Summer Fashion & Beauty Trends to try!


Inspired by Spring/Summer 2014 fashion trends, our team developed a fresh and clean photo session featuring beautiful Jade Ava.

White can be a great color to wear during the summer to keep you cool and to look modern. Crisp white is a big trend in fashion right now and can be worn in a fitted dress as shown here.



You can opt for a tailored pant suit as well.



Bold pops of color were spotted strutting down the runway this season.  Add a pop of color to your white with a handbag, accesory or makeup in cobalt blue, sorbet orange, or radiant orchid. 

Another big trend that I am quite fond of is a bold floral and colorful print.  Fashion stylist Ashley Kim arranged this outfit to showcase this trend.


I recommend trying a beautiful dewy finish to your foundation to showcase a bold lip. I used Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer to achieve a healthy glow. I especially love this product because it is sheer and looks like skin but has enough light coverage to hide imperfections.  The SPF 20 is an added bonus. The lipstick color was custom mixed by using OCC Lip Tar in Yellow, Red, and Brown.


Another way to show some flair is by adding a bit of color to your eyes. I opted to skip a traditional black liquid liner for a bold cobalt blue. This shade is MAC Fluidline in Waveline.  I love this type of liner because it wears durably especially in the summer heat.  I recommend a hint of complimentary blush and a lip balm to balance the look.


As the temperatures heat up, the last thing you want to do is spend hours crafting your hair in a muggy bathroom.  I recommend the use of sea salt sprays to add a bit of wave to emulate a beachy texture.   I misted Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray in her hair and diffused it with her head tilted down to create texture. I then gathered it at the nape of the neck, twisted a couple of times as if creating a bun and pinned it in place.


As the night comes around, you don’t have to compromise comfort for style.  Ashley Kim dressed our model in a plunging back LBD. Show off your tan by gently exfoliating your body with my favorite body scrub 100% Pure Body Scrub. I love it for its smell, chemical free formula and price.


Break out a bold pop of color with your LBD. I paired a sultry smokey eye in Dove Grey by using the NARS Delphes Trio Palette and a black eyeliner.   Complement the look with a pop of red with a daring like the one used on Jade. I recommend Rouge Dior in N°999.


Enjoy and take a colorful risk!


Hair and Makeup: Walter Fuentes of WAFU Artistry |

Photography: Nicollette Mollet |

Fashion Styling: Ashley Kim |

Model: Jade Ava Armstrong

FASHION FLASHBACK FRIDAY: “A Girl’s Dream” Editorial feature InFluential Magazine


This beautiful magazine cover and fashion editorial came together using the stunning designs of Binzario Couture.  The session, which was photographed as the foliage was turning from fall to winter here in Dallas, Texas, seems to come right out of a fairytale.

The hair and makeup by Walter Fuentes showcased gentle washes of rose and bordeaux stains on the cheeks and lips.  The skin was left with a satin finish and highlighted with pearlescent and gold tones using NARS Highlighter in Albatross and the Foreplay Palette.  Faux elbow length gloves were handpainted in White Acrylic Paint by MAC to add a twist on a traditional element.

The hair was set with a 3/4″ curling wand alternating directions of curls to create maximum texture.  The hair was then finger raked and arranged organically as to conserve the ringlets.  The shot of her by the water inspired me to make a headpiece of white feathers to simulate a White Swan.  The hair for the shot of the dark blush gown was brushed out completely with a Mason Pearson and finger backcombed.

The editorial was featured at


Dallas Bridal Hair and Makeup Artist Walter Fuentes

Dallas Bridal Hair and Makeup Artist Walter Fuentes


Dallas Bridal Hair and Makeup Artist Walter Fuentes












Hair and Makeup: Walter Fuentes of WAFU Artistry |

Photography: Jorge Rivas  |

Styling: Mary Mirsky

Designer: Binzario Couture

Muse: Kaylie Hartman courtesy of Page Parkes Agency



INfluential Magazine July 2014: Easy Hairstyles in 10 minutes or less


It’s summer and the days are long and lazy. A lot of outdoor activities, minimal makeup, and easy breezy clothing are all the norm.

Paid an extra bit of change to get your hair blown out? Had it just colored and trimmed? Had an event over the weekend and got it professionally styled? Now to wash it out for the work week right?

Wrong! You dont have to sacrifice good hair for comfort!

In this month’s issue of INfluential Magazine, I give my little secrets tips on how to extend your blowout and nicely shampooed hair style by having different styles.

Try it out for your next dinner date, party or night out on the town too!

4 Styles to try

Volume Blowout



Step 1: Squeeze a small amount of the styling foam into your palm. I like to use Paul Mitchell Styling Foam for its soft hold and heat protection

Step 2: Rub your hands together and evenly and work it through damp hair

Step 3: Blow dry your hair with a round brush. I recommend sectioning your hair into 4 sections. Section from ear to ear across the top of the head and then split those in two. Start at the back of the head so your hands don’t tire too easily

*Pro Tip: Roughly dry your hair until it is about 80% dry. This eay you cut your drying time considerably

Dressy Ponytail


Step 1: Gently backcomb the root area for added lift

Step 2: Gather your hair in a low ponytail and gently smooth flyaways

*Pro Tip: Wrap a small piece of your ponytail around the base to hide the elastic and pin it in place

Modern Bouffant


Step 1: Gather your hair at the nape and twist your hair in a counter clockwise direction

Step 2: Lift the ponytail as you twist keeping it close to the scalp

Step 3: Pin with grips or bobby pins that match your hair color to hold the shape

Step 4: Tuck any excess into the twist for a smooth finish

Half Up – Half Down


Step 1: Section hair from ear to ear and backcomb the crown area for lift and volume.  Pin the top section to create lift as shown. You can make it as full or demure as you’d like!

Step 2: Smooth flyaways and ends for a classic look.

Hair and Makeup: Walter Fuentes of WAFU Artistry |

Photography: Jorge Rivas |

Model: Tara Oefinger of The Dragonfly Agency



Working in a world full of constant measures and ideals of perfection and stature can take a toll on you if your values are not firmly planted.

I am thankful for being a man that works in the beauty industry because it has offered me a glimpse into the psyche and notions of what is considered beautiful and acceptable.

Being from a Latin family, it is the norm to accept, and almost expect, color, boldness, flavor, and curves.  I recall my mom’s passport photo vividly.  She was in her early twenties when the photo was taken. I remember her raven black curly hair, matte porcelain skin, groomed eyebrows and turqoise eyeshadow offset by a dusty rose lipstick.

She has always been simple in dress, not showing too much skin, and accepting of her “non American” body frame.

I remember eating a large sandwich at a friend’s house and coming home after studying.  I walked in and she offered me more food. “You look hungry. You’re getting so thin. You need to be robust”.

This has stuck with me because I have to constantly tell myself when working on set that we all come in different sizes. That I grew up around curves but now I work around sample sized models that fit beautifully in the clothing designs.

I am very lucky to work with all sized women (and men) from all lifestyles and walks of life. Actors, models, brides, mothers-to-be, professionals, and young high schoolers.

I have made many model friends that happen to be women. Real women. Some with curves. Some a size 2. Some with a wider nose. Some with small cup sizes. Shoe size 10 and some with back and knee problems.

But what resonates with me is that they all share one thing. I meet them with aspirations and goals. With feelings and fights just like everyone else.

Why does it have to be “plus size”? Why does it have a stigma? Shouldn’t it be about empowerment? What values you carry?

I guess men seem to be different.  I rarely hear one guy say about another guy “He’s just so big!” “What does he get off being that size and wearing that?” “I don’t want to be in the picture because I feel fat”

I am constantly drawn to and inspired by women that live and accept their figure. Here are a couple of my all time favorites:

Maria Felix: One of the most beautiful and famous Mexican actresses



Dolores Del Rio: Considered among the most beautiful women in the 20’s, actress and singer, socialite,  philanthropist


Sophia Loren: Arguably one of the most beautiful and famous icons. Italian curves, actress and model


Marilyn Monroe: Iconic and glamorous she will always be known as America’s sweetheart




Queen Latifah


Kate Upton: Has opened and closed many runway shows including Billabong and Guess


Jennie Runk: Here she is for H&M in a 2013 Swimwear Campaign


Georgina Burke


I had the honor of working with Bailey Culbreth, a plus sized model recently signed with MSA Models. Not only is she beautiful but she allowed herself to follow her instinct and pursue full figured modeling.

Here is her film:)











Be fit. Be healthy.  Be you. We all have differences that are unique. Embrace your body and love yourself.  This is what truly radiates as beauty!


Hair and Makeup: Walter Fuentes of WAFU Artistry

Photography: Nicollette Mollet

Styling: Nicole Johnson

Muse: Bailey Culbreth


FASHION FLASHBACK FRIDAY: 5th Annual Gala Evening of Hope Benefiting AIDS Outreach Center


May 31, 2014 was a special date set aside to host a wonderful annual celebration for a beautiful cause.  The occasion benefited AIDS Outreach Center and those supporters and donors that lend their hand to make an impact on such a great cause.

The evening offered a wonderful runway show featuring the brilliant designs of Geoffrey Henning.  The mood was set to the tone of the daring 60’s. Geometry, fluid lines and flowy silhouettes were all the buzz.

I had the honor of leading hairdressers backstage in creating the look for this night.  As a team, Juan Lerma of Amrel Styling and I conceived a look that would be true to the era yet modern.  After a bit of brainstorming, we agreed to pay homage with an iconic bouffant.



The look was to be replicated on 14 models provided by The Campbell Agency before being whisked to makeup for a bold and graphic mod eyeliner in black and white.  Usually, when I do a runway hair test, I like to practice ideas or techniques on a long hair mannequin before proceeding to a live model the day of the show.

This is the finished look which consisted of a smooth French twist combined with a bouffant crown and a deep swooped side part. Follow the journey of how this look was created!




When working with exaggerated silhouettes or bigger volumes, I like to use padding or “rats” as a foundation to the style to create density and use less back combing.

Hair padding this large can be difficult to find.  Outfitting this many models can also add up in cost.  So, naturally, I just make my own!

I always have Kanekalon fibers on hand in every color since they create a great filler.  I always look for the brand Zury since I find that it is soft, matte, and malleable.  You can find it at any beauty supply store and generally runs about $2.99 a bag.



I also keep hair nets in stock for session styling and bridal work.  I particularly prefer the Jac-O-Net brand since it is sheer and strong. I also keep this in shades like blonde, light and dark brown, silver, white, and black.  You can also find these at any beauty supply store and usually run about $.50 each.



I cut the bundle of hair into 2 pieces for more control.


Take one piece and roll it onto itself to create a little roll.



Next, I place the roll into a hair net and twist the ends to tighten them.  This creates a little sealed pocket for the padding to sit in.  Pinch the ends and tuck them into the roll.





I created several in different colors to match the model’s hair color.



Hair that is smooth works best for this look. I prepped the hair using Kenra Professional Volume Styling Foam and Paul Mitchell Hot Off The Press to protect from the smoothing iron heat.

Isolate a small triangle section at the front hairline measuring from temple to temple.  This will be your swoop fringe.  Section the hair from ear to ear through the crown of the head. Isolate these 2 sections.

Overdirect all of the bottom section to the left.  Find the center of the head and pin in a straight line with your pins facing upwards.  This will create a spine for support and avoid the pins slipping out.



Now, take your padding and pin it vertically against the spine you have just created.  Try to mold your padding onto the shape of the head and do not let it sit too low on the nape as it will show in the finished style.




Now, overdirect all of the hair back to the right and cover the padding.  This will simulate a voluminous French Twist. Have loose ends? Tuck them into in the roll and padding.



Lightly backcomb the crown area to create a bit of height.  Secure another pad horizontally across the head.


Now direct all of the top hair back and pin at the top of the French Twist.

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Make sure that all of the hair smooth.  Check for balance, symmetry, and proportion.

Release the front triangle section and smooth over with a smoothing iron in the way you would like the swoop to go in.  This look was more modern so the swoop sensually covered the eyebrow and part of the eye.  Part of the ear was covered as well and was pinned into the French Twist in the back.

Once everything is in its place, mist with a finishing spray for hold.  I used Kenra Professional #26 Finishing Spray.

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There you have it! I hope you try it on your next photo shoot or client.


Here are a few backstage photos:)




Creating the first look and showing the team of hairdressers a step by step









Here is the look on the runway:










Hair: Walter Fuentes of WAFU Artistry | , Rachel Grace and Levi Monarch of Toni and Guy

Makeup: Jerrad Trahan, Amber Lynne, Amanda Olson

Fashion Styling: Juan Lerma using Geoffrey Henning

Photos courtesy of Fashion Scoop Daily http://

Models courtesy of The Campbell Agency














“Le Pop de Coleur” Beauty Editorial, Zélé Magazine June 2014


Happy first week of summer!

Now that the temperatures are rising and staying that way for a while, we decided to cool off indoors by photographing beautiful Allison Ponthier, courtesy of The Dragonfly Agency.

This session showcases bold pops of color, nature, and a fresh dewy take on this season’s trends for color.

In creating this look, I imagined what it was like the first time eyes were laid upon a rainforest native.

Imagine an explorer, weary of traveling, escaping near death in unknown territory.  He sailed for weeks to look for a rumored land of gold, gems, and cities of gods.

In his dreams, he dreamt of what people of this land looked like. Where they dark? Where they tall? Did they shave? Where they adorned?

As he journeyed further inland and cleared the bush with his machete, he hears the soft and angelic humming of a concubine.  He approached slowly and peeks through the lush green leaves to reveal a tribal princess looking for fruit.

Along with her is her best friend. A magical creature that shifts color.  They are so in tune that he changes as her emotions change.

This editorial was especially neat not only because there was a live chameleon on set but I got to showcase fresh pops of color.  **Please note that no animals were harmed during the course of this session**


The skin was cleansed and was moisturized with 6 drops of Pré de Provence Argan Oil.  A blend of MAC’s Gloss Texture with Le Métier de Beauté Peau Vierge Tinted Moisturizer was buffed onto the skin for a highly polished effect.  Fix+ was misted onto the face to “set” the high gloss look.


Faux freckles were flecked on with Makeup Forever’s Aqua Brow Gel. 3 different shades, 20, 25, and 30 were used to create small, dimensional,  and believable specs.



The look was topped off with a coat of electric blue mascara and matching manicure.

Lips colors in poppy, coral,  creamsickle, electric purple and hot pink created a beautiful contrast again a clean canvas and foliage.  This also coordinated when the chameleon changed colors.  It inspired me to see this creature change his coloration with adjacent colors.


The hair was braided with a strong center part to show off Allison’s beautiful oval shaped face.  The hair was saturated with Bumble and Bumble Gel for hold and shine.  The hair was secured at the base of the ear and a fishtail braid was constructed.  The elastic was hidden with thin straps of leather.

Enjoy the cover and the editorial spread!









Hair and Makeup: Walter Fuentes of WAFU Artistry |

Photography: Lalo Torres |

Photography Assistant:  Roberto Inetti

Muse: Allison Ponthier, Rango the Chameleon