A Case For The Extreme Side Part

There's nothing sexier to me than a severe deep side-parting of the hair for instant elegance and mystery. I find it pairs well with a beautiful pantsuit—the complexity suits the hairstyle.

That said, there are different ways to sport the side part, depending on your shape of head and texture of hair. They are as follows:

The Low Pony Or Chignon
Spritz the crown of your head lightly with water, take a comb and make a part 2 inches further than how you would usually part your hair, almost diagonal to your temple. Make sure the part reaches the back of your head. Then, take a brush and slick down your hair into a low pony that lands just above the nape of your neck. Keep the front part of your hair brushed along your forehead like a men's combover. Once your pony is fastened with a rubber band, fluff it and mist with hairspray. You could also make a knot of a bun and fasten it together with bobby pins. I like to pull out little side wisps with a comb in front of my ears to soften the look. Finish with another mist of hairspray just to be on the safe side.

The Fastened Part
Same as above: Dampen the crown of your head with a spray of water and create the side part—except this time, keep your hair free-flowing and just take two bobby pins to fasten the part of hair that falls across your forehead to the side of your temple. Start with one bobby pin first, then double up and take the second bobby pin and slide it right above the first one. Lightly spray with more water and hairspray, and your hair will air dry in about an hour, but the control will remain throughout the day.

The deeper the side part the prettier, to be honest, so don't be afraid to go low.

—Stacey Nishimoto

Stacey gets experimental with three new braided hairstyles.

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Three Braids For A More Magical Hairdo

If you've been bored to tears lately with your hair and/or have been looking for a super-cute hairdo to go with your summer night dresses, then I think adding a few little braids is going to turn your world upside down. A subtle touch of angel braids framing your face will instantly make you feel more inspired by your hair and make your outfit look kind of magical. There are three ways to do this. They are as follows:

Braid No. 1
This look is best for those who love to sport a center part. Start by making your part with a sharp comb. Then take your comb and run it down the side of your head, making a clean break from your scalp down to your ear (perpendicular to your center part). Divide your hair into two front quarters, situated in front of your ears. Rub a little grooming cream into your front sections so that it will look neat and shiny in contrast to the rest of your hair, which should be tousled and a little textured (bedroom hair, for reference). Brush your front-quartered sections flat against your forehead, then start braiding the section right above your ear. Make little neat braids and use rubber bands that disappear into your hair color. These braids will draw attention to your cheekbones and lovely jawbone—a striking-yet-subtle look indeed.

Braid No. 2
A unique and beautiful way to wear a braid is having one fall along your forehead and temple. This technique is done with a side part that finishes with a gentle braid that reaches across the face. It also has a little mate coming from behind the ear on the opposite shoulder. This asymmetry balances the face and looks fucking cool slash incredibly romantic.

Make a clean side part with a comb, then section out a square chunk on the side of the part with more hair. Braid diagonally from the part across your forehead. Then, on the opposite side of your head, pull some hair out from behind the nape of your neck and make a braid to compliment the front braid.

Braid No. 3
Another sophisticated way to wear braids is two pony-style braids. Women in the '60s wore braids like this with their short, shift dresses. I think it's modern and very exotic-looking. As I divided my hair into two pigtails, I decided last minute to do twists instead of braids, and it actually worked and stayed in place all night. The twists look a bit more dressier than the classic braid.

Brush out hair throughly, and make a center part. With a damp bristled brush, brush hair into two pigtails and fasten with rubber bands firmly right below your ears toward your jawbone to create a curtain effect on your face. Then, brush out each pony and spray with hairspray. Divide the pony into two sections and tightly weave into a simple twist, securing with a rubber band at the end and leaving two inches of hair untwisted.

This is a cute look for any length of hair. I personally love it with a formal dress.

—Stacey Nishimoto

Photos courtesy of the author.

Got your braid? Good. Throw some flowers in there. You deserve it.

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Lipstick, Everywhere

What if...you fell in love with the perfect color that was meant for only one part of your face (i.e. lipstick), but it was so beautiful and flattering that you wanted to wear it everywhere else, too? It's no secret that MAC's Morange is probably one of those colors for 99 percent of girls who come across this magical rouge. I love this color so much, I want to eat it. I rub into my cheeks, smudge it around my lash line, swipe it on my lips with my finger to create a soft stain. And I'm not going to lie, I bring the tube to my nose and smell it a lot.

Besides being the perfect flush-of-health hue, it has the right texture to blend in other places besides your lips. Morange has a creamy semi-matte finish, perfect for a cheek stain and just enough staying power for the eyes.

My favorite way to wear this beautiful, sinful color is on my eyes with matching cheeks and a nude mouth. A sexy-yet-romantic way to wear Morange—not to mention very modern.

On my eyes:
I usually take a Q-tip and blend a touch of Morange onto my lash line to create a soft coral-pink halo around my eye, then I finish with lots of black mascara. This is especially beautiful with green or blue eyes. Here, I went buckwild and decided to do a cat eye. It's was so very easy—easier than attempting to draw a cat eye with an eye pencil or liquid liner. Use an eyeliner brush and bury it into the lipstick so that you make a little divot in the bullet. Line your top lid, staying close to the lash line, and extend up and outward to your brow. Connect the outer corner and drag in the color across your lower lash line as well. Don't forget to trace along your tear ducts—they look especially pretty lined with this color.

On my cheeks:
Simply dot Morange on the apples of each cheek and blend with your fingers. A little goes a long way!  Since it has a semi-matte finish, it will stay nicely for hours. You could set it with translucent powder if you have combination skin. As for my lips, I like to keep them naked-looking as it compliments and balances that Morange all over my face.

—Stacey Nishimoto

Photos courtesy of the author.

For more makeup inspiration, check out The Selfie where Stacey shows you how to pull of an easy, one-color eye look.

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The Summer Brow

The impulse to change your hair is real. But if you're itching for a new look that doesn't require something as drastic as, say, going platinum, would you consider changing your brow color instead?

I have a full, dark Latin unibrow that I love. It serves as a gaudy frame to my face. My brows are important to me, so I let them be—no plucking or waxing. But this summer I'd like to change them because change is fun and also because experimentation is important to personal style. So I bleached them.

Now, this wasn't for a no-brow look. I wanted a warm brow—brassy, even. And I know that word can be scary, but this time around, the idea didn't bother me. Brassy, let it be known, can be pretty. Warming your brow a few notches changes everything about your face. Your eyes look lighter, your skin tone looks slightly deeper, your bone structure pops a bit more. It's a beautiful effect.

How to warm a brow:
It all starts with Sally Hansen's Creme Hair Bleach, which is gentle enough for delicate skin. This can be done with any hair color, but if your brows are already pale, simply leave the face bleach on for less time. If you have dark brows like mine, it's more of a waiting game.

Start with clean brows. The cream comes with a little spatula and mixing tray, so scoop 1/4 of the powder activator and then 1/2 teaspoon of the cream onto to little tray and mix until you have a gritty cream texture. Take the spatula, dip into the mixture, and completely cover your brow hairs. Leave on for 8 minutes. When the bleaching is done, remove cream with a damp towel. If you have deep brows like my Frankenstein ones, the resulting color will be strawberry blonde. I prefer to go a step lighter, so I wait 5 minutes and reapply. Then I'm left with warm golden brows. If you already have golden or auburn brows, leave the bleach on for 4 to 5 minutes and the bleach will leave them warm in color. I suggest you do a tiny patch test first. Alternatively, patch test on your boyfriend. (I did my boyfriend's golden brown brows for about 3 minutes, and they came out beautifully.)

To finish the look, I use a deep taupe brow powder and fill them (the green undertone of the taupe cuts through the brassiness).

—Stacey Nishimoto

Photos courtesy of the author.

Make any lipstick matte with a little translucent powder. Stacey demonstrates here

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Moving On From The Cat Eye

Any and every woman, no matter what age or style, has sported a cat eye at one point in her life. There's a feline allure in all of us. From Anna Karina to Vivienne Westwood, from the '40s to now, the cat eye will always look and be relevant. But what about a fragmented cat eye? A clean, simple dash across the lid, perhaps. Or maybe just an accent of a cat eye—little graphic shapes leaving traces of a design without being too overpowering. Any spin works; here's mine.

Upside-Down Cat Eye
Draw a clean, thin line along your bottom lashes, starting from the inner corner to the outer corner of your eye—do not go any further than that outer corner. Then take your liner brush and and start drawing a upside-down triangle a few centimeters away from the outer corner, but starting on the same plane as the lashline. Go downward making a point, then bring it back up, reaching a few more centimeters away from your eye. Lastly, draw a line extending outward from the triangle, towards the end of your brow. If this sounds like mumbo jumbo, take a look at the images (it's one of those "got to see it to feel it" styles). It's very easy and super cool.

Slashed Lids
This look is incredibly flattering and beautiful and probably the fastest cat eye you've ever drawn. My weapon of choice for the perfect onyx strike is Givenchy's Parad'Eyes Fluid Eye Liner. Start with perfectly groomed brows, nice 'n' full or faint and elegant. A strong brow will carry this look. Take your liner brush with your face looking head-on into the mirror and draw a line starting at the inner corner of your eye right above your crease line. It should be slender as you begin, widening toward the end with a blocked finish at the tip. Extend the line tracing your crease and stop at the outer corner of your brow with a blunt finish—no points here. This look is modern but still has a classic feel.

Meow.

—Stacey Nishimoto

Photos courtesy of the author. The best eyeliner tips from the ITG community, right here.

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