When it comes to beauty, it isn’t too common to hear the term “glaçage.” Most often used in the dessert world, the French term translates to “glaze” or “glazing.” That’s why it shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that the new Kérastase Thermiques are like icing on the cake when glazed onto our hair. They are hair primers that should be used as a follow up to your favorite shampoo and conditioner on clean, wet hair. These paraben-free products are lightweight and coat the hair to protect and polish when warmed, so you will need to bring the hot tools out in order to get the best results. Your hair’s surface is protected once heat activates your Thermique’s mojo and then you’re on your way to maximum smoothness, movement, and a glossy finish! And if you need another reason to make it the building block for your blow out routine, then you should know that any one of the three varieties will help cut down your blow dry time and result in 85% less breakage from blowdrying!
All three stylers fight frizz, add shine, create softness, and offer humidity protection. To customize your hair’s daily needs, go green to give life to weakened hair with Ciment Thermique, replenish dry hair with creamy orange Nectar Thermique, or smooth with pink Keratine Thermique to help tame unmanageable textures.
Color by Joanna Gonzalez. Styling & Quotes by Jason J Dougherty.
Fall in line with autumn’s naturally favorite shade. RED! Or maybe you should leave it to the stars to inspire you with fall’s big color? The total lunar eclipse turned the sky blood red in October, and we took note. When the moon passed completely through Earth’s dark shadow, the moon gradually got darker during this type of eclipse and then took on a rusty, or bloody red hue. This influenced color expert Joanna Gonzalez to partner with stylist Jason J Dougherty and take on a stellar new hairstyle idea straight from mother nature!
Total Hair Eclipse
Get hot with red copper hair and glow in the moonlight with the “it” color and a rockin’ new cut!
WHY: Add sass to your everyday style with ravishing rouged lengths and ride the new wave with an undone texture or finish with a smooth and straight 60’s feel.
BEST FOR: The outspoken girl; when you want to “start fresh;” or the woman who just started landed her dream career. It’s also perfect for anyone looking to make a bold fashion statement.
FASHION INSPIRATION: Mod, rocker chic, femme fatale. She’s come undone but is completely put together!
ABOUT THE COLOR:
Color expert Joanna Gonzalez says…”For those who prefer their style a little edgy, this is the perfect way to spice up your hair and bring out your rock and roll personality for fall. Turn warm reds and deeper tones up a notch with a fiery crimson color and add balayage to break up the layers and bring out the movement of the cut. It’s a no-brainer to pair with your fall darks and all black wardrobe and to transform those with fair skin and light complexions. One thing is certain…it will bring out the color of the eyes! To keep your red color looking fresh, Oribe’s Beautiful Color line is a must!”
The winds also pick up this season, causing the leaves to just about come undone from the trees. Make styling in the mornings just as easy with stylist Jason J Dougherty’s simple “undone” hair trick. This combo braiding and flat-iron technique will have you singing Beyonce’s ‘I woke up like this!”
1. Blowdry hair smooth with a little Gold Lust Oil from Oribe
2. Now divide hair into about 6 sections and do a 6 quick braids.
3. Spray with a light hairspray (Superfine from Oribe)
4. Take a flatiron and go over braid a few times.
5. Take out braid, Spray with Après Beach from Oribe, use hands and lightly scrunch, keep layering with Spray and using hands to separate.
When the last thing you want (or can) do is your hair, make a fast upstyle your go-to. During a recent episode of the Better Show, Butterfly senior stylist Jill Engelsen shared her no-effort styling tips and demonstrated two great base looks that serve as a quick fix for unwashed or unruly hair. Give these chic, quick updo styles a try and say goodbye to the basic, boring ponytail for good!
(Makeup on Jill and models by Kate Plec)
Jill Engelsen’s Updo Step-By-Steps
1. Start with dry shampoo at the roots to take some second-day oil away.
2. Brush out bangs and fan across forehead on a piece manner.
3. Start a 2 strand twist on the side of her head and pin as you go. Repeat the same on the other side. Gather the two twists and twist up and pin in the back center of the head.
4. Finish with a light hairspray.
1. Start with either dry shampoo or dry texturizing spray at her root to give it more volume or to take oil away.
2. Part the hair where desired, and gather into a low ponytail in the back. Then spray the pony tail with dry texturizing spray.
3. Braid the pony tail and secure the end with an elastic. Then pull apart the braid.
4. Spread and place the braid onto the nape area of the head and pin as you go to create a controlled, messy up style. Finish with hairspray, shine spray and pomade (on the part for flyways).
Hair & Quotes by Jason J Dougherty | Butterfly Studio Stylist
Fall fashion is BIG on volume. It’s also a season to start rocking layered clothing. More is more, so why not add another layer to your hair with a braid that is right in line with abundance and flow? This perfect-for-fall hairstyle offers a delicate balance of both braided statement and swooping effect around the side of the face. The end result mixes flowing feminine hair with a bold braid and an ample supply of volume!
Bountiful Harvest Braid
A half-up inverted braid with a twist that “harvests” both volume and style!
WHY: Rock this season’s “big” trend in a braid that adds big layers to compliment fall’s layered looks.
BEST FOR: The girl with a lot of hair, texture that is “Too thick for a braid,” and the girl who needs to add some volume to a classic look.
FASHION INSPIRATION: 60’s Folk, The Rocker, The Hippie, The Yogi. Or, make it your weekend look.
This braid gives the girl with thick, hard-to-braid hair a break by slitting her hair between a braid and strands that elegantly flow off to the side to balance out the bounty of hair. It also functions for the girl who has less of a “hair-harvest” but wants a fuller hair effect. To get the best look, braid the hair on a side-angle, allowing the remaining hair to create a side swooping element. This adds the illusion of extra volume and an added “layer.”
Taking inspiration from the work of Avon’s global makeup artist Lauren Anderson, our very own makeup master Francesca Roman collaborated with POPSugar Beauty to highlight the “dos and don’ts” of layering black eyeliner and rework designer Nicholas K’s smoldering Saharan graphic eyes.
Pushed back hair look by senior stylist Jill Engelsen.
Photography: Caroline Voagen Nelson.
With such a dramatic eyeliner look, Roman prepped lids with a matte, nude eye shadow. You can also use concealer at home to mask any veins or discoloration.
Line Lower Lashes
Dip an angled eyeliner brush in dark black powder or gel liner. “A brush controls how much powder you’re applying, and you can diffuse the look,” Roman said. “But crayon you have to smudge, which will give you a smoky eye effect.” Start by outlining the tear duct, then follow the lower lash line until you hit the outer edge of the iris. Don’t take it all the way to the corner.
Line Upper Lashes
On the upper lash line, add liner from the inner corner to the middle of the lid.
Extend the Wing
Moving back to the lower lid, draw the wing from the outside in, keeping the line straighter than the average cat-eye flick. Think of it more like an extension of the lower lash line rather than an angular shape.
Return to the Upper Lid
Bring the wing back in on the upper lid, too, leaving a small space liner-free in the center of the upper lash line.
Repeat on the Other Side
You can really vamp up the look by layering liner. “Use liquid liner for full blast,” Roman said. “You can do powder with liquid on top or liquid with powder.” But she does warn that using a felt-tip product will require extra fast motions, so a brush is your best bet.
Clean Up With Moisturizer
Roman used a moisturizer and cotton swabs to clean up any mistakes and give the liner a straight, sharp edge. The lotion (versus makeup remover) reduces redness if you have to do a lot of rubbing.
Conceal Under-Eye Circles
Hide any under-eye circles with concealer. For this look, it’s best to save your foundation for after the eye makeup.
With such a strong eye look, the rest of your makeup should remain neutral. Roman used Kevyn Aucoin Natura Blush ($37) and Nerinese Lip Gloss ($30).
If you’re set on only one splurge this fall, make it a makeup buy and grab Kevyn Aucoin’s phenomenal new foundation. It’s a game-changer! There’s a reason why everyone is calling Sensual Skin Fluid the “MVP of makeup,” and why we’ve decided it’s our number one fall and winter skin fix. The formula is everything. It feels like cashmere in a bottle, and unlike your traditional foundation, it glides on and stays on like a serum – leaving a lightweight, smooth finish that stands out from the rest. Powered by time-release pigments, it will actually stay put all day and all night without budging…We’re taking 8 hours of continuous, even coverage! The fact that this unique foundation is powder, water, and oil-free must have something to do with that, too. Whatever the secret is, it’s made it an all-time Butterfly fave. Say goodbye to lines and unwanted texture and hello to skin as smooth as liquid!
Ask an expert at your local salon or beauty counter to help match your shade.
Jill Engelsen put her senior styling skills to work for PopSugar Beauty to bring this inside-out braid right off of Mara Hoffman’s SS15 Runway to life with a step-by-step tutorial. Makeup by master artist Francesca Roman.
Photography: Caroline Voagen Nelson.
1 – Apply Dry Shampoo
This braid is a great style for second-day hair, but you’re going to need to add some texture. Start by spraying dry shampoo section by section through your strands. Start at the root and spritz to the ends.
2 – Blow Dry
Then you want to blow-dry the product into your hair to make sure it’s fully distributed. Use a round brush to blow-dry all your hair toward the back, which will give your roots a little lift.
3 – Create a Middle Part
To get your perfect middle part, you first want to comb all your hair back then locate where the hair naturally starts to divide. Use the tines of the rattail comb to make your part (not the end).
4 – Make Waves
You want to divide your hair into three sections: two in front and one larger section behind the ears. From there, wrap hair around a large, one-inch barrel curling wand in big sections. How do you know when it’s time to let go? “Wait until the thickest amount of hair gets hot, otherwise it’s not going to curl,” Engelsen explained.
To create more texture, curl sections in opposite directions, and make sure the hair is completely cool before you continue or the waves won’t last. This is one occasion where you can totally skip hair spray because the finished look is meant to be soft.
5 – Tease
You want to start teasing the largest section of hair at the crown and continue all the way down to the nape.
6 – Rake
Then, rake your fingers through the sections to smooth down the bouffant for more natural-looking height.
7 – Braid
Now, it’s time for the inside-out braid. The typical plait starts with three sections, and this one does, too. But instead of bringing the outer sections over the middle piece of hair, you want to weave the outside portions underneath.
8 – Deconstruct
Finish off the braid with a black rubber band (or one that complements your hair color). Then pull it apart to get a wider, messier plait.
9 – Backcomb Your Bangs
Now that the back section is braided, it’s time to wrap the side pieces around. First backcomb each side section. Then use the pointed end of a rattail comb to sweep down the teased hair. This will make it smooth, while still maintaining the volume. You can also try Engelsen’s “air frothing” technique, where you just backcomb lightly over the top layers of hair.
10 – Create a “Hair” Band
Take the bang section on the left side and tuck it underneath the braid. Secure it with a bobby pin placed horizontally (vertical is more likely to slip out). Combine any excess ends with the bang portion from the right side. Then bring all the hair over and around the base of the inside-out braid.
11 – Secure
Once you’ve wrapped the hair around a few times, tuck the ends back into the braid. Then secure with a vertically placed bobby pin. Don’t be shy about mussing the plait; it’s going to get even messier in a minute.
12 – Tame Flyaways
This style is all about texture, but you want to have one sleek portion — and that’s around the part. Use a blast of hair spray to tame this area. Then hold your comb there for a moment to make it stick. You can also tame any baby hair around the hairline using hairspray
13 – Muss the Braid
To give the plait even more texture, spritz it with dry shampoo. Then grip the braid and pull up and down, rub you fingers in it, and yank it from the sides, too. The messier the better! You want the final result to be 3D, not too flat.
Master makeup artist Francesca Roman teamed up with PopSugar Beauty to show us how to make blue mascara at home, and how to apply glitter makeup on our eyes to recreate Christian Siriano’s runway look from NYFW! Try this backstage beauty trend before Spring 2015 by wearing fun, sparkly eyes to your next party – or make it the secret to your glitzy holiday look! (Don’t miss Francesca’s trick for easy glitter removal below.)
Model hair: Senior stylist Jill Engelsen// Photography: Caroline Voagen Nelson.
Mix Your Glitter
To get a similar look to the holographic discs used on the Christian Siriano runway, we used a large glitter from the craft store mixed with MAC Reflects Purple Duo glitter ($21). While it’s hard to find chunky cosmetic-grade glitter, it’s better to use something with a circular shape so that the jagged edges won’t injure your eyes (just take our word for it — it’s painful). Contact lens wearers should be extra careful.
First, you want to create a clean and even base for this glittery eye makeup look. Roman primed the lids with concealer (or you can use a nude shadow at home). Then cover the area from lash line to crease with Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream ($21).
You don’t need to use any tools to apply the glitter. Your finger is enough to grab the flecks, but you can also use a small ball of wax to pick up the tiny product and place them on your lids. Roman recommends staying away from the inner corners of the eye and tear duct (as a safety precaution).
You’re sure to get glitter where you don’t want it with this look, so use a dry mascara wand to get rid of any excess sparkle.
Add More Glitter
Keep layering on the glitter until you get the density you desire.
Make Your Own Mascara
Now on to making that colored mascara! First, blend the dry MAC Pigment ($21) in Marine Ultra and Hi-Def Cyan on a piece of foil. Roman’s bold blue hue used two parts of the bright cyan to one part of the darker navy color.
Dip a mascara wand saturated with MAC Prep + Primer Lash Primer ($17) in the powder and stir on a clean section of foil. Keep adding more powder until all the bristles are covered in blue. Apply to lashes the same as you would apply your favorite black mascara.
To balance out the disco-ball eye makeup, Roman added a soft pink blush on the cheeks called Shadore by Kevyn Aucoin ($37).
Although the lip was neutral on the Christian Siriano runway, Roman gave this look added oomph with a bubblegum-pink, glossy lip hue. She mixed three shades to get the perfect color: Kevyn Aucoin Matte Lip Color ($33) in Tenacious and Kevyn Aucoin Lip Gloss ($30) in Cloudaine and Janelline.
The Removal Process
This is important: DO NOT remove glitter with soap and water. That is a sure way to get tiny product particles in your eyes. Instead use a piece of scotch tape to remove all the eye makeup. Just be sure to keep the sharp edges away from your sensitive retinas.
Hair & Quotes by Jason J Dougherty | Butterfly Studio Stylist
When Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 2nd, you might gain an extra hour of sleep, but you still won’t have time to rock a time-lengthy style. This simple chic knot is the perfect go-to when you can’t spend more than a few minutes on a polished look, but you’re still looking for a classic hairstyle with a twist.
Textured, loose “ballerina during down-time” hairstyle to wear with 90’s Plaid, Office Chic, or Folk/Traditional inspired patterns.
WHAT: Dress up and add sophistication in a time-sensitive, low-maintenance way.
BEST FOR: Girls on the go – who don’t have a lot of time for a complex style, but still want to rock a trend. The Assistant – always concentrating on the boss, but needs to pull a sophisticated look together quickly. The college-girl – leaving for class last minute, or early in the am. The single ladies – when you want to look sexy but not too done for that first date.
The “Fallback” bun is an alternative to the classic bun because of its loose texture and effortlessness. The less prefect the better, which makes it great the working woman and full calendar girls.
TRY IT: Brush out the hair and apply a light oil such as Gold Lust by Orive to add moisture and shine, and help with styling ease. Bring hair back to create a low ponytail. Keep it loose on top to keep the texture. Now take sections and work through all of the hair, anchoring with bobby pins. For a more polished look or something different for another day, add some pomade to the hair to make it more sleek. Finish with a little hairspray like Oribe’s Superfine to seal the deal.
Whether they have loose curls, tight curls, wavy or straight hair, every woman dreams of the same thing: the perfect blow out and results that last! What we all look for in a smooth and beautiful blow dry is for hair to feel tame, look shiny, and maintain its shape and hold without having a rough texture, or a stiff and rigid appearance. But it’s few and far between that most of us are able to find that perfect balance… Beyond the naturally stubborn nature of most hair types, we regularly subject our hair to all sorts of aggressors. Hair even takes a hit from other harmful environmental effects, making it virtually untamable…Or so we thought!
Finally, with the launch of “Discipline” haircare and in-salon treatment ritual by Kérastase, we have an answer to the common woes and unhappiness that comes with managing the unmanageable – frizzy and undisciplined hair. Unlike most products you’ve heard about before, this newest hair innovation from the offers that long-lasting manageability and control in a chemical-free line that preserves the natural free-flowing movement of your hair. And it doesn’t require hours at the salon or a long-term commitment to try it…nor will it break the bank! It’s a great alternative for those of you who have always been hesitant about keratin smoothing. Last but not least, you get 72 hours of frizz and humidity control with the at home regimen and blow dry time is cut down by a whopping 33% for up to 21 shampoos with the salon treatment service! Who said styling at home should feel like work? Not Kérastase!
To find out more about the line or discuss if this is the right fit for your hair type, call or email us to set up a consultation with a Butterfly expert! 212.253.2100 or email@example.com
Hair & Quotes by Jason J Dougherty | Butterfly Studio Stylist
Hit Your fall fashion targets and knock your toughest critics dead with this quick ponytail – highlighted with a twisted ring of hair…
Kill two birds (Function and Fashion) with one stone (The Ponytail)
WHAT: A side-part slicked pony with some texture and twist for the Fashion Forward Girl who has “a lot on her shoulders,” and is being pulled in all directions at once.
WHEN TO WEAR: Perfect for an opening night, gala exhibit or just a night out!
WHY IT’S HOT: It allows the rounded architecture of high-shouldered garments to be featured, yet also gives a unique look to the ponytail with a design that could stand on its own.
This ponytail is a great compliment to the large “Rounded Shoulders” that are a hot fashion trend in women’s clothing this fall. By pulling your hair back and away from the face and body frame, you are able to create a balance between positive and negative space by accentuating the unique high-rounded architectural shape of this high-shoulder trend and make any onlooker look back twice with adding a unique twist of hair that rings around the pony.
TRY IT: On the bottom half, twist the right and then twist the left into a tight pony. With the top portion, first add volume and then wrap it into a twist around the pony. Tease and spray the pony for texture and volume.
If taking inspiration from Marilyn Monroe’s iconic “Beach Sweater” photoshoot isn’t enough to convince you to keep it beachy for fall, then maybe the ease of the following wavy-haired styling trick by Butterfly’s Jennifer Penny will do it for you…
If you ask us, one of the best things about going into the fall season is less humidity – or at least, humidity levels you can actually work with. Now that we are seeing less polished looks as a common thread for trends this upcoming season, wearing your hair’s natural waves is the best way to ensure you arrive in style.
“Braiding your hair damp will result in those beachy waves we all crave without having to spend the time and effort using a curling iron,” says Jennifer. After washing your hair, towel dry your lengths really well or let hair air dry until it feels slighty or somewhat damp to the touch. From roots to ends, comb through your favorite product for moisture and flexible hold, such Oribe’s “Gel Serum.” Follow the basic steps for creating a French braid (or learn from Jenn’s how-to tutorial) and then sleep on it! The next morning, when your hair is dry, take out the braid and comb through the texture with your fingers. Hit any unruly strands with the hair dryer for a few seconds, and if you need a little extra shine or if you want to enhance the wave, apply a beach spray such as “Après Beach” by Oribe for that extra touch.
(Original story at Hey Hey Gorgeous. Photos by Avital Glibiky)
Because skin should be bare and beautiful, master makeup artist Francesca Roman breaks down her steps for achieving “less is more” face makeup. Now you can get away with saying “I just woke up like this” wherever you go!
GET THE LOOK
1. Touch up on your brows, removing any stray hair with a tweezer before applying anything else. Sculpted brows are actually an important part of this look.
2. Prep the face by cleansing with Joanna Vargas Skincare Vitamin C Wash and then apply the magic combination of Daily Serum with Rejuvenating serum to nourish skin and create a smooth, supple base for makeup.
3. Apply a primer for skin and apply foundation. Kevyn Aucoin’s “The Primed Skin developer” for normal to dry works and combine two different shades of Kevyn Aucoin’s ‘The Sensual Skin Enhancer’ to customize a seamlessly perfect skin tone shade to correct her skin’s hue.
4. TIP: (Hint: Use both a brush to swipe on product and makeup sponge to help apply and blend in foundation. The sponge is ideal for pushing in foundation on dry skin to conceal without a cakey look. This is especially useful under the eye area to stretch out the product and keep the smooth look long lasting. Apply makeup on the face with a method of an inside out application, starting with the eye area, moving to apples of the cheeks and around.)
5. Next, add in a healthy glow with NARS multi-use illuminator in “super orgasm” and “laguna” to create contour. Concentrate on eye area and cheeks.
6. Defining the eyebrows are a must. Use an eye pencil like Shu Uemura’s to fill in your brow shape.
7. Then use a brow brush, brushing outward, to blend for a softer effect. Bold brows are the secret to shaping and defining the face, reducing the need for much makeup.
8. Because the skin around your eyes is not naturally pale, you want to apply a little color to your lids. Use a little bit of your blush or bronzer for a more natural, blended tone. Mascara is optional…forego the product by applying a quick pinch with your lash curler before you go out the door. You can even go for a soft swipe of dark pigment along the lash line using an angle brush for a more defined eye area.
9. Take your look out on the street by finishing with Kevyn Aucoin’s “The Lip Gloss” in a bronzy but natural shade, which is moisturizing but never greasy or slippery and gives a subtle color with a shimmery finish.
You’ve watched senior stylist Vanessa Fernandez turn three girls into effortlessly glamorous Butterfly babes… Now Vanessa gives her pointers for accentuating the sexy sweep of your highlights at each hair length with specific tips for polishing your at-home styling routine.
The Crop (versatile, short haircut)
To style a fun crop as seen above on our bold balayage blonde, you can get a great look at home with an easy blow out…
• Use a dime-sized amount of Oribe “Creme for Style” and apply mid-shaft to ends after towel drying.
• The key to the right blow dry technique for this length is to use your hands. Follow the shape of your head to work through until dry, pushing the hair side to side and back and forth to create lift at the root.
• When dry, it’s time to have some fun by using a dime-sized amount of pomade. Try Oribe “Original Pomade” to create texture and put those piecey final touches on this playful look. It’s all about the little details!
Long Layers (beachy, bombshell lengths)
• On towel-dried hair, apply 1/4 sized amount of a leave-in conditioner, such as Kerastase “Elixir Ultime Creme,” for easier styling and to protect ends from heat.
• Pre-dry the hair by rough drying with your blow dryer, making sure to remove about 75% of the excess moisture.
• Using the heat from the blow dryer and a small brush, create waves by twisting and turning the brush. Take 1″ vertical sections and continue all around the head, keeping in mind that all pieces should curl going away from the face.
• Shake out the sections when youre all done and apply a texturizing wave spray such as Après Beach by Oribe to emphasize the look.
Lob (easy and care-free mid-length style)
• Towel dry hair.
• Apply 1/4 sized amplifying gel serum with light hold, roots to ends.
• Use hands to pre-dry hair without heat.
• When hair is 90% dry, use the heat from the blowdryer and a small to medium brush to smooth out a few pieces here and there. You can even put some bend into it by twisting a few especially around the hairline and crown area to create movement.
• Shake and piece out your strands by using a small amount (approximately dime-size) of pomade like Oribe’s “Rough luxury.”
All before and after color by balayage expert Min Kim!
Hair – Jason J Dougherty // Makeup – Cristina Marroquin // Photography – Edwin Pabon
Wear this fun and relaxed braid out to brunch with friends, shopping, a day outdoors, or a weekend stroll. To make sure your look stays put together, stylist Jason J Dougherty suggests creating an inverted braid instead of just pulling your hair into a side pony. Then glam it up for those dinner plans with a quick pull, tuck, and pin to transition the style. Here’s how!
“The Weekend Braid is my variation on the side ponytail or braid. Perfect for any summer weekend outing, it’s easy and undone in a functional way. I did an inverted braid from the left and worked it into the side-braid pony, then pinned up. With just three bobby pins you can completely transform this into a sophisticated evening style.” -Jason J Dougherty
Trend Report by master color specialist Min Kim
We may still be in the middle of summer (and in case you forgot, just step outside and feel all that wonderful humid air ruining that lovely blowout) but, alas, all good things must come to an end. That’s why it’s never too early to start thinking about your fall hair, which really means thinking about one thing… Balayage! It’s the hair color option that’s truly for everyone. There is no doubting balayage and all of the reasons why it’s the way to go now or next season. Choose from the placement of a few accent pieces, a softer overall result, or something more fun like…(drum roll please)…the BRONDE!
For the ever-changing #butterflybabes out there (or the ladies who want to be), a BRONDE look is an easy way to try a completely different color while still keeping what you were born with. Or not! Because the lightest pieces are on the ends, you can push the limits with color while still maintaining the natural tones closest to your face. For most of us who are always at work, our hair color doesn’t even come close to looking any different than it did in February. (Even after that weekend in Fire Island.) Thankfully, we now have the BRONDE technique… It’s a great way to lighten up those ends and give your strands a FAKE-a-tion with that sun-kissed look you’ve longed for since you had summers off.
Just take a look at Chrissy Teigen’s hair color evolution recently, or our gorgeous founder Kattia Solano… Total BRONDE Babe Alert! If you are more daring, then you can just as easily pull off the same look with an edge by adjusting your natural base to something darker or more red (such as a dark chocolate or mocha for brunettes), warmer or cooler (strawberry or sand for blondes) – and if you really like to play, try pastels or super vivid toned ends. Always remember that with this extension of the balayage trend, your options are truly endless. Have fun and happy BRONDEing!
Before haircuts & post-color styling: Vanessa Fernandez
Highlights and hair color: Min Kim
Makeup: Francesca Roman
the art of hair color
unique to every hair type
a customized technique
soft – or bold
for blondes, reds, & brunettes
playful and fun
like blush or bronzer for the hair
a way to try “Sombré”
a way to send your hair on a “FAKE-ation” with “Bronde”
a start to your fall style
HERE TO STAY!
Everyone wants to go bolder and look brighter during the summer. So, why not get there with your hair color? In 2014, more people have embraced a platinum hue than in any other year – and now that we’re all finally getting a taste of the warm weather, the trend is only growing stronger. Even natural blondes are putting in requests to go lighter and asking for something new to make their locks sparkle! What many people find surprising about platinum is that the color isn’t just packaged as one universal shade of white blonde. You can choose anything from an ultra white to pale blonde, dusty gray to silver, beige to soft gold, etc. What’s even better is that you can also achieve this highly coveted look by having “a little bit of this and a bit of that.” And for the record, there’s no need to get scared off by the term “bleach out” because there are other, gentler ways of getting the effect!
For those of you who prefer a little bit of contrast or if you’re interested in a less dramatic version of a hot platinum look, we have come up with a happy medium! We recommend using the balayage highlighting method to create more customized results by mixing together a combination of platinum and golden tones. It’s also a more delicate approach, which is a particularly great option for fine haired blondes. Butterfly’s salon founder and master stylist Kattia Solano says, “This color is about enhancing the right pieces to help create movement and add nice definition to a haircut. The punchy blonde pieces are brilliantly bold but still blend well around the face.”
It might appear as though we’re taking out a chunky hair piece during color application but as we work through the technique, it’s more about covering a larger section with different strokes to blend the boldness through the length. It’s an amazing way to bring out longer styles. It even makes waves and braids look extra stunning! If you’ve been looking for a low-maintenance hair color that can easily get you through to the fall season without a touch-up, look no further. Ask for a light golden blonde with shiny hits of platinum to revamp your shade!
Hair – Jason J Dougherty // Makeup – Cristina Marroquin // Photography – Edwin Pabon
We all want to look great for our date. In the summer, the excitement of getting ready often gets replaced with concerns about controlling our hair frizz. Luckily, the solution is as simple as a braided ‘do. Braids offer a fun way to accessorize your features, your makeup, your earrings, or your outfit. The benefits of pulling up your hair into a braid are practical, too. A style such as Jason’s half crown braid, half loose side knot is fast to create and it wears well. It’s something you can feel comfortable in AND confident about all night!
“I created a more versatile take on the crown braid by pairing a textured, sexy braid with a messy bun. It’s a less polished version, which is a lot more flirty and stylish without appearing overdone. What makes this pulled back braid a perfect choice for a night out is its added texture. This transforms the hairstyle into a much more effortless yet romantic look, and you will also find that it helps in making it easier to achieve. In short, we’re combining two braids, teasing, and then tucking the hair into a loose shape. To get the right kind of textured look, don’t forget to rub the braid with your hands for that undone finish.” -Jason J Dougherty
Senior stylist Vanessa Fernandez gives easy how-to tips to help transform a grown out pixie, crop, or shoulder length haircut!
1. Prep hair with a styling cream like Oribe’s Creme for Style. I love Creme because it holds and moisturizes the hair, creating an ideal base for the firmer gel product which will be applied later. This will allow some leeway in the structure to achieve that softer wet look we’re going for.
2. Blow hair back away from the face with low elevation. That means your aim is to maintain the brush closer to the scalp and not so far away from the head as you blow dry.
3. When dry, apply Rock Hard Gel by Oribe and choose your hair part. Don’t be afraid to go low and create a deep side part. It’s always a bit more fashion forward and will help your hairstyle look more sexy and feminine. Use a comb to help you distribute the product evenly until hair is moldable.
* If you’re trying this look on wet hair, it is better to start with a straight to slightly wavy hair texture. Apply an oil first and then saturate the hair with gel before finding a side part and combing it through. If you have curly hair, the wet look requires an extra step. Before going in with the products, you should help tame it down first. The best practice is to blow out your hair into a smoother look before beginning Step 1.
5. Last step is to apply a shiny finish to your mane’s surface by using hair spray. My pick is Shine Reflecting Spray by Oribe. It gives hair an excellent reflective effect and provides a protective veil to keep your style lasting.
*Make your look even more uniquely you by adding in a fun hair accessory. Criss-cross two wide bobby pins for a stylish and minimal way to accentuate your smooth side part. It will help hold the look, too!
(Photos & Content by Emely Tavaras)
Francesca Roman, master makeup artist of the New York based Butterfly Studio Salon, shares her fresh and lively “alternative to the smokey eye,” a look ready to be featured during long summer days and nights. This versatile look will bring new life to all outfits. Make your mark this summer by following these easy and simple steps! – – – via Hooked at Hey Hey Gorgeous
GET THE LOOK
Before getting started, prep face with Kevyn Aucoin Skin Perfecting Primer, Sensual Skin Enhancer, and Liquid Airbrush Foundation. Priming a face before applying ￼￼￼￼￼￼makeup will make colors vibrant and last longer.
Using the Kevyn Aucoin Single Powder in “Bronze,” brush on a base on both eyelids.
Brush on a second layer of Kevyn Aucoin Loose Shimmer Pigment Eyeshadow in “Jade” and blend in.
With steady hands, brush a thin line along the outer edge of each eyelid with Urban Decay Liquid Eyeliner in “El Dorado.” Repeat under the eye, this time from the tear duct to the corner, shaping the eyeshadow and creating a “cat eye” effect.
Bring the volume to your lashes by applying Kevyn Aucoin Volume Mascara in “Pitch Black.”
TIP: For a fuller look, use individual lashes to add in an extra flirtatious touch and volume across the eye but still give the appearance of a natural, fluttery look. Secure false lashes by lightly pressing down on the top and bottom lashes.
Apply and contour Nars “Laguna” Bronzer and “Super Orgasm” Blush to cheeks to illuminate the eye area and bring out the shades of silver and gold.
As a final touch, add your favorite light colored gloss to lips. This will brighten up the look and pull everything together!
(View original article at bellasugar.com)
“We’ve already shared our admiration for Daenerys’s plaited platinum locks, but this intricate weave is truly on a throne of its own! Just in time for the Game of Thrones finale, we asked hairstylist Dana Tizzio of Butterfly Studio Salon to break down all the steps ahead for getting this two-tiered inside-out french braid ourselves. Trust us — you’ll no longer want to hide away in exile with this style that demands to be seen (and respected).” – POPSUGAR
This year’s wet look has finally made the trend a lot more wearable. It’s the classic wet hair concept we’ve always seen on the catwalk without being too extreme or pushed back. What makes it new is the combination of wet on top with a gradually less dry texture through the ends. This part-grunge, part-glossy, part- dry look gives it more of a modern, carefree feeling that is perfect for the low-maintenance season. We love how it creates a wide range of versatility to play up both hard and soft appearances. It’s also great not to have to have to worry about keeping the ends too straight or having to wear a style that feels stiff all day, which means it opens up the door for an easy day-to-night transition!
Getting The Sleek Look Down – by master stylist Nicole Descoteaux
For a simple slicked back look (and not necessarily a really wet look), blow it back while keeping some movement in the hair. Then apply a light gel like Forme Fatal by Kérastase for some hold and work back the product with your hands. Start with a smaller amount and experiment with adding more until you’ve reached your desired look. Note that you do want the product to be visible in the hair to add a nice sheen throughout. Follow with a lightweight styling spray like Oribe’s Supershine Light to make the hair more piecey. Use a rat tail comb to define the pleats and add more detail.
For a step up and some variation for a different day, choose from a range of texture – from a beachy style to sleek, easy waves or straighter hair with some bend to it. Starting at the bottom and working up, slightly “wet” down your hair by spraying each section with Foundation Mist from Oribe. Then layer the next product – go over the same section in the same way but a little more heavily with Oribe’s Royal Blowout. This product is ideal because it has the ability to re-wet hair with an oil base. It also facilitates drying time, so when it is sprayed in hair alone, it will dry. Then use Gold Lust by Oribe and work through the same way. This layering will create the perfect wet look. I like to finish the front and side with Supershine Light spray to help keep it off of the face.
“L’Oreal’s hair chalk is awesome for people who want to try something new or fun without the commitment – and without the disappointment of immediate loss of vibrant color after the first time you shampoo. While porosity and number of shampoos will play a part in how the color lasts, I have jet black hair and even after a few washes with a foamy cleansing shampoo, it’s STILL visible in my hair! It’s slightly lighter but still totally noticeable…and my hair feels normal. That’s really amazing for a non-permanent, cosmetic color product.” – Hair Model/Stylist Amanda Colihan
By Master Color Specialist Min Kim
How many women wear the same pair of shoes or hair style every day? For those who like endless options and perhaps bore easily, L’Oreal Professionnel’s HAIRCHALK is the answer! With five fashion and three natural shades offered, think of it as makeup for your hair…
Did you want to add a pop of color into your ponytail, as seen on the runway for Herve Leger, or a bold streak to make an updo more unique? Maybe you’re feeling indecisive about trying an ombre service or you are completely new to color? Hair Chalk can be applied onto the ends to mimic that look and give you the ability to try it out without the commitment of chemicals. And best of all – it washes out after up to ten shampoos! On pre-lightened hair, the perk is that it can last even MORE than that.
The options are endless with HAIRCHALK and it can be layered on to make the tones more vibrant. Don’t worry about sweating or an unexpected rain shower as there is zero transfer with this product. You can rest assured that clothing, skin, and bedding will not be harmed! Fashionistas on the go, curious color virgins and those who like to try new things will be amazed by this fast and easy service.
If you’re the type to make hair decisions last minute or when you’re in a rush, your splash of color can be added on in as little as 15 minutes. Another thing to love about it is you can go as natural or bold as you want. Clients love having a say in how many pieces they are comfortable with and we price the service out accordingly. So you can try it once without risk or a high budget, and if you love it, come back and change it up each time by adding more pigment to your fun color, mixing a few different tones, or trying a playful placement according to your new cut or how you plan on styling your hair. Looking for inspiration? We are in love with these amazing looks by James Alvin for L’Oreal UK!
Beauty blog According To Dawn turned to Butterfly pro and top stylist Jill Engelsen for the easiest options to perfect this trendy, low-maintenance look. Watch below and give it a try at home!
Jill Engelsen is a stylist and L'Oreal Professionel Artist currently based at New York City's Butterfly Studio Salon. Jill is known for her unique yet on-trend styles and frequently works with Oribe styling products for the texture and shine the products produce.
Jill has coined three styles for the "top-knot", a classic and effortless style that works well on nearly all hair types. According to Jill, a top-knot is a "great style for the summer". In our second video filmed on location at Butterfly Studio Salon, Jill works with her favorite Oribe stylers and shows us how to create the "perfect" top-knot style to suit the weather, the occasion or one's mood.
Get a smooth, smart start to your season! Refresh, relax, and reset your hair concerns with spring & summer’s “Big Deal” treatment – Perfect Finish by Cezanne Hair! To fully understand what the Perfect Finish service is all about, you have to forget everything you know about keratin treatments. This revolutionary smoothing system is the first of its kind – delivering super slick, frizz-free results through a comfortable, 100% formaldehyde-free experience that’s safe for both the client and stylist. There is no fine print attached, and there are no rules about waiting to wash your hair. In fact, you can even cut and color your hair on the same day! If you’re not really a straight hair gal, you can still soak in the benefits of this versatile product while wearing your hair wavy. That’s also why we’re recommending it to brides for the current wedding season! As experts, we love the results we’ve been seeing on every hair type & style – and we’re especially excited to know that the treatment preserves hair’s health and natural beauty in the long run. Really, what can be better!?
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We’ve got to give it up for Zac Posen. During Fashion Week last year, his runway models unveiled the most brilliantly simple idea for hair accessories. Bobby pins! That’s right – your run-of-the-mill, inexpensive, pharmacy-bought hair pins are now the only thing you’ll need to turn a basic hair style into a glamorous night out look. And what makes this 2014 hair trend even better is that it will only cost you about $3!
Butterfly senior stylist Nicole Descoteaux says the biggest benefit of working in a few basic bobbies into your look takes all of the fuss out of perfecting your actual ‘do. “The pins save any lack of a styling touch, so you don’t have to worry about the actual look of the hair.” As you can imagine, this is exactly why it’s been a popular pairing for this year’s cropped cuts and shorter hair trends. Be random and playful with your placement or try criss-crossing the pins to create a unique design. Whether you stick to a pack of basic black bobby pins, or spend a little extra for a few embellished options, it’s the easiest to go glam. One of Nicole’s favorite ways to wear this fun hair idea is to pair it with a sleek ponytail, as pictured below.
“This is essentially a sexy pulled back pony where the pins take all of the pressure off of keeping the sides perfect.” Nicole also styled it her pinned ponytail with a chic middle part and a slightly wet look hair texture for an extra cool, sultry look. Here are her tips to recreate it…
Blow dry your hair with body and concentrate mainly on the lengths of the hair. Don’t worry about volume at the roots. Use a gel like “Forme Fatal” by Kerastase and apply the product from roots to about mid-shaft. Spread your fingers apart and literally rake your hair back and away from the face with your hand. Keeping some texture in the hair, pull it back into a low ponytail and fasten. Take your choice of fun bobby pins (Nicole loves shiny black or bronze for a more sophisticated, subdued style) and place, starting above the ears and working all the way back to the beginning of the ponytail. You can create your own design by criss-crossing pins or by using a few oversized pins for a more minimal look. Follow up with a spray like Oribe’s “Shine” light reflecting spray for luster, using it generously to give hair a more mirror-like, wet look finish. The combination creates a style that you can dress up or down and wear out anywhere!
Expert colorist Faye Goodwin on how to refresh every shade with this year’s color trends and tips for complementing your type to make sure your mane shimmers on…
Ravishing Rose & Radiant Reds
Redheads have been seriously downplayed for the past few seasons, but 2014 is making room for all hues of red to make their comeback. If you’re looking for a change but are unsure of where to turn, you can safely default to a red shade to keep you in style throughout the year. Red is always a strong hair color, but that doesn’t mean the actual shade of it has to be. Take rose gold for example. We’ve been seeing it everywhere in fashion, and just like a mirror to a wall – fashion and hair color trends also go hand in hand. Rose gold makes a bold and beautiful hair statement without going overboard. It’s no wonder that we are seeing more and more tastemakers sporting the trend, and why celebrities like Molly Sims and Rachel McAdams are currently wearing this hot, summery hue. To find the right kind of red, keep your skin tone in mind. Stray away from warmth and think cooler and deeper shades if you have a naturally darker base. For lighter hair or more pale complexions, go warmer with coppery, golden reds to really rock your color in 2014.
Icy Hot Blonde
Blondes are cooling it down and bringing back vibrant ice tones with silvery hues. Paving the road for white hot hair color are Hollywood babes like Julianne Hough, Carmen Diaz and Cara Delevigne – who have shown us why it’s the way to go this year. To make this look work for you, ask your hair expert for a customized color combination. That means absolutely no store-bought box color, please! I recommend balayage highlights to achieve the best look. In this case, the freehand coloring technique allows us to get that blend of bright and icy blonde just right – resulting in a perfect mix of color that can flatter even the most pale skin tones. I like to finish the service off with a Dialite Photo Finish (similar to a color gloss) to really “ice” the cake. I say blonde hair isn’t at its best unless it is unique.
Dark With Just A Splash
Brunettes have the most room to experiment and still stay on trend for 2014. We are seeing extremely versatile color options for dark hair. You have everything from iced latte and cappuccino browns (think Mila Kunis) to mahogany based brunettes and everything in between. Then there’s the new ombré -like look that is sweeping the hair color world – it’s called “Sombré.” This effect tones down the former more drastic ombré to a much more subtle ombré, where there is a gradual fluidity from a darker base to brighter ends. Recently, we’ve seen the Kardashian girls variating the look, having predominantly darker hair with subtle light pieces on the ends. Kudos also go out to Natalie Portman, who is totally rocking one of the best sombré looks right now.
Now that Spring has sprung, we’re all looking for a new way to shine in the sun! In comes Butterfly’s fashion-savvy stylist Vanessa Fernandez with her list of favorite hair statements to wear this season…
The Retro Quaff
Here’s a way to wear sexy pin up hair in a more modern way. Whether you dress it up or down is up to you. Start with clean, curly hair prepped with either a full blow out or by using your favorite hair-plumping product and styling with a curling iron. Structure a playful swoop with your hand and spray generously for hold. You can also use a pin in the back to secure – just remember to camouflage it. The last step is to break up those coiled curls and loosen them into soft, tousled waves for a nice balance.
Feminine Fly-away Braid
This style can be paired up with almost anything this spring. Start with natural hair or next day hair. Add some texture by using a dry shampoo or texturizing spray like Oribe “Dry” between hair sections to create more tousle. Make your braid (standard or fishtail) on the tighter side and after securing, loosen it up. Add a spritz of hairspray like Shu Uemura’s “Sheer Lacquer” for a matted look. Gently pull out some soft pieces from the front and sides of the face to make it a bit messier.
Sexy, Slick Hair
My favorite this season is the sleek hair look because it exposes the beauty of the female face. If you plan on turning heads, rock this half-done style with a dressier outfit and accent your favorite face feature with bold makeup. Use a small amount of light gel and blow dry. The product is what will help keep the structure and add a shine finish. Push back your hair with your hand to direct your style. Spray in some Oribe Light Reflecting Spray to top it off for an extra shiny look.
Smooth, Straight Ponytails
A simple staple for spring and summer that’s still super “in” right now. This year, it’s all about finding a way to glam it up by accessorizing your pony. To perfect the smoothness of the hair, use a combination of soft gels such as Oribe Gel serum with versatile styling oils for shine like Kerastase Elixir Ultime. Accessorize with ponytail cuffs, fabric wraps, or headbands. For basics and cool seasonal choices, check out the options by France Luxe/ L. Erickson (some of which we have on hand at Butterfly).
We are seeing a lot of full, free-flowing hair and American Hustle inspired bouncy, volume-loving looks on trend. The mermaid wave is an easy go-to. Long, lusty lengths can be achieved by twisting hair sections into two pieces, creating a rope-like look. Blow dry twisted sections and work through your entire head. Let hair cool completely before shaking out. If needed, emphasize random sections with a 1 1/4 ” clip-less iron.
This year’s most requested haircut finally has us in love with the idea of going short. From pixies, bobs, lobs, and choppy, boyish hair – a shorter cut is what’s hot this season. Women are looking for a liberating cropped style that makes them feel edgy yet feminine. Short hair is popular because it’s a bold statement made easy. More and more, we are realizing just how versatile a shorter length actually is by playing with different hair parts, and trying fun and textured styles vs sleek and strong looks. The wet hair look is a top trend right now and it’s one of the most fashionable ways to wear the crop this year.
What’s new in beauty by way of coloring for the season ahead? Butterfly master color specialist Min Kim gives the 4-1-1 on two hot, versatile hair trends to try this spring & summer. HINT: Both color options are completely customizable, range in subtlety, and give us plenty of leeway when it comes to upkeep!
With celebrities like Jessica Biel and Sarah Jessica Parker leading the charge, balayage is sweeping the country… Literally! Balayage is a freehand painting method used to lighten the hair, and it first started as a grass-roots movement in the hair world. Fast forward to today, where celebrity influences have made this artistic and personalized highlighting service something that everyone from IT girls (imagine all those sexy Victoria’s Secret models with their light reflective gorgeous hair color) have made a staple to what the girls next door are asking for. Whether it’s minimal with low-maintenance (tone on tone shades of dark to light chocolate) or more classic like a California Blonde (sunny and warm or bright and icy), the endless options are what makes this service so desirable.
Pro Zone – Loreal Professionnel’s Soho Academy is elevating the industry standard by offering the first Balayage Certification program in the US. These offerings will ensure that every technician that completes this program will have been taught by the best in the industry, including yours truly! (*On her downtime, our expert colorist Min Kim travels as an artist for L’Oreal Professionnel & Soho Academy. Follow @minkimcolorist)
Watch for Loreal Professionnel’s launch of Hair Chalk, coming to Butterfly in April. We are one of the first salons to offer this product as a quick service (we’re talking minutes!) and selling it as a take home. Think of it as make-up for your hair! The range of colors includes 3 “natural” and 5 “fashion” shades, which give the user plenty to play with. It washes out with shampoo and lasts for approximately 10 washes. It’s a fast add-on service at the salon, great for those who love to play with change or are curious about starting a hair-coloring journey. You can get the effect of hair color – think ombre inspired ends or a few fun pieces to highlight a style – without the chemicals, the damage, or the commitment. And another plus… the hair chalk can also be applied with the balayage method, which gives the artist the freedom to create anything on a particular hairstyle, personalized for the client (just another awesome perk of balayage). Did you see the blue streaks on the ponytails for Herve Leger at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week? Fun! Fun! Fun!
Butterfly master color specialist & L’Oreal Professionnel artist Min Kim (@minkimcolorist on social) says balayage is a popular hair color service that is “definitely for everybody,” allowing colorists such as herself to “step outside of the box” and “paint the town happy” with their technique! Dating back a few decades, balayage takes on an artistic approach to highlighting hair of all types and styles – creating “natural movement” and enhancing looks with a more modern, “less is more” effect. Watch Min talk about why balayage is not just a celebrity-powered, chic trend but a customized highlighting method that will NOT be going anywhere…
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One of the best things about the Cezanne Perfect Finish is that the treatment is safe to use the same day as coloring and/or cutting your hair – allowing you to book your services in one shot. You’ll leave the salon fully transformed, and feeling like a knockout!
Any day now, I’m due to give birth! I’ve learned that being pregnant inspires new thoughts and ideas like never before. Along the way, you’re told stories from everyone you meet, and you learn that there’s always more to learn… I find myself with a new outlook these days, practicing new habits and thinking differently. And once the baby is born, I know there will be more of everything! Since it’s all so fresh, I feel it’s the perfect time to get personal and share some of the knowledge I’ve discovered about expecting.
For 20 years I’ve been behind a chair, listening to the wonderful advice of women and their experience with being a mother. These are stories of life, struggle and of joy – including some details I might not have needed to hear. One thing I can say with certainty is that we all have different bodies and therefore unique experiences; from our skin, hairs, internal processes – and let’s not forget the hormones! We all react differently. At the end of our journey, we have one special thing in common, motherhood. Even when the baby is not yet born, feelings from mental to physical begin to materialize. You learn to see things in a different light from the strong bond that’s created and it really connects you with the meaning of being protective. We develop the desire to want to learn better ways of taking care of ourselves and how to protect our families.
What I strongly feel is that you should never, ever neglect yourself throughout the journey. The better you feel, the better everyone around you feels. I’ve found that a great pregnancy has everything to do with feeling happy and having the right attitude, as it does with making healthy, safe choices. My story is that of a woman in her 40’s, who is feeling truly lucky to live out the blessing of having a baby – and I’m telling it through a series of posts and tips called, “Kattia’s Mommy Diaries.” Because taking care of yourself starts with the small things…
From hair accessories and the cut of the moment to a revolutionary new must-try treatment for smoothing and de-frizzing all hair types – master stylist Kattia Solano talks about the exciting looks forecasted for spring & summer this year!
(via Hey Hey Gorgeous)
This metallic sparkle smokey eye look is the perfect blend of dramatic and fun for a sexy night out. It’s a classic look for any black tie event or dressy occasion, and definitely a go-to look for me when I’m wearing all black or rocking a red or wine colored dress. To get this smoldering hot look, you’ll want your eyes to stand out and your lips on the subdued side. While a professional makeup artist will definitely nail this look for you, there are ways to achieve this sexy feel at home!
PRODUCT MUST HAVES
1. Black liner – I love Revlon’s ColorStay eyeliner, it literally stays all night.
2. Covergirl Lash Blast volume mascara – This is my favorite product for a thick and heavy look.
3. Individual faux lashes – These have a much more controlled look and are easier to apply than strips.
4. Kevin Aucoin Brow pencil – My daily obsession! Always remember to define your brows when going for striking eyes.
5. Eye shadow – The essential shadows are a dark metallic grey/slate, a sparkly white, and a matte highlighter in an off white shade. To add a pop, use a matte grey/plum color. I love any of these shade hues by MAC or Nars – they’re super intense and highly pigmented.
1. First start by applying the metallic grey on the bottom lid and under the eye with a brush. Shade and blend. Then on the eye crease, apply the matte grey/plum color for contouring, keeping in mind a cat eye shape. Next, highlight the area under the brow by applying the matte white shadow. Blend everything with a brush.
2. Apply your eye liner, starting with the inside of your eye, as well as on the top and bottom lid. Blend and smudge gently to soften up the lines, using a small liner brush, your finger, or cotton swab. Some liners even come with a foam applicator on one end for this reason.
3. The last shadow to put on is your sparkly white shade, right in the corner of the eye, which opens up the eye. Make sure you don’t skip this step, it makes a huge difference!
4. Apply your mascara heavily – about two coats. Then apply a few individuals lashes from the middle of the eye to the outside corners. Think cat eyes a la Audrey Hepburn!
5. Finally, brush and shape your brows, giving them more definition than you would during the day. With a heavy eye, you can have a bit more defined brow. I love Kevyn Aucoin’s firm pencil with a brush on the end. It tones down your shading for a softer look with a natural finish.
6. Most importantly, anytime you’re going for a smokey eye, apply your eye make up prior to the rest of your face to avoid a mess. After finishing the eye area, take a wet foam sponge or makeup wipe to remove any flaky eye shadow bits, which may have fallen on unwanted areas of the skin. Then apply your base foundation and under eye concealer before finishing up the rest of your makeup as desired.