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It’s the last weekend of Summer and this is the perfect way to bring in the Fall drama while still showing off your inner bronzed goddess. It was such a pleasure doing Ashley Benson’s makeup for iHeartRadio’s Music Festival in Las Vegas on Saturday night and have had so many requests on what I used to create her look, that I set everything out for you here and will walk you through each feature, with the smoked shadow wing being the big focus.

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  • I started with the eye because I knew there would be shadow fallout on her cheeks below that I could simply wipe away before applying foundation. I used L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow (on sale!) in Eternal Black because it is incredibly dramatic and has just the right amount of shimmer sparkle.
  • I left the bottom lashline bare with NO eyeliner or eyeshadow.
  • I applied three coats of Bliss Lookin’ Sharp Mascara for extreme definition and volume.



  • I contoured the hollows of her cheeks with the bronzer shade of Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow then applied it along her forehead, nose and jawline. I applied the highlighter shade just abover her cheekbones and above her brows.
  • I applied Stila Convertible Color in Camellia directly on the cheekbones with my fingers.







Let’s have a real talk moment, please. The two photos above are of the same person. The top photo is nice, normal/fine, everyday hair while the bottom hair is what I like to call “internet hair”. You know what I’m talking about– the type of hair that’s totally attainable but not at all realistic for every moment of every day. “Internet hair” takes work! In this post I’m going to give you my top !!! ways of making your everyday hair into thicker, fuller, epic hair, even if it is just for a special event, an instagram pic or your own blog! Sounds silly but you’d be surprised at how often I get a request for “more photogenic hair”.

  1. First things first, if your hair is fine and limp, you’ll need some extensions. That’s just the way it is. We use them on photoshoots and if you’re trying to pump up your hair, extensions are the way to go. You can either do some TAPE-INS or you can grab some CLIP-IN TRACKS. Make sure they have demensional color, meaning some highlights and lowlights. Variation in the colors will give your hair more dimension and will allow the texture to show up more.
  2. Prepping your hair with product is essential. I’m a less is more kinda gal when it comes to products on a daily basis, but for this type of hair there’s no way around it. You need product support here. I like to use a volumizing mousse, like LIVING PROOF FULL THICKENING MOUSSE or ORIBE GRANDIOSE (at the ROOT only). Neither of these two have ever felt “sticky” in my hair or in my clients’ hair. They give volume without feeling product-y.
  3. Next up I spray ORIBE THICKENING SPRAY from middle to ends. You can skip the mousse and use this at the root if you want but I prefer the strength of the mousse at the root.
  4. I flip the hair back and forth and upside down while blowdrying because I like to get the hair up off of the root so it’s not laying flat against the head. I also don’t round brush a lot because it smooths the hair too much and I want all the volume I can get. I round brush the bangs or the hairline and maybe a tiny section at the crown, just to remove wave pattern or cowlicks.
  5. If you plan on parting to the side, use THIS VOLUMIZING TRICK from our previous post! It is SO helpful for side parting with volume.
  6. A favorite trick of mine is to put the hair in a FUN BUN to cool for 5 or so minutes after you’re done blowdrying. It helps the hair set in a more voluminous way. Then I take it down and curl.
  7. Very important when going for thicker looking hair, switch between the curling iron and the wand LIKE WE DID HERE, or go wand all the way. When you use a curling iron with a clamp, you’re squeezing the hair between two hot plates so it’s technically polishing and also lessening the volume. When you wrap it around a wand, you get fuller, more bouncy voluminous curls because it’s not getting flattened between two hot plates.  If you love the curling iron curls using the clamp, just be aware that they’re not going to be as full as they will if you wrap or wand them! Try to go at least half and half LIKE THIS!
  8. I just started using LIVING PROOF THICKENING CREAM and I’m obbbbbbbsessed. I’m probably using it wrong but yolo. I’ve tried it on the hair when it’s wet as well as using it after it’s dry to style and I LOVE it for that even more than I do on wet hair. In the bottom photo, I scrunched it into the hair instead of using my normal pomade x serum combo.
  9. I like adding a quick shot of tinted dry shampoo like KLORANE  at the root to make sure the hair doesn’t get oily too quickly. That often happens with fine hair!
  10. Finish the hair off using a strong holding DRY hairspray like R+Co Strong Hold FlexibleRedken Triple Take 32, or Sexy Hair Spray + Play HarderThese are my faves for volume because they’re dry and almost powdery when you spray them. They don’t feel wet like a lot of other hairsprays do. These 3 go on dry and hold really well boosting up your hair in a major way.




For some of you, this is a no-brainer. But for many out there, this isn’t happening! I can’t tell you how many times I see someone’s foundation end on her jawline so obviously that it’s distracting. Do I tell her? Does it matter? I don’t want to hurt her feelings but it’s such a quick fix and maybe she didn’t think about. So I’m making my case here to please bring your foundation down to include your necks. Unless you’re wearing a turtleneck, it’s a must-do, otherwise your foundation won’t be seamless but a dead giveaway that you’re wearing it.

My biggest advice for this though is to do the rest of your makeup first, leaving foundation for last. Then put your top/dress on so you don’t get foundation on the collar or neckline. Once it’s on, you can then finish your look with foundation.




  1. Apply foundation all over your face (with a brush or sponge or your fingers) like you normally would.
  2. Now bring the brush all the way down to include your neck. Depending on your top’s neckline, you can bring it down even further.


2 braids 3 ways START


Long hair lovers, this one’s for you! We took 2 simple dutch braids and turned it into 3 quick hairstyles. They’re so easy and you can pretty much match 1 of these 3 hairstyles with any outfit. You could also wear one to work and seamlessly switch to a different one before heading out to a dinner or event. Once the two dutch braids were in, we never took them out when switching to the other hairstyles. Below you’ll see the looks that we came up with but first we’ve gotta prep the hair!

  • Optional: add in a track or two of CLIP-IN EXTENSIONS for extra length!
  • Curl your hair using THIS METHOD from our previous post. We alternated between the GHD CURVE 1 1/4 CURLING IRON and the HOT TOOLS WAND this time.
  • After the curls were added we sprayed on some BLOPRO DRY TEXTURE SPRAY and lightly scrunched it in, breaking up the waves.
  • If you feel like your hair is still too fine/soft and you need a little extra “grip” at the base, sprinkle a little SEXY HAIR TEXTURE POWDER at the root!
  • Create two dutch braids going from the temple area to the back of your crown and secure the ends with a tiny clear elastic or lightly tease the ends to keep the braids from unraveling (that’s what we did here).

BRAIDED HALF UP: This is the easiest one. After your dutch braids are in, cross the two dutch braids over each other at the center/top/back of your head. Use a large bobby pin to secure. Cross them over in an X shape for extra support!

2 braids 3 ways ONE

BRAIDED “X” PONY: Cross the tails of your dutch braids over each other at the occipital bone (that little bone you can feel in the back of your head). Gather the rest of the hair that’s down and wrap it all together in an elastic. Make sure the braids stay crossed over each other. Once the elastic is in, use a strand of hair to wrap around the ponytail holder. Next we shook and sprayed the pony using R + Co. STRONG HOLD FLEXIBLE HAIRSPRAY to give it the volume it deserves!

2 braids 3 ways TWO

BRAIDED CHIGNON: Last but certainly not least, the chignon! This is actually just that ponytail wrapped up! We took the tail of the pony above and twisted it into a bun shape. We made sure the braids stayed on the outside. We added a little more SEXY HAIR TEXTURE POWDER before gently pulling the bun apart. Use large bobby pins (often called “roller pins”) to secure, especially if you have a lot of hair! You can find my favorite ones HERE.

2 braids 3 ways THREE