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Save Your Style With The Hat Trick

The glamorous way to go from hat hair to party hair…

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1. Give your hair a good foundation and start with a voluminous blow dry. Pull hair up into a loose top knot, and secure with a small butterfly clip. We recommend a clamp clip to prevent any lines of demarcation in the hair.

2. Pull on a loose fitting hat to allow space for your top knot. Choosing a softer fabric such as cashmere, silk, or angora also helps to keep things smooth and frizz-free. Butterfly founder and master stylist Kattia Solano does not suggest wool because “it so rough and conflicts with the texture of curly and/or natural hair.”

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3. Pull out a few random face-framing pieces at the front to add a touch of cool to your on-the-go street style.

4. When you’re indoors, remove the hat and clip, gently shake your hair out and tease at the root with your hands to create volume. For anyone that regularly experiences static, an easy fix is to rub the inside of your hat with a light oil before putting it on.

It’s also beneficial to carry a purse-sized hairspray in your bag for extra hold or touch-ups, especially if you’re planning to make more than one stop or have a long journey to your final destination.

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Turn A Few Twists Into An Amazing Game of Thrones Look

Create a wearable Game of Thrones inspired braided hairstyle with a few curls, twists, and the following tips by senior stylist Jill Engelsen!

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1. Part the hair to your preference then start by curling the hair in vertical sections away from the face using a curling wand. You want to let the hair twist naturally as you wrap it around the wand. This will create that extra wavy texture that can’t be achieved just by using a traditional curling iron the standard way.

2. Start a twist about a 1/2 inch away from the hairline and twist towards the back of the head. Make sure to alway twist the top piece over towards the ear, then back under towards the part while grabbing more hair from the area between the part and where you want the twist positioned. Continue to grab more hair until you reach the ear, then start twisting without grabbing more hair. (You want to allow some hair to hang down untwisted in the back of the head from the crown down.)

When you start the rest of the twist, keep in mind that there are three types of twisting happening at once. First, you always want to twist the hair in each hand out, away from each other – then twist the hair from your top hand over your bottom hand (continuing the same twisting you’ve been doing, without adding more hair) and repeat. Jill says, “It will seem counter productive but trust me, that’s how it stays!” Once finished, secure with a rubber band and clip in the back of the head. Proceed to the other side, and repeat.

3. Secure both sides at the back of the head with a rubber band. Then repeat two more rows of smaller twists under the ones you just did. When done, secure them with a rubber band.
TIP: “You can cut off the rubber bands when you’re done if they’re too visible.”

4. With the three twists that are each bound in the back, carefully undo the band and twist one over the other and secure with a hairpin. Repeat with the next two twists.

5. Braid together the remaining ends of hair left over and secure with a band. Then grab a piece of hair from each side and wrap around the braid to create a stronger look and secure with hairspray on the ends.

6. Last but not least – brush the hair that is hanging loosely with a Mason Pearson brush to loosen the curls and give you the look of a less contrived style.

7. Have fun with it!

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Get Jessica Chastain’s Romantic Winged Eye Makeup

Makeup: Cristina Marroquin; Hair: Jill Engelsen; Photos: Caroline Voagen Nelson.

Source: Getty / MARK RALSTON

Source: Getty / MARK RALSTON

Can’t stop thinking about actress Jessica Chastain’s coffee-colored smoky eyes and angled shadow from the Golden Globes? Now you can take the stunning look that walked the carpet and master it at home with these tips by makeup artist Cristina Marroquin! (We’ve got this combination of beautiful brown and shimmery chocolate in a winged eye shape at the top of our list for Valentine’s Day!)

How to Get the Perfect Winged Smoky Eye Every Time via PopSugar:

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Step 1: Prime Time
When doing a smoky eye, always start with shadow first — even before foundation. To begin, apply primer to the eye area to balance out redness and create an even tone. “You must prepare the skin first,” Marroquin said. “Just like on a canvas, you paint primer first.” Next, dust on a light, neutral eye shadow all over lids to create a base. Choose a shade similar to your natural skin tone.

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Step 2: Smoke Signals
Top the neutral shadow with a dark-brown shade from lash line to crease, leaving the inner corners clear. Use a shadow brush with a flat edge to help create the winged shape of the shadow. Then, blend with a fluffier, domed tool.

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Step 3: Black Out
Layer a black shadow on top of the brown. Focus the darker color just around the lash line, along the outer corner, and in the crease. Extend the black shadow color down to the lower lash line, stopping about two-thirds in. This leaves the area around the tear duct clear.

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Step 4: Wings Up
As the final step for the eye makeup, draw in the wing with a metallic gray shadow. Use a straight-edged piece of paper to get the perfect angle that follows the curve of the lower lash line. You can use a makeup-removing oil or serum to gently erase any mistakes and sharpen the lines before coating the top and bottom lashes in mascara.

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Step 5: Finishing Touches
Now that the smoky eye is complete, apply concealer and foundation. Then add color to the cheeks and lips. Marroquin layered two separate blushes — a bright pink shade followed by a bronze natural tone for a lit-from-within flush. Finally, apply a muted pink lipstick and swipe on a matching gloss.

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To complete your sexy eye look, senior stylist Jill Engelsen recommends adding a touch of Old Hollywood glam with soft, sideswept waves. For a look that’s more modern and less retro, keep curls loose and easy. The hairstyle will feel elegant and pulled together while keeping your overall vibe classy and effortless.

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“Heidi To Hollywood…” Milkmaid Braid How-To

Hair: Jill Engelsen; Makeup: Cristina Marroquin; Photos: Caroline Voagen Nelson.

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How to Get the Milkmaid Braid Right Off the Golden Globes Red Carpet via PopSugar:

Update your plait with a glamorous milkmaid style braid and get yourself on the best dressed list at your next event! Senior stylist Jill Engelsen shows us how to achieve a trendy braided updo inspired by Golden Globe winner Joanne Froggatt at home…

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Step 1: Blow-Dry
Begin by applying dry texturizing spray to the hair from roots to midshaft, and blow-dry the product into the hair for a smooth finish. Using a round brush, give the crown of the hair extra volume. To prevent tangles, Engelsen recommends putting the blow dryer down altogether.

“Set the blow dryer down, take a section at the top of your head where you want the volume, and place your round brush into the base of the hair, going away from your face,” she explained. “Then pick up the blow dryer and move the nozzle with the brush all the way to the ends.”

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Step 2: Tease
Create a middle part, but don’t worry if it’s not quite straight. Follow the natural flow of your hair to get a less-than-formal fringe. Use a fine-tooth comb to create a zigzaggy part half an inch from the hairline on both sides of the center part. Pin away these bangs.

Back-comb hair starting at the hairline and working back to the nape in an alternating pattern, as if you were laying tile. “[Teasing] creates volume and a grip for the bobby pins when you put the braid on top,” Engelsen said. Once you’ve teased the entire back section, smooth all the hair back using a bristle brush.

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Step 3: Pigtails
Make a diagonal part from the top right to the bottom left of the larger section using just your fingers. You eventually want this part to disappear, so using a comb would make it too stark. Secure two separate pigtails with an elastic that matches your hair color.

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Step 4: Plait
Apply more dry texture spray to the lengths of each pony, and then braid. As you go, pause periodically to loosen the plait to get a fuller, more textured milkmaid. Secure the ends with an elastic.

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Step 5: Smooth
Using the long end of a rattail comb, lift the hair at the crown to make sure the lifted portion is even and the part is invisible. Then, smooth the section down and apply a wax to tame flyaways. This section should be sleek in comparison to the mussed-up braids.

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Step 6: Pin
Flip the left braid up and cross it over the base of the right braid. Use bobby pins to secure the braid above the ear and over the hairline. Repeat on the other side. Where the ends meet front and center, tuck the elastics underneath the braid to create a seamless crown.

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Makeup artist Cristina Marroquin recommends pairing your braided updo with a makeup look that places a bold focus on just one feature. For our shoot, Cristina chose the eyes. She kept it simple with classic black liquid liner, taupe gloss, and fresh, even skin to match. Enhancing the eyebrows is also an important touch when wearing you hair up. Fill in color with a brow pencil then brush to give your brows a deeper, natural-looking definition.

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Perfect Party Eyes: New Ideas For A Smoky Eyed Look

Reinvent sexy, bold eye makeup for your New Year’s bash or a wintertime party by adding an eyeshadow with sparkle or high shimmer. Master makeup artist Francesca Roman recommends using “it” colors of the current season such as burgundy, browns, and bronzed tones. “Warm tones are a fun alternative to the traditional black or charcoal gray smoky eye.” For more ways to step up your smoky eyes, follow Francesca’s steps below…

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#01- Start with defined and groomed brows and apply a shimmery shade of Cream Eye Shadow. Smooth on using one to two fingertips first. It’s a much easier way to blend and achieve the perfect smokey eyed application. You have more control, and without the use of multiple brushes, there’s no mess or fuss!

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02- Use your brush tool next. Just one is all you need! When using a brush with cream shadow, choose a short bristle brush for bolder strokes and for contrast and definition. Do not use a long fluffy brush. Apply to upper lash line and also along lower lids.

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#03- Continuing the smoky eye effect… Use a kohl liner on the inside of your eye’s water line and underneath. Use the same small bristle brush to blend. Blending is the key to your best smoky eyes!

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#04- Apply mascara to top and bottom lids before applying false eye lashes.

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#05-  Though optional, a lush pair of lashes are a great way to maximize your party-ready eye makeup. Adding false eye lashes will add a more dramatic va-va-voom to help dress up your look.

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TIP: Use tweezers to move your lashes easily and place them with precision. Then use fingers for adjustments and apply a light pressure to set.

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#06- Always add concealer under eyes last. This finishing touch will brighten and deliver those neat, professional results. Your eye area will look and feel fresh and illuminated!

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TIP: Remember… It is very important to clean up as you go along. Just because it’s a “smoky” eye, doesn’t mean it should be runny or messy!

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Bring your sparkly eye look forward with face-framed bangs or sweep hair back into a simple ‘do to keep the overall look clean and focused on the eye area. Keep cheeks more natural and as for lips, the green light is on to make a statement with brighter lipstick. Just make sure the color choice compliments the hues of your eye shadow. When in doubt, a light pink or nude is a soft and pretty pair for sultry, shimmery colored lids!

Black Tie Braid: Tips For A Fancy Fishtail

Dress up with a fabulous fishtail and a single statement earring! Set yourself apart from all of the blown out waves in the room with these fishtail braiding tips by stylist Dana Tizzio

1. For a better braiding base, start with textured hair. Use your 1 inch curling wand and set the entire head in small sections.
2. Make sure that your braid stays put all night long by applying a texturizing wave spray such as Oribe’s “Dry.”
3. Decide on your hair part and pull your lengths over to the side it feels most natural to braid on.
4. Split hair in two sections. Put a little pomade on your hands first and run it thru for extra shine. This will help keep your layers inside the braid.
5. Begin your fishtail by taking a little section from behind one half of your parted hair and pull towards the other section. Then take hair from that section (another chunk from behind) and pull it towards the first section. Keep tension in the ENTIRE time or the braid will get loose and fall out.
6. Continue your fishtail braid down to the ends and use a small elastic to tie and secure.
7. Loosen the braid and make it your own by softly pulling at the fishtail with your fingertips. And remember…Undone is the new done up!

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Makeup by master artist Francesca Roman

Men’s Hairstyle How-To For The Dapper (Holi)Days

During the holiday season, we all look for ways to shine. Even men seek a hair look that can take their winter wardrobe up a notch. For the Butterfly guys that need to clean up, or for those who want to amp it up, our best hair tip is NOT to shy away from hair product. The right products become particularly important when you want to add volume and keep your hairstyle looking full and fresh. When stylist Jason J Dougherty wants to rock his favorite tie and put his best self forward, he turns to a combination of Oribe haircare essentials to help him suit up and achieve a style that is equal parts cool and sophisticated. Read on to learn Jason’s easy steps for nailing a classic yet modern men’s hairstyle that would get a seal of approval from GQ Magazine. Channel your inner Don Draper and try it yourself to impress during the holidays, and welcome the new year with cool!

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1. Start with clean, just washed hair and comb through before applying product.
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2. Using a quarter-sized amount of gel serum, emulsify using your hands and apply product throughout hair.
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3. With a fine tooth comb, comb through front half of hair and blow dry on a low setting. When blow drying the back half of your hair, simply run fingers through as you blow dry.

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4. Spray texturizing spray such as Oribe’s “Dry” to roots at the front for a boost. Your style will thank you later. Sculpt hair with hands.
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5. Apply a styling wax like “Rough Luxury” by Oribe on sides and back of hair for a polished, smooth look. Comb through if desired.
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6. Finish with a medium, more flexible hairspray like Oribe’s non-sticky “Super Fine” throughout for extra shine and hold. If you don’t want to fuss over your hair or worry about it for hours at a time, say yes to hairspray to ensure a put together look that lasts. With Oribe, you also get the bonus of a sexy scent for the win! Jason Final

Party-Ready Ponytail With More Volume And Texture [Video]

Stylist Amanda Colihan recently showed us a bodacious hairstyle that had us smitten and completely mad about mod. Now she shows us another voluminous look that you will be running to try! Sweep your hair back and learn the double ponytail technique – a pro trick that will change the way you pony up. It’s an easy way to create a longer, fuller pony look that’s posh, pretty, and perfect for your next party.

Pony Up Tutorial via Happi.com

The 10 Minute (No Brush!) Festive Braid

If you’ve made last minute plans to attend a holiday party but find your hair a mess, or if you’re stressing over how to leave the office for a hair appointment in the middle of your crazy holiday schedule…You can still get fancy and fabulous in a flash! Expert stylist and braid specialist Dana Tizzio  suggests a “face forward” DIY ‘do and accent braid to dress up your look for an elegant occasion. What better way to accessorize than with a pretty plait – especially when there’s no time needed to prep your hair for the look? Dana’s life-saving holiday styling tip is something we all need to carry in our back pocket. It’s just as simple to achieve as it is stunning!

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Even if the winter weather has made your hair dry, frizzy, or flat – or when you’ve skipped a day since your last shampoo – there’s no reason to let your hair’s condition stop you from getting glam on your time. This quick upstyle is ideal for “last minute” or on-the-go emergencies because you don’t even need a hairbrush to complete this look! All that is required to go from boring-to-black-tie can be placed at the bottom of your bag or clutch: a few pins, hair ties, and a mini/travel-sized version of your favorite dry shampoo/texturizing spray (something we never ever leave the house without anyway!)… And if you’re lucky, a fabulous pair of earrings or a shiny choker necklace is also in your reach to top off the look! (All jewelry on Dana by NYC’s Jaline Design.)

HOW-TO
1. Section 1/4 hair from side part to ear, and add Shu Uemura “Texture Wave” spray for volume.
2. Start braid at part, focusing braid at the very front of forehead. Secure end with elastic.
3. Spritz more “Texture Wave” spray throughout hair. This helps enhance texture for easier styling and will keep everything in place better for the long haul.
4. Without brushing, twist all of hair to the side of braid and secure with elastic to create a ponytail.
5. Braid ponytail, including the front braid, and secure ends with an elastic. (It does not need to be tight.)
6. Hold one piece of the braid at the end with one hand. With the other hand, push entire braid upward from the bottom with your fingers to create “rouge” effect. Wrap braid and shape into a knot. Nestle it off to one side for the best look. (You want this to be a focal point!)
7. Secure with bobby pins, and use the hair pins to manage any loose ends. You can either embrace the bobby pins by creating a design to compliment your style, or make sure to place them strategically so that they are hidden.
8. Loosen the front of the braid and work your way back. For results that will beautifully frame your face, widen from the start of the braid and continue to pull hair apart gently on each section. This will create a softer and more romantic, evening-ready braided look.

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Give a Nod To Mod With This Simple, Chic Style [Video]

If you’re all for adding a vintage touch to your layered winter look, or if you’ve got your heart set on going retro glam for the holidays, then you will be excited to try this easy hair idea from stylist Amanda Colihan, which will bring a touch of mod and a whole lot of chic to your styling game!

When we want to add flair, we add volume… But it’s not always easy to determine if we’ve done it right – or if we’ve gone too far into the sixties! Follow these steps to create a sexy style that will give your hair a boost while keeping your look modern and minimalistic. If you can’t get enough of wearing your hair down, the good news is you can stick to your lengths and sexy blow out for this look because this sultry ‘do embraces loose, long strands. All you will need is just a few pins, a little product, and hello, Brigitte Bardot!

Via Happi.com: Butterfly Studio showcases an easy, stylish hair look for the holiday season straight off the runway.

How-To: Easy, Second Day Hair Solutions

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

Image courtesy of Better Show

Image courtesy of Better Show

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.

Image courtesy of Better Show

Image courtesy of Better Show

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).

Graphic Eyeliner On Lower Lashline Inspired by Nicholas K

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.

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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.

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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.

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Line Upper Lashes
On the upper lash line, add liner from the inner corner to the middle of the lid.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Contour Cheeks
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).

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And done!

Runway “It” Look: Mara Hoffman’s Mussed Braid

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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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5 – Tease
You want to start teasing the largest section of hair at the crown and continue all the way down to the nape.

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6 – Rake
Then, rake your fingers through the sections to smooth down the bouffant for more natural-looking height.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Become a DIY French Braid Pro And Rock Your Favorite Summer-to-Fall Looks

If you’re trying to cool off during summer’s last days, or if you’re looking for that pre-fall look to hold you over until your next salon visit, a French braid is a perfect way to add function and flair to your hairstyle. Working the ends into a braid is a great option for protecting weakened hair and for keeping hair color vibrant. Pushing your lengths back into a no-part braided look even works like armor for a sensitive scalp whenever you’re outdoors. Braids are also a fool-proof way to cover up a wild mane in a pinch, and wake up with loose, effortless waves without the work (or a beach). At the very least, a braid can be your best friend if you’re looking for a way to pull off headbands, scarves, and hair accessories while showing off your sunnies. Or better yet – while flaunting your new shade of seasonal lipstick!

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Step-by-Step Instructions by Jennifer Penny

  • Prep hair by spraying a styling mist or dry shampoo such as Oribe’s “Dry” texture spray at the roots. Take 1 to 2 inch sections and follow all over your head. Use your hands to help the product volumize the root area.
  • Rub one pump of Shu Uemura’s “Essence Absolue” through the ends of your hair to hydrate and add shine.
  • Brush out all tangles.
  • Apply a pea-sized amount of Shu Uemura’s “Touch of Gloss” to the front of your hairline. This melt-in wax is lightweight and will tame all those little hairs for a perfect face frame.

Runway Trend: DIY Blue Mascara & Holographic Eye Makeup

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.

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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.

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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).

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Apply Glitter

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).

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Fine-Tune

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.

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Add More Glitter

Keep layering on the glitter until you get the density you desire.

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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.

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Add Blush

To balance out the disco-ball eye makeup, Roman added a soft pink blush on the cheeks called Shadore by Kevyn Aucoin ($37).

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Apply Lipstick

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.

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The Removal Process
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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.

Get The Look: Naked “No Makeup” Skin

(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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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6. Defining the eyebrows are a must. Use an eye pencil like Shu Uemura’s to fill in your brow shape.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Girl On-The-Go: “Weekend” Braid & Easy Updo Trick

 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!

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“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

 

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Girl On-The-Go: “Date Night” Braid

 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!

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Inspiration.
“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

 

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Short Hair Chic: Dry to Sleek Flipped Sidepart

Senior stylist Vanessa Fernandez gives easy how-to tips to help transform a grown out pixie, crop, or shoulder length haircut!

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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!

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Makeup Tutorial: Glitter Smoky Eyes For Summer

(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

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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.

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Using the Kevyn Aucoin Single Powder in “Bronze,” brush on a base on both eyelids.

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Brush on a second layer of Kevyn Aucoin Loose Shimmer Pigment Eyeshadow in “Jade” and blend in.

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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.

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Bring the volume to your lashes by applying Kevyn Aucoin Volume Mascara in “Pitch Black.”

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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.

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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.

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As a final touch, add your favorite light colored gloss to lips. This will brighten up the look and pull everything together!

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Daenerys DIY: Two Tiered Braids from Game of Thrones

Hair by Butterfly stylist Dana Tizzio  |  Photos by Caroline Voagen Nelson

(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

After blow-drying hair into soft waves, draw a middle part and spray Shu Uemura Sheer Lacquer ($41) to add shine and eliminate flyaways.

After blow-drying hair into soft waves, draw a middle part and spray Shu Uemura Sheer Lacquer ($41) to add shine and eliminate flyaways.

Next, section off the top one-fourth of hair, and tie away the rest with an elastic or clip.

Next, section off the top one-fourth of hair, and tie away the rest with an elastic or clip.

Work a dollop of Shu Uemura Shape Paste ($45) through your hands, and rub each section of hair into your palms as you grab them to add hold to the braid. Start out with three pieces of hair, just as you would a typical french braid.

Work a dollop of Shu Uemura Shape Paste ($45) through your hands, and rub each section of hair into your palms as you grab them to add hold to the braid. Start out with three pieces of hair, just as you would a typical french braid.

Create the inside-out french braid (aka dutch braid) by crossing each section under the center strand, instead of over. This will make the braid appear to be sitting on top of the head rather than embedded within the hair.

Create the inside-out french braid (aka dutch braid) by crossing each section under the center strand, instead of over. This will make the braid appear to be sitting on top of the head rather than embedded within the hair.

"Keep your hands as close to the scalp as possible to keep the braid tight," advised Tizzio. Also, make sure to weave so that the top sections stretch all the way to the edge of the braided zone, instead of allowing the braid to sit directly in the middle of it.

“Keep your hands as close to the scalp as possible to keep the braid tight,” advised Tizzio. Also, make sure to weave so that the top sections stretch all the way to the edge of the braided zone, instead of allowing the braid to sit directly in the middle of it.

Continue to dutch braid till you reach the back of the head; then form a short traditional braid at the end to hold everything in place, and clip it off.

Continue to dutch braid till you reach the back of the head; then form a short traditional braid at the end to hold everything in place, and clip it off.

Repeat this inside-out braid on the other side of the head.

Repeat this inside-out braid on the other side of the head.

Again, weave till you reach the back of the scalp, form a few rows of a traditional braid to hold your work in place and give yourself some extra length, then connect the two sides together with a clear elastic at the base of the head.

Again, weave till you reach the back of the scalp, form a few rows of a traditional braid to hold your work in place and give yourself some extra length, then connect the two sides together with a clear elastic at the base of the head.

Take a section from the bottom of the ponytail, spritz it with hair spray, and comb it through so it's smooth and the hair spray gets evenly distributed. Then, wrap it around the elastic.

Take a section from the bottom of the ponytail, spritz it with hair spray, and comb it through so it’s smooth and the hair spray gets evenly distributed. Then, wrap it around the elastic.

Instead of securing the wrap with a traditional pin, Tizzio created a "liquid bobby pin" by blasting the ends of the strand with hair spray and running over it with a curling iron to seal it in place!

Instead of securing the wrap with a traditional pin, Tizzio created a “liquid bobby pin” by blasting the ends of the strand with hair spray and running over it with a curling iron to seal it in place!

This is what the style should look like after the first braided tier is complete.

This is what the style should look like after the first braided tier is complete.

Next, create the second tier by grabbing a horizontal section of hair from the top of the ear. Clip the remaining hair away.

Next, create the second tier by grabbing a horizontal section of hair from the top of the ear. Clip the remaining hair away.

Repeat the dutch braid technique by weaving under instead of over. Again, be sure the top sections stretch all the way to the end of the braided zone so that the braid sits on top of the ear instead of at the temple in the middle.

Repeat the dutch braid technique by weaving under instead of over. Again, be sure the top sections stretch all the way to the end of the braided zone so that the braid sits on top of the ear instead of at the temple in the middle.

Dutch braid to the back of the head, form a traditional braid to hold it all in place and add some length, and tie it off with a clip or elastic.

Dutch braid to the back of the head, form a traditional braid to hold it all in place and add some length, and tie it off with a clip or elastic.

Repeat this inside-out braid again on the other side.

Repeat this inside-out braid again on the other side.

Once the weave hits the back of the head, start another short traditional braid, and tie it off.

Once the weave hits the back of the head, start another short traditional braid, and tie it off.

Gather the top section and both bottom braids together, and secure the entire bundle with an elastic about two or three inches down from the first ponytail.

Gather the top section and both bottom braids together, and secure the entire bundle with an elastic about two or three inches down from the first ponytail.

Take another small section of hair from underneath the ponytail, spritz on some hair spray, comb it through, and wrap it around the base.

Take another small section of hair from underneath the ponytail, spritz on some hair spray, comb it through, and wrap it around the base.

Create a second "liquid bobby pin" by dousing the ends of the strand in hair spray and running a curling iron over it to lock the wrap in place. If you need to further reinforce this thicker ponytail wrap, Tizzio said to feel free to use a traditional pin.

Create a second “liquid bobby pin” by dousing the ends of the strand in hair spray and running a curling iron over it to lock the wrap in place. If you need to further reinforce this thicker ponytail wrap, Tizzio said to feel free to use a traditional pin.

Finally, pull on the outer sides of each braided section to make the weave wider. "This gives the style a more modern look," Tizzio explained.

Finally, pull on the outer sides of each braided section to make the weave wider. “This gives the style a more modern look,” Tizzio explained.

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Game of Thrones DIY – Daenerys’ Braids & Waves

View original article by POPSUGAR at bellasugar.com
Hair by Butterfly stylist Dana Tizzio  |  Photos by Caroline Voagen Nelson

STEP 1 - First, blow-dry hair into soft waves, then run a pump or two of Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil ($69) through the lengths for smoothness and shine.

STEP 1 – First, blow-dry hair into soft waves, then run a pump or two of Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil ($69) through the lengths for smoothness and shine.

STEP 2 - Draw a side part, then scrape a dime-sized amount of Shu Uemura Touch of Gloss Brilliant Melt-In Balm ($38) through the top of the hair to add some grip to your silky blowout, which allows the braid to hold better. "It's more of a feminine pomade that has some glitter in it, smells good, and it looks like lip gloss," said Tizzio.

STEP 2 – Draw a side part, then scrape a dime-sized amount of Shu Uemura Touch of Gloss Brilliant Melt-In Balm ($38) through the top of the hair to add some grip to your silky blowout, which allows the braid to hold better. “It’s more of a feminine pomade that has some glitter in it, smells good, and it looks like lip gloss,” said Tizzio.

STEP 3 - Take three sections of hair at the front of the head, and start weaving a normal french braid on one side. "A french braid at the beginning gives the waterfall braid a more secure foundation," Tizzio explained.

STEP 3 – Take three sections of hair at the front of the head, and start weaving a normal french braid on one side. “A french braid at the beginning gives the waterfall braid a more secure foundation,” Tizzio explained.

STEP 4 - As you weave, make sure to grab long rectangular sections of hair on top to give the braid the cleanest and most uniform look.

STEP 4 – As you weave, make sure to grab long rectangular sections of hair on top to give the braid the cleanest and most uniform look.

STEP 5 - Once you've french braided a couple rows, begin the waterfall by crossing the top section over to the middle, then dropping that section down so it hangs.

STEP 5 – Once you’ve french braided a couple rows, begin the waterfall by crossing the top section over to the middle, then dropping that section down so it hangs.

STEP 6 - Next, replace the dropped section by grabbing a new chunk of hair right next to the hanging section from the bottom, and continue the french braid as usual by crossing that piece over into the middle.

STEP 6 – Next, replace the dropped section by grabbing a new chunk of hair right next to the hanging section from the bottom, and continue the french braid as usual by crossing that piece over into the middle.

STEP 7 - Continue this technique by persisting to add hair to the top section as you would a standard french braid, dropping that piece when you cross it over to the middle to create the waterfall. Again, pick up a replacement chunk next to that section, and repeat. Once you reach the back of the head, form a normal braid out of the three remaining pieces all the way to the ends.

STEP 7 – Continue this technique by persisting to add hair to the top section as you would a standard french braid, dropping that piece when you cross it over to the middle to create the waterfall. Again, pick up a replacement chunk next to that section, and repeat. Once you reach the back of the head, form a normal braid out of the three remaining pieces all the way to the ends.

STEP 8 - Tie off the braid with a clear elastic.

STEP 8 – Tie off the braid with a clear elastic.

STEP 9 - Repeat the waterfall braid on the other side of the head.

STEP 9 – Repeat the waterfall braid on the other side of the head.

STEP 10 - Continue waterfall braiding until you reach the back of the head, then standard braid all the way to the tips.

STEP 10 – Continue waterfall braiding until you reach the back of the head, then standard braid all the way to the tips.

STEP 11 - Again, secure this second braid with another clear elastic.

STEP 11 – Again, secure this second braid with another clear elastic.

STEP 12 - Twist both sections around each other, and secure it at the end with a third clear elastic.

STEP 12 – Twist both sections around each other, and secure it at the end with a third clear elastic.

STEP 13 - Pull out a few tendrils in front, and wrap them around the barrel of a curling iron, making sure to curl away from the face

STEP 13 – Pull out a few tendrils in front, and wrap them around the barrel of a curling iron, making sure to curl away from the face

Also curl each fallen section of hair in the waterfall braid to draw more attention to them. "This clip less curling iron with a barrel that goes from fat to small gives you beachier, more modern waves than a standard one," said Dana Tizzio.

Also curl each fallen section of hair in the waterfall braid to draw more attention to them. “This clip less curling iron with a barrel that goes from fat to small gives you beachier, more modern waves than a standard one,” said Dana Tizzio.

STEP 15 - Finish by spritzing on Shu Uemura Texture Wave Dry Workable Spray ($32) and raking your fingers through the lengths to break up and soften the coils.

STEP 15 – Finish by spritzing on Shu Uemura Texture Wave Dry Workable Spray ($32) and raking your fingers through the lengths to break up and soften the coils.

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Versatile Braids Made Easy (Inspired by Game of Thrones)

Content and looks created by Jason Dougherty

Braids are definitely trending for summer 2014, especially the Milkmaid and Crown Braids. Make a fashionable statement with a fun and easy braid while getting the functional benefit of having hair that’s pulled away from your face – particularly great for hot weather and humid days. My Game of Thrones braid is a combination of two of my favorite braids, the “Waterfall” and “Inverted.” Whether you are off to brunch or a cocktail party, it’s a perfect look for any of your summer outings. Simply tuck the bottom portion of hair up into a messy bun and this versatile style is wearable both day or night. This look could also easily be worn by a bohemian bride getting married on the beach. I find that the braid’s appeal is its ability to be either dressed up or down.

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Waterfall Braid
1. Brush Hair and then comb to remove all knots. Apply a little oil/serum to run through the ends.
2. Divide hair into three sections for a French braid on the front of the head.
3. Now begin braiding hair back into a French braid.
4. The Waterfall comes when you drop out the third strand of the braid that crosses over from the top. You then pick up a new strand, next to the piece you let drop out, to replace the fallen strand.
5. Continue in this cascading pattern until you get to the middle of the head. You can rubber band to keep braid secure or bobby pin to hold in place.
6. Repeat on the other side of the head and meet in the middle.
7. Now connect the two braids into one braid in the middle of the head. Braid this down the head until you have no more hair. Secure with a rubber band or back comb the hair.

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Inverted Braid
1. Brush Hair and then comb to remove all knots. Apply a little oil/serum to run through the ends.
2. Divide hair into three sections for a French braid.
3. Now instead of crossing over you cross under each strand. Begin by adding a little hair into your first section. You cross that under your next section. Now add a little hair into your next section and cross under. Continue in this manner by adding hair into braid and crossing under.
4. You braid until there is no more hair left. You can either secure with rubber band or back comb the hair. This knots the hair and holds the braid without a rubber band. I like to spray a little hairspray on the ends to hold.

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Split hair down the middle and part out a section around the temple of the head to be used for the top braid. Place a light gel or serum like Shu Uemura’s “Touch of Gloss” on the crown for shine. Then create an inverted braid along the head on both sides and connect in the back. Prep the remaining hair with a texturizing spray (like Oribe’s “Dry”) to help with fullness and hold. Start a Waterfall Braid along the head on both sides and connect with the first braid. Finally, use a curling wand to create soft waves. Use your hands and a comb to backcomb the hair for a textured, messy look. Place an ornate necklace as a headpiece for an added touch.

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How To Get Summer’s Slick Wet Look

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!

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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.

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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.

Kattia’s New Look: The Curly Side

Did you catch the sleek new haircut Kattia Solano has been sporting lately? As it turns out, the chic cut looks just as good with some texture! Here are Kattia’s easy steps for embracing sexy curls…

To ensure the best results of your style, the first step is to choose the right shampoo and conditioner. Wavy and curly hair (like mine) is always easier to manage when hydrated, so it’s imperative to use a moisturizing haircare line. When you want to embrace more of a flirty look with a full mane of fun curls, be careful not to choose the same products as you would for a sleek look. Instead, cleanse and condition with a lighter formula that’s not as smoothing. I love using Rahua, which gives the right amount of shine and control while promoting natural texture. Make sure to leave a dime size of conditioner in your hair for softness – I know it sounds strange, but it will benefit your curly look!

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After the shower, comb through wet hair with a detangling brush (this is where the small dollop of conditioner comes in). The Tangle Teezer is my favorite for detangling strands wet and dry because the teeth are extra gentle on the hair. (This makes it an incredible option for pain-free brushing on kid’s hair, too!) Then, wrap towel around hair to absorb excess moisture for about 10 minutes. Next, gently apply a leave-in conditioner such as Shu Uemura “Essence Absolue Cream” to help nourish and protect hair long after drying.

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Follow with a styling product that will give a little hold. My go-to for a wavy look is Oribe’s “Cream for Style” to give curls definition and structure. Set with pins to create waves and a huge pin curl. Allow to dry as long as you can naturally. If not, use a hair dryer on the lowest setting. Next comes the fun step! Create a hair part as desired and use a texturizing spray generously from roots to ends. For me, it’s all about “Après Beach” spray by Oribe! Don’t forget to flip your head over and spray the underneath area. Last step is to gently shake your waves out to create more volume. Done!

(PS – I snagged that gorgeous gold necklace over at Jaline Design!)

Cocktail-Ready Crown Braid Ponytail

When you need a polished, put-together look before date night, brunch, or even your next business meeting, the good news is that you can still opt for a playful braid. In order to pull off a braided style with something dressy, or to make braids more professional, choose the size and type of braid as if it were an accessory. Make sure it serves as more of an embellishment to your hairstyle, rather than the main focal point. Remember the face-framing braid Emma Stone wore to her movie premiere recently? Her minimal braid was placed perfectly – adding both an element of surprise and creating a nice balance to Emma’s extra smooth texture and relaxed waves.

Butterfly stylist and braids expert, Dana Tizzio, recently incorporated a similar idea when one of her clients mentioned she was heading out to a wine tasting. “The client wanted to wear her hair up, so we went for a chic yet easy-going dry style that would be pretty and comfortable without looking overdone.”

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Dana started with a corn row braid at the top of the hair part and worked her way down. “Make sure to keep the braid clean and tight, and stay as close to the forehead as you can.” Bring the sections towards the hairline and fill in around your head shape on both sides. When you finish with the first side, secure the end of the braid with a hair band so it doesn’t get loose. Do the same on the opposite side and then tie both braids into a ponytail. “It’s really helpful to use small plastic elastics because they won’t add bulk.” Leave out a small amount of hair underneath the ponytail and apply hair spray to the section until wet. Wrap loose hair over hairbands and around the base of your pony then pin underneath. For a little extra shine, Dana used Shu Uemura’s Touch of Gloss pomade directly on the braid. “We wanted to keep the pony low to compliment a flirty, over-the-shoulder style.” To create textured ends, quickly work through a 1 inch curling wand. “It’s easier to achieve softer waves with a clipless iron.”