Posts Tagged ‘wedding’

DIY FLOWER WRAPPING FOR HAIR

photos + post design by Kristin Ess

As we all know, it’s wedding/prom season, and who doesn’t love adding a fresh flower to their hair when heading to a special event? Luckily, my best friend used to be a florist and she taught me how to do this early on in my hair career. This trick has come in handy SO many times and I’m really excited to share it with you considering DIY wedding and prom accessories are at the peak of popularity. Here’s how it’s done: (more…)

FASHION FRIDAY

photos: Elie Saab post by Kristin Ess

Have you ever purchased a dress that’s so beautifully busy that you just had to have it? Maybe¬†it was the serious sparkle that caught your eye, or maybe those epic embellishments reached out and grabbed you. We’re not talking about a dress with a couple flowers here and there. We’re talking about a dress that’s so fabulously detailed that it will probably take center stage while hair & makeup happily take supporting roles.

When you look at the pictures above from the Elie Saab Spring/Summer 2012 show in Paris, we see that simplicity shines in their beauty department. The minimal makeup and the perfectly polished pony allow these dresses to say everything. If there’s one thing we can learn here, it’s that sometimes less really is more. There is nothing wrong with showing some restraint when you’re wearing something so stunning.

SHORT HAIR CHIGNON

 

Hello dollies! Today’s video is dedicated to those of you with bobs and long bobs. A lot of emails come in regarding short hair and how hard it can be to dress it up. This is one of my favorite, long-lasting hairstyles for brides and party-going gals who are lacking length. Hope you guys love it as much as we do!!

Xx Kristin

TOOLS: elastic based headband, medium sized curling iron, light-hold styling cream, bobbypins, comb, hand mirror.

  • Start with an elastic based headband. (Learn how to make your own headband HERE!)
  • Curl the ends using a medium curling iron. (1″ or 1 1/4″ barrell is perfect. Giving the hair a little bend keeps the straight ends from popping out.)
  • Apply a small amount of product at the ends. (Ask your stylist for a light-hold styling cream. You just need something with a little hold to help keep things in place.)
  • Put the headband 1-2 inches behind the hairline and pin it to secure.
  • Take small pieces and twist them back + up. Tuck them into the headband and secure with a bobbypin if necessary. (Continue all the way around to the back. Lightly tease pieces with a comb if you have finer hair.)
  • Finish the back and use a hand mirror to check your balance. (Do a light round with hairspray if you need it!)

 

I-DO MAKE-UP

PHOTO: JUSTIN COIT + THEBEAUTYDEPARTMENT.COM ,design: kristin ess

There’s a new trend in bridal beauty… from Kate Middleton doing her own wedding day make-up to Kate Moss and her simple chic look, brides are choosing to look more like glowing versions of themselves and less like someone their grooms hope are somewhere under all that glam! I promise you, there’s something amazing that happens to a bride on her wedding day and you’ll look so pretty from the magic and love you’ll be feeling within and all around you, you won’t need a lot of make-up. Here Lauren demonstrates how to define and accentuate your own unique beauty effortlessly on your big day.
TOOLS
Longwear liquid foundation, foundation brush, dusty-rose colored cream blush, smoky-taupe wet/dry eyeshadow, eye shadow brush, dark brown or black long wear gel liner, pointed liner brush, water-resistant mascara, pinky-nude lip color.
STEPS
1. After applying a water-based primer, even out your complexion with longwear liquid foundation that is an exact match of your skin tone. This is not the day to try to fake darker/paler complexions, you want the product to “disappear” into your skin. Use a foundation brush for an even application and depending on the neckline of your dress, carefully blend onto your neck then buff with a tissue so nothing ends up on your dress.
2. With your foundation brush, dip it in a dusty-rose colored cream blush and pat a few times on the back of your hand to disperse of any clumps. Then while smiling in the mirror to find the apples of your cheeks, swirl and pat the brush to create a dewy flush of color.
3. Wet your eyeshadow brush with water, give it a quick tap on your sink/counter then dip it into your smoky-taupe shadow to create more of a paste-like consistency. Play on the back of your hand to smooth away any powder clumps then sweep the brush over your entire lid and crease to create a solid wash of color.
4. Swirl your pointed liner brush into a dark brown or black long wear gel liner (there are so many amazing waterproof options at your department, specialty and drug stores!) and again first test the consistency on the back of your hand by swirling away any clumps. Then starting at the inner corner of your lash line, gently drag the brush across your lid, adding a little more pressure as you work your way to the outer corner (light pressure = thin line, heavy pressure = thick line).
5. Apply two coats of waterproof mascara and decide if you want to skip your bottom lashes if you think you’ll be a gushing bride as well as a blushing bride!
6. Finish with a pinky-nude lip color that your loyal maid of honor will keep on her to re-apply whenever she sees you need it.

I did my own make-up at my wedding in December and looking back at the video and pictures, I’m so happy I left the glam for other parties and events and looked like myself, with a little of that je ne sais quoi magic!

XO Amy Nadine