Posts Tagged ‘brush’

LASH FEST

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

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

Yes we all have our favorite mascara. Then we have a drawer full of purchases that we love aspects of but not the whole thing.  Don’t let them go to waste! And don’t settle for something that you don’t absolutely love either. Just mix and match a brush you love with a formula you love, making your own favorite! Most wands fit in most tubes. A random wand here and there won’t, making this trick not work, but for the most part, you can screw any wand into any tube. Just take a moment to wipe the excess product from the original tube off the bristles by rolling it across a tissue until it rolls clear.

Below are three random combinations from my six current personal favorite mascaras. They’re already perfect to me as is, but it’s fun to play around and make new variations of them. Think about it… you can take your favorite expensive department store mascara and when it has run out, keep the wand and use it with a drug store brand. Just start playing around bravely!

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COMBINATION #1:

  • Maybelline Full ‘N Soft Mascara (on sale!) — this is one of my client Lauren Conrad’s all-time favorite mascara because the brush makes lashes soft and pet-able.
  • Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara — this is one of my client Brittany Snow’s favorite mascaras because the formula is incredibly intense.

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COMBINATION #2:

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COMBINATION #3:

THE ALTERNATIVE BRUSH CLEANERS

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

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

You may remember my Brush Cleaning 101 Tutorial then my DIY Natural Brush Cleaning Tutorial. Since then, I’ve discovered three more inventions to help us with the brush cleaning process so of course I couldn’t wait to share them with you guys! Cleaning mats give you the perfect surface to swirl your brushes against while you’re cleaning them with soap and water, making it much more effective. A brush hanger is amazing because it hangs the brushes upside down so the water doesn’t creep into the metal holder and break down the glue, causing the bristles to fall out. And a dry cleaner is amazing on the go and when you want to switch shades without having to wait for a wet brush to dry.

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THE CLEANSING MATS:

THE HANGING TREE:

THE DRY CLEANER:

STEPS:

  1. Press the brush you want to clean against the black sponge and start to drag it around in a circle.
  2. Continue swirling it around as you watch the product residue literally come off as it’s grabbed onto the sponge.
  3. Flip over the sponge to use the other side if you find it’s at its limit. Once the other side is at its limit as well, remove the sponge and wash it with liquid soap and water.

5 DAYS. 5 STYLES. 1 HAIRSPRAY!

We’re super excited that one of our favorites Carol’s Daughter has expanded their reach into the world of styling! The reason we love Carol’s Daughter so much is because they’ve always been so focused on moisture and repair of the hair, and their new styling products are no exception. We were lucky enough to get the first look at their newest video tutorial starring their brand new Monoi Flexible Hold Hair Spray and because we’re no strangers to step-by-step tutorials, we really love this one because it shows us five styles to create over five days, which is awesome for the girl on the go!

For those of you who haven’t tried this flexible hold spray yet, you’re in for many happy hair days! The hold is buildable, brushable and invisible as opposed to a traditional hair spray that can create stiff, crunchy “helmet” hair. It’s actually meant to be brushed through, so you can change up your hair styles as many times as you need to, as opposed to traditional hair spray that flakes and breaks as you brush and restyle.

This is possible because it has Monoi Oil in it! In the French Polynesian Islands, Tahitian gardenia petals are soaked in coconut oil to create what they call Monoi Oil. It’s incredibly repairing and hydrating, not to mention smells divine, and ingenious to sneak into a hair spray!

Enjoy these five looks that Carol’s Daughter’s team created to show how many ways you can style and restyle your hair with their Monoi Flexible Hold Spray! Remember to hold the nozzle 10-12 inches away from your hair when spraying. Spray before styling with hot tools, spray again to set, then if you want to restyle it later, simply brush through it.

You can get your hands on one at carolsdaughter.com or exclusively sold at ULTA! And keep your eyes out for a step-by-step printable photo tutorial from us with our favorite ways to use it on both straight and curly hair!

This post was brought to you with love by our friends at Carol’s Daughter.

BRUSH BASICS

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

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

A lot of us never think about how we use our eye shadow brushes. And maybe you’re already using it this way subconsciously! But just in case, here’s a guideline to remember. There are five sides to a brush: the tip, two long sides and two flat sides. This is how I love to use them:

  • Use the LONG SIDE to shade the contour (crease).
  • Use the TIP to go back and blend it back and forth.
  • Use the FLAT SIDE to fill in the lid.

TOOLS:

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STEPS:

  1. Load up the LONG SIDE of the brush with the contour (darker) shade.
  2. Trace the contour of the eye (the crease) with the LONG SIDE of the brush.
  3. Now go back over the crease with the TIP of the brush and blend back and forth.
  4. Fill up the FLAT SIDE of the brush with the lid (lighter) shade and fill in the lid space.
  5. You can add liner (I didn’t) then coat the lashes with mascara.

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