FEATURE: Claire Peralta courtesy of Page Parkes Agency

Model Features

Claire Peralta stopped by my chair for a session to update her portfolio recently.
Photographed by Jorge Rivas, she embodies soft gestures and classic beauty.  NARS Cosmetics were used to achieve this soft and subtle look.

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Hair and Makeup: Walter Fuentes of WAFU Artistry | http://www.wafuartisty.com

Photography: Jorge Rivas http://www.jorgerivashoot.com

Muse: Claire Peralta courtesy of Page Parkes Agency

Lauren Bacall: Iconic Beauty

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Only in rare occasions does one find sensuality,  poise, beauty, charisma, and talent enveloped in one person.  Lauren Bacall has and always will be inspirational to the hairdressing and makeup artistry world. From silver screen starlet to modeling and spoke person,  she always evoked glamour.

In my opinion, a shining example of ultra feminine power. One that carries through a lifetime.

Rest in peace Lauren Bacall.

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Take time to realize

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Summer is a super busy season. There are a lot of formal events, weddings, graduations, portfolio updates and fall season previews. Thankfully, makeup and hair artists are needed for all of these!

However, being in contact with so many people day in and day out leaves you with a vulnerable and depleted energy. For me, I know that I have to recharge frequently as to not upset my balance.

I was scheduled to lead a beginner’s makeup class in Austin, TX so I decided to make a retreat trip out of it. I checked into a resort off the beaten path.

“I need this alone time” I said. “I can’t hear my thoughts.” I figured this would do my soul some good.

As I drove up to my destination, I quickly realized I got a little more than I bargained for. My cell phone couldn’t make or recieve calls. No texts. No emails. What if someone had a hair and makeup emergency?!

When night fell and the lights were out, I could hold my hand to my face and couldn’t see it. It was pitch dark Wi-fi and no cell signal. What was I thinking?!

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The following morning, after a light breakfast, I decided to go for a hike in the hills.

The sky was a bright cerulean blue and it was not too hot. As I walked thru the trail, the noises around me were so defeaning. All I could hear were the crickets, birds, and all types of unimaginable creatures just hanging out. I was easily startled and was very jumpy.  I had forgotten how it was to just listen to nature and not freak out at leaves rustling, birds flapping, and grasshoppers chirping. I encountered such beautiful colors, textures, and life.

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I glided easily into my walking pace and started jogging. I finished running and was drenched in sweat.

After showering, I was starving and walked to the small cafe on the property. I asked for a window seat during dinner as to stage the “perfect” sunset frame. In the run and chase of trying to perfect and create a career and life, I forget to stop. Slow down. Watch and see.

There were 3 tables that complained that the setting sun was too bright and requested the blinds be closed.  Observing this behavior was monumental for me. How many times have I passed up a beautiful opportunity because it’s uncomfortable?

I coordinated my 3 course meal to coincide with the sunset.  I began my dinner at 8pm and ended at 9pm.  As I watched the clouds change from sky blue, to cerulean, to cornflower, to periwinkle,  lavender and finally magenta,  it hit me. THIS sunset. These clouds. I will never see again. I must remember to live in the moment.

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Remember to cherish the breath you’re taking. The ability to see and feel. Take time to listen to your inner self. Make it your compass. There is a lot of beauty in staying in the moment.

Love, light, and peace to you all:)

Happy National Lipstick Day!

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Happy National Lipstick Day!

Whether it’s au naturale,  sensually red, fashion forward violet, or vampy black, express and celebrate yourself!

Makeup: Walter Fuentes of WAFU Artistry | http://www.wafuartistry.com

Photography: Jorge Rivas http://www.jorgerivashoot.com
Nicollette Mollet http://www.nicollettemollet.com
Lalo Torres, Cody Kinsfather

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: “Strandz” Dark Beauty Magazine 2013

Published Editorials

I clearly remember Mrs. Cunyus, my 5th grade teacher, and the moment she mentioned clouds and outer space. I was the kid that would read and shuffle through National Geographics, atlases, and encyclopedias at any chance that I got.

I have always, like I imagine man has since the dawn of time, wondered how the stars got there.  How do they dance so effortlessly? Do they know I am looking at them? How old are they? Do they really listen to my wishes?

This collection was created from one single image.  This image inspired me because it stands alone.  It’s perfection is not something you have to explain.  You just stare.  Every time I see it, I get lost in it and find some new pattern.  Sometimes I see a lady in waiting, sometimes a Phoenix, and sometimes a sunflower.


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In order to prepare a palette for this project, I read and researched a bit more on nebulas and constellations.  Below are the ones that most inspired me.  Take a moment to really analyze them. What do you see? How many shapes and colors can you distinguish? Can you get lost in them?

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Hand colored human hair mixed with small layers of string were used to create these sculptural pieces. The collection, modeled by my dear friend, Diana Carl, was a project that took over a month to finish. Beautiful precious jewels provided by Holly Wittenberg, accentuated the collection.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did while creating it!

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Credits

 

Hair and Makeup: Walter Fuentes of WAFU Artistry |

Photography: Jorge Rivas |

Styling: Holly Wittenberg

Muse: Diana Carl |

“LIP COLOR” featuring Claire Peralta

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Working on set sometimes requires you to think on your feet to make impact.   This series was created in under an hour since our model was in between castings.

Using my Makeup Forever Flash Color Palette, I was able to create an array of colors to tell a fun story.

See below for my color combinations and the end result!  Enjoy and go ahead explore!

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Dallas Hair and Makeup Artist Walter Fuentes creates color palette

Dallas Hair and Makeup Artist Walter Fuentes creates color palette

Dallas Hair and Makeup Artist Walter Fuentes creates color palette

Dallas Hair and Makeup Artist Walter Fuentes creates color palette

Dallas Hair and Makeup Artist Walter Fuentes creates color palette

Dallas Hair and Makeup Artist Walter Fuentes creates color palette

Dallas Hair and Makeup Artist Walter Fuentes creates color palette

Dallas Hair and Makeup Artist Walter Fuentes creates color palette

Dallas Hair and Makeup Artist Walter Fuentes creates color palette

Dallas Hair and Makeup Artist Walter Fuentes creates color palette

Dallas Hair and Makeup Artist Walter Fuentes creates color palette

Dallas Hair and Makeup Artist Walter Fuentes creates color palette

Credits

Hair and Makeup: Walter Fuentes of WAFU Artistry | http://wwww.wafuartistry.com

Photography: Jorge Rivas | http://www.jorgerivashoot.com

Muse: Claire Peralta of Kim Dawson Agency

Summer Fashion & Beauty Trends to try!

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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.

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You can opt for a tailored pant suit as well.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Enjoy and take a colorful risk!

Credits

Hair and Makeup: Walter Fuentes of WAFU Artistry | http://www.wafuartistry.com

Photography: Nicollette Mollet | http://www.nicollettemollet.com

Fashion Styling: Ashley Kim | http://www.iaagency.com

Model: Jade Ava Armstrong

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

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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 http://influential-magazine.com/a-girls-dream-fashion-editorial-continued/

Enjoy!!

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Hair and Makeup: Walter Fuentes of WAFU Artistry | http://www.wafuartistry.com

Photography: Jorge Rivas  | http://www.jorgerivashoot.com

Styling: Mary Mirsky

Designer: Binzario Couture http://www.binzario.com

Muse: Kaylie Hartman courtesy of Page Parkes Agency

 

 

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.
 
Credits

Hair and Makeup: Walter Fuentes of WAFU Artistry | http://www.wafuartistry.com

Photography: Jorge Rivas |  http://www.jorgerivashoot.com

Model: Tara Oefinger of The Dragonfly Agency