Category: Diy

DIYDIY: Cap-Toe Shoes

Cap-toe shoes are all over the runways and the red carpet lately and I don’t know about you, but I’ve wanted to get my hands on a pair for quite some time. Celebs from Alexa Chung to Gwyneth Paltrow are making a huge statement in cap-toe shoes and I’m going to show you how to take a perfectly plain patent pair of shoes and turn them into something all your own. 

Keep it classic with a black cap-toe or get fierce with a neon cap-toe platform pump! I’ll show you both versions of this simple trend that will be sure to make any outfit pop. 
 
Materials needed: 
  • Any pair of patent flats or heels
  • Black acrylic paint
  • White acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Masking/painter’s tape 
Instructions: 
  1. Figure out how big you want the cap toe to be and use enough tape to mask off the area. Be sure to make the cap-toe portion even on both shoes. (I used the edge of a piece of paper to make sure they would be even.)
  2. Start by painting the toe portion with white paint and let it dry for about 2-3 hours. This helps to prime the shoe so that the black paint looks dark and smooth.
  3. After the white has dried, paint over it with black paint and be sure to get the brush along the edges of the shoe; the goal is to not leave any white peeking through.
  4. Immediately remove the tape and allow the paint to dry overnight and voila! Classy cap-toed shoes that are perfect for any occasion.
Materials needed: 
  • Same as above but instead of black acrylic paint, use a can of any neon-colored spray paint.
Instructions:
  1. Follow the first two instructions above and make sure to cover the rest of the shoe with newspaper and tape it off. Spray paint tends to sneak up in unwanted areas so it’s super important to cover whatever portion of the shoe you do not want painted.
  2. After the white paint dries, start spraying the can of paint in short spurts from about 8-12 inches away from the shoe; this helps to avoid dripping.
  3. Spray a few layers of your color onto the shoe and make sure it’s totally covered. Immediately take the tape off when you’re finished. Let these shoes dry overnight before you dance the night away in them!

DIYDIY: Floral Crown

Floral crowns are in in a big way. From Lana Del Rey to style bloggers across the nation, floral head pieces are the new must-have accessory. The best way to rock this look is to do it yourself! It is so easy to make these crowns and you can create a few of them for different outfits or occasions. Play around with different flowers and different colors to create a look that’s truly your own.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Fake flowers in various sizes
  • Thick brown floral wire
  • Thin green floral wire
  • Felt
  • Fabric glue
  • Scissors
Let’s get started:
  1. Start by plucking the stems off of the big flowers and cut off the remaining stem so that they can lay flat.
  2. Cut circles out of the felt and glue them onto the back of each flower. Make sure that the circles are small enough that they don’t show through the petals.
  3. After the glue has dried, place the flower onto the brown wire and glue another circle behind it to secure the flower to the crown.
  4. Fill in the sparse spaces with smaller flowers by wrapping some of the green floral wire around the smaller stems then wrapping them around the crown.
 
Note: I wrapped and glued enough flowers to stop at the ears and then wrapped some leaves around the back, but you can choose to place the flowers all over the entire crown, too!

 

DIYDIY: Make a Friendship Bracelet Out of Old Clothes


Beef up your stack of friendship bracelets with this no-cost, no-sew DIY that will take on whatever colors or textures you choose! From one T-shirt alone, you can make 1-4 double-wrap bracelets, so you’ll have plenty to share with your friends.
TIPS: Regular, jersey knit t-shirts work the best for this project and the more colorful the better!
When you cut your strips diagonally, this will create one continuous strip of fabric. Cut this into whatever lengths you need for your wrap bracelets.

DIYLuLu*s How-To: Makeup Remover

 

It is so important to remove your makeup at the end of the day and especially before you go to sleep. The makeup left on your face every night can lead to enlarged pores, inelasticity of your skin, and breakouts. Yuck! 
Here’s a way to create your own makeup remover at home that requires a few inexpensive ingredients and four easy steps. I love that taking care of your skin doesn’t have to be expensive!
Materials: 
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Filtered water
  • Cotton pads
  • Travel-sized container 
Instructions: 
  1. Fill the container 3/4 of the way full with filtered water and fill the other 1/4 with extra virgin olive oil 
  2. Shake gently to combine the ingredients
  3. Soak a cotton pad or cotton ball with the mixture and start wiping away that makeup! I’d suggest starting with your eyes and working towards the rest of your face

The smooth olive oil helps to gently break down your makeup and it won’t harm your skin. Just don’t forget to moisturize after cleansing!

BeautyLulu*s How-To: Rainbow Eye Shadow Tutorial

OK, so I know that rainbow eyes may not be what you wear to the office, but I couldn’t help indulging in this season’s trend by creating an eye-catching look on our model Grace. If you’re even a little bit daring, you can try this look for a festival or a Friday night, and you’ve got to admit, it’s pretty crazy cool!
We used the /0/” target=”_blank”>Paint Eye Shadow Palette by Milani, which is wonderfully pigmented for some seriously saturated color!
1. Start with a layer of foundation to act as a primer, but also to help the colors come out truer. Working from the innermost corner of the eye, apply your first color.

2. Use a separate brush with concealer to straighten out the edge; the concealer will act as an eraser to cancel out any stray color!

3. Continue adding lines of color and concealer as desired, and work your final color from underneath the eye to the outermost edge.

4. Finish with black eyeliner and mascara!
Hot Tip: Use a different brush for each color so that you can touch up your colors along the way!