‘VISCOUS BEAUTY’ Ellements Magazine, November 2016 

Published Editorials

As a child, I remember playing outside on a hot summer day and being distracted by mysterious rings of color on the ground. Faint mirages and nuances that would appear and dissappear depending on the angle I stood over them. 
As an adult, especially on rainy days, those same rings appear often and remind me of my childlike wonder of those apparitions. Oil spills are generally not regarded as beautiful or beneficial. To an artist like me, however, they have always caught my attention due to their prismatic color effects.

This fueled the development of a beauty series photographed during my latest visit to Los Angeles. Michael Dirlam a wonderful friend and beauty photographer helped bring this to life. Kate Harrison courtesy of Freedom LA Models powerfully carries tones and nuances alluding to this effect.

Hydrophilic skin, glossy textures and metallic reflects all create an ethereal air to these makeup looks. 

The skin was prepared using a blend of balms and squalane oil to create a hyper moisturized effect. Giorgio Armani Prima Glow On Moisturizing Balm was my go-to product of choice because it maintains the same glow throughout the day.

Eyelids were bathed in light washes of silver, pewter, salmon, verdigris and charcoal. 

OCC Makeup Loose Colour Concentrates in Clove, Datura and Jubilee were pressed into the eyelid area immediately after moisturizing the area as to preserve the moisture effect behind the pigment.

To mirror the effect that a fresh oil spill evokes, I layered more pigments in different hues around the eyes and patted a generous layer of Kevyn Aucoin The Exotique Diamond Eye Gloss.

I love this product for its lightweight non-tacky texture. It transforms any eyeshadow or pigment into a high shine patent leather texture. I like to warm it up with my fingertips and then gently pat on the area of the face that will show off most light. 

One of the most impactful features of this story are these opalescent and rich black inky lips. I used BITE Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Black Truffle

This was layered with the Kevyn Aucoin The Exotique Diamond Eye Gloss and then I gently pressed a mixture of pigments into the center of the lips as to create a highlighted effect. 

I hope this inspires you to go out and experiment with the textures that surround you. Enjoy the rest of the editorial below!


Photographed by Michael Dirlam

Hair & Makeup by Walter Fuentes 

Musr: Kate Harrison courtesy of Freedom Models LA



“ALONG THE LINES” with Jorge Rivas and Allison Ponthier

Model Features

How does the old adage go? “Don’t reinvent the wheel?” “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it?”

Although that may apply in some situations, that never applies to beauty! Especially eyeliner.

In this session photographed in New York City by my talented friend and photographer Jorge Rivas, we explore the possibilities of angles and lines. I have always been drawn to the need of making things symmetrical and then turning around to destroy it. It’s a known issue and I’m working on it:)

Liner is one of the easiest ways to “dress up” your face. Feline flicks. avant garde geometry, dots, smokey, vertical, diagonal. The possibilities are endless. It is my belief that every woman can wear liner when the correct one is chosen for their eye shape and occasion. One thing that helps me understand trends is looking at catwalk photos.


Via Elle.com

The looks can be minimal or full on lined. That is up to you. Here are a few tricks I find help me and that will help you ease the nerves.

1.If you end up with wings that don’t match up, start by drawing two dots at the point where you want your liner to END. As you line, you will know exactly where you have to end the lines when you draw them.

2. Make sure you chose the correct product and tool for you. If you want a diffused liner like this, a soft crayon liner or shadow will do the trick. Make sure to blend into the lash line with a cotton bud for better staying power and polished feel. My favorite soft pencils are NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via De Martelli for a soft cool brown shadow and Chanel Le Crayon Yeaux in Noir for a creamy pencil that glides along the sensitive water line.


Hair & Makeup: Walter Fuentes; Photo: Roy Choudhury; Model: Katie Tull

If you want a bolder and sharper look, try using a liner pen like Maybelline Line Stiletto Ultimate Precision Liquid Eyeliner. The advantage to this is that you can just use it as you would any writing utensil to create precise lines. To create more abstract lines or shapes, a gel cream liner with angled brush like Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner is perfect.



The newest trend in eyeliner is “tight lining”. This involves lining the inner rim of the eyes to create a deep and sooty look. Try using a waterproof and safe for the inner eye product like Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner. Raise your chin and place your nondominant index finger above the outer corner of your eye, lifting upward. Then, holding the pencil vertically in your other hand, trace back and forth under your lashes. Go over it a few times, and stop before you reach the inner corners to ensure your eyes don’t look closed off and tiny. Repeat on the bottom rim and finish with a healthy dose of volumizing mascara.

3. Darken the roots of your top lashes. Gently pull your top lid taut by pressing one finger on the outer corner. Bury the tip of the pencil deep into your lashes at the outer corner of your eye, wiggling it back and forth as you move inward. Take your time and don’t be afraid to really mash the tip into your lashes.

If you move during the tricky lining part or make the lines too thick for your taste, don’t fret. It’s just makeup! I LOVE to clean up with Almay Oil Free Makeup Eraser Sticks. They are in a convenient cotton bud solution and will not disturb the rest of your makeup.


Now that you know the pro tips and tricks, please enjoy this session as we did while creating it!

Allison Ponthier, of RE:Quest Models NYC, has perfect skin! In order to prepare her for her closeup, I cleansed the skin with my favorite micellar water, KohGenDo Spa Water and Organic Cotton and moisturized with Kensignton Apothecary Pure Soothing Facial Oil #3.





Photography: Jorge Rivas

Hair and MakeupWalter Fuentes

Model: Allison Ponthier at RE: Quest Models

FEATURE: Nina Shaw courtesy of Kim Dawson Agency

Model Features

Vivacious. Flirty. Edgy.

These are some of the feelings that Nina Shaw evoked during our latest session photographed by Samantha Beatty.

Rich and textured clothing curated by Carlos Parada of OnSet Management set the tone for a beautiful and demure palette. Soft leather, shiny gold, fluffy wool, and structured silks created a backdrop for exotic hair and makeup looks.


Satin shadows in muted brown based violets were paired with a nude glossy lip to complement the structured look.  For this I used Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad in Disco Dust. Shape the eye by concentrating the darkest tone of this palette along the lashline and outer corner of the eye.


Reminiscent of Naomi Campbell during the glamorous decade of the supermodel, we decided to amp up the look in with a dramatic smokey eye and wine colored gloss.  My favorite of the moment is Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer in Night Berry. I love the hybrid technology of a lip gloss, stain, and lipstick this product offers. The shade range is beautiful as well.


Juxtaposing a shattered and weathered bob against the sumptuousness of this ostrich leather dress by Alice and Olivia was one of my favorite highlights of this session.  In order to achieve this arid and collapsible hair texture, I power blow dried the hair using Bumble and bumble Surf Spray in order to give a gritty and almost sand weathered texture.  The hair was then detailed with Kevin Murphy Rough.Rider for a strong and super matte hold.



Enjoy the rest of this luxurious session and style away!









Photography:  Samantha Beatty

Hair and Makeup: Walter Fuentes of WAFU Artistry

Fashion Styling: Carlos Alonso Parada  ON Set Management

Model: Nina Shaw at Kim Dawson Agency




As I sit here and sanitize my makeup kit, this PSA comes to mind.

My kit contains a total of 54 different mixable shades and tones of skin color. They have all been tapped into and have made me realize that I would be lost without all of them. Each nuance. Each variation has shown me the power of beauty.

Please, if you do nothing else today, hug and love yourself and be proud of your skin.  You were made perfectly and in an image that is not erroneous.



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

Photography (L2R): Jorge Rivas, Nicollette Mollet, Wade Livingston, Lalo Torres, Roy Choudhury

FEATURE : Elizabeth Sawatzky courtesy of The Campbell Agency

Model Features

Summer is finally starting to settle in. Bright and long sunny days make it so easy to enjoy the outdoors and have a more laissez-faire attitude towards beauty.

We recently worked with beautiful Elizabeth in a series showcasing lovely and feminine clothing in a setting that was like a small Secret Garden. Photographed by Shannon Touchstone and styled by Danielle Brown, Elizabeth easily transitioned into a very soft and almost playful self.

Because we were photoshooting outside in very humid weather, I decided to work with nature’s canvas and utilize the dewiness in her skin and flyaways to add a carefree almost bohemian feel to her look.

Her hair was was prepped with Bumble and Bumble Prep Spray and City Swept Spray to reveal texture, prime it for the waving wand heat, and to add a bit of weight. 



The hair was then waved with a Paul Mitchell Neuro Unclipped 1.25″ Cone counterclockwise in the same direction away from the face beginning at the front hairline.



The hair was then finger raked to loosen the waves. I added two pumps of Wella Oil Reflections to add shine, reveal highlights and lowlights in her hair color and to add a bit of polish. I also used this lightweight non greasy oil on her legs and arms for a subtle glow.


Elizabeth has great skin and I wanted to enhance with a bit solar protection and color. I used Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream in Medium in the center of the face and shade Medium/Deep on the perimeter of the face to add a bit of lived in tan effect.



The lips and cheeks were tinted with YSL Volupte Tint-In-Oil in shades Drive Me Copper and Oh My Gold. I love these lip tints for a sheer wash of color with a non sticky feel. No lipliner needed!


Summer is all about being social with a casual and easy breezy feel. I hope you enjoy these products as much I did!






Hair and Makeup : Walter Fuentes of The Campbell Agency | http://www.wafuartistry.com

Photography : Shannon Touchstone

Fashion Styling: Danielle Brown, The Campbell Agency

Muse: Elizabeth Sawatzky,  The Campbell Agency

Happy National Lipstick Day!


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





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.








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