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Hair Tips From Ryan Nickulas

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Ryan Nickulas, celebrity hairstylist

Most people may know Ryan Nickulas from starring in the hit LOGO series “The A-List: New York”, but aside from being a reality star, he’s also a badass celebrity hairstylist. The Massachusettes  native has styled the likes of Rachael Ray, Pam Anderson, and Isaac Mizrah – but his all-time favorite, VIP client was his mom (adorbs right?).

While maintaining star-worthy hair may seem like a chore, the New York City hairdresser swears it’s not as difficult as it seems.  Nickulas, who works at the Vidov Salon, believes that even a ponytail can slay. We recently caught up with this 16 year hair veteran to discuss his career, favorite trends, and simple ways to keep your tresses on point.

MLB: What inspired you to get into the beauty industry?

RN: It was just natural for me; grandmother was a hairdresser, so I just grew up around it. I was that 10 year old asking for highlights (laughs).

MLB: I know you’re originally from Cape Cod, but now you work at a swanky New York salon. Why did you decide to come here?

RN: I moved to New York for love. I had rekindled with my [now] husband, and followed him to the city. Being that I had a trade, I knew that I could do it anywhere. As a kid I always read fashion magazines and dreamed of coming here, so it all worked out.

MLB: What is your favorite hair trend right now?

Hair by Ryan Nickulas

Hair by Ryan Nickulas

RN: I’m obsessed with really, really, really long hair extensions like you’re seeing on the Kardashians and Nicki Minaj. I love the opulence of it, they’re so seamless and simple, yet avant garde – it’s amazing! I once did a 38 inch installation for a client, but getting in and out of a car and using the toilet with hair that long can be difficult  – you gotta be careful (laughs).

MLB: As spring approaches, what would you recommend for a woman to do to switch up her look in the new season?

RN: Everyone is cutting their hair. In the same breathe that I love a good 38 inches, the other flip of the coin is that a sleek cut is crisp and clean. J Lo just did it, she chopped her hair to her collar bone. For everyone’s sake, it gets all the dead ends off, and it makes for an easy color change. Chopping it off is a great way to feel fresh.

MLB: What is a simple hairstyle that any woman can do?

RN: If you have enough hair to fit into a ponytail, do a ponytail. I love seeing women’s hair up! It opens up the face, brings attention to the eyes, and it works for every lifestyle – whether you’re hustling or you’re bougie.  You can make it fun by using a curling iron to create texture.

MLB: What’s hottest trend in hair color?

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Hair by Ryan Nickulas

RN: Oh, that has to be “sombre”. That’s a subtle ombre that you can create with toners. It’s a simple way to ease into summer, it makes old color fresh again. If you look at the celebrities [their hair is] not jet black or over-highlighted, it’s kind of in between. There are highlights and lowlights in [the hair] but it’s all really tonal.

MLB: How do you keep colored hair super healthy?

RN: Always conditioning treatments, condition your hair often. A lot of women over-shampoo their hair, when they should be shampooing a maximum of twice per week. A lot of girls don’t realize that if they just get in the shower mid-week and rinse their hair well, put a conditioning treatment on and rinse that thoroughly, it will be enough to maintain healthy hair.

MLB: How do you feel about the pastel-colored hair trend?

RN: I think it’s on its way out, though Easter is around the corner (laughs). It’s out. It’s done. There are some really amazing hairstylists still doing it, and it’s great for Instagram, but the everyday woman is not doing it.

MLB: A lot of women of color are nervous about coloring their hair, especially if it’s relaxed. Is there a safe way for them to color relaxed?

RN: No, sorry. You really shouldn’t bleach relaxed hair, there are ways to lift the hair without bleach but they’re still damaging. When you add a heat style, on top of relaxer, on top of color, it’s not the best. It’s almost like just pick one (laughs). My best advice is don’t do it, but there are creative ways of adding color without actually coloring, like extensions.

MLB: Can you share some of your favorite hair product brands with us?

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Hair by Ryan Nickulas

RN: Yeah, I love Oribe and Goldwell. Goldwell is the hair color that I use, but they also have an amazing treatment line. I recently discovered Jen Atkins’, OUAI, and it a great line. It’s clean, crisp, and works across the board for most people.

MLB: What is the best hair advice that you can give women?

RN: Cut your hair! Whether it’s just a dusting or a trim, it really, really, really helps maintain the integrity of your hair. Like 90% of women skip out on cuts or push them back; when they should be trimming at least every 3 months.

For more information about Ryan Nickulas, or to book a hair appointment click here.

You Glow Girl! 8 Highlighters Perfect for Spring

It’s spring again – although your skin may need some reminding. The drying cold, coupled with the lack of sunshine in the winter, are a perfect recipe for hot mess skin. Luckily, even the dullest skin can be brightened up with the magic of highlighter.  Just a few swipes can take your skin from scary to lit AF. Here are some of the best highlighters – in all price points – to help you get your glow on this spring.

Glossier Haloscope – This highlighter adds the benefits of skincare into your makeup. The dual-delivery formula infuses genuine crystal extracts on the outer halo, while inner core is enhanced with vitamin-rich moisturizers to keep the skin hydrated.

NYX Iluminator – The radiant shimmer of this illuminator diffuses light so your skin looks vibrant and refreshed while adding a soft, healthy glow.

Too Faced Love Light Highlighter – Using their Prisma Shine® patented technology, Too Faced has created a buildable highlighter that can go from day to night.

Essence Pure Nude Highlighter – This baked highlighter applies smoothly while the its light texture blends easily for a beautiful, dewy finish.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter – This lightweight, coconut-infused gel highlighter that can be applied directly to skin or added into your foundation for an OMG glow.

e.l.f. Baked Highlighter – This baked formula is enriched with apricot and jojoba to give skin a glowing and healthy appearance.

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish – This megawatt liquid-powder highlighter gives the skin a luminous, sculpted finish.

PLISSÉ LUMIÈRE DE CHANEL ILLUMINATING POWDER – This limited-edition gold powder highlighter will add warmth to any skin tone.

 

 

 

What Is This? The Micellar Water Edition

Photo Credit: Natural Hair Growth 101

Photo Credit: Natural Hair Growth 101

With so many new items constantly popping up on the beauty shelves, it’s really easy to feel like a complete idiot when looking at a product that you’ve never heard of.  The product of the moment is micellar water/micelle solution.  I honestly didn’t get this product either when I first laid eyes on it, so I did some investigating. My first question was is there a difference between micellar water and micelle solution, and the answer is hell no. What a brand calls it just depends on how bougie they want to sound, some brands even call it micellar cleanser – but it’s all the same thing.

 

Micellar water is a hydrating alternative to tradition makeup removers and face wipes, that uses micelles as its active ingredient. I know what you’re thinking…WTF is a micelle?  Micelles are tiny oil molecules that attract and absorb dirt and oil; they are able to remove impurities from the face without drying out your skin. All you need to do is soak a cotton pad (I prefer cotton pillow squares myself), and wipe away makeup and dirt – no rinsing required.  Pretty cool, right?

 

Not only can micellar water be used as a makeup remover, you can also use it as a daily cleanser. It’s perfect for washing your face at the gym after a sweaty workout, or anytime you want a quick refresh when your skin feels gross. I low key found another use for it while in a crunch on set – it cleaned TF out of my makeup brushes! One of favorites is by Bioderma, but drug store options are available from brands such as Garnier.

A Gorgeous Bridal Updo in 6 Easy Steps

Wedding Updo hairWith engagement season in full effect, a bridal updo post is in order. I’ve been doing wedding trials non-stop, and I recently did an updo that is perfect for anyone with shoulder length to long hair. This classically pretty style can be done in about 30 minutes and is sure to last throughout the whole day. For this style you’ll need: a 1” curling iron, medium hold hairspray, a brush, a comb, and plenty of bobby pins.

  1. Start off by spraying the hair with a medium hold hairspray of your choice (ECRU New York is one of my favorites), and brushing it through to distribute it evenly throughout the head. This gives hair memory, so that the curls that you create last.
  2. Use your 1” curling iron to curl all or your hair in the direction going away from your face.

  3. Take a horseshoe section of your hair in the middle of the crown, tease it with your comb to create a little height, and pin it into place in the back.
  4. After you pin the section at the crown, you’ll be left with two sections hanging on the sides in the front of the head. Twist each one of those sections and pin them in the center back of the head.
  5. Finger-comb through all of the curls in the back to break them up create texture, then pin the curls up loosely in the back. Use as many bobby pins as necessary until the style feels secure.
  6. Pull out a few wispy strands out around the face and at the nape of the neck to create a romantic look; and give the hair a final spray to hold the style in place.

Pretty Holiday Lipsticks That Won’t Break the Bank

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As the holidays approach, so do fabulous events and parties that we want to look amazing for. If buying gifts alone puts most of us in serious debt, why bother spending money on a new party dress? A gorgeous holiday lipstick is an affordable way to totally revamp your look, while still allowing you to keep a few extra coins in your purse.  Whether it be a family get together, or an office party, there’s no better way to stand out from the crowd, than with a festive lip color. Here are some great drug store lip products, ideal for the holidays:

 

Milani Amore Matte Metallic Lip Crème in Pretty Problematic

This creamy liquid lipstick feels awesome on your lips, and goes on really smoothly. The gorgeous metallic cranberry hue is the perfect compliment to your holiday dress.

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Pretty Problematic, $8.99

 

Revlon Love Is On™ Lipstick

Revlon has created the perfect universal red;  this stunning shade was specifically designed to attract more love into your life. If a lipstick can help you get noticed by the guy you’ve been crushing on, I say bring it on!

 

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Love is On, $8.49

 

L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paint in Bombshell

Think pink this holiday season! Bombshell is a bright, glossy bubble gum pink shade for the girl who wants to slay.  Glazed lip paints are so pigmented, that you only need a few drops to completely cover both lips.

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Bombshell, $5

 

NYX Plush Gel Lipstick in Karma Kiss

NYX has outdone themselves with this high voltage berry color. The gel formula will last all evening, so you can eat, drink, and be merry without having to worry about your lipstick budging.

Karma Kisses, $7.99

Karma Kiss, $7

 

Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Lip Color in Deep Plum

Personally, I don’t think that there is a more festive shade than purple; this is why this Neutrogena color stick is one of my favorites. In addition to killer color, this lip color delivers moisture beyond belief – not too shabby in the cold winter months.

Dark Plum, $8.49

Dark Plum, $8.49

 

 

 

 

 

A Cool Way to Wear Your Hair Down On Your Wedding Day

 

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More and more brides have chosen to pass on the super-structured wedding updos of yesteryear, in favor of styles that give them that coveted, “I woke up like this” look. As a bridal hairstylist, I’ve noticed that a lot of brides-to-be are requesting to wear their hair down, and they want it to look as if it hasn’t been fussed with. Loose waves are an extremely modern look for exchanging nuptials on the big day, but hair that looks effortless, often takes a lot more effort than you’d think.  As with anything else, having the right tools are essential in order to make it last all day. To get gorgeous boho bridal hair, you’ll need:  mousse or a root lifting spray, a blow dryer, a medium hold hairspray, a 1” curling iron, texture spray, and finishing cream.

 

  1. Start of by saturating your hair with either mousse or root lift spray, and brush the product through the hair to distribute it evenly.

  2. Flip your head upside down and blow dry the hair with your head flipped. This will give the hair height and volume.
  3. Section your hair whatever way is easiest for you to when curling. Next, spray your favorite medium hold spray to each section, and brush through the hair.
  4. Curl each section with a 1” curling iron is alternate directions, so the curls won’t be too uniform.
  5. Once your whole head is curled, run your fingers through them to loosen them up, and apply a texturizing spray (my favorite is DrySpun Finish by Bumble and Bumble) to the waves to give them a lived in feel.
  6. Shape the hair until you reach your desired look, then lock in the style with hairspray.
  7. Finally, use a finishing crème to tame baby hairs and fly aways, and you’re all done!

Although wearing your hair this way alone will be a gorgeous wedding style, a fun accessory (such as a hat, flowers, or a clip) elevates the style to the next level.

 

 

Why Beauty Lovers Are Mixing Oil With Foundation


One of the most seemingly strange makeup trends to surface, is mixing oil with foundation. To all the oily gals, I know this may sound gross, but trust me – it’s a thing! Several of my clients have been asking me about this, because they are seeing it everywhere as a part of makeup routines online. Instagram, You Tube, and Facebook have been swarming with countless videos of makeup enthusiasts using this tactic. Video after video show girls (and guys) with their trustee oil filled droppers, lubing up their foundation. Why would anyone do this? There are 2 good reasons why, and here they go:

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Dry Skin

The most obvious reason for implementing this makeup trick is to add some much needed moisture to parched skin. When applying foundation on dry skin, the product can build up in the patchy areas, leaving a very uneven finish. Adding oil to foundation is also a way to temporarily “plump up” fine lines for a more youthful look. The oil moisturizes the skin, and gives it a healthy glow for a smoother appearance.

Easier Blending

While most would say that mixing oil into foundation sounds like it would clog pores and lead to breakouts, what most people don’t know is that a high percentage of foundations already contain oil. Mixing in a little oil to your cream or liquid foundation changes the texture of formula, and actually helps it spread easier.  Adding 1-2 drops of oil to your base, allows you to effortlessly blend it out to achieve a skin-like finish.

 

Clearly this trick isn’t for everybody, but it’s worth giving a shot. Just make sure that you use a carrier oil (such as coconut oil or almond oil). One of my faves is the coconut oil by Measurable Difference.

 

 

Ask Metro Look: Bridal Makeup Edition

This question is from Arlene L. from Tampa, FL:

“I’m getting married this summer and I want makeup that will look good on camera while still looking like myself. I never really wear makeup, but my photographer told me that I’ll look better in photos if I wear some. How can I get a natural look without going overboard?”

AM_L7462We do a lot of weddings, and this is a dilemma for quite a few brides. A lot of girls think that wearing any makeup at all will automatically make them look a “RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestant; and that couldn’t be more false! What you might not realize, is that makeup is not as scary as you may think it is. When placed in the wrong hands it can be a weapon of mass destruction, but when used tastefully, it’s amazing. Makeup does not have to be heavy in order to look beautiful, you can look absolutely stunning in your wedding photos while wearing a nominal amount. I’m a firm believer in keeping it simple, so start with the basics: skin, eyes, cheeks, and lips.

Skin –

  • Start off with a clean moisturized face (make sure that you have given your moisturizer at least 15 minutes to absorb).
  • Choose a light to medium coverage foundation color that is as close to your true complexion as possible. Foundation is not supposed to lighten or darken your face, it’s simply supposed to cover imperfections, and even out your skin tone.

Tip: Go to your local cosmetics counter and try out some foundation shades for free, some lines even give away samples. This is a great way to find your perfect match without wasting money.

  • Use a salmon concealer under your eyes to brighten the area (trust me girl, it makes a difference).
  • Set your makeup with a silky translucent powder on your forehead, under your eyes, nose and chin. Setting only the center of your face allows your skin to glow naturally, while controlling the areas you’re most likely to get oily throughout the day.
  • Dust the outer perimeter of your face, hollows of your cheeks, and your neck lightly with a matte bronzer to warm up your complexion.
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The Nudes, $9.99

Eyes –

  • Prime your eyes with either an eye primer or concealer and then set with powder. This ensures that whatever color you use on your eyes will translate well.
  • To achieve an effortless looking eyeshadow, you can’t go wrong with a neutral palette. You can find an inexpensive one from the drug store (it still does the trick) like Maybelline The Nudes, or if you have the extra coins laying around, you can splurge a higher end one like the Naked palette. Both work just fine to create beautiful, yet subtle eye looks.
  • Define your eyes with a liner on the top lid (if you find black too harsh, try a brown or grey shade). Bottom liner is optional, personally I like to use eyeshadow and blend it out for a less sever look, but if bottom liner is your thing go for it – just use it sparingly.
  • Curl your lashes, and then apply 2 coats of waterproof mascara (you might cry and raccoon eyes won’t be cute). If you want to define your lower lashes, feel free to apply mascara there as well, but BE CAREFUL!

Cheeks –

  • Choose a blush color that flatters your skin tone, and blend it with a fluffy brush after you apply to ensure that it’s sheer.
  • A hightlighter is optional if your skin is not oily, but should be applied very lightly on the cheeks and bridge of the nose.
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Creme Coral, $28

Lips

  • Sheer lipstick, nude lipstick, or even a lip gloss are all great options for beautiful lips that aren’t too bold. Creme Coral by Laura Mercier is usually a crowd pleaser with my minimalist brides.

 

 

This is the recipe for a fresh and flawless face. Best of luck to you on the big day Arlene!

DIY: Ridiculously Easy Half Up Bridal Hair

Wedding hair tutorial 31916Gorgeous bridal hair does not have to be overly complicated. You can achieve beautiful results without applying the old fashioned tricks that were formerly popular with brides. Today, women want hair that has beauty in its simplicity. Forced waves, crunchy curls, and elaborate designs are now a thing of the past. As a bridal hairstylist, most of my brides tell me that they want effortless-looking locks.  Here is a step by step on how to achieve this textured, minimalist wedding hairstyle in less than an hour.

 

What you will need:

Heat protectant

Volumizing spray or mousse

Medium Hold hairspray

Curling iron or curling wand (1” -1 ½” depending on hair length and desired waves size)

Bobby Pins

Dry Texture Spray or Sea Salt Spray

Hair Accessory (optional)

 

Directions:

  1. Spray hair generously with heat protectant.
  2. Apply volumizing spray or mousse to hair concentrating on the roots, and blow dry hair in an upward motion to create lift.
  3. Spray 1” sections of hair with medium hold spray and wrap each section around your curling iron or curling wand in the direction going away from your face.

*Use a 1” for shorter hair or if you want medium sized waves, a 1 ¼” or 1 ½” should be used for larger waves and/or longer hair.

  1. After all of the hair has been curled, run your fingers through the hair to break up the curls.
  2. Spray dry texture spray directly onto the hair or spray sea salt spray onto your hands and rub it into your hair to create lived-in texture.
  3. Take sections of the sides of your hair and pin them in the center back of your hair for a half up/half down look.

*Taking large sections creates a smoother look, and taking smaller sections creates a look with more definition

  1. This step is completely optional. If you want to dress up the style you can add an accessory or flowers in the center back of the head, right above where the hair was pinned – and you’re done.

I told you it was easy!

DON’T DO IT – Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor

As a lover of matte liquid lipstick, I was elated to find out that Revlon developed their own called Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor. Usually liquid lipsticks are sold by higher end makeup brands (which clearly means they’re pricey), so hell yeah I was excited to save a few bucks, and finally buy matte liquid lipstick in my local drug store…until I tried it!

Revlon-Ultra-HD-Matte-Lipcolor cropI went to drug store as excited as ever to try the Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor out. The colors that they offer are gorgeous, which only makes that fact that I think it sucks even more disappointing. Why don’t I like it? Well, let me tell ya. Now I’m no brain surgeon, but I’m pretty sure that matte means the color is supposed to be dull (for those of you who are unsure, just click here on the word matte – I’ve installed a link) 🙂 So now that we’re all on the same page,  please tell me why I was able to see my reflection in my lips. I was even optimistic enough to think that it must have just needed time set, otherwise they would not have marketed it as a matte lipstick. Just to be fair before I chucked it across the room, I waited 10 minutes, and my mouth was still shining bright like a diamond – EPIC FAIL! As much as it pains my heart to say this, keep your money in your purse, or else you’ll be pissed.