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and you lose body and movement on the weaker side; get over zealous forcing an imperfect part and you wind up with an outdated zigzag pattern.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.
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.
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!
TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN
There’s a little trick to rimming the waterline better. And it only takes a second. And most likely, you already have the tool in your medicine cabinet! There’s nothing worse than lining the inside of your eye and having it barely pick up the pigment. Waah waah. Ok, there are many things worse in the world, but this is a beauty blog and we can be a little dramatic. It just bugs me when people don’t take the time to do things properly. Probably the Aquarius in me? Anyway, please enjoy this secret tip and try it the next time you want to go for a more piercing eye. Here’s how:
PHOTOS + POST: KRISTIN ESS
You’ve shown up (most days), spent long nights cramming and probably have zero time to think about what your hairstyle is going to be at your graduation ceremony, let alone how it’s going to work with that sweet tassled cap. Don’t worry, we gotchoo! I have a little trick I like to use when any kind of hat is involved and I’m going to share it with you along with the 3 things you’ll need to keep your hair looking legit all night.
- Start by putting the cap on your head and get it to a comfortable place.
- Once you’ve settled on a comfy spot, mark the stopping point of the cap in the back of your head using a bobby pin.
- Create a gorgeous PONYTAIL (see tutorial) or CHIGNON (see tutorial) below that bobby pin.
- Throw your cap back on!
If you’re wearing your hair down:
- Stretch out a bobbypin so it doesn’t leave a crease on your hair!
- Mark the spot where your cap stops. (You can do this in front and in back if you want!)
- Curl all of your hair under the bobby pin marker.
- Put the cap back on.
Once you graduate and you’re ready to remove the cap, you’ll want to freshen up the top of your hair if you’re wearing it down. For that you will need to take a few things along with you in your purse…
Annnnnd… I saved my favorite hack for last! IF you own your cap (don’t do this if you’ve rented it), pierce a tiny hole along the ridge of the cap somewhere above your ear and slide a bobbypin through it to ensure that cap won’t go flying off as you cross the stage or during photos! Do it on both sides and one in the back if you need it!
CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2016!!!!!