Doing your own hair for your wedding is just straight up INTIMIDATING, amiright?? Well thank goodness for this epic, game changing PEARL HALO because it’s about to take all your day-of struggles away. I’ve uploaded a quick video to our INSTAGRAM to show how unbelieveably easy this is! It’s kind of crazy that it can be so simple. And yes, it’s fairly expensive, but most likely less expensive than having a hairstylist come do your hair on your wedding day. If you’re on a budget, you can go get an epic blowout at a salon somewhere and then pop this in! Here’s how it works…

beauty department wedding hair idea

Start with whatever texture you want; waves, curls, straight, natural, whatever! Dana is a lucky girl… this is basically her natural wave with a couple taps of the curling iron on random pieces that wouldn’t behave. (uggggggggh I want it).

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Next, add a bit of DRY TEXTURE SPRAY. This is great for adding texture AND slip prevention. Once you spray that, IF you feel the need, you can lift the top layer of hair and do a little tease/backcomb patch just behind the ear right where the combs will slide in. I recommend doing this if you’re planning to wear this all day or if your hair is shiny/slippery.

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Then you just simply slide the piece in to place and you’re DONE. Yes, it’s that easy!! Now I’m going to show you a ton of photos from different angles so you know what it looks like all around.

lelet the beauty department wedding hair idea quick easy tutorial

Here’s a 3/4 view.

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Here’s what it looks like from the side! (Also, how adorable is Dana!? ahhhh!)

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And here’s a slightly closer shot. You can see that the band the pearls sit on is solid which makes this feel very secure!

What do you guys think of this accessory? I think LELET needs to make a million different kinds of these immediately because they’re just plain incredible. For those of you who will ask, the difference between this and this REVERSE HEADBAND I posted a couple weeks ago is this is solid and doesn’t bend the way the chain one in that post does. And while you KNOW I love that chain, this one stays put and might be my new favorite because it’s less likely to move.




I’ve noticed cut creases are still going strong and look really beautiful on almost all eye shapes (especially pretty on monolids!). So I wanted to share my biggest tips to create a cut crease that you’ll really love.

  1. Notice the way Chloe held the brush in the crease, using the end of the brush to apply it then the side of the brush to smooth it.
  2. Notice we’re using a lay-down brush instead of a blending brush. This really presses the powder into the crease.
  3. And most importantly, notice she first applied a cool-toned shade with a light hand then switched to a warm-toned shadow with a little more pressure. The dance between the shades really makes magic. Here’s how:


  • A smoky shadow palette that has both warm and cool shades. Chloe used this baked palette ($$$) in Infinity and I also love this budget-friendly palette ($).
  • A classic lay-down eye shadow brush. I always use this one ($$) on my clients but you can try this one ($) too!
  • You favorite mascara. As you know I am obsessed with this dream mascara because it really fluffs up the lashes then you can twist the mini handle out of the top and it squeezes off the excess so you can use it on the bottom lashes.
  • A black kohl pencil (not shown). As you can see below, there’s a little leftover liner that Chloe arrived to the shoot with and I kept it because I love a little lived-in liner. This one ($) is my favorite.

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You might think this is just a nighttime look but I love it in the day too! If I’ve forgotten anything that you want to know about cut creases, ask me in the comments below and I’ll get back to you. xx

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If you do a search for brows on our site, you’ll see an evolution from merely tweezing to tinting to stenciling and big bold brows! It’s been fun over the last five years watching the trends come and go and now I’m obsessed with a brow that is defined and filled in but with a light hand. No more overkill stenciled drawn-on brows that are anything but feminine! But still very defined and anything but ignored. Here’s how:


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Make sure when you’re tracing the lines to do so lightly and in a color one shade lighter than your own brows so it’s barely detectable.

Personally, I don’t see any reason to go bolder than that with the brows. What do you think?




There’s something about relaxed, undone waves on shorter lengths that just feels incredibly chic. It might be on of the most popular inquiries on my instagram when I post hair photos. I get asked what products I use, what curling iron size I use and what my secret is for this look. It’s a combination of those 3 things and I’m going to take you through it.

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The first thing you’re going to want to do is curl your hair with THIS CURLING IRON. It’s a 1″ spring barrel and it’s pretty straight forward. If you need help with your iron waving technique, SEE THIS VIDEO. We also used THIS THICKENNG SPRAY on Nora’s hair before drying because it helps to create thickness and longer lasting hold in fine hair, but that’s optional for you. I personally have longer hair that holds curl well, so I don’t typically prep with that when I do this on myself, but totally up to you based on your hair type!

the beauty department short hair waves

Repeat the same wave on both sides and around the back. Curl away from the face. I usually avoid curling underneath in the back all together to avoid that bulky look. I typically just do the top 2 inches of hair that fall over the back. (Time saver alert!! ha!)

wave tutorial short hair

Now you’re going to have something like this. Some people will prefer this and that’s totally cute if you’re into a more defined curl. However this tutorial is all about that relaxed, subtle looking wave, so we carry on…

loose waves trick the beauty dept

Next step, take your flat iron (as you may already know, I greatly prefer THIS FLATIRON), very gently and quickly tap, tap, tap the wave from about an inch away from your roots, all the way to the bottom. If you need an in-action visual on how to tap, see my INSTAGRAM VIDEO for help. If you quickly tap the curl up and down the head it will soften the wave and flatten it out, just the right amount! Don’t go overboard with tapping, it’s subtle!

beauty department flat iron waves


Your final look after tapping should be similar to this! Once you’re all tapped out, I like to add a little pomade/serum combo for separation. Here, Nora used THIS POMADE and THIS SERUM together. A pea-sized dab of pomade and a pea sized dab of serum. Rub them together in your palms until they’re blended. Then rub this product cocktail in at the root and work your way down to the ends. Last but not least, add a spritz or two or three of your favorite hairspray. Here we used THIS!

Okay so your list of tools one more time, just in case:

I do this trick on long hair and short hair, thick hair and thin hair! It’s the quickest, easiest way to get this wave and we hope you try it out! Don’t forget to tag us in your photo on our INSTAGRAM if you do!