But be forewarned, curtain newbies: having tried them myself, they look oh so easy but can be hard to actually pull off. I could never get them to be dreamy and romantic. On me, they just looked like one hot mess of unruly hair. The look requires major styling with the right products.
“[Curtain bangs] work with straight hair and they also work with wavy hair as long as it’s not too wavy in the front,” Frederic Fekkai stylist Jordi Martinez tells Allure.
Martinez says to use a leave-in conditioner or serum, and hairspray to keep the hair in place. “The most important thing is to know how to use the direction of the blow-dryer. You blow them out just using your fingers and the dryer, going in one direction first and then in the other direction,” says Martinez. “And then you just smooth them out a little bit with a round brush if you need to.”
Plus, having a zit-free forehead helps too, because the hair draws attention to it.
“Your forehead, along with the nose and the chin make up the T-zone of the face. These areas are unique because they have among the highest concentration of oil glands on the face,” Dermatologist Joshua Zeichner tells Allure. “The high level of oil on the forehead is the reason that pores look prominent there. This is the area where most acne develops because oil gets trapped beneath sticky skin cells within the pores, allowing acne-causing bacteria to grow, leading to inflammation. Proper selection of cleansers and moisturizers for the forehead is important.”
He recommends a clay mask, like the Aromachologie Rebalancing Face Mask from L’Occitane, La Base Pro Pore Eraser Mattifying Primer by Lancôme, and an exfoliating cleanser, like the Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser with alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids. You want to use a light moisturizer, like L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Extract serum, so you won’t weigh down the part of your face that already tends to be greasy. There’s also my personal favorite exfoliator, Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial, which is a super effective way to get your glow on.
“Exfoliation can help remove dead cells that accumulate around the opening of the pore, making it look more prominent,” says Zeichner. “As dead cells sit on the surface of the skin, they also interfere with the ability of light to reflect off the skin surface, giving a dull appearance.”
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