Babylights and Balayage

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If you happened to see Taylor Swift on this month’s issue of Elle magazine and Jennifer Lopez on Bazaar, you may have realized something very simple: natural colors are huge right now. After going through every mermaid color known to man and outerspace over the past five years, haircolor has come back home.

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When you think about today’s trends and how they relate to your look, the question to ask yourself is, “Who is my audience?” As much as your inner Khaleesi/alien goddess wants to express fantasy hair, it may not be an appealing look for those who are most important to you: your fans. It can, and often is, a distraction and an endless trip to the beauty salon for a retouch. Tedious and expensive, fashion colors have begun to calm down in the mainstream.

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Balayage adds light and shimmer.

Instead, we find ourselves back at custom highlighting, balayage and babylights. Designed to create shimmer and lift, these salon services are low-maintenance and enhancing. Your beauty shines and your advantage grows, bringing you more overall freedom, happiness and time away from needed salon visits.

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Balayage is smudged lightener after the root line

What’s the difference between babylights and contouring? Both are balayage, which means “sweeping” in French. The technique is a painting on of lightener or color, in a gentle sweeping effect, rather than the classic application of roots to ends highlights or lowlights. With balayage, the color is blended up to an area of the hair and muted so that the line of demarcation is invisible. There is no need to retouch balayage when the hair grows-it is an as needed service.

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Babylights around the face create illmination.

Babylights are very thin balayage-almost a tiny shimmer of lightener. This is used to brighten your look without showing any highlighting lines. Contouring, though, is bulky. It means taking huge chunks around your face and creating either light or depth with darkening or lightening. In J-Lo’s case, the contouring is blonde and is used to highlight around her medium skin color, creating a splash of brightness.

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Jennifer Lopez has Blonde Contouring around her face.

Should you color at home? Although home-coloring has it’s place, highlights will usually go wrong if you try do DIY it. Besides, unless you have greys at your root line and need monthly touchups, balayage is designed for the once or twice-a-year client. Let a professional you believe in take care our your lightening services and you will love your hair every day.

Rebecca Schembri is a Published Hair and Makeup Artist and Director of Breeze Salon in Reno, Nevada

Published Hair and Makeup Artist Rebecca Schembri

Highlighting and Contouring Makeup

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The buzzwords highlighter and contour have been circulating for a few years now. If you need help understanding how to apply and choose your colors, read on..

For starters, good skin tone is the foundation of any great makeup look. With many modern women opting out of foundation, a good complexion can be as easy as keeping fit with exercise, nutrition and lots of water. If you prefer not to go bare, apply a thin layer of foundation in your skin type need: lotion or powder for oily skin, cream for dry skin. Concealer can be used sparingly as needed.

Contouring and Highlighting Brings the Attention to Your Eyes

After you have your base figured out, choose a contour that is the same texture as your base: powder for powder, cream for cream. If you are bare-skinned or only have a powder contour, apply a translucent powder across the entirety of your face with a fat, fluffy brush first. Your contour should be in a neutral brown that is two shades darker than your skin tone. For special events and photography, you can go three shades darker.

Since contouring recedes, smooth it into a soft frame around your face and neck, shoulders included, (if you are showing them). This dark recession will cause framing around your face, bringing the attention to your eyes and mouth.

Highlighting, or lightening, is one shade lighter than your skin tone and can be matte (not shiny) or pearlesque (shimmery).

Highlighting lifts the face

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

Wedding Hair

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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.

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Dresses that are low on the chestline leave open space for flowy hair. Bridal Hair and Makeup by Rebecca Schembri, Breeze Salon Reno

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.

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Extra-long hair may look best pulled into a cascade to flatter both the bride and the gown. Hair by Rebecca Schembri, Breeze Salon Reno

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.

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Bridesmaids should have hair that supports the bride. Wedding Makeup by Rebecca Schembri, Breeze Salon Reno

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.

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Wedding Hair and Makeup by Rebecca Schembri, Breeze Salon Reno

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Are you getting married soon and would like a free wedding consultation? Please call (775) 338-9241 or email BreezeSalonReno@gmail.com.

Continue reading:

WEDDING DO’S AND DONT’S: https://rebeccaschembri.com/2018/08/02/brides-how-to-love-your-wedding-day/

WEDDING MAKEUP: https://rebeccaschembri.com/2018/12/28/wedding-makeup-3/

FOR WEDDING HAIR AND MAKEUP PRICING:  https://rebeccaschembri.com/2018/12/29/weddings-3/

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Your wedding pictures will last you for at least 75 years. They will be viewed by your great, great grandchildren who have never seen you so beautiful (or grandpa so handsome!)

Choosing your dress, hair, makeup and photography are the most important decisions for having your wedding memories last forever.

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Wedding Hair and Makeup by Rebecca Schembri, Breeze Salon Reno:
$399 Bride (includes demo) $149 Party Member, $94 Mothers and Grandmothers, $49 Men
$799 on-site minimum, plus travel

Bridal haircut / color packages and group discounts available.

$399 Prepaid deposit. Non-refundable. Gratuity added. Credit cards, PayPal, Venmo, Facebook, and cash accepted.

For all weddings in 2019-2020.

Please call or text (775) 338-9241 or email BreezeSalon.Reno@gmail.com to request your free wedding consultation.

Congratulations!!!

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Happy Clients:

‘We found Rebecca through a ( ) coupon for a make-up lesson, and how lucky we were! In the middle of the lesson, my daughter, Erin, and I were convinced that Rebecca was the one to hire for wedding make-up. She is incredibly warm, but very professional, and what an incredible artist with color! Erin had two sessions prior to the wedding to get the colors just right…The wedding was in the Bay Area. Rebecca drove through a storm to get to us. At 6:30 AM on the Big Day, she was in the hotel and set up, ready to do six bridesmaids, two mothers and the bride. Her timing was impeccable, and she just radiated love and support as she worked her magic. My daughter was SO beautiful, as were the bridesmaids. I was very happy with my make-up (lighter for the MOB), as was the Mother of the Groom (we looked like us, only better!). Rebecca also came to the pre-wedding photo shoot to make sure everything stayed just right for the photos. I felt that her prices were very reasonable, and she only charged for the make-up, not the incredible love and support!

I could not recommend Rebecca more highly. ‘ ~Jennifer Lee (Reno, Nevada)
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Makeup For Men

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Makeup for Men

Although most of our men these days leave makeup to the girls, there are times when it is helpful to even out that manly glow.  As a professional makeup artist, my job is to freshen up male models before they get their pictures taken.

(If you are a man and are looking for daily makeup guidance, these same rules apply)

On photo shoots for men, I am not dolling the men up, I am toning them down.  This means a bit of bronzer on the bones and a touch of color to the cheeks and lips so everything looks moisturized and healthy.  I am giving them an even glow so their audience sees the man, not the blemishes or a pale I-work-indoors skin tone.

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Makeup for photography creates definition on a man’s face

For skin tone, I use a tinted moisturizer and tiny amounts of concealer. The tinted moisturizer is applied sparingly in a thin coat, blending into the hair and necklines. A product with a slight glow to it is great, as long as it isn’t excessive enough to cause light reflection.

Concealer can be dotted on and feathered to smooth blemishes and undereye circles. I recommend one shade darker than the skin tone for spots and one shade lighter for under the eyes.

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Makeup for men and photography gives a soft glow

Adding a light dusting of a matte bronzer can go a long way in bringing out a man’s masculinity. I use two shades darker than the skin tone and, after always tapping my brush, take long sweeping strokes from side to side over the forehead, cheekbones and chin.

Lips are easy-tinted lip balm comes in any color and is excellent at pigmenting the lips so that they are noticeable but not lipstick-ey. I prefer orange to berry.

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Dusting a matte bronzer ascoss the face creates a healthy look

Makeup for men takes ten minutes or less, depending on skin discolorations and photo shoot conditions such as sun and heat.

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Rebecca Schembri is a Published Hair and Makeup Artist and Director of Breeze Salon in Reno, Nevada.

 

Five Minute Makeup

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Want to be beautiful all day long in just five minutes? I can show you how.

As a makeup artist, I have to do good work quickly since YOU have places to go! Here is a beauty base you can flaunt in just minutes:

First, you will need the following items:

CONCEALER, BRONZER, BLUSH, MASCARA, LIP GLOSS or CRÉME,  and MAKEUP BRUSHES

Next:

~Apply CONCEALER with foundation brush in the t-zone and to blemishes. Blend outwards

~Apply BRONZER with bronzing brush to all outsides of the face and neckline. Include under the cheekbone

~Apply BLUSH to apples of the cheeks. BLEND into bronzer with circular motions with a big, clean powder brush

~Apply MASCARA to both sides of top lashes and to bottom, if desired.  Two coats are great as long as you wait a minute between coats. Brush out any clumps with a dry mascara wand or lash brush

~Apply COLOR LIPGLOSS in matte or shiny

The emphasis in this look is bright skin. If you want extra beautiful, you can add on from here…especially if it’s date night.

Good luck! Feel free to comment about your experience below.

Rebecca From Reno

Published Hair and Makeup Artist Rebecca Schembri, BreezeSalon.Reno@gmail.com  / 775.338.9241

How to Apply False Eyelashes

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Artificial eyelashes are a great option for enhancing your look and making your eyes look bigger. Especially fun for photo shoots, weddings and holiday parties, putting lashes on can be easy, if you know how.

First, get lashes that are soft and have a thin band. This makes them easier to bend to your eye shape.

Next, measure the lashes by comparing them to yours. They should not be longer than your natural lash line. If they are longer, cut them on the outside end to fit.

Apply mascara to your eyelashes. Let it dry.

Add clear or black eyelash glue, depending on your preference, to the artificial lashes. Let the glue get tacky before you adhere the band to your natural lashes.

Stick the lashes to your lashes, not to your eyelid. Press with your fingertips and let dry.

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Done. Now you can go party. Your lashes should stay until the morning when you gently peel them off.

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Hair and Sleep

 

 

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Princesses Really DO Need Their Beauty Sleep

For both women and men, having a full head of hair can be as simple as getting a good night’s sleep, regularly.

Healthy, happy and well-nourished bodies contribute to functioning hair follicles. This means that if you exercise, get good nutrition and keep the stress in your life to a positive, your hair will not only grow, it will also hold on.

Shedding or loss of hair is often due to severe demands on the body and mind.  The body thinks it is in a state of emergency and will shed or stop producing the things it doesn’t need such as hair, scalp sebum and body weight.

Making it a habit to get a good night’s rest and to exercise and eat healthy can calm your organism and encourage it to show signs of vitality.  That means you get flowy, shiny hair and healthy, glowing skin…coveted gems in the beauty world!

 

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Having a Happy, Healthy Body Gives You Great Hair

 

If you spend time being healthy you will spend time looking healthy.  The old refrains ring true: you really ARE what you eat and princesses really DO need their beauty rest.

 

 

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Note:  Hair loss is one of the first signs of stress or disease in humans.  If you are losing hair, please consult your physician and evaluate your lifestyle patterns.

How to Create a Sexy Lip

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Lips like these take six products and good brushes.
Have you ever seen a beautiful makeup job on lips? Most of us use a simple gloss or crème for our day look, but on occasion we need to rock the house with our sexiness. Using these tips, you can do your lips like a makeup artist would!
 
1.  Start with a small brushing of foundation or concealer at the lip line inwards.
2. Dry with a light dusting of translucent powder.
3. Using a lip liner pencil, line your lips with short, feathery strokes at the lip line or just outside the lip line (to create fuller lips).
4. Blend slightly with your finger or lip brush to blur the line (just a LITTLE).
5.  Next apply your lipstick SPARINGLY with a lip brush at the insides of your lips up to the lip liner line.  Blot, if necessary.
6. Dust slightly again with translucent powder.
7. Add a small amount of shimmery color that is lighter than your lipstick. Apply in a racing stripe straight down from under the V at the top of your lips to the pout area on the bottom.
8. Soften slightly with your finger to blend.
9. Lightly dust again.
10. Add clear lip gloss SPARINGLY to the whole look.  Tada!
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A good nude lip takes some skill.

 

 
The key to this look is precision and remember that all of these steps, while important, should not be overdone.  Practice makes perfect!
 
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Natural Hairstyling

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Cut and Shimmery babylights. Breeze Salon Reno.

It’s summertime and it is time to rest that hair. Do you know how to wear your tresses on the natural and how to style without a mirror?

Let’s recap our beauty rules for warm weather:

~ Learn how to braid. From long French braids to little front side braids, braiding makes you look pretty without the fuss, especially if you are playing outside.

~ Carry a leave-in conditioner in your beach bag. From Argon or Moroccan oil to sea sprays and curl creams, these revive and refresh your hair before and after warm weather fun.

~Use your fingers. Natural styles emphasize definition. Form and tousle your hair throughout the day, leaving that round winter brush where it belongs…in the bathroom.

~Get accessories. Pins, flowers, headbands and hats are a little party for your head and you can keep them in your bag for last minute beauty smarts.

Remember, natural styling is good for your hair. Be sure to give it the summer retreat it deserves and let it be healthy. Enjoy the season!

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