‘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: SIDNEY JAMISON courtesy of The Campbell Agency

Model Features

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

FEATURE : Elizabeth Sawatzky courtesy of The Campbell Agency

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Summer is finally starting to settle in. Bright and long sunny days make it so easy to enjoy the outdoors and have a more laissez-faire attitude towards beauty.

We recently worked with beautiful Elizabeth in a series showcasing lovely and feminine clothing in a setting that was like a small Secret Garden. Photographed by Shannon Touchstone and styled by Danielle Brown, Elizabeth easily transitioned into a very soft and almost playful self.

Because we were photoshooting outside in very humid weather, I decided to work with nature’s canvas and utilize the dewiness in her skin and flyaways to add a carefree almost bohemian feel to her look.

Her hair was was prepped with Bumble and Bumble Prep Spray and City Swept Spray to reveal texture, prime it for the waving wand heat, and to add a bit of weight. 

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The hair was then waved with a Paul Mitchell Neuro Unclipped 1.25″ Cone counterclockwise in the same direction away from the face beginning at the front hairline.

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The hair was then finger raked to loosen the waves. I added two pumps of Wella Oil Reflections to add shine, reveal highlights and lowlights in her hair color and to add a bit of polish. I also used this lightweight non greasy oil on her legs and arms for a subtle glow.

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Elizabeth has great skin and I wanted to enhance with a bit solar protection and color. I used Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream in Medium in the center of the face and shade Medium/Deep on the perimeter of the face to add a bit of lived in tan effect.

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The lips and cheeks were tinted with YSL Volupte Tint-In-Oil in shades Drive Me Copper and Oh My Gold. I love these lip tints for a sheer wash of color with a non sticky feel. No lipliner needed!

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Summer is all about being social with a casual and easy breezy feel. I hope you enjoy these products as much I did!

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Credits

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

Photography : Shannon Touchstone

Fashion Styling: Danielle Brown, The Campbell Agency

Muse: Elizabeth Sawatzky,  The Campbell Agency

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!

-Walter

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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

VINTAGE BEAUTY WITH A MODERN TAKE

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There seems to a bit of nostalgia in every generation. The Roaring Twenties alluded to the Belle Époque while Post WWII America desperately tried to garner glamour in a way we have yet to see again in my opinion.

Dressing was not only necessary but an ultimate form of manners. Polite society was coiffed, pressed, and polished. Everyone followed suit regardless of socioeconomic differences.

One of my favorite resources of inspiration is to refer to vintage and retro cosmetic ads. They offer a hyper feminine point of view to me.

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During this mini series photographed by Roy Choudhury, I wanted to explore a color palette reminiscent of these images with slightly different placement. Our model, Mary Alexandra, offered a perfect canvas for this.

Using YSL Pure Chromatics Quad in #6, I contoured the middle and outer portion of the eye to offer a more rounded shape to the eye.

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A gentle slope in the winged liner anchored the look.

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Variations in tones and palette allowed me to create different looks and feels.
A healthy application of YSL Lipstick Pur in Le Orange was an update to the tried and true blue based red.

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Lastly, a deep aubergine and plum lip stick custom mixed by mixing a bit of black pencil eyeliner into a classic red.

I hope you enjoyed this series as much as we did while creating it. Try these combinations on your next look!

Credits

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

Photography: Roy Choudhury

Muse: Mary Alexandra

|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

FEAUTURE: Trevor Burchett courtesy of The Campbell Agency

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I love when spontaneous photoshoots happen. They allow a group of creatives to come together with no strings attached and the end goal of making a beautiful image.

We recently worked with Chris Ossenfort, a fabulous photographer here in Dallas, Texas. Our subject for the day was handsome Trevor Burchett, who also happens to be represented by The Campbell Agency.

We delved into several layers of a gentleman’s persona. Suave, relaxed, urban, and groomed.

Trevor’s hair is cut in an undercut with an extreme side part. His texture is on the coarse side with has great wave pattern to it. I decided to prep the hair with Bumble and Bumble Prep to encourage texture and prime it for product. I then diffused it on low heat and scrunched it with my fingers. I love this product because it shapes effortlessly. I then smoothed a bit of Privé Crème Coiffante to polish and hold.

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Skincare for men is a big deal. Men don’t have the advantage of having a full makeup routine so in order to put the best face forward, we need to take care of our skin. My favorite moisturizer is Elemis Moisture Boost. It is very light and is full of natural ingredients such as Cactus Cerus Oil and Bamboo natamilk to soothe and protect skin.

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Got a blemish or party too hard over the weekend? A pro concealer is great way to perfect your complexion. I know what you’re thinking. Makeup? On a guy? Yes! As long as you choose a correct formula that is in your skin tone and non visible. My favorite one to use is Estée Lauder Double Wear Brush On Concealer . You only need a dot of this product on already moisturized skin. Make sure you pat it in gently with your ring finger to ensure it is blended into the skin.

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Be groomed and enjoy the series!

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Credits

Photography: Chris Ossenfort

Grooming: Walter Fuentes with The Campbell Agency | http://www.wafuartistry.com

Fashion Styling: Hailey Bell

Model: Trevor Burchett