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PASTEL HAIR GUIDE

photos/caption: Kristin Ess

photos/caption: Kristin Ess

Pastels are having yet another magical moment right now (insert shooting star and unicorn racing over a rainbow over Debby Ryan’s new hair for her summer TOUR). Everywhere you look someone is going some shade of candy-coated, but it’s summer here in the US so it’s not hard to get the bug! If you have an interest in dipping into the pastel pool this summer there’s a couple of things I think you should know…

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  1. To get your hair a soft shade of pastel, you must have pre-lightened it. There’s just no way around that. Pastels just pick up best of hairs when they’re super light blonde so talk to your hair colorist and don’t attempt the prelightening at home please.
  2. It’s best to do some sort of variation of color to avoid looking like you’re wearing wig (i love a wig for the record, just don’t want to look like you’re wearing one if you’re not). I prefer to add some dimension or a second color. In all of the shades on this post, you’ll see that. Up top we’ve got the two tone which is really cool and fun when you’re going to be sporting braids and buns all summer. Next we have my friend Bri from designlovefest.com! She wanted to incorporate pinks and purples (but not go all-over with it) so we did an all over lightening and then I painted a mix of pink and purple on her roots. When she sets her hair down it’s more of a subtle shade seeping through. SO fun and will look epic with a braid! Then we have Debby again right below with her lavender hair. Some strands I painted lavender and some I painted with conditioner to keep them lighter in order to break up the purple. And at the bottom, we have Emily who had a full highlight prior to her seafoam green. We didn’t bleach her whole head unlike the other two, instead we just added the blue/green mix over her previously highlighted hair, allowing the dimension to stay!
  3. My MOST IMPORTANT pastel for going pastel is to overshoot. All of these photos were taken the first day the hair was colored so it’s going to fade from here. I want that. I always make the hair one full shade more intense/more vibrant to allow for fading. It usually settles at a good place if you go just a little more intense. People always tell me or comment that they get bummed when they finally get the pastel shade they want but then wash it down the drain almost immediately. If you go a tiny bit richer, you’ll fade out to the perfect spot and it should stay for a little extra time. Also, talk to your colorist about this because it depends on the condition of your hair, but the whiter your hair is to start, the longer the pastel typically stays, unless the hair is too damaged.
  4. Look for color locking shampoos like THIS , THIS or THIS and use a good COLOR CONDITIONER or MASK but get it on and off quickly. When I had pastel hair years ago I would try to wash and condition my hair as quickly as possible in the shower to avoid giving excess time for the pigment to rinse out. It was just my weird thing. I always thought the pink faded quicker when I stayed in the shower longer.

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The truth is, pastel is going to fade quicker than a full-intensity color so don’t have unrealistic expectations, ya know? Also next week I have a good pastel hair hack coming up for you… So stay tuned for that! tbdpastelhair

HOW TO COVER UP A PIMPLE

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

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

Ok, we’re going there today… how to cover up a pimple! I don’t know a single soul who has never had a blemish. I get mine monthly and get them on my body from time to time as well. It’s nothing to be ashamed of or upset about… it’s just part of being a human being; and when they creep up on us, there’s no need to fret. But let me be the first to tell you covering up is a three-part process. If you skip one of the three (most people just apply concealer), it won’t fully cover it or last that long. This is still a quick method and well worth it! Here’s how:

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STEPS:

  1. First apply the green primer directly on the blemish with a concealer brush.
  2. Use your finger to tap it in.
  3. Smooth around the perimeter.
  4. Switch to the concealer stick and use the brush to apply it on top.
  5. Don’t forget the perimeter! The perimeter is the tattle tale that needs to be blended all the way.
  6. Set it with powder. It has to be with a puff so you can press it on and not a brush that will sweep away your work thus far.

**This post is not photoshopped or retouched as it’s important to see the actual results!

STROBING 101

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

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

You might have noticed that the beauty world has become obsessed with Strobing! It’s hot right now, even though it’s actually been around for ages. Basically strobing is just highlighting areas that you want the light to hit and reflect off of, bringing those features forward and stealing all of the attention. Typically we pair highlighting with contouring (revisit my Highlight & Contour Tutorial for more) but it’s quite beautiful on its own. Especially in the Summer months when we let our skin glow and come alive. So let’s take a moment to walk through how I like to do it!

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STEPS:

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Using your finger with a cream/fluid or directly from the stick, swipe it:

  1. just along the top of your cheekbones,
  2. above your browbones (the brow frames the eye, so it’s a great place to draw attention to),
  3. down the center of the nose in a straight line (this just reinforces that your nose isn’t flat and protrudes away from your face like your cheekbones and browbones do),
  4. just above your cupid’s bow (this adds dimension to make your upper lip look like it is slightly fuller and protrudes more),
  5. just below your bottom lip (your bringing the area that is receding in between your bottom lip and your chin forward).

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Then blend and buff it in with the brush or the sponge! And tag us on Instagram or comment below with your favorite strobing products!

A MORE PHOTOGENIC BRAID

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A MORE PHOTOGENIC BRAID // POST + PHOTOS: KRISTIN ESS

PIC OR IT DIDN’T HAPPEN. In this wild world of social media, braids have become a serious must on every fashion and beauty instagram, facebook, pinterest and twitter feed. If you don’t have photos of braids + flowers, you’re probably missing out on a whole lot of follwers and likes. While I can’t help you in the floral department, I can definitely help you in the braid department! Here are some of my favorite ways to prep and style a braid for a great photo.

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  • For this particular post + tutorial, forget about the classic french braid (as seen above) for photos. Yes, it’s gorgeous, we know that, but most of it’s texture potential is hidden on the inside. The bulk of your braid gets tucked in when you do a regular french braid, so stick to inverted French braids (aka: Dutch braids) when it comes to photos because inverted braids put the bulk of the braid on the outside where you can see it (see next photo).

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  •  See the difference? The thickest parts of the braid lay on top of the hair instead of being tucked inside. If you prefer the classic version, knock yourself out! I don’t discourage that! The only downside is that it can’t get as “fat” as an inverted braid, and bigger badder braids for photos is what this post is all about!
  • To get a great braid, wash your hair with something that will give it a little texture. I like THIS SHAMPOO and THIS CONDITIONER for building a good braid foundation! Sometimes when I used those, I don’t even need to add much product!
  • If you don’t want to change shampoos, then prep the hair with a product like this LIGHT HOLDING MOUSSE or a light OCEAN SPRAY before blow drying or air drying. You never want to prep with something too sticky or it will be very hard to braid.

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  • Everyone must learn how to “pancake” or gently pull a braid apart. This will help fatten it up. When you do this on an inside-out-braid/inverted braid, the fullness you can achieve is amazing. I like to take each loop, one by one, tugging first from the inside and moving to the outside of the loop.
  • Always have plenty of TEXTURE POWDER on hand. Sprinkle a little on top of the braid before you pull it apart. I’ve talked about this in nearly every braid tutorial I’ve ever done. It’s my favorite. The powder has a lot of grit to it and really helps to keep that braid from falling apart when you’re tugging at it. It also helps anyone with lots of layers because if there’s texture powder on the pieces that go rogue, you can just tuck them right back in and they pretty much stay put.

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  • Don’t be afraid to pull the braid out to the max! If a couple little pieces fall out of the braid, let them or tuck them back into the braid! Messy braids are awesome!
  • Always have THIS TEXTURE TOOL to get that extra texture-y glow. You may remember it from THIS POST! If not, you must read up!

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  •  Another thing you should always remember is that placement is important! Look at this before and after example. The braid up top is the same as the braid on the bottom, the one on the bottom just runs closer to the ear and the hairline. If you’re trying to get a good photo of a braid without turning full profile, braid a little closer to the front or the hairline. Otherwise, the braid seems to kind of disappear. If you’re photographing a braid from the back, then focus the majority of it back there.

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  • The fact of the matter is that braids just photograph better on dark hair with highlights or lighter hair with hightlights because you see more depth. Am I saying braids are not gorgeous on darker hair? Not at all. In person I think braids on darker hair colors are classic and beautiful and chic, but sadly we all know that texture-wise, they just don’t read as well in a photograph. You tend to lose the look in a photo because you don’t see all the twists and turns and dimensions of a textured braid as well on solid or darker hair colors unless you find some epic lighting. I’m not telling you that you should run out and color your hair, I’m just saying adding in a couple lighter extension pieces temporarily like we did back in THIS POST (braids for brunettes + redheads). It can help you get a stronger braid photo for your beauty blog or social media feed!
  • Lighting is important as well. A skylight or natural lighting is your best friend when snapping a braid photo. You always want to see the curves and texture clearly when you photograph a braid so the more light, the better. Taking photos of your braids in the bathroom at night just doesn’t quite cut it anymore! Photo quality is important so shoot during the day and make sure your background doesn’t distract or take away from the braid. Solid backgrounds are always a good idea.
  • Have fun with it! After you get the photo you want, add a funny accessory or pull the braid apart to the point where it’s disheveled! Sometimes those are the photos I end up using and liking the most!