Pretty Simple

Pretty Simple :: Half-Up Fishtail

Anyone else still obsessed with fishtail braids?  Martha Lynn here, and there’s nothing I love more than a style that can accomplish two things at once, and a “half-up” look manages to give you the best of both worlds — the romantic feel of your hair down, partnered with the polished look of an updo.… read more


Pretty Simple :: Matte Lips

There’s no denying that matte lips are everywhere this fall. Martha Lynn here, and this is one of my personal favorite trends of the moment, especially when done in dramatic wine and berry shades for a dressed up evening look. Rather than heading out to the department store to purchase a matte version of your… read more


Pretty Simple :: Everyday Volume

When it comes to our hair, we often want it all: a ‘do that’s all at once “straight, smooth, not-too- ‘done’ looking” but also “voluminous, wavy, and full of body.” I’m always striving to achieve hair that flaunts the best of both worlds, and this technique gives volume at the roots, yet keeps the ends nice and sleek.… read more


Pretty Simple :: Quick-and-Easy Cat Eye

Creating a “cat eye” is one of the most commonly requested makeup tricks I hear from clients, and while the look definitely makes a big statement, the technique couldn’t be easier. The mod trend is everywhere this fall, and if you’re hesitant to go full-on 60′s, the cat eye is a way to give a… read more


Pretty Simple :: Braided Crown

Two weeks ago, I shared a Rolled Chignon tutorial that’s great for medium-length hair… well, today’s ‘do goes out to all my Rapunzel’s out there! I’ve been spotting lots of braids out and about this summer, and with the triple-digit heat in Austin, I had to give the trend a try. Claire’s long hair is… read more


Pretty Simple :: Rolled Chignon

A couple of months ago, we chopped a good 5 inches off Camille’s hair to give it a fresh and healthy boost for summer, taking it from long-and-layered to medium-with texturized ends. Many of the updo tutorials we’ve done in the Pretty Simple series thus far have been great for long-haired ladies, so with Camille (and many… read more


Pretty Simple :: Knotted Side Braid

We don’t often think of knotting our hair when styling, but I’ve been using the technique to create simple-yet-intricate hairdos for years. I’m always on the hunt for hair styles that can be put together in a few easy steps, but when complete, make everyday hair look and feel a little more special. In this… read more


Pretty Simple :: Grown-Up Topsy Tail

Today’s hair tutorial just might be my favorite one yet — aside from the fact that it’s super easy to do yourself and looks gorgeous, it’s also a total blast from the past. Did anyone else used to rock a topsy tail in the 90′s? This version by Martha Lynn is a little more dressed… read more


Pretty Simple :: The Art of Contouring

Full disclosure: even makeup artists can feel timid when it comes to the world of contouring.  Martha Lynn here, and I think my hesitation comes from the fact that when contouring goes wrong, it’s so wrong. I recently decided to enlist the help of some other pros and master the art of playing with light and shadows…and… read more


Pretty Simple :: Banded Chignon

Martha Lynn here, and today’s ‘do is inspired by a chic chignon I’ve been spotting around Pinterest lately… and once I sat down to give it a shot, I even surprised myself with how easy it was to recreate. I’m loving this technique because it works with any hair length (past the chin) and any… read more