Posts Tagged ‘simple’

OH SO LOVELY

POST + PHOTOS BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

We get so many emails asking us for makeup looks on the lighter side. And I’m a big believer that sometimes the simplest looks can be the prettiest. So today we’ve created a Rose Gold wash of color all over the lid to add a hint of interest and beauty in a non-distracting manner. I’ve yet to find a rose gold shadow that actually looks rose gold on the skin, so we just made our own! Here’s how: (more…)

THE TWIST + FLIP BUN

photo/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

One of my all time favorite hairstyles for a wedding or for red carpet is the most super simple chic chignon (say that 3 times fast!). In this tutorial we show future brides and bridesmaids alike how to keep their hair out of the way while maintaining a timeless, classic look for any event. This is one of those updos that really allows you to focus on the dress, accessories and overall beauty instead of being a major focal point. Let’s get started!

  1. Start with all of your hair in a ponytail. I like to place the pony at the occipital bone (that bone you can feel in the back of your head).
  2. Next, slide the ponytail holder down about an inch or 2 and split it down the center as you see in photo #2.
  3. Flip the ponytail up and feed it through the split, grabbing it with your fingers from underneath and pulling it through.
  4. Now give the ponytail a gentle tug so it tightens back up.
  5. Your ponytail should look like this. There should be a slight separation where you’ll be tucking hair later in step 7.
  6. Use a comb to tease the ponytail. You can tease as little or as much as you want. The more you tease, the bigger your bun will be. The less you tease, the tighter the bun will be. Once your done teasing the hair, smooth the outside of it gently by using a smoothing brush.
  7. Wrap the ponytail around one hand and tuck the tail of the ponytail into the hole you created when you twisted the hair.
  8. Once you’ve tucked the excess, start pinning the bun in place. Gently pull it apart to make it fuller. The teased hair acts like stuffing, so you can spread it out carefully for a little more volume! If you hairspray as you go, you won’t have to worry about it falling out so much. Use the larger bobbypins to start securing the bun and then use the smaller ones around the edges. For updos like this it’s crucial to have a strong holding hairspray, but one that doesn’t get sticky or look wet. My all time favorite hairspray for doing updos is THIS ONE ! It’s called SuperHold and it’s like liquid bobby pins! It’s got amazing hold and it stays dry. Once you have it all in place, give it a good spray all over and lay down any unwanted fly-aways.

A fuller bun + a tighter bun can both look great for different reasons. For example– I would do a bigger bun for a wedding and maybe a tighter bun if I’m going to a work meeting. Also consider head size– for a smaller head, don’t overwhelm the silhouette by making a huge bun because it could make your head look even smaller. Use a hand mirror to check on your proportions from different angles as you go.

If you’re looking for accessories similar the one in the top image for your wedding, here are a few of my current favorites:

And you can always use fresh flowers, silk flowers or an embellished appliqué from the fabric store. Good luck! Tweet us a photo @TBDofficial!

SIMPLE VINTAGE WAVES

photos, graphic design, post by Kristin Ess

photos, graphic design, post by Kristin Ess

Every girl should be armed with the knowledge of how to do a quick vintage inspired Veronica Lake-esque wave in under 30 minutes. It’s one of the best ways to up the fancy factor on clean dry hair before heading out for a big night. The whole point of this tutorial is to do the exact same wave, one right next to the other and develop a pattern. So read the instructions, but more importantly follow the photos. Here we go! (more…)

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.