Easy “50’s Glam”Hair

It’s wedding season! That means having great hair to go with your great cocktail dress. One of my favorite looks is 50’s style waves. You see this a lot on celebrities and it looks gorgeous, but you might think: “That’s impossible to do at home”.  WRONG! I can show you show to do this IRL but in about 30-45 minutes (20-30 minutes prep, 15 minutes styling). We have two approaches: dry hair and wet hair. Both work, but I prefer wet hair since it’s a “set it and forget it”. Like a crockpot for your hair. I did this tutorial with dry hair, achieved a Grace Kelly style, then I walked my dog in sweatpants. Just a regular Sunday.

IF YOUR HAIR IS WET: Take a blowdryer to your head, girl. Use a primer to help set the style first, Living Proof Prime Style Extender. You want your hair to be about 70% dry. Now go to Step 1.

IF YOUR HAIR IS DRY: Use a primer to help set the style, like Living Proof Prime Style Extender. On dry hair, less is more with a primer, so start with a small amount to avoid it looking wet or sticky. Now go to Step 1.

Step 1:

Part your hair in a deep side part.

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Step 2:

Separate out a three large sections at the front of your head. It should be about a 2″ section on 1) top of your head, 2) right side and 3) left side. Twist the sides and pin back. We’re going to start in the top. Pull the rest back into a ponytail for now so it’s out of the way.

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Step 3:

Separate the top of your hair into two sections down the middle horizontally to your forehead.

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If you are doing the wet-styling, take a 1″ square section of hair from the front of your head by your face, curl it around two fingers all the way to the top and pin it. All the same pictures below except the first one – you’re not using a curling iron, you are just taking a strand of wet hair and wrapping it around your finger. It’s important that you twist the hair around your finger away from your face to get the best wave. Work your way across the top of your head, doing the same thing, from left to right.

If you are doing the dry-styling, take a 1″ square section of hair from the front of your head by your face, spray it with hairspray and THEN curl hair with a curling iron. A 1″curling iron is best.

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Step 4:

Repeat Step 3 with the sides, doing the same thing depending on if your hair is wet or dry. Remember to curl the hair away from your face! It’s best if you use smaller sections of hair, on the sides as well, around 1″ square.

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Step 5 (Optional depending on the amount of waves you want):

Comb another 2″ wide section around your entire head, right behind the first 2″ section you just did. Repeat Step 3. Leave the back of your hair as is, ain’t nobody got time to do their entire head of hair (although I have once, it took about an hour), so I prefer to skip the back because it saves me a ton of time and I think a small curl in the back looks just a polished (plus nobody is looking at the back of your head).

Step 6:

Spray your entire head with hairspray. My favorite: (Big Sexy Hair Spray). Let hair set as long as possible. This is the critical step, so make sure you have AT LEAST 2 hours for it to set. If I have a 2pm wedding, I try to set my hair by 10am. Four hours is minimum for my fine hair if I want it to stay put all night, but if you have thick hair that tends to fall when curled, the longer it can set, the better. (Although no amount of set time will save your curls from humid beach wedding or a sweaty dance floors – you’ve been warned.)

If I have a pre-wedding brunch or am running errands, I like to tie a cute scarf around my head so I’m not just rocking pins.

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Step 7:

Remove all the pins.

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Step 8:

Comb out the curls either with your fingers or a small round brush. DO NOT use a comb. I’ve found that causes the curls to fall in the styling phase.

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Step 9: Fluff the curls and then style then to your liking using your fingers.

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Step 10: Curl the back under at the very bottom only.

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Step 11: Spray hair one last time. Voila! You are done! Get out there and party.

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OPTIONAL: Pin back one side with a pin if you want to show off your earrings!

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You are officially the guest with the best hair. Have fun!

xo

 

 

A Go-To Lipstick In Any Color

I love hair and makeup, but from time to time, I want to look great with zero effort. It seems unreasonable, but darn it, I WANT IT NOW. For those days, I like a low messy bun, mascara, and a bright lip to distract people into thinking I spent some time on myself. The lip pencil I ALWAYS use on these days is from NARS. Why? Because with one solid swipe, I’m off for the day, the coverage and saturation is that good.The texture is smooth, creamy, but doesn’t “bleed” onto my skin, so I don’t need to use a lipliner (one more step out of the routine). It also stays put for quite a while, which means I don’t have to constantly reapply!

It’s a great option when you want a new lipstick but don’t know what kind/brand to choose – infallible for even an amateur. NARS has over 25 colors in this pencil, so there’s one you are bound to love. Half the colors are matte, and half are satin finish. Bop over to Sephora and pick out a few. Their awesome return policy lets you return used products, so buy one or two, and if one doesn’t work out, return it.

Note: For those of you who do like to use a lipliner (and I often do), it looks even more pristine and stays on longer if you use it.

Here are three of my personal favorites.

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This color is Cruella, it’s THE BEST. I own two pencils and keep one in my desk drawer and one in my bag. It’s saved me on many a long flight and exhausting day of work.

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Want a more vibrant color? Try Famous Red, which on me looks a bit like a pinky red. This one has a satin finish, and is less matte than the scarlet red. Although still not too creamy that it bleeds off the lip line.

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Finally, if you’re still not brave enough to try a bright color (and I wish you would!), here’s a great nude. I’ve put this color on a lot of my friends, and it’s a winner on all skin tones. It’s a great complement to a smoky eye. NARS doesn’t make this exact color anymore, but Walkyrie is VERY close.

Have fun finding the right one for you!

xo

3-Minute “So Polished” Hair

For when you just. can’t. blowdry. it. again.

I have one lazy gal hairstyle I wear ALL THE TIME. And it is by far, my most complimented style. Why? Because it’s put-together and also looks like time was spent on it. Which it wasn’t. No one needs to know my hair was wet, and it took approximately 2 minutes to style. So try it. Get promoted. (Okay your hairstyle should never get you a promotion, but you’ll look promote-able nonetheless.) My hair was 50% wet when I took these photos, but I think the finished ‘do looks better when it’s 80% wet to start – more sleek.

Step 1:

When hair is still wet, part down the middle. I like to blow dry just the top at the part line so it lays flat, takes about 1 minute. If you aren’t a center-parter-kinda-gal, a side part will work too. (Please ignore my messy bed in the background mirror (oops!) and my weirdo faces.)

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Step 2: Pull back into a tight ponytail at the nape of your neck, secure with rubberband. Ensure that your hair is combed flat so it keeps that sleek look. I have a very fine-toothed comb I use. You can pick one up for $2-3 it at any drugstore. Example: Combs

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Step 3:

Braid your hair into a simple braid, you can use a clear rubber band at the end if you want to secure. My hair is so thin, I don’t need it, but some of my friends with luscious thick hair need this step.

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Step 4:

Twist your hair around the rubberband and secure with bobby pins – I only need 3-4, but if your hair is thick, you’ll need much more. It’s much easier to pin when it’s wet, so you shouldn’t have to worry about flyaways. If you do, put it a style primer beforehand. Here’s one I like: Living Proof Primer

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FINAL LOOK! You’re such a babe.

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Bonus:

If you have a ribbon handy, (from anything, a box, a gift bag) tie it around the bun with a bow at the bottom. I love a black velvet ribbon. It’s a great way to spice up the look for a happy hour after work.