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holiday makeup video tutorials, part I

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One of the best things about the holiday season is that we take time to have fun and see the people we love and enjoy spending time with. Whether it is a gift exchange with friends, a holiday office party, a romantic evening or New Year’s Eve, this is the chance to dress up, strap on our dancing shoes and have some fun with our makeup. To inspire you to try something new, we’ve put together five different looks using the limited edition Glamour Eye & Lip Palette. You’ll have a look for almost any social event on your calendar. One of the best things about this palette, aside from the amazing color selection, is that all of the eye shadows and lip colors are part of our full line, so while the palette may be limited edition, feel free to fall in love with any of the colors, as you can get them in full sized versions any time!

Keep reading, and watching, for three holiday looks including a video tutorial and step-by-step instructions. Then come back and visit next week for two more!

Festive makeuplook for a gift exchange.

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Smoky eye tutorials and a giveaway!

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The holidays are here and this year we are spicing things up with the NEW Where there’s smoke… collection. The gorgeous Limited Edition Smoke & Mirrors Smoky Eye Kitwas designed to help you create amazing smoky eyes and the NEW Eye Sheres in Opal Silk and Gold Silk add a touch of shimmer on their own for a more natural makeup look, or can help create an even more dramatic eye look when used as a base. Keep reading for three gorgeous smoky eye video tutorials using the new Smoke & Mirrors Kit and for details on how you could WIN a Smoke Gets In Your Eyes Kit and both NEW Eye Sheres!

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Every decade has its own unique, definitive hairstyles. In the 1940s and 1950s, old Hollywood waves were the most en vogue hair look. In the 1960s, sleek and straight hair with swooped ends were the must-have look. In the 1970s, shaggy, messy locks became the hairstyle of the decade, and in the1980s bold, voluminous hair was the most ubiquitous, trendy hair look. If you’re looking to hop into a time machine and recreate these retro hairstyles, strap on your seatbelt because we’ve got you covered.

1940s and 50s: Old Hollywood Style Waves

Popularized by legendary actresses like Lana Turner, Jane Russell and Veronica Lake, Old Hollywood Waves laid the groundwork for many of today’s trendiest curly hair looks. The 1940s and 50s were the eras of soft glamorous bouncy hair.

Retro Hairstyles

What You’ll Need:

To recreate this look you’ll need, a teaser brush, hair spray, hair clips, a rat tail comb, bobby pins and a curling wand or iron. Our Signature Curler is the perfect curling wand for long-lasting bouncy curls.

How to Achieve This Look:

Start by spraying hair spray onto your teaser brush then backcombing your roots to add volume to your hair. Next, you want to create a strong side part using the rat tail comb from our Application Kit. Once you’ve parted your hair to the side, use the rat tail comb to section off your hair and clip away the two front sections of your hair using the clips from our Application Kit. 

Next, you want to apply a heat protectant serum or spray before applying heat. Thoroughly brush your hair to make sure the product is evenly distributed. Grab one-inch sections of your hair and start curling each section with the curling wand facing downwards. You want to be sure to curl each section in the same direction to achieve sleek old Hollywood waves.

Once you finish curling all the back pieces of your hair, you can unclip those two front pieces. You’ll want to clip away the back curls so they are out of the way and don’t get mixed up with your front curls. Using the rat tail comb, section off the bottom layer of the front section of your hair then clip up the top part of your hair. Apply heat protectant to the bottom layer, then comb through it once again so the product is permeating every inch of your hair.

Now you want to hold the curling wand horizontally and curl your hair underneath the wand, towards your face. Hold the wand for three to four seconds and make sure not to let the curl drop and hold it in your palm. Grab a bobby pin and pin your curls up into a loop. If you accidentally drop the section of your hair before pinning it up, simply roll the curls back up using your index and middle fingers on both hands then pinning it in place. Grab the next layer of your hair and repeat those steps throughout the remaining front sections by once again holding the wand horizontally, curling the hair towards you for three to four seconds then holding it up with a bobby pin. Now you will need to let the pinned curls cool down.

While you wait for them to cool down, apply a generous amount of hairspray to your back curls and gently brush them to slightly loosen them up. Next, you will remove the bobby pins from your front curls and use a soft brush to gently brush them towards your face. Our Loop Brush is the perfect tool to gently brush out your curls. Use your hands to fluff up your curls and get rid of any flyaways and then voilà, you’ve officially been transported back to the 1940s and 50s.

The 1960s: Retro Swooped Ends

Famously popularized by the likes of former U.S. first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and actress and singer Nancy Sinatra, retro swooped ends were a look that dominated the 1960s. This look definitely works best for shorter hair types, but still looks beautiful if you have medium to longer hair.

Retro Hairstyles 

What You’ll Need:

To recreate this look you’ll need a heat protectant, round brush, blowdryer, straightener, hair clips and a 60s-inspired headband.

How to Achieve the Look:

First, apply a heat protectant to your hair when your hair is slightly damp. Next, you’ll want to brush through your hair using your round brush while blow drying your hair. Use the round brush to get that swooshed shape at the ends of your hair.  Once your hair is completely dry, apply a heat protectant once again to prep to use a straightener.

Retro Hairstyles

Next, clip away your hair into individual sections and straighten each strand and swoop your ends up once you reach the bottom of your hair. Once you’ve straightened your entire hair, you’ll want to pull your hair back so there is no parting and place your headband on top of your head to top off this 1960s look. Run the straightener over your ends one more time, holding it for two to three seconds at the tips to lock in those swooshed up ends. Now you can strap on your go-go boots and party like it’s 1960.

The 1970s: Shaggy Messy Laid Back Look

Shaggy messy hair was the name of the 1970s hair game. Actress Farah Fawcett was the blueprint for effortless bangs coupled with shaggy chic locks. This look is perfect for those looking for an understated yet eye-catching hair look.

Retro Hairstyles

What You’ll Need:

To recreate this look, you’ll need a rat tail comb, curtain bangs (you can purchase clip-in bangs if you don’t want to commit to a full-on haircut), dampening hairspray or water, a straightener, hair oil and a blowdryer.

How to Achieve This Look:

If you’re using clip-in bangs, you’ll want to part your hair right down the middle, then clip in your bangs. Next, you’ll want to dampen your bangs using a moisturizing hair spray or water. This will help them to have a robust fluffy shape. If you want to add a bit of extra shape, use your round brush to curl underneath your bangs while blow drying to lock in that shape.

Retro Hairstyles

Next, you’ll need to reapply your heat protectant before using the straightener. Now you just want to straighten your hair to smooth it out, using the rat tail comb as you straighten to get rid of any tangles. Next, you’re going to top off your hair with some Argan or coconut oil, which will get it to be super sleek. Finally, to add that extra dose of messiness, just run your fingers through your hair and give it a little shake and wiggle and you’re good to go.

The 1980s: Voluminous Curly Hair

If 1980’s hair had a motto it would be: “the bigger, the better.” From Whitney Houston to Dolly Parton to Madonna, the 1980s were definitely the time to experiment with volume.

Retro Hairstyles

What You’ll Need:

To recreate this look you’ll need a set of hair extensions, thickening hair spray, teaser brush, hair clips, a wide-toothed comb, blow dryer, curling wand or iron, paddle brush and finishing/setting hairspray.

How to Achieve This Look:

First, you’ll need to start with getting your hair nice and damp. You can either style it after a shower or use a spray bottle of water to dampen your hair. Next, apply a thickening spray all throughout your hair then start blow drying your hair aiming it at your roots. Next, you’ll need to tease your roots, using the same backcombing method used to create Hollywood Style Waves. Now you’ll comb through your hair using a wide-toothed comb to smooth it out. 

Next section off your hair and clip in your set of hair extensions. Once you’ve clipped in your hair extensions, you can start curling your hair in sections away from your face, holding the barrel facing downwards. Next, apply hairspray starting at the bottom of your hair and working your way up to the top so you don’t weigh your curls down. Lastly, brush out your curls using your Luxy Loop brush to seal in the volume.

For days when you want to change up your hair routine, travel back to the past and try out these retro hair looks.

Written by: Ashley Inkumsah

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Get ready to be amazed by this list of homemade makeup foundation recipes! Now tone up your skin without the worry causing any harm to the skin.

1. Homemade Makeup Foundation Powder

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Here’s jojoba oil-enriched homemade makeup foundation that’s easy to customize to your skin tone and doesn’t clog your pores or anger out your acne, unlike synthetic versions.

2. Smooth Finish DIY Organic Foundation

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Enriched with vitamin E and beeswax, this hydrating, sunproof foundation is an answer to dull, blemished skin. The DIY is here.

3. Natural Liquid Foundation Recipe

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WellnessMama provides details on making a perfect blend of liquid foundation which will neither runoff nor is it grainy.

4. Homemade Mineral Foundation

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Step out in the sun with confidence and glow all day with this super gentle, non-cakey DIY mineral foundation recipe!

5. Homemade Makeup Foundation with Sunscreen

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Adding vitamin E and coconut oil to your foundation will help you combine makeup with skincare on a daily basis. Dr. axe provides more details on it.

6. Flawless DIY Liquid Foundation

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If you want a light, creamy formula that doesn’t make you look like a colored clown,  cocoswell has a nice idea for you.

7. DIY Zero Waste Powder Foundation

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Finish up your day makeup with this non-greasy formula designed to smoothen out skin tone and absorb excess oil. Here’s the DIY!

8. DIY All Natural Pressed Powder Foundation

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This compact, natural foundation formula blends easily and lasts long, even with all the sweat and sun, making you look dewy all day. Click here for the DIY.

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4. Messy bun with hair extensions


Step 1:

Leaving one layer of hair down a few inches above the nape of your neck, gather and tie the rest of your hair up.

Step 2:

Use a two-clip weft and clip it in upside down right above the part line.

Step 3:

Let the rest of your hair down and then pin it up again, leaving a thicker layer (including the first weft) down. 

Step 4:

Use a three-clip weft and clip it the right way down, just below the part line. 

Step 5:

Let your hair down and gather everything together into a ponytail.

Step 6:

Now, wrap and twist around itself forming a coil and secure it with an elastic band for a perfect messy bun!

5. Easy messy Half-Bun

Step 1:

Create a part at the top section of your hair, ideally starting at your temple and creating a part all the way around.

Step  2:

Take a comb and begin to tease the top section to create more volume. Start at the tips of your hair and then work your way towards the roots. 

Step 3:

Twist all the hair into your desired bun, and secure with an elastic band. 

Step 4:

Pull out a few face framing pieces and strands from the bun to create an effortlessly messy look. Once done, add in bobby pins to secure the look. 

6. Quick and easy top-knot  

Step 1:

Section your hair right above your ears, and clip the top half, up and out of the way.

Step 2:

Clip your weft upside down on the top section you created.

Step 3:

Section another piece of hair, just above the weft you clipped in and add a three-clip weft facing downwards. 

Step 4:

Pull all your hair back into a sleek ponytail and brush through your ponytail to ensure your hair is covering the wefts. 

Step 5:

Gather and twist all your hair in a tight manner, creating a coil around the base of your ponytail.

Step 6:

Once all your hair has been wrapped around, secure it with an elastic band and bobby pins.

7. Messy bun for curly hair

Step 1:

Put your hair into a loose ponytail, wherever you want to wear your messy bun. This can be high up at the top of your head or low at the nape of your neck.

Luxy Hair Style Tip: At this point, you can spray your hand with some hairspray and go over your head lightly to tame any flyaways.

Step 2:

Create a 2 to 21/2 inch section in your ponytail,and begin to twist it.

Step 3:

Holding the twist, grab one or two hairs at the tip and pull the rest of the section towards your head. 

Step  4:

Grab a few bobby pins and secure it to your head. 

Step 5:

Continue creating these sections and repeat this method until all your hair is up in a bun.

8. Voluminous bun


Step  1:

Section your hair at the point you want to wear your messy bun. At this part line, clip in a one-clip weft as well as a two-clip weft right on top of each other. 

Step  2:

Creating  another section right above, clip in 2-3 single wefts. Then section another part and add in another 2-clip weft. 

Step 3:

Start tying your hair as if you were creating a ponytail, but on the last tie, only pull your hair half-way through, creating a loop. 

Step  4:

Take the rest of your hair, twist it around the base and tuck it into the elastic.

9. A Truly Messy Bun


Step 1:

Keeping your hair extensions clipped in, create a low ponytail by tying your hair but only creating one loop.

Step 2:

Next, twist the hair tie, grab and tie the remaining pieces of hair, bringing it over the loop and securing it in place.

10. The high up messy bun


Step 1:

Take all your extensions out and flip your head over, creating a high ponytail. 

Step 2:

Holding the base of the ponytail in place, start twisting at the ends of your hair. 

Step 3:

Wrap  it around the base of the ponytail you were holding and secure in place with an elastic.

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Styling the perfect messy bun 

Tips to do a messy bun with straight hair

Detangle

Before you begin, make sure you brush out all the knots so you can tie your bun without any hassle.  We know it’s called a “messy” bun, but to keep damage minimal and get a put-together look, it is essential to make sure your hair is completely knot-free. 

Use texturizing spray

If you find your messy buns are too small, lay too flat or don’t have any body to them, use a texturizing spray to add more volume to your hair before you begin styling your bun.

Tips to do a messy bun with curly hair

Avoid the brush

Unlike the straight haired ladies, if you have curly hair, we suggest staying away from any kind of detangling tool. Use your fingers to gently brush out any knots and use the natural texture of your hair to create volume in your messy bun. 

Pick the right hair tie

Your messy bun might look perfect, but the aftermath of using the wrong hair tie can cause dents in your hair and stretch out your curls. To navigate this smartly, use silk-lined scrunchies and thinner hair ties. Depend on the bobby pins equally  to wear your hair up. 

Tips to do a messy bun with wavy hair

Use third-day hair

If you can, try and avoid washing your hair for two or three days, before styling your messy bun. This brings a more natural volume and texture to your wavy hair, which will make the ‘messy’ of the messy bun come through more organically. However if you’re worried about greasy roots, grab some dry shampoo or dryer sheets to soak up that extra oil. 

Keep the wraps loose

In order to keep your natural wave pattern intact and avoid damaging your hair, wrap your hair around the hair tie loosely while creating a messy bun or ponytail base. This will not only give it a naturally messy look but you will also steer away from causing any harm to your texture.

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