“LIP COLOR” featuring Claire Peralta


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!



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


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

FASHION FLASHBACK FRIDAY: 5th Annual Gala Evening of Hope Benefiting AIDS Outreach Center


May 31, 2014 was a special date set aside to host a wonderful annual celebration for a beautiful cause.  The occasion benefited AIDS Outreach Center and those supporters and donors that lend their hand to make an impact on such a great cause.

The evening offered a wonderful runway show featuring the brilliant designs of Geoffrey Henning.  The mood was set to the tone of the daring 60’s. Geometry, fluid lines and flowy silhouettes were all the buzz.

I had the honor of leading hairdressers backstage in creating the look for this night.  As a team, Juan Lerma of Amrel Styling and I conceived a look that would be true to the era yet modern.  After a bit of brainstorming, we agreed to pay homage with an iconic bouffant.



The look was to be replicated on 14 models provided by The Campbell Agency before being whisked to makeup for a bold and graphic mod eyeliner in black and white.  Usually, when I do a runway hair test, I like to practice ideas or techniques on a long hair mannequin before proceeding to a live model the day of the show.

This is the finished look which consisted of a smooth French twist combined with a bouffant crown and a deep swooped side part. Follow the journey of how this look was created!




When working with exaggerated silhouettes or bigger volumes, I like to use padding or “rats” as a foundation to the style to create density and use less back combing.

Hair padding this large can be difficult to find.  Outfitting this many models can also add up in cost.  So, naturally, I just make my own!

I always have Kanekalon fibers on hand in every color since they create a great filler.  I always look for the brand Zury since I find that it is soft, matte, and malleable.  You can find it at any beauty supply store and generally runs about $2.99 a bag.



I also keep hair nets in stock for session styling and bridal work.  I particularly prefer the Jac-O-Net brand since it is sheer and strong. I also keep this in shades like blonde, light and dark brown, silver, white, and black.  You can also find these at any beauty supply store and usually run about $.50 each.



I cut the bundle of hair into 2 pieces for more control.


Take one piece and roll it onto itself to create a little roll.



Next, I place the roll into a hair net and twist the ends to tighten them.  This creates a little sealed pocket for the padding to sit in.  Pinch the ends and tuck them into the roll.





I created several in different colors to match the model’s hair color.



Hair that is smooth works best for this look. I prepped the hair using Kenra Professional Volume Styling Foam and Paul Mitchell Hot Off The Press to protect from the smoothing iron heat.

Isolate a small triangle section at the front hairline measuring from temple to temple.  This will be your swoop fringe.  Section the hair from ear to ear through the crown of the head. Isolate these 2 sections.

Overdirect all of the bottom section to the left.  Find the center of the head and pin in a straight line with your pins facing upwards.  This will create a spine for support and avoid the pins slipping out.



Now, take your padding and pin it vertically against the spine you have just created.  Try to mold your padding onto the shape of the head and do not let it sit too low on the nape as it will show in the finished style.




Now, overdirect all of the hair back to the right and cover the padding.  This will simulate a voluminous French Twist. Have loose ends? Tuck them into in the roll and padding.



Lightly backcomb the crown area to create a bit of height.  Secure another pad horizontally across the head.


Now direct all of the top hair back and pin at the top of the French Twist.

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Make sure that all of the hair smooth.  Check for balance, symmetry, and proportion.

Release the front triangle section and smooth over with a smoothing iron in the way you would like the swoop to go in.  This look was more modern so the swoop sensually covered the eyebrow and part of the eye.  Part of the ear was covered as well and was pinned into the French Twist in the back.

Once everything is in its place, mist with a finishing spray for hold.  I used Kenra Professional #26 Finishing Spray.

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There you have it! I hope you try it on your next photo shoot or client.


Here are a few backstage photos:)




Creating the first look and showing the team of hairdressers a step by step









Here is the look on the runway:










Hair: Walter Fuentes of WAFU Artistry | http://www.wafuartistry.com , Rachel Grace and Levi Monarch of Toni and Guy

Makeup: Jerrad Trahan, Amber Lynne, Amanda Olson

Fashion Styling: Juan Lerma using Geoffrey Henning

Photos courtesy of Fashion Scoop Daily http:// http://fashionscoopdaily.co/

Models courtesy of The Campbell Agency http://www.thecampbellagency.com














HOW TO: Glamorous Red Carpet Look


One of my all time favorite looks is a side parted cascade wave worthy of Rita Hayworth or Veronica Lake.  The classics never disappoint!

This look was designed for a dear friend and model here in Dallas.  She has always brought beauty and joy when I work with her on set, so naturally I HAD to help her get ready for her special prom night.  Her gown was custom-made by Lucy Dang and needed a couture hair and makeup look to match.

Trying to man the camera and complete hair and makeup is quite challenging but here is a step-by-step of how the look was achieved.

Try it out for you next event, date, or photoshoot!  Comment below if you have any questions.


I first prepared Allison’s hair with Paul Mitchell Styling Foam for heat protection and a soft memory hold.  Apply on dry hair and comb through to saturate then establish a deep side part for a vintage feel.  A 1″ barrel curling iron was used for this pin curl set.  Curl all of your hair going in the same direction.  In this case, all of the hair was curled towards the face by wrapping the hair around the iron towards the face.  The important part of this look is a pronounced wave and in order to achieve it, you should “set” or allow the hair to cool in the desired shape.  After releasing the hair from the curling iron, roll it back onto itself like shown above and clip it at the base or root with a hair clip.  You can find them at any general beauty supply.

Continue to curl all of your hair until all of it is in pin curls as shown above.  Mist it lightly with a light hold hairspray and move on to makeup.  For this look I used L’Oreal Elnett Hairspray because it has a brushable hold.



After appropriately moisturizing the skin and lips, I primed it to ensure the makeup lasted all night.  Allison has great skin and just needed a light primer to ensure she photographed well and that she stayed matte.  I used Smashbox Photofinish Foundation Primer.  The foundation of choice was a bit of Bobbi Brown Foundation applied lightly with a wet foundation brush. It was then set with Bobbi Brown Translucent Powder.

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Her cheeks were sculpted with an apricot rose blusher from the Kaleidoscope Collection by Lé Métier de Beauté.

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A sheer opalescent wash of color was added all over the lid from the Ready-to-Glow Eyeshadow Quad by Dior. The center darkest color was used to enhance the crease.

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Starting from the center, I drew a thin line following her eye shape with the Rimmel London Scandaleyes Felt Tip Liner.  Make sure to not over extend your line past the end of your lash line for a balanced effect.

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While wet, I gently smudged the liner with a flat liner brush to soften the line.

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Prepare the lashes by curling them to accent the eyes.  I used a Tweezeman Lash Curler in this step.

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I like to build lashes as much as possible to avoid using fake lashes.  Makeup Forever Lash Fibers is perfect for this.  I added the white base fibers in several coats.

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While still damp, I added mascara to build volume.  The mascara of choice was Makeup Forever’s Aqua Smokey Lash since it is waterproof.

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Next, define the brows lightly to add a sculpted effect.  I used MAC Brow Pencil in Brun.

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Define the lips from the center out with a sturdy lip brush. This is a Mehron Flat Brush which is for shadow but I like it better for lips.  I used Dior Addict Lipstick in “Rock’n Roll”.

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Gently place a tissue over your lipstick and press a bit of translucent powder with a fluffy brush to set your lipstick.

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Release your curls and gently brush from roots to ends.  I recommend brushing the hair for about 5 to 6 minutes to collapse the curls just enough and create a wave.

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The waves around the face will form and you can set them in place by holding them with the same pins used in your pin curl set.  Make sure to clip every indentation or curve that the wave makes as shown above.  Lightly mist with a finishing spray for a firm hold.  I used Kenra Finishing Spray.



Voila! You are ready to go out on the town or win prom queen like Allison!!


“High Contrast” Living Magazine May 2014


This editorial showcases the beautiful fashion trend in monochromatic black and white and how to wear it. Follow my journey on how I created this look.

The look was inspired by the “mop top” trend seen on Spring/Summer 2014 runways such as Marc Jacobs and Chanel.  The look is distressed, textural and chic all in one.


I used a human hair wig in shade 613 which I them hand colored to achieve an icy Nordic blond.  I used Paul Mitchell UTP and UTA with 10 volume developer.

I then cut the triangular bob shape with clippers and a razor.




Here is the look placed on the model. I loved the fashion selected by the wardrobe stylist!




Voilà!  Here is the finished product out in newsstands now! Go get your copy or visit http://www.livingmagazine.net




Photography: Wade Livingston
Art Direction: Abbey Hoeffner
Fashion Styling: Kimber Yank
Makeup: Lydia Duron
Hair: Walter Fuentes
Model: Savannah Phillips