THE HAIR FLICK TRICK

hair flick trick the beauty department

I don’t know how to tell you this, but my favorite product for finishing layers isn’t a hair product at all. It’s just water. I use this cute little MINI WATER BOTTLE for finishing my girls’ layered haircuts because that mist is the finest you’ll ever get and trust me, I have tried every spray bottle out there. It’s so fine, it’s like a teeny cloud coming out of the bottle! Over time I’ve learned that I can even use this technique on straight, wavy and slightly curly hair that has been styled without the hair getting too wet and wanting to return to its natural texture.

evian water spray hair trick

After my curling iron waves, wand waves or flat iron waves are created and after my favorite products (see here) have been applied, I grab my mini WATER BOTTLE and pick up a layer.

kristin ess hair flick trick water evian spray the beauty department

Pull your layers in various directions while hitting them with a little mist! You don’t want them all going the same way. Again, I want to stress that I do this AFTER my products have been applied. Even hairspray.

the beauty department water trick

To finish off, I set the bottle down and give it a tiny twist/flick to get it going in the direction I want. This is much better on the hair that going over it again with a hot iron to get the hair going in the desired direction.

It’s such a simple finishing trick and I get asked about how I do these little flicks constantly. Hopefully this answers the question! If you can’t find an Evian mini where you live, you can find it HERE!

2016 MET GALA TRANSLATED

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

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

Every year I look forward to the MET Ball, even more than the Oscars! It marries fashion with red carpet glamour and is themed, so it’s always fascinating to see how each designer and makeup artist will interpret it.  This year’s Ex-Machina theme did not disappoint, with tons of metallics and robotic, futuristic gowns… it was pure eye candy! I especially loved the makeup my colleague Jillian Dempsey did on Kristen Stewart and thought it’s the perfect look for a red carpet translation. Here’s how to pull it off the next time you head out to a club or music festival:

TOOLS:

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STEPS:

  1. Wet the contour brush, swirl it in the shadow to make a paste and start the outline of the rectangle. You can take it as long as your brow or as short as the end of your eye.
  2. Fill it in.
  3. Perfect the angles and lines with the pointed Q-tip.
  4. Rim the inner waterline with the black pencil.
  5. Add a couple coats of mascara.

tbd met galaFINAL

 

DAILY LIP LOVE

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

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

I have become a broken record with my clients. Unless you suffer from severe cracked lips (which are a whole other thing entirely that your doctor can help you with), there is no excuse for them to sit in my chair with chapped lips! I always quote Oprah… when you know better, you do better. So let me let you in on the best thing you can do twice a day to have soft and smooth lips all year long. When you brush your teeth, brush your lips! Every single time (hopefully that means twice a day!). Right before you normally would spit, bring the toothbrush outside of your mouth, close it and run the brush back and forth over them. Then spit. That’s it! I promise you, if you make this part of your routine, you won’t remember what it was like for them to be anything but smooth!

TOOLS:

This is especially a must when you’re rocking a lip stain or liquid lipstick!

EASIEST WEDDING HAIR OF ALL TIME

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

Doing your own hair for your wedding is just straight up INTIMIDATING, amiright?? Well thank goodness for this epic, game changing PEARL HALO because it’s about to take all your day-of struggles away. I’ve uploaded a quick video to our INSTAGRAM to show how unbelieveably easy this is! It’s kind of crazy that it can be so simple. And yes, it’s fairly expensive, but most likely less expensive than having a hairstylist come do your hair on your wedding day. If you’re on a budget, you can go get an epic blowout at a salon somewhere and then pop this in! Here’s how it works…

beauty department wedding hair idea

Start with whatever texture you want; waves, curls, straight, natural, whatever! Dana is a lucky girl… this is basically her natural wave with a couple taps of the curling iron on random pieces that wouldn’t behave. (uggggggggh I want it).

oribe texture spray the beauty department

Next, add a bit of DRY TEXTURE SPRAY. This is great for adding texture AND slip prevention. Once you spray that, IF you feel the need, you can lift the top layer of hair and do a little tease/backcomb patch just behind the ear right where the combs will slide in. I recommend doing this if you’re planning to wear this all day or if your hair is shiny/slippery.

the beauty department easy wedding hair

Then you just simply slide the piece in to place and you’re DONE. Yes, it’s that easy!! Now I’m going to show you a ton of photos from different angles so you know what it looks like all around.

lelet the beauty department wedding hair idea quick easy tutorial

Here’s a 3/4 view.

wedding hair ideas 2016 easy bride hair tutorial lelet the beauty dept

Here’s what it looks like from the side! (Also, how adorable is Dana!? ahhhh!)

easiest bride hair tutorial the beauty department

And here’s a slightly closer shot. You can see that the band the pearls sit on is solid which makes this feel very secure!

What do you guys think of this accessory? I think LELET needs to make a million different kinds of these immediately because they’re just plain incredible. For those of you who will ask, the difference between this and this REVERSE HEADBAND I posted a couple weeks ago is this is solid and doesn’t bend the way the chain one in that post does. And while you KNOW I love that chain, this one stays put and might be my new favorite because it’s less likely to move.