photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

Let’s be honest, there’s a new hair icon in town. This tutorial is purely inspired by the lovely locks on Amal Alamuddin during her wedding week in Italy. Her hair in the photo below is so simple and so chic, and every long haired beauty should know how to achieve this classic look. I can’t believe we haven’t done this tutorial before! FYI, this isn’t a tutorial on how to do a professional blowout at home (we already did that right HERE!) This is more about how to fake a pro blowdry and get the same results. IT’S HARD to blowout your own hair and you can never quite get the same angles that a pro can get. This is much easiers on the arms and often less “puffy” thanks to the tools being used. Okay, let’s skip blowdrying and get into faux drying!

For this tutorial we started with dry hair. It was air-dried in photo number 1 and we added THIS MOUSSE when the hair was wet to build a good foundation for styling. Kim’s hair is superfine and layered so we need to build hold from the start. You’re welcome to blowdry it first if you’re in a rush or want more volume. As you can see, Kim has some layers around her hair which can sometimes make it harder to do certain styles but we’ll address that in the steps.


  1. Detangle hair using your favorite brush. We’re really feeling THIS BRUSH right now!
  2. As far as sections go, we started at the bottom, but you’re welcome to start at the front hairline if that’ more comfortable for you.
  3. Lightly mist SUPERFINE HAIRSPRAY on your section. Hold the can several inches away so you don’t get dense spots of hairspray. Between the MOUSSE we used to prep the hair and the hairspray added before we curl, layers didn’t seem to be an issue. But if they are, just go back in and curl the pieces that drop out and then wrap them into your larger piece.
  4. Split the back section into 2 pieces and curl both under using your 2″ HOT TOOLS. This is a very large curling iron so take the time to practice the motions with the iron off before you attempt curling your hair as it feels very different than a regular curling iron and can be hard to control the first time you use it.
  5. Clip up the seciton immediately after you remove it from the iron using your SETTING CLIPS.
  6. Continue on to the next section. Give each piece a light spray with your SUPERFINE HAIRSPRAY before putting it into the iron. I like to slightly change the angle of the curling iron for each piece I curl. You can see in each of the following steps it’s slightly different. That keeps the hair from looking too perfectly patterened. You want movement and you want the hair to go in various directions, so set it that way!
  7. See how this section rolls back toward the nape of the neck?
  8. Now this one goes almost straight down.
  9. Once everything is curled under and set with clips, give it a light mist of SUPERFINE HAIRSPRAY all over.
  10. Let that sit for as much time as you can spare. You wouldn’t want to set this overnight as you would crush the curls but 10-30 minutes would be ideal.
  11. Once the hair has cooled down, begin taking out your SETTING CLIPS.
  12. Give the hair a light shake and “comb through and scrunch” using just your fingers. You shouldn’t need to use a brush and if you do it’s probably because you saturated the hair a little too much with hairspray before you curled– or you may have used a hairspray with super strong hold. If you have to brush the hair out, please do it gently. This hairstyle is meant to feel bouncy and airy so you don’t want to over brush it and make the “locks” of hair come apart.

Here’s what Kim’s hair looked like from the front and the back after the sections were taken down, finger brushed and sprayed.

We also took it one more step and used a blowdryer on cold air to “stir” the hair up a little and make it a bit more piece-y.

Hope you loved this as much as we loved creating it! For any of you that are curious, there were no extensions used in this but you could definitely add some before starting if you need to!

If you do this fab fake blowout, please let us know! Post a photo on insta and tag us @TheBeautyDept so we can repost it!



When we get dressed up for parties, Homecoming, weddings and such, we can sparkle without looking made up or overdone. It’s all about balance and taste… and today’s party inspiration look will look absolutely gorgeous on you at your next event! Simply anchor a gold glitter-y lid with an black diamond lower lashline then balance them both with a soft matte lip. Here’s the breakdown:



  1. After applying foundation (if needed) and a nude blush, look up and line the lower lashline with a black gel liner by dipping the liner brush into the gel pot, smoothing it out on the back of your hand then sweeping the brush across the skin behind the lower lashes as demonstrated on Lexie above.
  2. Rim the inner waterline with the pencil then blink so the product is deposited on the upper waterline as well. Repeat to intensify.
  3. Press your finger against the glitter pot then stamp it across your upper lid. Gently smear it back and forth to smooth out any lumps. I extended it outward past slightly and in the inner corner of the bottom lashline for extra drama but that’s your call.
  4. Add a couple coats of mascara.
  5. Finish by sweeping the lip lacquer along the lip area.

For the fashionistas out there, Lexie is modeling this new favorite dress of mine!



We love a good DIY, and we particularly love a DIY that includes flowers. Saw one of these floral ribbons at a retail store the other day. It was way too overpriced for my liking so of course we decided to create a version you can make yourself for about $2. It’s a simple thin ribbon with flowers and a bobby pin attached– not rocket science, but sometimes simple is just prettier. You know we love a flower crown but we’re head over heels for this as a new alternative. Here’s how we made it…

You’ll want to find tiny flowers so the weight doesn’t pull the ribbon. We opted for these 3 types but you can use anything small and lightweight. Two of these were free because they were from my garden and then we purchased one stem of rice flowers from a local flower shop.

  1. Collect scissors, 1/8″ thin ribbon, your flowers, a single small bobby pin and some thin beading wire.
  2. Gather a tiny cluster of buds and bind them together using a small piece of your wire. Be sure to tuck the ends of the wire in so they don’t get stuck in your hair.
  3. You’ll want to wrap a few clusters. 5-6 is plenty.
  4. Cut 1 yard of ribbon for short to medium hair and 1 1/2 yards for longer hair.
  5. Tie an extra small bobby pin (they make ones that are shorter than the normal size but if you don’t have that you can use the regular ones.
  6. Last, attach your flower clusters. We spaced each one out a little differently. Just make sure you put an even weight on each side so the ribbon doesn’t slide over to the heavier side.

Use the bobby pin to secure the ribbon just below your part. This will be such a great look for anyone who plans on hitting Coachella or any music festival for that matter! If you make one and wear it, don’t forget to tag us @thebeautydept on instagram! We would love to see yours.


We all know floating around Pinterest is the best/worst time warp ever. We’re totally guilty and we like it. Sometimes it’s just great to sit down and get inspired by the handywork of others. We can’t always find the original source of an image, but they sure do provide major inspiration on our office mood boards. We thought we’d share some of our current favorites…

Love doing these with gels because they typically last a couple weeks and you’re able to wear them for both Christmas AND New Years Eve parties.


We need a tutorial on this updo, stat!

Such a stellar headband by the one and only Jennifer Behr. Better pick up the new Cosmo mag!

This girls curls are everythingggggggg.

Kinda looks like these were made with a marker. Regardless, real cute!

We’ll have what she’s having– as in the most perfectly messy waves we’ve ever seen.

We  might be swapping out our black liner for a little metallic around the holidays!

So into a floppy velvet bow. Makes a messy fall pony so much more interesting.

We always love a flower crown but something about this one is extra special… soo dainty + delicate. Perfect for a chignon like this.

Oh, the cute things you can do with bobby pins…

Fall is here. Bust out those hats, pretty ladies.

That clip tho…