Posts Tagged ‘wedding’

PARTY MAKEUP INSPIRATION

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

When we get dressed up for parties, Homecoming, weddings and such, we can sparkle without looking made up or overdone. It’s all about balance and taste… and today’s party inspiration look will look absolutely gorgeous on you at your next event! Simply anchor a gold glitter-y lid with an black diamond lower lashline then balance them both with a soft matte lip. Here’s the breakdown:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. After applying foundation (if needed) and a nude blush, look up and line the lower lashline with a black gel liner by dipping the liner brush into the gel pot, smoothing it out on the back of your hand then sweeping the brush across the skin behind the lower lashes as demonstrated on Lexie above.
  2. Rim the inner waterline with the pencil then blink so the product is deposited on the upper waterline as well. Repeat to intensify.
  3. Press your finger against the glitter pot then stamp it across your upper lid. Gently smear it back and forth to smooth out any lumps. I extended it outward past slightly and in the inner corner of the bottom lashline for extra drama but that’s your call.
  4. Add a couple coats of mascara.
  5. Finish by sweeping the lip lacquer along the lip area.

For the fashionistas out there, Lexie is modeling this new favorite dress of mine!

COTTON CANDY BUN + THIN GOLD HEADBAND

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

HI! Let’s take a short break from our “Summer Braid” series in the hair department, shall we? A couple days ago I posted a photo on instagram of a client wearing a very voluminous bun on set. I jokingly referred to it as her cotton candy bun which was followed by a lot of requests for a tutorial, so why not?! This is exactly the way I did hers so follow along and recreate the look at home. I’ll also show you how I made that thin goddess-y headband!

You’ll need some embroidery thread. I love the metallic kind and above we used gold but you can use any color you want; mix, match, cooridinate with your dress, whatever! You can usually find embroidery thread at your local fabric/craft store. Here’s a link in case you can’t find it near you. A whole lot cheaper than most headbands these days! Okay, let’s get to the tutorial steps…

  1. Start with a clean, dry, wavy ponytail. You want the ponytail to be large enough to create major volume in your bun making! If you need to add some extensions, try doing it like we did in THIS TUTORIAL! Give it a little wave with a wand or curling iron to plump it up even more!
  2. Now you’re going to use your comb to tease sections lightly. Don’t make it into a rats nest, you just want to give it a few slow, long back-combs with the wider side of your comb. Remember, you’re not teasing for height, you’re just teasing for more volume so be gentle on that hair!
  3. Take all of your ponytail in one hand and give it a light spray. Here we’re using this strongholding hairspray by Sexy Hair. Now twist it into your high bun shape.
  4. Start pinning around the base of the bun. Make sure you’re using strong bobbypins!
  5. I forgot to photograph it but, you should also grab a tail comb. That’s what we used (as you can see in this photo) to gently pull at the bun while adding a little more superholding hairspray. I like doing this more than using my fingers because it doesn’t smash anything. It’s such a tiny tail and you can work it into the middle of the bun to pull more volume pretty easily! Tail comb > fingers.
  6. Now you’re going to need more of that magic pixie powder they refer to as texturizing powder. Remember? We discussed it in detail right HERE! Sprinkle a bit of that in front of the bun. This is going to help hold the embroidery thread in place, big time! I sprinkle it all the way around the bun, even in the back by the nape of the neck because nothing disappoints more than your headband sliding while you’re out and about. The powder is mattifying so it keeps the hair from having any slip. It’s magic I tell you.
  7. Take about a yard of embroidery thread. Start in back as you see in photo 7. Bring it up and around the front past your ears.
  8. Cross it over in the center. Switch pieces into the opposite hands after you cross it over and then tie it together near the nape of your neck. If you don’t have the texturizing powder, you’re going to have to do a lot more work to get this thread to stay put. Lots of hairspray and a couple tiny bobbypins should do the trick.
  9. Once you’ve tied your goddess headband in the back, take the tail of your tailcomb and pull a little in between the strings. I just prefer the look over the hair being flat under the bands.
  10. Now for the final step, pour a little bit more of your texturizing powder over the bun and break it up with your fingers until it has that cotton candy bun look!

Will you try this? If you do will you pleeease tag us so we can see it? Last week we posted a bunch of your Twishtails on our IG, which looked SO amazing by the way. Find us at @thebeautydept and let us know once you’ve posted by hashtagging your with #TBDcottoncandybun

BEST FLOWERS FOR HAIR

Written by Sarah St. Lifer, Graphic Design by Eunice Chun

Truth be told, we haven’t dug up dirt since those elementary school days of (literal) mud pies. If anything, our green thumb has more of a reddish tint from the dye job we just completed. But, just because we’re novice gardeners doesn’t mean we can’t indulge in the hair accessory trend du jour, a.k.a. a floral embellishment. Sure, there are faux bands and barrettes available at your nearest mall, but what’s worse than swaying to your fave song at an outdoor concert, only to discover a fellow festival-goer’s rocking the same set of roses? Exactly.

Courtesy of the local flower mart, we’ve mapped out the best buds* for any summer style. Surely, even the shrinking violets out there will lust over these lush options.

*NOTE: When looking for the right flowers, choose ones that have a half-moon shaped profile so that the base will lay flat against your head and not stick out too far.

THE MAIN EVENT:

1. Peony: Rarely will you step foot into the TBD offices and not spot one of these fragrant fellows in a vintage vase. We’re obsessed! Plus, if they’re good enough for Marc Jacobs, they’re good enough for us! (See: Resort 2013)

2. Garden RoseSurrounded by its own petals, the garden rose is certainly a sight for sore eyes — that’s if you can get a good look at one during your next jaunt to the flower mart! We stumbled upon this stunner, but it took some digging — only one super green-thumbed flora fan at the market had ‘em for sale, and it cost us a pretty penny. Trust, it was well-worth the extra cash!

3. Chrysanthemum: New Yorkers may refer to them as “deli flowers,” but there’s a good reason these ultra-vibrant and petalicious (for the sake of the story, we made up the word!) blooms are so popular — they’re super easy to grow and maintain. Grab some seeds from the local hardware store and get going!

4. Ranunculus: If you’re on the hunt for a long-lasting bud in notice-me hues, you’ve come to the right place. Super saturated pinks, purples, and oranges are par for the course, but if you’re searching for something more subtle, don’t fret! There are paler colors as well.

5. Spray Rose: Smaller in size, these petite roses are ideal for crafts that require more miniature blooms. Popular during prom season for boutonnieres, we prefer to plant these darlings in row and fashion a crown fit for any warm-weather fete.

6. Anemone: One of the prettiest wedding bouquets we ever laid eyes on was one made up of white anemones with dark centers. You better believe we caught that sucker when the bride tossed it away, then tucked one behind our ear for good measure!

7. Pernetiana: As the unofficial ombre flower of the bunch, the Pernetiana is filled with potential. We love that each flower features its own set of faded hues — ideal for those readers who aren’t strangers to dyes.

8. Scabiosa: We’ll be completely honest with you, part of the reason we fell in love with this tiny bloom was because of its alternative title: the pincushion flower. And, if a butterfly starts trailing you from Stage 1 to Stage 2, don’t be alarmed — these flowers are rich in nectar and those winged creatures can’t help themselves!

THE SIDE SHOW:

1. Artemisias: Nicknamed “Dusty Miller,” you should totally snatch up these Artemisias if you spot them during your next flower mart jaunt. Case in point: they bloom from July to late August. Your fresh hair accessory just became a limited edition piece!

2. Eucalyptus: Sure, back-to-back outdoor events may amp up your indie cred, but that doesn’t give you permission to avoid showers between shows. Hide any odor by weaving some of these leaves into your next hair piece. Trust, you still need to pack the dry shampoo — sorry!

3. Lady’s Mantle: Don’t sweat if you suddenly find yourself in a misty moment — thanks to the fuzzy texture, these old-fashioned flowers hold water droplets for a gemstone effect. This phenomenon is even more spectacular when the plant is woven into a pretty braid.

4. Solidaster: We love buying these stems before the buds bloom, and incorporating the sunny hue with blue or purple flowers. The color combo pretty much guarantees a street style snap or two.

5. Hypericum: Berries aren’t just for jams this season! And brides-to-be, listen up! If you’re looking to add an unexpected element to your wedding ‘do, just wrap these around a headband for a pearl-like effect.

6. Statice: Detail oriented? Then we’ve found the flower for you! Though not very flashy, they’re gorgeous on their own or in a group. Our favorite way to wear ‘em is tucked into a bobby pin — lovely and low-maintenance!

7. Feverfew: These yellow and white flowers are actually the product of a medicinal herb — hence that name Feverfew, which translates to “fever reducer.” Make like Drew Barrymore in the ’90s and scatter some of these tiny daisy-wannabes in your updo.

8. Queen Anne’s Lace: The best way to upgrade that low ponytail? Tie some Queen Anne’s lace into the elastic. Secured at the nape of your next, the touch of white is complimentary for everyone from blondes to brunettes to redheads.

DIY: LAST MINUTE VALENTINE’S HAIR IDEA


photos/post/design: Kristin Ess

Whether you’ve got a hot date tonight or just hanging with your lady friends, show your Valentine’s Day spirit with some sweet hair flowers made from inexpensive spray roses. This is one of my favorite (and cheapest) tricks for romantic updos. Also, Spring is fast approaching, so you can really utilize this method for weddings and other events. Okay, here’s how I make these little gems…

  1. Run to your local grocery store and grab some spray roses. Right now they’re everywhere because of Valentine’s Day but I see them almost every time I hit the grocery store. I’ve seen them at every Ralphs, Vons, Trader Joes, Whole Foods…etc. They should be quite easy to find. Spray roses are much smaller than regular roses and they typically come potted. The cool thing is, if you keep caring for this $5-10 plant, you’ll have hair roses for days!
  2. Cut off a few rosebuds from the plant.
  3. Flip the flower over and trim the stem as short as you can without cutting the base that holds the flower together.
  4. Grab hair pins– also known as U-pins. They’re different from bobbypins. They don’t squeeze together so they won’t break or smash the spray rose.
  5. Lightly squeeze the hair pin and pierce it through the middle of the spray rose.
  6. The bottom should look like this!
  7. Fold the hair pin back on both sides (as seen in photo 7). That will keep the flowers from slipping out of your hair.

Enjoy your evening, ladies!