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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.

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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.

BROW INSPIRATION

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

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

This is what you’re going to love about this brow: it’s defined, but you can still see skin behind the hairs. A departure from the stenciled-looking brows that everyone was rocking last year. How do you achieve this? You line the perimeter lightly but instead of filling it in with shadow or pencil strokes, you use a tinted brow gel to darken the hairs while leaving the background skin bare. I cannot tell you how happy it makes me! Here’s how to do it yourself:

TOOLS:

Brow Sophisticate STEPS

For my avid makeup mavens, this is the eye shadow quad ($$) I used on Leah and this is the lash strip ($$) I used.

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.

THE BEST WAY TO SIDE PART

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Here at Beauty Department, we throw our emoji praise hands up to a well-executed side part. It adds just the right touch of Cali-chic to those it-girl waves, and looks effortlessly cool. However, what appears to be a simple hack can quickly escalate into dozens of lost minutes in front of the mirror with a comb and deflated disposition. Go too far over and you lose body and movement on the weaker side; get over zealous forcing an imperfect part and you wind up with an outdated zigzag pattern. Here’s a simple, no-fail trick to create balance that flatters your features.

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All you need is a tail comb and a mirror. The main objective is to create a side part in front only while the majority of your hair is actually parted down the center. This gives the illusion that you’re working a side part or hair flip while your look remains balanced and full on both sides. This is one of my favorite secret tricks to styling a lob or a bob for photos. It also works like a charm with updos and chignons! From the straight on, it just looks like a normal side part.

side part trick

This will come in very handy for those with loads of hair and little hair alike. Balancing the amount of hair distributed on on each side is important for both maximum fullness and for decreasing fullness, depending on your goal! Try this trick and let us know how it works for you!