NAILED IT: SPRING MANI

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

If there are two things we love around here it’s bright colors and a partially bare mani. Negative space manicures like this one are so fun and give you a chance to play around with multiple colors instead of committing to just one. For this particular pairing, we used the two shades of bougainvillea we usually see. One is an orange-y hot pink and the other one is more of a purple/pink/fuchsia situation. For the hot pink shade we chose DOUBLE BREASTED JACKET and for the more purple shade we worked with BETWEEN THE SHEETS.

Some other favorite options for the perfect pink are…

And for a more purple/fuchsia color, try the one listed above or one of these…

Here’s how it was done…

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  1. Grab a roll of WASHI TAPE and cut small strips to go across your nails horizontally.
  2. Make sure you really press them down well so polish doesn’t seep underneath them, messing up your line.
  3. Use your first color (we went with hot pink near the tips and purple at the base) and paint the portion closest to the tip of the nail.
  4. Next use your purple to paint the section closest to your cuticle. We only used one coat of each color and it seemed to be enough but you may need two. NOTE: work quickly as you don’t want the polish to harden to the tape and make it hard to pull up.
  5. Use tweezers to gently pull back the strips of washi tape.
  6. Add a good CLEAR TOP COAT. <—–  THIS ONE IS MY CURRENT FAVE.

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And then next we obviously need to discuss big ass braids…

BRITTANY SNOW PREMIERE LOOK

TUTORIAL BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

TUTORIAL BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Oh hey big eyes! Our favorite pitch perfect mega babe Brittany Snow ventured out Tuesday night to support her new indie flick Dial A Prayer (opens tonight!), dazzling in a fitted LBD with lace peek-a-boo cutouts and a effortless top twist! It occurred to me that this winged-shadow sultry eye might be something you’d love to rock on your next night out , so here’s how I created her look. You might not have noticed, but the eye makeup was strategically placed in ways to make the eyes look bigger but piercing at the same time. And you can do that too! The key points are to wing the shadow out and up creating a bigger lid space than the actual lid space, then skip liner on the lashline and tightline & inner rim it instead. Here’s how:

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EYES:

  • Smoky Taupe Winged Shadow: To make her eye space as big as possible, I took my absolute favorite smoky taupe eyeshadow palette of all time (could I be more dramatic today?!) and swirled a blending brush in the taupe shade from the upper left corner. Then I started creating the shape by sweeping it across the lid then onto the crease, blending back and forth and dabbing it back into the palette often to load it back up with shadow. Then I determined how far out I wanted to shadow wing to go and dragged the brush back and forth as I elongated the space. See how far I took it above. If you ever take it out too far, don’t worry! You can just shorten it back with my baby wipe trick. I also swept the shadow along the lower lashline too. Then I took the gold sparkly shade from the center and swept it over the lid to really make her blue eyes pop.
  • Tightlining on Top: To keep with the commitment to big eyes, I didn’t line the lashline like I typically might as to not  lose an a millimeter of  lid space. Instead I tightlinted from up and under the lashes, wiggling this favorite black longwear pencil just below and in between the lashes. It’s my favorite because it glides on so smoothly with a lot of color payoff but then is waterproof and won’t budge.
  • Inner Rimming: To make her eyes more piercing, and still not lose a millimeter of lid space, I rimmed her inner waterline with this intense pure color kajal liner. Ok, yes technically this can “close” up the eye a little bit but in return, it makes them look like they can see right through to your soul!
  • Spiky Lashes: Britt and I have a thing for spiky lashes (for lack of a better word). That doesn’t mean clumpy though! We just like them really really defined and separated, with each lash coated, but again, not clumped. So the mascara choice is critical; it has to be really wet and intense right out of the gate so we don’t have to load them up with too many layers. We’ve found this mascara always brings it and used it that night.
  • Subtle Inner Highlight: I simply pressed my ring finger into the highlight shade from the palette and stamped it across the inner corners of the each eye, so it half covered the top and half covered the bottom part at the same time.

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FACE:

  • Skin Perfecting: Ok, this beauty didn’t have much skin correcting work for me to do, as in none, but the flashes on the red carpet can be brutal, so I evened everything out with this industry standard liquid foundation that most of my colleagues and I trust to bring the skin to life while covering any redness, dark spots or blemishes. Brittany is shade #5 if that helps you determine if you’re darker or lighter.
  • Mattifying: I powdered only her T-zone with this setting powder that I know won’t ever get cakey.

CHEEK:

  • Light Contour: I love a subtle sculpt so I merely swept this mistake-proof bronzing powder just under her cheekbones, along her temples, hairline and jawline.
  • Hint of Blush: Again, I wanted to just add a subtle glow to focus all of the attention on the eyes, so I swirled this magic blush on the top half of the apples and cheekbones.

LIP:

  • Pinky Nude Touch of Color: I finished the look with this matte liquid lipstick (shade #500) that isn’t drying (like so many other matte liquid lipsticks out there) and adds the perfect amount of natural color.

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If you want to know how to get her tousled top twist, you’re going to have to ask her lovely hair stylist Aviva Perea!

POST-WORKOUT PONY

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

For the first time in 3 years I started working out again. I’m attending so many weddings this year and I have to be able to wear some of my favorite dresses and shop for some new options as well. I’ve been working out early in the morning and as vital as it is to shower after a workout (I refuse to skip that part), sometimes I don’t get the luxury of a full shampoo/blowout situation. Here’s one of my favorite ways to transform a sweaty scalp into something work or meeting appropriate. Use that dirty hair to your advantage like this!

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So these are the things I like to keep in my gym bag to get this look!

I like to start by regrouping the ponytail and combing out all the bumps. Take small sections of your ponytail and wrap them forward toward your face on the CURLING WAND. Do this all over. I feel like curling them toward the face gives me a better wave pattern for some reason, rather than curling all the pieces backward.

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Now, take your POWDER or DRY SHAMPOO and sprinkle/spray it all over, skipping the actual ponytail. If your ponytail got sweaty from your back or neck, you can put a little there as well but will likely evaporate when you curl.

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Next, use your TAIL COMB to lift small sections off the base of your scalp. This will help the hair look a lot fuller and less pasted down. The powder/lifting combination is what really makes the hair look clean. If you don’t lift, the powder just blends in and makes the slick ponytail look matte but it’s still got a dirty vibe.

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Last but not least, give the ponytail a little tease if necessary to break up the curl from the wand. Take a small section of hair and wrap it around the elastic to hide your ponytail holder if you want.

REAL TALK: DON’T FORGET THIS TRICK RIGHT HERE!  CHANGES EVERYTHING.

If you’re looking for this cute pink cage sports bra, you can find it HERE. If you want a low-budg alternative, peep THIS, THIS or THIS.

MAKEUP BRUSH UP

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

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

I’ve spent 12 years building the perfect makeup kit to use on my celebrity clients. It’s super streamlined into two small, eclectic hat boxes on rollers (seen here!), and to make it into my kit, each item has to be the best of the best. So I spend my time curating what’s out there and when something comes along that performs better than what I’m currently using, I swap it out. Here are the current winners that I went so crazy over, I couldn’t replace the previous ones fast enough!

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FACE:

  • Liquid Foundation Brush — this splurge is my most favorite liquid foundation brush I’ve ever found. The bristles are dense but incredibly soft and movable instead of stiff and hard like a lot of foundation brushes. This save rocks too.
  • Powder Foundation Brush — when I got my hands on this splurge last week, I couldn’t stop playing with it! Its flat head is mega wide, covering a lot of area as it blends. This save covers a lot of surface area too.
  • Cream Foundation Brush — this divine one was especially formulated to softly buff cream foundation into the skin instead of sitting on top of it.
  • Concealer Brush — if you’re an avid TBD reader, you know I’ve been obsessed with this 3DHD concealer brush for awhile now because its steeple-like head can sneak into the contours of your eyes (for dark circles) and around your nose (for redness) like no other brush out there.
  • Powder Brush — This sculpting brush is actually a contour and highlight brush for this Bronze & Go Palette but I’ve been using it for months as a powder brush on my girls because I like to target powder just the T-zone and a big powder brush can’t get into the crevices as well.

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CONTOUR & HIGHLIGHT:

  • Cream Contour & Highlight Brush — contouring and highlighting has really taken hold over the last year thanks to YouTube and social media that all of the brands have taken notice and come out with amazing products and matching brushes to get the job done. Believe me, I’ve tried them all. And this dual-ended one is my favorite because the contour side is super long and narrow to really follow the hollow of your cheek while the highlight side is angled to glide over areas that you want to catch the light. And considering you get two brushes in one, it’s a fair price to me.
  • Powder Contour Brush — I love this angled contour brush because I’ve found the fluffier the brush, the less muddy the contour looks (nothing is worse!).
  • Powder Highlight Brush — This ultra-wide fan brush deposits just the right amount of highlighting powder to bring your face to life. Always use a fan brush for highlighting! It’s a game changer.

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BLUSH:

  • Powder Blush Brush — Okay, this one is the creme-de-la-creme of all the blush brushes out there. You use it once and you’ll feel why. It’s one of those things that hard to explain, but next time you’re at the department store, walk up to the counter and try it for yourself. It’s heaven on a stick! It’s a splurge though so if you don’t want to make that kind of an investment yet, try this stylish save.
  • Cream Blush Brush — I like a densely-packed angled contour brush for cream blushes (with shorter bristles and way less fluffy than the one I use for powder contouring).

Keep you brushes clean with my DIY Natural Brush Cleaning tutorial and whenever you get your hands on a new amazing brush, please let us know in the comments below! And if you liked this post, I can go back into my kit and pull out my new favorite eye and brow brushes and share them with you too!