When we first saw Mindy Kaling at the Fox upfronts, we knew one thing for certain: She definitely drove there in a convertible. Now, we can't decide if her braid started out that messy or perhaps she got stuck in traffic and tangled it up out of frustration, but, either way, we love it!
The messy braid is so in right now. And the best part is that it doesn't matter if you have layers like Mindy or not—if your hair is long enough to braid, it works! It also doesn't hurt that The Mindy Project star obviously keeps those shiny locks in shape with regular conditioning and care.
We're also having a love fest over her eye makeup. Meow, Mindy! This girl can rock an edgy cat eye. She's purrfected the thick dark liner on the top lash line that ends in a wispy wing and the iridescent white in the corner amplifies her eyes.
The lipstick is a different story though: Those lips look like she lined them thickly, forgot the lipstick and then put a clear gloss over the whole hot mess. She should have either filled in the entire lip with the colored pencil or used a long-lasting lip color to ensure she wasn't left with just a glossy line.
Get the Look: Just like Mindy, make sure your hair looks healthy and shiny, which fortunately, you can achieve on clean or dirty hair. To get Mindy's volume, before drying your hair, spray your roots with a volumizer like Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Plus Humidity Volumizing Spray Mousse. Then blow-dry your hair and finish by flipping your head and brushing it towards the floor.
Next, make a side part, bring all your hair over to one side and start braiding! Fasten your finished braid with a simple elastic band. Now for the fun part: Take your fingers and shake out the crown of your head and, with both hands, pull your braid in opposite directions (as if you're making it wider). If you have layers like Mindy's, pull those bad boys out to give the braid more texture. And don't worry if you pull out too much out. With this look, there's no such thing!
To get Mindy's cat eye, use a black kohl pencil or cake eyeliner like Illamasqua Eye Liner Cake in Mislead to trace a line on your upper lash line that starts at your inner eye and gets thicker as it goes. Then, from about the middle of your pupil, extend the line into more of a block shape extending up to your crease.
Using a liner brush (or kohl pencil) make a line from the outer eye corner up to your block shape angling towards your outer eyebrow (use Mindy's look as a guide) and finish off by whisking your liner in an upward swooping wing.
Use a kohl pencil to line your waterline and complete the eye makeup by applying an iridescent white eye shadow like Make Up For Ever Diamond Shadow in Diamond White in the corner of your eyes with a small shadow brush or your ring finger.
We applaud Ms.Kaling for being totally on-trend with the hair and eye makeup, but we're drawing the line at those lips. Mindy, never forget that a lined lip without lipstick is like a woman without a nearby Sephora—it's just wrong.
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