MASCARA RE/DONE

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Not everyone has full, thick and long lashes. Hey, we can’t have it all… maybe you have gorgeous long hair or perfect skin, but your lashes are a little on the sparse or short side. Who cares! Embrace what you have, make the most of it and if that’s the worst of your problems, you’re doing alright, right?! But this little trick will become your new best friend. I know you have a mascara in your makeup drawer that you bought with high hopes only to find the wand or the formula (or both) does nothing for your lashes. But don’t toss it! Re-purpose it into a personal root stamper.

WHY?

  1. The flat surface paints the roots better than bristles ever can.
  2. Stamping at the root really presses and flares the lashes upward.
  3. Stamping at the root makes lashes look thicker at the base, a must for those of us with sparse or thin lashes.

TOOLS:

  • A Mascara You Bought And Don’t Love — or one that you loved but has dried out or lost its juujuu.
  • A Mascara You Bought And Love — right now this is my favorite luxury mascara and this is my favorite mass market find.
  • A Pair of Scissors

STEPS:

  1. Take a deep breath and cut the end of the mascara wand off (make sure it’s the one you don’t want anymore!) with the scissors. Toss the end with the bristles.
  2. Switch to your favorite mascara and apply a couple coats like you normally would.
  3. Don’t forget the bottom lashes too.
  4. Switch to your new root stamper and dip it into the mascara tube that you love (or back into its original tube if it isn’t dried out). Press it at the roots of the upper lashline.
  5. Continue to stamp it along the lashline until your cover the entire area.

P.S. You can also use the stamper to paint each lash from root to tip.

P.P.S. Want to know how this ingenious trick came about? One of my favorite producers, Emily Roth (who produces the Charlotte Russe campaigns that I do the makeup for and Lauren Conrad’s Kohl’s/Disney blogger parties), was running late and decided to do her makeup at stoplights in her car. When she went to pull the wand out of her mascara, it broke in half and she didn’t have a backup! She had no choice but to use the broken wand stub thing to paint each lash. And they never looked better!! I saw her at the Minnie Mouse party last month and complimented her on her lashes and she told me what happened and how she’d been using it that way ever since. So of course when I got home I ran straight into my bathroom and cut the bristles off of an old mascara wand to see. She was right! Thanks Emily! I love when mishaps become new inventions…

 

ROSE PONY BRAID

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

CLEARLY we’re overly obsessed with rose, rosé and champaign hair colors right now, so why not another simple summer braid tutorial on hair that’s just been colored? This particular pony/braid combo is one of the easiest things to do if you know how to do a simple french braid. You can do this on hair that’s medium to long in length, and you can add some extensions if your hair is too fine or tends to lack texture. We didn’t add clip-ins here but if you need some, do it! Alright, here’s how get the look…

Start with dry hair. It can be clean or not. If it’s a lil dirty, just add a burst of DRY SHAMPOO to the root.

  1. Start by taking a triangular section on the side. The size of the section will depend on the amount of hair. If you have super thick hair, take a slightly smaller section. If you have thinner hair, you’ll want to take a little more hair. I usually take a section from the hairline to right behind the ear.
  2. Next, create an inside-out or dutch braid with that section and tie it off loosely with a clear elastic.
  3. Add a little TEXTURE POWDER to the entire braid, all the way from the top to the tail.
  4. Gently “pancake” your braid, meaning pull it apart to fatten it up/widen it.
  5. Once you have your braid thickened up and textured, add veil of fine mist hairspray all over everything that’s not in the braid. Here we used THIS ONE because it’s great for thickening up fine hair, but if you have thick hair or any damage from color, you know I love THIS ONE.
  6. Now grab everything, the braid and the rest of the hair and gather into a high pony. Secure using a thicker stronger elastic or PONYTAIL HOLDER.
  7. Take a small strand of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the ponytail holder to cover it up, then pin underneath using a bobbypin. If you want to you can take the clear elastic out now. The texture powder should hold it in place but you can also do a teeeeeny back combing at the bottom to get it to stay.
  8. Check the balance of it all in a hand mirror. Make it as full or as textured as you want. Add some wave with a wand if desired!

Are you guys feeling the rose hair trend? It’s such a subtle hint of color and we’re obsessed! xx

QUICK SUMMER MAKEUP

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Summer is finally here and the last thing I want to do is spend my mornings in the bathroom primping! This motto has saved me for years and is a great way to look at the task at hand. You simply pick three features and do only one thing to each feature. It’s that easy!

COMBINATION SKIN, LIPS, EYES:

  1. Even out skin tone,
  2. add a bright lip pop and
  3. define the lashes.

COMBINATION CHEEKS, EYES, BROWS:

  1. Swirl a rosy blush,
  2. sweep a pearl eyeshadow and
  3. darken the brows boldly.

COMBINATION EYES, CHEEKS, LIPS:

  1. Rim the inner waterline with a black kohl pencil,
  2. add an apricot blush and
  3. rock a nude lipstick.

The combinations are endless! Just remember, pick three features and do only one thing to each. You’ll easily come in at under two minutes! If you have a problem area like dark circles or blemishes, you can spot treat those areas and count those as the Skin feature. Here’s today’s version:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. Apply the BB Cream all over your face and neck by stippling it with the beauty blender.
  2. Next apply the lip balm directly from the tube.
  3. Finish with a few coats of mascara.

What 3 features would you do one thing to? We’d love to know!

DIY ROSE PINK HAIR + BRAID

photos/post: Kristin Ess

photos/post: Kristin Ess

You know what’s great about having highlights? If you’re feeling adventurous you can have a little fun by changing up the tone temporarily! This isn’t new news but I often get asked what my favorite formulas are for a hint of tone, not a full-blown pink or lavender, but just a whisper of color. I thought I would share a couple with you guys so you can have a pretty rose pink braid over a weekend! When you add just a teeny tint of these colors, they fade out very quickly when you shampoo!

pink champagne fishtail bubble braid department

When my clients do this at home, I usually take a look at their hair and formulate based on the lightness of their hair/highlights. Since I can’t see the lightness of each of your highlights, I’m giving you ratios of color instead and it will be up to you (and perhaps your colorist) to decide on how much to dilute your formula.

  1. FOR ROSE TONE: 2 parts pink, 1 part puple/lavender
  2. FOR CHAMPAGNE TONE:  1 part pink, 1 part coral or orange, 1 part purple/lavender

Here are my favorite ways things to use at home…

If you want to do it by way of conditioner instead of color, try these. A lot of my clients use these and love them! They’re about $30 each and you will get many uses out of each jar. Use one or mix them together…

If you prefer an actual temporary color (aka: something with a little more longevity, but still very temporary) try these…

BE SURE TO DILUTE THE ION AND MANIC PANIC WITH THEIR OWN CLEAR ADDITIVES TO MAKE THEM MORE TEMPORARY AND LESS PIGMENTED!

And if it’s this gorgeous braid you’re after… here’s the breakdown!

champagne and rose colored braid hair the beauty department

Are you into these super subtle tones? Have you ever colored over your highlights with a color conditioner or diluted pastel? If so tell us what you used and what you did or didn’t love about it! Share the knowlege! xx