FEATURE: Grant Farmer courtesy of Wilhelmina Miami, Dragonfly Agency

Model Features

Simple. Clean. Emotional. Pensive.

These are all emotions that Grant delivered during our recent photo session with Samantha Collie. While in Dallas, Grant joined us on set to create one of my favorite male beauty sets ever. A bit Southern gentleman, a little debonair, a little mischievous,  Grant transitioned through different characters.

Grant has perfect skin that just called for a whisper of moisture. I used Jack Black Double Duty Moisturizer with SPF 20 since we where photographing him outside.


A bit of tinted moisturizer was buffed onto the skin to even out his tone. I used LAB Series BB Tinted Moisturizer.

Men, it is NOT makeup. I repeat. It is not makeup.  I love this product because it has additional SPF, moisturizes, and has a discreet tint that unifies the tones on the face.


Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray was misted through the hair and roughly dried with a blow dryer to provide an easy wavy texture.




Change your hairstyle as well by using a different product as seen on Grant.  For a more distressed look, I layered a bit of MITCH by Paul Mitchell Reformer Paste. A little goes a long way with this matte product.  I use it myself when I want a no-shine finish with soft hold.



Lastly, try a modern and chic side part. It is dapper for a night on the town or for a formal event. I used Bumble and Bumble Bb Gel and a fine toothed comb.


Enjoy the rest of this great series!








Grooming: Walter Fuentes of WAFU Artistry | http://www.wafuartistry.com

Photography: Samantha Collie

Model: Grant Farmer of Wilhelmina Miami and Dragonfly Agency

INfluential Magazine July 2014: Easy Hairstyles in 10 minutes or less


It’s summer and the days are long and lazy. A lot of outdoor activities, minimal makeup, and easy breezy clothing are all the norm.

Paid an extra bit of change to get your hair blown out? Had it just colored and trimmed? Had an event over the weekend and got it professionally styled? Now to wash it out for the work week right?

Wrong! You dont have to sacrifice good hair for comfort!

In this month’s issue of INfluential Magazine, I give my little secrets tips on how to extend your blowout and nicely shampooed hair style by having different styles.

Try it out for your next dinner date, party or night out on the town too!

4 Styles to try

Volume Blowout



Step 1: Squeeze a small amount of the styling foam into your palm. I like to use Paul Mitchell Styling Foam for its soft hold and heat protection

Step 2: Rub your hands together and evenly and work it through damp hair

Step 3: Blow dry your hair with a round brush. I recommend sectioning your hair into 4 sections. Section from ear to ear across the top of the head and then split those in two. Start at the back of the head so your hands don’t tire too easily

*Pro Tip: Roughly dry your hair until it is about 80% dry. This eay you cut your drying time considerably

Dressy Ponytail


Step 1: Gently backcomb the root area for added lift

Step 2: Gather your hair in a low ponytail and gently smooth flyaways

*Pro Tip: Wrap a small piece of your ponytail around the base to hide the elastic and pin it in place

Modern Bouffant


Step 1: Gather your hair at the nape and twist your hair in a counter clockwise direction

Step 2: Lift the ponytail as you twist keeping it close to the scalp

Step 3: Pin with grips or bobby pins that match your hair color to hold the shape

Step 4: Tuck any excess into the twist for a smooth finish

Half Up – Half Down


Step 1: Section hair from ear to ear and backcomb the crown area for lift and volume.  Pin the top section to create lift as shown. You can make it as full or demure as you’d like!

Step 2: Smooth flyaways and ends for a classic look.

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

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

Model: Tara Oefinger of The Dragonfly Agency

FEAUTURE: Chloe Nguyen courtesy of Page Parkes Agency

Model Features

What do you get when you have one free hour, creativity,  an awesome team and a camera? THIS!

Inspired by fantasy, watercolors, and elements, we created a simple set of images that reaffirmed our affinity towards the exotic.

Gentle pastels, both in mastefully blended makeup, and in a custom lacefront platinum wig met to create our first image. Part fairy,  part goddess, part fantasy, this image is eerie and beautiful.


Our second image creates an illusion of a geisha warrior that is caught in mid run. Bold colors that signify strength, love and passion all meet to create this stunning image. Hand colored wefts using Paul Mitchell Ink Works in Orange, Red, Yellow and Black add drama to the look.



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

Makeup: Savannah Blair

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

Muse: Chloe Nguyen of Page Parkes 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














THROWBACK THURSDAY: Portfolio Update with David Earl


It’s Thursday again already?!

Wow, how time passes.  To make it better, I share this awesome session with David Earl photographed by Sergio Garcia.  

The purpose of this photoshoot was to compile various looks and show David’s versatility. From fitness, to casual, to suiting,  he shows a different side of a well groomed man’s closet.

For the relaxed looks, I used a bit of Awapuhi Texturizing Sea Salt Spray by Paul Mitchell and roughly blow dried it with my fingers. I then dressed it with Bumble and Bumble Sumo Tech for a bedhead hold.





As the session progressed, I dressed the hair with a much neater  pompadour effect. I achieved this by using a paddle brush and smoothing all of the hair directed back. The Sumo Tech activated with the heat and created a nice finish so I just sealed in place with a mist of Paul Mitchell Extra Clean Hairspray.




Lastly, we wanted to portray a very crisp, debonair gentleman. To complete his well tailored suit look, I deep side parted the hair using his eyebrow as a guide to keep proportion. I used Kenra Grooming Pomade and used a fine toothed comb perfectly smooth it back. I topped it off with a fine mist of Paul Mitchell The Shine for a lacquer finish.



I hope you enjoyed it and that you have fun using these essential products as much as I do.

Grooming: Walter Fuentes of WAFU Artistry | http://www.wafuartistry.com

Photography: Sergio Garcia | http://www.prismshoot.com

Lighting: Craig Thomas

“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