“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

 

 

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: “Black Swan” featuring Becca courtesy of Wallflower Management

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A perfect fall day in Dallas, Texas was the backdrop for this beautiful photo session photographed by Wade Livingston.

Free, airy, and bohemian was the inspiration and Willie Johnson did not disappoint with the fashion styling.

I used a cocktail of Sebastian Gel Forté and Bumble and Bumble Surfspray in her hair to give a lived in wet hair feel.

Coconut oil was used as gloss on the high planes of the face with shadows and foundation by Dior Cosmetics.

Enjoy!

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

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

Fashion Styling: Willie Johnson

Muse:  Becca at Wallflower Management

FEATURE: Magdalene Groves of The Campbell Agency

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I had the pleasure of working with Magdalene, a beautiful model from The Campbell Agency here in Dallas, Texas.  The looks created for this session featured ultra modern dewy, almost wet, textures that exude youth and freshness.  I achieved the effect on the skin by utilizing Josie Maran Argan Oil as a moisturizer mixed with Lé Métier de Beauté Classic Flawless Finish Foundation.  The glossy and hyper wet texture was achieved by painting on Privé Flash Brilliance cocktailed with Grooming Pomade with a tint brush.

Enjoy!

Walter Fuentes, Dallas hair and makeup artist, creates sleek, dewy and glossy for beauty photoshoot.

Walter Fuentes, Dallas hair and makeup artist, creates sleek, dewy and glossy for beauty photoshoot.

Walter Fuentes, Dallas hair and makeup artist, creates sleek, dewy and glossy for beauty photoshoot.

Walter Fuentes, Dallas hair and makeup artist, creates sleek, dewy and glossy for beauty photoshoot.

Walter Fuentes, Dallas hair and makeup artist, creates sleek, dewy and glossy for beauty photoshoot.

Walter Fuentes, Dallas hair and makeup artist, creates sleek, dewy and glossy for beauty photoshoot.

Walter Fuentes, Dallas hair and makeup artist, creates sleek, dewy and glossy for beauty photoshoot.

Walter Fuentes, Dallas hair and makeup artist, creates sleek, dewy and glossy for beauty photoshoot.

Walter Fuentes, Dallas hair and makeup artist, creates sleek, dewy and glossy for beauty photoshoot.

Walter Fuentes, Dallas hair and makeup artist, creates sleek, dewy and glossy for beauty photoshoot.

Walter Fuentes, Dallas hair and makeup artist, creates sleek, dewy and glossy for beauty photoshoot.

Walter Fuentes, Dallas hair and makeup artist, creates sleek, dewy and glossy for beauty photoshoot.

 

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

Photography: Sergio Garcia | www.prismshots.com

Lighting Tech: Craig Thomas

Muse: Magdalene Grove at The Campbell Agency

HOW TO: Glamorous Red Carpet Look

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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.

Enjoy!

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.

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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.

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

 

THROWBACK THURSDAY: “A Girl in Gold” Influential Magazine, January 2014

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One of fashion’s biggest trends is the color gold. Opulent, classy, and expensive.

This collection features some of the most beautiful and classic pieces styled by Jeanette Chiviis. 

I created hair and make up looks that evoked the bygone eras of Roosevelt and glamour associated with Veronica Lake and Rita Hayworth. Washes of gold on the eyelids, bold highlights on the cheekbones and gold flaked lip colors added to the beautiful drama.

I hope you enjoy!

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

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

Model: Ashley Lacamp courtesy of Kim Dawson Agency

Fashion Styling: Jeanette Chiviis

“Fleurs” HUF Magazine, May 2014

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I am so excited to finally be able to share this collection with you all!

I think that beauty has many facets and is everywhere around us. This editorial focused on my personal adoration of flowers and woman’s ultimate beauty.

I associate a flower’s fragile and strong beauty to a woman. Fresh. Colorful. Fragile. Fleeting.

The vivid color palette was enhanced with bold washes of hand applied pastel chalk to the hair. Each slide featured complimentary tones to enhance the various flower headpieces constructed on set.

Beauty cream foundation from Bobbi Brown was mixed with Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil to create an ethereal glow. I found my supply at http://www.sephora.com

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Custom lip colors to close enhance each flower were mixed on set using OCC Makeup Lip Tars. I order mine from http://www.occmakeup.com

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The eye shadows and blush were custom blended using the Makeup Forever Flash Palette. You can find it at a boutique near you or at http://www.makeupforever.com

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Each slide featured a bold hair color as seen on fashion runways. The use of color by lead hairstylists transforms and adds a pop of flair! I bought mine at http://global.kryolan.com/product/color-spray

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I hope you enjoy the collection as much as we did by creating it!

You can also check it out at http://hufmagazine.com/fleurs-photography-jorge-rivas-huf-magazine/

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Hair and Makeup: Walter Fuentes | http://www.wafuartistry.com
Photography: Jorge Rivas | http://www.jorgerivashoot.com
Muse: Erin Endres