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Get the look: 1960's

In the 1960s, hair was high and eye makeup was dramatic. Women were dressing in psychedelic prints and mismatched patterns. The popular hairstyle was the beehive, which was created in 1960 by Chicago stylist Margaret Vinci Heldt. Editors at Modern Beauty Salon asked her to create a brand new hairstyle that would wow the beauty world. Inspired by a velvet fez that she owned, she created the beehive. I love this era and I had a blast recreating this iconic hairstyle!

How the Look was Achieved:

Step 1:The hair was curled with a large barrel curling Iron, like the Beachwaver Pro. The curls were left to set and cool.

Step 2: Backcomb, backcomb, backcomb! The hair was then backcombed using a ratting comb through the entire crown of the head. They kept backcombing until the hair was nice and high.

Step 3: Once the base or “rat” had been created, they would take sections from the front of the base and smooth them back over the top of the rat and create a beehive shape. The sections were intricately placed and pinned discretely.

Step 4: The hairstyle was then sprayed with TONS of hairspray.

1960's Makeup:

Nude lips, heavy dark mascara and false eyelashes were important where the go to look in the 1960s. The bottom lashes were often painted to look longer. Popular eye shadow colors included green, blue and purple and pastel colors like corals, pinks and peach were used on their cheeks.


 

Get the Look: 1950s

Who doesn't like the classic Marilyn Monroe look!? It's one of my favorites!
What You Need: Step 1: Create a deep side part.
Step 2: Take a 1” section from top of hair, bang area, and curl under with the Beachwaver Pro.
Step 3: Roll up curl and pin to head with hair clip. Repeat this step.
Step 4: Work from the top of the head down. Make the sections toward the back of the head larger and the sections around the face tighter for a true vintage look.
Step 5: Let the curls cool completely.
Step 6: Take out all the metal clips and just let the curls fall but don't manipulate them.
Step 7: Carefully run your fingers through the curls to break them up.
Step 8: Take front bang section and brush hair together with On Set Styling Brush to form one big curl.
Step 9: Brush the rest of the hair out, and start creating and molding curls into waves.

My friend and celebrity makeup artist, Gianpaolo Ceciliato, had a great time re-creating this iconic makeup look.

Here's what he used:


 
 

Five Favorites: The Emmys

Our favorite look of the night was Modern Family's Sarah Hyland. As simple as high buns are, they add so much sophistication to a look. Styled by Brad Goreski, she wore a Christian Siriano white crop top and full orange skirt. Her nails are by Christina Viles, who used Essie nail polish to make her nails pop on the red carpet. You can recreate this amazing look using the Wrap Up.

Homeland's Claire Danes kept it sleek and simple. Her hairstylist Peter Butler styled her hair into a beautiful fishtail braid chignon. Her makeup was done by amazing Matin Maulawizada. She wore a beautiful red Givenchy Haute Couture gown, shoes, clutch and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry. See our tutorial on how to create a fishtail braid here.

Adorable mommy-to-be Hayden Panettiere not only showed off her cute baby bump but also a pretty textured updo by hairstylist Clyde Haygood. Makeup artist, Amy Oresman, gave Hayden a very natural look. The Nashville actress wore a shimmery metallic gown by Lorena Sarbu, shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo, clutch by Judith Leiber and Fred Leighton jewelry.

Natalie Dormer from Game of Thrones had gorgeous layered waves! She wore an orange and black fitted gown by J. Mendel and Sophia Webster heels. We also love her black manicure. The whole look was edgy and fun! You can get this classic hairstyle by using the Beachwaver Pro.

Kerry Washington of Scandal always walks the red carpet looking perfect and polished from head to toe. She wore a Prada dress and shoes. Her ombre choppy long bob and charcoal eyes looked amazing!


 
 

Get the Look: 1940's

One of my favorite hairstyles, is the double reverse roll of the 1940s. I love that I can use both the Beachwaver Pro and Wrap Up to easily create it! Hair in the 1940s was always perfectly styled and voluminous. In this decade, women had very complicated hairstyles to make up for the fabric rationing that impacted dresses.

What you need:

  • The Beachwaver Pro
  • All Purpose Clips
  • Bobby pins
  • Two Wrap Ups or Half Ups
  • Flexible Hold Hairspray, like Aussie's Spruch Spray

Step 1: Use the Beachwaver Pro to create a roller-set on the bottom half of the hair. See tutorial here. Brush out and mold the curls with the On Set Styling Brush.

Step 2: Divide hair into two sections, half up/half down. Then create a middle part on the top section of the hair. Divide those two sections.

Step 3: Using he first Wrap Up, create a double reverse roll on one side by pinching the Wrap Up at the end of the hair and rolling in. Fasten in place with bobby pins. Repeat this on the other side of hair.

Step 4: Spray hair with flexible hold hairspray.

Makeup in the 1940's was drastically different than that of the makeup looks in the 20s and 30s. Makeup became fresh and sweet. Redder than red lipsticks and nails were all all the rage. Prominent arched eyebrows were also big.

Whenever you are going for a more natural look, focus on your skin. Start off with a tinted moisturizer that will give you coverage and moisture. For more of a natural flush and glow, use a cheek stain like the one by Tarte in Tipsy. Finish with a bright red lipstick with orange undertones. Use a small angled brush with your foundation or powder to clean up any areas to get the perfect lip.

The amazing Makeup Artist, Gianpaolo Ceciliato, did my makeup. Here's what he used:

  • Nars Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska
  • Laura Geller Brow Pencil in Taupe
  • Tarte Lip stain in ‘Spirited’
  • Tarte Cheek stain in ‘Tipy’

 
 

Looks we loved: MTV Video Music Awards

There were so many hairstyles on the MTV Video Music Awards red carpet last night but a few, really stole the show. We spotted everything from beachwaves, braids to a to mini victory roll. Here are the looks we loved the most!

Beyonce and Taylor Swift both looked gorgeous with beachwaves! Beyonce won a total of four awards last night, including Best Collaboration for "Drunk in Love," Best Video with a Social Message for "Pretty Hurts,"  Best Cinematography for "Pretty Hurts" and the biggest award of the night, The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Taylor showed off a messy beachy bob before performing her new song "Shake it Off."

Ariana Grande had an sleek half-up hairstyle, a look she always rocks. She won the award for Best Pop Song for "Problem" and performed her song "Break Free" and "Bang Bang" with Nicki Minaj and Jessie J. There was also braids! We were obsessed with Kelly Rowland's braided hair crown and Ireland Baldwin's messy side braid. Kelly Rowland was nominated for Best Video With a Social Message "Dirty Laundry."

Gwen Stefani never disappoints when it comes to how she wears her hair on the red carpet. Her mini victory roll hairstyle really stood out from all the other red carpet looks. Nicki Minaj opted for a subdued elegant blowout, while Kesha looked amazing with edgy rainbow highlights.


 
 

get the look: 1930's

I love this 1930's look I did for my #100HairDays challenge! I love how the 1920's look became softer in the 1930's. Women rebelled in the 1920s by cutting their hair really short but in the 1930's they started to bring feminine hair back. Many of the 1930's hairstyles that became popular were introduced by movie stars such as Joan Crawford and Greta Garbo. While finger waves were still incorporated into the popular 1930's hairstyle, the waves more lush and not slicked onto the head. 

What You Need:

Step 1: Start with clean hair. It's best to blow it out before styling.

Step 2: Create a side part and then divide hair into 4 sections using Darby Clips.

Step 3: Curl your hair into tighter curls with the Beachwaver Pro. Make sure all curls are uniform in size. See tutorial on how to get a tighter curl with the Beachwaver Pro here.

Step 5: Let all the curls completely cool.

Step 4: Using the On Set Styling Brush, you want to gently start brushing out the curls until they mold together and create waves.

Step 5: Using the brush and your fingers, you want to mold the waves so that they have shape.

Step 6: If you have long hair, you can use the Wrap Up to create a faux bob! Tutorial here.

Step 7: Finish the style by spraying hair with a flexible hold hairspray for extra hold. 

In the 30s, the makeup look was much more refined than in the 1920s. Makeup companies like Max Factor and Elisabeth Arden were household names. The makeup style was all about eyes, especially big eyelashes, and dark lips.

Here's what Gianpaolo Ceciliato used to create my look:

  • Josie Maran Argan Infinity
  • Josie Maran Beautiful Eyeshadow quad – Dark Purple Shadow
  • Nars Lip Gloss in Rose Gitane
  • Lip Liner in Currant

Xo,

Sarah

any of the 1930s hairstyles that became very popular were introduced by the big movie stars of the day such as Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, J - See more at: http://www.thefinertimes.com/The-1930s/1930s-hairstyles-let-a-girl-be-a-girl.html#sthash.U4NxuoMD.dpuf

 
 

Get the Look: 1920's

I've been posting different hairstyles from the decades as part of my #100HairDays challenge. The roaring 1920’s was all about high drama and glamour.  I want to share how I got this look!

The bob was created in the 1920's and finger waves were added to the hairstyle to soften the look. Finger waves are the shaping or molding of the hair while wet into "s"-shaped curved undulations with the fingers and comb. Women cut their locks into a bob to have more of a boyish look, which went against the long, full hair associated with femininity before the 1920's. By the end of the decade, it is estimated that over 95 percent of American women had short hair!

women cut off their hair in favor of a more boyish look, playing with notions of femininity.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/about_6641472_did-cut-hair-become-flappers_.html
women cut off their hair in favor of a more boyish look, playing with notions of femininity.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/about_6641472_did-cut-hair-become-flappers_.html

What You Need:

  • Thick Hair Gel
  • Styling Comb

Step 1: Your hair should be damp but not sopping wet. Comb a good amount of thick hair gel through your hair and evenly distribute it. Make sure your hair is completely clean before doing this.

Step 2: Create a deep side part, on whichever side you prefer.

Step 3: Start by creating your waves on the side of your part with more hair. Lay your middle finger flat (horizontally) across your hair; then taking your comb and pressing it against the side of the finger. Drag the comb (teeth straight down) sideways (horizontally) along your finger until you create a ridge or a "C" shaped curve.  

Step 4: Shift your middle finger back (horizontally) to continue building this ridge toward the back of your head. You will end up with one horizontal ridge that moves in one direction and a "C" shaped wave in the opposite direction.

Step 5: Move finger down along the hair about an inch down and create another ridge in the same direction as the curve above it. This will now create an "S" pattern wave. Repeat this all the way to the ends of your hair as well as on the other side.

Step 6: Let hair to dry thoroughly and then spray with hairspray for an extra hold. Want a softer look? Finger tousle your hair.

Begin creating your waves on the side of your part with more hair. Lay your middle finger flat (horizontally) across your hair; then taking your comb and pressing it against the side of the finger. Drag the comb (teeth straight down) sideways (horizontally) along your finger until you create a ridge or a "C" shaped curve.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_8352275_stepbystep-finger-waves.html
Begin creating your waves on the side of your part with more hair. Lay your middle finger flat (horizontally) across your hair; then taking your comb and pressing it against the side of the finger. Drag the comb (teeth straight down) sideways (horizontally) along your finger until you create a ridge or a "C" shaped curve.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_8352275_stepbystep-finger-waves.html
Create a deep side part in hair. Part can be to either side, whichever you prefer.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_8352275_stepbystep-finger-waves.htmlC
Comb a moderate amount of thick gel through clean, damp hair. Hair should be damp but not sopping wet. You will want to evenly distribute the gel throughout strands.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_8352275_stepbystep-finger-waves.html
Comb a moderate amount of thick gel through clean, damp hair. Hair should be damp but not sopping wet. You will want to evenly distribute the gel throughout strands.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_8352275_stepbystep-finger-waves.html
Comb a moderate amount of thick gel through clean, damp hair. Hair should be damp but not sopping wet. You will want to evenly distribute the gel throughout strands.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_8352275_stepbystep-finger-waves.html
Comb a moderate amount of thick gel through clean, damp hair. Hair should be damp but not sopping wet. You will want to evenly distribute the gel throughout strands.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_8352275_stepbystep-finger-waves.html
Comb a moderate amount of thick gel through clean, damp hair. Hair should be damp but not sopping wet. You will want to evenly distribute the gel throughout strands.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_8352275_stepbystep-finger-waves.html

The talented Gianpaolo Ceciliato did my makeup. Back in the 1920s, women had to use darker colors to accentuate their features in black and white photos. Don’t be afraid to bust out those dark colors. For this look, exaggerate your eyebrows by filling them in darker and rounder. For a little depth, apply a bronze and purple eye shadow on the bottom outer corner and blend well. Finish with the perfect pout by defining your lips at the cupid’s bow sharply.

Here's what Gianpaolo used to create my look:

  • Surratt Brow Pencil
  • Mac Lip Liner in ‘Vino’
  • Lorac Pro Palette – L.T Bronze eyeshadow
  • Lorac Pro Palette – Pewter eyeshadow

 
 

Pretty Little Beachwaves


Australian-born Glenn Nutley, is an internationally acclaimed hair and make up artist, who recently styled the gorgeous Janel Parrish for the 2014 Teen Choice Awards with the BEACHWAVER® PRO! Janel, who plays Mona Vanderwaal on Pretty Little Liars was nominated for best TV Villian. Pretty Little Liars took the award home for best TV show in the drama category.
She looked AMAZING! She was styled by Fashion Stylist Adeel Khan and wore a Contrarian New York two piece ensemble. Her stunning bracelets are by XIV Karats. We especially love her simple white painted nails! The beachwaves really completed her whole red carpet look. (Images from Just Jared)
Xo,
Team SP

 
 

Odeya Rush: Braided Bun

Loved styling the gorgeous Odeya Rush for her premiere of the movie, The Giver, in New York City! We wanted to create a look that was young and fresh yet classic for the red carpet. I styled her with one french braid, one fishtail and a two stand braid all into an updo. Incorporating braids into an updo provide a fun texture and detail to the look. For all my steps, check out the great article from Allure