THE MACRAME BRAID

PHOTOS/POST: Kristin Ess

PHOTOS/POST: Kristin Ess

Okay so this braid isn’t actually macramé but it reminds me of it, hence the name. This might be one of the easiest braids to do and I can’t believe we’ve never done it for you! This looks even better if you have highlights because it shows so much dimension but still looks great on solid colors as well! I honestly feel like we’re moving away from more complicated braids, but the ones that are quick and easy with lots of fun texture are forever cool. Here’s how you do this one!

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  1. Prep the hair by waving it up just a little. We used a 1 1/4″ barrel iron to get subtle waves. Add 2 messy dutch braids, on on each side (see photo) and secure them with small clear elastics. It doesn’t matter where you start the dutch braids. Some like them a little higher and some like them a little lower depending on face/head shape. You can do whatever you want! For this, we started at temple height in front and met them together in back.
  2. Now cross those two dutch braids over each other and pin using a bobby pin.
  3. Next you’re going to make a regular braid down the back. Use the tails of your dutch braids as 2 of the pieces and then grab the 3rd piece from right underneath where your dutch braids meet. Braid all the way down.
  4. Now all you’re going to do is grab 2 of the pieces from your regular braid and hold them together kind of tight. Take the single piece and hold it tight in the other hand.
  5. Start sliding the two pieces UPWARD. It will start to bunch up and become a cool macramé inspired braid.
  6. Once you slide it all up you’re going to have a long tail. You can tie it off with a clear elastic there or do the same technique again and take it further.

After the braid is done, look in a hand mirror at the back. Loosen up and give texture to the braid running down.  Here’s a view from the front as well! Isn’t Alissa Griffith just the prettiest!? You can hear some of her music HERE!

Here’s a bigger view of the back!

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If you do this, please show us a photo or tag us @thebeautydept on Instagram! #TBDmacramebraid

THE CHAPPED LIP UNDO

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

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

This winter seems particularly brutal and the chilling winds are wreaking havoc on our faces, especially our lips! It seems every client that I’ve worked on so far this year is suffering from reeeeeally chapped lips no matter how often they re-apply their lip balm. A couple months ago I posted the Winter Lip Fix tutorial with a bi-weekly scrub and mask (and I’d love to hear if any of you have tried it and have had good results!). But if that’s not enough or you’re still looking for something else, you have to give a non-balm a try.

Balms try to protect lips against getting chapped, or getting more chapped, but if they’re already chapped, they can’t really undo them. That doesn’t mean you have to give up! A non-balm penetrates, conditions and moisturizes instead of sitting on top as protection (which is still important too!).  Combine it with daily scrubbing (when you brush your teeth, brush your lips) and you can absolutely start bringing your lips back to life. Here’s how:

THE {NON} BALMS:

STEPS:

  1. With either the oil or the serum, pump once on the tip of your finger. (With the oil, you can apply it directly on your lip area if you want, obviously).
  2. Smear it all over your lip area. You don’t have to give it a few minutes before applying lipstick, but I always do because I’m a little neurotic and don’t want anything to interfere with it working its magic!

 

MEOW!

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

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

I always say makeup is a creative expression and why not change things up on a Friday night out! When you walk by a white liner at the department store, you probably think to yourself “there’s no way that’s wearable!” But think again! It’s not only wearable, it’s flattering. It brightens the eye and makes you look more awake. You don’t have to draw a cat eye like I did on Magali above, you can do a less stylized version and simply line it. Either way, you might be surprised how many compliments you’ll get. Here’s how:

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STEPS:

  1. I like to leave the lid bare or lightly powdered but not shadowed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t! Start at the inner corner and line the upper lashline with the white liner across to the outer corner, then wing it out and up, just like you would with a black liner.
  2. Add a coat of mascara.
  3. If you want to add more drama, line inner waterline.
  4. If you want even more drama, also line the bottom lashline, then wing it out and up reflecting the same angle as the upper wing.
  5. If you want triple the drama, add a lash strip too!

 

MIX IT UP!

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

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

Every day, depending on my mood, I change the way I line my eyes; and in doing so, it slightly changes how the shape appears! Here’s the deal — you can keep your true shape by lining the upper lashline making sure the line has the same width from corner to corner. For most of us, it rounds out the eye like an arc. If I want the shape to appear a little more almond-like (a little longer and less rounded), I go back and thicken the outer corners. Or if I want to really elongate the eye, I extend the line out and up into a cat eye. There’s so much we can do to play with our eye shape, this is just the beginning! But it’s a great place to start.

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ROUNDED: Just line your upper lashline with the same thickness from corner to corner. You’ll notice it accentuates the roundness of the eye, making the outer corner appear to “droop” downwards a little. It’s still a very pretty look and I do it on myself all the time because it’s the natural shape of my eye and I love my eyes!

ALMOND: Now go back over the line you just drew by starting in the middle and building the thickness as you reach the outer corner. This makes the eyes appear more “open” and “awake” and hides the roundness a little as it makes them appear more almond-shaped.

ELONGATED: Extend the line by winging it out and up towards the end of your brow. This makes your eyes appear longer and (obviously) more stylized.

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How do you play with your eye shape? Do you have a favorite or are you like me and line depending on your mood? I’d love to know!! I can do another tutorial incorporating the lower lashline and the many ways to add it and how it changes the shape as well!