How-To

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What to do when you are inspired by beauties like Kim Kardashian and Niki Minaj and a few wrong moves leaves you looking like a cast member in the Lion King on Broadway?  Our suggestion is leave the contouring to the professionals!

What you absolutely should learn is how to do your own beautiful, natural makeup. Especially if you’re an aspiring model! When you start doing test shoots for your portfolio, it will be absolutely essential to sport a natural makeup look, so that agencies and clients can see your true beauty, not how beautiful you could be with the help of a professional makeup artist.

Make Up For Ever was literally built on the education of makeup artists- a teacher and her students working harmoniously together to create something that they not only wanted, but needed! Naturally, we wanted to work with them for this makeup tutorial and video (see what we did there?). The video is wayy down at the bottom, just in case you want a better idea of how exactly to apply these steps.

Here’s everything you need to apply your natural makeup in under 20 minutes, which is just quick enough to fake your early a.m. #IWokeUpLikeThis selfie!

1. All About That Base
First things first, pick a great moisturizer and apply sparingly using your foundation brush. This will not only moisturize your skin, but it’s also going to moisturize the brush so it glides better when you use it for the next few steps. Pick a foundation color that’s just a touch darker than the skin tone on your face but not quite as dark as the tone on your arms and body. Instead of applying primer and then foundation separately on top, mix them together and use at once! It’ll give you a lighter coverage to look more natural. Dab it sparingly onto the end of your foundation brush. Start applying in short sweeping motions from the center of your face and then pulling the mixture out towards and even onto your ears. Don’t forget to blend downwards from your chin onto your neck too, avoiding that awkward makeup line! When you’re finished, if there are any areas where you think you need a little more coverage, put a touch more of just the foundation (no primer) directly onto the brush and instead of brushing over your skin, gently press the brush directly into those spots, dabbing the brush to fill in the area.

2. Skip Facetune
And get a great concealer. Concealer is tricky; you need much less of it than you think and the right placement is key. Look in the mirror and tilt your chin downwards slightly. See those little indents below your eyes? That’s the ONLY place you need to apply the concealer is right there, not underneath your entire eye. Put a tiny bit of the HD concealer on your hand, using your pointer finger, gently dab tiny bits of the concealer into those areas. It’s important not to swipe or brush using your finger; dab it! Do the same thing for the upper inner corners of your eyes just under the inner corners of your eyebrows.

3. #Blushed
Not #blessed, but BLUSHED! Ever-so-slightly rosy cheeks are the epitome of a fresh face. After applying your foundation, your skin is going to be pretty monotoned. So instead of contouring darker areas to enhance your bone structure, use cream blush to bring the life back to the naturally beautiful apples of your cheeks. Dab your blush brush into the cream just a LITTLE and very, very ever so slightly apply the cream to the apples of your cheeks, starting from the top of the apple down and back toward your ears and then in brisk a circular motion directly on top of the apple. VERY LIGHTLY! (We’re not kidding, obviously applied blush is just not cute.)

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4. The Secret Weapon – MUFE HD Powder
If you add anything to your makeup collection from this tutorial, ADD THIS!!! Just barely dipping your brush into the cap of the container rather than the bags, use the HD Powder sparingly to coat and finish your now perfect complexion! It’ll gently blend all of the previous products making your skin look ever so smooth and it will also lock everything in place. Apply lightly in the same way you applied your foundation.

5. Brow Game, Strong.
Apply a dab of the MUFE Aquabrow cream to your hand, and just barely dip your brow wand (if you don’t have a brow brush, use a throw-away mascara wand) into the cream. Lightly brush your brows with the wand without touching your skin.

6. Beauty is in the Eye of the Brush Holder
Eyeshadow and eyeliner brushes are super important tools for natural eye makeup.  If you haven’t already, we suggest investing in a few.  Pick 2 neutral shadows that blend well with your skin tone; one slightly lighter than your skin tone and one slightly darker. Using the flat brush, dab the lighter shadow onto and all over the base of your eyelid up to your crease line, but not above. Keeping your eyes open this time, use a pencil brush and your darker shadow to very slightly dab the area above your crease line but below your brow.

Drawing eyeliner on directly is going to be too harsh for this natural look. Instead, take your eyeliner brush and gently swipe it against the end of a chocolate brown eyeliner to get the product onto the brush. Using the brush and starting from the outer corner of your lids inwards, dab the liner into the root of your upper eyelashes. For your lower lashes, look upwards and do the same thing, but with even less force than you applied on the top lashes.

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7. Bat Those Lashes
No crazy tricks here! Looking upwards, very lightly dust the Extravagant Mascara through your lower lashes first, and then lightly drag the wand through your top lashes- being careful not to actually coat the lashes entirely.

8. Pucker Up
Pick a natural color that matches your natural lip color. Just like you did with your eyeliner, swipe your lip brush across the top of the lipstick to get the product on the brush. Use it to lightly apply onto your lips starting at the center of each lip and working outwards toward each corner.

Make Up For Ever was made by artists, for artists.

Taking the art of painting the face and body to the next level, Make Up For Ever provides trade tools designed for Makeup Artists and professional quality products for everyday consumers, as well as educational classes at varying professional and recreational levels. This makeup tutorial was done in-house at the Make Up For Ever Boutique on Robertson Avenue. They are open from 10:30 am to 7pm Monday through Saturday and 12-6 on Sunday. For more locations, click here.

Makeup artist Brittany Paige has been doing makeup for 12 years and has been with Make Up For Ever for 3. Currently the Head Make Up Artist at the LA Boutique on Robertson Blvd, she’s represented MUFE for media outlets such as doing makeup on camera for ktla, the drama queen on E!, multiple beauty webisodes as well and doing makeup for a Japanese beauty channel that was aired all over Japan. Focused on education, Brittany teaches weekly Make Up For Ever classes for both consumers and industry professionals.

Want to get the look? Here’s your shopping list:

HD Primer

HD Foundation

HD Microfinish Powder

Velvet Finish Compact Powder

Artist Shadows 

Artist Liner

HD Second Skin Cream Blush

Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick

Aqua Smoky Extravagant Mascara 

HD Concealer 

Aqua Brow Eyebrow Corrector

Sculpting Kit Palette

A huge thank you to our friends Jonathan Del Castillo and Britney Paige at Make Up For Ever for working with us to make this tutorial happen!

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We know this seems almost too simple to make a How To about.  You’d be surprised.  There are definitely right and wrong ways to measure yourself.  To make sure the measurements you’re giving people are accurate according to industry standards, here’s a walk through of exactly where to hold the measuring tape.

Expressing Your Measurements

A model’s measurements are always taken and expressed in threes. This is a measurement of the bust, then waist, then hips, like this: 33-26.5-36.

Taking Your Measurements

Wear something super thin to make sure you’re not adding any extra length. Jeans, even skinny jeans, are the worst! Stick with leggings and a cotton or sheer tank if you can.  The MOST important thing to aim for when taking your measurements is to have someone else measure you if possible. This way, they can see you from all sides to make sure the tape is held in the right places. If you don’t have someone to help, stand in front of a mirror and do the best you can to note proper placement of the tape all the way around you.  Use a flexible measuring tape, not the stiff retractable kind from the hardware store. You can pick one up at most drug stores.

Bust

When measuring your bust, make sure you’re wearing a bra that doesn’t manipulate your natural form, or just skip the bra altogether (woo!).  Have whoever’s measuring you start with their arms around you, holding the tape with both hands at zero.  Then have them spread their arms to allow for the tape to be wrapped to the front.   Bring the two sides of the tape around front to meet in the middle, making sure the tape is pulled tight and centered to where your bra would be in the back, but not tight enough to make an indent.  The notch where the tape meets zero in the front is your bust measurement.  Here the bust measurement is 33.

Waist

This one is pretty simple.  Pull your shirt up and find the tiniest cross section of your waist.  Keep your abs tight and your posture straight, but don’t suck in.  Have your measurer start the same way as they did for your bust.  Both hands around behind you at zero, then stretch to give the tape enough length to be brought around front, and meet in the middle.  Waist measurement as seen here is a 26.5″.

Hips

The hips measurement is often the most important and telling measurement for models.  The biggest mistake that girls make when taking their hip measurement is placing the tape where your belt would be.  To properly measure your hip line, make your feet touch. Stand straight.  Now, find the widest part of your tush in the back.  This is your starting point.  Same method, start around back and pull forward to the front, tight but not tight enough to indent, and meeting around front.  The measurement here is 36.

 

All done!  Write your measurements on your digitals and have them handy for your next casting. Always make sure your measurements are up to date!  Check them before giving them out or bringing them to open call.  Good luck!

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Feature reposted from Style.com. The original article can be viewed here

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A ’90s-Inspired (But Utterly Modern) Take on Monochromatic Makeup: the seven products makeup artist Robin Black uses to get the look.

The 1990s was a seminal era for me, and I often find myself unconsciously referencing makeup styles from that time (I blame The Face and i-D). However, it’s terribly boring to simply repeat, so update that beloved ’90s monochromatic look with washes of warm color in sheer textures!

Note: Maggimae hails from Kansas and has the most amazing blue eyes (un-retouched, I swear!).

 

PRODUCTS // Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base (used as eye shadow and cheek color), NARS Eyeliner Pencil in Iceberg, Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes in Glossy Black, Anastasia Brow Fix, Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Stoned Rose, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in 20 Beige, Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream (used under makeup and then patted on top of the finished look for added glow).

Take a look at Maggimae’s portfolio here and follow her on Instagram!

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Holly, Bridget, Faith, Zelly, Zeda, Davia, Wase, and Rachel goofing around in our office!

Girls tell us all the time that they have no idea what to do or what to bring with them when they show up for our open call (which, by the way, is always from 3-4pm every Tues-Thurs in case you were wondering). Our open call is super simple; so don’t sweat it! Here’s what you need to know before you come to see us:

Be Prepared. 
If you read our post about how to take your own digitals, you know that agencies want to see your natural beauty. Leave the makeup, heels and fancy bodycon dresses at home. Instead, pick out a pair of leggings or skinny jeans and pair them with a simple tank or tee. Also, skip the curling iron, and just put your hair up in a simple top knot.

Portfolios.

If you’ve already been working as a model either professionally or recreationally, you’ve probably kept a collection of all the work you’ve done thus far. That’s a perfect example of a portfolio. But if this is your first time taking a stab at modeling: NO PORTFOLIO IS NECESSARY! We don’t need you to go out of your way paying for photo shoots out of your own pocket just to impress us. If we love you, we’ll take care of building you a top-notch (and free) portfolio once you’re signed with us. All we need to see are a few simple, clear, straightforward photos called digitals.

 

When to see us.

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

3pm-4pm

Where to find us.
Right next to the historic Ivy Restaurant in the Beverly Hills/West Hollywood area of Los Angeles.

GPS:
117 North Robertson Blvd
Los Angeles CA
90048

 

Arriving. 

When you arrive, you’ll see a receptionist at the top of the stairs. Walk through the glass door and let Laura, who will be sitting at the desk, know that you’re there for open call. She’ll ask you to have a seat, and not too long after, Jen will come out to meet you. Her questions are always the same:

  1. How old are you?
  2. How tall are you?
  3. Do you live in the area?

Be honest ladies! If you get signed, we’ll have a copy of your drivers license with your real age. Don’t bother adding an inch to your height, if we like your look, we’ll measure you. And regarding whether or not you live in LA, it’s a yes or no question! ” If I get signed I could live here” isn’t an option. Yes, or no. Modeling in LA is largely casting-based. We need you to be currently living in town to be able to go to castings if you want to book jobs!

Side note: If you have any agency affiliations, like a talent manager or mother agent, this would be the time to let us know.

Evaluation.
Jen will ask for your polaroids, portfolio, or whatever else you’ve brought to show us and will review them with the rest of the Nous team. If we think you have potential, we’ll bring you into the heart of the office to get measured and meet the agents. At Nous, your awesome personality is important, so don’t be shy! Say hello to everyone and don’t forget to smile!

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If the board wants to move forward with evaluating you, we’ll have you fill out an info sheet and have our in-house photographer take a few photos.

While the team is reviewing everything that we’ve collected from you, we’ll have you sit back out in reception or in our Style Lounge.

Last but not least, Jen will come back out to let you know what the verdict is.

Fingers crossed! We’ve given you all the tools you need to succeed. We’re always looking for fresh faces to join our crew, so come on in and see us! What have you got to lose?

Not able to make our open call times? Submit your digitals online here.

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The top knot, a.k.a the world’s easiest hair style (and quite possibly our favorite). Why? For starters, it’s wearable by everyone regardless of what texture your hair is.

In the modeling industry we dig it because it gets your hair up and away from your face, highlighting your cheekbones and accentuating your overall bone structure. We can’t explain it, but in general this look somehow just makes everyone look younger and fresher.

But what we really really love is that there’s no right or wrong way to do it. Everyone has their own go-to method that suits their hair and their personal style. No more than a twist and a tie, there’s really no tutorial necessary for this one. Whether it’s perfect, or super casual, your bun is like your hair fingerprint. It says a lot about you.

There’s a whole mess of buns out there (no bun, I mean pun, intended). So instead of a tutorial, what we will give you is a plethora of what we like to call Bunspo: inspiration for your perfect top-knotted bun.

And last but not least, here’s a little Bunspo gallery courtesy of Le Fashion‘s article, “16 Buns for Any Occasion“.

What does your top knot say about you!?

Use #Bunspo to show us how you rock this look and we’ll add your picture along with your Instagram/Twitter handle to the gallery!

Here are some of our favorites so far!

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First it was kale, then quinoa, now it’s all about the chia seeds! And here’s why: Chia seeds have long been used by Mayan and Aztec cultures for energy, hydration and their nutritional benefits. Chia seeds are naturally gluten free, contain calcium, omega 3, protein and antioxidants. They can absorb 12 times its weight in water, aiding in hydrations for athletes and us regular folk during the hotter months. Chia seeds are now being used as nutritional supplements, an aid in appetite and as energy boosters.

If you’ve never used chia seeds before, have no fear, here are 5 super fun ways to get started with this amazing super food.

 

Salad

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Put the seeds in some water, drain the water off and leave in a glass container for 2-3 days. Every 12 hours rinse with water, and drain the water off. After the seeds have sprouted, add them to your salad!

 

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  • 2tbs chia seeds (soaked previously, or straight out of the bag)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 ripe banana
  • handful of spinach
  • ½ cup of frozen berries ( I use blueberries or strawberries)

Blend until smooth and enjoy!

 

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  • 5 tbs chia seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (can substitute soy or coconut)
  • 2 tbs cocoa powder a bit of natural sweetener such as honey or agave

Put the ingredients in a mason jar, mix thoroughly and leave in fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight. I like to try and mix the pudding every few hours to avoid the mixture clumping together. Eat for breakfast, or as a yummy desert!

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Just in time for upcoming fall holidays, here is a yummy gluten free, mineral and omega 3 packed Pumpkin desert, borrowed from purelytwins.com.

  • 1 medium ripe plantain (7oz or 200g once peeled)
  • 1 cup pumpkin (8oz)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar (1 1/4oz)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (1oz), liquid

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Place all dry ingredients into a bowl, whisk the ingredients. Next peel your plantain and puree in a food processor or blender. Once pureed add into dry ingredients bowl. Stir till all combined. Add in pumpkin puree and coconut oil. Batter will be a little thick. Grab your pan and scoop your batter into each hole. Or into your 8 inch pan.I lightly oiled my pan with coconut oil. Bake for about 20 minutes or till toothpick comes out clean.

 

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yRXjJzIEfvae2to5tnF5#CE6B00Don’t forget where it all started! Chia seeds have been used to grow funky pets for years, who knew all this natural mineral packed goodness was right under our noses… on top of a bald mans head!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See Polina’s portfolio here and follow her on Instagram!

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Welcome to the first Nous Zine Industry Insider
We’ve noticed that there aren’t that many quality resources for girls who want to be models. There’s a lot to know! We want to make sure every girl has the best chances possible of getting signed – in comes the Nous Zine Industry Insider.

Going forward, we’ll be sharing modeling hacks and industry secrets that provide you with all you need to know about breaking into the biz. We’ll cover everything from open call to casting calls, getting signed to staying signed.

Today, we’re going to cover the very first step to getting signed: Taking the right kind of photos to bring with you to open call.

Open Call is a No Selfie Zone
Many girls tell us when they come in that they didn’t know what kind of photos to bring, and that’s totally okay!

Some girls just pull up their Instagram or Facebook accounts on their phones. Which can be fine, but the truth of the matter is that your selfies aren’t going to do the trick. Why? Because the angle of a selfie isn’t very telling of what you actually look like. All we really want to see is you at your simplest self, both close ups and full body, from a few different angles. Enter: the “digital”.

Digitals are the New Polaroid
Anyone remember back in the day when digital and phone cameras weren’t even a thing yet? We don’t blame you if you don’t; it’s hard to remember life before the iPhone! Way back agencies used to take Polaroids of models who came in for open call so that they could immediately see what they photographed like instead of waiting to develop film. Now that we have digital cameras and don’t need to rely on instant film to see the photo right away, a “digital” is the same thing as what used to be called “polaroids”. It’s just an instant, raw, accurate representation of how the model photographs. No bells and whistles, just you.

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1. Get Prepared

We don’t want to see how pretty you could be, we want to see how pretty you are! These makeunder tips will prepare you for your best digitals:

· Take off the heavy makeup. Very light, natural makeup or even no makeup at all is best!

· Get your hair out of your face. We love a good top knot!

· Take off your jewelry and accessories.

· Pick out some super simple clothes. You know your wardrobe and your body, pick a top and a bottom that are form-flattering. No dresses or skirts! They’ll hide your beautiful waist and legs. We suggest a basic tee or spaghetti strap tank with skinny jeans or shorts.

2. It’s all about the light
If the place that you take your photos is too dark or too light, the photos won’t show your true beauty accurately. Find a spot that is lit by the sun but isn’t in direct sunlight. Direct sunlight will either over-light you, making you look washed out, or will create unflattering shadows. Shaded areas with light close nearby are perfect. Feel it out and go with the flow, trying out different options. Once you find your perfect spot, remember what time you took the photos for next time! The sun moves and sometimes a spot that worked earlier in the day, may not work later.

3. Ready to shoot
Incase we haven’t already made it clear, digitals aren’t fancy! Grab your friend, your mom, or even a camera, laptop or phone with a self-timing app like TimerCam. Whoever is taking your photos, just make sure it’s not you behind the lens; this is your time to shine! Whether it’s a device or whoever you can rope in for a few minutes to help you out, take at least a dozen photos of each of these angles, giving yourself options to pick out your favorites.

Here are some of the models’ top-notch digitals paired with “don’t” photos, as created by Jen and Laura from the in-house Nous team:

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When you’re all finished and have picked your favorite of each angle, do not photoshop or alter your new digitals!! They’re perfect just the way they are. Don’t put them on a USB thumb drive, and no need to get them specially printed. If you plan on coming to our open call just upload them to your phone or tablet, or print them out at home and bring them with you! If you’d rather send them to us online, submit by uploading the files here. Fingers crossed ladies! Consider yourself officially prepared for the first step to becoming a model.

Stay tuned for our next Industry Insider: What to Expect at Open Call.

maggimaecover3[1] Being in LA, where a beach day is a good idea all year-round, we’re big fans of braided up-dos. Salty, wind-swept hair after a long beach day? No problem; hide the mess in a messy braid and transition from day to night without breaking out your arsenal of hair products and tools. This is no secret to us Angelenos. But this year, the beach babe’s go-to braided, tangled, messy updo is officially NYFW-approved!

Donna Karan’s Spring/Summer 2015 beauty statement was definitely a new concept. People are calling it the ‘hair lanyard’. Hold up: does this mean we can actually use those finely-honed knotting skills we learned back in summer camp for something other than a plastic keychain? ..Yes!?  We dig it.

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On the same day, 3.1 Philip Lim displayed his first NYFW up-do ever. Meet: the flyaway, knotted bun.

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Rag & Bone, Dannijo, Tome and Marissa Webb all used messy knots and braids in their runway looks too.

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As did Street-Style queen Chiarra Ferragni and other Fashion Week-goers.

One of our favorite hair stylists, Cantrell Mitchell showed us how to get our own version of the trending messy braids and buns in just a few short steps with Maggimae using 4 standard french braids pinned together into a bun.
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For a second braided up-do, check out Cantrell and Maggie’s first braid walkthrough here.

Follow the team on Instagram!

Cantrell Mitchell @HairsCantrell

Maggimae @Maggimae_

 

Thanks to our friends over at Vogue, Fashionista, WWD, Lucky Magazine and Style.com for the photos and insight. Click any of the NYFW pictures to be directed to the original articles.

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It’s a hot, hot summer and the struggle is real to keep a girl’s hair looking fresh. Hair Stylist Cantrell Mitchell teams up with our model Maggimae (@maggimae_) to show us a refreshing take on the braid trend to beat the summer heat. Check out the tutorial video below!

 

Easy, gorgeous, and so chic! Here’s a closer look at the final product:

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Follow the team on Instagram!

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Maggimae @maggimae_

Cantrell Mitchell @hairscantrell

 

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Model: Britt Koth

Since beach season is fast approaching, we took it upon ourselves to ask Hair Guru & Nous Model, Britt Koth, on how to get the perfect beach hair. Trust us, this girl knows what she is talking about!

What is your step by step  routine for perfect beach day hair? 

1. Beach day hair for me starts by using Big Shampoo by Lush it contains real sea salt and amazing natural oils for extra shine.

2. Next, I blow dry my hair half way, ruffing it up as I go along with a few spritz of Sachajuan Ocean MistThen, I continue twirling my hair while I finish drying it for texture.

3. Then,  I sleep on it in 2 loose braids. The next day, I curl a few pieces around my face using a bit of Moroccan oil hair spray and then shake it out! It’s really fast and easy since I am relying on the product and the braids to do most of the work! Voila, perfect beach hair.

Do you have a absolute favorite hair product you cannot live without? 

Britt: My favorite hair product is Oribe Supershine Moisturizing cream!  I put a little pea size amount on my ends for separation and shine!  It is the creme de le creme of products and Tom Ford was the perfumer, so you will also smell amazing all day long! Not to gush but I am a sucker for beautiful packaging, it looks so beautiful on my vanity!

What is your secret tip on how to get the perfect sun kissed hair color?

Britt: Bring a picture of your hair when you were a kid! You always had the best sun kissed, natural hair color as a kid. Use that as an inspiration for your colorist.