Welcome back to Brush Class, beauties! If you remember, a couple months ago I showed you which face brushes to use for different coverage (revisit it here). Today we’re taking it a step further and showing you which brush to use for all the different finds of complexion products. And the new brushes out there now are what I’m most excited about! I can’t even begin to tell you how far face brushes have come since I went to makeup school back in 2003. We applied foundation (which only came in two forms, liquid and cream) with a sponge! So come with me on this journey as I simplify everything for you and open your world to the next generation of brushes! READ MORE…
Adding vibrant, rich colors to your hair is always insane amounts of fun and we’re no strangers to experimenting with pretty colors around here. Not all of us can pull off our favorite shade of purple or blue all-over due to school or work, but there’s always a solution! Recently we reunited with our friends at Vidal Sassoon Pro Series and they’re launching some bold new boxes of at-home that include shades like “Midnight Muse Blue“, “London Lilac” + “Runway Red“. Um, yes please. We took a lil note from the always on-point, Kylie Jenner, and decided to play up the idea of having some hidden hues underneath. We thought it would be fun to do a tutorial on getting that look because let’s face it, while we encourage everyone to be as BOLD as possible, you could hide this at even the most conservative 9 to 5! Here’s how we did it…
- Clip all of your hair up into a bun. Put a cape or old (or dark) towel over your shoulders. Add a berrier of petroleum jelly around your lower hairline to keep your skin from staining.
- Create a triangle section in the back of your head as you see in photo number 2. It’s easiest if you part the hair down the center from your front hairline all the way to the nape of your neck. Then go back and take a half triangle from each side of the part as you see above.
- Always, always, always wear your protective gloves while using hair color! Inside the box you’ll find professional gloves, not those janky cheap ones that fall apart.
- Take out all of the Vidal Sassoon Pro Series color contents from the box. There will be containers labeled 1, 2 + 3.
- Take the #1 tube and mix it into the #2 bottle. Empty the entire tube into the bottle!
- Now shake, shake, shake!
- Grab a hand mirror or a compact so that you can see the back (if you’re not having someone help you, which could be both fun AND smart)!
- Put some color at the root of your triangle section and start combing it in with a plastic comb. Using a comb makes it easy to get the triangle section right. It doesn’t have to be perfect but the cleaner the better in our opinion.
- Once you get the root, pour some of the color on the middle and ends.
- Work it through with your fingers.
- It was really fun to watch it change from a pinkish/magenta hue to lilac. We have a feeling this will fade very nicely over time and just keep getting prettier! Once it’s ready, shampoo the color out. Lean over the sink and turn your head if possible to avoid getting color elsewhere. That’s what we did and it seemed to work really well. Run the #3 tube through the hair for extra shimmer + major shine.
- Blow dry or air dry your hair, as you please. You won’t see the color when your hair is down or in a low pony or bun, but once you put it up high, you get the full effect. We love adding some sweet accessories to this, as you can tell.
If you have darker hair this color looks beautiful. And if you want that extra pop, go into the salon and ask your colorist to have this section subtly pre-lightened. That’s what we did for the photo below. It didn’t need much, and you definitely don’t need to bleach it out to blonde, but for the color to be bold you’ll want to take the extra step.
Overall, we’re in love with the color and we’ve never seen anything like London Lilac on the shelves before. Our favorite thing was that the hair feels glossy + soft. If you try out the Vidal Sassoon Pro Series London Luxe colors, we would LOVE to see it! Tag us in your photo @thebeautydept on instagram, please!
But more importantly, Vidal Sassoon Pro Series is holding an AMAZING color contest for this launch which you should look at right HERE. Wanna go to London? Want $4,000? Um, WE DO TOO.
Super excited because today I’m starting a new makeup series of all the different ways to bump up your day makeup for nighttime! So let’s kick it off with the cat eye! Of course, you’re more than welcome to not change a thing about your cat eye when you leave work or school and meet friends or a date out on the town (in that case, you just go back over it with the liquid liner in case it’s faded a little). Or you can thicken it up a little and change the wing shape for extra drama. Here’s how: READ MORE…
A couple months ago I was asked to join 4 gorgeous + very talented ladies at a photoshoot for The Hollywood Reporter’s amazing new site, Pret-a-Reporter, which we love. I was terrified AND excited as I don’t usually sit in front of the camera! I’m more of a behind-the-scenes kind of gal. But when they told me about the concept I wanted to be a part of it. They asked each of us to channel an Old Hollywood Starlet and told us the headline of the article was going to be “Digital Starlets”. That was really exciting, but THEN the news got better. They told me that I got to channel Rita Hayworth. Melt. My. Heart. She’s always been my number one. The shoot was loads of fun and we’re beyond grateful that they included The Beauty Department in this story. You can view the images with all the other lovely ladies right here. I also thought it would be fun to do a tutorial on how I did my hair for the shoot, so here we go!
- Shampoo + lightly condition. Don’t use a heavy conditioner or mask before attempting this hairstyle as it might weigh the curls down.
- Have you invested in a new mousse yet? It’s back and better than ever. There are lots of new mousses on the shelves that are soft and pliable, not crunchy.
- Work some through the root first and then down toward the ends. I gave it a nice brushing once the mousse was in to ensure even distribution. You DON’T want mousse clumps.
- Rough dry the hair using a flat brush. I have strong natural waves, borderlining on curly. You don’t need it to be smooth. In fact, I like mine to be a little puffy and frizzy because I feel like it holds the curl better in the long run. If you straighten it first it might fall flat quickly.
Try a section first so you understand how your hair will react to the curl. I did one here so you can see what the hair should do. Curl, cool, brush, bounce! That’s what you want.
- I start at the top and work my way down with the curling iron. I like to make sure the top and the middle get just as much heat as the ends so they don’t fall flat. I used a 5/8″ iron for this whole set. Seems small, but trust me you don’t want to use anything larger than 3/4″ for the curl or it will end up more like Veronica Lake Waves, which are great, but not the point.
- Let the curl cool until the hair feels cold. When you do your whole head, you’ll want to pin each curl and let it cool, but for this one I didn’t pin it.
- Brush out the curl until you see the pattern form.
- It should spring up and start to look like this. Once you get the hang of it, you’re ready to curl the whole head.
When I started to fall in love with vintage vibe hair, I started buying a lot of these old books with written tutorials. I tried to make you one below so you could see the pattern I used for this set.
- Create a side part on whichever side you prefer. This looks best with a side part rather than a middle part in my opinion. Curl the heaviest side first. Start at the top and pin the curls into place in the pattern above. Work your way to the bottom.
- The front pieces are the most important because they’re going to define the shape more than anything so be very precise with the front curls.
- Work your way around to the other side. You want to curl everything down and toward the face.
- Put your makeup on and get dressed while your curls cool. The colder the better.
- Now brush out the whole head. Keep brushing until you start to see the pattern form. Once you do, start adding hairspray. You can either tuck the hair behind your ear or you can twist it and pin it like I did using a large bobby pin. Totally up to you!
Pret-a-Reporter is also doing a sweepstakes which you should check out HERE!
Thank you to our friends at Pret-a-Reporter for partnering with us on this post and including us in the story!