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Our new cow­girl-cool sum­mer idol

Cosmopolitan (UK) - - Con­tents - WORDS & BEAUTY Cassie Powney PHO­TO­GRAPHS Chantelle Kemkemian STYLING Sairey Stemp

as the sun sets over a dusty law­less land, the heavy­booted, wild-haired sil­hou­ette of a woman strolls into town. She is sunkissed and kick­ass, with sand-grit­ted hair and lips the colour of flames. She does not bask semi-naked on our pages as pre­vi­ous sum­mer beauty idols once did, their freshly waxed, oil-slicked limbs glis­ten­ing in the heat. In­stead, her tenac­ity speaks of a dif­fer­ent kind of beauty – one that’s ad­ven­ture-bound and ef­fort­less, in­spir­ing Ver­sace’s leather tas­sels and Chloé’s ditsy-print dresses. The clas­sic Wild West woman has evolved; once sa­loon dancer and comedic Calamity-Jane type, now the epit­ome of strong fem­i­nin­ity. She looks hot and calls the shots. So pack away your panama and dig out your ban­dana. Be­cause this girl is sum­mer. This girl is true grit.

Texas braid

What, this old rope? Spritz a sea-salt­based tex­ture spray into the roots of your bed­head and blast it dry. Next, sep­a­rate a sec­tion of hair off at the crown, and then at the nape, leav­ing the mid­dle sec­tion to split for your two Dutch braids (the best type of braids, ac­cord­ing to our shoot hair sher­iff, Heath Massi, be­cause the strands go un­der rather than over so that the de­tail sits proudly on the out­side). Con­tinue to plait th­ese strands off the scalp, se­cur­ing the ends with a snag-free band. Fi­nally, pull them into a large, messy plait with your re­main­ing hair, se­cur­ing it only half­way down so that your ends are free to whip away pesky flies. Short-haired cow­girls, turn to page 110.

Sun­rise smile

Bur­nished or­ange lips on an un­fussy face… se­ri­ous show­stop­per for all skin tones. Our shoot make-up mav­er­ick, Ken­neth Soh, ap­plied a red lip crayon to the in­ner cor­ners of the model’s mouth and used a soft eye­shadow brush to blur it out­side the lip line for a fuller ef­fect. Next, he pat­ted a matte brick-brown lip­stick into the cen­tre, blend­ing it to the cor­ners, fol­lowed by a dab of shim­mery, rusty or­ange pow­der onto the mid­dle of the lips.“This gives the il­lu­sion of a glow,” says Soh.“Plus, it lasts longer than a liq­uid high­lighter.” Out­line the lips us­ing a liner in the same shade as your lip­stick.

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