Hi Men! Let’s talk about grey. If you have grey hair, there are a few options for your look. First, decide how much chrome you’d like to have in your hair. Most men look distinguished and sexy with some grey. It just depends on your personal preference and on your target audience (romantic, professional, young, mature, etc).
Next, talk to your hairstylist about color if you want to soften your silver. Grey blending is the best alternative to permanent haircolor because it gently rinses out within a month. You will never see that line of demarcation telling you it’s time for more color (and no one else will either!) Blending is usually done at the shampoo bowl and processes in FIVE minutes before or after your haircut. Super fast.
Grey blending does not completely cover grey. It simply tones the hair to give it a softer look. If you want ALL of your greys gone, consider a permanent haircoloring service. This takes a little bit longer than blending at the bowl, but the results are more solid and you have more color options.
Whatever your preference, your hairstylist can help…just ask!
Good skin tone is the foundation of great makeup. Here are the basics you need to know about what to do after you smooth your skin tone with concealer or foundation.
Contouring and Highlighting Brings the Attention to Your Eyes
Just as with anything our eyes see, shading softens and lightening brightens. Good contouring, or shading, is done with a neutral color that is up to two shades darker than your skin tone. Highlighting, or lightening, is one shade lighter than your skin tone and can be matte (not shiny) or pearlesque (shimmery).
Highlighting lifts the face
Where to apply:
Contouring goes anywhere you want to diminish and it also frames your face and neckline. Creams and liquids will work for this but I prefer powders. Apply under the cheekbones, in the corners of the forehead and slightly under the jawline. Extend those lines down from the earlobe to the collarbone on each side of your neck.
Contouring creates a frame around your face and neckline
Finally, create a “V” shape from the lowest dip of your chest line, connecting your contouring to the collarbones. Blend in big circles with a clean, dry powder brush. This effect will bring the attention to the center of your face where you want people to look-to your communication board!
Use matte highlighter for photo sessions
Highlighting lifts the face and accentuates the beauty of your bone structure. I prefer cream highlighters in matte or shimmer. Apply under your browbone and in a big, dotted “C” shape beginning just outside the center of your forehead and around the outsides of your temples, down to the tops of your cheeckbones.
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If you have a proportionate nose, you can also run a thin line down the center of your nose and lightly tap the upper lip and center of your chin. A little goes a long way, so be gentle and remember to blend.
Rebecca Schembri is a Published Hair and Makeup Artist and Owner of Breeze Salon Reno
Have you ever seen the crystal blue waters of Lake Tahoe or breathtaking Gardnerville valley? If you are dreaming of wedding pictures with majestic mountains, lavender fields, or pine tree meadows, the Reno/Tahoe area is your destination.
The nice thing about Reno is that it has an international airport and ample lodging for your wedding party and guests. From the city’s high rise hotels and nightlife to the country’s endless landscapes of mountains, greenbelt and high-desert sunsets, this region is full of beauty.
Considered the gem of the west coast, Lake Tahoe is a crystal-clear glacier lake surrounded by snowy mountains most of the year. It’s water visibility is a deep 70 feet and cruises run daily for you to see it. When clouds allow, sunsets here can be astonishing.
Lavender Ridge is a colorful option for your destination wedding. Full of fields of purple and silver lavender that seem to go forever, this Reno venue has an outdoorsy, elegant, rustic theme.
Nestled in a huge desert valley, Sparks, Nevada is surrounded by hills and mountains and is home to memorable sunrises and sunsets. Just minutes from the Reno Tahoe International Airport, weather patterns unique to the area cause beautiful clouds to form and turn color. When the sun sets, the skies turn purple, pink, orange, yellow, silver and gold.
Although you likely won’t be able to plan your wedding around cloud patterns, having them appear on your wedding day is an added bonus. 30-40% of the skies in this area are cloudy-a wedding photographer’s dream.
If it snows on your wedding day, your photographer and makeup artist will be able to handle adjusting, especially if they are local professionals used to the weather. If you are lucky enough to get pictures with snowfall, cherish them-they can be just as beautiful as sunny shoots.
Weather in Reno and Tahoe is unpredictable. Most locals will tell you to plan for any kind of weather, as some Julys have seen snow and some Januarys have seen barbeques. Temperatures are usually chilly to warm, ranging from 30F degrees to 98F.
Indoor weddings are common in Reno as the city is one of the original mining establishments from the 1800’s silver rush. Casinos emerged as the first skyscrapers in the town and now cater to events and vacationers. An indoors city wedding will shelter you from sporadic weather and will make it easier to navigate the town during wedding week.
Because local casinos earn more revenue from conventions and special events, pricing at these hotels is attractive. A great option for smaller-budget weddings, casinos are a one-stop-shop for your venue, catering, DJ, photographer and lodging. These resorts have the capacity to cater to large weddings as well, and they remove the need for transportation since everything is handled on location.
How do you plan your Reno / Tahoe desintation wedding? Come stay for a few days and tour the different locations. Enjoy Reno’s Midtown District with it’s quirky shops and delicious modern food. Stop in for lavender-based products at Lavender Ridge. Take a beach day up at Lake Tahoe. Better yet, take the three-hour cruise and see the lake in it’s entirety.
Remember to take an afternoon to visit David Wally’s Hot Springs in Genoa for a spa day and fine dining. The place resembles the Old West and is on the Nevada prairie in Genoa. Rooms with a view overlook an immense valley that is surrounded by mountains.
The Atlantis Casino Resort Spa has one of the top 100 restaurants in America and an award-winning spa. Just a mile away, the Peppermill Spa and Resort looks like Tuscany with beautiful fountains and art. Be sure to eat at the venues while visiting-the casinos in Reno have some of the best restaurants in town.
Getting married in the woods is a favorite for couples who seek a casual setting. With pine needles and grass covering the ground, you can plan to wear boots, sandals or flats. Views are cozy with pine and aspen trees surrounding your venue. If you like the outdoors, this is an option worth looking into.
Known as The Biggest Little City in the World, Reno has its nickname for a reason. With beauty comparable to other destinations worldwide, weddings in Reno, Tahoe, Genoa, Sparks, or Gardnerville are accessible and affordable. There is room for all and ample activities for you and your wedding party to enjoy the region before and after your big day.
Rebecca Schembri is a Published Hair and Makeup Artist and Director of Breeze Salon in Reno
We are happy to present our new organics line of Hair and Skin Care. This Hand and Body Scrub is made from avocado and raw sugar. Good to soften, moisturize and exfoliate skin, it complements normal to dry skin types. We are also excited to offer Hair and Skin Oil for heat protection, polishing and nighttime nourishment, whole-ingredient Body Butter and Organic Dry Shampoo. Safe enough to eat, these products are recommended by Published Hair and Makeup Artist Rebecca Schembri.
Ladies, want to look and feel LOVELY this month? Check out these tips to up your self-love appeal:
1. Get a great haircut. Having a new ‘do’ makes a huge difference in your appearance. Ask your hairdresser for something that flatters your face. For inspiration, look for pictures of haircuts on people that look like you. Remember to use good products on your hair for heat protection and polishing.
2. Get a makeup lesson. Most makeup artists offer private or group classes and can teach you how to make simple adjustments to your makeup routine, giving you fresh and glamorous looks for day and night.
3. Get a mani/pedi. There’s nothing like having manicured fingers and toes-it’s so pretty and clean and sure to make you feel more beautiful.
4. Get some exercise. Great skin tone and energy are attractive traits and make you feel confident. That’ll put a smile on your face and will help draw in the people around you.
A beauty makeover adds to your confidence
5. Drink lots of water to hydrate your skin and to help keep a fresh mind. This is epic for your well-being.
6. Eat healthy foods. Subscribe to a healthy food blog and practice great nutrition. You will feel better and you will have a more positive outlook- this is definitely attractive.
7. Better your conversation skills. Make a list of 20 fun questions you could ask someone while getting to know them such as, “What’s the funnest thing you did this year?” and “What do you like most about such and such and why?” etc. These types of questions bring out the best in others and generate friendship and appreciation. Plus, you might learn something interesting.
8. Single? Get out and meet people! Go to mixers, events, meetings, parties, and anything else you can think of. Have fun.
9. Finally, Sweet One, pick out some new outfits, dress saucy and enjoy yourself. You deserve it!
How to survive a professional photo shoot when YOU are the model? It seems scary but you can do it! Check out these hacks for an easy photo session:
Since photography lighting will wash out your skin tone, be sure to up the vibrancy of your makeup by 25%. If you never wear makeup (men included), add some pigment to your cheeks and lips going one shade brighter than your natural coloring. A non-shimmery, colored lip balm will work for this. For masculine looks, focus on a tinted moisturizer that matches your skin tone, and a tinted lip balm. Remember to brush flat your eyebrows and add hair wax to smooth.
Practice your model face. Take a few minutes to learn how to pose and how to do appealing facial gestures. You can do quick research online for this. It’ll make all the difference!
And finally, get plenty of rest the night before and be sure to plan your meals and snacks so that you don’t get hungry while getting your pictures taken. Hangry models make everything more difficult.
As long as you are relaxed and prepared for your photo shoot, you should get the results you want. Remember to thank your photographer for a job well done.
~Rebecca Schembri, Published Hair and Makeup Artist
Photography Credits: Hair and Makeup by Rebecca Schembri, Breeze Salon Reno. Jeramie Lu Photography, Mark Defabry Photography, McAuliffe Photography.
How to choose the right wedding hair for your big day? Here are some hacks that, as a Wedding Hair and Makeup Artist, I specialize in:
Bridal hair mostly depends on the type of dress you will wear. If your dress is low cut or strapless, hair can be swept up to reveal the neckline or left down to be showcased.
A dress that is high on the neck or shoulders takes up more visual space and may look better with an updo. Backless dresses look beautiful with hair completely pinned or off to one side, giving the wedding audience a chance to admire the your beautiful skin from behind.
The idea is to keep proportion between your hair and dress so that they compliment each other.
For bridesmaids, hair can be similar to yours but should never upstage the bridal look, since you have center stage on this day.
Many hairstylists offer a free wedding consultation and have recommendations for other wedding needs, such as makeup and photography. Getting professional advice can make planning your wedding a little easier.
Rebecca Schembri, Published Hair and Makeup Artist
Are you getting married soon and would like a free wedding consultation? Please call (775) 338-9241 or email BreezeSalonReno@gmail.com.
How do you choose the best makeup look for your big day? Here are some pointers…
If you want a pure and fresh look, ask your makeup artist for ‘night time natural’. This will give you a soft look that isn’t washed out in pictures. Your audience will love it.
If you want something more dramatic, ask for ‘ballroom’ makeup. This includes a sexy, smokey eye, lots of blush and contouring and a nude or natural lip. This is a great look for evening weddings and if you are comfortable wearing makeup.
If you are a fashionista type, meaning you love inventing your look and keeping up with the latest trends, let your makeup artist explore some artistic looks with you. This is commonly seen at Red Carpet events and is fun and unique.
Whatever your style, remember to trust your makeup artist! As long as he or she comes well-recommended, has a great portfolio and understands your needs, you will be in excellent hands. Your pictures will turn out amazing, too.