BETTER EYE MAKEUP CORRECTOR

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

There’s nothing wrong with using eye makeup remover to take it all off… And you know my favorite to get the most stubborn liner and mascara off in one swipe is coconut oil (check out my DIY Waterproof Makeup Remover Tutorial if you missed it). But when you need to perfect your cat eye, straighten out your liner or remove any smears/fallout, this is a better alternative to using makeup remover (that can be too oily). Not only is eye cream formulated specifically to hydrate the eye area and help prevent fine lines, it also works as a corrector and erases any mishaps! Especially paired with a pointed cotton swab. And since you probably already own it, you have one less thing to purchase! Here’s how:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. Squeeze a seed size of the eye cream onto your finger (or dip your finger into the cream pot).
  2. Dip the tip of the cotton swab into the eye cream.
  3. Place the tip at the beginning of the smear/mistake.
  4. Swipe the tip across the makeup mistake while slightly rolling it as well.

THE BRAID PARADE

all photos by Kristin Ess

Correct me if I’m wrong, but Instagram was created just for posting braids, right? Okay maybe not but at least that’s what I like to use mine for. Today’s post is less about a tutorial and more a gallery of good good. I thought it would be fun to upload my favorite braid posts from my page so they’re all here in one spot. These aren’t photos that we’ve done TBD tutorials for but many of them can be done using one tutorial + another, which I will specify. I love using these photos for reference when a client is going somewhere fun like a wedding, event or even a hot date. There will be a short breakdown of how I got each look underneath each photo. Most of these are braids I did on friends, sisters, clients, co-workers, etc so may not be the easiest to do on yourself. Show one of these to your best braider friend or hairstylist and let them do their magic! Sound the horns, here comes the braid parade…

This was done on super long hair. First, I sprayed damp hair with beach spray, roughly blowdried it and made two regular fishtail braids. Then I pulled them apart to soften the look and wrapped them into a large bun in back. I used large hairpins and bobbypins to secure.

This one looks complicated but it’s not at all. I  blew the hair dry with a side part, added some waves with a 1 1/4″ barrel curling iron (this will give the braid more volume and texture), did a regular french braid going from the side with less hair crossing the back and down into a regular braid. Then did a regular fishtail on the heavier side and tucked it in and pinned it to the french braid.

Doesn’t this look complicated? It’s totally knot. Ha. Get it!? Okaaaay. Prep damp hair with some beach spray. Take two pieces and tie them into a loose knot and add a bobbypin at the middle where you tied the knot. Do the same thing with the next two new pieces (you take new pieces each time, the way you would with a french braid). Then the next two. Then the next two, etc… I would let mine be messy and each knot be slightly off center to make it look a little cooler.

I mean, let’s be honest… this just looks extra cool because my friend has purple hair. I did a one sided french braid just like the one we did HERE.

This one is fun because the messier the better. Blow dry the hair with mousse. Again, I like to give it some curl to give the braids volume and texture before I actually start braiding, so here I used a 1 1/4″ iron to wave it up before I styled it. Do a french fishtail on each side, bring them together and twist them around each other in the back, then roll them into a bun. I used no specific technique for this part, just rolled it, unrolled it, rolled it back up and pinned it when I thought it looked pretty/balanced. Use large bobby pins and strong holding hairspray to secure! If you have trouble with bobby pins sliding out, try spraying the pin with hairspray before you insert it, that will help!

I did this for Lauren on one of our Kohl’s shoots and it’s my favorite! I prepped the hair by blowing it dry with a volumizing mousse. It’s just two inside-out (somewhat loose/messy) french braids that get pinned into a low fun bun. I pulled out a couple of loose pieces and gave them a little bend with a beveled flat iron.

SO CUTE! This is such a fun topknot and looks a little different than the average one. Make a high ponytail on top of the head, use a little waterbased pomade to get better hold, do a regular fishtail, then coil it into a bun and pin! Hairspray was key with this one to keep it from loosening up.

This is obviously for a fun occasion like a football game, soccer game, whatever sport you like, it would be fun to do it with your colors. I applied the chalk to large sections of damp hair (do it on dry hair if you’re blonde so it won’t stain), then did two dutch braids and pinned them as I went along into a curved shape. As it dries, the chalk becomes more apparent.

If you’re a bad a** braider, then you’ll probably have no problem doing these but like I said up top, these are likely going to be braids you’ll want to enlist a beauty/braid loving bestie to help you out with. If you try any don’t forget to TAG US, duh. @thebeautydept on the gram. Also follow me + Amy Nadine on our personal instagram accounts for extra behind the scenes beauty photos like these! I’m @Kristin_Ess and Amy Nadine is @AmyNadine13!

BETTER BLUSH

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

This little gem of advice for applying blush might seem trivial but I promise you it’s not! Accentuating our cheeks really brings the face to life and needs to mimic what happens when you either fall in love and are naturally blushing or the flush you get after a great workout. If you study it (like I have because I love nerding out), you’ll see it starts a good half-inch from each side of the nose. Never closer. It’s not flattering anyway if you bring it all the way in to your nose! So try this method until you know it by eyeing it. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

  • Your Favorite Cream Blush — I used Tarte Cheek Stain in Tipsy. Or…
  • Your Favorite Powder Blush — I’m obsessed with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion.
  • Your Favorite Blush Brush — My clients and I have been dying over the new and revolutionary Artis line of 100% animal-free brushes like the cheek brush used in this tutorial and this one is especially great for cream blush. For powder blush I love MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Artisan Brush #156 because its wavy fibers work beautifully with powder formulas.

STEPS:

  1. Swipe the blush brush along the cream blush or swirl it in the powder blush.
  2. Place your index finger next to your nose. You can hold it vertically or do what I prefer and hold it slightly diagonally following the natural nasal-labial fold (as demonstrated by Carissa above).
  3. Place the blush brush directly next to the nose.
  4. Stipple (press multiple times) or swirl at the initial point on the the top half of apple of the cheek.
  5. Continue stippling or swirling as you work your way along the cheekbone.

 

Beauty Bites

 

POST/PHOTOGRAPHY/GRAPHIC DESIGN BY NORAH CURLEE

Sometimes it’s the little things in life that are the sweetest…literally! Today’s beauty bites may be mini, but the benefits definitely aren’t. You may have seen these little frozen Greek yogurt dots via Pinterest, but you won’t find any artificial food dyes here! We’ve used a combination of Greek yogurt and natural fruit purees for the fun color + beauty benefits. This edible confetti is almost too cute to eat…almost!

These cuties are so easy to make and essentially only contain two ingredients! Greek yogurt mixed with the fruit puree of your choice. We chose to use mango, raspberry, and blackberry purees which make a pretty palette of yellow, pink and purple.

THE PROCESS:

1. Put your fruit into a blender and blend until you have a smooth puree. (We used 1 cup of each individual fruit which yields about 1/2 cup of puree)

2. Mix the puree into 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt with your sweetener of choice (we used natural stevia).

3. Place your yogurt mixture into plastic zip bags and snip off one of the corners to create a DIY piping bag.

4. Pipe little dots of yogurt onto a sheet tray lined with non-stick parchment paper.

5. Freeze for at least 2 hours.

Besides just going hand-to-mouth with these tiny treats, you can also keep them in the freezer to toss in smoothies, top a fruit salad or even put in cereal!

So, let’s have a chat about the ingredients in this fun summer snack…

It’s no secret that Greek yogurt is SO good for you, and it’s also no secret that we LOVE finding ways to incorporate it into our regular diet. In addition to protein and calcium, it also has high levels of zinc which helps the body in renewing cells. Quick cell regeneration is great for your skin and hair! Mangos have more going for them then their gorgeous looks. They are a rich source of beta carotene (vitamin A), which is a strong antioxidant. Apart from the rejuvenation effect, vitamin A also has dramatic effects on acne and is a crucial nutrient for your skin. Speaking of skin, raspberries and blackberries are super high in antioxidants which help fight free radicals and premature aging. Amazing!

We foresee some pretty Instagram moments with this edible confetti! Be sure to tag us in your pics! @thebeautydept

Enjoy!