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Limelight Thief: Miss C

October 13, 2009
Hair and Makeup for Wedding Guests

Miss C kept her outfit low-key to avoid outshining the Bride at a recent wedding. But with a little dash of glam, she probably stole the limelight just a little.

Hair
To avoid hair breakage on her permed hair, Miss C requested that no heating implements (i.e. blowdryer or curling iron) be used. Also, she wanted to keep her hair somewhat informal, so we used minimal hairspray and didn’t worry about a loose end here or a flyaway there.

By using her natural hair texture, I was able to pin waves in a free form low upstyle. We added in a french braid and twist in the front, so you could see her hairstyle from the front in pictures.

Makeup
Miss C uses minimal makeup on a daily basis (see left). So we used her Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer as a foundation base and layered large patches of buildable concealer to get more coverage and even out skin tone.

For the eyes, I used an eyeshadow palette with natural colors and a satin finish. For definition, black pencil eyeliner and two coats of mascara.

Miss C received a compliment that she was “glowing” and told me “that stuff you use really does the trick!”

The secret was a shimmering, liquid luminizer I used to bring out her cheekbones.

Tip: Showing off your neckline can make you appear taller and leaner.

Click here for more photos of Miss C.

Retro Meets Romance

October 12, 2009
Retro in the Front, Romantic in the Back

Remember how the 80’s mullet was referred to as “business in the front, party in the back”? I wanted to blend two styles, like the mullet, for one look where it was “fun in the front, formal in the back”. The featured updo displays 50’s rolls in the front and romantic curls in the back.

Retro in the Front
On the left side, I created a classic victory roll. After heat-setting hair and teasing for volume, I rolled the section upwards toward the head starting with the ends. Then, I used bobby-pins and hairspray to keep the hair “loop” in place.

The right side was a bit challenging because of a short fringe (i.e. bangs). The solution was to use the same technique for a victory roll, but tucking in the shorter ends in the natural direction of the hair. (Sometimes, you have to let the hair do what it wants no matter hair much hairspray you use.) The result was a modified roll with a “pretzel” effect.

Romantic in the Back
I divided the hair into multiple sections and set the hair in hot rollers. Once cooled, I created large curls and pinned in place.

The bottom section near the nape of the neck was “swirled” together.

For more photos, please visit my Flickr page.

Interview with the Glampire: Hair Trial

October 1, 2009
A Romantic Updo
High on Romance, Low on the Head

My goal was to create an updo with a soft effect, meaning no heavily structured ringlets (though there is a time and place for those!).

The overall outcome was an array of curls and twists. The hair almost has the movement of waves or flowers, naturally placed.

I used light hair, workable hairspray (the kind that is brushable without flaking) and combed through each piece of hair to make it polished and smooth.

At Sally’s, for a mere $5, you can get the Phillips 3 Row Teasing Brush that will help you create sleek looks and backcomb with ease.

I love, love, love Hollywood and retro glamour. I integrated soft S-waves in the front and pulled the hair back to finish the look.

To create this look, set hair in rollers using pin sets or hot rollers and let hair cool completely. Gently break up the curls with a glossy hair product (see below for product recommendations) and comb through. You’ll see a natural S shape in the hair. Use large, light grip clips to exaggerate the shape and pin in place. Spray the hair and let hair set again. Unclip and lightly comb to clean up any flyways. Voila!

Product Recommendations for Shine or Smoothing:
TiGi’s Rockaholic has a fine, light texture and smells great.
TiGi’s Head Rush is a fine misting spray. The shine actually helps texture show up more.
Paul Mitchell’s Gloss Drops is thicker and more dense.
Tip: A little goes a long way. Always start with less and add more if you need.

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JAC Beauty: Polly’s Wedding

September 15, 2009
E’s Makeup

I teamed up with JAC Beauty for a bridal party session – Polly, the bride, and six bridesmaids. Here is one of the bridesmaid’s makeup I did (E, above). The rest of the makeup and hair was done by Jean and Genie, respectively.

Jean was the director for the makeup “look” for the bridal party. She wanted warm and bronze tones for all the bridesmaids. For E, I used peach and bronze eyeshadows, dark pink blush, and nude/pink lips with a touch of gloss.

Tip: Clean and nicely-shaped brows, makes any look more refined. I used a eyebrow shaver and small scissors to clean up E’s brows, then used a dark brown eyebrow powder to shade in her arches.

Here is Polly, the bride, with makeup done by Jean. Her big eyes were accented with bronze shadows, ivory highlighter/shimmer, black eyeliner, and false lashes.

For more info on JAC Beauty, visit the sites below.
http://www.xanga.com/jacbeauty (California)

http://www.jacbeauty.com (New York)