Monthly Archives: February 2015

3 Gorgeous Ways to Wear a Bun to a Wedding

Finding a perfect style for a wedding can be a daunting task, not because they’re hard to find, but because there are so many great ones. I always say, when in doubt keep it simple.  And what could be more simple than a bun? I recently did a bridal trial with a client and we utilized a bun in 3 ways; and they all looked gorgeous. I’m going to show you how to recreate these styles so that you’ll be wedding ready. All 3 hairstyles are suitable for both brides and bridesmaids.

For all 3 styles, you need to start off with either hair that has been blown out with a round brush, or hair that has been set with large curls.

Classic Bun :

image11.Tease the hair at the crown and the sides to create volume and then spray the tease for hold

2. Gather hair into a loose ponytail in the middle of the back of the head, and secure with a bungee.

3. Wrap the bun very loosely to create a large bun, and secure with U-shaped hairpins (not bobby pins)

3a. For shorter hair, you may need to use a mesh donut or even a sock to create the appearance of a larger bun.

4.  Continue to shape the hair and spray it in place.


Half Up Bun:

image21. Section the hair horizontally from ear to ear and clip the bottom half out of the way.

2. Tease the hair at the crown of the head and spray it to hold volume in place.

3. Gather all of the hair loosely from the top section, twist it into a knot shape, and pin it in place with U-shaped hair pins (not bobby pins).

4. Let the clipped bottom section loose and brush it.

Spray the style with a medium hold hairspray to keep it in place.

Low Bun:

  1. image3Tease the crown and sides of the hair to create volume and spray the tease hair to maintain the body.
  2. Brush all of the hair back to create a low ponytail at the nape of the neck.
  3. Secure the hair with a bungee.
  4. Twist the hair into a knot shape and secure with bobby pins.
  5. Spray the style with freezing spray to keep it in place.

Cleaning Your Brushes Isn’t Enough


You already know you’re supposed to clean your brushes at least once a week (and pros, after every client…and a weekly deep clean.) But there is a step I see way too many professional makeup artists and probably 99.99% of the general makeup-wearing population skip, and it is just as important: sanitizing your makeup. What is the point of having immaculate brushes if you’re just dipping them into filthy makeup? Lately, I’ve been using BeautySoClean’s Cosmetic Sanitizer Mist, the only product I’ve ever seen that is specifically formulated to remove bacteria from makeup. If you’re on a tight budget, alcohol in a spray bottle also works. Just spray it on your eyeshadow, pressed powder, etc. after each use and you prevent bacteria buildup and extend the life of your makeup.

Here are some more do’s and don’ts.

For Pros

DO sanitize your makeup and brushes after every client.

DO sanitize tweezers, eyelash curlers, and pencil sharpeners too–I do it before and after every client, just in case.

DO put as many products as possible onto a clean palette with a clean spatula.

DON’T double dip mascara wands. I use disposable ones. I’ve seen makeup artists double and triple mascara wands, and then spray them with alcohol in the end. What’s the point? The bacteria is already in the tube, and you might as well give that product to the person you applied it on now!

DO apply hand sanitizer before every client. Bonus: make sure they see.

DON’T touch your eyes, ears, nose, hair, or the floor without reapplying your hand sanitizer.

For Everyone Else

DO be extremely cautious at Sephora and anywhere else you can sample makeup. How many people at those stores do you think follow these tips?

DO sanitize your makeup, brushes, and foundation sponges as often as you can. And false eyelashes, if you plan on reusing them.

DO throw out anything that smells funny. But if it looks fine and smells fine and you’ve been keeping it clean, it’s my professional opinion that you can hold onto it and that those guidelines thrown at you by other professionals are just to get you to spend more money.

DON’T share makeup with really gross people. Because I know you’re going to share makeup no matter what I say.

Did I leave out any important tips? Let me know in the comments!

xx Dana

NYFW Hair for Gilded Age


Courtesy of WWD

This season of New York Fashion Week our business, Metro Look, had the pleasure of doing the hair for the to Gilded Age presentation; of which I was Lead Hairstylist. It was a really fun show and the view wasn’t too bad either 🙂 Gilded Age is a New York City-based casual, luxury menswear brand designed by Stefan Miljanic. The brand is inspired by the industrial revolution including textile production techniques and craftsmanship of Old New York; predating the era of mass production. The inspiration for the hairstyle was early Marlon Brando, we wanted the hair to look like a young Marlon living in NYC in 2015. The style incorporates volume and effortless texture.

We created a hairstyle that we named the “Urban Rebel”, and it works on curly and straight hair. If you want to recreate the look here’s how:

1. We started by using Not Your Mother’s heat protectant on the hair to prevent heat damage.

NYM heat protectant

2. Then we used the a blow dryer to either blow dry the hair forward or diffuse their natural curl (depending on the model’s hair texture).

3a. For the models with straight hair, we then used a 1/2″ straightening iron with teeth to create bends in the hair and finished the look with NYM Brands Short Order Fiber Glaze Cream.

NYM brands fiber glaze

3b.For the models with curly hair, we styled with our fingers bringing the hair forward and twisting it in different directions; then completed the look by spraying Double Take Dry Finish Texture Spray.

nym double take



A Great Highlighter for Skin of Color

Dose of Colors highlighter in Sunkissed, $28When it comes to finding a highlighter on skin of color it can be a difficult task. A lot of highlighters are lovely for fair to medium skin but make skin of color look ashy, especially the pearl and pink shades. It’s best for women with deeper skin tones to use highlighters that are gold and bronze; it gives such a gorgeous glow.  There was a bronze-colored, baked eye shadow that I used on myself and my clients as a highlighter that was recently discontinued (I hate when that happens) so I’ve been on a hunt to find a comparable replacement.  On a routine trip to Ricky’s NYC yesterday, I hit the highlighter jackpot when I discovered the Dose of Colors highlighter in the color Sunkissed.

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Dose of Colors highlighter in Sunkissed, $28

This dreamy highlighter can be used on you cheekbones and the bridge of your nose to add light and warmth to your face. Like my former highlighter of choice, the Dose of Colors highlighter is also a baked product; and it has a velvety texture. It incorporates several shades of gold and bronze which is awesome because that makes it flattering on a wider range of skin tones. I live in New York City and it’s currently 16 degrees here, so Lord knows I need a little sun kissed glow right now!


It’s definitely not a cheap date, it has a $28 price tag, but it’s quite large and you only need to use a small amount. I am definitely a fan.

Look at that beautiful gel!

Products I Actually Like: Cuccio MatchMakers

Anyone who knows me knows it stresses me out to have chipped nail polish. Even if I know I’m going to be spending the day at home, or go somewhere in gym clothes and with greasy hair, I want my nails done. So gel polish is kind of a godsend, but then there’s the whole issue of “what should I put on my toes?” I don’t want them to clash!

For a while, I would even put gel on my toes, which was just kind of unnecessary and involved a lot of time and jamming my foot into a tiny LED lamp. But Cuccio came up with a great solution! They sell these cute little kits that come with one gel polish and one regular polish in the same color so you can easily coordinate. And, pro tip: using their miraculous Dehydrator prevents that chipping on the big toe I would always get, like, instantly.

Look at that beautiful gel!

Look at that beautiful gel!

They have a wide range of colors, and everything seems to be very well formulated. I found their gels to be much nicer than, ohhh, sayyy, one brand rhyming with Shmally Shmansen. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen their products in any stores yet, but you can pick some up online.

xx Dana