Posts Tagged ‘pink’


photos/caption: Kristin Ess

photos/caption: Kristin Ess

Pastels are having yet another magical moment right now (insert shooting star and unicorn racing over a rainbow over Debby Ryan’s new hair for her summer TOUR). Everywhere you look someone is going some shade of candy-coated, but it’s summer here in the US so it’s not hard to get the bug! If you have an interest in dipping into the pastel pool this summer there’s a couple of things I think you should know…


  1. To get your hair a soft shade of pastel, you must have pre-lightened it. There’s just no way around that. Pastels just pick up best of hairs when they’re super light blonde so talk to your hair colorist and don’t attempt the prelightening at home please.
  2. It’s best to do some sort of variation of color to avoid looking like you’re wearing wig (i love a wig for the record, just don’t want to look like you’re wearing one if you’re not). I prefer to add some dimension or a second color. In all of the shades on this post, you’ll see that. Up top we’ve got the two tone which is really cool and fun when you’re going to be sporting braids and buns all summer. Next we have my friend Bri from! She wanted to incorporate pinks and purples (but not go all-over with it) so we did an all over lightening and then I painted a mix of pink and purple on her roots. When she sets her hair down it’s more of a subtle shade seeping through. SO fun and will look epic with a braid! Then we have Debby again right below with her lavender hair. Some strands I painted lavender and some I painted with conditioner to keep them lighter in order to break up the purple. And at the bottom, we have Emily who had a full highlight prior to her seafoam green. We didn’t bleach her whole head unlike the other two, instead we just added the blue/green mix over her previously highlighted hair, allowing the dimension to stay!
  3. My MOST IMPORTANT pastel for going pastel is to overshoot. All of these photos were taken the first day the hair was colored so it’s going to fade from here. I want that. I always make the hair one full shade more intense/more vibrant to allow for fading. It usually settles at a good place if you go just a little more intense. People always tell me or comment that they get bummed when they finally get the pastel shade they want but then wash it down the drain almost immediately. If you go a tiny bit richer, you’ll fade out to the perfect spot and it should stay for a little extra time. Also, talk to your colorist about this because it depends on the condition of your hair, but the whiter your hair is to start, the longer the pastel typically stays, unless the hair is too damaged.
  4. Look for color locking shampoos like THIS , THIS or THIS and use a good COLOR CONDITIONER or MASK but get it on and off quickly. When I had pastel hair years ago I would try to wash and condition my hair as quickly as possible in the shower to avoid giving excess time for the pigment to rinse out. It was just my weird thing. I always thought the pink faded quicker when I stayed in the shower longer.


The truth is, pastel is going to fade quicker than a full-intensity color so don’t have unrealistic expectations, ya know? Also next week I have a good pastel hair hack coming up for you… So stay tuned for that! tbdpastelhair




If there are two things we love around here it’s bright colors and a partially bare mani. Negative space manicures like this one are so fun and give you a chance to play around with multiple colors instead of committing to just one. For this particular pairing, we used the two shades of bougainvillea we usually see. One is an orange-y hot pink and the other one is more of a purple/pink/fuchsia situation. For the hot pink shade we chose DOUBLE BREASTED JACKET and for the more purple shade we worked with BETWEEN THE SHEETS.

Some other favorite options for the perfect pink are…

And for a more purple/fuchsia color, try the one listed above or one of these…

Here’s how it was done…

mani bouganvillia the beauty dept

  1. Grab a roll of WASHI TAPE and cut small strips to go across your nails horizontally.
  2. Make sure you really press them down well so polish doesn’t seep underneath them, messing up your line.
  3. Use your first color (we went with hot pink near the tips and purple at the base) and paint the portion closest to the tip of the nail.
  4. Next use your purple to paint the section closest to your cuticle. We only used one coat of each color and it seemed to be enough but you may need two. NOTE: work quickly as you don’t want the polish to harden to the tape and make it hard to pull up.
  5. Use tweezers to gently pull back the strips of washi tape.

bougainvillea mani the beauty dept 2 socail


And then next we obviously need to discuss big ass braids…



Yes of course you can use only one blush shade. But there’s something beautiful that happens when you combine a warm shade across the whole cheekbone, a cool shade to pop the apple and a shimmer shade to highlight everything! Sometimes a cool tone by itself can come off a little clowny and needs the support of a warm shade. Sometimes a warm shade doesn’t pop enough without a splash of a cool tone. And both cool and warm shades come to life with a little shimmer to draw the attention to the cheekbones. Here’s how to create a flush inspired by roses:



  1. A Warming Shade — I used Tarte Chic to Cheek Amazonian Clay Blush in Classic (check out the value in this holiday set!) but you can use any warm-toned powder blush. Think peach, warm nudes or apricots. I used the Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt Brush because of its perfect shape to apply then blend back and forth on its side.
  2. A Pop Shade — I used Dior Rosy Glow Awakening Blush in Petal but again, you can use any cool-toned powder blush. Think pink, fuchsia… anything blue based. I love to use this MAKE UP FOR EVER Blending Blush Brush for swirling on the apples of the cheeks.
  3. A Highlighting Shade — I used Maybelline Mineral Powder Illuminator but you can use your favorite highlighting shimmer powder. I used the Armani Round Eye Contour Brush because it’s really fluffy like a blush or powder brush but gives way more precision.



  1. Sweep the warming shade across the entire cheekbone, including under where #2 is applied above.
  2. Swirl the cool shade in a circle on the top half of the apple that is circled on Magali above. (To find the apple, smile in the mirror and it will pop out like a little ball.)
  3. Finish by tracing the highlighting shade on the top half of the cheekbone, just under the eye area.



When we get dressed up for parties, Homecoming, weddings and such, we can sparkle without looking made up or overdone. It’s all about balance and taste… and today’s party inspiration look will look absolutely gorgeous on you at your next event! Simply anchor a gold glitter-y lid with an black diamond lower lashline then balance them both with a soft matte lip. Here’s the breakdown:



  1. After applying foundation (if needed) and a nude blush, look up and line the lower lashline with a black gel liner by dipping the liner brush into the gel pot, smoothing it out on the back of your hand then sweeping the brush across the skin behind the lower lashes as demonstrated on Lexie above.
  2. Rim the inner waterline with the pencil then blink so the product is deposited on the upper waterline as well. Repeat to intensify.
  3. Press your finger against the glitter pot then stamp it across your upper lid. Gently smear it back and forth to smooth out any lumps. I extended it outward past slightly and in the inner corner of the bottom lashline for extra drama but that’s your call.
  4. Add a couple coats of mascara.
  5. Finish by sweeping the lip lacquer along the lip area.

For the fashionistas out there, Lexie is modeling this new favorite dress of mine!