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Top knots – every girls secret weapon on bad hair days and the fall back option when each style you attempt just refuses to corporate. I have a bit of a fear of wearing my hair up, don’t get me wrong as soon as I walk through my front door and am in the safety of my warm and cosy room every hair gets pulled back into a twisted and messy top knot, however when it comes to leaving said house, it can be a different story. Back in the day I used to be the opposite way round and refused to wear my hair down. The logic? Who knows, but when the boys on the playground would pull out my carefully put together ponytail I rushed to the bathroom to put it back into place. These days I’m a tad better at dealing with top knots outside the home and to help boost that last remaining dash of confidence I pull out a few makeup essentials to spruce up the face and doll up the up do.

Illuminated Eyes – embrace the glow by adding a subtle shimmer to draw people straight to your sparkling eyes. A hint of the ByTerry Ombré Blackstar in Blond Opal applied to the inner corner and brow bone helps to achieve a soft luminosity that reflects the light. Teamed with the Estée Lauder Ideal Light Brush-On Illuminator in 07 Soft Pink swept underneath the eye, any blue tones will be counteracted and you face will be left radiant.

Rosy Cheeks – keep those apples looking lifted by opting for a deeper red blush to help perk up a dull complexion. Amping up the colour gives an unmistakable warmth to the face and the deep undertones of crimson from the Tarte Amazonian in True Love* not only looks flattering on the majority of skin tones, it also gives shape and definition to your face.

Bold Lips – pack on those berry shades and embrace the va va voom with this Buxom Full Bodied Lipstick in Menace. With the long-lasting power of a matte combined with a muted shine, this is foolproof to apply and lasts throughout the day including dinner. It’s bold shade distracts from any top knot imperfections and makes a relaxed hairstyle look more chic.

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