FEATURE: Grant Farmer courtesy of Wilhelmina Miami, Dragonfly Agency

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Simple. Clean. Emotional. Pensive.

These are all emotions that Grant delivered during our recent photo session with Samantha Collie. While in Dallas, Grant joined us on set to create one of my favorite male beauty sets ever. A bit Southern gentleman, a little debonair, a little mischievous,  Grant transitioned through different characters.

Grant has perfect skin that just called for a whisper of moisture. I used Jack Black Double Duty Moisturizer with SPF 20 since we where photographing him outside.

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A bit of tinted moisturizer was buffed onto the skin to even out his tone. I used LAB Series BB Tinted Moisturizer.

Men, it is NOT makeup. I repeat. It is not makeup.  I love this product because it has additional SPF, moisturizes, and has a discreet tint that unifies the tones on the face.

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Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray was misted through the hair and roughly dried with a blow dryer to provide an easy wavy texture.

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Change your hairstyle as well by using a different product as seen on Grant.  For a more distressed look, I layered a bit of MITCH by Paul Mitchell Reformer Paste. A little goes a long way with this matte product.  I use it myself when I want a no-shine finish with soft hold.

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Lastly, try a modern and chic side part. It is dapper for a night on the town or for a formal event. I used Bumble and Bumble Bb Gel and a fine toothed comb.

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Enjoy the rest of this great series!

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

Photography: Samantha Collie

Model: Grant Farmer of Wilhelmina Miami and Dragonfly Agency

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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

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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