Yara Shahidi Knows Why a Dramatic Makeover is the Answer to Snowy Day Boredom

Yesterday, actress Yara Shahidi took to Instagram to shake out a dramatic purple wig to mesmerizing effect.

With March's fourth nor'easter in full swing, you may find yourself sequestered to your apartment as the sky continues to spew its seemingly endless supply of snow and sleet and strong winds. But there is an upside: snow days offer ample opportunities for self-care (think masking, warm baths, and more), along with DIY beauty experiments designed to brighten even the gloomiest of afternoons. For instruction, look to Yara Shahidi, who yesterday traded her collective of curls for a straight-hanging, high-impact purple wig that pulled focus from the stormy skies.

The Grown-ish actress and activist's mane moment took its cues from Lil Kim circa 1999, right down to the eyelash-grazing fringe, Kim's glossy lilac exchanged for a matte, multi-tonal iteration. The wig matched her set of graphic cat eye shades, perfectly (we like to imagine the second pair of sunglasses, a lemony lucite that dangled from Shahidi's sweatshirt collar, was the partner to another hair piece yet to be seen). A glow-y complexion and a glassy glossed pout finished the trompe-l'œil look, which felt like a pop of splashy fun amid Instagram feeds dominated by snowscapes and bundled ensembles. The lesson? Whatever the weather, spring is officially here, so make like Shahidi and embrace some bold color.

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