Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

SUMMER BRAID 1

photos/post/graphics: Kristin Ess

Happy Saturday, friends! A week or so ago I had posted a photo of this braid on instgram and it got a ton of tutorial requests so, here it is. It looks pretty complicated but it’s pretty simple if you know how to do a basic french braid and a simple fishtail braid. This is such a go-to braid for summer because it gets the hair off your back and neck but still looks super fancy and fun. Okay, here are the 8 steps…

  1. Create a side part first. Then on the heavier side, clip up a section of hair about the size you see in photo 1. You’ll save that for later to create your fishtail.
  2. Start in the back behind one of your ears and french braid all the way across to the opposite shoulder.
  3. Once you get to the shoulder, turn the french braid into a regular braid that will fall in front of your shoulder.
  4. Next, take down the clipped up section and create a basic fishtail braid. Secure it with a small clear elastic when you’re done.
  5. Take the fishtail and wrap it around your head toward the back. Tuck it into the french braid and pull the tail through (see photo 5)
  6. Now take the tail of the fishtail that may be hanging out and work it into the french braid. Pin it in place.
  7. Gently pull the fishtail braid and the french braid apart to give it a little more texture and softeness. I love to spray my braid lightly with a soft ocean spray like Wella Ocean Spritz before I pull it apart. It gives it a little extra hold so I don’t end up unraveling my whole braid.
  8. Pull out some pieces out around the front to give it a more romantic feel (optional), then do a veil of fine mist hair spray like Oribe Superfine or Elnett.

If you have super clean hair to start, you may want to massage a little water-based pomade into the root and through the middle. That’s my favorite technique for anyone with freshly washed hair. Try Redken Rough Paste or treat yo’self to my ultimate fave¬†Rough Luxury from Oribe. Those are my two go-to pomades.

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.

DIY BROW MOUSSE

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

Brow mousse is often overlooked, which is a shame because it’s perfect for those who want to darken their brows and bring more attention to them without looking like their brows are “done” or “drawn on”. One of my favorite client’s number one request when I first worked on her years ago was to make her brows bigger without anyone knowing I’d touched them. I’d never had that kind of request before but it opened my eyes to a different aesthetic and got me determined to find a way to define and accentuate the brow without an angled brow brush or pencil. That’s when I discovered brow mousse and learned how to make my own. Here’s how you can too:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. Bend the bristle end of the wand 45 degrees. This is optional but it definitely makes it more effective.
  2. Hold the bristle end under running water then give it a tap against the edge of the sink to release any excess water.
  3. Sweep the now-wet bristles back and forth over the brow shadow.
  4. Start at the base of the brow and brush upwards.
  5. Continue brushing by pulling the bristles through the hairs in an upward motion.
  6. Dip the bristles back in the shadow if you need more then finish by brushing in the outward/downward motion of the wing.

If you don’t want to make your own, my favorite waterproof brow mousse is MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Brow because the shades are amazing and it’s waterproof so it’s perfect for summer’s steamiest days. Apply it with a disposable mascara wand or spooly brush as demonstrated on Alyssa above.

KITCHEN BEAUTICIAN

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

I never really appreciated toner for some reason. I thought it was something companies made to get us to buy more but wasn’t really necessary. And I still feel that way about some of them, but apple cider vinegar does something in a way that lotions and face washes don’t. It tightens pores, helps clear up acne and fights future breakouts. It’s anti-bacterial and an antiseptic and helps to re-balance your skin’s pH level after it’s been disrupted from washing it. I have yet to find a toner out there that can duplicate its properties. Here’s all you need to know:

TOOLS:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar– Look for an organic version (with Mother in it if you can as it’s full of enzymes).
  • Distilled/Filtered Water
  • Container — preferably a glass bottle
  • Chopstick or Spoon
  • Cotton Ball/Pad/Square

STEPS:

**Optional: If you are the very thorough type, you can first sterilize the glass bottle by boiling it in water.

  1. Fill half of the bottle with water. Again, if you’re the thorough type, you can certainly measure both the water and the apple cider vinegar. I prefer to eye it! Then shake the bottle of vinegar and pour it into the remaining half of the bottle.
  2. Give it a good stir.
  3. Place a cotton pad on top of the opening and turn it upside down to load it up.
  4. After you wash your face, sweep the cotton pad all over it (chest and back too if needed).

**If you have sensitive skin, instead of equal parts, try one part vinegar to 6 parts water to dilute it more. You can keep it that strength or eventually work up to 1:1. Some people can handle the vinegar undiluted, straight from the bottle!