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3 Spooky Halloween Hair & Make Up Ideas

That spooky time of year is slowly crawling toward us again so it’s time to start thinking about how to make a statement this Halloween with your hair and makeup. Whether you want to go all out with special effects gore and guts, or if you prefer a scary but cute vibe, there are so many hair and makeup products on the market to help you achieve the perfect Halloween costume. At Additional Lengths we’re gearing up for Halloween by revisiting old classic costumes and considering ways to bring them up to date. Read ahead for our top three Halloween hair and makeup ideas to get your creative mind ticking!

Skeleton Girl

An oldie-but-goodie has to be the traditional Skeleton Halloween costume. We all have one, so that’s a great start! The art of creating skeleton makeup is to see it as face painting; using existing outlines and contours of the face to create black shadows and a white skull shape. It’s all in the detail, so spend time focusing on the mouth area where you’ll see the bare teeth, which will have real creepy impact!

For the most detailed skeleton makeup tutorial we’ve seen, check out the video below from makeup artist Giulianna Maria.

When it comes to styling your Halloween hair, take spooky skeletal inspiration from Lady Gaga by opting for a really high ponytail with long luscious lengths. A clip in ponytail will add instant length to your hair, building the look even further. The clip in ponytail is easy to attach to the hair and comfortable to wear for a Halloween party! Opt for the same or similar shade to your own hair colour, or alternatively, select a contrasting colour to add to your crazy skeleton look. Dress in a black trouser suit with a white shirt and a bow tie to completely imitate the ‘Born This Way’ video image, or find a skeleton-style onesie from a costume shop to suit your preferences.

Vampire Goddess

For horror with a touch of glam this Halloween, a vampire goddess is the perfect character to play dress up with. The Halloween makeup for a vampire sticks to the general rule of pale skin, dark eyes and even darker lips. Extra points for the addition of pointed fangs and fake blood dripping from the side of your mouth! Get a truly undead look by also adding contact lenses and the appearance of faint veins on the face around the eyes. Swap black lipstick for a plum-coloured matte liquid lipstick and add fake eyelashes to enhance your vampire eyes.

Follow a vampire makeup tutorial from Leyla to get a Halloween makeup look you can take from house party to the dancefloor.

As the vampire goddess character suggests, everything about this look is ultra feminine and sultry; how else are you supposed to attract your food? When dressing as a vampire for Halloween, think Morticia Addams. Clothing should encompass lace or sheer fabric in dark red or black for that sensual gothic attire; a dress with long bell sleeves with a plunging neckline is a great silhouette here. To create beautiful vampiress hair, why not opt for Remi Cachet clip in hair extensions? With the stunning clip in human hair extensions you can get excellent length and luxurious hair by backcombing your hair at the crown and simply clipping in the separate wefts before blending with your own hair. Style the Remi Cachet Deluxe clip in extensions into a centre parting and use straighteners to get those smooth Morticia Addams-style locks. Dark haired ladies can add to the vampire Halloween hair look by creating a widows peak using a black or brown eyeliner.

Mystic Fortune Teller

Our final Halloween look is the mystic fortune teller which has become a popular choice in recent years. This isn’t necessarily a scary character to portray, but it’s a curious one all the same that fits in with the theme of the unusual and the eccentric! With this Halloween makeup look, play with metallic eyeshadow, dark toned ombre-style lipstick and plenty of shimmery highlighter for an ‘out of this world’ look.

Check out how Taylor Bee creates her own take on the fabulous fortune teller Halloween makeup.

Once you’ve got the hypnotic eye makeup and shimmer looking perfect for your fortune teller Halloween makeup look, dress up appropriately with a long skirt and a bardot top. Plenty of accessories is where this costume will really come alive; think lots of gold bangles, layered necklaces and hoop earrings. Coin hair accessories, such as a chain positioned across the forehead, is the perfect finishing touch. This is another Halloween hair look that requires volume for a bigger impact, so consider the reliable tape hair extensions from Remi Cachet to deliver a semi permanent hair enhancing solution. Incorporate mini braids into the hair for a bohemian hairstyle suited to any good spooky fortune teller.

No matter what looks you intend to serve up for Halloween 2018, we hope that our Halloween hair and makeup ideas have inspired you and shown how we can help with your quest for the best costume. Browse our collections of human hair extensions and hair accessories today to see the full selection of products we offer.

Beauty Hair Tips Summer

Essential Hair & Beauty Travel Items

If you’ve yet to go on your summer holiday or you’re planning on jetting off again before the summer season ends, we’ve put together an essential list of hair and beauty travel items that are absolute must-haves when enjoying a tropical holiday.

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It goes without saying that the number one product that should be on the top of your holiday packing list is a good SPF sunscreen. Preventative measures are better than dealing with the sun damage, sore burnt skin and peeling that comes with sunburn! There’s so many different types of sun protecting products on the market available in various forms, such as lotions, sprays and oils. You can even get a scalp protecting products with SPF in to keep your delicate scalp from burning during a day in the sun (or you can invest in a stylish hat!).

To be sure to purchase the SPF factor suitable for your skin type it’s worth considering the sun’s effect on your skin, so take note of the following points:

  • Fair skin that burns easily will need the highest SPF available – factor 50.
  • Medium skin complexions that burn minimally and tans well should go for factor 15-30.
  • Darker skin which never burns and tans readily can consider factor 2-10.

Another item worth having in your beach bag is a lip balm with SPF in. Not only will it keep your lips nourished, it will offer than extra bit of protection in the sun on a place often missed when applying sunscreen to the face. Every little helps.

Summer makeup tips

We all know how difficult it can be to keep a full face of makeup on during the heat; slipping and sliding, our favourite foundation can quickly become the enemy! If you’re not feeling the makeup free look but just want some light coverage, then why not opt for a BB cream? Enjoy the lightweight formula that will smooth over the complexion perfectly, giving your skin the freedom to breathe in the sunshine.

The impact of a bright lip cannot be underestimated, and a holiday is the perfect time to experiment with different summer lipstick shades. We love a classic red or playful pink for an evening of mojitos, and a tropical coral toned lipstick to brighten up the face during the day.

Again, sometimes the heat means skipping steps in your usual makeup routine. Another summer makeup tip is to skip the eyeshadow (which, let’s face it, in the heat could turn into a creasey mess!) and aim straight for a good few coats of mascara. Always opt for a waterproof mascara for holidays due to the sweat and water exposure. On an evening, elevate the mascara look with a flick of waterproof eyeliner to bring the look together. A simple makeup look for a holiday that is quick and easy – meaning more time to spend at the poolside bar.

Hot hair

Whether it’s for natural hair or your human hair extensions, a gentle brush should definitely be on your packing list. This is why we love the infamous Tangle Teezer which will ‘tease’ out any tangles acquired during a day at the beach and smooth down the hair after a dip in the pool. Tangle Teezers are compact enough to slip into a beach bag for taming hair on the go, and it’s the ideal brush choice for human hair extensions because they’re so gentle and won’t pull on the joins.

Hair treatments on-the-go

Looking after your hair whilst on holiday needn’t mean adding lots of extra products to your suitcase, taking up precious baggage allowance! When it comes to replenishing and nourishing the hair after a day of sun exposure and sea salt, at Additional Lengths we highly recommend the range of hair treatments by Malibu C. Conveniently packaged in 12ml sachets that are perfect for travel, these hair treatments are packed with goodness that includes gluten-free plant proteins and vitamins. Pop on the Malibu C Miracle Repair deep conditioning hair treatment for it’s mega moisturising power – just what your dried out hair will need on holiday.

Blondes can rejoice and face the swimming pool with vigour safe in the knowledge that any discolouration and damage can be soothed afterwards with a Malibu C Swimmers Wellness Remedy hair treatment. This must-have treatment will kick crunchy, lifeless swimming pool affected hair into shape to reveal it’s usual softness and shine. Pack a few of these Malibu C hair treatments and apply regularly over the course of your trip for beautiful hair. When you’re home, your scalp may feel drier than usual due to the sun exposure, so turn to the Malibu C Scalp Therapy treatment to relieve any dryness or itching with it’s soothing botanicals and essential oils infused ingredients.

Another brand we can’t get enough of come summertime is Moroccan Oil and their fabulous range of hydrating, restoring and moisturising hair products that are suitable for use on hair extensions. Here at Additional Lengths we stock a great collection of the Moroccan Oil sets and kits which include travel sized products – ideal for your summer holiday!

Holiday hair care tips for hair extensions

A summer getaway may be a time to relax but it doesn’t necessarily give you time off from keeping your hair extensions looking their best. We’ve got some simple tips to help care for your hair extensions whilst on holiday:

  • Avoid overexposure to chlorine and seawater by fixing your hair into a topknot or plait – The chemicals and metals in seawater can affect the colour and texture of extensions, as well as create tangles. Look for anti-tension hair ties that won’t damage the hair.
  • Regularly brush the hair – Use a Tangle Teezer or a brush with flexible bristles and regularly brush your hair extensions throughout the day for manageable hair.
  • Take your hair extension aftercare products with you – If you forget your hair extension friendly shampoo and conditioner, you may have to rely on hotel products which won’t be as suitable.

Take a look at our special guide on pool safety for your hair for more tips on how to enjoy your holiday with fabulous looking hair extensions that will look their best the entire length of your trip!

Beauty Hair Tips

Valentine’s Day Pamper & Prep

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Whether you’re getting yourself date ready or preparing for a night out with the girls, Additional Lengths have a useful pamper guide to get your started.

The day before

The evening before the big day is the prime time to do any beauty housekeeping which will give yourself more time the following day. It also helps create the perfect base look to build upon with hair and make up in the hours leading up to your Valentine’s plans.

Fresh nails

Get your claws ready for some love by visiting your favourite salon to get a fresh set of acrylics or gels done. Book your manicure appointment in advance to avoid disappointment! Stick to the romantic theme by requesting pale pink or purple shades, or go for the vampy look with merlot red with a high shine. For ladies who prefer natural nails, give them a quick file and a dash of classic red nail varnish to get yourself in the Valentine’s mood. Pamper yourself with a pedicure in a matching shade.

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Get that bronzed look

Prep your body for self tan by jumping in the shower for some exfoliation; use exfoliating gloves and a body scrub for optimum results. Dead skin cells removed, you’ll be left with clean, smooth skin – the ideal base for your fake tan product. With no rough, dry skin, the product should apply evenly with no stubborn patches! At Additional Lengths, we love the Lauren’s Way self tanning products. Choose your preference of a mousse or lotion. The Lauren’s Way Self Tanning Mousse Kit includes everything you need to achieve that desired glow; body polish, tan enhancing moisturiser and self tanning medium bronzing mousse. As all pro tanners know, applying with a mitt gives a flawless finish with no streaks in sight.

Any mistakes can be rectified with a morning shower and more exfoliation.

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Valentine’s Day

Depending on how long your beauty routine takes, we have some tricks up our sleeve to help you get the most out of your hair and make up rituals.

Make Up

If ever there was an event which called for a beautiful smokey eye, it is a Valentine’s date. A hot make up trend for this year is the bronze and orange eyeshadow look which is a contemporary take on the traditional brown shades we usually see for a sultry smokey eye.

Follow these steps:

  • Take a light orange over the lid, blending into the socket
  • Create some dimension with a brown eyeshadow on the outer edges of the eye
  • Gently pack a metallic bronze onto the centre of the lid
  • Dab a champagne colour shadow on the inner corners of the eye to brighten
  • Blend, blend, blend!
  • Curl lashes with eyelash curler & apply two coats of your favourite black mascara

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As the beauty industry denotes – an eye is not complete without a cat eye flick of eyeliner. This simple trick outlines the eye and brings the whole look together. Fill in your brows and slick on a nude lipstick as a final touch.

Hair

Whether you’re keen to add a volume boost to your barnet or seeking some extra length, we’ve got the perfect hair extensions to help you achieve your hair dreams. Our Remi Cachet clip-in hair extensions are created with the highest quality 100% human hair with beautiful blends of colour for completely natural looking hair. Opt for the Remi Cachet clip-in deluxe extensions which are available in a huge range of colours, and can be styled with curling wands or straighteners as desired. These clip-in extensions are designed to give you super thick, luxurious hair in minutes and are so easy to apply to your own hair:

  • Simply part your hair
  • Gently backcomb the root area
  • Snap the clips in place
  • Blend well with natural hair using fingers

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We want you to feel and look amazing with your choice of Remi Cachet hair extensions, so feel free to contact us for professional salon advice to ensure you’re getting the right product and shade for you.

 

Bring all of this together with your planned outfit, a spritz of your favourite scent and you’re Valentine’s ready.

We want to see your final look! Be sure to follow us on Instagram @additional_lengths and tag us in your Valentine’s selfies. Happy Valentine’s day from all at Additional Lengths!

Hair Tips Summer

Hair & Beauty Hacks For The Ultimate Selfie

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Selfies are the perfect way to capture a favourite look, memory or occasion in our lives, so looking our best in them is paramount! During the summer months there will be plenty of occasions you’ll want to capture. There are of course certain things that we’re less likely to have control over when taking pictures, such as pesky lighting levels, but at Additional Lengths we have some brilliant tips and tricks to help you get the ultimate summer selfie.

Glow Filter

Achieve that bronzed goddess glow by learning the most effective places on the face to highlight using illuminating beauty products. As a rule, the tops of cheeks, the eyebrow arch, a sweep down the bridge of the nose and a slight dusting on the Cupid’s bow all deserve some love from a quality brand highlighter that will add some subtle shimmer to your summer makeup look.

Mermaid Hair Don’t Care!

Effortless hair styling is what warm weather and lazy days are all about. Add some shine serum or Moroccan Oil treatment by to your hair extensions for a gorgeous shine you can see your smile in.
Make your hair stand out with colourful clip in hair extensions that compliment your eye colour perfectly, or add some extra volume and bounce with half-head hair extensions that are easy to use and remove. Play around with your look by opting for a clip-in fringe for a brand new image with none of the long-term commitment.

Elegant young blond woman in a sexy white suit standing texting on her mobile against a grey studio background with copyspace

Show off your beautiful face with the popular half-bun hair style; simply section a smaller top bit of hair, spray with products such as volume powder from Sexy Hair, and secure with a clip or hair tie for all day wear.

Know Your Best Side

Practice makes perfect, so take some time to get to know your best side. Getting ready for a big night out if the perfect time to practice your selfie poses in the mirror. The only issue is if your BFF has the same best side as you!

Stylish Surroundings & Props

Not only is the focus of one’s selfie important, but the background is also a chance to show off your surroundings. On holiday? Make sure you capture that cocktail and sunset. On a night out, show off the extravagant decor of the club. Most importantly, show off your dazzling personality!

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