It is most likely they are using a chemical additive which could be harmful to your skin.
6. Temporary tattoos
Temporary tattoos are no longer tacky anchors or garish cartoons you used to get for free in packet of bubblegum. Browse online for some beautiful and tasteful designs.
Once you get your hands on one you like, it's just a matter of applying it properly. Peel away the clear plastic layer exposing the adhesive. Make sure skin is clean, dry and relatively hair free. Position and apply the tattoo's adhesive side to your skin pressing down firmly to assure full contact.
Cover with a wet cloth for up to 1 minute or until paper backing slides off easily. Rinse gently under steam of warm water to remove any excess adhesive. Allow tattoo to dry and set fully before touching (may take up to 5 minutes).
7. A home-made shade of statement lipstick
Get creative and make your very own shade of lipstick.
You will need:
- small lip gloss pot (non-metallic)
- rubbing alcohol (a surgical spirit you can get in most pharmacies)
- two or three old lipsticks in different shades
- butter knife
- small plastic stirrer
Clean the lip gloss pot with the rubbing alcohol. Make sure all lip gloss is wiped clean from the pot. Allow to dry.
Place lip gloss pot with colour sections in microwave for 10 seconds. Stir. Continue to microwave in 10 second increments until lipstick has a creamy consistency. Stir until completely blended into new shade.
Using the butter knife, cut a quarter inch section from each shade of lipstick that you want to blend. If you want one colour to be more dominant than others, cut a larger chunk from that colour and smaller chunks from less dominant shades. Place all chunks in the lip gloss pot.
Place lid on lip gloss pot and store in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Add shimmer powder to melted lipstick to create a frosted shade.
8. Eye-liner appliqués
These stick on eye-liner patches last 16 hours, and unlike your regular liners and shadows, they won't smudge in the summer heat.
Again, your best bet is to browse online, but if you're feeling flush check out Dior's Velvet Eyes range.
9. Floral braid
Lastly, if you're one of those skilful people who has mastered the art of braiding, French and otherwise, collect some flowers and attach them into your plait for a quick dose of summer romance.
If you haven't mastered the art of braiding just yet there are numerous Youtube beauty tutorials to get you going, like the one below.
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