Fascinators are on signature fashion looks that don’t seem to wear out at all.

It comes in all shapes, sizes and custom designs that can match your outfit and overall lookLadies wear it on different types of occasions, whether formal or just for casual gatherings.

Although it’s nice to wear it for any gatherings, it’s still important to take note of the proper etiquette of strutting this piece. In this article, we’ll show you a quick overview about this head accessory and how you can wear it on your next event.

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What is a Fascinator?

If this is something new to you, a fascinator is a traditional head accessory worn during important formal or royal gatherings. This accessory completes the overall classy look that defines pure femininity, class and style.

This accessory also helps you to turn into a “headturner” since it catches most people attention. Most people wear this to stand out and be uniquely beautiful from the rest. Other than making an effort to style your hair, adding an accessory can also make a difference.

How to Wear the Fascinator?

Here’s how to follow a quick step to look like Duchess Kate Middleton in less than five minutes.

1. Positioning your Fascinator

Fascinators can be worn on any side of the head. You can just pick either left or right. Some people even wear it on the front, depending on preference.

But, traditionally speaking, fascinators are supposed to be worn on the right side. If the goal is to look like a royal princess or queen, then opt for your right side in positioning your fascinator.

2. Wearing a Fascinator with a Headband

As you know by now, fascinators have different types of application to use, the first one we’ll show you is with the use of a headband.

  • First, make sure you’re done styling your hair according to how you like it. The fascinator will be the finishing touch for your overall hairstyle. Make sure you have pulled all your hair away from your face to prevent any discomfort upon wearing the fascinator headband.
  • Position the fascinator on the right side of your head and slowly wear the headband. Adjust as per requirement until you’re comfortable wearing it.
  • Hide the headband wire by covering it with some strands of your hair. Use a thin brush to prevent ruining your hairstyle while hiding it. And voila! You’re all set for the party.

3. Using a Fascinator Comb-Style

A fascinator comb-style is basically like a comb design but a bit smaller and quite resembles the hair pin on the way you attach it to the hair.

  • See if you’re done with your desired hairstyle before applying the fascinator. It’s highly recommended to choose a hairstyle like a ponytail or up-do so the hair will be a bit tight to grip the comb.
  • Slide the comb fascinator onto the right side of your head. Check yourself in the mirror and make some adjustments just in case if not positioned correctly.
  • If your hair is not gripping the comb very well, you can use some hairpins to tighten the comb fascinator to the hair. Make sure that the hairpins won’t be visible on your hair for a clean look.
  • To make the comb grip really good all throughout the event, you can apply some hairspray to set the hair. Be careful not to apply directly on your fascinator or it will ruin its overall design.

4. Using a Strap Fascinator

Last but not the least is a type of fascinator that uses a strap where you can position behind your head, around the nape of your neck or even behind your ears.

  • Push your hair away from your forehead and ears.
  • Apply the strap fascinator using around the back of your ear. Use a hairpin to support the strap and connect it to your hair.
  • If you prefer to position the fascinator on your neck or behind your head, you can follow the same steps and support it using hairpins.
  • Apply a hairspray to help the hair set with the straps and hairpins. This will help the fascinator to grip nicely on the side of your head.

More Tips about Using a Fascinator

  • Plan your hairstyle right. The simpler the better. The purpose of wearing the fascinator is for it to stand out. If you plan on wearing an elaborate or flamboyant hairstyle, it will not help your look to create balance and theme. The spectators will be confused on which to look at first, your hair or the fascinato. Also, complex hairstyles may affect the application of the fascinator. If you style your hair too tight, loose or wet, it will not help the fascinator to get a good grip. Style your hair accordingly.
  • Know the theme of the event. This important factor will help you pick the right fascinator to wear. You should be in harmony with other guests but still stands out from the rest. You don’t want to look funny or weird in the event just because you failed to consider the theme of the party.
  • Match it with your dress or outfit. You should consider outfit’s design, style and color when picking the right fascinator. Ensure that they match when worn together. Do a test look a few days before the event, this will help you to choose which fascinator works best.

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