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

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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!!

Dallas Bridal Hair and Makeup Artist Walter Fuentes

Dallas Bridal Hair and Makeup Artist Walter Fuentes

 

Dallas Bridal Hair and Makeup Artist Walter Fuentes

 

 

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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

FEAUTURE: Chloe Nguyen courtesy of Page Parkes Agency

Model Features

What do you get when you have one free hour, creativity,  an awesome team and a camera? THIS!

Inspired by fantasy, watercolors, and elements, we created a simple set of images that reaffirmed our affinity towards the exotic.

Gentle pastels, both in mastefully blended makeup, and in a custom lacefront platinum wig met to create our first image. Part fairy,  part goddess, part fantasy, this image is eerie and beautiful.

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Our second image creates an illusion of a geisha warrior that is caught in mid run. Bold colors that signify strength, love and passion all meet to create this stunning image. Hand colored wefts using Paul Mitchell Ink Works in Orange, Red, Yellow and Black add drama to the look.

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Enjoy!

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

Makeup: Savannah Blair

Photography: Wade Livingston | http://www.wadelivingston.com

Muse: Chloe Nguyen of Page Parkes Agency

FEAUTURE: Kristin courtesy of The Campbell Agency

Model Features

I will always have an affinity for redheads. They’re striking, beautiful,  and stunning. Every single one. Here is a session photographed by Jorge Rivas in which NARS BB Cream was used to show supple youthful skin.

NARS Multiple in Laos was used on the lips, cheeks, and eyes.  I’m obsessed with their products!

The shoot began with a blowout and was changed into different looks during the session.

Enjoy!

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

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

Muse: Kristin http://www.campbellagency.com

WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER A BEAUTIFUL SIZE?

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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

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

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

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

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Adele

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Queen Latifah

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

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

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Georgina Burke

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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:)

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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!

Credits

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

Photography: Nicollette Mollet http://www.nicolletemollet.com

Styling: Nicole Johnson

Muse: Bailey Culbreth