Hair & Beauty

Thursday, December 27th 2012

Shopbop Beauty: New Year’s Eve Makeup

New Year’s Eve is set to wrap up 2012 with sparkle, champagne, resolutions, and hot party dresses. And since it’s just a few days away, we asked our in-house makeup expert for her top two looks for the year-ending night.

Hair and makeup by Kendra Gassner.

1. In a hue close to the color of your skin tone, pat a light foundation or shadow onto the eye area.
2. Line the lower rim with a peach liner to brighten the eyes even more.
3. Add two coats of mascara to the upper lashes, keeping most of the product close to the lash line. Keep the lower lashes bare.
4. Add a bit of blush and a hint of highlighter to the tops of the cheekbones for a subtle, healthy glow.
6. Finish with a bold lip color that accents your look.

Hair and makeup by Kendra Gassner.

1. Apply a light amount of brown or charcoal shadow on the eyelid and under the lower lashes.
2. Line the lashes with a black or brown liner and smudge to create a blended look.
3. Apply two coats of mascara to the top and bottom lashes.
4. Brush a bit of highlighter over the tops of the cheekbones and a touch of color on the apples of the cheeks.
5. Pick a lip stain in a shade that enhances your natural lip color without overwhelming the bold eye.

Tuesday, November 13th 2012

Shopbop Beauty: Bold Brows

Strong, full brows are a trend we are happy to embrace. Not only do they look natural and fresh on most every face, but the low-maintenance style is a much welcome change from the severely arched and plucked looks of the past. We asked our beauty expert to show us how to perfect the technique.

Photo caption: Hair and makeup by Milena Bocchetti.

Step 1: Shape
Work with the natural line of your brows, plucking any stray hairs, but not thinning out the shape. If you are starting with unruly brows, a good rule of thumb is to shape from the bottom, leaving the top alone except to remove lone hairs.

Step 2: Fill
Using a flat-top, stiff-bristle brush, fill in your groomed brows with a matching eyebrow powder. Powder will give you a softer, less harsh look than a liquid filler.

Photo caption: Hair and makeup by Milena Bocchetti.

Step 3: Set
Once your brows are filled, sweep clear mascara over them to set the powder for all-day wear.

Step 4: Finish
Strong brows really frame the face, so play around with your makeup routine to see what looks best. We suggest a minimal eye with a strong lip. 

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Tuesday, October 9th 2012

Shopbop Beauty: Fall Nail Trends

Nails by Studio Assistant Dokia. She’s holding an Alexander Wang bag and wearing Iosselliani rings.

With fall officially in swing, it’s time to give your nail polish routine a seasonal update. Move the neons, corals, and pinks to the back of the cabinet and make room for deep purples and burgundies tipped in unexpected hues. Our Studio Assistant Dokia (our resident nail expert) played with the latest nail trends and came up with her own spin on a dark French tip. Layering a cement taupe over rich, metallic purple, she melded the colors with a jagged line, the perfect marriage of Parisian perfection and uptown edge.

--Libby S.

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Tuesday, September 18th 2012

Shopbop Beauty: Soft Waves

Soft, tousled waves with the perfect coolly messy finish are the envy of most women I know. It’s a style that’s often attempted but rarely successful outside the professional world. Thankfully, our in-house expert Kendra was happy to share her secrets for perfecting this in-demand look.


Step 1: Prep

Work a medium hold styling spray into damp hair, then hand dry by lifting at the roots and scrunching in the ends. When finished, your hair should look lofty and airy. If the hair around your face naturally curls, use a brush and a hair dryer to blow dry it straight.

Step 2: Section
To make curling easier, you’ll want to section your hair into three working areas: bottom, middle, and top. The bottom is the biggest section, running from ear to ear. The middle is the section from temple to temple. And the top is the leftover section at the very crown. No need to make them all from the get go, just start at the bottom and section as you go.


Step 3: Style

Time for curling! Starting at the bottom section, wrap a small chunk of hair around the iron, holding the tip with your fingers. Repeat around the whole bottom, spraying each curl with a flexible hairspray. For the next section, and this is key, wrap the hair around the iron in the opposite direction. This keeps hair from clumping. [Editor’s note: this is literally a life changing tip—I followed this advice and finally got the look I wanted.] For the top section, flip curl directions again. The only time to break this rule is with the hair right around your face. There, you always want to curl the hair away.

Step 4: Spray
Once all your hair is curled, lightly brush through it to blend everything. This softens the waves into a nice shape.

Hair and makeup by Kendra Gassner.

Step 5: Finish
Spray once more with a firmer hairspray for hold, and you are all set.

--Libby S.

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Tuesday, August 28th 2012

Shopbop Beauty: 5 Tips for Healthy Nails

Nails by Studio Assistant Dokia. She’s holding a Rebecca Minkoff clutch and wearing an Adina Mills Designs ring.

Whether you use a signature lacquer, paint with advanced artistic inspiration, or keep your nails natural, it’s important to not overlook basic nail health. Our in-house beauty expert Kendra has five simple tips to keep your hands happy.

1. Moisturize your hands after every wash. This keeps them from getting too dry and chapped all year long.
2. Clip your nails only when a lot of length needs to be removed. Otherwise try to file your nails to desired length. This will prevent your nails from cracking and splitting at the tips.
3. Always use a base coat when painting your nails. Skipping this part can leave you with dry, polish-stained nails.
4. Never cut your own cuticles. It can lead to infections. Use cuticle oil and gently push your cuticles back.
5. If you have extra-dry hands, rub a petroleum product all over your hands and cover them with gloves to hydrate overnight.

--Libby S.

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Thursday, August 2nd 2012

Shopbop Beauty: Nail Art

The nail art phenomenon has shown no signs of slowing down, and we needed to look no further than one of our own stylish Shopboppers to find a unique perspective on the trend. Studio Assistant Dokia boasts a collection of more than 50 polishes and updates her mani nearly every day (amazing right?), so we challenged her to find some finger inspiration in an unusual place: two iPhone covers.


“The wild pattern of the DANNIJO iPhone case called for an equally electric look, so I started with a glittering green base and layered crackle polish over a single nail for an unexpected twist.”


“The snake-print Rebecca Minkoff iPhone case demanded something sleeker. After paining a metallic red base, I added a regal gold tip to every other nail. What can you say, I love nail art!”

--Libby S.

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Tuesday, July 17th 2012

Shopbop Beauty: Summer Skin

While the soaring temps of summer are great for pool parties and lounging at the beach, they can be tough on your skin. As soon as you step out the door, hair falls limp and makeup melts. Thankfully, our in-house beauty expert has a few tricks up her sleeve for prepping skin in the sweltering summer.

Hair and makeup by Kendra Gassner.

Step 1: Moisturize
Start with a lightweight tinted moisturizer. Be sure it has SPF—sun protection is the biggest key to great skin! Layer a mattifying primer—ones with a silicone base are best—to help fight shine.

Step 2: Powder
Dust a light powder onto your T-zone. Avoid powdering the tops of the cheeks to leave some natural moisture for dewy finish.

Hair and makeup by Kendra Gassner.

Step 3: Bronze
Sweep a bronzing powder over the places the sun would naturally hit your face: the top of your forehead, along the cheekbones, and down your nose. Use a light hand though—too much bronzer can make your face look dirty.

Step 4: Prepare Eyes
Softly powder the lids and apply an eye primer. After the primer dries, set it with a neutral shadow. This keeps your eye makeup from creasing. 

Hair and makeup by Kendra Gassner.

Step 5: Mascara
Mascara can be tricky in warm weather, but if you have prepped the eye area, it won’t run. Curl eyelashes with a curler or the round end of a shadow brush. Then top with waterproof mascara in a brown or soft black shade.

Step 6: Finish
To complete your fresh summer look, use a tinted lip balm with SPF. Remember, sun protection is everything!

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Tuesday, June 12th 2012

Shopbop Beauty: The Wispy Top Knot

Fashion loves a top knot, and the Shopbop studio is no exception. After numerous requests from Facebook (and internally!), our in-house hair expert shares step-by-step instructions to recreate the wispy top knot seen in What’s New.

Hair and makeup by Kendra Gassner.

Step 1: Back Brush
Softly back brush the hair. It adds mild texture and a little height, and keeps the style from looking too slicked back.

Step 2: High Pony
Rake the hair in to a high ponytail using your fingertips. This creates perfectly messy separations in the pull-back.

Hair and makeup by Kendra Gassner.

Step 3: Wrap
Pull the elastic around the ponytail twice to secure it, but on the last twist, don’t pull the hair all the way through. Leave a loop of hair out. If you have thick hair, create this loop using a second elastic.

Step 4: Pinch & Pin
Randomly pinch and pin the tousled loop. Keep going until you are satisfied with the messiness of the bun.

Hair and makeup by Kendra Gassner.

Step 5: Brush Wisps
Lightly brush down wisps of the hair around the face and nape to further soften the look.

Step 6: Finished
Wear with glowing makeup for breezy summer attitude.

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Tuesday, May 8th 2012

Shopbop Beauty: Perfect the Soft Glow

Our Facebook and Twitter feeds are constantly flooded with questions about our gorgeous models’ hair and makeup, so we decided to give the people what they want. In this new feature, our in-house make-up artists and hair stylists give you step-by-step instructions to recreate the looks you see in What’s New. For the inaugural post, how to perfect the soft glow.

Makeup by Kendra Gassner.

Step 1: Prep Skin
Well-prepped skin is the key to an amazing face of makeup. Moisturize the skin and lips before applying your base.

Step 2: Eyes
To give eyes natural-looking definition, use two different shades of eye shadow from the same color family—in this case, bronze. Apply the lighter shade all over the lid, then layer the darker shade into the crease of your eye. Blend this darker shade down toward your lashes.

Makeup by Kendra Gassner.

Step 3: Liner
To give lashes the illusion of thick fullness, draw a thin line at the upper lashes and then soften with a small, tight brush.

Step 4: Cheeks
For a golden glow and to enhance the skin, apply a peachy shade of pink to the apples of the cheeks. Finish with a touch of highlighter at the top of the cheeks.

Makeup by Kendra Gassner.

Step 5: Lips
Keep the lips soft and pretty with a light pink gloss.

Step 6: Finished
Tousle hair and enjoy a naturally fresh and glowing look.

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