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CROW’S FEET 911

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

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

 

It happens one morning: you get up, wander into the bathroom, lean in to see the mirror more closely and there they are… crow’s feet! You swear they weren’t there yesterday?! You’ve read about them, seen them on your mom, but didn’t think they could happen to you this young! Then it hits you: they’re only going to get worse! So you vow to amp up your anti-aging routine from this day forward. And we’ll help guide you through with our new Anti-Aging Series, starting with this today’s tutorial that takes skincare to the next level.

LED (Light Emitting Diodes) Therapies have been warriors against wrinkles for over a decade now because unlike other devices and gadgets that are complete nonsense, these actually have proven results. Blue lights are used to prevent and clear up acne while red lights work on the appearance of lines and wrinkles (as well as pain therapy) and even dark spots by accelerating cellular metabolism, repairing damaged skin cells and stimulating the production of structural proteins .  But you had to make a trip to the spa every week consistently to enjoy and see the results. So you can imagine how excited I was a few years ago when brands made ones to use at home! I’ve sifted through the numerous ones out there to find these three favorites that are professional strength and really work. Spend 10 minutes in front of the TV doing this a couple times a week and watch friends out of nowhere compliment you on your skin. I kinda got addicted after that kind of feedback! Here’s how:

OUR FAVORITES:

STEPS:

  1. After washing your face, place the device directly on a problem area and turn it on.
  2. Hold it over that area (you can actually touch the skin with it) for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Move it to another area and hold it there for 1-2 minutes. Repeat until you’ve covered every area of concern. I do under my eyes, the outer sides of my eyes, my forehead, in between my eyebrows, my lips and each lower cheek.

Note: You can do this on clean, bare skin or apply your favorite serum first like my facialist does. The red lights will make the serum permeate the surface better and work more. But don’t use this device with a Vitamin A serum as the lights will actually prevent it from working.

ANTI-HUMECTANTS FOR HAIR

photos/post: Kristin Ess

photos/post: Kristin Ess

The weather is changing and there’s a lot more moisture in the air, which can be great for your skin but awful after fresh blowout. One of our favorite ways to preserve a new blowout, flat iron waves or curling iron curls when it’s humid outside is to use either an anti-humectant spray or balm, depending on your hair type… but more about that later.

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When you blowdry your hair, you’re removing water from the inside as well as the outside. As it dries, you’re (for lack of a better word) “re-forming” the hair into whatever shape you’re round brushing, curling or flat iron it into. Once the hair is dry completely and your look is set, you want to avoid letting too much moisture or water back into the hair because that will encourage your hair to go back to it’s natural state or at least part way there often causing frizziness or limp locks (definitely not saying there’s anything wrong with your hair’s natural state, for the record).

 

 

thebeautydepartment anti humectant

 

Anti-humectant to the rescue!! You may remember HERE when I was in Miami with Lauren and I talked about using this spray to keep out the Miami moisture. Anti-humectants basically create a thin invisible film on the hair that will repel water and moisture, keeping it styled the way you want it. I typically use two different types of anti-humectant products. A balm or a spray. I tend to use THIS SUPER FINE SPRAY version for thin or fine hair because it’s a lighter application. I finish the heat styling that I want to do on the hair and then spray a light veil of this. When it comes to thick, coarse or curly blown out hair, I will often turn to THIS BALM version. It’s the balm. Ha! Warm up a pea sized dab of this in between the palms of your hands and distribute evenly, starting in area where moisture attacks your hair the most, this can be different for everyone.

 

 

 

the beauty dept anti humectant

 

Whichever you choose, try to be light handed with it because you don’t need much. Anti-humectant products tend to last me a very long time. They shampoo out really easily and never feel oily or greasy when applied correctly. Follow the instruction on the bottle and do what’s right for your own amount of hair. These are also great in the summer when it’s hot or if you sweat at night, which often causes the underneath of your hair to frizz up.

Have you ever tried anti-humectant spray or balm? If so, spill it in the comments below!

MAKE IT LAST

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

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

The number one question and concern I get asked is “how do I get my foundation to stay on all day… I put it on at 7am before work then look in the mirror around 3 and it’s all gone!” I used to have the same problem too and would have to reapply it later. But who has time for that? So after years of trying anything and everything that I could get my hands, this is what I’ve found that works. Not only on me, it works on my clients as well. Hallelujah!!

It comes down to these three tips and techniques:

  1. first apply foundation with a buffing brush to really work it in (you can choose a longwear foundation but I’ve found those just sit on the surface of my skin and come off on my phone),
  2. then stipple the powder on instead of sweeping it across and
  3. finish with a setting spray.

Please try it this week and check in the mirror around 3pm and see if it worked! Here’s how:

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  1. Apply foundation over your face and neck using the kabuki buffing brush. Instead of sweeping the brush across, buff and press it into the skin so it becomes one with everything. Repeat in areas where you might need more coverage.
  2. Apply the rest of you makeup as usual. You can leave mascara off until after step 4 if you’re like me and want to triple ensure that it won’t run.
  3. Load up the powder brush with powder, give it a quick tap against the counter or lid to remove a little of the excess. Again, instead of sweeping it across your face, press and stipple it over and over until you’ve covered everything. This really pushes the powder into the makeup.
  4. Finish by spritzing the setting spray over your entire face. Hold the bottle at least 6 inches away from your face and be sure to close your eyes and your mouth.

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COMPLETE THE LOOK:

Lacy is wearing my new favorite eye palette for Fall, Lime Crime’s Venus The Grunge Palette, Eyeko Eye Do Mascara, Urban Decay Heavy Metal Liner in Midnight Cowboy, Benefit Majorette Blush and Too Faced Melted Longwear Liquified Lipstick in Melted Berry.

 

AIR DRYING FOR BETTER CURLS

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

We’ve been very into 90’s vibes as of late with all these short blunt cutshair flips. Another look that pairs well with a major flip is big volumious curl. We love air dried hair and think it’s gorgeous just the way it is, but did you know that air drying can be nearly as beneficial as a styling product? Let me explain! When you blow your hair out before you curl, you pull your natural wave pattern out with heat. That means you’ve relayed the message to your hair, the cuticle and root that you want it straight. Even if you go in with hairspray and a curling iron or wand, the likelihood is that your curl is going to want to return to the state in which you blowdried it.

air drying for curls via thebeautydepartment

If you have wavy or curly hair and you allow your hair to air dry before you curl (no matter how big, frizzy, kinky, janky or funky you may think it looks) you allow the pattern to come through and that pattern provides so much curl support. More than most products, in my opinion.

WASHING: In the top photo, we prepped the hair by shampooing with a curl enhancing shampoo + conditioner. (I’ll add budget friendly options below!) You’ll want to comb your hair out in the shower when you’re rinsing your conditioner through and then avoid brushing it out once you’re out of the shower, other than parting it if you need to. Doing so will help your wave pattern look more defined. Towel dry only.

DRYING: All that was added before going to sleep was a small amount of curl enhancing serum. Literally woke up like this.

THE WAND: The reason the wand is good for this is because unlike the classic curling iron, the hair doesn’t get pressed from both sides, in other words, it’s not smashed between two hot plates. Translation: wand curls will almost always be fuller, bouncier and more voluminous than curling iron curls. THIS WAND that we used can be found here and it’s our lucky day because it’s on sale. HOORAY! The hair was wrapped back and away from the face all over the head. We applied absolutely zero product to the hair as we curled and zero product after.

If you’re looking for an alternative curl enhancing system that’s budget friendly, definitely try THIS + THIS + THIS which can be found at many drugstores! We’ve tried this before, and although we aren’t major fans of the scent, the product works very well.

air drying for curling hair via thebeautydepartment

I’m very excited for those of you with wave and curl to try this out. Learn to use what you’ve got naturally to your benefit. Sure, adding curling iron or wand curls defeats the purpose of air drying, but we’re not saying air dried hair is bad. We’re saying if you want stronger, longer lasting curls, use your own for extra support! If you have any curl support tips, please share them with other readers in the comments below. Xx