Posts Tagged ‘prom’

FASHION FRIDAY

photos: Elie Saab post by Kristin Ess

Have you ever purchased a dress that’s so beautifully busy that you just had to have it? Maybe¬†it was the serious sparkle that caught your eye, or maybe those epic embellishments reached out and grabbed you. We’re not talking about a dress with a couple flowers here and there. We’re talking about a dress that’s so fabulously detailed that it will probably take center stage while hair & makeup happily take supporting roles.

When you look at the pictures above from the Elie Saab Spring/Summer 2012 show in Paris, we see that simplicity shines in their beauty department. The minimal makeup and the perfectly polished pony allow these dresses to say everything. If there’s one thing we can learn here, it’s that sometimes less really is more. There is nothing wrong with showing some restraint when you’re wearing something so stunning.

FASHION FRIDAY

photos: miss selfridge (top) tibi (bottom)

Today’s topic is the one-shoulder dress. Whether it’s long or short, the point of a one-shoulder dress is to show a little skin! In my opinion (and it’s just an opinion), the hair should almost always take the back seat to the featured shoulder. If you pull your hair over the bare shoulder, you might as well be wearing a dress that covers both shoulders. Let that shoulder show and throw on some earrings for some sparkle!

Try wearing your hair…

  • All down and back. Allows you to keep the length. Straight, curly or wavy, the focus is still on the one shoulder.
  • Messy pony. It’s sexy. Never looks too forced. Looks gorgeous with any texture. Also good for girls with bangs!
  • Low bun or chignon. Keep it simple and try not to let it crowd your neck too much. If it does, it can make your neck appear shorter and that’s never good. Always check your profile and the back of your hair using a hand mirror to make sure everything looks balanced.

Dresses:

PIN IT UP, GIRL

photo: justin coit for thebeautydepartment.com post designed by kristin ess

Our email box is literally flooded with requests for updos so here’s a fun one to get us all going! This is always a favorite for attending an event. This updo looks gorgeous on any hair color but particularly amazing with hilighted hair because it gives the hair lots of depth and dimension. For lack of a better word, I love the way it becomes “swirly”. Best thing is; it’s easy to do, gorgeous and keeps your hair out of your way for the night. I made this a printable tutorial, so all of the steps are next to the photos. Enjoy!

Tools you’ll need: curling iron (to prep the hair with waves), sectioning clips, teasing comb or brush, clear elastic rubber band, bobby pins, light to medium holding hairspray (to mist over at the end).

XX Kristin Ess

SAVE IT, SISTER!

photo: Inez + Vinoodl post designed by kristin ess

Tis the season of the updo. Prom, graduation and weddings are in full swing. When you’re getting ready and putting your hair up, you should always try to wear something that buttons or zips in the front to avoid pulling it over your head. However, sometimes you have a dress that has to be put on over your head after you do your hair. The best thing to do in this case is find fabric or a scarf, put it over your hair and tie it under your chin (similar to this image). This will significantly help keep your hair from getting caught on your dress, zipper or button.

xx kristin