With so many of you pretty people sporting shorter hair right now, it seems like the only thing growing is our short hair style request list here in the TBD office. Today we’re doing a fairly simple look geared specifically toward the bob. You can do this with or without bangs and the best thing is, the actual half-updo requires no heat tools (other than styling your hair in the morning, or air dry if you prefer) so it can be done after work on the way to a holiday party or a hawt date. Add some sparkle in the back if you’re going to a wedding.
Pop in a wide comb with a cool vibe like these:
Or more sparkly pieces like these:
- You’ll want to dry your hair with a bit of texture. In otherwords, air dry if you have natural wave or add some wave if you don’t. Light wand waves or flat iron waves will do the trick. If you have curly hair, you may want to blow it out to get this particular look but you should also try doing it curly as well! Add a little texture spray of choice. Here in photo 1, we broke out THIS SPRAY! It gives a soft beachy feel.
- Now tease your crown area lightly.
- Add a little of THIS TEXTURE POWDER (which is on sale right now, btw!). This helps the tease stay in place without having to backcomb too aggressively. Lightly sprinkle some powder into the crown and tap it into the light back combing.
- Pinch both sides together in back of the head. Twist them over once and then secure with a bobby pin. The texture powder will also help the bobbypins stay in place and not slide out.
- Go in with a TAIL COMB and pull up a little as you see in photo 5 for a little extra height.
- Tilt your head foreward and give the back a little veil of hairspray. We used THIS ONE but you can use whatever you’ve got! It’s just for a tiny bit of extra hold.
- Now, I like to go into the crown area (to the side of and above the bobby pins) and put my fingers into the hair tousseling up the texture just a little bit. Nothing crazy. It just makes it appear a bit more lived in. This is fully optional and you can leave it smooth if you prefer!
- Check the back in a hand mirror to make sure it feels balanced. Then check from the side as well to see that it looks good with your profile.
You can see that Caitlyn has bangs, but again, this can be done without bangs. Just choose which side you want to part on before getting started. Here’s a pretty shot of it with a comb from our friend MYRA CALLAN of Twigs + Honey.
Enjoy, shorties! And stay tuned for more!
TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN
The holidays are coming, making it the perfect time to start kicking things up a little! So begins our Amp It Up Series, showing you different ways to take it the extra mile in the chic-est way possible. Today we’re taking a traditional shadow look and adding a “sunset” behind it for instant drama. Here’s how to create a copper halo:
- A Metallic Brown Shadow — I used Dark Horse from the gorgeous Urban Decay Naked Palette, a staple in most makeup artists’ kits.
- A Metallic Copper Shadow — I used Ardency Inn’s Modster Manuka Honey Pigment in Copper. You can also use Half Baked from the Urban Decay Palette for a more subtle halo effect.
- A Black Kohl Pencil — You might have noticed by now that I’m obsessed with Charlotte Tilbury’s Rock n Kohl Pencil because it’s one of the blackest black pencils out there and doesn’t smear or run.
- A Volumizine Mascara — If you haven’t tried Eyeko’s Black Magic Mascara yet, you’re in for a treat! It’s incredibly black, making your lashes show up from across the room.
TRADITIONAL SHADOWED LID:
- Apply the metallic brown shade all over the upper lid. Include the crease but not above it. I wet the brush slightly to intensify the pigment, but you don’t have to if you don’t want to.
- Apply the same shade along the bottom lash line.
- Rim the inner waterline with the black kohl pencil, letting it also fill in the spaces in between the lashes.
- Line the upper lash line with the same black kohl pencil. I winged it up and out on Magali above, but that’s a personal call depending on your mood and lid shape.
- Add a couple coats of mascara.
- Sweep the copper shade along the crease, just above the mettalic brown lid and extend it out slightly as demonstrated above.
- Trace the copper shade just below the metallic brown on the lower lash line.
We can finally feel the seasons changing (well a tiny bit here in Los Angeles), and have fallen in love with foliage! Whether you’re into warmer or cooler tones, it’s not hard to spice up your color palette for fall. Obvi, a few of the classics made it in the round up, but there is always room for a few new shades! Think about using deep and rusty colors, still varying with darks and lights, and don’t be afraid to add a little sparkle or play with metallics. After you’re done reading this, put down your cell phones, look up, walk outside and get inspired!
- RED DIAMOND over SKIRTING THE ISSUE- A gem of a color combo! This red is dark enough for you vixens that want a little moodiness in your manicure but the red diamond sparkling top coat adds a super feminine flair.
- BIG APPLE RED – The fall, winter, spring, summer, classic. It doesn’t matter what day of the year it is, Big Apple Red is always in style, always work appropriate, always date appropriate, basically always always always appropriate, in case we haven’t made that clear yet.
- SHIFTING POWER – Nothing says happy fall then a metallic golden mani. Perfect for Thanksgiving and ready to roll right into December we recommend choosing golden hues when you’re getting gels since they match multiple outfits.
4. GREENS – Winter greens are obviously a major thing. So get your evergreen on and let your friends pine over your polish.
5. COCOA CABANA – Who doesn’t love chocolate, the end.
6. JAZZ – I know you thought we we’re going with all that jazz, but this color is serious, and we need to discuss. Look at all the editorials, magazines, tv shows, girls at the grocery store, so many are rocking the heavy hue darker nude. It’s chic, professional, sassy, and compliments so many skin tones it’s insane.
Now we won’t go all E! News and ask for a mani cam – but if you wanted to insta your polish and tag us at @thebeautydept, we’d be thrilled.
photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess
Everyone is all about this 90’s inspired hair flip right now and we’re not gonna lie– it makes us pretty happy. And while some can really nail that flip naturally, others may need a little help. Today we’re going to show you exactly how we achieve a flip with volume, wave and hold. Here we go…
- You’re probably going to need some mousse at the root. If you need more volume and lift, this will be essential. We’ve been crushin’ on THIS ONE because it’s got good hold and gives great separation without being too product-y. A little bit goes a long way. We’re able to do all our roots with this one handful.
- The trick to a great hair flip is to blow dry everything and curl everything the opposite way that you want to wear it. So for example, if you plan to flip your hair to the right, you’ll want to do all these steps with your hair going to the left. Then you’ll switch it up at step 7! Okay, so use your blow dryer (on a non-ionic setting if yours comes with the option, as ionic dryers tend to smooth more than create volume) and give some lift with your fingers at the root. Flip from side to side as you dry and even flip upside down for a minute or two. You just want to get all of the hair lifted up and going away from the scalp.
- Use MY NEW FAVORITE WAND to create some soft subtle waves.
- You’ll need a nice large hair pin like THIS ONE.
- After your hair is all waved up, wrap it into a very high bun and push the pin through. Let that set while you get ready. This creates additional volume because the hair is now directed upward and cooling/setting while you get ready.
- When you’re dressed and makeup is done and you’re ready to roll, take the pin out and let the hair fall. Give it a good veil of light old hairspray.
- Flip everything to the opposite direction!
- Give it one more good round of hairspray… because it’s 1997.
Are you flipping out?? Show us your hair flip please!! Tag us @TheBeautyDept on the gram, okay!?