TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN
It blows my mind that so many of us don’t do this! Ok, I’ll come back down from my high horse because I too didn’t learn this trick until I went to makeup school at the Makeup Designory (MUD). But it’s a game changer and when you start doing it, you’ll wonder why you too didn’t think of this before! Typically, when we coat our lashes with mascara, we focus on the part that we (and others) can see. But there’s another side that’s getting ignored. The backside. Why bother painting it? Because it thickens the lashes and makes them stiffer and stand more upright. It only takes a tiny bit of extra energy and is worth the 5 seconds. Here’s how:
- Your Favorite Mascara — Right now I’m obsessed with this one, used on Rachel above because not only does it really coats and separates each lash, it lifts them and holds them up like no other mascara I’ve found before it. I also love this one for those of us on a tighter budget this month.
- Wiggle the wand from root to tip as you typically would on the outside of the lashes.
- Now here’s the trick: look down and coat the lashes on the backside by stroking the wand from root to tip on the side of your lashes that we never see. Then go back and repeat step 1 to flare them back upwards now that you’ve thickened them.
- Finish by coating the bottom lashes as well.
photos/post/grahic design: Kristin Ess
I know it’s not even Halloween yet, but we wanted get an early start on holiday hair ideas this year! Hairstyles like this are great, but you should practice them once or even twice to get it down and even try putting your own spin on them, maybe with a fishtail braid or a hair accessory. Start saving these to your pin boards so you have some easy go-to tutorials for your upcoming holiday parties. This chignon might look familiar to you because I posted a similar one HERE. It got a lot of lovin’ so of course it deserves it’s own tutorial, right? This braided chignon is fairly easy if you know how to dutch braid (aka: inside out braid). Here’s how it’s done!
- Find a side part that feels comfortable to you. You can also center part if you want.
- Do an inside out braid on one side going from where your hairline meets your part and stop taking new hair just behind your ear. Then braid that down to the bottom.
- Repeat that process on the opposite side.
- Take all of the loose hair (not the braided hair) on the left side of your head, pull it in front of your left shoulder and twist back.
- Now take the braided hair and the twisted hair and twist those two around each other.
- Once you’ve twisted those two sections around each other, coil them into a loose bun and pin it using large bobbypins.
- Now you’ll want to go back in and modify. Here we tucked and pinned a couple extra pieces to make the chignon more secure. We more pins to the bun to make sure too much hair wouldn’t slip out. We also pulled a couple loose pieces out around the face to soften the look.
- After you finish your left side, do the same thing on the right. Do it to your liking. You’ll see that on the right, we decided to leave it a little looser. We only twisted the braid and the rest of the hair once on that side. With these chignons you can really do anything you want to modify, just make sure the base (in this case, the bun part) is really secure.
Once the look is finished, give it a good veil of super hold hairspray like THIS ONE or THIS ONE. Also if you have fine slippery hair that is hard to keep secured in updos and chignons, try prepping the hair with something that will mattify it a little and give it less slip like THIS or THIS! Oh! And don’t forget to grab extra large bobbypins like THESE next time you’re at the store or shopping online.
If you try this, tag us so we can see! @TheBeautyDept on instagram!
TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN
I know a lot of our readers are still intimidated by contouring and highlighting and if you’re one of them, this tutorial is for you! There are many different ways to highlight and contour different features, depending on which ones you want to pull forward (highlight) or push back (contour). In case you missed it, check out my C & E Tutorial from last year for another really easy version. But if you’re still thinking to yourself “I’ll never take the time to do that,” then try this!
- Before you apply foundation (but after primer if you’re a primer girl), start by drawing two upside-down triangles underneath the eyes with the concealer stick as demonstrated above.
- Draw a third upside-down triangle on the lower half of your forehead also with the concealer stick..
- Draw a sideways right-angled triangle just under each cheekbone with the lowlight sculptor and a precision brush. Think of it as a “support” that holds up the bone. Really it’s creating a shadow to make the cheekbone look more pronounced.
- Draw a sixth triangle with the concealer stick on the chin just below the lower lip. You can do steps 1-4 in any order.
- Blend blend blend by swirling the kabuki brush along the edges of each triangle.
- Once every thing is blended, pump a few drops of foundation in the palm of your hand and dip the egg sponge in a few times to load it up. Now stipple (press) the sponge lightly over everything, concentrating again more on the edges of each highlight and contour than actually going over them. And of course fill in the areas that are bare.
- Finish by smiling in the mirror and applying the blush on the top half of the apples and along the area in between the highlight and the contour (if you look at the cheekbone, the highlight is just above it, the contour just below it and the blush goes directly on it).
PHOTOS/POST/DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS SPONSORED BY PANTENE
As we know, many of you last minute lovelies will be scrambling this weekend for a Halloween costume. The one thing you won’t have to scramble for is hair to pair with it. We’ve got you covered! Whether you’re going as your favorite character, a cute little animal, a pirate, a cop, a nurse, a goddess, whatever! This tutorial will do the trick. You can spray this hair with white powder to give it that ghostly feeling or you can lay on the shine for added glam. In this post, we’re demonstrating what it looks like on long and short hair so anyone can do it. We’re very excited to partner up with out friends at PANTENE again to bring you this tutorial and we’ve included links to all the product so you can see what you’ll need to make this Halloween hair happen! Here we go…
For this tutorial on long hair, use a 1″ curling iron. For the short hair version below, we used a smaller 3/4″ curling iron.
- Any time you set hair using a hot tool, it’s highly recommended that you use a heat protectant. You’re going to want to let your hair sit on the iron for a couple seconds longer than you normally would with an everyday curl so protect it! Here we’re using THIS ONE.
- You’re going to want to think “diagonal’ throughout this roller set. All of your sections will be parted diagonally and your curling iron should be held diagonally. Use a tail comb and create a small diagonal section for your first curl. I like to start in front and work my way back, personally, but you can start in the back if that’s more comfortable for you. So we parted this section from about the temple, diagonally going back to behind your ear. The section should be about 1″. If you’re using a 3/4 iron for shorter hair, your section should be just under an inch. Always take sections about the same size as your curling iron. Now once you have your heat protectant spray on, roll hair from the bottom, up (curling under) and keep the curling iron at a diagonal angle. If you can’t remember which way it should go, just think about lining your curling iron up with your section parting which should be diagonal as well. Each curling iron brand is different so I can’t tell you how long to hold it on there, but you want to make sure it gets nice and hot.
- Once you feel the hair is properly heated, take the hair out of the iron and immediately set it with a clip.
- After doing about 3 or 4 sections, I like to spray the hair with a strong holding hairspray for extra support. Here, we are using THIS ONE.
- This is a little tricky, and it’s totally optional, but when the hair has slightly cooled and then after it has been hairsprayed, I like to push the sections back and make them lay flat. This is my personal preference so that the waves end up having a more “S” shape versus being “poofy”. All you do is lay your hand flat over your section and push back lightly. The sections should fall back (like dominos) and flatten out. Again, this is optional and you don’t have to do it if you want more width– it’s more for those with thick hair that tends to get too wide.
- Once you’re done with a section, and you’ve flattened out your pieces if desired, your section should look like this and you’ll be ready to move on to the next side.
- You’re going to want to do this exact same thing all around the head. Make sure you can see the back as you do it. If you need to get a friend to help you with the back, do it! The pattern is so important. Allow your full set to cool for at least 30 minutes! You shouldn’t be able to feel any heat or warmth at all when it’s ready.
Now for the take down. This is where you get to play and make it whatever you want! Below we’ll showing you 6 ways to take this down and finish it…
- remove clips from your roller set.
- use a smoothing brush and brush everything forward. brush for about one full minute and you will start to see the pattern develop. once you start seeing it, spray lightly with a strong holding hairspray. keep brushing each section and spraying until you see it all come together.
- most of the hair will come forward over your shoulders with this look.
- once you take the set down, brush everything back over your shoulders.
- keep brushing until the pattern develops.
- spray lightly with a strong hold hairspray.
- pull the ends back over your shoulders to the front if you want! but keep the top portion going toward the back.
SPRAYED AND SLICKED.
- once you take the set out, spray the top half with a generous amount of non-aerosol hairspray. here we’re using THIS ONE.
- take the fine side of your comb and slick the hair down.
- pin it if desired.
- spray the bottom with a strong holding hairspray.
COMBED OUT WITH YOUR FINGERS.
- remove clips from your roller set.
- gently run your fingers through your curls to break them up.
- spray strong holding hairspray all over to complete the look.
COMBED OUT WITH A WIDE-TOOTH COMB.
- once you’ve taken down the roller set, use the wide-tooth side of your comb to brush the curls.
- spray a light veil of shine spray for added sparkle!
- finish with a strong-holding hairspray.
BRUSHED OUT AND PINNED.
- remove the pins from the roller set.
- brush everything straight down and then back comb just a little for added volume.
- we made this one a little less shiny by spraying dry shampoo all over.
- give it that vintage look by twisting a piece back in the front and pinning it!
- last but not least, give it a final veil of strong holding hairspray.
These hair ideas can seriously be used with almost anything. It can be really fun to pair a “scary” costume with pretty hair, especially if you’re seeing someone spesh on Halloween. We know a bad Halloween picture can haunt you forever. This hair will photograph beautifully and won’t look like a mess the next morning. We hope you’ve enjoyed these 6 looks! If you do pair this tutorial with your costume, please tag us in your instagram photo @TheBeautyDept or @PanteneHair so we can regram it! Excited to see what you pretty peeps are going to be!
All products used in this post can be found right HERE! Special thanks to Alicia and Allie for sitting in on this tutorial and to Carissa for the pretty makeup looks!