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This little gem of advice for applying blush might seem trivial but I promise you it’s not! Accentuating our cheeks really brings the face to life and needs to mimic what happens when you either fall in love and are naturally blushing or the flush you get after a great workout. If you study it (like I have because I love nerding out), you’ll see it starts a good half-inch from each side of the nose. Never closer. It’s not flattering anyway if you bring it all the way in to your nose! So try this method until you know it by eyeing it. Here’s how:


  • Your Favorite Cream Blush — I used Tarte Cheek Stain in Tipsy. Or…
  • Your Favorite Powder Blush — I’m obsessed with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion.
  • Your Favorite Blush Brush — My clients and I have been dying over the new and revolutionary Artis line of 100% animal-free brushes like the cheek brush used in this tutorial and this one is especially great for cream blush. For powder blush I love MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Artisan Brush #156 because its wavy fibers work beautifully with powder formulas.


  1. Swipe the blush brush along the cream blush or swirl it in the powder blush.
  2. Place your index finger next to your nose. You can hold it vertically or do what I prefer and hold it slightly diagonally following the natural nasal-labial fold (as demonstrated by Carissa above).
  3. Place the blush brush directly next to the nose.
  4. Stipple (press multiple times) or swirl at the initial point on the the top half of apple of the cheek.
  5. Continue stippling or swirling as you work your way along the cheekbone.




Last month we learned the best trick for creating a perfect cupid’s bow (revisit it here). Today I’m sharing the best trick for lining your lips the way we pro’s do it for our clients on the red carpet. Some of you might have figured this one out yourself and are already doing it! If not, it’s a quick one to learn and is a game changer. When you line your lip perimeter with your mouth relaxed, there’s no way to get in the micro lines that you can’t even see. And let’s be honest, the line can get a little wonky depending on how voluminous your lips are! But if you stretch your smile, it flattens the surface so you can draw a smooth line with the tip directly on the perimeter, allowing half of the line to slightly go above the perimeter without anyone knowing you exaggerated anything! Here’s how:



  1. Line the perimeter of your lip area with your lips relaxed like you typically would. Don’t worry about it being perfect.
  2. Now here’s the trick! Stretch your lips by smiling and hold it tightly like that. Now line the upper lip area by holding the tip of the pencil on the perimeter so half of it falls below the perimeter and half slightly above. By holding the smile you can exaggerate the line a little and make your lips slightly fuller.
  3. While still holding the stretched smile, line the bottom perimeter as well. You might notice that you actually lined it above the perimeter when you originally lined it but didn’t notice until you smiled.
  4. Now fill in the surface area with the matching lipstick.




Our last hair tutorial was dedicated to all of our stunning redhead + brunette readers, but today we’re highlighting the blondes (pun intended)! As many of us know, if you have blonde hair, or even blonde highlights added to brunette or red hair, that fresh, clean bright blonde can turn brassy real fast if it’s not properly maintained. Our friends over at John Frieda’s Destination Blonde have worked really hard to develop a special formula called Everlasting Blonde to keep your stunning shade right where you want it from day one.

  1. It’s important to start any hairstyle with a clean canvas. Use a generous amount of John Frieda Everlasting Blonde Shampoo. Work up a nice lather and make sure you really get into the lower/back of your head. People often make the mistake of missing this section which can lead to limp locks.
  2. Speaking of locks, next you’ll apply John Frieda Everlasting Blonde Conditioner to lock in moisture and tone by closing that cuticle!
  3. Once out of the shower, towel dry and comb through.
  4. Blow dry and follow the tutorial above to create a long lasting, classic curl.

Whether you wear your hair curled as Lauren shows us up top using a 1 & 1/2 inch barrel curling iron and setting clips, or wear it up in this super cute fishtailed topknot (tutorial coming soon), you can finish off the look by using John Frieda Crystal Clear Hair Spray to keep that beautiful blonde protected.

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(TBD is proud to have partnered with our lovely friends at John Frieda to bring you this post.)



Brows frame the eyes. Big brows really frame them! And for some of us, more is more and bigger is better. This tutorial is for you and you alone! So please don’t hate on it if it’s not your cup of tea, because it might be someone else’s and there is no shaming on TBD! Makeup is an expression and all of us express ourselves differently so let’s respect and support each other! With that said, here’s how to pull off big beautiful brows:


  • A Flat & Wide-Tipped Brow Pencil: I used Dolce & Gabbana The Brow Liner because it’s has an amazing flat and wide tip, and spooly brush on the other end.
  • A Fine-Pointed Brow Pencil: By now you know my favorite all-time fine-point brow pencil is MAC Eye Brows in Lingering.
  • A Highlighter: Try Benefit High Brow for the perfect matte highlight.


  1. With the flat-headed pencil, draw a line on the base of the brow from the inside corner to the bottom of the arch.
  2. With the same pencil, draw a parallel line across the top of the brow as demonstrated above.
  3. Switch to the fine-pointed pencil and draw the “wing” part of the brow.
  4. With the same pencil, go back and fill in the brow by drawing individual hairs using upward strokes.
  5. Highlight underneath the brow with the matte highlighting pencil by starting at the inside corner and tracing all the way to the end.
  6. Blend the highlighter by smudging it with your finger.