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Hair by Evelia Godinez Make-up by Michael J'ann Robinson. More and more clients are coming into the salon these days and asking about hair extensions. This excites me as a hairdresser because the possibilities, with extensions, are endless, and clients are usually thrilled with the results. You don’t have to be a celebrity to enjoy the fun of going from short hair to long, fine hair to thick, or just adding a little va-va-voom to an up-do or a blow out. Glamorous side swept waves have been all over the red carpet lately and stylist, Evelia Godinez, created a how-to video to show everyone how to get this look using extensions. Evelia used clip-in extensions because they don’t damage the hair and they are super easy to work with. Clip-in extensions can be used over and over again and they won’t break the bank, as they are the least expensive type of extensions. Simply have your hairdresser order the extensions to match your hair color and have them trimmed to blend in with your hairstyle. If you request extensions made from human hair, they can even be dyed to match your own color precisely. (At the salon we also use tape-in extensions and fusion extensions, which can remain in your hair for several months, if you are looking for something longer lasting). Thanks Evelia for this great how-to video. And also a special thanks to our in-house colorist/ make-up artist, Michael J’ann Robinson, for doing the makeup of our model, Katherine Cooksey. Enjoy the video! Ciao, Fabio https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hmh1SAQXe0s

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!

My clients are constantly telling me that there’s nothing quite like a great blow out. They feel transformed when they leave the salon with a shiny, bouncy, glamorous blow out. It’s amazing how uplifting something so simple can be. How your day, your outfit and even your attitude can be so dramatically improved. But how long, you may have wondered, can that wonderful feeling last?  Here at Fabio Scalia Salon we feel that, with the appropriate amount of TLC, a good blow out should be able to last between 4 and 6 days. That is why this weeks beauty tip is dedicated to making your blow dry last. Our stylist, Theresa Belloni, put together a list of five ways to make a blow out last up to a week. Whether you are doing it yourself or having it done professionally, follow Theresa’s tips for a lasting blow out: 1) To begin with, make sure your hair is extremely clean. This will require two shampoos. It is important that you, or the person washing your hair, really massages your hair at the roots to make sure your scalp gets clean. The cleaner the better! A beautiful blowout on a dirty scalp is a failure waiting to happen. 2) If you are doing your own blow out, make sure that the blow dryer you are using gets really hot. Also, make sure it is fast-drying, to prevent hair damage. We carry the T3 line of blow dryers as well as the Parlux, which will both do the trick. I’m sorry to say, but it is impossible to achieve a proper blowout with a bargain dryer. They are just not powerful enough. 3) When you go to sleep at night put your hair up. Do NOT use a traditional elastic hair tie because you will get that “dent” that signifies the demise of your blowout. Instead, for volume the next day, put your head upside down and gather your hair into a loose bun on top. Secure with a ribbon hair tie, like these by Sephora, or any cloth hair tie that does not have a lot of elastic. If you are not trying to achieve volume, tilt your head back and pull hair into a low, tight bun just above your neck. Secure the same way. A high bun for volume

For smooth kissable lips, even in the dead of winter, our in house makeup expert, Michael J'ann Robinson, has a beauty tip that works great and is easy on the wallet. To create your own homemade lip scrub simply mix one teaspoon of olive oil and one tablespoon of sugar together to form a paste. Rub it on your lips to for a minute or so, to remove all the dead cells, before wiping off with a warm wash cloth. Apply your favorite moisturizing lip balm and you are ready to go! Michael recommends storing the leftover homemade lip scrub in a small tupperware container or jar for up to two weeks. *You can also try substituting honey for the olive oil. Honey does not have the same moisturizing effects as the olive oil but it is great for exfoliation. If you are feeling a little adventurous, we also found a list, courtesy of Brit & Co, of 23 types of homemade lip scrubs, made with everything from peppermint to ginger! Check out the list here.