May 16, 2013
photography by amy nadine, post by carissa ferreri, graphic design by eunice chun
The Beauty Department has given cat eyes a lot of attention (revisit their Get Catty Video Tutorial and even our Double Line Tutorial)
The challenge, however, is to get the “wings” to look symmetrical without spending all day to do it. Here is a trick they’ve discovered that does just that. And remember: Q-Tips are your friends!
- A felt-tip black liquid liner
- A pointed cotton swab
- Look at yourself straight on in the mirror. Where your eyebrows end should be the direction your liner goes. So if you kept drawing, your liner and eye brow would connect. But let’s not do that. Now tilt your chin upwards and look back down at the mirror with your eyes. This really does make the angle easier to see. Take your felt tip liner, which is my favorite to use to achieve this look , and start at the outside corner of your eye. Draw a “flick” up toward the end of your eyebrow. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Repeat on the other eye.
- This is the time to make sure your “wings” are symmetrical with one another. Take your friend, the Q-tip, and perfect your line. Take out any harsh marks and erase them away.
- Once you have the angle of your wing, draw on your eyeliner like you normally would and connect it to your “flick.” Here you can control how thick or thin you want your line!
Voila! Perfectly symmetrical Cat Eyes!!
May 15, 2013
This quick tip is dedicated to all you gorgeous gals with “almost there but not quite” waves. You will need: Setting clips, tissue paper (I didn’t want to put tissue paper in the photo because it would have blocked too much of the pattern, but you can put a tiny piece of tissue under each clip to avoid creases!), setting spray, and light serum.
- Air dry your hair as you normally would. Try not to brush your hair after you get out of the shower!
- Once it’s 85% dry, lightly mist the top layer with your setting spray.
- Use your tissue paper and clips to set the waves in place. Try to match the pattern of your own natural waves below. It shouldn’t take you more than 5 minutes to get these in place!
- Let it sit for about 20 minutes while you get dressed/do your makeup. If you need to, use your blowdryer on low and give it a little heat help. Make sure you use a nozzle and that your dryer is pointed down toward the floor to avoid frizz.
- Once you remove the clips, add a little bit of a light serum to your ends and a quick veil of light hold hairspray.
If your hair is super-straight on top, this might not work for you but it’s worth a shot! You may find that your top layer just needed a little more support!
Source: The Beauty Department
April 10, 2013
Hairstylists typically own lots of curling irons and they’re all used to achieve different types of curl or wave. One thing all of these curling irons have in common– they need to be cleaned and stored properly in order to last a long time. Whether you’ve invested in an army of irons or just own one, here are 3 things very important things you should know…
- Clean your curling iron barrel about once a month with rubbing alcohol and a washcloth.Product build up on a curling iron is no good. A lot of people don’t even think about cleaning their hot hair tools, but that crusty brown gunk will cause excessive dryness to your hair and can even cause a slight yellowing on blonde ends. Product residue will remove easily with alcohol while the iron is cool. Someone asked me if they could shampoo off the residue– answer is no. You never want to submerge the barrel of your curling iron in water (plugged in obviously, but not even unplugged.) There are small cracks that can get water in them and cause rusting or coild damage.
- DO NOT run a hot curling iron under cold water. The extreme hot to cold temperature can cause damage to the springs inside the barrel. They need the proper time to cool.
- When you’re finished don’t wrap your chord around the handle because doing that over and over can cause your curling iron to short out. Instead, grab a rubberband or ponytail holder and wrap it like you see in the bottom photo.
Source: The Beauty Department
April 4, 2013
- Give your lashes a quick squeeze with the lash curler to flare them upwards.
- Hold the wand horizontally and wiggle it while pulling the lashes towards your nose. Do this three times.
- Wiggle the wand while pulling the lashes away from your nose to fan them out. Do this three times as well.
- Rotate the wand vertically and paint each individual lash with the tip.
- Wiggle the wand across the bottom lashes.
Source: The Beauty Department
April 2, 2013
Aveda’s Artistic Director of Makeup, Janell Geason, shows you how to create the “Lantana Bud” look with nude pinks, cinnamons and corals from the Art of Nature collection.
March 28, 2013
AHOY, friends!! We found a fun new way to do NAUTICAL! We used the straight strips that come in this french manicure kit to make our stripes! Might be one of the easiest nail art manicures ever! Painting stripes can be a big challenge, but this is pretty simple…
- Paint the base navy blue.
- Next, apply white strips. Sometimes found in french manicure kits.
- Using small scissors or cuticle nippers, clip the strips as close to the edge of your nail as possible.
- Use a thin paint brush to create hearts on the nail wherever you want.
Source: The Beauty Department
March 27, 2013
March 21, 2013
How to Clean Your Brushes
- Soap – You want to use an unscented, pure, white soap for this. Dial or Ivory would be ideal. With lukewarm water, get your brush completely wet. Once your brush has been saturated, swirl the brush onto the bar of soap until it lathers up nicely. Then, rinse the brush in lukewarm water. Make sure you don’t use water that is to hot or too cold. Also, when rinsing your brushes, don’t get water above the shaft or metal part. If you do it will eventually cause rust which will cause the bristles of the brush to fall out. Gently squeeze out any excess water from the brush and lay it flat on a clean towel and allow them to air dry for at least 6 to 8 hours.
- Detergent or Baby Shampoo and a Sponge – Take a clean sponge and wet it once again using lukewarm water. You can use either baby shampoo or dish detergent whichever one you prefer. Wet your brush making sure you saturate the brush completely. Squeeze a small amount of detergent or shampoo onto the sponge and swirl your brush on the sponge working up a good lather. Then rinse your brush with lukewarm water. You want to make sure you feel the brush when you are rinsing it to make sure you rinse all the shampoo or detergent out of the brush. If it feels slippery or slimy, continue to rinse until your brush feels clean. Once again, squeeze out the excess water and lay them flat on a clean towel to dry.
- Olive or Almond Oil – This should only be used for brushes that are heavily embedded with makeup. For example, if your used your brush in a gel liner or if the brush is very stiff with makeup residue. Take a clean paper towel and dispense a small amount of either olive oil or almond oil and swirl the brush (dry) onto the towel. Don’t use to much oil, you don’t want your brush to become soaked with oil. You just want to use enough to help break down the makeup on the brush. After that, clean the brush like normal and make sure your rinse the brush completely and lay flat on a clean towel to dry.
March 20, 2013
- A straight edge (I used the pick side of a comb)
- A brow liner pencil
- A brow powder
- Stiff-angled brow brush
- Brow Gel
- Place the straight edge along the underside of the brow, from the end to the arch, and trace a line with the brow liner.
- Place the straight edge along the top of the brow, from the end to the arch again, and trace a line with the brow liner.
- Place the straight edge along the top of the brow, from the arch to the beginning of the brow (by your nose), and trace a line with the liner.
- Place the straight edge along the bottom of the brow, from the bottom of the arch to the beginning of the brow, and trace a line connecting it to the one from step 1. Steps 1-4 basically drew an outline of the perimeter your brow.
- Dip your brow brush into the shadow powder and start drawing individual hairs, mimicking your own, by flicking the brush upwards in little strokes. This technique is more tedious than merely shading it in but looks much more realistic.
- Continue drawing hairs all the way to the arch.
- Fill in the arch with more curved motions, determined by the direction of the hair growth.
- Switch to downward strokes from the arch to the end.
- With the brow gel, brush hairs upwards if you’re like me and like a more natural look. If not, brush them from the nose towards the arch to lock them in place.
Source: The Beauty Dept.
March 19, 2013
Older Posts »