If you want a foolproof method to defining your cut crease, you have to try this! I love it because an eyeliner is more intense than a shadow AND you can be really precise as to where you apply it. Not to mention, you can blend and smooth it however much or little you wish. Here’s how:


tbd dash creaseSTEPS

You can play with different shapes, shades and intensities. You can go back over the crease with a shadow in a similar shade to smoke it out even more!

tbd dash creaseFINAL





Almost every time I do an updo, I get asked about how I hide my bobby pins. I took you guys through how to PROPERLY INSERT A BOBBYPIN back in the day, but I’ve never shown you my trick for how I make those shiny little bobby pin ends disappear. We love glitz on a case-by-case basis, and sometimes you want your BOBBY PINS to show, but for the most part you want them them to be as invisible as possible; this means you’re about to fall (deeper) in love with your dry shampoo. See how the two rendezvous below:

the beauty department bobby pin

We begin with a handful of unassuming blonde bobby pins, which we found to match our hair the best. These are the GOLD/BLONDE and BLACK versions of the ones we used. Even when the pins match your color well, you still have the element of shine, which only serves to distract from your mane masterpiece as they catch the light.

To prep your pins, lay a towel down on a flat surface in a well-ventilated area. Shake your colored DRY SHAMPOO well (In the image we’re using a blonde tone – find your color in the list below) and simply spray each pin approximately 2″ away, moving slowly from one side to the other. Allow to dry, then flip and do the other side. We’re holding the pin above for demonstrative purposes only – don’t do this unless you’re craving a sloppy matte bronde mani. **This works equally well if you pin up your hair and then spray dry shampoo on any pins showing. It just might be a (literal) stretch to get any rogues in the back of your head.

the beauty department hidden bobby pin trick

Once they’ve dried, they’re ready for immediate use. Keep in mind that over time and with handling, the dry shampoo will slowly dissipate, so best not to do this too far in advance of future use. The photo above shows the newly-matte pins next to the previously shiny ones. Once they’re in your hair, they’ll be fine and you can even hit them with a shot of dry shampoo quickly once they’re in if you need to!

Now let’s customize further. Here are some dry shampoo options for you:

(*Note: you can totally play chemist here and mix colors to match your hair better – you do you, boo!). These are a bit spendy, but you’ll also use it to freshen second-day strands and potentially mask greys! Sadly unless you have platinum hair, your regular dry shampoo with no color in it probably won’t work for this trick.

hide a bobby pin trick hack the beauty department

See the difference in the above twists – we pinned the left side with a dry shampoo’ed bobby and the right with an untouched one. What say you to that everyday magic?

Like this hack or have one to share? We’re all ears in the comments below!




There’s something really beautiful about a golden goddess, especially if it’s done right (aka you’re warmed up and sunkissed, not oompa loompa). Today’s tutorial is my favorite bronzed look for Summer, especially for those of us who don’t tan or don’t want to tan. It took five minutes. Here’s how:

tbd simple summer beautyBA


  • Your Favorite Warm Taupe Eyeshadow Palette — I used this one ($$) but also love this one ($).
  • A Gold Sparkle Eyeshadow — you can stamp this one ($$) on with your finger like Leah did above. It’s pretty much my favorite thing to do these days.
  • A Metallic Brown Kohl Pencil — I always use this one ($$) in Metallic Mink but this budget-friendly one ($) is amazing too.
  • Your Favorite Mascara — ok, right now I am obsessed with this mascara ($$) because it really loads up each lash while not clumping.
  • A Matte Bronzing Powder — this one ($$) comes in multiple matte shades for every skin tone.
  • Your Favorite Pink or Peach Blush — every Summer I love to switch to this blush ($$) in Shimmer Pink Fling. I also love this one ($) in Precious Peach for a happy flush.
  • A Pale Frosted Nude Lipstick — I used this one ($$$) in Bare but if you don’t want to make that kind of investment, try this pale pink one ($) in Frosted!

EYE: Apply the taupe shadow all over the lid and crease, winged out (1) and along the bottom lashline (2). Stamp the gold sparkle shadow on the lid (3) and line the top lashline (4). Rim the inner waterline with the same metallic mink pencil (5) and add a couple coats of mascara (6).

tbd simple summer beautySTEPS

FACE: Swirl the bronzing powder on your cheekbones and hollow (7), jawline and neck (8), bridge of your nose (9) and forehead (10). Really warm yourself up! Go back and repeat steps 7-10! Then apply blush on the top half of your apples and cheekbones (11).

tbd simple summer beautySTEPS2

LIP: Finish with the frosted pinky-nude lipstick (12).

STEPS NOT SHOWN: I brushed up the brows and opted not to fill them in to keep everything soft and more natural for Summer. But you can certainly do whatever makes you happy! And we started with her face already having applied foundation and powder.


photos: kristin ess, post: jessica swanson

photos: kristin ess, post: jessica swanson

So, you can knock out a full set of curling wand waves with one gloved finger tied behind your back? You still had time to ace that smokey eye after finishing bestie’s pull-through braid for Prom? Girl, we know you’re always up for a challenge, so we’re presenting to you our fave flat iron wave tutorial. There’s something just right about the look… not too precious or coiled, with subtle movement for manes both long and short. There might be several versions of flat iron waves out there, but this one gives us life! Here’s how to make it happen:

Before beginning, we prepped towel-dried hair with THICKENING SPRAY, then blow dried straight. This thickening spray helps to create the right amount of texture and a soft, sustainable hold. Keep in mind that once you’ve nailed your technique, it can also be an ideal way to touch up air-dried waves, or can be worked in with OTHER waving techniques.

Before things get heated, take a few minutes to practice with a BEVELED FLAT IRON while it’s still turned off (uh, ps: it’s on SALE! and it’s never on sale!). It’s important that you get the hang of the motions before adding heat, as this trusty iron has only one temperature setting. You’ll want to hit each section only once or twice at the most to avoid heat damage. The beveled edges of the iron are crucial for creating smooth waves, and help to avoid creating kinks in the hair. If you need more guidance on the steps below, go check out our instagram post right here!

flat iron wave tutorial the beauty dept

  1. To begin, hold a section of hair out from your head, and insert the flat iron at a diagonal, just below your scalp. Your waves will have natural, realistic movement if they are created diagonally towards or away from your face, or a mixture of the two. Gently close the iron as you curve it up and back down to form an arc.
  2. Because these waves are created using heat and tension, you’ll need to use a flat finger to hold the form of the previous arc, while you pull in the opposite direction to make your next wave. If your hair tends to slip, use two fingers to scissor the section instead. The second bend will be going the opposite direction, as we are creating alternating peaks and valleys. Just below the first arc, bend the iron down towards your head, then curve back up and release.
  3. complete the wave pattern that now should be visible with another arc curving away from the head, holding the previous bend for tension. You may have more length to wave here, but on this LOB we have reached the finish line!
  4. Slowly tap through the ends instead of bending them inward or too far outward to create a cool, modern finish.

To add just the right level of soft hold and enhance waves, we added a light veil of SOFT BEACH WAVE SPRAY, which while pricey, is just straight up the best! They also have a travel size available if you’re the type to dip your toes first. To truly nail the final look above, try THIS little hair hack after you apply your beach wave spray.

You’re ready to roll out! But maybe hide how good you are at this? Your girls are going to swarm, no doubt.

Don’t forget to tag us when you work those waves! @thebeautydept on insta.