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How can I wear braids without looking like a TV character?

The question

How can I get onboard the braids trend without looking like Heidi of the Mountains or Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones?

The answer

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To avoid looking like a character, you can either play up your makeup or play down the hair, depending on the type of braid. The Heidi-style halo braid is probably best paired with edgy makeup, which makes the look more current and provides a strong counterpoint to the soft, dainty hairstyle. I would suggest a thick flick of black liner with a wing at the edge or a strong, matte red lip for balance. Alternatively, you could bring the French braid into this millennium by fashioning one that is deconstructed and messy-looking. You can also opt to add some height in the front (think a Bardot sixties bump) or try dividing hair unevenly as you braid it to create a softer, less stiff take on the classic style. Whether you're talking about your hair, makeup or clothing, however, pulling off a style really comes down to confidence. You should own your look rather than worry if it does or doesn't work. And, for the record, I happen to think Mother of Dragons braids are rather fetching.

Bahar Niramwalla is a celebrity makeup artist and beauty expert who has appeared on CTV, Global TV and City.

Follow her on Twitter: @baharniramwalla.

Have a beauty question? E-mail style@globeandmail.com.

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