{bedhead} on purpose



Bedhead is a misnomer: who actually wakes up with that effortless, slightly wavy texture that looks more French than frumpy? Though it is a less-is-more style, it’s not totally hands-off. So we tapped hairstylist Marcus Francis—the man behind numerous undone looks on Erin Wasson, Teresa Palmer, Gisele Bundchen, and Joan Smalls to name a few—for a lesson in bedhead.

On Clean, Wet Hair:
According to Francis you can get bedhead with freshly washed hair just as easily as slept-on tresses. The magic is in the product: start with a salt spray mixed with a volumizing or thickening spray. Francis favors Fekkai’s Summer Hair Beach Waves Spray ($25), Phyto’s Volume Spray ($28), and Bumble & bumble’s Thickening Spray ($28). “Comb the product through your hair using a wide-tooth comb and twist medium-size sections with your fingers, like a ringlet,” he says. “Then choose a few random ringlets, twist them up, and pin to the scalp with bobby pins.” Gently blow dry with a diffuser attachment before removing the twists. To finish, blast hair with a texturizing spray—try Oscar Blandi’s Texture and Volume Spray ($25)—and shake it out.

On Clean, Dry Hair:
Starting with dry hair is a little different. Spritz tresses with a salt spray, working it in with your hands and a blow-dryer. Blow-drying already dry hair may seem weird, but it will set the product and create volume. Now the most important tip: use a 1-inch curling iron to create a kink—not curl—in the hair. “Wrap medium-sized sections around the curling iron only once, alternating the placement from the middle of the strand to the lower half of the strand,” Francis says. Set each section with hairspray as you go. “Once you’ve finished adding the bends to the entire head, spray a texture spray, like Oribe’s Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray($38) and pinch the hair between your fingers to loosen up the texture even more,” he says. L’Oreal’s Everstyle Texture Series Beach Waves Spray ($7) works, too.

On Dirty Hair:
The hair you wake up with may not be the bedhead you want to show the world, but skipping a wash will help get the look. “[Wasson] doesn’t over-shampoo, which allows her natural oils to keep her hair in good shape,” Francis says. Freshen up second or third-day hair before trying the above strategy. “Some women may not be able to go more than one day without shampooing,” Francis says. “But before giving into a wash, try to spray a light mist of dry shampoo at the roots to absorb excess oil.” (You may be surprised that you can skip a shampoo with the right product, and if not, just lather up and use the clean hair tips above.) We swear by Ojon’s Full Detox Rub-Out Dry Cleansing Spray ($13). “That, with random sprays of Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray ($39) at the mid-shaft of the hair, adds movement.” You’ll also need to have the proper comb on hand. “If your hair has a tendency to poof, use a wide-tooth comb to detangle and open up layers to liven up hair texture,” Francis says. Adversely, if you wake up to flat hair, use an old-school hair pick, like one from Conair’s 3-pack Hair Pics ($4), on the roots to “give lift and width.” Whatever you do, don’t over-style the hair—frizz is actually a good thing when it comes to bedhead. Now practice saying, “I just woke up this way!”

-Lexy Lebsack

Photo of Erin Wasson courtesy of Getty Images. 


{moves like jagger}


Georgia May Jagger may have mom and dad—that’d be model Jerry Hall and Rolling Stone Mick Jagger—to thank for her gorgeous face, but she’s steadily building her own major career with a lineup of magazine covers and major campaigns. She caught our attention last week with a pin-up look reminiscent of Hall’s heyday, so we asked her beauty team for details. They say skip eye shadow and blush; we say rock star genes sure do help.

Since Jagger had just stepped off a plane, makeup artist Linda Jefferyes applied M.A.C.’s Prep + Prime Moisture Infusion ($40) under Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 ($26) for an “extra kick of moisture.” She smoothed Laura Mercier’s Foundation Primer ($32) on Jagger’s skin, followed by M.A.C.’s Mineralize Foundation ($33). “I use a few different shades of Laura Mercier’sSecret Concealer ($22) and go over the skin with a small brush like patchwork,” she says. Jefferyes skipped blush, but used Nars’Bronzing Powder ($28) in Laguna. “Apply bronzer under the cheekbones, a touch on the apple of the cheek, on the temples, and under the jawline,” she says. “Even if you have a strong jawline it’s good to balance out the face.”

To score that “slightly ’60s vibe,” Jefferyes drew a thick line of M.A.C.’s Fluidline Eyeliner ($15) in Blacktrack on Jagger’s top lids with a brush, building the thickness slowly and flipping the ends up. To keep the look effortless she skipped eye shadow, but curled Jagger’s lashes and coated them with Chanel’s Le Volume de Chanel Mascara ($30).

“I focused everything around a really cool and modern mouth,” says Jefferyes. She applied Nars’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($24) in Dragon Girl on Jagger’s pout, set with finishing powder, and then smoothed on one more layer.

Hairstylist Daren Borthwick prepped Jagger’s dry locks with volumizing mousse, applied from root to tip. “Divide the hair into horizontal sections and curl large pieces away from the face with a 1-inch curling iron,” he says. Once cool, he brushed through the curls with Mason Pearson’s Handy Mixture Nylon & Boar Bristle Hair Brush ($120), and set with hairspray. Glamorous? Yes. Difficult? Definitely not.

-Lexy Lebsack

Photo courtesy of Getty Images. 

{how to} DIY metallic beaded cuff

If you haven’t already checked out Erica Domesek’s blog – P.S. I Made This , it is worth a click thru. About half of the DIYs are unrealistic and require a solid commitment to changing an item in your wardrobe (example – spray painting a pair of black heels for a pop of color) but the other half are easy and really fun ideas.

Recently, she posted a DIY metallic beaded bracelet that I thought worth sharing. Enjoy- and good luck!

To create: 

Start with a colored  bead and tie to one end of elastic thread as a “stopper”.  String on an even number of gold and silver pony beads that measure to the circumference of your wrist.  Start the 2nd row by adding another bead and stringing it through the second-to-last bead in the 1st row. Add another bead and string through every other bead of the previous row as you create your 3rd row.  Continue this process until the cuff meets desired length, pulling tight as you go.  Once you’re  finished- connect by sewing the two ends to each other and tie the string to the “stopper” bead with a knot and then trim off the “stopper” bead. 

{Kontoured Kim} yesterday’s candid instagram kollection

I am so intrigued with contouring. I find it so impressive and so odd that you can completely change a face shape by highlighting and adding depth with bronzer or darker shades of powder and foundation.

Kim’s makeup artists are masters at contouring. Granted she has pretty impressive features with out makeup…(her cheekbones!) but the magic makeup can do is unreal- well, if you know what you are doing.

Here are a few shots Kim posted on her instagram yesterday of the makeup Scott Barnes applied for her Kardashian Kollection photo shoot.

Follow Kim on Instagram to see the rest of the photos – @kimkardashian.

Below – Scott Barnes’ new book – Face to Face.

{in a snap} contouring your eyes with pencil

I love this! So quick and easy. Literally just a few steps.

TOOL: I used Le Metier de Beaute Dualistic Eye Pencil in Champagne (a smoky taupe) to show you the most natural version. But you can certainly use brown, dark gray or even black for a more Sixties-inspired version. Just make sure it’s a kohl pencil and not a longwear or kajal liner as it needs to be blendable.

STEP 1: Practice first with the cap still on or with the back end of the pencil by starting in the inner corner then tracing in a half-moon shape so you can  ”feel” out where the hollow socket is. Technically you’re tracing the outline of your eyeball (oh so chic!). Now that you’re confident where to draw the line, take the cap off and sweep the liner back and forth like a windsheild wiper from one end to the other until you have a nice color payoff.

STEP 2: Blend the line gently with your finger to smooth out any edges. That’s it! I didn’t go further with Carissa’s makeup because I wanted this technique to be the only focus but you can then trace the same liner on your bottom lashline for balance and finish with mascara.

Written by Lauren Conrad’s makeup artist, Amy Nadine.