DIY FIXER UPPER

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

It’s such a bummer when your favorite mascara dries out. Typically you want to throw it out after 3 months anyway, but surprisingly some of them barely make it a month! It’s one of my biggest urks in life. (OK, if that’s my biggest problem, I’m doing alright!) Luckily there’s a quick fix that gives your mascara a second life. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

  • Your Favorite Mascara — Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara is the bomb and, like all mascaras, is guilty of drying out before I’m quite ready!
  • Re-Wetting Drops — I used Opti-Free Re-Wetting Drops but you can use whatever brand you like. Don’t use traditional Visine or a redness-reducing formula. That’s not the goal here. It’s about adding moisture back with a product that is formulated to do that and be safe to use on your eyes.

STEPS:

  1. Remove the wand. Add about 10 drops of the re-wetting liquid into the opening of the tube.
  2. Return the wand and give it a little shake.
  3. Untwist the wand, pull it about 1/4 of the way out and gently swirl it around against the inside of the tube. Be gentle with this, though! You don’t want to damage the bristles.

That’s it! You’ll be so happy that your mascara isn’t dried out or clumpy anymore and feels brand new again!

 

WAKE UP!

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

I’ve created tutorials on concealing dark circles, disguising bags and highlighting, but now let’s focus on bringing everyone’s attention to your eyes with this technique that brightens, highlights, conceals and illuminates! It’s quick and easy to do and only involves two products that you probably already have. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

  • Your Favorite Concealer: Choose one that is a half shade lighter than your foundation shade. I used Bobbi Brown Face Touch Up Stick because it’s intense enough to apply a thin layer so it won’t crease.
  • Your Favorite Liquid Highlighter: I used the iconic YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch in #3 on Alyssa above.

STEPS:

  1. You don’t have to follow the order I chose but I like to start with the inside corner and apply the concealer with a concealer brush or your finger. As we get older, the sides of the nose get darker and more indented/shadowed, so please never skip brightening there! Then continue from there along the undereye as mapped out above.
  2. Switch to the highlighter pen and make dots in the area shown above (above your cheekbone along the eye socket).
  3. Switch back to the concealer stick and apply it directly from the tube or with a concealer brush under the brow wing.
  4. Switch back to the highlighter pen and make dots above the brow as shown above.

5. Blend with your finger or an egg-shaped sponge.

6. Blend by tapping your ring finger along the dots and snapping them against your thumb in between taps to wipe away some of the excess.

7. Blend with your finger or an egg-shaped sponge.

8. Blend with the tap and snap method again like you did in step 6!

OUR FAVORITE PLACES

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

Hey, hey, LA! We are incredibly lucky to have so many epic resources for the beauty industry around Los Angeles. Remember our last post about all of our favorite beauty supply stores and sources? Well we thought we would follow that up by telling you about a few other semi-secret spots that we love to hit which are a little more off-the-radar. Next time you’re in Los Angeles, print out these posts and make a whole day of it! We’ve included places to find products and tools as well as a couple of places that just get our beauty engines going for obvious reasons…

 

Long Beach Flea Market: I love going here when I have a wedding coming up. It’s much less crowded than the very popular Rosebowl but has many of the same vendors. I used to search ebay & etsy for vintage brooches to put in a brides hair but eventually I realized I needed to see them in person before I could buy. There are many vendors that carry hundreds of brooches. You have to search for the vendors because they’re always in a different location, but you can’t miss that glittery glow.

Long Beach Veterans Stadium
4901 E. Conant St
Long Beach CA 90808

Japanese Beauty Supplies: I go to various Japanese stores on Sawtelle Blvd to get bobby pins + hair clips when I’m in a pinch and can’t order from Shear World (which I linked to in the last post). Japanese beauty supplies tend to carry bobby pins and hair pins that are significantly stronger than the average pin. They’re much more durable and have some not-so-average colors. There is a whole strip of shopping centers on Sawtelle and Olympic but my favorite is called Make Asobi. (This is also where I got the gold clips you see in the bottom middle of the header photo up top.)

Make Asobi
2115 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

The Makeup Show: This is only open to professionals and students attending cosmetology school. You can view the dates on their website. Trust us… it’s worth scheduling your trip around these dates if you’re in the industry. There are new launches from various makeup brands and more nail polish colors + textures than you could ever dream of. You can also watch some of the best makeup artists in the world get up on stage, do their thing, and then participate in a Q & A. It’s pretty much the happiest place on earth for us.

VISIT THEMAKEUPSHOW.COM

Luxelab // Studio DNA //  Space NK: As we all know, I am obsessed with Oribe products for styling hair and I’m constantly running out of one bottle or another. Mapping out where you can get the product you need is essential for any freelance hairstylist on-the-go. I try to order ahead but sometimes it just doesn’t work that way. Luxelab is a hair salon on Montana Avenue on the westside, Studio DNA is a salon on La Brea closer to Hollywood and I go to the Space NK located inside Bloomingdales in the Century City if I need something in the middle. These 3 spots always seem to have a full stock and they always have the new stuff, which is very helpful!

LuxeLab (Santa Monica)
1408 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica 90403

Studio DNA (Hollywood)
151 S. La Brea
Los Angeles, Ca 90036

Space NK (Century City)
10250 Santa Monica Blvd (inside Bloomingdales)
Los Angeles, Ca 90067

Violet Grey: If you want to know which products are being sprayed, blended + applied to some very famous faces before they hit the red carpet, stop by this sparkly spot on Melrose Place. I love that they directly connect with celebrity hairstylists, makeup artists + manicurists to get the inside scoop and then they stock their shelves with the specific products that the artists are currently obsessed with. They also carry a lot of beauty classics. Let’s just say, I learn (and spend!) a lot here.

Violet Grey Flagship
8452 Melrose Place
Los Angeles, Ca 90069

TINI (also know as “This is not Ikea”): I love this massive vintage/antique store on Fairfax near The Grove. I’ve purchased so many rad vintage beauty items here for my private studio. I’m a big believer in being inspired by your workspace so I like to have things around me that are new and cool in addition to things from past decades. It’s amazing to see how beauty has changed over the years and makes you wonder what the beauty industry will be like in the future. Fill your workspace with things that make you love working.

T.I.N.I. (This Is Not Ikea)
515 S. Fairfax
Los Angeles, Ca 90036

The Hair Shop + Wilshire Beauty: These two are across the street from each other. I’ve written about them before, but I always like to recommend them to people who are visiting LA. Let’s say you wanted to pick up some simple clip-in extensions that you can’t get where you live– go into the Hair Shop and someone will walk you through the walls and walls of hair, wigs, extensions, etc. It’s way better than ordering them online and hoping for the best. They’ll even show you how to put them in and secure them properly. Then, pop over to Wilshire Beauty across the street to check out the newest beauty buys as well as many classic products. (Inside tip: I like Wilshire Beauty much more for hair and nails than I do for makeup.)

The Hair Shop
5376 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Wilshire Beauty
5401 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, Ca 90036

Griffith Park: We’re big fans of feeling pretty on the inside as well as on the outside. Peace of mind is a must. If you’re visiting LA, you’re sure to hear about the very popular Runyon Canyon. Alternatively, we are huge fans of Griffith Park. It’s not as crowded and we like the view a lot more. Depending on which way you go, you can see downtown LA, the Hollywood sign, and all the way to the beach. It’s magical.

Griffith Park Hiking Trail
2800 E Observatory Rd
Los Angeles, Ca 90027
(we like to park near the Observatory and hike up from there)

 

BookSoup // Henessey + Ingalls: You guuuuys, please don’t forget about bookstores. I’m not trying to sound like a grandma right now, but we NEED books. Know what the thing is about the internet? We only see recycled things! Unless someone chooses to add something new, we see the same images posted over and over in different places. Bookstores are WAY better than that. There are things in bookstores that will never be on the internet. Those are my kind of gems. Some of the best hair inspiration I have ever laid my eyes on was found while sitting in a pile of books on my day off.

BookSoup
8818 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, Ca 90069

Henessey + Ingalls
1520 N Cahuenga Blvd #8
Los Angeles, Ca 90028

Blick Art Store: This is one of those spots where I can just go and get inspired for hours. Try popping in without a plan and just find new things to create. It’s good for the artist in you! Last time I was there, I bought a small thin canvas, went home, made a bunch of kiss marks with various lipsticks, labeled them and created our favorite new piece of art for the office. Buy some colorful pencils, sketch out some hairstyles or makeup looks or create a color palette you love for summer 2014 using only water colors! The possibilities are endless at this place. There are 2 stories of art supplies to gawk at.

Blick Art Supplies
7301 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, Ca 90036

 

Pampered Hands (Melrose Ave): We’re pretty open about our obsession with nail art. A favorite spot to go for fun nail art in LA is Pampered Hands on Melrose. You can literally take a photo of anything you’ve ever seen on the interwebs and they can do it. They do nail art with both polish and gel. It definitely gets crazy busy so don’t go if you’re in a hurry, but if you’ve ever been saving a photo of a cool mani in a pinterest file, this is the place to take it. Top off your perfect nail art with rings + things! Our favorite sites for those:

Website for LC Lauren Conrad for Kohls
Website for Catbird
Website for Circle Ring Girl

Malibu, Ca: There is no better natural light on the planet, if you ask me. If you’re coming to LA and want to do a shoot for your blog or just because, make the drive out to Malibu. Early morning and evening are best, but Malibu is often overcast with a “marine layer” in the early afternoon which diffuses the hard sunlight and gives you the warmest glow in your photos. That’s the reason nearly every campaign and editorial in this town are shot in Malibu.

Los Angeles Flower Mart: This is not that big of a secret anymore, but definitely something that can brighten your day. Get inspired by all the colors and the infinite types of flowers. We love going down here in the beginning of the week to get flowers for the office. Walking around the LA Flower Mart has inspired many of our DIY projects at TBD. They’re only open to the trade in the wee-hours of the morning but open to the public shortly after. Check the hours of operation HERE.

Los Angeles Flower Mart
754 Wall Street
Los Angeles, Ca 90014

If we were visiting LA, this would be the pretty lil round of stops we would make. If you’re from here and want to leave some additional cool spots for people (or even for us!) to check out, please feel free to leave the info below!

BROW FINESSE

POST & PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Brow adventures come in many shapes and styles. Some of us need to draw in a whole new brow. Others just need a little gel to hold things in place. This is for those who don’t want to look too “done” but can benefit from a little definition. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

  • Brow Spooly or Disposable Mascara Wand — I love the Laura Mercier Brow Grooming Brush (and the fact that it’s reasonably-priced at $10).
  • Brow Pencil — I used MAC Eye Brows in Lingering because of its ashy-yet-warm shade and fine tip.

STEPS:

  1. With the spooly brush/disposable mascara wand, brush your brow hairs downward.
  2. Continue brushing downwards all the way to the end of the brow.
  3. With the pencil, start a few millimeters from the beginning of the brow and draw a line along the top of the brow hairs to the peak of the arch.
  4. Continue and draw a line from the peak of the arch to the end of the brow.
  5. Switch back to the spooly and brush the hairs back upward along the first half of the arch and brush the hairs outward along the second half of the arch.

UPDATE: For those of you asking for the eyeshadow color, it’s Lancome Color Design Sensational Hold Shadow in Drama!