ELECTRIC BLUE EYE POP

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

If Coachella Coral is the It Lip Color for Spring, then this is the It Shade for the eye! It all started at the Marc Jacobs runway show and has been popping up everywhere since. Why? Because it’s bold yet wearable and makes a gorgeous statement. So today I’m serving it up four ways for whatever way calls to you and says “Wear me!”:

MENU:

  • CAT EYE: Blue Liquid Liner — I used Lime Crime Liquid Liner in Lazuli. This ultra-flirty option is really easy to do since all of our TBD readers have mastered the cat eye by now… (if you’re tardy to the party, revisit my Cat Eye 123 Tutorial or Get Catty Video). All this look entails is switching to a blue liquid liner!
  • COLOR WASH: Blue Eye Shadow — I used Nautalus Prime from the Lime Crime Aquataenia Palette but NARS Single Shadow in Outremer is also incredible. This is how the models wore their eye makeup in the Marc Jacobs show and is really simple as well. All you have to do is apply the single blue color all over the upper lid and crease.
  • COLORED LASHES: Blue Colored Mascara — I used Butter London Wink Mascara in Inky Six. If you can apply mascara, you can rock this look. It’s the most subtle of the four but still very pretty. If you’re not ready to wear blue mascara, layer it over black mascara for an even more subtle blue.
  • DOUBLE RIM: Blue Waterproof Eyeliner — I used Stila Smudge Stick in Ultramarine. Line the upper lashline than either the lower lashline or the inner waterline.

Pair each look with a pale pink, peach or nude lip and cheek to let the eyes have the limelight. And let us know which one is your favorite in the comments below!

 

BEST BLOWDRYERS 2014

 

As you recall, we did THIS post a couple days ago which was to help you figure out every feature you need from a blowdryer for your hair type or to combat a specific issue. And as we mentioned in that post, you should have a written short list of your needs based on your hair type, texture and/or specific issues. The week before that, we posted THIS glossary so you could get to know common words associated with blow dryers and think more like a pro while searching the shelves. Let’s face it, in order to know what you’re looking for, you have to know the language, right? Okay, so in this third and final post, we’ve made our best of the best list. Hooray!! It’s time to grab your list of needs and find the dryer that bests suits you…

  1. SuperSolano - My favorite thing about this dryer is it puts out SO. MUCH. WIND. Great for anyone with super thick hair or anyone who’s always running late.
  2. Elchim 2001 - I’ve been loyal to this dryer for over a decade. I can’t live without it. The perfect amount of wind and heat for those of you with fine hair and a LOT of it.
  3. MorrocanOil Tourmalite - Shine shine shine shine. Great for thick, dry + damaged hair. Expensive, but putting out the money is not as painful as major breakage from a dryer that causes extra damage. Invest!
  4. John Frieda Hair Dryer - A really great dryer for anyone on a budget who’s trying to minimize heat damage. It’s not the best ever, but it’s $40 and insanely good for that price.
  5. BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium Travel Dryer - Little powerhouse. I’m not mad at it. Folds up nicely and doesn’t give off that just burned smell like a hotel dryer. Pretty strong for a travel dryer. Also VERY lightweight for anyone with wrist issues.
  6. Conair Infiniti Pro - Okay, this surprised me. Heavy duty, strong wind, good heat and an ac motor in a drugstore dryer?? If I were saving money, this is the one I would get as an alternative to the SuperSolano.
  7. Harry Josh Pro Dryer 2000 - Okay, I know some of you may bug out over the price, but hear me out… this is a serious tool. Every time I use this dryer I love it more and more. The fact that it has an ionic on/off switch is SUCH a game changer. That means I can turn it on when I want smooth and shiny locks and then I can turn it off to bulk up and create major volume. I was definitely skeptical because it’s fairly small compared to the pro dryer I normally use, but make no mistake, this little green gem’s stealing my heart one client at a time.
  8. John Frieda Ceramic Hot Air Brush - I would really only use this on shorter hair, bangs or the very ends of your long hair if you’re not coordinated enough to use a curling iron. Not ideal for getting up into the root with longer hair because it’s too likely to get tangled. That being said, this is great for getting volume and curl at the same time in shorter hair.
  9. Revlon 1875W Tourmaline Ionic - Good bang for your buck. Ha. Get it? Bang? Okay. This is like the cheaper little sister to the MoroccanOil Tourmalite. So if you’re not about to drop a couple hundo on a dryer for dry, damaged, thick hair, try this!
  10. Turbo Power TwinTurbo 3200 - This is super windy and non-ionic. That means it’s for anyone trying to get that BIG BIG hair. Anyone with  super thick hair who wants to stay away from tourmaline/ionic “smoothing dryers” will want to marry this.
  11. Conair Soft Bonnet - Shorties, pixies and curlies! This one is for you. Set it and forget it! I love a bonnet dryer for the same reasons I love a diffuser. You can put this on while you do your makeup and it will dry your hair in it’s natural state much faster. Good for those who live in cold climates who can’t get their hair to air dry quickly.
  12. Jose Eber Infrared - Infrared technology is interesting and I don’t know the long term effect of this, but what I do know for sure is that this is the fastest my hair has ever dried. Not quite as frizz free as I would have hoped but still good for me because I’m always, always, always late.
  13. DevaCurl Dryer - If you wear your hair naturally curly this is legit my favorite. It’s got these fingers that go up into your scalp which is where I always seem to need more heat/air when I diffuse. A lot of diffusers instruct you to set the hair on top of the surface, but that only dries the ends. When I do curly hair, I prefer to blowdry/diffuse more at the scalp and then let the ends air dry. This does just that.
  14. T3 Featherweight 2- I think we’ve all heard a thing or two or two thousand about this dryer. I like it a lot.  It is the greatest dc motor hairdryer on the market. It actually shocked me the first time I heard it was a dc. But that’s what makes it so lightweight. The softness that comes from this dryer is unreal and they have a line of brushes that increase shine + softness even more so. A very popular choice amongst my pro stylist friends.

RAVE MAKEUP INSPIRATION

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

Raves are getting more and more popular and are the perfect time to go neon! You let go of inhibitions when you go underground, so why not do the same with your makeup? Typically, pastel pink shadow borders on sickly, but paired with a neon pink liner and anchored with a black wing and it’s not only wearable but quite pretty!! Here’s how:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. Apply the pastel pink shadow all over the lid and crease with a shadow brush.
  2. Line the upper lid with the neon pink pencil and wing it out and up. Go a little thick with this one so there’s room for the black liner.
  3. Trace the lashline with the black liquid liner and wing it out and up, following the neon pink line.
  4. Finish with a couple coats of mascara.

Pair it with a fuchsia lip. And remember, this look is created specifically for raves and clubbing… not intended for every day!

 

CHOOSING A BLOWDRYER (PART 2)

Finding the right dryer changes everything. This graphic was created to help you figure out what you need for your specific hair type or any issues you may have such as frizz, flatness or dryness. In each of the circles above you’ll find hair type or issue above the solution. You likely be a combination, like frizzy & thick or flat & fine, so make a solution checklist and then find the dryer that best fits the bill.

Here is a little additional info for each circle above.

  • DRY: You’ll notice a lot of the newer dryers say “tourmaline” on the box. Tourmaline is a stone that’s crushed up and used to coat the inside of the dryer or the dryer may have parts made of tourmaline. Tourmaline is known to boost the production of negative ions causing hair not only to dry faster (like an ionic dryer), but more so to retain moisture and smooth dry damaged hair. Think of tourmaline like “ionic 2.0″!
  • OILY: You may want to skip the fancy ionic and tourmaline dryers if you have oily hair and go with a regular dryer because all that smoothing, sealing and shining could potentially enhance the appearance of oily hair. If you do want the benefits of ionic/tourmaline features because your ends are dry, just avoid blowdrying the root area if possible. READ MORE…