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It’s that time of year again! The holiday messes have been swept up and now hair and makeup glam squads everywhere prepare to work overtime because it’s award season!!!! It wouldn’t be fair if all you beauties at home couldn’t play along so I thought it might be fun to incorporate some red carpet classics this month on TBD! These tutorials will be timeless, not trendy. These will be hairstyles that you can use for many years to come. When I have a client attending a major award show, I try to think about what will still look great when we look back at photos years from now. So let’s dive into the first one: The Classic Chignon Tutorial!

Prep: We wanted a smooth chignon, but just so you know, this could be done with waves or curls as well! To start, we applied a little STYLING CREAM to damp hair and then used a LARGE IBIZA ROUND BRUSH to smooth.

The only hairspray we used throughout this tutorial was THIS ONE. The reason I love this spray for looks like this is because it never ever gets sticky. You can keep piling it on and brushing through. It holds softly but securely and gives shine. I’m not the biggest fan of the smell but it goes away quickly and doesn’t linger.

  1. Put all of your hair into a tight/smooth ponytail at the nape of your neck. You can use a regular ponytail holder or a SMALL CLEAR ELASTIC. (ps: these are my favorite elastics. they’re a little more expensive but they’re softer and don’t pull my hair out!)
  2. Using a 1 1/4″ HOT TOOLS SPRING IRON, curl the ends under. This is going to help your hair wrap around itself and stay put!
  3. Next, split your ponytail into two sections (upper and lower). Tease the lower section lightly to give your hair more volume for a fuller chignon.
  4. Take another SMALL CLEAR ELASTIC and do a half loop with your ponytail, leaving the tail out. (Tip: You don’t need to secure this second elastic more than once. It’s small and when you create your half loop it should be pretty tight already.)
  5. Take the tail and wrap it around the base of the ponytail. Pin that underneath using large bobby pins. (Tip: If you need to, you can tease the tail lightly before wrapping it around the base. Then smooth lightly after secured!)

Hope you enjoy this classic look and I hope this tutorial comes in handy the next time you have a big event to attend! Any other specific classic red carpet requests? Is there a celebrity who’s hair has been stuck in your mind since they walked a particular carpet?? Tell me in the comments (and try to post a photo of it!) and maybe we can break it down for you!




All day long I can’t help myself from noticing everyone’s makeup. Occupational hazard I’m sure, but I find I do a quick once over the same way a dentist must look at everyone’s teeth and a tailor must look at everyone’s clothes. I don’t judge, I just notice. And mostly I notice that people are wearing mascara but it’s barely there and not doing what it’s formulated to do. Why? Because a couple strokes of the wand isn’t enough! It’s just not. If you don’t believe me, try it tomorrow morning. Do a couple coats and look in the mirror. Then do 30 quick strokes per eye and look in the mirror. Night and day. What I’m suggesting takes one minute total, 30 seconds per eye. Your lashes will thank you. Let’s walk through it:




Yes the lashes are more defined than the before shot. But wah-wah. Snoozefest! That’s mostly what I see all day long among my peers. We can do much better, ladies! Keep scrolling:



Now that’s what I’m talking about. Just gorgeous, coated daytime lashes. Doesn’t matter if you have short or long lashes, just rock what you got making the most of what you have! I’m not talking about long precise strokes. No one-mississippi, two-mississippi… more like 1, 2, 3… quick brisk strokes.


For inquiring minds, this is the coppery eyeshadow palette ($) I used, this is the eyeliner ($$) and this is the lipstick ($$) in Mocha.




This little quick tip is much more powerful than you might think. If you only shade over brow hairs, you are filling in but you’re missing the chance to also define. But if you move the brow hairs temporarily by brushing them down, you expose the skin behind them, giving you the chance to draw directly on it. Then you simply brush the hairs back up and the illusion is done! Here’s how:


  • A Dual-Ended Brow Brush — Look for one that has a spoolie (looks like a clean mascara wand) on one end and a stiff angled brush on the other end, like this one ($$) used on Brook above or this one ($).
  • Brow Shadow — My favorite brow shadow palettes are these ($$$) but you can also use this one ($).


  1. Here’s the trick! When you get to the arch, brush all those hairs downward with the spoolie. This exposes the skin so you can draw directly on it.
  2. Now load up the angled brush in the brow shadow and draw the arch directly on this skin.
  3. After you’ve drawn it in, switch back to the spoolie end and brush the hairs back up.
  4. Now finish filling in the tail.

For the fashionistas out there, this is the cozy chunky knit sweater ($$$) that Brook is wearing above but this one ($) is on sale!


WINTER WEDDING HAIR IDEA  the beauty department

hair/photo/post: kristin ess

My long-time client, Victoria, recently got married in Los Angeles and her wedding was stunning!! She wanted to wear her hair “mostly down” but “a little pulled back”. The photo up top is what we created. Since posting it on my instagram, I have gotten so many inquiries about what size iron I used and what product so I thought I would break it down for you guys! I also think this will be really useful for those of you who are getting married in the winter since bridal hair isn’t a popular topic during winter months… Here’s what I did an what I used!

  1. I prepped Victoria’s wet/towel dried hair with THIS MOUSSE. It’s great for volume and hold but it’s not sticky or crunchy. It helps me get a fuller more voluminous blowout for my foundation. An amazing, more affordable alternative is THIS!
  2. I didn’t use a round brush except around the front hairline. I just smoothed through with a blowdryer and my fingers.
  3. Next I sprayed a little bit of THIS HEAT PROTECTANT before going in with a hot iron.
  4. To create those waves, I used my 1 1/4″ MARCEL IRON. I wrapped the curls around the barrel instead of clamping them. If you’re not good with a marcel, try this 1 1/4″ CONICAL WAND instead! It’s very user friendly and I love it!
  5. Shake a little TEXTURE POWDER into the root once the hair is waved. This will help with your twist!
  6. Now you can spray a little bit of your favorite LIGHT HOLD HAIRSPRAY all over.
  7. Take a piece from each side and twist back, making them meet in the back/center. Slide your bobbypins in LIKE THIS to hide them.
  8. Give your hair one last spritz of light holding hairspray and you’re good to go.

If moisture in the air is a factor for you (depending on where you’re getting hitched!) you can finish the look with an ANTI-HUMECTANT spray that will repel all moisture. I highly recommend it if your hair tends to get frizzy with moisture.

This is just a breakdown on what I used to get this look, but if you want an actual tutorial for this with steps you just let me know in the comments and I’ll getcha one!