MESSY KNOTTED PONYTAIL

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

Summer’s creepin’ hard and if you’re in Southern California like us, it has arrived early. Wherever you live, warm weather means messy waves, braids and ponytails so let’s start with this gem, shall we? This look was created on the fly with no plan so excuse the unconventional-ness of it, but sometimes those make the best looks. Alright, here we go…

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Air dry your hair for this tutorial for better waves and more support —>> Remember the airdrying/waves tutorial?

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  1. Add some quick wand waves all around the head.
  2. Go in different directions for a messier result. Don’t brush out your waves when you finish, just finger comb at the most.
  3. Next, add a little texture powder into the hair. I like to do a LITTLE bit all over because too much will make the hair feel sticky and gross. Just a little sprinkle all over will make it feel beach-y and look fuller. The main reason we use texture powder for this is so the little strands don’t slip. Texture powder creates an amazing grip, making it much less likely for the bobby pins to slide out.
  4. Once your texture powder is applied, take two small strands from the front (right around the temple area) and pull them back.
  5. Tie those in a half knot.
  6. Take two of your mini bobby pins and criss cross them through the half knot to secure.
  7. Now the tricky part! Take those two strands from the tail of your knot and criss cross them underneath the ponytail near the nape of your neck. Grab one of your MICRO CLIPS and secure the criss crossed pieces behind the ponytail. Wiggle the tiny clip into the ponytail to conceal it. Seems like you’d see them, but trust me, these are so small, they disappear into the ponytail (which looks and feels extra thick because of the texture powder).
  8. Gather a little more hair from the back to thicken up each strand before pulling it around and tying it again.
  9. Repeat as many times as desired.  You can do it once, twice or 5 times if it will work with your length!
  10. Last you’ll want to pull the hair gently to create a little more texture. Add another sprinkling of texture powder if desired.

Love this pony for a party, a long weekend (might look even cooler second day) and it could also be a good music festival hair idea! If you try the messy knotted ponytail, be sure to tag us so we can see your handiwork! @THEBEAUTYDEPT

SPRING MAKEUP INSPIRATION

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

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

Every season I try to create one tutorial with a pretty and simple way to reflect the season with your makeup! This Spring, bring your lids to life with this totally wearable metallic silver shadow and pair it with this happy cheek and soft coral lip pop. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

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STEPS:

  1. Wet the lid brush in water and dip it in the silver shadow to create a paste. Sweep it across the lid and crease to create a single color wash.
  2. Wet the eyeliner brush in water and dip it in the brown shadow to create a paste. Trace it along the upper lashline as demonstrated on Brooke above. You can also wing it out and up if you prefer elongating your eye.
  3. Add a couple coats of mascara.
  4. If you wear foundation/powder, now is the time to apply it. Then smile in the mirror so your apples pop out and swirl the blush on the top half of them.
  5. Finish by applying the tinted lip balm directly from the tube.

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EASY TWISTED PONY

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

One of my favorite things (and I’m sure it’s one of  your favorites, too) is a quick easy hairstyle. If you’ve ever had a long night and/or a bad hair morning and/or just felt super lazy before rushing off to work, you need to learn this quick trick. All you need is two hands, a little hair refreshing mist and 4 large bobby pins.  Take that slept in hair (that was so nicely curled yesterday) and do this…

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  1. Gently brush or even finger comb any tangles out of the hair.
  2. Pick a spray any spray! You can do a sea spray or a hair refresher. Either one will do the trick, depending on your hair type. For fine limp hair go with a sea spray to add texture, and for thicker coarser hair, refresher spray to calm and control.
  3. Spray a few pumps throughout the hair.
  4. Don’t forget to hit the ends!

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All you do is hold your ponytail in the middle of your head (near the occipital bone which is that bone in the back of your head. Twist the ponytail clockwise. It will start to twist/coil itself under. At that point you’ll get a downward french twist look. Hold the ponytail tight at the nape of your neck and use this guide to slide in your large bobby pins. I advise doing the vertical one from the bottom first. That way the other pins cross over it horizontally and lock onto it.

That’s literally it. It’s so simple but still looks pretty chic if you ask us. If you try this look, let us know! Tag in your instagram photo at @thebeautydept!

MORNING AFTER MAKEUP

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

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

No one is endorsing a long night of drinking! But hey, it does happen. And even a couple glasses of wine can show up in our skin the next morning. The bottom line is, alcohol is dehydrating. You have to replenish the fluids on the inside and the outside! My advice: if you can drink a glass of water for each serving of alcohol, your body will thank you. And chug water before you go to sleep. Not too much that you’ll have to get up a lot to go to the bathroom because sleep is important for your skin too. Then try these tricks to make the most of your makeup the next day instead of having it work against you:

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TIP #1: Switch from a foundation or mineral powder foundation to a tinted moisturizer. You want one that really hydrates your skin like this one ($$) or this one ($). A BB Cream or a CC Cream is great too if you pick one that isn’t mattifying and doesn’t just sit on top of the skin.

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TIP #2: Bring a little life back to your face with a Face Gloss or Face Balm. After applying tinted moisturizer all over your face and neck, rub a few drops in between your fingers then pat and tap your fingers under your eyes, along your cheekbones and anywhere that needs a little love. This step really does the trick!

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Then finish the look with Cream Blush instead of Powder Blush, a Pink Lip Gloss (in shade #15) or Tinted Lip Balm (not the time to rock a bold matte lip!) and Mascara. Drink  electrolyte water throughout the day, switch to high anti-oxidant green tea, take vitamins and you’re good to go!

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