MATTE LIPSTICK PREP TRICK

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

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

No  matter how well I take care of my lips and exfoliate them, when I put on a matte lipstick or lip crayon, it makes them look wrinkly and accentuates the lines. Until I learned this amazing trick! If you first swipe on a mattifying balm, the crayon or lipstick goes on so incredibly smoothly, it’s shocking! And it seems to stay on longer. Of course, as with anything you put on your face, you should use your own judgement if you think it’s safe to apply it to the lip area, but I personally do it. Here’s how:

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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.

the beauty department hair clip short hair

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.

GO PRO

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

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

When we apply foundation, we’re making a blank canvas for whatever we want to express creatively that particular day. It’s always been one of my favorite parts of my day for sure. But when I work on my clients, I do this method. It adds dimension pre-contouring and highlighting. And honestly, you don’t need a full coverage foundation all over your face. It’s too much, too noticeable and unnecessary. You also won’t be totally happy with the coverage of a tinted moisturizer all over your face… it’s great for running errands but just not enough coverage for when you want to look your best. So this is what I do: apply a full coverage foundation in a shade one-half lighter than your actual shade in the center of your face, pulling it outwards in all directions. Then apply a sheer formula in a shade one-half darker than your actual shade along the perimeter and neck. Finally, blend it together with an egg-shaped sponge. The result will make you so happy! Here’s how:

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tbd foundation master classSTEPS

And that’s your canvas! It’s much more subtle than contouring and highlighting, but it definitely adds dimensions.

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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:

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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.