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So…I took the plunge after 2 years of lusting after a cool fringe. I got bangs! I am well on my way to my transformation as a French girl (ha!).

One French girl in particular is my style and makeup obsession: Jeanne Damas. She’s got the bangs, she’s got the amazing Parisian life, she’s got the clothes and she has amazing taste in lipstick.

She pretty much sticks to different shades of red and raspberry, but they always look natural on her, never like woah she’s wearing lipstick. After some creeping of her Instagram comments, I noticed two shades in particular that she seemed to wear quite often: MAC Viva Glam III and Ruby Woo. So, naturally, off I went to my nearly MAC store.

The first shade I sought out was the VGIII–however, when I got there, I soon realized that it appeared a LOT darker on my very fair skin tone–Jeanne has a more beige-y complexion. On her it looks quite natural, sort of a ‘My Lips But Better’ shade, but for me it looked quite a lot more like an oxblood (Lancôme’s Color Design in Plum Show is quite similar). Luckily, I had quite a patient and lovely consultant helping me, and she selected the sheerer Capricious for me. It feels really nice on application, much like a balm, and gives a sort of wine-stained look, but not at all too dark for daytime. This one I can even apply without a mirror.

My second trip to the store resulted in the purchase of the cult classic, Ruby Woo. And I really must say, this lipstick lives up to all the hype–it is easily my favourite lipstick ever. It doesn’t exactly glide on, but once it’s on, it doesn’t budge. I don’t even use a lipliner with this. It’s a bright, punchy red with a matte finish that will last through your meals (believe me, I ate ribs and chicken wings and I only need a very light touch up). Not as dark and slightly less blue than my Nars Cruella, it’s my favourite lipstick for Spring and Summer; plus all you need with it is a flick of mascara, perfect for lazy summer makeup.


My hair has changed a few times in my life now (I’m 25). When I was really small, my hair was very curly. Then, as a teenager, my hair became coarser (still curly, mind you). Since finishing university, my hair has become finer, thinner, smoother and silkier–which can be nice, but makes it difficult to add volume. Plus, oddly, my hair can be curly just as it’s finished drying, but after a few hours, it loses the curl and becomes straight with wavy parts–except around my face. Those baby curly hairs are my nemesis. I am forever straightening them, hoping to avoid a lion’s mane. In the summer, they become even more stubborn.

Basically, these baby hairs are the reason that I have not gotten bangs yet. I feel that it would be silly for me to be constantly fixing and straightening my bangs, not to mention damaging. But I can’t help but love how a little hair on the forehead looks so feminine, especially when it is wispy and a little messy. It adds more interest to a bun or a ponytail and some hair in the eyes adds instant mystery. For older women, getting some bangs cut can be quite anti-aging as it covers up any wrinkles on the forehead.

Plus, I’ve never really had bangs (well, that’s not completely true–my mother thought it would be a good idea to give me bangs in Grade 5, it didn’t look great, but I was a child), so I don’t know what it’s like to have them. Do they get greasy faster than the rest of your hair? Are they impossible on the second day? How annoying are they?

Existential questions, I tell you. If only the rest of my hair and my baby hairs could coordinate. Sigh.

Cool girls: Jane Birkin, Freja Beha Erichsen, Jeanne Damas, Caroline de Maigret, Alexandra Golovanoff, Brigite Bardot and Léa Seydoux