Good outfits are great, but curated ensembles with statement accessories are better. This summer, it’s all about bright adventurous pieces that can take your wardrobe basics to new heights. Think tinted eyewear, kitschy hair clips, and striking handbags – all of which require minimal effort to style on your part. Ahead, we’ve pulled together some of the most sought-after summer add-ons to shop now.
Month: May 2022
Bad Decisions, Great Outfits: The Euphoria Style Guide
A whopping 2.4 million viewers tuned in to watch Euphoria’s season 2 premiere. HBO’s riveting no-holds-barred drama (complete with an unreliable narrator and some questionable decision-making) has captivated audiences – from cool-kid Gen-Z’s to wannabees – with its juicy plot and ethereal style.
As glitter devotees and avid fans, we’d be lying if we said we weren’t captivated by the show each Sunday. The cinematography, the lighting, the makeup. Most importantly: the outfits.
Costume designer Heidi Bivens has no qualms about dolling up her sixteen-year-old drug addicts in the latest high fashion. That contrast is assisted by her forays and familiarity with the best of the best in L.A. designer vintage. Lucky for us, many Shein brands embody a similar aesthetic, allowing us to tap into the look and feel of the show’s style. Want to dress like your favorite characters? Look no further.
RUE BENNETT: Messy Androgynous Glory.
We were first struck by Rue’s style in the pilot as it is so different from our own. She’s a tomboy, messy, and lowkey grunge — simple enough that you don’t have to overanalyze it. She’ll wear masculine, boxy clothing and revert to comfy when in doubt. Funky-dyed t-shirts, jeans, and — always — a beat-up pair of black Chucks.
SHOP LIKE RUE
JULES VAUGHN: Consciously Styled Textures.
Jules’s style is perhaps one of our favorites because of its intentionality. Hunter Schafer, the actress who plays her, spoke to Jules’s desire to conquer femininity by conquering men in the first season. By the beginning of the second season, she’s more willing to embrace her interior life instead of seeking external validation. That epiphany ripples throughout her style; as an aspiring fashion student, she chooses interesting layers and artistic statements on the cutting edge that align with her quirky spirit of adventure. She doesn’t wear outfits; she wears looks.
SHOP LIKE JULES:
FEZCO: Colorful Retro-Inspired Streetwear.
Fezco has won many of us over as the drug dealer with a heart of gold. Fezco and Ashtray both entered the family business early, assuming roles as business partners rather than children. As such, viewers have noted that Fezco’s expressive, primary-colored style could be a plea to hold onto bits of childhood that he never got to have — a tender contrast between the Glock in his hand and his M&M patterned pajamas. He opts for a boldly printed polo fit, an almost retro vibe that’s visually pleasing on the screen. Anything with stripes or color blocking? Oh boy.
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KAT HERNANDEZ: Kinky & Confused?
Kat’s season two evolution means admitting her leather-strap-and-loud-make-up-wearing persona was fake: she can’t go back to her faux confidence. What she wanted originally doesn’t feel good now, and she struggles with that change.
When in doubt, she reverts to her black/leather/hot styles like this vinyl bustier ($11) and body harness ($13), while also trying on a softer “girlfriend” look à la Cassie Howard. Her Season 2 looks are sexy and dark, but more grounded than Season 1: flattering dark jeans and a denim jacket with expressive detailing are safe bets for reassurance.
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CASSIE HOWARD: Naïve Pastels with Sex Appeal.
Make no mistake: this is Cassie’s season. Although she’s the sexy one, she also needs to be able to pretend she’s innocent, to retreat into her girlishness upon confrontation; in Season One, it’s what McKay found frustrating. Baby blue and baby pink soften her, and she’s already so vulnerable.
In Season Two, her style can best be summed up as “plausible deniability.” It’s all revealing pastel dresses and delicate tops (and of course, lacy lingerie for those lucky enough to see it). She’s clinging to the elements of her appearance that stereotypically cast her as a good person (she confesses in the Season Two premiere, “I don’t think I’m a good person”) while regretting her bad choices.
SHOP LIKE CASSIE:
MADDY PEREZ: Powerfully Recognizable.
Maddy’s fierce, confident, and a bit scary. She’s the one defining the looks, while the other girls try to copy her in the hopes that her strength will rub off on them. That I.Am.Gia set ($28) from last season made the rounds! In high school terms, she’d be the one to get dress coded. She wears cropped sweater sets and skin-tight jumpsuits, and even her basics have cutouts (like in this bodysuit).
Maddy also significantly believes in style as reflective of money and status. She’ll use it to get what she wants from affluent men, and she sees it as a symbol of how far she’s come from her background. She’s likely to use flashy designers and labels when possible — or at least try them on while babysitting.
SHOP LIKE MADDY:
LEXI HOWARD: Our Cottage core Queen.
Cassie and Lexi share similar styles in that they’re both understated. For Lexi, this translates more into a warm, nostalgic look that’s friendly and a little old-fashioned. Think cottagecore meets theater kid.
Lexi wears braided crowns, plaid pants, and orange puffy sleeve blouses, and we love her for it. Think structured tops with ruffles — polished. She won’t command the room, but you’ll appreciate the detail once you notice it. She vibes with the brands in our latest loafer roundup too.
SHOP LIKE LEXI:
NATE JACOBS: The All-American Boy Next Door.
Let’s get fratty. Nate cares deeply about appearances and concealing his major psychological issues. He’s the star quarterback, the golden son, and he must dress to emphasize those attributes. He has money but won’t use it to be showy; he’ll retreat to reliable, recognizable brands and sharp silhouettes that make him look and feel in control.
When in doubt, he’ll opt for classic and sporty, even more so than anybody on this list. Give nobody any reason to look closer. His basics will be high quality and usually expensive but will be versatile and lasting.
SHOP LIKE NATE:
Take a seat (and maybe a shot) and settle in and head over to HBOMAX to watch Euphoria — and a crash course in L.A. vintage. The kids might make bad decisions, but they sure make great outfits.
WATCH: How to Clean up Your Eyebrows at Home When You Can’t Go to the Salon
Even though salons are opened back up, a lot of us are busy with work, school, and home life so paying someone to get our brows together isn’t the focus for right now. But that doesn’t mean we want to walk around looking like a beast. So, we at BeautyLeeBar decided to handle things on our own and look for how to clean up eyebrows at home without going to the beauty salon.
We did a lot of research before we found some YouTube videos that were a winner for us. The beauty influencers demonstrate an easy step-by-step tutorial showing how to clean up your eyebrows at home easily. We couldn’t just keep this to ourselves so here’s what we learned…
How to clean up eyebrows at home:
You will need:
- Facial touch-up razor (available in pharmacies, Walmart, Amazon, etc)
- Slanted eyebrow pencil (optional)
- Eyebrow brush or spoolie
- A pair of scissors
- Water spray
1. It’s best to clean the area before you start tweezing, so wash your face first.
2. Brush your eyebrows upwards really well, until you start seeing your longer hairs.
3. If you don’t want your hair to be too long and you don’t like the bushy and messy look, use the scissors to trim the longer hairs you want to shorten, but do it very carefully.
Beauty Note: Avoid trimming your eyebrow at the tail, just the center, and front.
4. Use an eyebrow pencil to fill in any sparse areas. This is so you can determine your eyebrow shape and know the spots that shouldn’t approach when plucking your eyebrows.
5. Now brush the eyebrows again, but naturally this time.
6. Use the tweezers to remove any stray hairs that are far away from your brows and the area you defined.
7. Pull the skin, above your brow, upwards using your fingers. Very gently and carefully, trace the razor downwards to clean up any extra hairs or peach fuzz around your brows.
8. Seal your work with eyebrow gel to keep everything in place.
Primp Tip: Don’t forget to think about your brow’s natural shape, so you don’t try to tweeze it into something new entirely. This is not brow art, its brow shaping! Be cautious, careful, and restrained. Just clean up the bare minimums on the bottoms, where you see stray hairs.
What that means in practice: Take your tweezers and tweeze stray hairs beneath the brow. Make sure you’re pulling hair in the direction that it’s growing in. You want to take it out the way it comes in, or you can end up getting ingrown hairs.
Primp Tip: Once it’s done, lightly moisturize the brow area to calm the inflamed skin and rehydrate. Try a gentle facial oil like Josie Maran Mini 100 percent Pure Argan Oil, Tatcha GOLD CAMELLIA BEAUTY OIL Nourishing 23k Gold Oil, or a water-based moisturizer like Tatcha THE SILK CREAM Firming Hydration.
Be careful: Make sure you sterilize all these beauty tools before and after using them.
Watch these eyebrows clean up tutorial:
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