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THE TEMPORARY TAPE EXTENSION MIRACLE

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So, you lusted after Michelle Williams’ chicly-crafted pixie and raced to your hairdresser for the famous chop, perhaps a bit…prematurely? Then a few months into the awkward grow-out stage, you’re rocking an unbecoming shaggy mullet while she’s slaying an on-point, shoulder-length LOB?! Ladies, it’s not witchcraft: it’s tape extensions! They’re a powerful tool in the battle against out growing out a short, uneven and aggressively-layered haircut. Trust that I speak from experience: My own spontaneous pixie has had me playing the grow-out game for well over a year now, and that, in conjunction with a love for this bright blonde life, hasn’t exactly ushered me into a healthy, uniform length. Some days I need to fill in the gaps and some days (when wearing my hair up) I don’t! I love that they can be used in this temporary way vs. a real application by a pro which lasts many months. So, when I’m not doing THIS TREATMENT THIS PRE-SHAMPOO FIX  or BRAIDING it up to avoid heat damage, I’m reaching for the tape-ins to give me those full front corners that give a bob it’s coveted form. Here are the steps, if you find yourself longing for the same thing:

1) Start with clean, dry hair. Make sure to use a CLARIFYING SHAMPOO and only condition, if necessary, but NOT the root area! (Getting conditioner or any product near the scalp before applying tape extensions can cause them to slip.) Now blowdry smooth and flat iron to make sure there aren’t flyaways – when little individual rogue hairs get pulled by the tape it hurts! Also, waves can hide a multitude of sins, but straight hair will give you the true story of what’s going on with your cut.

**Note: know your limits: stick to the hair in the front sides of your head and avoid attempting the back. If your hair needs allover length or volume, or you’re looking for a more permanent solution, a trained professional should hook you up.

2) Have everything you’ll need ready to go once you start parting, and make sure to prep and tape all your extensions if you’re reusing them (instructions at the bottom).

3) Create a clean horizontal parting where you want to apply your extension, and clip surrounding hair out of the way. Try to avoid hairlines and your main part by about 1″. Make sure to hold the extension up first to ensure it’s the right length.

4) Remove the paper backing from the extension, holding just below the tape to avoid touching it. The transfer of oil from your fingertips will lessen its staying power.

5.) Apply right below your parting and press down firmly to smooth and adhere.

6.) Drop down clipped-up hair to gauge the difference. We decided the bang was still too heavy, so we added another extension at the top corner of the head – right before it starts to round into the top – to break it up.

7.) Once happy with one side, repeat previous steps on the other side and check for balance.

8.) The finished look. Dreamy. What a mini miracle! Remember to put your extensions in the same place each time or you’ll end up having to trim the tips to get it to look right, which then shortens the extensions!

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We completed the look with THESE waves to blend layers together and give the hair a little extra fullness.

This extension method will typically last until your next shampoo, or 1-3 days. If you use a different tape-in extension brand, also use their bond remover to make sure the process goes smoothly. As I mentioned above, if you’re in a pinch you can use a LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER. Spray directly onto the tape and gently lifting to remove. If you feel any tension, add more conditioner until they easily glide off. To prep extensions for future use, remove excess tape, wash well with clarifying shampoo and condition just the mids-ends, then let air dry. Once dry, apply the brand’s pre-cut double sided tape and leave the paper backing on until the next time you’re ready to get down.

You did it! This little trick can be a total lifesaver during the grow out process, and as you’ve seen, just a few pieces in the right place can make a huge difference. Now go make plans to be seen!

Have you tried tape-in extensions the non-permanent way? Let us know if they worked for your hair in the comments below!

THE LASH LIFT

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

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

Of course you can lift your lashes with a pinch of a curler. But did you know you can do it by switching to a thicker mascara and pressing it upwards at the roots at the critical moment when the formula is drying? It just happens to be one of my favorite things to do in this world as a giant makeup geek freak! And here’s how you can too:

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STEPS: 

  1. Apply a couple coats of mascara by sweeping and wiggling it through the lashes as you normally would.
  2. Now switch to the thicker formula and press it upward at the base of the lashes (the roots), starting at the outside corners where you really need it.
  3. Then continue moving the wand along the base of the lashes and repeatedly pressing upward.

If you really want to amp them up, you can pinch them with a lash curler before your first coats of mascara. I don’t bother but combining both techniques will curl and lift them. Or you can leave them with the regular application and not lift them. Makeup is all subjective to your taste and what resonates with you!

DRAPING

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

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

Draping is the new way to blush! Most of us associate draping with fabrics and fashion. But leave it to Marc Jacobs to apply it to makeup and faces! I’ve never thought of it like that before, but blush can be veiled over the face in different techniques to create different looks. How cheeky! Marc’s friend Way Bandy (the first ever celebrity makeup artist) made the concept of a “color glow” popular, and this inspired Marc to create his new 24-hour Air Blush Soft Glow Duo! Its air powder pigments seamlessly become one with the complexion, and the two shades merge fluidly in the palette for endless color combinations. Way said “color is a vital element in brightening and contouring… whereas light seems to project bones and dark seems to recede them, colors in the red range do something else. Not only does color give accent to the area where it is placed but it also seems to round out, give curve and softness to the skin and bones where it is applied.” I would totally agree because as much as I love it when I contour and highlight myself and my clients, the face doesn’t really come to life until I add blush.

We’re super excited because we’ve teamed up with Marc Jacobs Beauty to bring you four looks using the new Air Blush Soft Glow Duos through an exclusive Pinterest board dedicated to draping and this one-of-a-kind blush! Because face draping is a new concept, we’ll walk through it together over the next few weeks with inspiration, face charts and tutorials. So be sure to follow the board and check back daily so you can master it too! And remember, for all of the four different looks, you can use any of the five dance-floor-inspired shades because they’re foolproof and infused with air to drape your cheeks in color. Also note that I didn’t use any bronzing powder or highlighting powder in the looks. I only used the blushes to contour, highlight, flush, volumize, sculpt and/or lift.

Let’s start with the Balancing Glow! Use this technique when you want to balance out a bold look (like a smoky eye or wine-stained lip) or in this case, balance and soften your features with a veil of radiance. I chose the Lush & Libido shade because it’s very sweet and feminine but you can use whichever one you gravitate towards that complements your skin tone.

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Such a soft way to drape your face in color! For the nights you want to really define your cheekbones, switch to the Sculpting Glow! This technique hollows out the cheeks with the deeper shade then adds a halo effect to draw light and attention to them with the lighter shade. I used the Flesh & Fantasy Palette because it’s the perfect amount of warmth and glow.

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This partnership was kindly brought to you by Marc Jacobs Beauty.

I can’t wait to show you the Volumizing Glow and Lifting Glow tutorials too! Keep your eyes out for them and more on our exclusive Pinterest board here.

MAKE IT LAST

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

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

I have very light brows and love darkening them a few shades. But I hate it when it fades throughout the day. Hate. It! I got them tattooed last year (see my before and after here) and get the hairs tinted on the regular, but everything fades and I still have to shade them in each morning (oh well, there are bigger problems in the world). But I’ve learned that if I apply my eyeshadow primer before I fill them in, the shadow doesn’t move. Here’s how:

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Make sure you press hard enough with the primer to hit the skin behind the hairs, since that’s where the shadow is going to go.