Posts Tagged ‘black’

NAILED IT!

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

Annnnd we’re back with yet another sweet Valentine’s Day mani. How can we help it!? This was inspired by a bracelet my friend got me with my name on it in morse code. This mani will be great for anyone who wants to add a little “LOVE” to their nails this week without using the typical red + pink. Personally, I love doing this because it’s gold, it’s subtle, it suits anyone at any age and it’s not too much for those who can’t wear polkadot or glitter manis to work. This is one of the easiest/quickest nail ideas and makes a great conversation piece. Here’s how to get a lil’ love in morse code:

TOOLS: Black polish. Clear coat. Polyester string (gold) from the craft/sewing store. Microbeads (gold). Small scissors.

  1. Cut 5 tiny pieces of gold string and grab 7 micro beads. You will need 3 pieces of the cut string to go across your middle finger for the “O” in “LOVE” so make sure they’re small enough that you can fit 3 across.
  2. Draw out morse code so you can get an idea of the spacing.
  3. Paint your nails solid black. To be honest, you can do this in any color but this is my fave. I did 2 thin coats.
  4. Once the color dries, paint on a clear coat.
  5. Quickly apply the micro-beads + string to spell out “LOVE” in the correct pattern. I like to do one finger at a time so the clear coat doesn’t dry before I get them on there.
  6. Last, apply a quick drying clear coat over the whole nail.

That’s it! Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!

Oh… and that cute little gold heart ring on my finger is from Catbird in NYC. I also got THIS ONE there as seen in our last Valentine’s Day mani! xo

MAKE YOUR LASH CURLING MORE EFFECTIVE + LAST LONGER

post + photos by amy nadine, graphic design by eunice chun

We’ve always been told to curl our lashes before applying mascara so we don’t accidentally break off any lashes. And rightfully so, unfortunately. When mascara dries, it makes each lash dry and stiff… and more prone to breaking. So we curl before applying it and if we lose a little bit of the curl when we apply mascara, we accept it and take what we can get! But, there is another option worth trying that allows you to curl after, right at that critical moment when the lashes are drying, making the pinch more powerful. Here’s how: (more…)

INNER LINER LONGEVITY

photos + post by amy nadine, graphic design by eunice chun

How oh how can we keep the inner waterliner from fading fast? It’s a tough one, because our eyes are meant to stay wet, so the pencil that we’ve traced along our inner rims is constantly rubbing against our wet eyes every time we blink. Sigh… but I can share this little trick that does seem to make it last a couple hours longer. I’m not saying it’s the healthiest thing to do, so no need to make that comment below! I’m just saying when I’ve sent a client down the red carpet, I’ve used this trick to make it last throughout a long awards show. So how about we do it on important nights, not every day?! Here’s how:

  1. Rim your waterline with a black kohl or kajal liner. This one is our favorite because it’s waterproof yet creamy. Blink your lids together to get the product on the upper waterline. For those of you who are very comfortable with lining your eyes, look down and lift your upper lid to rim the upper waterline as well.
  2. Dip a stiff angled eyeliner brush into a matte black eye shadow. Tap it a few times against a counter to get rid of the excess product, then “stamp” it along the waterline, directly on top of the original kohl liner. Really work it into the line that’s in between the waterline and the lash line, so no skin peeks through.

 

PARTY MAKEUP SERIES: EYES

photos + post by amy nadine, graphic design by eunice chun

Here at TBD, we’re always trying to simplify things for you so you see how easy it is to re-create our favorite red carpet looks. Yes there are 8 steps above but they’re not hard and if you remember to blend blend blend, there’s really no way to mess it up! We love this look because it’s a strong statement for when you want to bring out your alter ego, but not in a “whoa she’s got a lot going on with her makeup” way. Here’s exactly what I used on my dear assistant Carissa above: (more…)