Halloween Beauty: Become a Zombie

Get this killer beauty look

zombie

 

Start with the special effects

  1. Begin your makeup with primer, concealer, foundation and Femme Couture® Matte Mattifying Powder.
  2. Use Femme Couture® Lip & Cheek Stain in Rosie Red and Ultra Smooth Gel Eyeliner in Black on and around your eyes and chin.
  3. Add Sally Girl™ Mini Baked Eye Shadow in Brick House to your eyelids and crease (even Zombies need some sparkle!) Use a fan brush with the cheek stain and gel eyeliner to create dramatic streaking.
  4. Combine layers of Real Colors Hydra Gloss in N.Y.C. Ya and Shock It To Me, then add Palladio Herbal Eyeliner Pencil in Black to your lips and blend.

makeup-mix

 

 

Work on the dead head

  1. Prep your hair with Vintage Glam Texturizing Powder, then tease with Tool Structure Tease Layers Rattail Comb for an messy, undead look.
  2. Spray on Streaks N Tips Temporary Color Highlight Spray in Icy White to frame your face.
  3. Finally, hold it all in place with Beyond The Zone® Frozen Stiff Ultimate Hold Hair Spray.

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Polish it off

Even the undead thirst for a great mani! We started with a base of China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Recycle and then used Seduce Me to add some “blood” drops to the tips.

nail-mix

 

Curling Iron 101

The different styles of curling irons available these days are plentiful! We tested a few and put together some curling iron basics. Welcome to your Sally Beauty Curling Iron 101 lesson.

Mostly, what we are looking at to get a certain style of curl is:

  • SHAPE OF BARREL
  • SIZE OF BARREL
  • MATERIAL IRON IS MADE OF
  • TYPE OF HANDLE

As a ground rule, the smaller the barrel, the smaller the curl. As you work your way up in size, the larger the curl. We played with these three to test out the curl factor.

Variety of Curling Irons at Sally Beauty Supply

Left to Right : Hot Shot 2″ Ceramic, CHI Elite 1″ Ceramic, Plugged In 3/8″

The results were pretty much what we expected! The very large barrel was more of a smoothing, slight wave (left), the medium barrel gave a soft, flowy curl (center) and the very tiny barrel created a tight, screw curl when pulled out straight down (right).

Different curling iron curls

Just like in our Blow Dryer 101 post, what the curling iron is made of will affect the heat level, amount of smoothing and alleviate damage to hair.

Curling Irons will be constructed of a combination of the following materials :

  • Teflon – ensures that hair slides around the iron smoothly and product isn’t as likely to build up on the barrel.
  • Ceramic – gentle, even heat which helps to minimize dryness and breakage from heat styling.
  • Tourmaline – finely ground precious gem oozing with negative ions which help to smooth and defrizz hair.
  • Metals (i.e., gold, aluminum) – used for curling iron barrels due to their heat conducive qualities.
  • Titanium – notoriously strong but lightweight metal, perfect for hand tools of many descriptions.

With the three we tried, our favorite was the CHI Elite Ceramic Curling Iron (center curl above). The curls came out beautifully and we loved the digital temperature read out.

CHI Elite Ceramic Curling Iron

Browse the full selection of curling irons available at your local Sally Beauty Supply or in our online shop!

Flat Irons 101

The Best Flat Iron Selection

We’ve covered what to look for in a dryer with our Blow Dryer 101 and curling irons in our Curling Iron 101 and now, Flat Irons get their turn! In addition to the construction materials and temperature settings mentioned in the other 101′s, plate size is also an important consideration when choosing the perfect flat iron for your hair. Let’s get started…

PLATE SIZE

You want to choose a plate size based on the length of your hair.
SHORT HAIR Go for a smaller plate – less than 1″
MEDIUM LENGTH to SHOULDER LENGTH You will do best with 1″ to  1¼”
LONG HAIR For longer hair, you can get away with the widest plates at 1½” to 2″

HEAT SETTINGS

Like blow dryers and curling irons, most tools come with variable heat settings.
Having the flexibility to change the temperature is definitely an advantage.
However, fixed or non-adjustable temperature flat irons can work just fine on normal, healthy hair. Not all of us have that, though.

FRAGILE, THIN HAIR
If your hair needs a gentle touch, use an iron at low temperature – as low as 250 degrees, to avoid damage.

CHEMICALLY TREATED HAIR
Chemically treated hair should be considered fragile, so the same guideline as above.

COARSE, THICK HAIR
Thick, coarse hair is stronger so you can get away with temps over 350 degrees.

NORMAL HAIR
Depending on your range of normal and if your hair is chemical free – you may find anywhere from 300-400 degrees works for you. It’s always better to err on the side of lower temp and turn it up, as necessary. You may find that you’ve been using too high a temperature, causing more potential damage, unnecessarily!

Regardless of your hair type – use your best judgement. If you ever feel like the iron is getting your hair too hot or smell any type of burning scent, stop using that temperature immediately! And NEVER EVER use a hot iron on wet hair. That is basically boiling your hair from the outside and will certainly cause damage.

CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS

Almost all flat irons these days contain ceramic. Generally, ceramic is combined with a strong metal such as aluminum or titanium to create the flat iron plate. Additionally, various nano technologies may be present – which means super fine particles have been infused into the plate. Titanium, silver and tourmaline are common nano technologies. Depending on your hair type and the quality of iron – the nano technology will aid in straightening, shine and preventing heat damage.

We grabbed a CHI Elite Shimmer Black 1″ Flat Iron - an iron which will work with most hair types. Elizabeth tested it on her long, normal-to-thick hair. Her hair is not chemically treated and is in average condition. She set the temp to 350 degrees and used no products to see how the flat iron did on its own. The results were impressive.

BEFORE flat iron test

CHI Flat Iron from Sally Beauty
AFTER flat iron test

A shiny, smooth head of hair is something every woman needs now and again. Using these 101 guidelines, choose the iron that’s best for your hair. Sally Beauty has an extensive collection from to choose from.

Halloween Beauty: Become a Kitty Kat

Are you a Halloween minimalist, like me?  If so, you know that the best costume is one of the easiest around:  Felis catus, the domesticated cat.  How many times have I pulled off a last-minute look with a black shirt, choker necklace and headband with a couple of felt triangles glued on?  (The answer:  A lot.)

Yes, it’s a snap, but don’t be a grumpy cat!  Just because you’re in a rush doesn’t mean you can’t be the cutest Kitty Kat around.  Here is a super-quick, super-easy way to create a feline Halloween look that will draw purrs of approval:

Halloween Look:  Kitty Kat

First, don’t neglect your face!  Be sure to start off with primer, concealer and foundation – they’ll help keep your kitty nose and whiskers in place all night long.  Next, concentrate on creating a seductive cat’s eye (of course!), beginning with a warm eyeshadow like Sally Girl™ Eye Shadow Connecting Compact in Rose, then lining with Palladio Herbal Liquid Eyeliner in Shimmer Black. Be sure to extend that top line beyond the outer corner of your eyelid.  Finally, a black mascara such as Ardell Runway Gisele Black Lashes will add drama and mystery.

Kitty Kat Tips & Tools

You just need a bit of pink blush on the apples of your cheeks, and a sweet swipe of pink for your lips.  Try Femme Couture® Glossy Lip Crème in Pink Sizzle for color that will last all night.  For your kitty nose, fill in with more of your liquid eyeliner, then draw whiskers with Beautique® Long-Wear Automatic Eye Liner in Onyx.

Now, for the meow de résistance:  Instead of boring old felt triangles, create ears that will draw stares using two Bellissima Braided Headbands in the same color as your hair.

Bellissima Braided Hairbands

Since the key to this Kitty Kat is the braided headpiece, keep the rest of your hair simple.  All you need is shiny, soft hair – Ion® Silk Drops will smooth your hair and take away the frizzies – and a spray of So Gorgeous® Volumizing Freezing Hairspray to keep it in place.

Feeling fierce?  Why not give your kitty some claws?  You’ll want to paint a nude base onto your fingertips.  Try Orly Nail Lacquer in Prelude to a Kiss.  Once it’s dry, paint on claw shapes in Liquid Vinyl for a sharp finish.

That’s it!  You’re ready for a night on the prowl, hunting out the very best Halloween treats (and maybe an order of sushi on the side).

Are you a Halloween minimalist, or do you prefer a more dramatic look?  Tell us about your Halloween plans in the comments below!

Halloween Beauty: Become an Evil Queen

We’ve reached time of year when certain Halloween trends really begin to stand out.  You’ve seen them gracing superstore ads and Pinterest costume boards over and over again – dragons, doughnuts, fairy princesses, icy princesses and superheroes both large and small (and medium-sized – lots of medium-sized superheroes out there).  But, take another look around and you’ll see a dark contender making her way to the forefront – the Evil Queen.

Halloween Look:  Evil Queen

Yes, the Evil Queen has been everywhere in the past year or so, flapping her leathery wings and threatening tiny royal infants, or perhaps painting apples a poisonous shade of red before moving into small-town suburbia to stir things up.  If you love making a show-stopping entrance at costume parties, this is the Halloween look for you.  Let us show you how:

Begin with a foundation that will give you a pale, flawless complexion, like Palladio Dual Wet and Dry Foundation.  Since this is a look that maxes out the drama, you’ll want to create a super-dramatic eye.  Femme Couture® Velvet Eye Color Quad in Velvet Mystery is just what you need.  Swipe the lightest color in the quad across your upper eyelid, browbone and the inner corner of your eye.  In the crease, apply the medium to dark shadows.  Add an upward sweep of shadow to the outer corner of each eye – something smoky and mysterious like Real Colors Singled Out Matte Eye Shadow in Purple Reign, and finish things up with a matching mascara, perhaps Ardell Ombré Lashes in Purple.

Did you know that a brow kit can double as a contouring tool?  Try a set like Femme Couture® Perfect Arch Brow Grooming Kit.  First, apply it to your brows, brushing them up into a dramatic arch.  Then, apply it along your cheekbone (just underneath to be exact), then down to your jawline in order to create the appearance of very high, very sharp cheekbones.  Adding a highlighter such as Femme Couture® Perfect Arch Brow Highlighter will increase the effect.

Evil Queen - Tips & Tools

You’re beginning to look truly malevolent!  It’s time for that poisonous, red smile. Make sure your lips are moisturized, then line them with a killer crimson – Palladio Precision Lip Liner in Candy Apple is certainly appropriate.  Now, fill them in with a matching hue, like Femme Couture® Prime Wear Diamond Color in Prismatic Poppy, and add a slick of toxic shine with Lip Luster Lip Gloss in Cherry Frost.

Evil Queen - Face

A classic Evil Queen demands a classic widow’s peak.  Luckily, you can just paint yours on.  You’ll want something that applies smoothly and precisely, so try Femme Couture® Ultra Smooth Gel Eyeliner in Black in a “V” shape underneath your hairline.  Tuck your wayward curls and bangs under a sleek headwrap, like DCNL Cotton Headwrap in Black, and get ready for the centerpiece of this look – your horns.

Don’t worry – there’s no need to shop at Twisty Goat Horns ‘R’ Us.  Instead, you’ll make use of the magic that is the Hair Stylers Petite Chignon.  Choose one that’s close to your own hair color, and cut it in half.  Now, part your hair in the middle and make two high ponytails.  They should sit very high on your head, just behind the headwrap.  Use bobby pins to attach one half of the chignon to the base of each ponytail.  Carefully wrap each ponytail around the chignon to create a horn, securing with more bobby pins as you go.  If you plan to be casting spells all night long, you can insert floral wire or a folded chenille stem through the center of each horn to add more stability.  Finally, spray your “hair horns” and the rest of your hair to help keep it in place.

Abracadabra!  You’re all set for the royal bash.  Don’t forget to glower fearsomely throughout!

What’s the most dramatic Halloween look you’ve ever tried?  Share your stories and tips with us in the comments below!