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It’s the Holiday season which means…it’s also Holiday Party Season! As the calendar starts to fill up with social events and after-work parties, it’s time to start thinking about creating that perfect look with your make-up! Are you taking it from work to an evening look?…or are you getting ready for a massive soiree? This month the beautiful Jamie uses the all-natural Jane Iredale Holiday Eye Palette—Come Fly With Me—to show you how to make your eyes POP for your event. Whichever look you are trying to prep for, we have the ultimate eye palette to encompass every impression! Click the video below to see Jamie’s eye-opening step by step tutorial!


The first step to any look is to prep! If you like to use a primer, start with Jane Iredale’s Smooth Affair Lid Primer to create a smudge and crease-proof look, and it comes in a variety of colors to blend flawlessly with your shadow. Now on to the fun part! Jamie starts with the middle color, Nectar, in the Come Fly With Me palette and applies it to the bottom of the brow bone with Jane Iredale’s Crease Brush, going back and forth in windshield wiper motions. The great thing about Jane Iredale’s shadows is that they build upon themselves, so you can layer and apply as much as you would like in order to create your desired look.


Next Jamie uses the darker brown color in the palette, called Buzz, and applies right in the crease of the eye lid in the same windshield wiper motion as before. You can even incorporate small circular motions starting in the outer corners to build upon the shadow. The position in which you hold the application brush can also be important. Holding closer to the applicator will give you more control and precision, but Jamie likes to hold the brush in the middle to make her shadow less precise while blending.


Now Jamie will use the Chisel Shader brush, which is more flat, to apply the gold color, Honey, directly on the eye lid. This will add a little shimmer and allow your eyes to POP! Then Jamie will apply the highlighting shade, Wings, to the top of the brow bone (directly under the eyebrow line) and the inner corners of the eye. The purpose of a highlighting shade is to open up the eyes and brighten the face. Jamie uses Jane Iredale’s Eye Shader Brush that is also flat but slightly smaller, which will allow you to have a more precise application when using a highlighting eye shadow. Lastly, you can use a small detail brush to apply the shades Nectar and Buzz directly on the bottom water line to add a little color and tie the whole look together.


Using these four shades from the Come Fly With Me Palette will definitely give you a naturally dazzling look for any event, but if you are wanting to add a little smokey drama to your eyes, you can add the darkest color in the palette, Sting, to the total look! Jamie suggests using the Crease Brush again to apply a small amount of shadow to the crease of the eye, still using the same windshield wiper motion until the shade is blended. With darker shadows, it’s important to remember to start with a small amount first and then build on the shadow to create the desired look. Also, try to keep the darker shades in the outer corner of the eyes; this will make the eyes appear more open and lifted.



And that’s it! You are now ready to take on this Holiday Party Season! So whether you are going to THE holiday event of the season, or you have a special Christmas date with your special someone you will be looking like a knock-out all night long!


The Holidays have begun, and we know you all want to look amazing whether you are having Thanksgiving dinner with family or at your office holiday party. If anyone understands how busy this time of year can be it’s hairstylists, so we are sharing 3 hairstyles that we are so THANKFUL to have during the holidays!


With all the Thanksgiving cooking (and cleanup after!), who wouldn't be thankful for the ever-so-easy ponytail!! There’s nothing more classic than a SIMPLE PONYTAIL, and if you have 20 people coming to your house for Thanksgiving dinner this year and just need something easy and quick, then the messy ponytail won’t fail you! To start this look, you can wave your hair with a wand/curling iron or you can leave it in a natural messy look, whatever you prefer! Next pull it back in a loose pony and secure right above the nape of your neck, pulling out a few pieces in the front to frame around the face. (Hot tip: using a scrunchie will give this look an extra POP!) Whether it’s an all-up or half-up pony, this look will keep you looking trendy without the headache, so you can get back to those 20 people in your house!


Another super trendy look that we are so thankful it hasn’t gone away is the TOP KNOT, and lucky for you this one is also quick and easy! To start, you can again either wave your hair using a wand or curling iron, or let your natural wave show through! Next, section out the top layer of your hair and gently pull it back to the crown of your head (don’t pull too tight to your scalp or you will loose volume). Twist to create a messy bun and secure with a hair tie. It’s ok if it doesn’t look perfect…the messier the better! Again, accessorizing with a scrunchie or even a scarf will give this look a little something extra!


Finally, the third look we are loving for the Thanksgiving season is the EFFORTLESS BUN. This look is all about a low bun that sits just at the nape of the neck. You can start by securing a loose and low ponytail, just like the one from the first look above. Next, take the ponytail and loosely wrap it into a bun, then secure it with bobby pins. It’s OK to have some pieces hanging out…the point is for it to be messy and effortless! If your hair is fine and your pony needs a little more texture, you can spray it with a texture spray, like Pureology’s Wind Tossed, before wrapping it into a bun.


And there you have it! Three simple hairstyles that will keep you looking trendy while you celebrate the holidays!


Lastly, most of you know that the holiday season is our busiest time of year, but here at Elleven we are never too busy to say Thank You to all of our clients, friends, and family who have supported our salon and contributed to our success—you truly are a gift! We wish you all the happiest of Thanksgivings and hope you enjoy your holiday season!


The month of October has so many meanings…fall weather, Halloween…but there’s no denying that the month of October is best known for one major thing, and that’s Breast Cancer Awareness. Well here at Elleven we decided to join the cause and show our support! We have TWO videos for you this month that show what strength, courage, and community are all about!


For our first video you might want to get the tissues out because it’s so powerful that it will move you to tears. It highlights one of our clients that was brave enough to tell her breast cancer survival story. Words won’t do it justice so you’re just going to have to check out this video for yourself…click below to meet Melanie Markus and to hear her story of survival.



In our next video we take a look back at what coming together as a community looks like by running for the cause in the Liz Hurley Ribbon Run. In the years past, we watched the thousands of runners go by our salon and cheer them on as we worked, but this year we wanted to do something different. We came out from behind our chairs, closed down the salon for the day, dressed in PINK instead of our normal “black salon attire”, and gathered as a team to experience this incredible event with our city. Check out the video below to experience what the Liz Hurley Run was like from Elleven Salon!



As the month of October comes to a close, we want to not only remember the clients, friends and family that we have stood by that have gone through their breast cancer battle, but we also want to remember that this fight goes beyond the month of October. To learn more or to make a donation to the Liz Hurley Breast Cancer Fund, please click HERE.


We would also like to extend a huge THANK YOU to Melanie Markus for opening her heart to us and allowing us to share her story...Thank you Melanie.

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