‘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!

Credits


Photographed by Michael Dirlam

Hair & Makeup by Walter Fuentes 

Musr: Kate Harrison courtesy of Freedom Models LA

  

FEATURE: Nina Shaw courtesy of Kim Dawson Agency

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Enjoy the rest of this luxurious session and style away!

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Credits

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

 

MARIE for Pigeons and Peacocks Magazine

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Waiting with anticipation for spring is not only obvious but fun. Dreaming of fresh new experiences, color, and energy.

This was the goal and feel for our most recent editorial featuring alluring Marie Boone. Pigeons and Peacocks Magazine gracefully showcased our work online among other beautifully designed editorials.

Tor Matthey curated an impeccable wardrobe by mixing unexpected textures and colors to keep the mood light and fresh. Reebok, Opening Ceremony, Adidas, Alexis Bittar among others created an relaxed but fashionable feel.

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To keep in line with the palette and to showcase what is happening on the catwalks, I decided to bring light whispers of couture color.

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One of my favorite shadows,
Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Long Wearing Eyeshadow in Fantasme, was used to create an interesting wash of color. The shade is a beautifully reflective silver with reflects to brighten up the eye.

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Alternately, one of the hottest shades for makeup in 2016 is anything in the range of a light violet. Think periwinkle, lilac, bluebonnet, or even light amethyst. For this look, I used Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow Fresh Effect Shadow in Campanule. This set of shade sticks glide effortlessly, stay put, and come in multiple flattering shades.

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Enjoy the rest of the editorial and experiment with a bit of color on your makeup wardrobe.

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Credits

Photography: Samantha Beatty | http://http://www.samanthacolliecreative.com/

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

Fashion Styling: Tor Matthey at IA Agency http://www.thisistor.com

Muse: Marie Boone with The Page Parkes Agency

FEATURE: SIDNEY JAMISON courtesy of The Campbell Agency

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Heat wave.

Two words that make leaving my perfectly air conditioned home almost impossible. Makeup runs, hair falls, skin gets dehydrated and moodiness abounds.

Not all hope is lost though. Beauty can take a relaxed and non structural ease. A nonchalant feel is a good staple. If all else fails, you can always hang out by the pool for a couple of hours. Relaxation is key.

In this recent beauty series featuring Sidney Jamison, we showcased easy but impactful beauty filled with impactful textures, colors, and easiness. The photographs by Chris Ossenfort perfectly capture Sidney’s striking beauty.

Sidney’s skin was prepared using Koh Gen Do Oriental Plant Essence. This serum plumps the skin while not leaving it sticky or heavy.

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The face was then moisturized with a cocktail of Koh Gen Do All in One Refresh Gel and Dior Glow Maximizer Primer. I found that this mixture moisturizes, primes, protects and gives radiance to the skin in one step. I love this moisturizer because it’s cooling for the hot summer day.

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Dipping in and out of the pool feels amazing during the hot months but your hair and skin might not appreciate it as much.  My current favorite hair and skin moisturizer is Leonor Greyl Huile Secret de Beaute Or. The smell is intoxicating and the lipids in this oil create a barrier against the elements without ever feeli g to greasy.

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I hope you this series as much as we did while creating it!

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Credits

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

Photography: Chris Ossenfort | http://www.chrisossenfort.com

Muse: Sidney Jamison courtesy of The Campbell Agency | http://www.thecampbellagency.com

VAGABOND featuring Tony Trahan

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Gathering inspiration from our surroundings is a given when it comes to creating. Nature, books, and media can offer literally thousands of images to spark endless hours of day dreaming.

Sometimes beauty ideals can be derived from less than likely sources. For me, there is a certain beauty in being nomadic. Transient. To be alone with your thoughts and your experiences. Sun burnt skin, waxen locks, and stubble that has become a fashionable welcome into your routine.

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These nuances take center stage in this beautiful series featuring Tony Trahan. Vintage clothing sourced by fashion stylist Jamie Gorden elevated the mood photographed by Calvin VonDara.

Tony’s hair (which was a fun extension project to achieve the length) was styled to create a lived in wavy, ropey, almost dread-locked effect. My go to product for this effect is Wella Ocean Spritz Texture Spray. I mist the midshaft and ends of dry hair until damp. I then dried the hair with a diffuser on a low setting. I repeated these steps 3 times in order to achieve a lived in effect.

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Skin that has been parched, weathered, and bronzed by the scorching sun has a certain beauty to it as well. There is an increase in pigment that has a ruddines to it. I achieved this effect by first protecting Tony’s skin with my favorite primer containing SPF, Chantecaille Anti Glycation SPF Primer.

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To emulate the rudiness on his skin, I decided to layer various veils or washes of color for a non powdery effect.

I began by stippling and buffing a BB Cream 3 shades warmer that his skin around the perimeter of his face. I used Maybelline Fresh BB in Shade Medium/Deep with a MAC Duo Fibre .

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I used the same brush with the remaining product and buff a small amount of Dior Nude Air Tan in Shades Cinnamon and Golden Honey.  I found that if the dual fibre brush was damp, it almost melted the already satin product into the skin. I distributed the colors as shown in the pattern diagrammed below.

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

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Credits

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

Photography: Calvin VonDara

Fashion Styling: Jamie Gorden & Brocke Lyons

Model: Tony Trahan courtesy of The Campbell Agency

FEATURE: Cadence Sisco photographed by Samantha Collie

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I recently had the pleasure of working with this lovely young lady on a series including beauty, fashion, and a little attitude.

As an ode to the ending summer, we decided to fabricate a session showcasing breezy and airy fashion provided by Tor Matthey.  The clean and simplistic lines are powerful in each shot.  The have a touch of minimalism and feminism all mixed into one.

The subtle movements that Cadence exuded were perfect and made her seem effortless in such structured clothing. To complement the color palette, I utilized white and mint as my focal points.  I used MAC Chromaline Gel/Cream Liner in Pure White and an angled liner brush.

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As a highlight and pop, I used Seafoam Green from Dior’s 5 Coulers Couture Colour Eyeshadow Palette in Jardin.

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To keep the beauty story cohesive and on trend, I used Maybelline’s Color Show Nail Lacquer in Green With Envy.

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Cadence has beautiful undercut that required minimal product. In the slides that have more texture, I used Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray which has sea salt for beautiful lived in beachy texture.  On the smoother slides, I misted the hair with water and groomed it with a dime sized amount of Brilliantine by Bumble and Bumble for shine and structure.

I am anxious for fall and with this session we start bidding adieu to summer. I hope you enjoy this set as much as I do!

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Credits

 

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

Photography: Samantha Collie

Fashion Stylist: Tor Matthey http://www.thisistor.co

Muse: Cadence Sisco

 

“Smoke and Mirrors” Fashion Editorial Glassbook Magazine, June 2014

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Booze. Prohibition. Glamour. Youth. Silent Screen. Secrets. Bankruptcy. Jealousy. Roaring Twenties.

Sounds like a juicy story, huh?

Well, this is what was going through my imagination during the process of creating our newest fashion editorial for Glassbook Magazine, “Smoke and Mirrors”.

The year is 1925.  Glamour and opulence is norm of the day.  Sequin embroidered dresses with brocade imported from the Orient, ostrich plume lined cocktail dresses for a luncheon affair, and rouge à la Parisian showgirl is the look. Gold, fur, opalescence and expensive fabrics are every girl’s and guy’s dream wardrobe. Money, affluence, power, politics, social skills and beauty are all you needed to complete the package.

Vacation and summer homes Upstate complete with tennis courts, well stocked cellars full of champagne and clandestine whiskey, and decadent food like macaroons, passion fruit, and dessert confections are at your whim.

Leaving the hustle and bustle of a fast paced city, this group of “friends” retreats into the vast palatial “relaxed” version of their lives.

Gossip is a constant variable of this clique. “DID you hear that his dad is having an affair with a French ingenue?”  “Her parents are sending her away to London to a boarding school because she likes girls”  “He seems so sad when he drinks” “I heard the family is only worth the clothes on their backs”

As the week-long engagement ensues, lavish parties and costume changes occur.  This makes them feel at home.  The loud sound of jazz echoes through the house along with scent of smoke and opium.  For a small moment, this group of teenaged heirs and heiresses smile and play in a playground where they are far away from society’s grip. Anything goes. Expression of self and sharing of their youth bonds them.

After the end of a secret week of excess, they return. To their steel tycoon offices and lackluster arranged marriages to secure family wealth and status thus proving that not everything is what it seems. Smoke and mirrors.

I have always enjoyed looking through old photographs since I was young.  For this project, I chose to inspire myself by choosing 4 actual people who lived during this era.  These people led interesting lives and in my imagination I associated each model of this editorial as teen-aged versions of them.

The first is a moody, sultry, raven haired female.  Her name was Norma Talmadge.  The daughter of an unemployed alcoholic father and product of a broken home, Norma set out to explore the world.  She became a model at 14 and after several movie flops, she married a man with whom she opened a very successful movie production company in Hollywood.

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Andrea Haag personified her deep sultry looks in this editorial.

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Next, is the beautiful platinum blonde bombshell.  Anita Page was one of the most successful actresses of the silent screen.  She was referred to as the “blond blue-eyed Latin” and her face was considered the most beautiful to appear on-screen at that time.  She reportedly received more than 10,000 pieces of fan mail in one year. We share common bond because her family was from El Salvador in Central America, as is mine.

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The perfect model to channel Anita was Roxanna Redfoot.

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A mixture of entertainment, beauty, erotica, and exotic made up the famous Josephine Baker.  Part cabaret dancer, part jazz, part business woman, she succeeded in becoming famous during her time. She became the first African-American female to star in a major motion picture in 1934.  Born a Creole, she applied and became a French citizen and was present during the U.S. Civil Rights movement.  Married four times, she decided to adopt children of different races to show she could have them all call each other “brother”.

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Amber Griffin fits her exuberance perfectly.

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No story worth telling is complete without a handsome playboy. Gary Cooper was a famous actor for his time appearing in over 100 films including westerns.  He was also a noteworthy playboy having affairs with famous women of the time such as Clara Bow, Marlene Dietrich, Grace Kelly, and Tallulah Bankhead.  He married Veronica Balfe, who played the woman who was terrorized by King Kong in the original film.

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This suave alpha male was played by Trevor Burchett.

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I wanted to pay homage to the great era through hair and makeup but not make it look “costume-y”.

Down turned eyebrows and smokey eyes in charcoal, plum, and mocha gave an instant moody effect worthy of a flapper girl.  Customary of that time was to curve the lip at the Cupid’s bow and make it appear pouty and doll-like.  I left the silhouette of the lips in a natural state concentrating on making the outer edges thinner and sharper for a more modern effect.  Tones in raspberry, plum, merlot, and rose matched a cooler palette to contrast the dewy skin finish.  Blusher in dusty rose, pale pink and mauve was painted downward on the face to keep it true to the time period.  Pailettes, or small hand cut glitter, was used on the eyes to give a sultry and vampy flapper vibe.

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The hair was wet set in a finger wave pattern and pin curl pattern with Paul Mitchell Sculpting Foam.  I prefer this foam as opposed to a setting lotion because it is lighter and conditions the hair. Custom colored wigs were cut into blunt bobs for a dramatic effect as well.

Here is the full editorial!

 

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I hope that you enjoyed it as much as we did creating it!

 

Credits

Hair and Makeup: Walter Fuentes of WAFU Artistry

Photography: Nicollette Mollet

Photography Assistant: Tyler Martin

Fashion Styling: Mary Mirsky

Styling Assistant: Allie Mora

Models: Courtesy of The Campbell Agency; Andrea Haag, Amber Griffin, Roxanna Redfoot, Trevor Burchett

Location: Warwick Melrose Hotel Dallas