Have you ever wondered why it seems so effortless for your hairstylist to give you a gorgeous and sleek blowout, yet when you try it at home you are left with a shapeless pile of frizz? Is it the years of beauty school? Here at Fabio Scalia Salon we believe you can learn how to blow out your own hair like a pro! Our stylist, Mary Kazak, is going to show everyone how to achieve a “fresh-out-of-the-salon” look from the comfort of your own home. Before watching this tutorial video, Mary has some useful tips to keep in mind: 1) Make sure you use a strong blow dryer that gets really hot. We mentioned this before in “Five Tips to Make Your Blow-out Last Longer”. Both the T3 and the Parlux line of dryers work really well and are fast drying (which prevents hair damage). Always use a nozzle attached to your dryer. 2) Before drying your hair use a product to lock in moisture and protect your hair from the heat. You can try Oribe Supershine Cream, which prevents frizziness and leaves hair shiny and soft. Add a dime sized amount to the ends of your hair while it is damp. 3) If you are looking for volume, try Phytovolume Actif Volumizing Spray. This spray is heat activated and should be applied to the roots of the hair for fullness and bounce that lasts throughout the day. 4) When selecting a round brush, make sure you choose the right size for the look you are trying to achieve. A small brush is great if you want to add some waves to your blow out while a larger brush should be used if you want a really straight look. NEVER use a metal brush because when it gets hot it will burn your hair! Wooden brushes with boar bristles work best. Enjoy the video and remember that practice makes perfect! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ghi39J0qgU
This week our in-house makeup artist, Michael J’ann Robinson, is going to give us some tips on common tricks that makeup artists have been using for ages, highlighting and contouring. Highlighting and contouring allow you to balance your features and to create the facial shape that you wish you were born with. These two steps go hand in hand because the contoured areas make the highlighted areas stand out. It takes practice but with a few tricks you will be able to change the shape of your face! Let’s start with the basics of which products you will need. According to Michael, before you begin you will need your concealer, foundation (which matches your skin tone) and two additional colors of face makeup. One should be 2 to 3 shades lighter than your skin tone and the other should be two to three shades darker (depending on how dramatic a look you want to create). Fortunately, today their are many companies that sell contouring/highlighting palette’s as a set, such as Tom Ford’s Shade and Illuminate. You can find them in the form of creams or powders. Creams may seem daunting but they are great for people with dry skin, who need some added moisture AND they allow you to achieve a beautiful blended look. If you prefer powder, Nars makes a fabulous contouring blush set that is very easy to use (You can watch the video here). The first step in the process is to conceal and color correct. Cover any dark circles, blemishes or reddish spots with concealer. Next apply your foundation as you normally do. Now you can apply your highlighter. Michael says that highlighting can give your face an instant lift! (Who doesn’t want that?) Highlight areas you want to bring attention to. These will be the areas that catch light. Michael recommends applying highlighter to the tops of cheekbones (to enhance them), under the eye area, down the center of the nose and above the brow area. Have fun with it! Apply a dab above the center of the lip in the cupid bow and another dab to the chin to enhance the mouth area. Add a dab to the center of your lip to create a pout. Finally, you can create the facial shape you want by contouring, also called shading. When contouring, apply a darker shade to any areas of the face that you want to appear smaller. Add a line of the darker hue to the side of the nose to create the illusion of a more slender shape. Also add around the hairline (to minimize a large forehead) and to the hollow of the cheeks (to accentuate your cheekbones). You can minimize a double chin by adding contouring under the jawline and chin. Blend highlighted and contoured areas well, as you do not want to be left with that dreaded makeup “line”. When finished, apply your blush and some translucent powder and you are good to go! The final look! A big THANK YOU to Michael J'ann Robinson for these useful makeup tips!