Category: Beauty

BeautyPerfect Makeup: 3 Easy Steps

Perfect Makeup: 3 Easy Steps

Looking for a go-to makeup look? We got you! We interviewed one of our favorite makeup artists, Ahna Ellis, to show us how she achieves the perfect summer look. Ahna creates makeup looks for all of our beautiful models daily, so we definitely trust her with all things beauty! Follow these three easy steps for a flawless face.

Prep: Ahna suggests starting with a clean face and prepping the skin with a moisturizing primer.

Once the skin is prepped, she advises starting with the eyes (before skin!) for more versatility and a cleaner look.

Perfect Makeup: Step 3

Step 1: Eyes

“To start off, I begin with a concealer base on the eyelid to help the shadow to last, and then I blend a neutral matte shadow into the eyelid using a fluffy blending brush,” says Ahna. “After I have my base shadow, I buff a darker matte shadow onto the crease to add definition to the eye. The shadows in this palette are perfect for building this look. If you’re wanting something a bit more fun, use a flat synthetic brush to pack a pop of sparkle in the center of the eye to catch the light. If I’m doing a sun-kissed bronze-y look, I love adding a pop of gold shadow to the lid!”

Perfect Makeup: Step 1

Step 2: Lashes

“For a fuller lash line, follow up your shadow by curling your lashes and using a volumizing mascara. A quick and simple trick to get lashes even fuller is to first coat lashes with a white priming mascara and let it dry for a few minutes before applying a volumizing formula in a dark color. This will lift, lengthen and plump the lashes to really open up those eyes!”

Perfect Makeup: Step 2

Step 3: Skin

“Once the skin is prepped and the eyes are done, I usually buff foundation in with a flat top Kabuki brush. My favorite foundation brushes at the moment are the Japonesque complexion brushes. For more oily skin use a matte foundation formula to control shine, and for normal to dry skin, a luminous dewy finish works best to keep skin looking youthful and radiant. I then go in with a beauty blender to push the products into the skin to give it a beautiful airbrushed effect.”

“Once the foundation is set I use a concealer on the high points of the face such as under the eyes, the bridge of the nose, and the center of the forehead to brighten and highlight the face. For a sun-kissed look, I finish it off with a bronzer on the areas that would naturally see the sun. I love the NYX Medium Matte Bronzer as an affordable option to achieve that warm glow.”

Perfect Makeup

And there you have it! Simple makeup that’s perfect and versatile for everyday wear and all this summer’s events. Check, please!

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xo

BeautyGet Pampered: DIY Lemon Honey Face Mask

Get Pampered: DIY Lemon Honey Face Mask

It’s time to gather your girls for a night in with wine, movies, and our DIY Lemon Honey Face Mask recipe! This easy beauty DIY includes only three simple ingredients that you (probably) already have in your kitchen and has tons of skin benefits to boot. It’s tightening, brightening, and will leave your skin glowing and rejuvenated! Read on to get your glow on.

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Benefits

Lemon juice is a natural astringent* that cuts through excess oil and sloughs off dead skin cells to result in brighter, smoother skin. It also aids in the lightening of the skin to reduce the appearance of blemishes, discoloration, and scarring for a more even skin tone.

Egg whites are to thank for the amazing tightening benefits of this face mask. They aid in firming the skin and promoting the appearance of shrinking pores to increase elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines.

Raw honey is an amazing super food, inside and out. It not only helps to draw moisture into the skin, but has amazing antibacterial and healing properties that assist in reducing acne and preventing breakouts.

 

Ingredients

1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice*

1 egg white (separated from yolk)

1 tbsp honey (unfiltered raw honey is best for your face, but any honey that you have on hand will do!)

 

*Lemon juice is acidic and can be irritating for sensitive skin. We recommend that you do a small patch test on your skin before applying this mask and if you experience any adverse effects, please omit from the recipe.

 

Method

Combine all ingredients into a small bowl and whisk together until combined

Using your fingers or a cotton ball spread the mask evenly all over your face avoiding your eye, nose, and mouth area. It’s best to do this over a sink as it can get a little messy.

Let the mask sit for 20-30 minutes or until dry

Rinse gently with warm water and finish with your normal moisturizing routine

Store any leftover mask in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days

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BeautyPerfect Prom Hair for any length

Prom season is upon us and it is time to start planning your look! Sure, finding that amazing dress and awesome accessories is so important, but don’t overlook the finishing touches! Your prom hair style and beauty can really make the look one to remember!
No matter what length hair you are working with, we have a style for you!  Read on for some ideas on how to style your party-perfect prom hair!

Short Hair
The lob is still one of our fave short hair styles! With it’s fun and carefree appeal, the perfect wavy lob gives you that “I didn’t try to hard” cool-girl look. To jazz it up a little for prom, try adding some easy waves with your curling wand or straightening iron. Then section off a portion of your hair, twisting and pinning to secure. Check out the full tutorial here.

 

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Medium Length Hair
Nothing is more classic or chic than a twisted chignon! The time-tested style is great for whenever you want to feel elegant and put together.  It is also a good style to know how to achieve for future events! Luckily it is super easy and having medium to longer hair is perfect! For the full how-to, click here.

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Longer Hair
When you have tresses for days, it can be hard to find a style to contain all those lovely strands. For longer hair, we love a perfectly tousled bun!  This style is super simple and elegant to achieve, starting with just  two pigtails twisted into a fabulous knotted bun! All of the steps are ready for you to try out here! To secure your look, try using these rose gold pins for a extra touch of glam!

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Don’t forget to perfect that party hair and dance the night away this prom season! If you have any tutorials you would like us to demo,  leave a comment below!

BeautyProm Perfect Hair – The Tousled Ponytail

We’re absolutely loving ponytails for a simple yet chic hairstyle for special occasions! With prom just around the corner, we wanted to share our latest favorite take on the classic ponytail. This version features soft texture and tousled volume for a romantic look with a little bit of an edge. Read on to get the full steps for this prom perfect hairstyle!

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Step 1: If your natural hair texture is straight or wavy, start with clean, air-dried hair. If you have naturally curly hair, blow out clean hair with a round brush for a sleeker starting point.

Step 2: Add texture to hair by wrapping 1-inch sections around a 1½-2 inch barrel curling iron. The result should be loose waves. If your waves are slightly springier, don’t worry! As you continue working with the hairstyle the waves will loosen to a more natural finish.

Prom Perfect Hair - Steps 1 & 2

Step 3:  After curling all of you hair, gather the top section, starting at the arches of your eyebrows and ending at the back of the crown, creating a V shape. Twist and clip out of the way.

Step 4: Gather the remaining loose hair into a high ponytail at the back of your crown. Secure firmly with a hair tie, but be careful to keep some texture on the sides.

Prom Perfect Hair - Steps 3 & 4

Step 5: Once the ponytail is secure, unclip the top portion of your hair and with a fine-tooth comb or teasing comb, lightly backcomb the underside of the top section. This will add volume and texture to the top of the hairstyle. Split the top section into two halves on the left and right side of your head.

Step 6: Take the right section of hair and loosely twist back toward the ponytail. Secure in place with bobby pins.

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Step 7: Repeat Step 6 on the left side of the head.

Step 8: You should now have two loose ends of hair pinned at the top of the ponytail. Take these loose ends and lightly wrap around the base of the ponytail, covering the hair tie. Pin ends in place with bobby pins, being sure to secure them through the base of the ponytail for a firm hold.

Prom Perfect Hair - Steps 7 & 8

Step 9: Review your hair in a mirror (it helps to have a handheld mirror or phone camera to check out the back!) and lightly adjust pieces until you have your desired texture. Spray with texturizing spray to help strands maintain their tousled appearance. You may also want to secure the hairstyle with firm hold hairspray.

Step 10: That’s it! Check out your chic ponytail! This hairstyle would look great with a variety of prom dress necklines and styles!

Prom Perfect Hair - Steps 9 & 10

Are you going to try this tousled pony for your next special occasion? Let us know what you will wear it with (we’ve included some suggestions below!) and share your pics with #lovelulus!

xo

BeautyLulus How-To: Double Top Knot Hair Tutorial

We’ve given the half-up bun you know and love a fresh update with our Double Top Knot Hair Tutorial! Two cute top knots bring twice the fun to this cute and trendy hair style. Lovin’ the look? Find the steps below!

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Steps:

1. Start this hairstyle by backcombing the crown for volume.

2. Smooth unwanted frizz, and then pull back the hair from the crown into a ponytail.

3. Use a clear elastic hair-tie to create a small, messy bun, while leaving the ends of the pony down.

4. Grab another section of hair beneath the first bun and join with the top ponytail.

5. Use another clear elastic hair-tie to create a second messy bun beneath the first.

6. Adjust the buns to preferred messiness and mist with hairspray to hold.