Posts Tagged ‘create’

RESHAPE YOUR BROWS

 

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

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

My brows naturally grow straight across. I love the straight brow trend on supermodels and of course always believe we should embrace what we have. But… you can cheat them a little with this technique I learned a few years ago from my brow guru Sarah Agajanian.

Here’s the trick: If you brush your brows a few times a day in direction you want them to grow, you’ll re-train the hairs to grow that way. I have to say I looked at her like she was living in a dream world but what did I have to lose? So I kept a spoolie on my vanity and every time I got out of the shower, I brushed them up and over. I did the same after washing my face. Then again before filling them in… basically any time I walked in the bathroom and looked in the mirror! It only took two seconds per brow so I didn’t mind. A couple months later I noticed I had a little more of an arch. A year later we couldn’t believe how much higher the arch looked. Maybe because the hairs now grew upward instead of over; I didn’t really care why, I just liked the way they framed my eyes differently. Then Sarah exaggerated the arch with her waxing magic and I had arched brows!

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

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PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

I know you’re probably as skeptical as I was when I first heard about this trick! But try it for a few months and let us know if you notice a difference! Once you’ve trained the hairs to grow upward, you or your esthetician will have an easier shape to work with when waxing/tweezing/threading them.

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

For those of you asking about the lavender eye shadow from the Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest posts (and the “Before A Date” shot above, it’s this one!

 

DIY EYE SHADOW PALETTE

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

I’ve declared this year to be the year of streamlining and organizing! Life is complicated enough on its own so let’s simplify the things we can control! Starting with your makeup. Our drawers are overflowing with so many compacts from the years that we can barely shut them. So do what we makeup artists do and de-pot your favorite shadows and transport them into one case! And why not host a depotting party with your friends while you’re at it?! It’s super fun and you can swap shades that you have duplicates of… Here’s how:  (more…)

SHUTTER BUG

Like many Instagram worshipers, you’ll find us glued to our feeds whenever we catch a free moment. But, when it comes to the heart of our jobs — a.k.a. those gorg tutorials and how-tos, we’re often questioned about which camera we use. You’re most likely to find us behind  lens of a Canon 5D. Sure, you’ll find more filters on an iPhone than drink options at Starbucks, but no smartphone will ever deliver the same detail as an SLR camera. Whether we’re capturing a close-up on some nail art or documenting a certain hair texture (as seen in the photo  below), our Canon never leaves our side. We’re so smitten with quality, we’ve had zero qualms with leaving behind our touchscreens when it’s time to seek out inspiration for upcoming TBD posts. As evidenced by our office’s mood board, toting around pro equipment is essential for capturing vibrant colors and crisp images — now we know how photographers felt before cell phones were equipped with lenses!

photos: Kristin Ess, written by Sarah St. Lifer

Not only does our day-to-day life influence our work, but so do the iconic muses of yore. You know what we’re talking about: those gasp-worthy portraits of Bianca Jagger dancing at Studio 54, Jackie O. dodging the paparazzi, or Sophia Loren being a bona fide bombshell at the beach. You could say we’re constantly borrowing from the old-school icons, while staying on top of today’s trends. Without the trusty trigger of our Canon along with some old school vintage photographs, our day-to-day might be a little less inspiring.

Confession: A bunch of those brilliantly-lit photos we publish on TBD were taken at night. Did we fool you? Well, blame it on the Canon 5D. Since our days are often booked with back-to-back meetings, the only availability we have for tutorials is when the sun starts to set (What can we say? We’re a dedicated bunch!). Even in low light situations, you can still achieve that clear and bright shot, sans a vibrant light source. Added bonus: You can rock that fancy ‘do to dinner! Magic!

When it comes to social media, we’re all about natural light. But, while shooting outdoors, we’ll sometimes encounter direct L.A. sunlight. Way harsh, Tai!  In order to make those snaps as perfect as a Noxzema commercial, we bust out our trusty Canon (can you tell we’re a Clueless-obsessed crew?). Trust, we’re still learning the camera’s many settings! But, just switching the tab from portrait mode to landscape helped us achieve that softer light we were searching for. (If only choosing a nail polish shade were that simple!)

The trickiest tutorials to capture? Probably nail art. Those features are all about the details, and it would be an injustice to those dazzling digits if we photographed them with anything less than a pro lens. Whether we’re zooming in on some glitter or photographing the end result, the Canon takes care of business. Sweet dreams are made of this!

What’s the point in preparing a magazine-worthy photo shoot when the camera quality isn’t up to par? We want our readers to enjoy every minute detail, down to the petals on some pretty peonies! Textures tend to be much more dynamic, and you can’t argue with the color quality. Wowza!

Even the everyday items in our studio look like little pieces of art when we snap ‘em with our Canon. Hair and makeup tools never let us down, so capturing them in a flattering way is the least we could do!

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Even off duty, we can’t help but bust out our “big girl camera”. Whether we’re on a hike, BBQ’ing by the beach, or braiding each other’s hair in the park (seems cliché but we do it!), the camera goes where we go! Check out our Graphic Design Assistant getting her hair done by one of our writers! Those out-of-office moments are just as important to us as the how-to’s. We couldn’t do it without our 5D, a.k.a. our secret weapon.

Do you own a Canon SLR? Are you planning on investing in one for your blog? If so, what model? Tell us about it in the comments below!

DIY NAIL POLISH STORAGE IDEA

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

It’s fall cleaning time, girls!! Here’s a fancy little idea for storing your nail polish collection. We all love to have a few favorite colors sitting out on the vanity but since nail art has become such a huge trend, you may be the proud owner of LOTS of polishes. In this DIY, you’ll basically be giving a shoe box a quick “pretty paper” makeover and then filling it up with your polish. But instead of just throwing your polishes in the box, we’re going to put dots on top so you can keep the box nice and neat! Here we go: (more…)