3 Hair & Makeup Looks to Shake Up Your Routine

I'm busy, you're busy, our pets are on social media... what is the world coming to? It's easy to fall into autopilot for anything non-essential. If your makeup and hair routine is feeling bland lately, try these three easy hair styles and fresh makeup looks for some inspiration.

1. Faster, Pussycat

My favorite look out of the three, this is a total show stopper. A big thanks to my friend Kristina (globetrotter and makeup artist extraordinaire) for collaborating on all the makeup looks for this post.

We went for a colorful 1960s makeup look. The bright purple is so flashy and fun! To recreate this hairstyle:

1. Gather the top 1/3rd of your hair into a very high ponytail. Bonus points if tease the roots at your crown, first.

2. Once you're happy with the height of the pony tail, curl your hair and hairspray everything within an inch of its life.

3. Tug the sides of your pony tail just above the base to bring the hair forward and create the desired effect...

4. This is what we're going for:


2. Serena van der Woodsen in Tulum

The simplest of the three looks, this is my go-to when I'm in a rush. Highlighter is your best friend for this makeup look. (This Lush highlighter is my holy grail product.)

To recreate the milkmaid braids,

1. Part your hair down the center and brush it out.

2. Create your braids, securing with an elastic at each end. Tug the braid outwards in a few places to give the illusion of a thicker braid.

3. Rather than lifting the braid out and up, bring the braid forward and up, so it twists and lays flat. Secure in place with bobby pins.

4. Repeat for the second braid, but before pinning in place fold the elastic end under itself, so the elastic is hidden from sight.

This video is a slightly difference process, but helpful if you're stuck.


3. Autumn Smoky Eye (Pumpkin Spice Latte Smoky Eye)

I'm in love with red-orange and copper eyeshadows lately. They are a perfect update for the smoky eye. For balance, I kept the hair simple with a sleek bun.

To recreate the sleek bun:

1. Brush your hair up into a semi-high ponytail and secure with an elastic.

2. Wrap a hair rat/hair bun/sock bun around the base. I have this one, but you can find them all over the place.

3. Arrange your hair to nicely cover the hair piece. Once you're happy, place a second elastic over the whole bun. This keeps everything in place!

4. Take the leftover pieces and pin them around the bun as a base. Here's a good photo tutorial if it's unclear.