Dare: Runway Looks in Real Life

We challenged 9 women to wear hairstyles and makeup from Fashion Week to work -- did they survive or get fired?

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Look 2 in real life

Worn by: Sharon, assistant editor at TotalBeauty.com

Her thoughts: For the hair, I knew the hardest thing would be getting volume. Ever since I got my Brazilian Blowout, my hair has been flat, flat, flat. Here’s what I did:

For my hair:

1. I skipped conditioner in the shower, because I wanted my hair to be workable. You could use volumizing shampoo if you have it.

2. On clean damp hair, I liberally sprayed Suave Professionals Volumizing Root Boost Spray, $3.49 to my roots and mid-shaft of my hair in 1 to 2 inch sections.

3. I sprayed a texturing sea spray into my hair to give it a rougher texture. I used Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Texturizing Sea Spray, $14.79, which smells amazing BTW.

4. I flipped my hair upside down, and rough blow dried it with my hands.

5. I added four pieces of hair extensions to give girth to my braid.

6. Since I have bangs, I used wax to keep them up and pinned them in the back with bobby pins.

7. I pulled all my hair to one side and began braiding.

8. I pulled out loose strands and sprayed the whole look with Sally Hershberger Salon Body Fix, $24.

The makeup look was very minimalistic with just a clean face and a bold orange lip.

1. After my usual moisturizing routine, I used Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, $32 before applying Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, $40.

2. Then to really get a matte face, I used Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact Makeup SPF 55, $11.99 allover starting from the center of my face out.

3. I contoured the bridge of my nose with Physicians Formula Cashmere Wear Ultra-Smoothing Bronzer, $13.99.

4. I filled in my brows with Benefit Brow Zing, $30.

5. I just slightly used orange blush to help emphasize the orange lips. I used Shu Uemura Primal Mix Blush in Soul, $24 my summer favorite (it’s a limited edition shade).

6. Finally, I used Mac Lipstick in Toxic Tale, $28, part of their Villians collection.

I actually got positive feedback from my coworkers. They kept saying that it was a “good look” for me and didn’t look weird at all. I actually love that I was able to get some volume in my hair, though it wasn’t as much as the model. After work, to tame it down a bit, I lowered the volume at the crown of my head and wore the look out to dinner and drinks for a high school reunion and my friends loved it. I’m always a fan of big braids, so if I ever feel like spending 30 minutes teasing my hair, then I would definitely wear this look again — maybe to my friend’s spring wedding.