This past weekend, the biggest names in country music gathered in Nashville to croon and kick up their heels at the CMT Awards and the CMA Festival. While leading ladies like Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood were singing their hearts out, we were busy admiring how they combine girl-next-door looks with glam details on stage. Here’s how to get that big hair and a little country glitz at home:
Say Big Hair, Don’t Care!
Both Lambert and Kellie Pickler dialed up the volumed with gravity-defying updos. To recreate their sky-high styles, arm yourself with a volumizing styling cream like Fekkai's Full Blown Lightweight Styling Whip and Sheer Hold Hairspray, then follow this tutorial for a party-ready bouffant ponytail.
Show Off in Short Shorts
Take a cue from Underwood and Lambert, who belted out a duet in short shorts, and show off your stems. Keep them in tip-top shape for thigh-high summer styles by using a shaving cream with smoothing properties like Whish Shave Crave. Then give your gams a warm glow with Caudalie Divine Legs—its tinted shimmer masks any bumps and bruises.
Don't be Afraid to Add Glitter
It’s no secret that country crooners tend to gravitate toward sparkles and sequins, from Lambert and Underwood's glittery onstage LBD's to Kacey Musgraves’ bejeweled gown. Integrate some sparkle into your every day with a nail color like Deborah Lippman Glitter and Be Gay. Layer several coats to really pop, or apply one layer on top of a darker color like Ruffian Ciré Noir for a subtle look that still allows the glitter to take center stage.
When in Doubt, Smile
More than any other genre, country singers are known for their friendliness, and keeping up that reputation involves flashing big smiles all the time. (Carrie Underwood practically grinned throughout her entire CMA performance.) To keep your teeth pristine, use a whitening toothpaste like this one from Marvis, and freshen up with Supersmile's Quikee Instant Whitening Polish after a long day of foot-stompin’ fun with your BFF.
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