the face: nanette lepore

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braid bags? don’t mind if we do.

Anything described as "gypsy caravan traveler" pretty much has my name written all over it. Case in point: The hair, makeup, and nail look backstage at Nanette Lepore.

The hair, crafted by the amazing James Pecis using tools from Alterna Bamboo, T3, and Phyto Haircare, started by being prepped with Alterna Bamboo Volume 48 Hour Sustainable Volume Spray from roots to ends on dry hair. Then, section by section, the hair was sprayed with Alterna Bamboo Volume Uplifting Root Blast and then blow dried with T3's Featherweight Luxe 2i for extra oomph. Using the T3 BodyWaver Large Barrel Styling Iron, alternate curling sections of the hair (for a loose bend) and then take the front section of the hair and begin a braid at the forehead moving down on the right side of the face. For the second hair look, tie square knots into the hair and then use bobby pins to hold up the braids and finish by misting Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Working Hair Spray to hold everything in place.

The makeup, by Stila Cosmetics, was complimentary of the gypsy feel with fresh strawberry-bitten lips (Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Amore, Pomegranate Crush Lip & Cheek Stain), gray-lined eyes (Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Alloy), and full, fluttery lashes (Major Major Lash Mascara).

Michelle Saunders for Essie created a half dark pewter, half deep plum nail design to compliment the collection's pieces. First applying First Base base coat to clean nails, then, once dry, applying one coat of Chinchilly to three-quarters of the right side of the nail, then layered with one coat of Berry Naughty (over Chinchilly) to create the deep purple color. Next, apply Over The Edge nail color to the left side of the nail, covering the remainder of the nail, and finish with Good To Go top coat.

Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, and so much more

Every weekend, we bring you #SOUNDCHECK—your destination for the best of the best new music that hit the web over the course of the week. Because you should always be prepared when someone passes you that AUX cord. This week's round features 21 of our favorite emerging and established artists including Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, Tacocat, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

"Please Me" - Cardi B and Bruno Mars
"Please Me" will pair perfectly with all of the Valentine's Day candy you just bought on clearance. Trust me, there couldn't be a more perfect time to listen to this ultra-'90s R&B track.

Head Above Water - Avril Lavigne
I'm honestly jealous of whomever Avril is singing about on "Goddess."

Tacocat - Grains of Salt [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

"Grains of Salt" - Tacocat
When I realized Tacocat was back, I literally turned around at my desk and yelled. It's a miracle.

"Can I Talk" - Caleb Steph
Caleb Steph's debut single proves that he's ready for the spotlight.

Betty - Betty Who
"You better recognize/ That you're wasting all my time" from "The One" is my new favorite response to every "photographer" on Tinder.

"Butterfly" - Kehlani
The only thing more beautiful than this cover art is Kehlani's voice.

SASAMI - Free (feat. Devendra Banhart) (Official Video)

"Free" - SASAMI feat. Devendra Banhart
I would have never predicted a SASAMI and Devendra Banhart collaboration, but I am 100 percent not complaining.

Rex Orange County - New House

"New House" - Rex Orange County
Alex O'Connor never fails to impress me with his soulful bedroom pop, and "New House" is no exception.


"Cuz I Love You" - Lizzo
Distorted guitar paired with Lizzo's belting vocals? Chills, literally. She did that!

"Heads Gonna Roll" - Jenny Lewis
Like if Stevie Nicks' voice met Father John Misty's lyrics.

"Get Well" - Donna Missal
Donna Missal tells me everything I needed to hear about breakups on "Get Well."

"Patient" - Monica Martin
Sultry and sweet.

"Whorey Heart" - TeaMarr
TeaMarrr's bouncy new song is an excellent roast of the kind of fuckboi we all know and hate.

"Ice Me Out (Remix)" - Kash Doll
Kash Doll shows that she knows her way around a beat on "Ice Me Out."

"Lips of Lips" - Tiffany Young
Definitely catch me driving around with my windows down this summer blaring "Lips on Lips."