Inspiration: Brigitte Bardot, the original bouffant beauty. This famous look is timeless, as it comes in and out of fashion repeatedly and consistently. It's back for 2012 so it's time to start teasing up your crown again for this summer stunner.
1. Begin by making sure that super curly or wavy tresses are flat ironed or blow dried straight. Be sure that the strands are 100% cool before teasing. Strands that are still warm or hot will break.
2. Using a rattail comb or teasing brush, part the crown section of hair from the rest of the strands. Clip the remaining hair out of the way. **Use smaller strands for tighter results or larger strands for looser results.**
3. Working a small section at a time and hold the ends of the section straight up and out from the scalp with one hand and start backcombing with the other using your comb! Begin brushing (teasing) down toward the base in the opposite direction from its natural growth pattern. Use short, uniform stokes. 4. Spray newly teased sections with a firm hold hairspray and repeat the process until the hair has the right fullness, height and texture. 5. Once the first section is completely teased, pick up the next section of hair and repeat the process until all of the desired sections of hair have been completely backcombed.
6. Select a firm hairspray to completely spray all of the teased hair when the backcombing is complete.
7. Using both hands carefully smooth the teased hair back in the opposite direction making sure there is a lot of height in the crown area of the hair as well as blending it into the non-teased hair. And there! A modern Brigitte is born.
Don't give up. Once you get the hang of teasing your strands, you will be able to do it quickly and efficiently.
It's time to set aside your peaches and creams and open your eyes to this dramatic summer sizzler. What a killer look. A lip glossed in berry tones, a matte foundation, rosy cheeks and eyes heavily lined, smoked out in grays and blended out with golden metallics.
Want these Eyes?
Line top and bottom eyelids with black eyeliner. Cover the top lid with a gold or bronze metallic eye shadow to the top of your eye crease and blend out. In the outer corner of the eye, add a touch of soft metallic gray shadow and blend into the gold/bronze until about a third of the way in. Gently smudge the eyeliner into the shadow and finish off with a heavy coat of mascara.
An eye primer is a definite must for this look to prevent creasing and fading. I like Too Faced's Shadow Insurance, but I've heard Urban Decay has a few good ones as well.
Everyone should be embracing self tanner these days! I mean EVERYone. It's the only way to achieve the glow without being exposed to those unhealthy rays that cause premature aging among many other horrific things. If you aren't already, it's time to start incorporating self tanner into your beauty regime. You'll thank yourself later.
Here are 10 easy tips to be perfectly sun kissed sans the streaks, splotches and orange palms.
1. Thoroughly exfoliate paying extra attention to rough spots like elbows, knees and ankles. 2. Shave your legs (and every other hairy area that may get in the way!). 3. Towel-dry your skin and allow 10 minutes for skin to cool down. 4. Tie your hair back and put a dab of petroleum jelly in your belly button. 5. Only do one body part at a time. 6. If using a cream, apply a quarter-sized dab of lotion per section. If using an aerosol spray, spritz it directly on to an area from about 8 inches away then rub it in. 7. When rubbing the tanner in, use quick, circular motions and work product in until it is completely absorbed. 8. Have a very light-touch when going over your elbows, knees, ankles and heels. 9. Finish off with the tops of feet gently pushing up to toes, then the tops of your hands pushing product up through fingers. Use just a dollop for these parts. 10. Upon completion, wash your palms and scrub your nails immediately with soap and water. Then wash your hands.
You ought to wait at least 20 minutes before dressing, and hold your head high to avoid dark spots in the neck creases! The tan is best after a full's night's sleep. The next morning, have a shower, dry off then apply a good coat of moisturizer.
TIP: Lemon juice is a good if you have some streaking. Nail polish remover is great for difficult spots, but it is very drying, so use sparingly.
Why not add some edge to the modern 50's cat eye sensation? And why not subdue it (just a bit) and use a metallic shadow? There's a time and a place for this semi-dramatic look, but there is definitely a time and a place for it!
Who says a cat eye always has to be lined in black? Stay true to the 50's flavour but add a modern twist and line it in colour. Add a drop of visine to any colour shadow and voila! - you have a waterproof eyeliner. Make it bold or draw it soft, but do it this season and do it in colour.
What a way to attend an event! This stunning fascinator combined with this classic make up and fancy chignon made this girl super sophisticated and 100% classic.
This one-of-a-kind fascinator was designed by Glossed and Greenstems. Glossed designed the ribbon & chiffon hat with the peek-a-boo birdcage allowing Greenstems to place the unique floral fillers to create this stunning piece of art.
Get lippy in these inexpensive-but-very-effective coral beauties. My new favourites: Revlon's Siren & Maybelline's Coral Crush. Both are long-lasting and colour-pleasing. Siren has great intensity for those who love a super bold lip while Coral Crush is a softer statement and a fantastic day look. Both formulas are creamy in texture and have a matte finish. I can't choose one over the other, so it's fair to say I love them equally.
Pony tails are a quick and easy way to get out the door on time while looking perfectly polished and delightfully chic. Here are a few ways to pull it back right.
This is a lovely, soft and casual look for anyone on the fly. Add a dollop of mousse to towel dried hair, blow-dry with a diffuser, spritz with a sea salt spray to separate and texture pieces, then sweep to the side in a low side pony.
Take this look into the evening by turning it into a messy side chignon. Separate the pony into three or four sections, then take each section, place a bobby pin halfway down the length of the hair and bring the section up to the elastic and pin. Leave the rest of the section dangling for a messy look or pin it up again.
Fun & Fancy
I love this sophisticated yet girly pony. To get this look, separate the top section (bangs to the crown area) and clip on the top of your head. Take the rest of the hair and brush it back into a high pony. Secure with an elastic and pull tight. Take the clipped section, tease slightly, brush it out, then wrap it around the elastic and pin to secure (use two pins in an X for extra security). Run your finger through the top section to ensure it blends into the sides. Finally, curl the pony tail ends up and brush out gently to achieve this perfect flip. Finish with a medium hold hair spray.
A knotted ponytail is neat way to get out of a bad hair day. Apply a little light weight mousse to dry hair, then separate the hair over your shoulder into two sections. The section from the back should come forward and down. Then tie the two section into a simple knot. Secure the two ends together using an elastic, then slide it up underneath the knot to hide it.
Let's say goodbye to bad hair days with these quick and easy do's. They're a sure fire way to look good in a hurry. Remember, practise makes perfect!