SUMMER BRAID 2

thebeautydepartment.com Baby Boho Braid

Post/Photos: Kristin Ess, Graphic Design: Eunice Chun

While we love a good, big, thick braid, there is also something about a baby braid that we just love (remember these braids?!). They are so cute + simple and can provide lots of texture with just a little bit of hair so you can leave half down. When our gorgeous graphic designer Eunice came into town I thought it would be fun to do it on her jet black hair so you can see for yourself that alas, these braids can be done on dark hair and look just as intricate and beautiful as they do on light hair. We get a lot of comments and emails about braids not looking as fun on dark hair but I think we can all agree, this looks super pretty and fun. Here’s how we made this little gem!

  1. Start by taking 2 equal sized sections, one from each side (in front of your ears). Think of it as if you were going to put your hair half up/back.
  2. Now grab a small third section from the center back of your head. Grab it from right near the occipital bone (that bone in the back of your head), that way you’ll have a lot more length to work with.
  3. Start weaving that small piece in a section 8 pattern between the two larger sections.
  4. Keep going all the way down until you run out of length with the small section.
  5. Tie it off using a small elastic that matches your hair color (or use clear!).
  6. Gently and slowwwly pull small bits of the larger sections out from in between the small pieces to give it some texture. If your hair is too soft or straight, add a little surf spray. Eunice has thick, heavy, straight hair so we added a couple sprays of one of my favorites, Wella Ocean Spritz, to the braid and let it dry before pulling it apart.

And for those of you who want a visual of what this braid looks like on lighter hair, we’ve got a picture perfect photo for you below!

thebeautydepartment.com Baby Boho Braid

As you can see we added THESE cute little hearts at the top. You could also use THESE or THESE or THESE!

Now hop to it! Let’s get to braiding!! Don’t forget to tag us @thebeautydept on Instagram with your own baby boho. braids!

Travel Beauty Bags

post/graphic design by norah curlee

Hey hey jet setters! We know all you lovelies have vacays and road trips planned for the summer…and you’ll need to haul your beauty gear, obviously. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of our favorite practical (and adorable) packers that will transport your beauty bits from point A to point B. Having travel bags like this on hand can help you stay organized and even safeguard your treasures from busting/breaking during a bumpy journey through airports and trunks. We’d classify this category as a MUST HAVE. Here are some of our favorites…

1. Can you guess what we’d use this cute case for? #lippies

2. These hanging bags make things super accesible while hooked on the back of a hotel door. Also, mint green lining. <3

3. So many possibilities in store for this little red pouch.

4. This cylinder pouch is genius for taking along makeup brushes, eye pencils etc.

5. This bag had us at STRIPES.

6. Weekender bags like this one are perfect for consolidating all of your must haves into one place.

7. A two-for-one! Lot’s of bags and pouches for products with this option.

8. A classic summery little zip bag. Perfect.

9. Bzzzzzzzz.

10. The whole kit and caboodle! This one has an insert for nail polishes and room for all your mani essentials. YES.

11. A cute trio!

12. We love options and this style comes in lots of colors!

13. Another great one for hauling nail stuff!

14. Pastels and polka dots, and small enough to throw in your hand bag!

Packing is more like a chore and isn’t super exciting, but if you have fun and functional bags/cases it can make the whole process that much better. We will take any help in the organizational department that we can get! What do you guys pack your beauty gear in for trips? Any favorites? Let us know in the comments!

A LITTLE BROW SECRET

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

This is one of the biggest brow gems that I can share with you because not only do I always do it on my clients, but I also do it daily on myself! The first part of the brow can be more sparse or even grow in a different direction than the rest of your brow hairs. Because of this, it becomes a dead giveaway when you fill that area in. But there’s a way to include that area without looking like you did! Here’s how:  READ MORE…

BEAUTICIAN MAGICIAN

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

This tutorial was created especially for those whose cheekbones haven’t come in yet! I grew up on the extreme end of chubby cheeks… borderline chipmunk cheeks that people loved to pinch (which made me cringe!). My mom always said “don’t worry honey, your cheekbones will come in when you’re 25″ and low and behold they did! But what do you do until then (besides embracing them)? The High Flush of course! This makes your cheeks appear higher and smaller than they actually are. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. Swirl the brush across the powder and give it a tap against your counter. Place it on the top outer corner of the apple as demonstrated above.
  2. Now sweep the brush towards your temple.

If you want to really slim and hollow out your cheeks, pair this with my Contouring 101 Tutorial.