Posts Tagged ‘summer’

HOW TO HIDE A BOBBY PIN

PHOTOS: KRISTIN ESS, POST: JESS SWANSON

POST BY KRISTIN ESS + JESS SWANSON

Almost every time I do an updo, I get asked about how I hide my bobby pins. I took you guys through how to PROPERLY INSERT A BOBBYPIN back in the day, but I’ve never shown you my trick for how I make those shiny little bobby pin ends disappear. We love glitz on a case-by-case basis, and sometimes you want your BOBBY PINS to show, but for the most part you want them them to be as invisible as possible; this means you’re about to fall (deeper) in love with your dry shampoo. See how the two rendezvous below:

the beauty department bobby pin

We begin with a handful of unassuming blonde bobby pins, which we found to match our hair the best. These are the GOLD/BLONDE and BLACK versions of the ones we used. Even when the pins match your color well, you still have the element of shine, which only serves to distract from your mane masterpiece as they catch the light.

To prep your pins, lay a towel down on a flat surface in a well-ventilated area. Shake your colored DRY SHAMPOO well (In the image we’re using a blonde tone – find your color in the list below) and simply spray each pin approximately 2″ away, moving slowly from one side to the other. Allow to dry, then flip and do the other side. We’re holding the pin above for demonstrative purposes only – don’t do this unless you’re craving a sloppy matte bronde mani. **This works equally well if you pin up your hair and then spray dry shampoo on any pins showing. It just might be a (literal) stretch to get any rogues in the back of your head.

the beauty department hidden bobby pin trick

Once they’ve dried, they’re ready for immediate use. Keep in mind that over time and with handling, the dry shampoo will slowly dissipate, so best not to do this too far in advance of future use. The photo above shows the newly-matte pins next to the previously shiny ones. Once they’re in your hair, they’ll be fine and you can even hit them with a shot of dry shampoo quickly once they’re in if you need to!

Now let’s customize further. Here are some dry shampoo options for you:

(*Note: you can totally play chemist here and mix colors to match your hair better – you do you, boo!). These are a bit spendy, but you’ll also use it to freshen second-day strands and potentially mask greys! Sadly unless you have platinum hair, your regular dry shampoo with no color in it probably won’t work for this trick.

hide a bobby pin trick hack the beauty department

See the difference in the above twists – we pinned the left side with a dry shampoo’ed bobby and the right with an untouched one. What say you to that everyday magic?

Like this hack or have one to share? We’re all ears in the comments below!

MATTE LIPSTICK PREP TRICK

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

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

No  matter how well I take care of my lips and exfoliate them, when I put on a matte lipstick or lip crayon, it makes them look wrinkly and accentuates the lines. Until I learned this amazing trick! If you first swipe on a mattifying balm, the crayon or lipstick goes on so incredibly smoothly, it’s shocking! And it seems to stay on longer. Of course, as with anything you put on your face, you should use your own judgement if you think it’s safe to apply it to the lip area, but I personally do it. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

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A MAGIC CLIP FOR LOBS AND BOBS

photos: kristin ess, post: jessica swanson

photos: kristin ess, post: jessica swanson

While your lob/bob is super cute and chic, there are still days you may envy the girls who can effortlessly throw in a top knot and go about their business. Usually those are the days you want to crash at the local “Cooling Center” because the temps hit record high. So while recently cruising the air conditioned aisles of H&M, I was thrilled to find THIS versatile and easily-workable clip, that is as attractive as it is helpful in a short hair updo. We worked two looks with this clip, but no doubt you could create many more. Here is one for our BOB girls and one for ladies who LOB:

While this first look (up top) seems slightly complex, it really breaks down to being a simple three-step process. We first worked some texture into the hair with THIS iron and THIS technique, which helps the clip to grip better and hides potential frizz from the heat and humidity. Then we pulled the hair from the top of the head and crown back into a bun just above the occipital bone (the bone in the back of your head that sticks out slightly), and tied it into a bun with a HAIRBAND. Then we repeated the previous step with the hair left underneath. Any hair that doesn’t reach (in this case, the hair above the ears) can be twisted back in between the two buns, then slip the clip in horizontally to hold those pieces and anchor the overall look. You’re done! Treat yourself to an iced coffee.

the beauty department hair clip short hair

For our second look, utilizing the textured waves from the previous style, we pulled a small bit of hair back from above the ears in a slight twist, then slipped the clip in horizontally. Voilà!

We want to see your creativity! If you recreate the looks from above, or invent your own way to use this clip, tag us on IG @thebeautydept.

LIPSTICK LUST LIST

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

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

Every season I sift through department store counters and drug stores, looking for my new favorite lip products. I have a little problem when it comes to lipsticks… ok, my hubby calls it an obsession but hey… it’s my favorite type of makeup! Lipsticks, lip stains, liquid lipsticks, lip gloss, lip crayons… I just love them all so much! And these are my top four formulas and shades that I’ll be personally rocking and introducing to my clients this Summer:

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HAPPY POPPY — I can’t tell you how many compliments you’ll get when you rock this liquid lipstick ($$) in Carina. It’s just the happiest color ever! And if you’re more of a classic lipstick kind of gal, try this lipstick ($) in Poppy.

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LOVELY LILAC — Aimee is wearing this velvetine lip stain ($$) in Polly. And when I say a stain, I mean a stain! I used this formula on Emmy Rossum one night when she was singing because she told me she needed something that could touch the microphone and not move, and it didn’t! I also love this budget-friendly version ($)!

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NEXT DOOR NUDE — I’m always searching for a pinky-nude that brings the drama that only a nude can bring but still has life to it. This creamy metallic one ($$) has a hinted of gold in it and is so radiant on everyone. It’s truly one of a kind and I couldn’t find a drug-store version to include (if you know of one, please mention in the comments below!).

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MOODY MERLOT — Okay, I know traditionally we save dark colors for Fall and Winter, but how boring! Rules are meant to be broken and there’s something kind of rebellious and moody about rocking a dark lip out on a Summer night. I mean, why not? I love this matte lip pencil ($$) in Train Bleu that Aimee is wearing above. I’m also really loving this highly-pigmented matte lipstick ($) in Merlot.