Finding the time, money or resources to refresh your style can be difficult, yet every woman wants to look and feel her best as a way of reflecting on the outside who she is on the inside. That’s why a few months ago Darling Beauty Editor Sunnie Brook asked readers to enter a giveaway on her blog for the chance to win a one-on-one transformation session at the Darling studio. We’re excited to share the story of the three winners here, along with exclusive instructions from Sunnie on how to translate each look for yourself.

Next up: Here’s Sruti.

From Sunnie:

Sruti really wanted to try a look she had never done before. When I saw her warm, sweet face I wanted to bring more attention to her beautiful almond eye shape by creating a style that would open up her face with a youthfulness and a pop of color. When we chatted about a textured braid paired with winged liner, she was happy to give it a whirl.


She has incredible thick shiny hair! Perfect for creating many braided looks.


Here are a few tips to help you recreate Sruti’s textured braid, glowing skin, and winged liner:

Textured Braid:
1. Divide and clip hair into 4 sections to give yourself more control as you create your braid.
2. Once braid is complete, pinch and pull the strands to loosen the texture and customize it for your finished style.
3. If you have short hair, divide the hair into two sections creating two french braids and then pin up the “tails” at the nape.

Glowing Skin:
1. To keep skin from looking dull, use an exfoliator with salicylic acid, like Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate that will remove the dead skin cells and balance hydration.
2. Use Kate Somerville’s radiance serum to boost radiance and luminosity improving the appearance of skin firmness, elasticity and texture.

Winged Liner:
1. Use eyeshadow on an angled brush to get your liner lined up by creating a blueprint of where to put the liquid liner.
2. Take a piece of office tape and tap on the back of your hand to soften the stick. Then, place the tape at the angle desired next to your eye. Use this tape as a guide for your winged liner.
3. To get your liner spot on, don’t tug or pull the eye as you are applying your liner — once the eye is left natural, it will look different.

Director: Claire Thomas 
Director of Photography: Yayo Ahumada
Hair + Makeup: Sunnie Brook
Assistant: Kat Thompson
Wardrobe: Haley Roemen

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