lash lesson sunnie brook

Photographer Melis + Dainon
Hair Sunnie Brook
Makeup Garret Gervais
Model Elle Evans

Everyone wants long, thick, curled lashes for a wide open, rested look. As a pro make up artist there are a few tricks my friend Garret Gervais uses to accomplish this look.

1. Curl

I curl lashes using the Kevyn Aucoin Lash Curler. It’s size and curvature fits every eye shape beautifully and if lashes are coarse, I heat the red curler pad for a few seconds before curling.

2. Lengthen

I always lengthen first. It’s easier to add volume (width) to the lash after it’s been stretched. I like Covergirl Lash Blast Lengthening Mascara. It has nylon in its formula and a long, skinny brush. I prefer a skinny brush for lengthening, you can get right down to the root, even on the tiny, thin inner corner lashes. Also a trick I ALWAYS do is to wipe the wand with a paper towel first before applying to lashes. By wiping the wand you take off excess mascara and can really concentrate on using your wand to its fullest without any clumping. This is really important when lengthening because we’re dragging the product through the length of each hair, adding length to the ends of each hair. Think of it as a bit the way you would comb conditioner through your hair in the shower, working it through the length and saturating the ends. I usually apply two coats of lengthening mascara.

3. Volumize

For volumizing, you want to use a mascara with a thick, fluffy brush with varying bristle lengths. This type of brush deposits extra amounts of product onto the lash, building thickness around each individual hair. For this I love Diorshow Mascara. As before I wipe off the brush before hitting the lashes. Clumping is not the same thing as volumizing! This particular mascara has a XXL brush and a build-able cream formula so you don’t need a ton of product on the brush to achieve the desired affect. As with lengthening, your brush is doing the work, NOT the amount of product on it.

4. Pro Tips

Another trick you can do to increase the effect of each mascara step is to coat the already-mascaraed lash with a dust of loose powder and apply another coat.
In the above picture I’ve done what I call my Summer Lash. When it’s hot and your make up routine goes minimal, multi coats of black on top and bottom lashes may seem “too much” instead try this pro look:

Curl, lengthen top and bottom in brown (2 coats)  and volumize only the outside of the top lash in black (2-3coats).

What are some of your favorite mascaras? or lashes? Have you ever had lash extensions? Have you tried my DIY lash growing serum?!

lash lesson sunnie brook


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chrissy teigens hair comb

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I don’t claim to know a lot about sports, but I can tell you this: Chrissy Teigen’s hair game at the ESPY Awards last night was ON POINT. What stood out to me most was her too-cool-for-school metal hair clip, which looked like some sort of punk-rock, gilded animal tooth. Turns out, I was close. “It was inspired by an elephant tusk,” says designer Amanda Thomas, who partnered with hairstylist Sunnie Brook to create Luv Aj X Sunnie Brook, a summer capsule collection of seriously badass hair accessories. I called up the designer for more information on the new line.

Tell me about the designs. I love the one Chrissy wore.
“The Tusk Comb has a really clean shape and is serrated on the edges so it has dimension and catches the light. We were thinking of Grease, when the guys slick their hair back with a comb; it has that vibe. We also have spiked chain headpieces, which is a fun, playful accessory you can wear so many ways.”

You’ve been doing jewelry for years. Why hair accessories?
“There’s so much out there for bridal hair accessories, but they tend to be traditional silver, with Swarovski crystals. I wanted to create something tougher and edgier, for an unconventional bride who wants to wear it again when she goes out.”

Why partner with hairstylist Sunnie Brook?
“Sunnie does hair every day and knows how accessories should look, and feel, and wear in the hair. She’s so great at what she does—she’s actually doing my hair and makeup for my wedding this year.”

Luv Aj X Sunnie Brook hair accessories are available through September on their website. And rumor has it that hairstylist Jen Atkin just received a whole stash of them, so expect to see them on her other major clients (the Kardashians, to name a few hundred) in the next couple months. READ MORE



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how to get perfect beachy waves sunnie brook jones

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What do Lana del Rey, Chrissy Teigen, and Grimes have in common? Really good hair—and Los Angeles–based stylist Sunnie Brook. But the laid-back beauty (that’s her above) won’t be a well-kept California secret for much longer. When she’s not tending to celebrities, Brook is posting how-to videos on her blog, where she also sells curated kits that address specific hair needs, such as teasing and curls. “I started my blog as a way to help my clients re-create their looks at home,” says Brook. “And I created the kits because they were asking where to get the products I use. Being on set most days, I have the chance to try out so many different brands. I’ve educated myself on what the ingredients are and how the different products interact together.”

The first kit Brook designed continues to be her most popular: Beach Waves. “It’s centered around a cotton Turkish towel I designed,” she says. “The weave of the towel helps your hair dry faster and smooths the cuticle. Most people don’t realize that the towels they use at home are very fibrous, which lifts the cuticle of the hair and makes it frizzy.” Here, more tips from Brook for the perfect beach wave:

• Comb through wet, conditioned hair with a wide-tooth comb. Don’t brush.

• Using a Turkish towel, soak up as much moisture as possible with a scrunching motion to encourage waves.

• Generously spray leave-in conditioner (Brook prefers the Neil George Detangle Nourishment Spray), concentrating on the parts that seem the most dry or damaged.

• Follow the leave-in conditioner with spritzes of surf spray, such as Phillip B. Maui Wowie Beach Spray. Scrunch again with a towel and let air-dry.

• Seal in the moisture and control frizz with a hair serum, like Neil George Hair Serum.



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Meet Jennipher our third “Fresh Look” woman. She is a mother of three. What inspired me to choose her for this series was that she is always giving herself and her time to those she loves in her life. Giving her a day to be pampered was a delight for me.


Here’s how you can re-created Jennipher’s Tousled Twist + Glam Glow!

Tousled Twist

  1. Use a dry shampoo to increase volume and texture in hair.
  2. Taking a section in the crown backcomb to create volume.
  3. Pull hair into a loose twist at back of head and let pieces natural fall out.
  4. Use pins to secure in place and finish with a medium hold spray.

Glam Glow

  1. To give the skin a dewy glow start with Kate Somerville Replenishing Toner and following with the Dual Radiance Serum
  2. After you have done your foundation sweep a milk chocolate brown eyeshadow across lids and line eyes with a kohl eyeliner.
  3. Apply eyelashes and then smudge liner.
  4. Use a bronzer to add warmth to the face and contour cheekbones.
  5. Pop a tangerine peach lip on and you’re ready to go!

Director – Claire Thomas
Director of Photography Yayo Ahumada
Hair + Makeup –
Assistant –
Wardrobe – Haley Roemen

*Correction: Jennipher’s name in the video should read “Jennipher” not “Jennifer”.




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Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm

I’m a big fan of tinted moisturizers as a daily go-to. This beauty balm is the bomb! Not only does it minimize pores, lines, wrinkles and redness like most tinted moisturizers but it also lifts and firms the skin after 8 weeks! It has beautiful light reflecting qualities that give the skin a luminous flawless glow! SPF 20 and available in 3 shades.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee Coral Oasis

A coconut infused cheek color?! What the? Yes that’s ahhhhmazing! Infused with 50% coconut water your cheeks will be getting “cheeky” for 14 hours without parabens or sulfates. Now that’s innovative!

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow Beach Sand

Want more coconut? Here’s another one from Josie for your lids. High on pigment and hydration this summer shimmer gives your lids two layers of love. First with its coconut, and second with its argon oil infused color. Top that off with no parabens and sulfate free!

Chanel Blotting Papers

Treat yourself to this pretty little treasure that will keep your skin oil free. Toss out your powder for the summer and just tap tap shine away when needed.

XO Sunnie Brook


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Back when I first started this beauty blog, I decided to make realistic, real-time instructional videos . . . videos that eliminate “studio magic” and ones that leave you feeling empowered rather than defeated. The very first was Beachy, Surfer Waves, and it instantly became a favorite! Finally, every lady can get those waves! This Beach Waves Kit is everything you need to create this coveted look. Learn the technique then let these products and nature do the rest. You’ll finally have that effortless style every woman craves. Let’s take a took at the handpicked products:



Step № 01 - Before you get out of the shower, you’ll want to comb through your locks and create the part you want to have for the day. Then, when you get out of the shower, DO NOT BRUSH/COMB. This is one of the secrets. Next, you’ll need a high quality 100% cotton towel. If you don’t have one, you’re in luck — my cute mint & white stripe Turkish towel is absolute perfection.

WHY I HANDPICKED THIS TOWEL : Frizzy hair can be the untamed monster that ruins your style and makes you crazy! This towels is like a superhero for your hair. It rolls up super tiny but absorbs so much water from your hair you’ll swear it’s a sponge. The smooth cotton surface of the towel causes less friction with your hair compared to fibrous towels which can lift the cuticle of the hair, making it appear frizzy. This towel will also save you from those I-just-walked-out-of-my-house-to-discover-my-blouse-is-soaked-from-my-dripping-hair moments. And I just love “inspector gadget” sort of items (something that does tons of things for you.) This is just that — towel/wrap/blanket/curtain/tablecloth. Though I doubt your hair will allow to you steal it away for that long.


Step № 02 - After dabbing the moisture out of your hair, you’ll need to use a Leave-In. Since curly and wavy hair needs more moisture, using this will help enhance your curl. Neil George Detangle Nourishment Spray is made with botanicals that not only smell divine, but keep your hair healthy.

WHY I HANDPICKED THIS LEAVE-IN : Many leave-ins will leave your hair feeling brittle or weighed down but not this one. This nourishment spray is the perfect balance for all hair types and most styles. Protect your hair by priming it before layering on all your other products. It’s the prep to pop off any style!


Step № 03 - Next is your surf spray. Spray this on your hair, focusing on the parts that need a little curl-help. Don’t apply too much on the ends, as they can naturally absorb too much product. You’ll use more or less depending on what’s best for your hair. Customize your products by making each time a trial run, until you figure out what works best for your hair type.

WHY I HANDPICKED THIS SURF SPRAY : Wowie is right! This surf spray by Philip B. is amazing for beach waves as it does NOT dry out your hair. Maui Wowie is also great as a root lifter, and will help you make a voluptuous, long-lasting blow out. Fine haired females –this will be your secret weapon!


Step № 04 - And, finally, you’ll use a treatment oil to help control any frizz. One to three pumps should do it, depending on your hair. Start small and add more if you see some problem areas. You can also use some on those “fuzzy bears” up top!

WHY I HANDPICKED THIS OIL : This is sooooooooo luxurious. You can use this for its styling benefits but also as a daily repair treatment. Many oils build up on the hair, leaving it difficult and dull in the long term. Indian Gooseberry Treatment Oil knows when and where to work for you.

Three individual products have now been added to the Sunnie Brook Loves Beauty Shop : the lovely SB Signature Hair Towel, a matte Bobby Pin Set and my favorite Karuna Cloth Face Masks. These are no-brainer gifts, for yourself or your girlfriends, and very easy to fit in a stocking. *hint hint*

Until 2013, all beauty shop purchases will be sent out with a Top-Secret Holiday Bonus!
Gifts are some of your favorite beauty brands and are valued up to $100. Until supplies last.

Sunnie Brook Loves Beauty Shop ♥  Free US Shipping


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Sruti really wanted to try a look she had never done before. When I saw her warm sweet face I wanted to bring more attention to her beautiful almond eye shape by creating a style that would open up her face with a youthfulness and a pop of color. When we chatted about a textured braid paired with winged liner she was happy to give it a whirl.

Fresh look darling magazine sruti

Here’s a couple of tips to help you recreate Sruti’s textured braid, glowing skin, and winged liner.

Textured Braid

  1. Divide and clip hair into 4 sections to give yourself more control as you create your braid.
  2. Once braid is complete pinch and pull the strands to loosen the texture and customize it for your finished style.
  3. If you have short hair divide hair into two sections creating two french braids and then pin up the “tails” at the nape.

Glowing Skin

  1. To keep skin from looking dull use an exfoliator with salicylic acid, like Kate Sommerville ExfoliKate that will remove the dead skin cells and balance hydration.
  2. Use Kate Sommervilles radiance serum boost radiance and luminosity improving the appearance of skin firmness, elasticity and texture.

Winged Liner

  1. Use eyeshadow on an angled brush to get your liner lined up by creating a blueprint of where to put the liquid liner.
  2. Take a piece of office tape and tap on the back of your hand to soften the stick. Then place at the angel desired next to your eye. Use as a guide for your winged liner.
  3. To get your liner spot on don’t tug or pull the eye as you are applying your liner as once the eye is left natural it will look different.


Director – Claire Thomas
Director of Photography Yayo Ahumada
Hair + Makeup –
Assistant –
Wardrobe – Haley Roemen


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Finding the time, money or resources to refresh your style can be difficult, yet every woman wants to look and feel her best as a way of reflecting on the outside who she is on the inside.

That’s why a few months ago I asked my readers to enter a giveaway on my blog for the chance to win a one-on-one transformation session at the Darling studio. I’m excited to share the story of the three winners here, along with instructions on how to translate the looks for yourself.

First up: Meet Ashley!


Here’s a bit more detail on how to create her tossled texture look and soft smokey eye.

Tossled Texture

  1. On damp hair create a side part using the arch of the brow as a guide.
  2. Spray surf spray on sections of the hair.
  3. Use fingers to blow dry hair bending the hair and pushing wave into it as it dries.
  4. Wrap random sections that need a bit more wave around a 1inch iron.
  5. Let curls cool and separate with fingers
  6. Use a soft hold hairspray to keep look in place.

Soft Smokey Eye

  1. Prep the skin with Kate Somerville Skin Care.
  2. Sweep a soft grey eyeshadow across the lids.
  3. Use a blending brush to soften the color and blend shadow from the outer corner of eyes.
  4. Take a smaller blending brush and gently sweep color along bottom lash line to create a soft halo of eyeshadow.
  5. Dampen a small dense brush, apply eyeshadow and press along the top lash line to create more definition.
  6. Finish look with 2 applications of mascara.


Stay tuned for the next Fresh Look reveal to come soon!

Director – Claire Thomas
Director of Photography – Yayo Ahumada
Hair + Makeup –
Assistant –
Wardrobe – Haley Roemen

*Correction: Ashlee’s name in the video should read “Ashlee” not “Ashley”.


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Earlier this week, I spent time with the one man I can always rely on to keep my beauty product messes at bay: Mr. Clean. Sure, the Magic Eraser tackles scuffs on baseboards and stains on countertops, but its one million uses also apply to my favorite topics: beauty and fashion. Who’d have thought, right? Lifesaver to combat summer hair dye and self tanner stains? Oh yea.

In order to really show off the power of the Magic Eraser, I headed to New York City for the Mr. Clean Summer Fashion Party to help my friend, celebrity stylist, Brad Goreski, create ten fresh, summer beauty looks to accompany his amazing  white-hot fashion trends.   Each look was complimented by a cool Magic Eraser usage for the summer from fashion to sports to the grill.

hair straightenter mr clean magic eraser before after

My hair irons get a serious workout not only on my clients, but also myself.  And because I am styling for fashion shows, TV shows, photo shoots, etc,  I often have to use a bevy of hair product that can get burned on to the iron surface, which compromises results and isn’t good for the hair.  So, my little secret? Once my irons cool off, I use a gentle wipe of the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to remove that tough build-up from the surface.  Good as new, every time!

makeup messes mr clean magic eraser before after

My biggest pet peeve when I dye my hair at home is that ring of dye that stains my shower or tub when I rinse my hair.  We used to have the same problem at my salon.  The Magic Eraser easily removes those dried on hair dye stains from hard surfaces like countertops, sinks and bathtubs.  Another secret? It also works to remove other tough stains like dried-up self-tanner and nail polish spills and stains.

makeup bag mr clean magic eraser before after

For the summer, I always preach about long-wearing makeup like lip stains and waterproof eye liner and mascara.  They are great for keeping your face looking beautiful even in the pool, but they can sometimes cause annoying stains on things like countertops and inside my makeup kit.  IF you have that problem too, use a Magic Eraser to get those tough armor-like makeup products off the places they shouldn’t be.

One Mr. Clean Magic Eraser does about a million tough jobs at home – from beauty and fashion to outdoors or sports stuff.  Check out to learn a few more ideas.  You can also follow Mr. Clean on Twitter (@RealMrClean) and Facebook (


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