1950s Inspired Ponytail - Tutorial

I love this super adorable tutorial from the awesome ladies over at The Beauty Department!

A slight modification to transform this from day to night: pull the ponytail lower to the nape of the neck and twist it into a bun for a more sophisticated evening look.

  1. Start with clean dry hair. If your hair isn’t perfectly clean, give it a little shot of dry shampoo! You can do a side part or a center part– which ever you feel is more flattering to your face shape.
  2. Make a diagonal section starting at your part and going down in front of your ear.
  3. You can see exactly where we parted here…
  4. and here. Now clip the hair from the front section up and save that for later.
  5. Give the hair a nice tease on top in your “crown area”.
  6. Smooth over the teased hair using the finer side of the comb so it doesn’t appear too ratty. At this point you can give the top a little spray if you want to!
  7. Now, put all the hair in the back into a nice, high, secure ponytail. It’s okay if you end up flattening out the teased bump a little bit because…
  8. You can use a tail comb to pull it back up. As long as there’s teased hair under there, you can get that volume back.
  9. Next we take out the front section. Take one side and drape it over the ponytail holder. Use a little spray to hold it in place if you need to.
  10. Use small bobby pins to secure the pieces you’re wrapping around the ponytail holder.
  11. Repeat the same thing on the other side. If hair falls out of this section or doesn’t reach, you can just let it fall and/or tuck it behind your ear.
  12. Curl all of the hair in the ponytail. I like to curl everything in the same direction on each side so that you get a pattern going, but you can definitely make a more messy curl if you’d rather.
  13. It’s completely up to you whether you brush the ponytail curls out or not. I personally like t0 brush them because the ponytail gets fuller and more bouncy.
  14. Check the back using a hand mirror and make sure it looks balanced. Give it a final veil of strong holding hairspray.

modcloth:

Not only do I love Alison’s striped top, but I love this twisted hair-do too! I think you can totally wear this style for a formal event or a casual hang out with friends. It’s super easy to do too! (via The Beauty Department)

<3 Chelsey, ModStylist

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I’m probably not hair capable enough to do this well the first try, but it’s too cute not to attempt!

The Halo Braid - Tutorial

I love reading Target’s On the Dot blog. They are always posting awesome tips and tricks for styling outfits, hair, and makeup. 

Today’s post is so lovely! Click through the image to read the original post.


It’s so simple, rustic, and perfectly summer! Can’t wait to try this myself :)

Sally Jupiter - Tutorial

I know, I know. It’s been forever since I’ve written a makeup tutorial! So what better way to make up for it than a how-to on how to achieve that perfect super heroine look?

In celebration of San Diego Comic Con (which is also my favorite time of year), I humbly present to you, my Sally Jupiter makeup tutorial!

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What I love about Sally Jupiter’s look is her classic pinup appearance. She looks amazing in the movie, and I couldn’t wait to replicate it!

It was difficult to find images that were close up, so here are the two that I came across.

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So let’s get started!

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Makeup
- Ulta Eyeshadows in Wildflower, Iris, & Iceland (you can use Wisteria Lane and Zephyr)
- e.l.f. Brightening Eyeliner in Black
- Ardell Demi Wispies Lashes
- Smashbox Brow Tech & Cream Liner
- Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Blackest Black
- MAC Matte Powder Blush in Prism
- MAC Shimmer Blush in Dollymix
- Rimmel London Eyebrow Pencil in Hazel
- MAC Lip Pencil in Cherry
- MAC Matte Lipstick in Russian Red
- DUO Eyelash Glue in Black

Brushes
- e.l.f. Angled Blush Brush
- Anastasia Angled Cut Brush
- MAC Brushes 129, 217, 252, 263, & 318

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Step 1: Gently fill in eyebrows with cream liner for clean lines. Lightly brush eyebrow powder over it to set.
Step 2: Brush matte powder (Wisteria Lane) all over lid
Step 2a: Lightly brush shimmery powder (Zephyr) from crease to brow for slight highlight

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Step 3: Layer and blend darker/shimmery eyeshadow (Zephyr) onto lid and darken in crease
Step 4: Apply dark shadow (Zephyr) to lower lashline
Step 4b:
Brush shimmery white eyeshadow (Iceland) onto inner corner of eye, and blend slightly onto lid

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Step 5: Line eyelid with black pencil, but do not wing the eyeliner (I couldn’t get zoomed in close enough on myself, so here’s an example)

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Step 6: Brush on matte blush (Prism) under cheekbones
Step 7:
Brush on shimmery blush (Dollymix) onto the apples of your cheeks

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Step 8: Curl natural lashes, then apply false ones

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Step 9: Use brown eyebrow pencil (Hazel) and make small dot under eye. Press firmly to create a dark, but natural looking mark
Step 10: Line lips with pencil (Cherry). Draw a rounded and downward sloping curve on your lipline to create this shape. This may require you to draw below your natural lipline if you have a pointy cupids bow.
Step 11: Fill in lips with lipstick (Russian Red)

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I can’t wait to put this tutorial into use when I dress up as the Silk Spectre herself tomorrow! I will definitely post photos of my completed look!

UPDATE: My completed look couldn’t have come out any better! I had so much fun dressing up for Comic Con, and I hope I do it again next year. Thanks to Tara Alexander for doing my hair, and costume made by the amazing Holly Messinger.

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Post your favorite super hero inspired looks in the comments below!

Until next time, stay cheeky!


Ann

Victory Rolls - Tutorial

Ever wondered how to get that retro look from the 1940s? Jessica Sherr, the writer and star behind the one-woman show Bette Davis Ain’t For Sissies — shows us how to create the infamous Victory Roll look inspired by 1940s pin-up girls.

Visit racked.com to view the rest of the tutorial!

Everlashing Love - ModCloth x Benefit Tutorial

I was ecstatic when I found out that ModCloth and Benefit joined forces for their recent “Girl Meets Glam” shoot! Check out their amazing tutorials for that perfect Valentine’s look!

Budget Beauty Tip - Baby Wipes instead of Makeup Remover

Sometimes you really can find the most use out of such unexpected things…I recently discovered that baby wipes are an AMAZING replacement for makeup remover!

Not only is it much cheaper, but they are great for sensitive skin and doesn’t leave your skin feeling oily or greasy. But don’t forget, be sure to get scentless to ensure that the wipes don’t irritate your skin!

Easy & Chic Updo - Tutorial

This lovely and simple do was posted on Overwed (brought to us by the genius behind WTForever21).

Inspired by a wedding updo, Kate of The Small Things Blog, posted this comprehensive video tutorial, that even the most hair challenged person (like myself!) can pull off. 

*Tip: It’s a little tricky if you have super long/thick hair, so be sure make tight curls so you’re not left with a huge awkward roll at the bottom.

Enjoy! 

Space Nails - Tutorial

Anyone that knows me understands my affinity for anything outer space. That’s why I couldn’t wait to share this amazing tutorial that I saw on e.l.f.’s blog!

Here are the easy to follow instructions to create your own out of this world manicure!

1. Start with a base coat so the polish won’t stain your nails.

2. Apply two coats of black nail polish and let them dry completely.

3. Grab a hot pink polish, a lilac or light blue, a sponge and a piece of paper.

4. Pour out some of the hot pink polish onto the paper. Dab the sponge into the polish and dab in certain areas over the black.

5. Next, do the same with the lilac or blue shade. Don’t be afraid to layer the colors on top of each other.

6. Finish off the look with a glitter topcoat.

Enjoy!

A

Hair Trick - Clip-On Bangs!

Bettie Page brought short bangs above the brows into prominence, which were even named after her. “Bettie Bangs” are a popular hairstyle to achieve the perfect 50s look, but the maintenance to have them can be cumbersome and problematic.

So how can you have these darling bangs without the hassle? Last year I learned a fabulous hair trick from my hair stylist, Tara Alexanderclip-on bangs! They are clip-on hair extensions that are specifically for fringe. I brought them with me to an appointment, and she clipped them in and perfectly trimmed them!

I had to dye the extension to match my hair color, but you should be able to find them in a variety of colors. I purchase mine at Sally Beauty Supply for about $20.

Whenever I want a perfect 50s look, I never pass on my fake Betties.

Here’s a before and after, can you tell that they’re fake? Most can’t!

 

You will confuse and amaze everyone when you tell them that it isn’t your own hair!

Enjoy!

A