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QUICK TIP: THICK LASHES

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

It blows my mind that so many of us don’t do this! Ok, I’ll come back down from my high horse because I too didn’t learn this trick until I went to makeup school at the Makeup Designory (MUD). But it’s a game changer and when you start doing it, you’ll wonder why you too didn’t think of this before! Typically, when we coat our lashes with mascara, we focus on the part that we (and others) can see. But there’s another side that’s getting ignored. The backside. Why bother painting it? Because it thickens the lashes and makes them stiffer and stand more upright. It only takes a tiny bit of extra energy and is worth the 5 seconds. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

  • Your Favorite Mascara — Right now I’m obsessed with this one, used on Rachel above because not only does it really coats and separates each lash, it lifts them and holds them up like no other mascara I’ve found before it. I also love this one for those of us on a tighter budget this month.

STEPS:

  1. Wiggle the wand from root to tip as you typically would on the outside of the lashes.
  2. Now here’s the trick: look down and coat the lashes on the backside by stroking the wand from root to tip on the side of your lashes that we never see. Then go back and repeat step 1 to flare them back upwards now that you’ve thickened them.
  3. Finish by coating the bottom lashes as well.

PERM PAPER CURLS FOR DAMAGED ENDS

photos/post/design: Kristin Ess

In the hair coloring world, lighter ends seems to be here to stay. It looks beautiful and quite natural, but there is a little bit of a down side– ends that have been processed repeatedly can start feeling a bit compromised. Putting a hot curling iron on dry, damaged ends can be really brutal if you’re not careful. Here’s a little trick I use on my own hair as well as my clients when I feel like the hair just needs a little more protection than product can provide:

  • Get perm papers from your local professional beauty supply store.
  • Wrap a perm paper around the dry ends of your hair (long-ways).
  • Put the curling iron over the perm paper and roll up as usual.
  • Take the iron out once the hair is ready and then remove the paper.

Curls will be just as bouncy as ever! Putting that piece of perm paper in there keeps the metal from coming in direct contact with split/brittle ends and minimizes damage.

 

 

PRETTY+EASY

photo: http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/12667587 post designed by kristin ess

It’s hot out. If you want to get long hair off your neck in a fancy way, create a fishtail braid to one side (tutorial coming soon!) and tie it off with a clear elastic. Wrap it around the front of your head, following the hairline and pinning it as you go. As I pin, I like to use larger bobby pins at first, and then move to smaller ones as I get toward the end. The bigger bobby pins give more support and help hold up the heaviest part of the braid which is the base. Last you want to tuck the tail of the braid under and pin to hide the elastic. I wouldn’t even brush it. Just let the texure be. SO gorgeous!

Xx Kristin

I’M ATTACHED

PHOTO: KRISTIN ESS + THEBEAUTYDEPARTMENT.COM post designed by kristin ess

When you get a new blow dryer, don’t throw out the nozzle! A lot of people do this and don’t realize that it’s an important attachment. A nozzle helps direct the cuticle downward and gives you a much smoother effect when blow drying. After your hair is blown out and the cuticles are sealed down, then you can remove the nozzle and “stir up” your hair for added texture!

Xx Kristin