For a French braid in front and a sleek pony in back, begin with ultra-straight hair. Evenly distribute a smoothing balm like PHYTO Phytodefrisant Botanical Straightening Balm through wet hair and use a high-watt hair dryer like the iTech Ionic Tourmaline Hair Dryer for a quick blowdry. Before straightening, run "The Prep It" Comb by SARAHPOTEMPA TOOLS through your hair and divide it into manageable sections with SARAHPOTEMPA Tools Darby Clips. Straighten with the SARAH POTEMPA Titanium Styling Iron.ITECH
The "Prep It" Comb,
Darby Clips, 4.5"
Titanium Styling Iron,
Next, use a tail comb like the Mason Pearson Comb to pull a 2-3 inch section of hair into the beginning of a tight French braid. Lean your head forward and start the braid where your hair meets your forehead. Keep your comb handy to smooth bumps as you add pieces to the braid. Finish the braid at the crown of your head and secure with a clip. Pull your remaining hair into a high ponytail that sits slightly above the center of your head. Slip the tail of the braid into the pony and secure with hair elastic. Finally, pull a quarter-inch piece of hair from the ponytail, wrap it around the base and fasten with a bobby pin to hide the elastic.
Our Beauty Director-at-Large Romy Soleimani applied Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream by Juice Beauty to hydrate the skin and even out the complexion before prepping the eyelids with BY TERRY Hyaluronic Eye Primer for stay-put eyeshadow color. She then layered a veil of blue from the lashline to the eyebrow, going slowly to build gradual, controlled color.
A stiff brush like the bareMinerals Soft Focus Eyeshadow Brush is best for achieving an opaque shade. A less compact brush works for see-through shadow. If you’d like a shade closer to grey than blue, Laura Geller Beauty Baked Marble Eyeshadow in Spun Sugar is an ideal shade, featuring flecks of turquoise to brighten a smoldering steel eye. BAREMINERALS
LAURA GELLER BEAUTY
Curl your lashes with The Eyelash Curler by Kevyn Aucoin and add two coats of The Mascara Volume in Rich, Pitch Black by Kevyn Aucoin to finish. KEVYN AUCOIN
Rich Pitch Black
Achieve a healthy, natural flush with Korres Zea Mays Blush in #21 Rose followed by Korres Mays Blush in #42 Apricot for contour. KORRES
Zea Mays Blush
Zea Mays Blush
Finish the look with an ultra-sheer coral like BY TERRY Hyaluronic Sheer Rouge in 8 Hot Spot on the lips. BY TERRY
Rouge, 8 Hot Spot