DIY: Dripping Manicure

Usually when you get a mani, the goal is to prevent your nails from dripping or getting banged up. This time, it’s all about the drip. This super fun mani is a cinch to do at home, and we love that it looks like a can of paint spilled and perfectly trickled down the top of your nails. The best part? You can get totally creative and mix any colors you want. Let your nails be your artistic canvas!

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P.S. You can shop GoJane to find the perfect polish!

DIY: Splatter Paint Necklace

We know it’s always a big bummer when your favorite jewelry gets scratched or tarnished, but don’t throw it away! You can give it new life in the most fun and funkified way. Just grab a few bottles of nail polish, a straw, and get ready to get artsy. Your colorful new statement piece will be the talk of the town.

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Not feeling particularly crafty? Shop colorful jewelry on the GoJane site!

DIY: Dip-Dye Jeans

We’re all about recycling old duds into something new, so we knew a dip-dye DIY had to be done. This project is super fun, and inexpensive (our favorite part). Everything cost about $5, and you can save even more if you use the dye for multiple projects. If you have something that is looking kind of blah, or is stained, try this DIY out to breathe some new life into your wardrobe.

Will you be getting all crafty with some dip-dyeing this weekend?

Remix: 6 Ways to Wear a Garter Dress

We decided the garter trend was cool a long time ago, but we didn’t realize the infinite style possibilities for the buckled details until our lead stylist, Andie, started playing around with a few dresses. And oh my gosh. The outfits she made will blow your mind. Who knew a buckled garter dress could be styled so many different ways? So get ready to get inspired! This post will make you want to run to your closet and start getting creative.

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Remix 3: cut-out buckle dress

How do you remix your favorite wardrobe staples?

P.S. You can find most of the items used in these outfits on the GoJane site!

The Essentials: What To Bring To Coachella

It’s one of the most anticipated music events of the year and it’s finally kicking off this weekend. Six days of music, booze, friends, and fashion sounds like heaven- but it could quickly turn into a hot mess. Literally, a HOT mess. With temperatures in Indio, California expected to close in on the hundreds during both weekends, we’re taking all precautions so we can rock out, without passing out. And since we have a few Coachellas under our belt, we’re gonna drop some festival knowledge on you. Our Coachella Survival Guide doesn’t only feature a super fly outfit- it also gives you practical advice that will keep you smiling throughout the 3-day, festival weekend/s.

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Daytime Essentials: Think about the sun, sweat and stickiness…

  • Sunblock. Sunblock. Sunblock. Come home with wonderful memories, not a 3rd degree sunburn. The desert sun is not forgiving and there is almost no shade once you’re inside the venue. The misting tents are a short relief from the heat, but you don’t want to spend the entire weekend there.
  • Lip Balm w/ sunscreen
  • Reusable, plastic water bottle. There are watering stations scattered around the field, so take advantage of this free amenity. If you plan on boozing it up, keep hydrated! Heat and alcohol do not mix well. If you forget your container, bottles of water will be sold for $2.
  • Hand sanitizer & cleansing wipes. All the spilled beer and yummy food truck goodies can take a toll on your paws. Don’t waste your time standing in line at the sink stations. We’re bringing along these refreshing make-up wipes to keep ourselves cool & clean.

Hats & Sunglasses: Wide brimmed hats will keep the sun off of your precious face and sunglasses will keep you from squinting through your fave daytime performances.

Tops: Keep the material light and airy.  Imagine all that desert sun trapped under a super tight shirt. Yuck! We chose a light colored top to reflect the sun. (Black and darker colors will absorb the heat). And of course, we went sleeveless because there’s nothing cute about a farmer’s tan.

Bottoms: Blankets are not permitted and who wants to lug around a small beach towel? We suggest you throw on some denim shorts that you don’t mind getting dirty. The thick denim will protect your bum from being poked by sharp trash left on the field when you need to cop a quick squat. We also chose camo shorts because the dirtier they get, the more authentic they look. The high-cut hem will also protect you from a crazy mid-thigh tan line.

Footwear: Please do yourself a favor and leave the sexy heels and wedges at home because there is some major walking involved. And with so many things to do and see once you’re inside the venue, you’re not gonna be standing in one place for very long. Sandals aren’t the best idea if you mind having your toes trampled on amidst the chaos. Combat boots seem like a good idea, but with all the sun you’re bound to come home with a funky, mid-calf tan line. So we suggest platform sneakers. The platform will give you extra height to see past the crowds of tall people.

Nighttime Essentials: Although desert days are hotter than a mo-fo, it can get quite chilly and windy once the sun sets. We suggest bringing along a cardigan. Nothing too thick because you’ll sweat your booty off while you’re jumping around to the headlining band. We chose a cut-out cardigan because of the ventilation it offers. Pack it away in your backpack during the day and you can also use it as something to sit on if grass on your ass isn’t an ideal situation. If you’re not carrying a bag, tie it around your waist 90s style.

Extras: 

  • Earplugs. We know it sounds counter-productive to suggest something that will impair your hearing at a music festival, but some people are sensitive to the whole deep base and screeching guitars thing.
  • Hair tie. When your hair is stuck to your face and drenched in sweat, you’re gonna wish you had something to tame it with.

For more Coachella Festival info, click here!

Who’s going to Coachella? Will you be wearing one of your GoJane favorites?

How to: Do an Understated Smokey Eye

You know we love us wild, boldly hued makeup, but sometimes we crave something a bit more practical. Recently, one of our MUAs showed us how to do an understated smokey eye on Kouwai, and we loved the look so much, a few of us ended up doing it that night for an evening out with the girls. Anyways, check out this super easy tutorial, and make sure to let us know what you think.




What do you think? Are you a fan?

How To: Pearl Hair Clips

You know those bobby pins you find floating around at the bottom of your purse? It’s time to re-purpose them! Grab some wire and a few faux pearl beads, and get ready to make some fancy designer-inspired hair pins.

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Have you given a simple bobby pin a makeover?

Quick Tip: Apply Lipstick with a Brush

Confession: we spend a lot of time watching our resident MUAs in action in hopes of picking up tricks for the perfect pout, mile-long lashes, and a clear complexion. The other day we saw our MUA carefully apply a bold fuchsia shade with a lip brush, and we have to admit that we were seriously impressed by the incredibly precise lines and staying power. The secret? Applying lipstick with a brush and not straight out of the tube.

Do you apply lipstick with a brush or straight out of the tube?

DIY Shoe Clips: We Heart Bow-tiful Shoes

We all love a classic pair of pumps, but sometimes, we just want to spice them up a little. That’s why we’ve decided shoe clips are the most genius idea since sliced bread. Or at least since ombre hair. They are super adorable, you can make them in any shape or color, and they won’t damage your shoes. Just to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit, we decided to do glitter heart clips and heart printed bow clips. So grab some glitter and ribbons, and get ready for a free shoe upgrade.

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How would you upgrade a simple pair of pumps?

Note: Shoe clips work for flats, too!

How to: Newsprint Nails

We all know newspapers have become a bit obsolete (thanks to the internet), but we’ve decided to re-purpose them for a fun mani. It just so happens that the ink used for newspapers is perfect for giving your nail a little text tattoo. Just make sure your parents are finished reading their favorite sections before you steal borrow their paper.

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What do you think of wearing the news on your fingers?

Find your perfect nail polish for Newsprint nails and this awesome faceted ring on the GoJane site!

How to: Ombre Lips

In the mood to instantly brighten your look, as well as embrace one of spring’s biggest trends? Then check out our rad ombre lip tutorial. Our makeup artist whipped up this glossy, bold lip to brighten up even the most blah of January days, and as an added bonus, it’s super easy.

Would you dare to rock the ombre lip?

Remix: Faux Leather Skirt Edition

You know when you completely fall in love with something, but you just don’t know how to wear it? It happens to all of us. We’re here to help you out, though. We’ve taken one of our favorite pieces right now, a faux leather mini, and styled it for a casual day of shopping and for a dressy date night. Since we’ve been totally loving big cat graphics and mint lately, we decided they should be incorporated, too.

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Here are the deets:

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Outfit 1: faux leather studded skirt, big cat sweatshirt, textured faux leather handbag, faux suede ankle boots, embellished leopard hinge bracelet, layered geometric necklace

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Outfit 2: faux leather studded skirt, semi-sheer button-up blouse, metal accented platforms, faux leather bow front clutch, layered chain pearl necklace set

Do you remix your wardrobe staples to create different looks?

How to: Two-Tone Polka Dot Nails

Remember when our model, Emily, showed us how to do a spooky blood spattered nail for Halloween? We were so impressed by her nail prowess that we’ve been trying forever to get her to do another tutorial. We finally convinced her to share some nail genius with us, and she came up with one of our fave designs yet: a two-tone polka dot mani. Not only is the color palette perfect for spring, but the look is surprisingly easy. Wanna learn how to do it? Start reading.

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We used nail polish (149), salon formula nail polish (230), and nail polish (108) for this look. Oh, and the ring? Get it here.

What do you think? Are you a fan?

How to: Color Chain Link Jewelry

We’ve been loving rocking chain link jewelry with everything lately, but after a while, simple silver and gold links can leave us wanting more. More color, that is! We decided it was time to give new life to some of our favorite bracelets with a little colored Plasti Dip. After a few minutes of dipping and drying, we had a bold and colorful new trendy bracelet.

Here’s our finished look.

What you’ll need: Create Your Color Plasti Dip, Plasti Dip tint, an aluminum can, chain link metal jewelry, and a plastic spoon.

Tip: You can find Plasti Dip at most hardware, auto, and home stores.

Pour enough Plasti Dip to cover half of your jewelry into an aluminum can. This will allow you to save the rest for another project since you don’t need very much for this one. It should be about three inches high.

We decided to color our bracelet seafoam, but you can do whatever color you want. Whatever color you choose, pour the lightest tint you’ll need into the mixture first. Stir with a plastic spoon.

Mix in the next color, but only pour in a small amount at a time so your color doesn’t get too dark too quickly.

Mix in your final color. If you only need two colors, skip this. If the mixture isn’t quite the shade you want it to be, play with the colors a little always adding the lightest first. Stir the mixture thoroughly so you don’t see any streaks.

Slowly dip your bracelet into the Plasti Dip, lowering it a little more every 5 seconds. Then, slowly lift the bracelet out of the Plasti Dip in 5 second increments.

Hold your bracelet over the can for at least a minute to let the excess Plasti Dip drip off.

Hold your bracelet for a couple minutes to make sure it isn’t dripping anymore. It should start to solidify, but won’t be dry yet. If you plan to do a second coat, let your bracelet dry for 30 minutes before you dip it again. Once finished, hang your bracelet to dry for at least four hours (preferably more) before wearing.

Wear your bright, new jewelry!

How do you liven up your favorite jewelry?

P.S. Find the bracelet we used for this DIY here.

How To: Britney’s “Scream & Shout” Hair

Fans of the BIG HAIR, DON’T CARE movement rejoice! The artist formerly known as “Bald Britney” has shown everyone that her no-hair-having-days are long gone. She’s embracing her regrowth and some of the finest quality hair extensions a pop princess can buy, and she’s taking this hair thing to a whole new level. If you haven’t already seen the video for Will.I.Am’s latest release, “Scream and Shout,” featuring Brit Brit, well then you’re missing out on the best blond bouffant since Brigitte Bardot’s iconic, sixties hairdo. And of course, staying true to our mission of jocking all things Britney, we’re gonna show you gals how to achieve this kickass bouffant hairstyle without the help of any additional hair pieces. All you’ll need are some basic skills, everyday bathroom essentials, and a whole lot of upper body strength. Warning: lots of teasing ahead…

Model is wearing: headband, cropped top & acid wash shorts

What you’ll need:

Materials: fine tooth comb, hair clip, head band & hair spray

Steps:

Start with hair that was washed the previous day.

Tip: Dirty hair is easier to style because the light build-up helps the hair hold shape.

Section your hair off into a rectangle. Start at your temples and move back to the crown of your head.

Clip that rectangle section of hair off to the front.

Take a 1 inch section of hair from your loose hair and spray with hairspray, starting from the root and working halfway up toward your ends.

Place your comb at the halfway mark and comb down towards your roots (towards your head). Repeat about 5 times, creating a matted mess.

The teased section of hair should be standing upright at the roots.

Release the hair from the clip and grab another 1 inch section. Repeat the teasing procedure until you have teased half of the rectangle.

At the halfway mark, take the sides of your teased hair and fan it out like a rainbow. Continue teasing 1 inch sections of the remaining rectangle and fanning out each section.

When you are done teasing all of the hair that was originally in the rectangle, smooth out the top layer of hair by lightly running your comb through it. Your hair should resemble a lion’s mane.

Take your headband and firmly press it back from your forehead to the top of your head.

It’s Britney, Bitch!

How to: Festive Glitter Nails

We live by the philosophy that there’s no such thing as too much glitter. So just to continue on with our sparkle obsession, we’ve decided to create a glitter mani to go with your new glittery shoes. You can do this fun mani with any colors, but we’ve decided to reach for our trusty red for a perfect holiday look.

Here’s the finished look.

What you’ll need: Red (or other colored) nail polish, glitter nail polish, tape, nail polish remover, cotton swabs

Paint your nails with red polish (or another solid hue).

Add a second coat so that polish doesn’t look too thin. Make sure to wait for your nails to fully dry before moving on to the next step.

Put two pieces of tape on each nail forming a V at the base of your nail bed. There should be a triangle of red polish showing. For a totally trendy look, leave your ring finger untaped, and paint the whole thing with glitter.

Paint the untaped triangle on your nail with your glitter polish. You may need to do two coats.

Let the glitter polish dry for a couple minutes, then carefully peel off the tape. Next, paint your entire nail on your ring finger with glitter polish (if you’ve chosen to leave it untaped).

Remove any glitter or polish from you finger with a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover.

Pair your fancy, sparkly mani with your favorite holiday outfits! And some eggnog, of course.

How do you incorporate glitter into your manicures?

How to: Glitter Sole Heels

Do you ever feel the need to just cover everything you own in glitter? We, admittedly, have often thought things would look better with a little extra sparkle. And lately, we’ve been noticing that tons of high fashion designers agree. Which is why we are so obsessed with this DIY project. It’s easy, fun, subtle yet glamorous, and it involves a whole lot of glitter. Plus, you already have most of the supplies at home. So grab your favorite heels, and get ready to get your sparkle on.

Our Finished Look.

What you’ll need: Heels, Mod Podge Glue, a paintbrush, fine glitter (any color), painter’s tape, and sandpaper

Clean off the soles of your heels (if they’ve been worn), and sand down any uneven parts. Then, put tape around the edges of the sole so as to avoid getting glue and glitter on the actual shoe. Tape off the ball of the sole to avoid actually walking on the glitter.

Tip: Glue and glitter will adhere better to smooth soles, so be careful to choose a pair of heels that isn’t textured.

Pour Mod Podge onto a disposable surface (like a paper plate or shoebox lid), and mix in some glitter with your paintbrush.

Paint the the soles of your heels evenly with the glitter and glue mixture. Make sure to keep the glue thin so it doesn’t dry too chunky.

Pour glitter directly onto the soles immediately before the glue has a chance to start drying. Don’t worry about using too much, excess glitter will come off with a little shake of the shoe.

The glitter should completely cover the glue, like this:

Wait at least a half an hour for the glue to dry. Once you’re sure it has dried, paint another thin coat of the glitter and glue mixture on the sole to seal it.

Let your shoes dry soles up for at least an hour. They may need to sit a little longer if the glue is thick. When they are dry to the touch, and there is no more visible glue, carefully peel the tape off of your shoes.

Rock your sparkly new heels everywhere you go! And get ready for a slew of compliments.

What wardrobe staples do you love to spice up with a little glitter?

P.S. You can find the perfect heels for this project on the GoJane site.

How to: Do a Burgundy Smokey Eye (Like Kristen Stewart)

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Okay, so your makeup brushes are squeaky clean, and you’re ready to incorporate this season’s hottest hue into your face routine. The next step? A smokey eye inspired by Kristen Stewart. Check out our tutorial below, and get ready to vamp up your look.

You’ll need: thick, flat eye shadow brush, an angled makeup brush, a blending brushburgundy eye shadowblack eye shadowtaupe eye shadow,   mascara,  and black eye pencil

Optional: primer

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Pat primer onto a bare lid

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Using your thick, flat eye shadow brush, pat burgundy eye shadow onto the inner two thirds of the lid

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Using your thick, flat eye shadow brush, pat black eye shadow onto the outer third of your lid in a v-shape

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Using your blending brush, pat taupe eye shadow on the entire crease

Tip: Use a windshield motion to blend evenly

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Using your blending brush, blend the burgundy and black together, as well as the taupe, burgundy, and black

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Line your waterline with black pencil

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Using your flat eye shadow brush, apply taupe to bottom of eye 

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Use a Q-Tip to clean up any loose eye shadow

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Apply two coats of black mascara to your top lashes

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Admire yourself and go catch your own Edward Cullen Robert Pattinson

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What do you think? Any other tutorials you wanna see?

How to: Deep Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Did you know that cleaning your makeup brushes is one of the most important things you can do to make sure your makeup looks flawless? If you don’t clean them every other week all sorts of oil, dirt, and bacteria can build up on your brushes. The result?  Your attempts at a modern vintage beauty look or a bronzed beauty look  may end up less than stellar.  And while one GoJane girl confessed to throwing her brushes away when they got dirty, we have another method that’s far more preferable: deep cleaning your brushes.

You’ll need: olive oil, makeup brushes, antibacterial soap, paper towels, and a plate 

Tip: Olive oil works for deep cleaning because most makeup has some oil component and oil removes oil far better than water alone does

Pour equal parts olive oil and antibacterial soap onto a small dish

Rub your brushes around in the olive oil and soap mixture

Tip: Do this gently- you don’t want to damage your bristles or the glue holding the brush tips together

Run brushes under warm (not hot) water and rub against the palm of your hand

Tip: Don’t face brushes up towards water- you don’t want to get the head of the brushes soaked because it could weaken the glue. We like holding them facing downwards. 

Remove brushes from water and gently squeeze excess water out and shape brushes as you do this

Place brushes, bristle side facing down, on a flat cloth or paper towel

Tip: You want to dry your brushes at a downward angle- we used a magazine to add extra height

Let brushes dry 

Tip: It’s best to let your brushes dry for at least a day

Have you deep cleaned your brushes? How did it go for you?

How to: Bleached Tie-Dye Jeans

So your absolute favorite jeans finally wore through the knee and got a mustard stain on them. Devastating, we know. But rather than toss them aside and mourn their loss, give your trusty jeans new life! Tie-dying jeans with bleach is a cinch, and it won’t even cost you a penny. You’ll likely have most of the supplies just sitting around your house. Bleach dying jeans also doesn’t have to be limited to worn out jeans. It’s perfect for jeans with a simple wash that just need a little more character. And the best part about this DIY is that no two pair will look alike! So pull out some grubby clothes you don’t mind getting messy, and get ready to get your craft on.

Our Finished Look.


Love the kicks? Get ’em here!

Here’s what you’ll need: Jeans, rubber or plastic gloves, a plastic bucket, rubber bands, bleach, and water/sink

Make knots in the jeans with the rubber bands. There is really no wrong way to do this, just use as many as you want. The thicker the rubber bands, the heavier the dark spots. If you want sparse spots, use less rubber bands. It’s up to you!

Place rubber bands all the way around your denim ball so it doesn’t open up during its bath.

Rinse your denim ball so it’s thoroughly wet. Then pour 50/50 bleach and water into a bucket.

Gently place your jeans into the bucket. If they aren’t covered, either pour in more water/bleach or rotate every few minutes.

Let jeans sit for 20-60 minutes depending on the thickness of the denim and the desired color. The longer you leave them, the lighter they’ll get.

Tip: Don’t leave jeans soaking for too long or the bleach will start to eat away at the fabric. Just keep an eye on them!

When jeans have lightened up sufficiently, rinse them out and remove the rubber bands.

Note: Jeans will also get lighter as they dry.

Ring out excess water, and let jeans hang to dry. You can make this process shorter by tossing them in the dryer after they’ve sat for a little while.

Pair you new jeans with you favorite kicks, and wear them everywhere!

Have you ever tried a makeover on your favorite jeans?

P.S. You can find the jeans we used for this DIY on the GoJane site.

Makeup How To: Modern Vintage Beauty

THE LOOK

As GoJane’s lead MUA, I like to shake up the weekly lookbook a bit by doing unexpected things like adding a vintage touch to a mostly modern look. My inspiration for this week’s  makeup: the hues and tones of the 1960’s. I’m thinking this is a look you can rock both day and night. Hope you like…

THE PRODUCTS

Powder: Cargo’s blu_ray Pressed Powder Eyeshadows: Cargo’s Pasadena Eyeshadow Duo, Make-Up Forever 101 Eyeliner: Tarte’s creme-based liner in black Blush: Cargo’s Cheek Activator Lips: Cargo’s Reverse Lip Liner, Lorac’s Lip Gloss in Butterscotch c/o Cargo Cosmetics

THE FACE

Prep the face with a moisturizer & primer.
Step 1: Using a round tapered dome brush, generously apply powder or foundation all over the face for your base.
Step 2: Apply in a circular motion, brushing the product upwards for an even finish.
Tip: Adding powder to foundation is great for oily skin, especially during warmer weather.

THE EYESHADOWS

Step 1: Apply a lighter shade of eyeshadow from the lash line all the way to the brow bone using a round dome brush.
Tip: The lighter color is a great way to highlight the brows.
Step 2: Apply a light blue shimmer with a flat round brush. Start from the inner tear-duct of the eyelid and move up to the crease, blending it out to the outer corner of the lash line at an angle.


Step 3: Apply a darker shadow from the outer corner, blending it up to the crease, using a small tapered brush or a smudger.
Step 4: Line the bottom of the lash line using that same darker shadow, with a flat liner brush for a more dramatic look.

THE EYELINER & MASCARA

Step 1:  Create a cat eye using a liner brush and a black cream-based liner. From the outer corner, bring it all the way to the tear duct at a 45° angle.
Tip: I like to start from the outer corner of the lash line at an angle, to make sure my cat eye is even.
Step 2: Apply a generous amount of mascara from the roots of the lash line all the way to the tips.
Tip:  Applying from the roots of the lash, ensures a bolder/fuller look.

THE CHEEKS

Step 1: Apply a cream-based blush from the apples of the cheek, blending at an angle with a duo-fiber brush.
Tip: If you don’t have a duo-fiber brush, apply the cream on the back of your hands and with your finger, dot it along the apples of the cheek; then blend with your fingers

THE LIPS

Step 1: Line the lips with a light colored lip liner all along the natural lines of the lips.
Step 2: Use a lip brush to smooth out the liner.


Step 3: Apply a natural shimmer gloss that has a hint of color on the lips.
Tip: Use lipstick if you prefer. I used gloss for a hint of shine and for a fuller lip.

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So what do you think? Did we just hook up your beauty book with a new look?

How to: Tie a Scarf 3 Ways

The temperatures are finally starting to drop, pumpkins are taking over empty lots, and the GoJane writers have been spending all their free time jumping in leaves. What does all of this mean? It’s scarf weather! Whether you prefer chunky knit scarves or lightweight printed scarves, we’re  showing you a few stylish ways to tie our favorite cold weather accessory. Get ready to get knotty!

Here are the three final looks.

Look 1:

Fold your scarf in half and drape it around your neck.

Slide one hand through the folded loop, and grab one of the loose ends.

Pull the end through the folded loop. The other end should still be hanging off your shoulder.

Grab the folded loop and twist it 90 degrees.

Slide your other hand through the loop again, and grab the end that is still hanging loose off your shoulder.

Pull the end through the twisted loop and adjust the knot so everything is even.

Rock the knot with your favorite top!

Look 2:

Drape a scarf around your neck so that each end is hanging loose.

Grab your favorite skinny belt, and buckle it around the scarf at your waist.

Tuck in the end of the belt so that it doesn’t hang.

Look 3:

Drape a scarf around your neck unfolded, and leave one end hanging long. There should be about 16 inches hanging on the shorter end.

Wrap the longer end around your neck twice. Both ends should be about the same length now.

Tie the ends that are hanging together in a regular knot. Adjust so ends are still hanging evenly.

What’s your favorite way to tie a scarf?

P.S. Get this fabulous printed semi-sheer scarf and semi-sheer button-up blouse at GoJane!

DIY: Three Totally Awesome Halloween Costumes

Don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Halloween is less than two weeks away.  And while GoJane has tons of Halloween costumes all ready for you, we also have another trick up our sleeve: costumes made of everyday clothing that you can wear throughout the year. Check out our three Halloween suggestions and let us know how you’re dressing up this year.

Psy (of “Gangnam Style” fame)


thick metal arm sunglasses, fashion bowtie, two-tone tuxedo blazer, button-up blouse, tapered belted pants, and perforated oxford heels

Zombie (inspired by Walking Dead)


slashed cross top
, bandeau tankfour pocket distressed denim shorts, bloody zombie thigh highs, and spiked contrast lace platform booties 

Honey Boo Boo Child


embellished tiara
, embellished full skirt formal, and  glittery platforms

What do you think? Are you feeling these looks? Do you have other ideas for Halloween?

PS: Thanks to Malinn for putting the Psy look together and thanks to Emily for putting the zombie look together

Makeup How To: Bronze Beauty

THE LOOK

You’ve been diggin’ our weekly editorial shoots, haven’t you? We thought so!  Along with the always awesome clothes, the makeup artistry also plays a very important role in creating the best shots. So we’re gonna show you how to get this everyday bronzed-beauty look. Hey, I’m GoJane’s resident MUA, Kathleen Ty. And with my tote full of goodies, I’m about to serve you up some good face!

THE PRODUCTS

Eyeshadow: In the Buff (or any bronzy-brown palette), Blush: Glisten (or any glittery pink blush) & Blissful (or any peachy blush), Bronzer: Park Avenue Princess, Lips: Hope (or any pink-berry lip color), Eyeliner: EmphasEyes Waterproof Eyeliner (or any liner in black or blue), Mascara: Lights Camera Lashes! c/o Tarte Cosmetics

THE CHEEKS

Step 1: After creating a great canvas using your go-to primers, concealers and foundations, apply a bronzer to the cheeks, blending in an upward motion with a blush brush to help define the cheek bones.

Tip:  I like to spoil the skin with warmth. So for that touch of definition, I chose a matte-based bronzer.

Step 2: Apply a peachy blush lightly over the defined area, starting from the apples of the cheeks.

Step 3: Apply a glittery-pink blush over the peachy shade, using the same method.

Tip: Using two types of blush colors will help bring dimension to your cheeks.

THE EYES

I chose a bronzy-brown palette consisting of golden neutrals. I call this particular quad my silky sand box.

Step 1: Apply a light ivory shadow all over the eyelid, starting from the brow line with a flat round brush.

Step 2: With a round dome brush, apply a medium taupe shadow from the outer corner of the eye- blending it all the way to the lash line.

Step 3:  With a round dome brush, apply a darker shimmery-brown shadow from the corner of the eye- blending up towards the crease line.

Step 4: With a flat liner brush, apply the darker shimmery-brown shadow directly on the bottom lash line to add depth.

Tip: Shimmers are a great way to brighten up eyes, especially when you’re on-the-go or just want a quick pick-me-up around the eyes!

 Step 5:  Using a liner brush or an angled liner brush, apply black eyeliner from the inner corner of the eye sweeping it out in an angle.

Tip: Liner is a great way to bring out the eyes, by lining it as close as possible to the lash line it will give your eyes slight drama without overpowering the eyes. You can also switch it up by smudging and or lining the lash line with a different hue like blue.

Step 6:  Apply two coats of mascara starting from the root of the lashes, sweeping it in an upward motion.

Tip: Apply the second coat while the first coat is still fresh for a more dramatic look.

THE LIPS

Step 1: Apply a pink-berry lip color all around the lip line. Fill it in completely, starting from the center of the lip and pat to smooth it out.

Tip: For a less intense lip just dab it all over the lip for a light tint.

THE END

How to: Blood Spatter Nails

Since Halloween is just around the corner, we thought we’d show you how to give yourself a super spooky mani. One of our amazing GoJane models (who happens to be a nail art genius) agreed to let us shoot her painting a disturbingly cool blood spatter design. The effect is totally reminiscent of a creepy haunted house or an episode from Dexter. So, of course, it’s completely perfect for Halloween.

What you’ll need: white nail polish, red nail polish, a straw, cotton swabs, and nail polish remover

Tip: You’ll probably want to do this on paper towels or a plastic bag to avoid causing your house to look like a forensic scene. That might freak out your family or roommates a little bit.

Paint your nails with two coats of white polish.

Let the white polish dry for a couple minutes (just so it isn’t completely wet).

Dab a drop of red polish onto a paper towel, plastic wrap, or other protected surface.

Swirl one end of your straw in the drop of red nail polish. Make sure that it’s completely covered, and the polish is forming a bubble across the opening.

Hold the polished end of the straw a couple inches away from your nail, and blow through the other end. You’ll need to blow pretty hard to get a good spatter effect.

Dip the cotton swab in the nail polish remover, and clean up the polish around your nail.

Rock your spooky spatter nails with some haunted jewelry!

Find this skeleton hand bracelet on the GoJane site.

Are you going to rock nail art for Halloween? What other DIYs would you like to see us do?

How To: Sock Bun Hairstyle

Ready girls? We’re about to show you how to get those bodacious buns you’ve been seeing all over the runways and on the tele. Big, voluminous, larger-than-life hair buns (what did you think we were talking about, naughty girl?) used to be reserved for girls with long and thick hair. But thanks to the clever use of a simple tube sock, girls with fine or shorter hair can also rock this ballerina-babe hairstyle. Take a look at our picture tutorial below and we’ll show you how GoJane Writer, Emily turned her teeny-weenie, sad bun into a pumped up masterpiece. No steroids professional hairstylist required!

You’ll need: hairspray, a comb, an elastic hair band, scissors, bobby pins and a long tube sock.

Tips: the longer the sock, the bigger the bun. Choose a sock that best matches your hair color for better blending.

Cut off the toe-end of the sock.

Roll the sock into itself until it looks like a donut.

Gather your hair into a  ponytail at the very top of your head & secure tightly with the elastic hair band.

Wrap the sock donut around the tip of your ponytail.

Secure your hair to the sock donut by wrapping the end of your ponytail around the donut and tucking it into the center.

Start rolling the donut down with your hair, while spreading your hair around the exposed parts of the sock. 

Keep rolling until your bun is sitting on top of your head. Spread your hair around  to cover any part of the sock that is still visible.

Tip: this is where choosing a sock similar to your hair color comes in handy.

Use bobby pins to secure the bun to your head.

Spray lightly with hairspray & smooth down flyaways with your fingertips.

Voila! Now you can rock big-ass buns without anyone knowing you’re a sock stuffer!

Give the sock bun technique a whirl and let us know how it worked out for you!

How to: Camouflage Nails

Do you remember these sweet camo nails sported by our stylist last week? We were kind of obsessed with them the moment we saw ’em and knew we needed to learn how to do them immediately. So, we got our stylist to take us through the process step by step, as well as link to all the colors you’ll need. Wanna learn? Read on.

1. Paint your nail a neutral mocha or beige

2. Paint dark green or olive spots



3. Paint brown spots (overlap with green)

4. Add black lines with thin brush

5. Finish with a clear topcoat if desired

Products used:


(nail polish [50, 48, and 105], art deco nail polish [42], and nail polish [85])

What do you think? Any other tutorials you’d like to see?

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