Posts Tagged ‘spring’

AN EYE FOR GLITTER

photos + sponsored post by amy nadine, graphic design by eunice chun

It’s hard to walk the line with glitter… it’s way too fun to pass up, but we don’t want to end up looking like Vegas showgirls when we’re just going out to dinner! Here’s the perfect balance to dress up your eyes in a chic + effortless fashion. (more…)

MANI MONDAY

post + photos by Kristin Ess

We found yet another use for those lovely DIY nail stickers. Here’s how we created a plaid party: (more…)

CROWN OF BRAIDS

photos + post design Kristin Ess

It seems pretty easy, but it’s not. Not everyone has long hair that reaches all the way around the head to make a perfect crown of braids. Girls with short hair need braids TOO! Using this technique, you make small, overlapping intersections of braids to create a full crown. Here’s how:

  1. Start with straight, wavy or curly hair. I personally like this best with a little wave or curl because the crown of braids holds better with texture.
  2. Grab a section of hair above the ear and split it into 2 pieces, like our lovely Nora is doing in this photo.
  3. Braid both pieces. (Gently loosen up the braid for a more natural, romantic texture.)
  4. Cross them over each other as seen above and clip them to hold them in place while you do the same thing on the other side! If your hair is short and won’t reach, do 3 or 4 intersections of hair instead of just 2!
  5. Once you finish the other side, take the two braids that go over the top, cross them over and pin them using small but strong bobby pins.
  6. Take the two pieces that will go backward and tie them together. Add a couple of pins where the braids meet.
  7. Add a few extra bobby pins around the crown of braids to keep them from slipping or moving.

A veil of hairspray isn’t necessary but will help keep things in place if your hair tends to slip.

 

SHADOW FOCUS: EYE COLOR

photo: larry busacca, post + design by amy nadine

Customizing your makeup can seem daunting but can actually be really fun if you learn the laws of the color wheel. Of course makeup is a form of expression and you can always choose colors depending on your mood, fashion, occasion, etc., but if you want to know what shades actually bring out the best in your own features, you’ll love our new feature throughout this month on eye colors + their complementary shadow shades. In the color wheel there are primary, secondary and complementary colors but I’ll let your art teacher explain the details of each and I’ll simplify it for you as easily as possible: if you want to find the best shades for your eye color, find the shade that is directly across from it.

Start by looking at the blue “slice” then find the slice directly across from it, it’s orange. So if you want your eyes to look as blue as possible, find a variation of orange and your eyes will really pop. For last night’s MET Gala, I was lucky enough to do Mad Men’s Jessica Paré’s makeup and knew I wanted to make it all about her blue eyes! So I choose rose gold, copper + gold to do the trick while still being elegant, and I’m so happy with how it turned out! With a dampened brush, I used Chanel Eye Quad in Eclosion with the copper shade along the top + bottom lash lines, the rose gold shade on the lid and the gold shade from the crease all the way up to the brow bone (you can just do the crease, I wanted extra drama because the MET Gala is like the Oscars for Fashion!). Then I anchored the metallic shades by rimming the inner waterline with black (to really frame her baby blues) and finished with a strip of wispy lashes.

Next week: BROWN EYES, my all-time favorite color to work with!