Friday, 31 August 2012

Waterfall Side Braid - Tutorial

Hello lovelies!

How is everyone? I'm in an especially good mood today because...

Tomorrow is the beginning of Spring! 

It seems like Winter has just gone on forever, so I just cannot wait for the warmer weather and blue skies, plus floral dresses and leaving my coats hanging up in my wardrobe! Just looking out my window now, the day looks gorgeous, and I can't wait until the weather is like this everyday!

So in celebration of the upcoming sunshine, I have a hairstyle tutorial which is perfect for the Spring time 

Taken By Surprise Tutorial: Side Waterfall Braid

This hairstyle is perfect for those sunny days where you want your hair tied back but to still look lovely! Braids are super pretty for Spring, they look great with a floral dress, a cardie, and cute little heeled booties, plus the waterfall effect makes the look a bit more interesting!

What you will need...
You barely need anything for this look, just a hairbrush and a hair tie.
My hair tie has a rose gold coloured metal bow on it which I thought would look pretty with my braid.
I bought it in a set of two from Sportsgirl.
1. Brush your hair so it's smooth and tangle/knot-free.

2. Using your hair brush, brush all your hair over to the side you would like your braid. I like mine on the left side, but it's up to you :)

3. Split your hair into two sections, so you have a front and back chunk.

4. Divide the back section into three smaller equal sections... we're going to braid it!

5. Begin braiding/plaiting the back section. Braid/plait about two or three times.

6. Once you've braided it a couple of times, grab the section of the braid at the front and hold it away from the braid.

7. Take a section of hair from the front of the front chunk, then pull it towards the section from the braid that you're holding and combine them together. 

8. Then braid your hair one more time, and repeat the process! Taking the front piece of the braid and combining it with the front piece of the front chunk of hair and braiding it in, then repeating until you reach the end of your hair.

See the cool waterfall effect that's happening?
9. Secure the end of the braid with a hair tie. Then gently pull apart the braid to make it a bit bigger and give it that messy effect.

10. From the other side of your head, pull down some small strands of hair to frame your face.

And we're done!

 Would you try this look? Let me know in the comments below, and if you have any beauty tutorial requests, feel free to suggest them! 


Monday, 27 August 2012

Peacock Feather-Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial

After seeing the gorgeous shades of green, blue and purple eye makeup on the models at Roberto Cavalli's Fall 2012 Milan Fashion Week catwalk, I have been head-over-heels for this peacock-inspired makeup!

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But as much as I adore these looks, they're not so easy to wear! Which had me thinking, because I really wanted to find a way to wear this look without looking over the top. So after a bit of experimenting, I think I've found a way that uses all these super pretty colours for a look that has just the right amount of drama yet isn't too crazy!

Taken By Surprise Tutorial: Peacock-Inspired Eyes

At the beginning of this tutorial, I have already applied:
- Rimmel London Wake Me Up Foundation in Soft Beige
- Garnier Dark Circle Roll-On in Medium/Dark
- Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Light 10
- Estee Lauder Blush in Nude Rose
- Estee Lauder Bronzer in Bronze Goddess
- Sportsgirl Lipstick in Rosie Posie
- Sportsgirl Liquid Lip Colour in Just The Two Of Us
- Rimmel London Eyebrow Pencil in Dark Brown

What I used:
Plus NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Rue de Honore
which I forgot to include in this photo, whoops!
1. As always with eye makeup, the first step is always to use primer all over the lid, and lower lashline. If you don't have primer, a liquid consistency concealer will work too, as long as you prep your peepers for colour!
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Light (10)
I actually applied a bit too much here...
Pat the product onto your lids using your ring finger nice and gently.
Apply a little into the lower lash line as we're going to apply some eyeshadow here too.
2. Have you ever used your powder eyeshadows wet? Wet eyeshadow application makes the colours look more vibrant which is perfect for this look.  Wet your eyeshadow brush and pat lightly with paper towel to remove excess water.

3. Using the damp brush, apply a metallic olive green eyeshadow into the inner third of the lid. Also apply on the lower lashline, directly underneath the colour on the eyelid.

Beauty Essentials: Be Essential Eyes 12 Colour Eyeshadow Palette
(This cost me about $8 at Priceline!)

Use the tip of the brush to get a thinner line.

4. Using a light gold, apply in the inner corners, which will brighten up the green and give it some more dimension.

5. Taking a metallic purple, apply along the next third of the eye lid, blending the green into the purple to create a seamless gradient of colour. Line the lower lash line with the purple as well, again lining it up with the purple on the lid.

6. Apply a shimmery sea blue colour on the outer third or outer "V" of the eye (including the lower lash line), and create a slight point at the outer corner. Don't forget to blend the blue into the purple!

7. At this point, your eye makeup will look like it has a very defined starting line at the crease. But peacock feathers fan out, so to mimic this, use your ring finger to lightly smudge the edge by patting (not rubbing or wiping) which will smoke out the shadow.

8. Using an black gel eyeliner, line the top lash line, staying as close to the lashes as possible. Use short strokes for easiest application, and create a small 45 degree wing at the outer corners.

Rimmel London Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in Black 

9. Using a metallic cobalt blue eyeliner crayon, line bottom water line, from the outer corners in towards the middle of the eye stopping before the green eyeshadow starts.

NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Rue Saint-Honore 

10. Curl your lashes then apply a lengthening, volumizing and defining mascara. Use a shimmying motion for the best effect!

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Mascara in Extreme Black

And that's it! I love the shimmer this look has to it, and because it doesn't venture much past the crease, every time you close your eyes, everyone will see this gorgeous flash of colour!

Would you try this peacock-inspired look? If you have any tutorial requests, let me know in the comments below :)

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