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SHADOW FOCUS: EYE COLOR

photos by getty, wire image, wenn; post by amy nadine; graphic design by eunice chun

Hazel eyes are also a dream for makeup because like brown eyes, most shades are harmonious next to them, but with their green undertones and hints of gold and even grey, hazel eyes sparkle and are hard to take your eyes off of! Here are a few of my favorite tips + palettes:

GO MATTE: As you can see on Mila, Dianna + Emily above, matte shadows create the most drama and invoke a moodiness that’s undeniable. Try Kevyn Aucoin The Essential Eye Palette or Sonia Kashuk Instructional Eye Palette.

FRAME IT BLACK: If you really want to demand all the attention to your eyes, frame them by rimming the inner waterline with a black kajal or longwear liner. Our favorites: Estee Lauder Pure Color Intense Kajal Liner in Blackened Black or Blackened Plum (perfect to contrast the hazel!) or NARS Larger than Life Liner in Via Veneto.

HAZY SHADES OF PURPLE: When you want to bring out the green part of your eyes, turn to lavender and violet like Nicole and Mara. Try Yves Saint Laurent Ombres 5 Lumieres Palette, the mecca in the world of purple palettes.

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QUICK TIP: MATTE CONTOUR

photos + post by amy nadine, graphic design by eunice chun

Did you know you can use your eyeliner to contour your crease- I prefer it to shadow when I want a really strong + matte look. Here’s how:

TOOL: I used Le Metier de Beaute Dualistic Eye Pencil in Champagne (a smoky taupe) to show you the most natural version. But you can certainly use brown, dark gray or even black for a more Sixties-inspired version. Just make sure it’s a kohl pencil and not a longwear or kajal liner as it needs to be blendable.

STEP 1: Practice first with the cap still on or with the back end of the pencil by starting in the inner corner then tracing in a half-moon shape so you can  ”feel” out where the hollow socket is. Technically you’re tracing the outline of your eyeball (oh so chic!). Now that you’re confident where to draw the line, take the cap off and sweep the liner back and forth like a windsheild wiper from one end to the other until you have a nice color payoff.

STEP 2: Blend the line gently with your finger to smooth out any edges. That’s it! I didn’t go further with Carissa’s makeup because I wanted this technique to be the only focus but you can then trace the same liner on your bottom lashline for balance and finish with mascara.

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THE SNAIL BRAID CHALLENGE

photos + post designed by Kristin Ess

Practice, practice, practice! The best way to learn new braids is to just TRY them! A lot of times we look at photos of braided hairstyles and say “I could never do that!”, but a lot of our favorite braids have been total accidents… like this, this and this. You just start braiding and weaving and see what happens. The best part about braids is there are no rules. These snail braids are no exception! Below, we’ve illustrated how the pattern of a snail braid, but everyone’s hair (and head shape/size) is going to be different, so the customizing the style is up to you. We would love to see you gorgeous gals (and guys-) give this hairstyle your best shot. Here’s the challenge:

Grab a friend and go for it! Try doing the snail braid on each other. The best pair of snail braids will be featured on the upcoming snail braid video tutorial. The deadline is JUNE 8, 2012. Send your photos to ke@thebeautydepartment.com. You’re welcome to take them on your smartphone or on a regular camera. Just try your best and make it fancy! We can’t wait to see how you do!

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SHADOW FOCUS: EYE COLOR

photos by getty, gorunway + imaxtree, post by amy nadine, graphic design by eunice chun

Yes most neutral shades (taupe, grey, nude, bronze, copper, white, etc) look just as gorgeous with green eyes as with any other eye colors. But if you really want to make your green eyes pop, frame them with a shade from the purple family and you will become obsessed! Of course you shouldn’t wear purple every day because it’s such a statement color, but bring it out whenever you really want to turn heads.

AUBERGINE + MAROON: Because these shades have the most red + pink undertones (the shades across from green on the color wheel), they are the most powerful in contrasting with green, therefore making them pop. We love Joeur Powder Eyeshadow in Bordeaux.

ROYAL PURPLE: You know we live for this paired with a red lip! Try Stila Eyeshadow in Cassis.

LAVENDER + VIOLET: These shades are gorgeous with a peachy cheek and nude lip. Our favorite is Too Faced Exotic Color Intense Shadow in Violet Femme.

PERIWINKLE: This blue-based purple is perfect when you want a softer look. We love Stila Eyeshadow in Mambo.

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BRAIDS, BRAIDS, AND MORE BRAIDS…

BRAIDS, BRAIDS, AND MORE BRAIDS…

photos + post design by Kristin Ess

It’s almost summer which means you’ll need lots of ways to get your hair off your neck. Here’s one. It’s a new twist on a good old classic– the fishtail. It’s simple, quick and combines two of my favorite hair styles. Here’s how it’s done…

  1. Start with all of your hair down. It can be wet or dry and you can do this on any hair texture.
  2. Tease the crown a little so it doesn’t get completely flat up top! You always want to give the top at least a little texture when doing a messy braid.
  3. Make a regular low ponytail using a thin clear elastic.
  4. Gently pull the clear elastic down about an inch to an inch and a half.
  5. Split the hair in two sections just above the clear elastic.
  6. Loop the whole ponytail up and around and through the hole.
  7. Fishtail the hair under the clear elastic. If you don’t know how to fishtail braid yet, watch THIS!
  8. Gently pull the braid apart to give it some soft, messy texture.
  9. Carefully cut out the top clear elastic, but leave the bottom one.
  10. Wrap a little hair around the bottom clear elastic to hide it. Use a small bobby pin on the back side to secure.

VOILA! A new summer ‘do! If you have a hard time doing the back, get a friend to help. Sometimes it can be difficult to get a centered braid by yourself!

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MANI MONDAY

post + photos by Kristin Ess

We found yet another use for those lovely DIY nail stickers. Here’s how we created a plaid party:

  1. Paint your tape with 3 or 4 different colors. Cut into strips. Do a couple different widths.
  2. Paint your base coat. We used an off white vanilla color.
  3. You’ll want to start building from the inside corner and move outward. Over lap one vertical and one horizontal strip.
  4. Now do another set of stickers out from that set.
  5. Keep going until you get to the opposite corner.
  6. Use cuticle nippers to trim the excess sticker.

Always apply a top coat over tape stickers to avoid to peeling!

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CROWN OF BRAIDS

CROWN OF BRAIDS

photos + post design Kristin Ess

It seems pretty easy, but it’s not. Not everyone has long hair that reaches all the way around the head to make a perfect crown of braids. Girls with short hair need braids TOO! Using this technique, you make small, overlapping intersections of braids to create a full crown. Here’s how:

  1. Start with straight, wavy or curly hair. I personally like this best with a little wave or curl because the crown of braids holds better with texture.
  2. Grab a section of hair above the ear and split it into 2 pieces, like our lovely Nora is doing in this photo.
  3. Braid both pieces. (Gently loosen up the braid for a more natural, romantic texture.)
  4. Cross them over each other as seen above and clip them to hold them in place while you do the same thing on the other side! If your hair is short and won’t reach, do 3 or 4 intersections of hair instead of just 2!
  5. Once you finish the other side, take the two braids that go over the top, cross them over and pin them using small but strong bobby pins.
  6. Take the two pieces that will go backward and tie them together. Add a couple of pins where the braids meet.
  7. Add a few extra bobby pins around the crown of braids to keep them from slipping or moving.

A veil of hairspray isn’t necessary but will help keep things in place if your hair tends to slip.

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MANI MONDAY

instagram photos: rachey morton, @missgoob, @natattack_, myawesomebeauty.com post designed by Kristin Ess

We are so lucky to have inspiration at our fingertips (no pun intended). All we have to do is search a couple keywords on a social media platform like instagram or pinterest and endless ideas will start to flow. Whenever I feel a “nail art block” coming on, I go to my instagram account and type in the hashtag #nailart. Up pops this dream world of pretty polish. All of the manicures you see above are from an instagram search. It’s clearly an incredible resource and it’s fun to get inspired by someone else’s nail art and then add your own flavor! If you don’t have an iPhone or a Droid to search instagram, sit down with a friend who does. Try different hashtags like #nailart #mani #manicure #nails #nailartaddicts. SO many fun photos, so much inspiration. These are our current favorites (unfortunately only 2 had proper credits). Tag us on instagram (@TheBeautyDept) if you want us to see your nail art and include it in our next set of favorites.

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