“ALONG THE LINES” with Jorge Rivas and Allison Ponthier

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

 

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Credits

Photography: Jorge Rivas

Hair and MakeupWalter Fuentes

Model: Allison Ponthier at RE: Quest Models

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|MÍNIMALISMO| featuring Regan Kemper

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Subtle nuances in tone and structure take center stage on this beauty series featuring beautiful Regan Kemper courtesy of the Kim Dawson Agency. Photographed perfectly in black and white by Sergio Garcia, it shows the power of simplicity.

Graceful strokes of black, white and charcoal against a clean and bare faced Regan almost seem to melt into her visage.

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Because we were photographing in black and white, I used carbon blacks and red to photograph as intense black and greys to create shade.

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A mixture of Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk and soft hold hairspray was mixed into a paste and then brushed thru the fringe area to evoke moment, contrast and texture

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A red lip liner was used to define the lips and create a sharp and moody pout.

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Lastly, an interesting block graphic cream liner in black added a little flair. I used a small piece of gentle masking tape to ensure that edges were straight on such a movable surface.

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Try it on your next photoshoot or selfie! Play around with colors and see how they look when photographed in black and white.

Enjoy!:)

Credits

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

Photography: Sergio Garcia

Muse: Regan Kemper courtesy of The Kim Dawson Agency

“The Lazy Group” in collaboration with Morgan Chidsey

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I personally love this time of year because the weather is on the verge of changing.  There are cooler mornings and warmer days. It’s time to wear your favorite sweater for the last chance in a while.

With it comes along a laissez-faire attitude towards beauty as well. Undone and textured hair is perfect for spring. Tousled locks go perfectly with a statement color that matches your favorite bloom.

Teaming up with romantic photographer Morgan Chidsey and wardrobe stylist Britta Newton proved to be fun, easy, and fresh.  We were able to work on a set with four models courtesy of The Dragonfly Agency and The Kim Dawson Agency.  Chloe, Delaney, Christina, and Kalli all portrayed an cool and chic mood.

I used the same hair products throughout the series and challenged myself to see what it could do.  I used a cocktail of Privé Vanishing Oil, Weightless Amplifier, and Finishing Texture Spray to add shine, heat protection,  add bounce, and pliability.

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I added the products to Kalli’s hair and roughly blowdried until dry. With a 1″ iron, I took vertical sections and alternated the curl making sure to not leave the hair for longer than 5 seconds. After releasing from the tongs, I immediately raked the curls with my fingers and tugged on each curl. I wanted texture not curl.

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On Christina, I decided to take the same approach as I did on Kalli. I parted the hair with a weighty center part and decided to not alternate the direction of the waves for a more elongated and concise formation.

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I followed the same pattern and product usage on Delaney to further test the fact that the same products and hair tools can yield slight variations. For Delaney, I opted to use a 1 1/2″ barrel iron which created a slight bend in the hair. Some of her outfit changes had high collars, so I wrapped the hair into a perfectly imperfect French roll.

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I was amazed that using the same cocktail of products yielded such a different effect on Chloe. Her hair is very straight and is of medium texture. I decided to skip the curling iron and let her texture shine through.

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I hope that you enjoy the rest of the film. I loved how each model shines through and there is an even composition in colors and textures. The hairstyles and minimal makeup allow for each model to have subtle differences and stand alone as well as in a group.

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Credits

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

Photography : Morgan Chidsey

Fashion Styling : Britta Newton

Muses: Chloe, Christina, Delaney at The Dragonfly Agency; Kalli at The Kim Dawson Agency

FEATURE: Kelly Gillespie courtesy of The Kim Dawson Agency

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I absolutely love working with models time and time again. I get to revisit their energy and face and appreciate nuances that I didn’t focus on the last time we worked together.

Such is the case with stunning Kelly. The last photo session I worked with her on featured more avant garde hair and shapes.

I teamed up with genius photographer Nicollette Mollet and created a quick set of minimalist images for Kelly’s portfolio this go around.

I began by prepping Kelly’s hair using Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray at the root and blow drying with my fingers. After it was dry, I layered another coat thru the midshaft and ends.

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To add variety, I added a deep side part as inspired by my last bit of runway shows in New York for Autumn/Winter 2015. I added a bit of Bumble and Bumble Thickening Créme Contour to the hair after I warmed it up in my hands. This amplified the hair towards the ends but collapsed the volume at the scalp.

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I hope you enjoyed the film as much as we did!

Credits

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

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

Muse: Kelly Gillespie of The Kim Dawson Agency

FEAUTURE: Chloe courtesy of The Dragonfly Agency

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One of my favorite things is to develop a beauty story.

For me, it allows me to express a feeling or use a color that that is not generally used on the face. It allows me to work intimately with the model and photographer to create a piece. One that doesn’t overshadow the model’s  natural beauty.

I worked with the fabulous Morgan Chidsey to create a small set of beauty images with Chloe after capturing images for her portfolio.

Chloe has a striking face with no need for adornment. Just like all of us, adornment only adds more interest and conversation pieces. A wearable mask.

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I began by using a powerful color to create an inverted triangle of balance and brought the focal point to her lips. A luscious mulberry shade mixed with a burgundy as a nod to the Marsala color trend. I used Iman Luxury Moisturizing Lipstick in shades Taboo and Black Brandy.

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I progressed by creating gilded eyebrow and lashes in metallic gold. For me it adds a bit of flair and sparkle to your eyes. I misted a mascara wand with MAC Fix + and mixed metallic gold from the Makeup Forever Flash Palette. I then brushed it through the eyebrows and lashes for sparkle.

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Lastly, continuing with the metallic inspiration, I created a diffused metallic metal look that represents our inner strength. I diffused a small amount of metallic silver over Chloe as to show if she was exposing the metal underneath. Flashes of blue and green patina were dusted on to create a “lived in” metal look that was starting to tarnish.

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I hope you enjoyed the series and that you are inspire to add a bit flair to your routine:)

Credits

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

Photography: Morgan Chidsey  http://www.morganchidey.com

Muse: Chloe at The Dragonfly Agency

“CEREAL KILLER” EnVie Magazine, December 2014

Published Editorials

There is something so basic but oh so nostalgic about breakfast cereal. 

I remember that as a child, I was in charge of picking out the cereal for my little sister and I when we went grocery shopping.  Sometimes it was Fruit Loops. Other times, I went simple and chose Rice Chex.

In this beauty editorial, photographer Lalo Torres and I explored the whimsy of color, texture and trend.  Bold fashion hair color and makeup has been trending for a couple of seasons now and we wanted to display it in a fresh and fun way.

I was also interviewed by EnVie Magazine on the current trend of fashion hair color.

The hair pieces were custom colored by using Paul Mitchell Inkworks and Pravana haircolor. 

Can you see the feeling each one creates just by the colors and textures?

Enjoy!!

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Credits

Photography: Lalo Torres http://www.lalotorres.com

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

Hair and Makeup Assistant: Lana Gail

Muse: Kasey Landoll at The Dragonfly Agency

BEAT WINTER DRYNESS WITH THE BEST BODY OILS

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I’m not sure what part of the world you are in but here in Dallas, Texas, the weather has a mind of its own.

The heat, humidity, wind, rain and cold can be pretty abrasive and harsh on our bodies.

Now that the winter is upon us, I have to change my skin care routine a bit to ensure that it doesn’t dry out. I have highly reactive and sensitive combination skin with an oily T-zone.

As the days get shorter and we can’t get much of the sun’s glow, we dry our skins out by using heat in our homes and cars, and by longer hot showers.

Here is a list of my go to beauty oils that are tried and true. I keep these in stock in my makeup kit and beauty cabinet.  These can be used alone or as a supplement to your routine.

HAIR

* Moroccan Oil Dry Scalp Treatment

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This oil is a lifesaver for me when my scalp is unbalanced. Lavender, geranium, and argan oils act together to soothe and moisturize without a greasy feel. If your scalp is on the oilier side, opt for the oily scalp version. 

* AG Extra Virgin Argan Miracle Soothing Oil

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I use half a pump of this soft oil in my hair immediately after bathing.  It is paraben, gluten, and sulfate free. It is amazing for containing frizz and protecting colored hair. Dimethicone helps dry your hair faster and helps with UV deflection. Distribute evenly from root to end to and comb through. Can be used on the body to treat dry patches.

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*Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil

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Used by Geishas to create a glow and help suppleness,  this is my favorite skin oil to use during drying periods.  Camelia, Rice Bran, and Japanese Sea Kelp all act as buffers against free radicals, help restore lipid balance, and hydrate while not being greasy. I use it prior to my moisturizer and I sleep in it as well. 4 to 6 drops are enough. Warm up in hands and press into skin for fast absorption. If you want a heavier glow, just distribute in small circles for a buffed look.

* Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

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Kiehl’s has become a must have for me because they really know skin. No fuss just clean skin care. Squalene, Evening Primrose Oil, and Lavender work together to keep moisture locked in, replenish the lipid barrier, and refuce dark spots and blotchiness. Night time is when our skin regenerates and repairs itself so I use this only at night under my Tsubaki Oil.

*Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil

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Argan Oil has been used for hundreds of years by Moroccan women.  This light oil helps shield them from the desert sun and keeps aging signs away.  Josie Maran’s Argan Oil is great because it is fair traded and high quality with no parabens, sulfates, or fragance.  It is light enough for everyday wear as a moisturizer alone but it also can help with rosacea and eczema. I love using it as a moisturizer,  cuticle oil and hair oil on myself and on set.

BODY

* L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil

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I drench my skin in this oil from head to toe right after a shower.  It is high in Omega Fatty Acids which restore the fatty barrier in the skin. It is free of heavy fragrance so it does not clash with any of your other scents. I alternate this oil with raw coconut oil for maximum benefit.

*Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Body Oil

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I use this luxury oil when I am going to go out on the town or for a formal affair. I also sometimes wear this to bed. I love the light, crisp scent which complements all of my fragrances.  It is formulated with grapeseed, olive fruit, and date seed oils which make it a dry, fastly absorbed hydrator.

* Carol’s Daughter Coconut Dry Oil Mist

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I like to use a dry oil when I’m traveling or if I am in a hurry in the morning. This particular product is great because it has coconut oil and shea butter to moisturize and açai extract for antioxidant benefits.

MULTI-PURPOSE

* Raw Organic Coconut Oil is great to moisturize the body in place of over yhe counter lotions.  You can also use it to relive scalp dryness and soften hair.
I rub a bit of the solid onto the soles of my feet and sleep with socks on to moisturize my heels.

*Tea Tree Oil is perfect for when I have a rare(but serious) breakout. Gently swab a drop or two onto the blemish with a cotton bud. It’s antimicrobial and antibacterial propperties also help it keep them at bay and helps with regulating overly oily skin.

*Avocado oil is full of fatty acids that are essential for skin’s water retention. I use mine to sheer out foundation on set or to moisturize lips and cuticles.

Enjoy and stay soft!!