Monthly Archives: June 2017

Easy Monochromatic Makeup with Just One Product

Maybe it’s the summer heat going to our heads, but we’ve been opting for easy, unfussy makeup lately. Don’t get us wrong—we’re still all for elaborate full-face looks that take an entire arsenal of products to create. But sometimes simple, slap-on-and-go makeup is exactly what we need. Enter monochromatic makeup, a technique that calls for one flattering shade for eyes, cheeks, and lips. Not only is color-coordinated makeup having a big moment right now, it’s also incredibly easy: just apply a single shade to your eyes, cheeks, and lips.

In the video tutorial above, NYC-based makeup artist Kirsten Kjaer Weis creates an easy, monochromatic makeup look based on one pretty shade of pink. Kjaer Weis uses Cream Blush from her all-natural makeup line, which we love for its dewy finish and effortlessly blendable texture, but you can use any multipurpose hue in your makeup bag as long as it’s eye- and lip-safe. Check out the video to see Kjaer Weis’s tips and tricks—and then try it yourself.

An Air-Dried Style for Every Hair Type

When temperatures are closing in on triple digits, you don’t need to tell us twice to step away from the blow dryer. Applying a quick cocktail of products to our locks and heading out the door sounds like a dream come true. While it’s true that a heat-free hair routine is possible, it’s not the same for every hair type. You’ll get the best results (read: tousled, beachy texture without frizz or fuzz) if you start with the right combination of products for your hair. Here, our friends at Bumble and bumble demystify air-dried styles and recommend the best products for fine, thick, and curly hair.

Fine Hair

Get windswept texture with a hint of grit.

1. Mist Prep Primer all over your hair and gently finger-comb to break up any tangles. This vitamin-packed priming spray gives fine hair a dose of lightweight moisture to hydrate strands without weighing them down.

2. Smooth a small amount of Don’t Blow Itfrom the midshaft to the ends of your hair. Squeeze and twist to enhance your natural texture. Don’t Blow It adds polish and body to air-dried styles with a soft, product-free feel.

3. To create a windswept, carefree look with just the right amount of beachy texture, spritz Surf Spray all over your hair and softly scrunch with your fingers.

Thick Hair

Create soft, touchable waves with sheen.

1. Designed with dry, coarse hair in mind, Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer softens, tames frizz, detangles, and protects against breakage. Mist it over damp hair and rake through with your fingers to break up any tangles.

2. For polished texture and bouncy body, apply a small amount of Don’t Blow It from the midshaft to the ends of your hair. Squeeze, scrunch, and twist to bring out your natural texture.

3. Give Surf Infusion a good shake and mist it over your hair. A sea salt spray and hair oil hybrid, this beachy infusion enhances texture for perfectly-imperfect waves with soft shine.

Glitter Eye Shadow Is Back

Someone very wise once said, “You can never have too much glitter.” For the most part, we’re inclined to agree. Unfortunately, the glitzy, glittery eye shadow of our teen years came with a few drawbacks—namely, the tendency to leave a trail of shimmer everywhere, from our cheeks and our clothes to every surface we touched. After just one day of sparkly eye makeup, we’d be finding flecks of shimmer for weeks, and the experience left us more than a little glitter gun-shy.

Luckily, eye shadow technology has come a long way since the ‘90s. These days, it’s easier than ever to get your sparkle on without the risk of discoball-like fallout. Cue Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow, a cream eye shadow with super-shiny pearl and glitter pigments that glide over eyes with the flick of a wand. Unlike loose glitter, there’s no flaking or fallout—once it dries down, it locks into place until you take it off. To help you ease back into the world of glitter eye makeup, we put together a quick tutorial with this shimmery superhero and a few of our other Stila favorites. Behold, a shimmering smoky eye that shines so bright, you just might need shades.

What You’ll Need:

• Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Bronzed Bell

• Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Molten Midnight

• Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner in Intense Black

• Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Dolce

Here’s Why You Should Use a Hair Primer

Most of us are intimately familiar with the power of a good makeup primer. With it, your foundation glides on like silk, your skin maintains a fresh, matte finish, and your makeup doesn’t budge. Without it, you can be sure your look will melt off by lunchtime. It won’t come as a surprise, then, to learn that there are primers for your hair—and no matter if your locks are fine and frizzy or thick and curly, you should definitely be using one.

What’s a hair primer?

Let’s start at the beginning: a hair primer is a product that preps hair for styling. Primers are generally made up of a blend of conditioning and protective ingredients, and they come in a variety of different formulas. Depending on your hair type and styling routine, you may opt for a cream, spray, lotion, or balm primer. Hair primers are an essential pre-styling step in your haircare routine—especially if you blow dry or style with hot tools.

What does a hair primer do?

A better question might be, what don’t hair primers do? They protect your hair against damage from heat styling and minimize breakage from detangling and brushing. They condition and hydrate, leaving your locks softer, shinier, stronger, and more manageable—much like leave-in conditioners. They help other styling products work better and extend the life of your style. Hair primers even moonlight as hair refreshers, adding bounce and texture back into second-day styles. Many also contain UV-protective ingredients, making them like sunscreen for hair.

Which primer is best for my hair?

To answer this question, we brought in the experts at Bumble and bumble to help sort through the options and find the perfect primer for every hair type.

For fine to medium hair

This lightweight spray is an excellent all-around primer, especially for fine hair. Packed with nourishing vitamins, it detangles, preps hair for styling, and refreshes second-day styles with a weightless, no-product feel.

For medium to thick hair

Inspired by the elixirs used in old-school barbershops, this medium-weight primer spray is best for medium to thick hair that’s healthy, dry, damaged, or color-treated. Invigorating herbs and essential oils refresh your scalp while hydrating and detangling strands.

For dry or damaged hair

If your hair needs a little extra TLC, opt for this oil-infused, UV-protective spray. It instantly softens, silkens, and detangles coarse, brittle hair while taming frizz for sleek, shiny styles. Don’t be turned off by the long list of deeply reparative oils—it goes on weightlessly.

For wavy or curly hair

Formulated with curls and waves in mind, this moisturizing primer not only detangles and hydrates—it also works to lightly define and shape curls on contact. UV filters protect hair from the drying effects of the sun, and when used on day two, it whips second-day curls back into shape.