Archive for the ‘special occasion’ Category

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.

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Interview with the Glampire: Hair Trial

September 3, 2009
Special Occasion Upstyle

Since most brides need the front/top section of the head relatively flat and un-ornate as they will be wearing a veil or tiara on top, I added a feather hair piece to the front/side to add some flare.

No traditional hair accesory on top? You can also oomph the front section by adding braids or twists, a headband, flowers, or other accesories. Keep it simple, though, you don’t want to go overboard.

Secret (shhh): You can’t see it, but inside the mass of curled and neatly pinned hair, there is a section of backcombed hair (think Amy Winehouse) that served as a little hair “pincushion.” It’s a great way to get height to the hair and you can secure bobby pins in there as well.

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Tale of Two GlamOh’s

September 2, 2009

In Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dicken juxtaposes the lives of French peasants vs. aristocrats during the French Revolution. Here, I did two versions of glam, sleek vs. sexy. Don’t be mistaken, though, both of these looks are “rich”!

French Twist
French Twists can be executed in dozens of ways as long as you have the foundation for the look, the twist on the lower portion of the hair.

I added some curls and structure in the front for more texture.

“Victoria’s Secret” Hair
Big, sexy waves are the signature of Victoria’s Secret models. In order to achieve this look, use a curling iron or hot rollers to set curls. Once the curls have cooled, softly run your fingers hair through to break up the curls. Finish with light spray. That’s it.

You want a look that is natural, flowy, and irregular. No need to go in and fix every single curl or you’ll make the look too contrived.

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Interview with the Glampire: Bridal Preview for Hair

August 24, 2009
Hair Trial for Jess

Jess wants a down ‘do for her November wedding to match her laid-back personality. She doesn’t want hair that’s too fancy or uptight.

Her hair is fine and very resistant to heat-styling, meaning it doesn’t hold a curl well. Though more time consuming than using only a curling iron, we decided to use hot rollers to set her hair. It resulted in the curls she wanted, plus volume at the roots. I minimized the usage of hair products, like hairspray, to prevent it from weighing down her hair.

We also incorporated in some human hair extension clips (great because they are reusable and less harsh than ones glued directly on hair) to add fullness. She chose the perfect shade that blended right in.

I lightly teased her entire head so she would have volume, but not too much because she will be wearing a veil covering her entire head.

daily glamOh: Classic Beauty

August 17, 2009
Classic Hollywood on The GlamOh

Even when I’m not working with clients, I’m always dolling up or experimenting on myself to explore the boundless world of beauty. Here, I did one of my favorite looks for a special occasion.

Makeup – Simple, but gushing glamor

Key ingredients: Eyeliner, red lips (or any bold color), defined brows, and sculpted cheeks
Bonus: False lashes for added dramatic effect

Hair – I went for an old-fashioned, traditional style (in less than 15 minutes!)

I parted my hair in the middle to contrast my usual side-part. I split my hair in two sections. I curled the top half of my hair with a small barrel curling iron. The key was to get close to the roots so that after I pinned it the hair back, you could still see waves instead of evenly slicked hair.

I cheated time by making a bun with the bottom section. Then, I pulled the curled pieces from the top half of my head over the bun to conceal it and pinned pieces randomly.

Interview with the Glampire: Bridal Preview for Hair

August 12, 2009
Hair consultation and trial


The most recent formal hairstyle she donned was as a bridesmaid in a friend’s wedding. She didn’t request a particular style, but asked that she had pieces in the front to “cover” her face. The result was a down ‘do simply curled. She was neither impressed or happy with it.

For our meeting, I convinced her that an upstyle can be accommodated to fit anyone with any face shape, even her “circular” face structure.

I used a large barrel curling iron to create loose waves. Then, I teased her hair all over, especially around the crown to create some body and height. We pulled the hair back and placed curls in an ‘artistic’ manner. I left a large, flowy piece of hair in the front to create an alluring and casual touch to the overall look.

In the end, she was surprised at the fact that an updo actually worked on her and said she would definitely be more open to pulling hair away from her face in the future. Mission accomplished!

Interview with the Glampire: Bridal Preview for Hair

August 5, 2009
Consultation with a client

Here is a special occasion hair trial for an upcoming wedding. The bride-to-be will be wearing a veil over her entire head, so I did an upstyle that would sit low and not be fussy.

I went for a simple, yet elegant look so the bride’s face, veil, and dress could be the stars.

I used a large barrel curling iron to create wave and texture and strategically secured hair pieces with pins.

I used multiple hairspray products to test what worked best on her hair texture:

Aussie Instant Freeze Hair Spray
Kenra Volume Spray 25

TRESemme European Tres Two Hair Spray

She slept on it overnight and wore it to work the next day with everything still intact! Her mom and co-workers loved it.

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