POST & PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN
I know there are those of you out there terrified of using oil on your face! Because I used to be you! I used to be an ingredient sergeant and if I saw oil listed anywhere, I ran for my life. Then I got educated. Mineral oil is pore-clogging and I avoid it like the plague. But most oils out there do not cause breakouts. Period. And the only way to come to this realization yourself is to cross over and try one.
Moreover, oil might actually work to clear up acne. Say what? Yes! Sometimes, especially if you fall under the “oily skin” type, your body is making more and more oil because you’re overdrying it. So you actually have dry skin now, which is devastating because now not only do you have acne, it’s really irritated on top of it and your face is desperate for oil. Since you’re not giving it any, it’s working overtime to create its own, hence the heavy oil production. As soon as you add oil to your skin regimen, it will calm down and produce less oil.
On the other side of the equation, there are those of us with dry skin from life, not from overdrying it (we actually moisturize it constantly but it’s never enough!). The dry winter season, using heaters in our cars (or space heaters under our desks) and not drinking enough water are all culprits. Which is why facial oil crucial to stopping the cycle of dry skin. And the most effective way to use it is after you apply your moisturizer. Why? Because if you apply the oil before the moisturizer, you’re preventing the moisturizer from penetrating into the skin cells because it can’t pass through the oil. But if you apply the moisturizer first and then pat the oil on top, the oil creates a moisture barrier, sealing the moisturizer into the skin and preventing the air from making it dissipate. And if you’re really into anti-aging, try applying facial oil over your nightly glycolic acid cream or retinol! It will lock it in and you’ll instantly feel it. Genius! Here’s how to apply it (day or night, but start with just night):
- Pump the moisturizer a couple of times into your fingertips or the palm of your hand.
- Rub your fingers together to warm up the product so it soaks into your skin more easily.
- Spread the moisturizer all over your face and neck (please don’t forget your neck, it’s the first thing to show your age!).
- Pump a couple drops of the facial oil into your fingertips or the palm of your hand.
- Rub your fingers together to warm up the oil.
- Pat the oil all over your face and neck. Patting places the oil on top of the moisturizer instead of rubbing and smearing them together.
I’ve tested out dozens and dozens of facial oils out there and these are my top four favorites. Click on each link to read more about their different superpowers!
photos above (left: style.com) (right: Kristin Ess)
Earlier this year, Rodarte ruled the runway again. Every beauty site went crazy for the beautifully messy rosette braids. We wanted to do an actual tutorail on how you can get this look and make it wearable for the fall. I love that it’s a half up/half down ‘do because in colder weather, we can use the shoulder coverage for added warmth. Below is a very detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to get a wearable Rodarte-like braid along with a couple finished photos at the bottom. Here we go!
You will need: a few clear elastics, a one inch barrell curling iron, a light hold styling spray + some bobbypins that match your hair color.
- Start with wavy hair– natural or with a curling iron. We used a 1″ curling iron and our Everyday Waves method for this look.
- Create a middle part.
- On the left side of the part, create a basic 3 strand braid. (You can get fancy and do it french braid-style, only taking new hair from the top if you’re a champion braider!)
- About 4-5 inches down, tie the braid off using a clear elastic.
- Gently pull individual pieces as you see in the photot to create a messier looking braid.
- Repeat on the other side.
- Now join the two braids together in the back using another clear elastic.
- This is what the back should look like. Take a second to check it using a hand mirror. It shouldn’t be perfect, you just want to make sure you don’t see any weird bumps popping up.
- Right behind the place where you joined the two braids together, gently grab a strand of hair and slowly pull it out above the elastics (see photo). Spray with a light hold styling spray or thermal protectant spray.
- Take your 1″ barrell curling iron and create a barrell curl (start at the bottom and roll up).
- Release the curl and roll it back up.
- To make the rosette, gently pull the curl apart and give it some texture with your fingers. We twisted ours a little in the process, clockwise. Then use a small bobbypin to secure the rosette to the elastics.
- Create a 3 strand braid using the remaining pieces that hang down from the elastics.
- Gently pull and it give that braid some texture as well.
Here is what it should look like up close!
And here it is a little further away. Could be gorgeous for a wedding or just a fun night out with friends. If you try this, please tag us in a photo on instagram @thebeautydept! xo
POST & PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN
We get a lot of emails asking us for even the most basic of tips. Sometimes we forget that some of us out there are just embarking on makeup journeys and we’re excited to guide you through! For the rest of us, it’s always good to learn the proper way to do things just for principle’s sake, then you can take it and make it your own if you want to. This technique makes your lips look a wee bit fuller, probably why it’s been enormously popular throughout the decades. Here’s how: READ MORE…
photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess
I don’t know about you but I have some friends who come over and stage-5-cling to my precious bottle of Klorane which pretty much causes me to have a mini heart attack. I see this white cloud all around them and I wonder why I didn’t hide it before they got there. Too late, bottle is half gone. If you’ve ever paid for a bottle of Klorane you know it’s $20+. The reason we love it so much is because it’s made with rice. When rice comes in contact with the oils from your scalp, it becomes transparent. Many others are made with talc powders that never really disappear. Talc will often stay white and make you look like you’re from the Victorian era. I thought it would be fun to experiment! We tried dabbing finely ground rice flour (make sure it’s not coarse) at the root using a clean blush brush and were pleasantly surprised to see that this inexpensive alternative worked wonderfully!
- Pour a little finely ground white rice flour into a small cup.
- Dab your blush brush in the flour.
- Gently tap the brush on the side of the cup to remove excess flour.
In the tutorial above we photographed it on a blonde model, but since I have tried it on my red hair and it worked perfectly! The keys to applying are…
- Make sure you section the hair off. Take sections parallel with the hairline. I like to go an inch below the hairline on each side.
- Use your clean blush brush in a downward motion. Going upward or side to side may cause frizzing at the root.
- Make sure you don’t apply too much. If you do it could look a little funky. If you think you’ve applied too much, just rub some off with a dry washcloth.
- Don’t forget to do your hairline!
- Tap to blend. You don’t want to stroke your hair with your hand to get it to blend because you’ll end up wiping some away. Instead, tap it into the root gently with the pads of your fingers!
Best part about this is it’s completely green! You’ll get lots of applications out of one small bag.