Shawn and I poured over the pictures from New York Fashion Week. We keep talking about the trends we love--dark lips, funky braids, sleek and structured updos. We also passed pictures back and forth with comments like, "Um, that is never a good idea" and "So, I keep looking at this, and I still don't understand what's happening."
I decided that it would be fun if we took some of the looks we thought were cool and transformed them into looks that were more wearable and a whole lot easier to try.
"Since fishtail braids are all the rage, I wanted to create a wearable look that encorporates these braids into hair that is worn down. And still keeps all the cool. My look is on the left-in the middle is a model (duh) and on the right is singer Nicole Scherzinger.
To create these braids, section your hair into two parts. If you have long hair, section your hair from ear to ear and pin the top section up. If you hair is shorter, move the sectioning up an inch or two to give you more hair to braid with.
Next, grab about a two inch section of hair behind your ear to fishtail braid. This braid only looks complicated! Trust me, you can learn it in 5 minutes by checking out a tutorial on Pinterest or YouTube. Make the braid nice and tight to start with because next, you are going to pull it apart! I rubbed a little Aquage Detailing Creme in my hands, and then I went through the braid and picked different sections to pull apart.
Then let the rest of your hair down! You could braid one side or both! And remember, this shouldn't look too perfect!"
"Violet was all over the runways. Both Vera Wang and Derek Lam (the two pictures on the right) showed vibrant shadows with a softer matching lipstick.
I applied Mac's Violetta straight from the tube, and then I am immediately blotted it with a makeup sponge (any kind of tissue-based paper can leave residue).
For the eyes, I grabbed two of my favorite eyeshadows-Love Letter from Kat Von D, which is a deep purple, and Gunmetal from Make Up Forever, which is a metallic light orchid. I applied a heavy dose of Love Letter all over the lid. I then took a fluffy eyeshadow brush and applied Gunmetal in the crease and down to the very inner eye.
You could intesify this look as much as you want--use a purple eyeliner and even a purple mascara! I liked how soft the violet looks on it's own with just a couple of coats of mascara."
"Who doesn't love a good "faux hawk"? Not Marc Jacobs, he sent a whole troop of beauties down the runway with hair like the picture on the right.
I actually did the hair on the left for a bridal photoshoot. My inspiration was to create the feeling of a faux hawk while keeping everything soft and pretty. Since this took me some time to do, and I have a few years of on the job experience, I am not going to take you through the steps of this style. Instead, I am going to give you a few tips for the next time you have some time on your hands and a little motivation!
In both of the pictures, the hair was taken "up" in a lot of sections--in my look, I used 5 or 6 sections. This technique is especially helpful when you want to create volume. Because the sections are secured individually, the weight of the hair remains contained in these sections.
I think one of the key components to creating an updo that looks modern and cool is staying away from "perfect." I love adding texture or emphasizing natural texture. I always start with a working spray like Does it All-this creates stronger curls. For my updo on the left, I quickly curled all of the hair. Once the curls cooled, I used Bb.texture and combed through the sections with my fingers before I started pinning. The first section is actually a french braid which I loosened after I braided to add volume. I like to use a strong hold hairpsray at the end, but I don't like to, um, I will just say "helmet head." That way I can change parts of the updo as I need to.
Some might call this messy, but to me, this is perfect."