Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

COTTON CANDY BUN + THIN GOLD HEADBAND

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

HI! Let’s take a short break from our “Summer Braid” series in the hair department, shall we? A couple days ago I posted a photo on instagram of a client wearing a very voluminous bun on set. I jokingly referred to it as her cotton candy bun which was followed by a lot of requests for a tutorial, so why not?! This is exactly the way I did hers so follow along and recreate the look at home. I’ll also show you how I made that thin goddess-y headband!

You’ll need some embroidery thread. I love the metallic kind and above we used gold but you can use any color you want; mix, match, cooridinate with your dress, whatever! You can usually find embroidery thread at your local fabric/craft store. Here’s a link in case you can’t find it near you. A whole lot cheaper than most headbands these days! Okay, let’s get to the tutorial steps…

  1. Start with a clean, dry, wavy ponytail. You want the ponytail to be large enough to create major volume in your bun making! If you need to add some extensions, try doing it like we did in THIS TUTORIAL! Give it a little wave with a wand or curling iron to plump it up even more!
  2. Now you’re going to use your comb to tease sections lightly. Don’t make it into a rats nest, you just want to give it a few slow, long back-combs with the wider side of your comb. Remember, you’re not teasing for height, you’re just teasing for more volume so be gentle on that hair!
  3. Take all of your ponytail in one hand and give it a light spray. Here we’re using this strongholding hairspray by Sexy Hair. Now twist it into your high bun shape.
  4. Start pinning around the base of the bun. Make sure you’re using strong bobbypins!
  5. I forgot to photograph it but, you should also grab a tail comb. That’s what we used (as you can see in this photo) to gently pull at the bun while adding a little more superholding hairspray. I like doing this more than using my fingers because it doesn’t smash anything. It’s such a tiny tail and you can work it into the middle of the bun to pull more volume pretty easily! Tail comb > fingers.
  6. Now you’re going to need more of that magic pixie powder they refer to as texturizing powder. Remember? We discussed it in detail right HERE! Sprinkle a bit of that in front of the bun. This is going to help hold the embroidery thread in place, big time! I sprinkle it all the way around the bun, even in the back by the nape of the neck because nothing disappoints more than your headband sliding while you’re out and about. The powder is mattifying so it keeps the hair from having any slip. It’s magic I tell you.
  7. Take about a yard of embroidery thread. Start in back as you see in photo 7. Bring it up and around the front past your ears.
  8. Cross it over in the center. Switch pieces into the opposite hands after you cross it over and then tie it together near the nape of your neck. If you don’t have the texturizing powder, you’re going to have to do a lot more work to get this thread to stay put. Lots of hairspray and a couple tiny bobbypins should do the trick.
  9. Once you’ve tied your goddess headband in the back, take the tail of your tailcomb and pull a little in between the strings. I just prefer the look over the hair being flat under the bands.
  10. Now for the final step, pour a little bit more of your texturizing powder over the bun and break it up with your fingers until it has that cotton candy bun look!

Will you try this? If you do will you pleeease tag us so we can see it? Last week we posted a bunch of your Twishtails on our IG, which looked SO amazing by the way. Find us at @thebeautydept and let us know once you’ve posted by hashtagging your with #TBDcottoncandybun

PLAY TIME!

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

Today we’re making a case for why our fingers are our best tool! I was forced to learn this when I arrived overseas for a job and the bag with my brushes in it didn’t make it. With no time to go shopping, I sanitized my hands and just got in there! Brushes of course are amazing, but you might be surprised when you give your fingers a try. Why? Because your body temperature slightly melts the product, helping it to really become one with your skin instead of just sitting on top of it. And you can really press it into your skin as you stipple and tap your way around each feature. Here’s what you need to know to pull off finger painting in a way that actually lasts:

TOOLS:

  • Cream Eye Shadow — Bria Murphy is wearing our favorite mass market cream shadow, Maybelline Color Tattoo 24Hour Eye Shadow, while our favorite prestige cream shadow is Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Mystic Metallics Shadow. They’re both our favorites because they don’t crease ( a nightmare with typical cream shadows) and don’t dissipate as the night goes on.
  • Cream Blush — We live for RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek Cream Blush (especially when we find it on sale!) because it’s a natural product that was developed by the iconic Rose Marie Swift who is responsible for the makeup in almost every Victoria’s Secret and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit campaign you’ve every gushed over. Her line is everything. We also really love Jouer Cheek Tint and have for years because it doesn’t disappear in a few hours.
  • Tinted Lip Balm — Bria is wearing Aerin Beauty Limited Edition Multi Color in Freesia, a gorgeous sheer finish with a calming rose scent.

STEPS:

  1. First wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap or use a hand sanitizer. After applying foundation (with your fingers so you can really massage it into the skin), swipe your ring finger against the cream eye shadow and tap and smear it along the upper and lower lid. You can choose a matte shade, a bright shade or a metallic shade… the possibilities are endless.
  2. Tap your index finger into the cream blush then tap it against your other index finger to warm it up and create more of a “slip”. Then smile in the mirror to pop out the apples and tap it along the upper half of the each apple as you work your way across your cheekbone. Tap and swirl until it melts into your skin and looks like a natural flush.
  3. Swipe your middle finger against the tinted lip balm and press it into the lip area for a really natural and gorgeous sheer pop of color.

We also love using our fingers with powder products too. Metallic, shimmer and glitter shadows actually work better with our fingers than a brush because you press it into the skin. You can use your fingers with matte shadows if you’re in a jam, but they can get muddy and work better with the sweep of a brush, as do powder blush and powder bronzer.

SUMMER BRAID 6

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

BACK with another fun summer braid! This a great one for almost any length hair because it’s a half-up hairstyle. Even if you’re sporting a bob you can make a shortened version of this. It’s easy but because it’s all behind the head, you may want to enlist a braiding bestie to help if you don’t have the arm strength or reach. Here we go!

  1. Pull two pieces from each side of your head. You’ll want to treat this like a half-up hairstyle so you’ll be pulling your sections from the front hairline/above your ears.
  2. Join them together in the back using a clear elastic.
  3. Now create a regular fishtail braid from the pony you just made. If you don’t know how to do that, you can see our classic fishtail video tutorial HERE!
  4. Tie it off at the bottom using another clear elastic.
  5. No carefully cut the elastic out at the top. Get someone to help if you need to so you don’t cut your hair.
  6. Sprinkle a little texturizing hair powder on your braid! If you missed our post on hair powders, you can find it HERE!
  7. Tap the powder into the braid and gently tug at your braid to give it some texture and volume!
  8. Now you’re simply going to take the braid and twist it over.
  9. Slide a large bobbypin into the base where you twisted the braid. This will keep it flipped and create a twisted look. I didn’t photograph this part, but you should wrap the bottom elastic with a tiny piece of hair and secure it with a bobby pin, or use one that matches your exact color.

Here’s a shot of that same braid on blonde hair! We would LOOOOOOVE to see you try it. Take today’s #twishtail challenge and give this a shot. Take a pretty photo of it and we’ll repost our favorites and tag you on our instagram page! We are @thebeautydept for anyone who doesn’t know. Happy Saturday, and good luck! Can’t wait to see your photos…

TRENDCASTING

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

Last year the It Lip was Oxblood, which is still really hot (revisit our Oxblood Tutorial here). This year, we’ve scoped out the A/W 14 runways and the best of the street style bloggers and have determined this to be this year’s must try lip color! You can wear it glossy or try our DIY stain version. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. When you’re applying your foundation all over your face and neck, go ahead and apply it over your lip area.
  2. Pat it into the lip lines if necessary.
  3. Apply the berry shade directly from the tube or wand in this case.
  4. Place a blotting paper over the lip area and gently press.