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We’re Totally Sprung On These Spring Styles: Part Two-Lips & Lashes

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

So, who all watched the Oscars on Sunday? If you were watching closely, you should have seen plenty of spring styles! In this post, we’ll focus on what we at Alan Murphy predict will be a hot trend this spring: red lipstick and long lashes!

Red Lipstick

Spring has always embraced the red lipstick look, and this spring is no exception. But don’t go too crazy! There are some rules…

  • Rule #1: Keep the eye makeup light! If you don’t, you’ll end up looking like a clown!
  • Rule #2: Red lipstick tends to bleed, so fill in your lips with lip liner beforehand.
  • Rule #3: It has to be the right color for it to work. For example, if your complexion is pink, you’ll look better in plum shades.

Overall, be mindful of the colors/shades you’re using. If you need help with any of this, just come in to Alan Murphy and talk to one of our stylists!

Long Lashes

Long eyelashes have always been a sign of femininity throughout history and culture. Their purpose is to block the eye from debris and serve as a sensor warning us that an object is near the eye.

Even if you’re blessed to have naturally-long eyelashes, you still need to have the right products to accentuate them. We suggest Aveda’s Mascara Plus Rose and an eyelash curler.

A huge trend (and one we aren’t signing up for, thank you very much) are ‘permanent’ false lashes applied individually. They last a couple weeks and are especially big on the West Coast. Not ready to go the glued route? Layer on the mascara. Several coats should do you fine. Don’t believe the old beauty ‘no’ that you should only apply 2 coats of mascara. You just can’t get lush, thick lashes with only two coats.

Again, our stylists at Alan Murphy are always ready to help you out if you have any questions. Stop by and chat with us! Maybe this coupon will give you some incentive? Hope to see you soon!



We’re Totally Sprung On These Spring Styles: Part One-Loose Buns

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Loose buns are classy and timeless, but they aren’t just for librarians anymore! This once-conservative hairstyle has “loosened” up, quite literally, over the years. Celebrities have been rocking the loose bun on the red carpet, and don’t be surprised if you see it at this year’s Academy Awards! It’s important to wear a loose bun, though, since tighter hair buns can cause headaches. Plus, really tight hair buns are worn mostly by ballet dancers.

Buns have been around for quite a while, starting in Ancient Greece. They were typically worn by the wealthy because the pins to secure them were expensive back then. Buns were also seen in Ancient China, but only married women wore them.

There are many different styles of hair buns. The most famous being Princess Leia in Star Wars: A New Hope. “You’re my only hope, Obi-Wan Kenobi!” Oh come on, you know that’s what you thought! Anyway, the styles range from braided buns, buns where hair is coiled, or simply swept around the base. They can go on the top, nape, or side of the head, and are usually secured with bobby pins but they can also be secured with hair sticks, chopsticks, combs and hair decorations.

A loose bun is an easy way to wear your hair when you don’t want it down or if you haven’t washed your hair. It will look put together and somewhat formal, but it can be casual. This is why the loose bun is so great, and why you should expect to see it a lot this Spring!

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