Thursday, April 4, 2013 Lessons From The Pros: Knotty By Nature – A Festival Braid Guide
When we were kids, our copy of Braids and Bows ended up in the garbage—a combination of our hatred of ribbons and our boiling frustration over our utter lack of ability. These days, we’re willing to give these pretty little plaits another try. Not only have braids evolved into a cool, intergalactic art form since our embarrassing class photo days, but they also serve a real and breezy function come festival season.
To get us ready for that extreme desert heat—and stand out in a sea of coif crowns—we turned to our nearest braid babe, Alison Brislin, who cooked up this sorta sleek, sorta spacey look special for us.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 Lessons From The Pros: Lip Service
Last year we were all about chalking our hair—and now we’re this close to playing hopscotch on our lips. And while, yes, that super-opaque candy grin may seem best attempted with a package of Cray Pas, we’re opting instead for the clotted cream-thick, marshmallow-hued lipsticks from Lime Crime. Now, we may seem like an unlikely source for this kind of advice, but to really pull off this look, the key is measured self-restraint and balance (Right?! We feel sort of grown up right now.) Go for dewy, natural skin and a neutral, light bronze eye to really let your lips pop. Then go get yourself an ice cream cone or something—this is the official look of summer.
Lipsticks: Lime Crime Opaque in Great Pink Planet, D’Lilac, Cosmopop.
Indulge Your Sweet Tooth
Diamond Eyes Shades
Down Low Tank
NYX Matte Polish in Pastel Pink
Don't Call Me Peachy Nail Polish
Carefree Highway Denim Jacket
Hard Candy Clutch
Under Your Spell Blouse
Friday, February 15, 2013 Lessons From The Pros: She’s A Rainbow
You don’t have to be Ziggy Stardust to get away with wearing a rainbow on your face. To prove it, our makeup guru Stacey Nishimoto is giving us the scoop on how to get the perfect sugar-coated lids. And yes, you can actually do this!
To make it a reality, it needs to happen on fresh, dewy, SHIMMERING skin. Apply foundation over semi-damp skin and finish with a veil of loose powder. Then highlight cheekbones, temples and the bridge of nose with a pearly shimmer. Glowing skin balances the look of wearing a prism of colors. Also, mixing metallic eye pigments with matte shadows adds texture and elegance to your bone structure.
Now that you have a fresh face, brush metallic gold shadow all over the lid. Don’t worry about getting the blending perfect, think of it as a water painting…colors bleed into each other.
Next, apply turquoise shadow to the inner corner of your eye with a hint lime green on the outer inner corner to frame the turquoise.
Now it’s time for a splash of orange above the gold lid. Blend the shadows into your brow to make your sherbet hues melt onto the forehead.
Apply lavender to your temples with purple below on the tail end of brow bone. Next, use a metallic green-blue (I used a pencil here) a draw a sideways V to frame your eye.
Last, but not least, sweep yellow(!) blush on cheekbones with a pop of pink blended underneath.
Have so much fun experimenting – the color combinations are endless! Just use circular motions with brushes and blend, blend, blend away..even your mistakes!
Thursday, January 10, 2013 Lessons From The Pros: Just Brows-ing
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 Lessons From The Pros: Blue-Eyed Baby
Bright blue is just as neutral as brown or gray, so bag it and show your electric youth. Don’t be afraid…of the attention you’re gonna get!
First, line eyes with a classic navy blue. The best liquid sapphire is Givenchy Parad’Eyes in Blue Lagoon. The deep navy line is the frame for super duper blue, so draw on your favorite shape, a sultry cat eye, cool block shape or paint-splattered ends.
Second, highlight inner corner, disappearing into the center of the lid, with a mega-bright metallic liquid cobalt blue such Make Up Forever’s Aqua Liner in 5. You could get as buck wild as you want with the highlighting but remember it’s an accent color. Keep that in mind and you won’t look like your aunt when she was a gnarly teen in the 80s.
Third, finish with a creamy yet sheer blue on the lashes. I think the most beautiful product on the face of the earth right now is Dior’s DIORSHOW in 258. This mascara is made in France by artisans and smells of faint roses. Even when this tube is on its last leg the formula remains creamy velvety. The color is a perfect Mediterranean cobalt blue. Total perfection!
Bonus: NAILS! Matching your nails to your eyes is the same feeling you get when you buy an expensive-ass bra with the matching panties—it feels amazing. Vivid blue on the nails is actually very elegant and flattering to all skin tones. My favorite blue polish is Sally Hansen in Pacific Blue.