It’s time to break out of your wintertime bun and scarf routine and put on something colorful-spring is here! Whether your hair is short or long and you use makeup or are makeup-free, by setting up some beauty goals for your appearance, you can be sure to enjoy your look with blooming inspiration.
For starters, consider the type of lifestyle you want in the next 3-6 months. Will you be indoors or outdoors, sweaty or dry, professional or carefree? When you plan your next hair or makeup redo, think about how versatile it needs to be.
Broken waves are IN. This look, be it for business or pleasure, is widespread across celebrity and fashion lines in 2019. If you have short hair, tousle with a sea salt spray. For longer locks, create open ended curls or twists going in opposite directions, then shake it out. These days, you never can tell how old your shampoo and style is and we like it that way. It means you get to go on with living your life and feeling enhanced all day long.
Coral and Lilac are favorite colors this season. With Living Coral winning the Pantone Color of the Year crown, expect to see lots of selection when shopping for clothing and accessories. Lilac is a new hair trend and it is HOT. For brunettes with cool to neutral skin tones, try chocolate-lilac. For warmer complexions, go for the coral.
Low-maintenance is key in this year’s beauty regimen with increasingly more women giving up makeup on the daily and focusing instead on fitness. If you like to wear a little color on your face, the Kardashian brow has evolved into a softer, pinstroke brow in the same shape as before. Think Instagram in an antique filter.
Whatever your plan for spring, your hairdresser and makeup artist friends can help you decifer the information out there. Just because it works for the girl in the video may not mean successful techniques for everyone. For best results, ask for a customized hair and makeup plan at your local beauty salon.
Rebecca Schembri is a Published Hair and Makeup Artist and Owner of Breeze Salon in Reno, Nevada.
Men: let’s talk about your appearance. If you have grey hair and would like to tone it down, 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 hairdresser about color if you want to soften your silver. Grey blending is the best alternative to permanent haircolor because it slowly 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 bit longer than blending at the bowl the results are more solid, compared to translucent.
If you prefer to color at home, ask your salon professional for a safe demipermanent recommendation you can apply in the shower. Whatever your preference, you’ve got options-just ask.
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). For skin that is over 30 years of age, opt for matte since shimmer magnifies fine lines.
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
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.
The Harrah’s mansion (Rancharrah) in Reno – Weddings by Breeze Salon Reno
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 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.
Need hair ideas for your holiday party? Do it big! Having hair that is blown-out or swept into a romantic updo is easy and will help make your night one to remember.
To create big hair, use a root lifter after shampooing and towel drying. Lift the hair at your crown (top back part of the head) and spray your product at the scalp from side to side. Massage in.
Using your blow dryer on high heat and speed, dry the crown section up and over to each opposite side. Be sure to jiggle your fingertips at the roots while blow drying to create uniformity.
Now add a thermal protector to the rest of your hair and finish drying. By pulling your paddle or round brush up at an angle, you will create width in your finished look. Polish with a small amount of flat ironing (be gentle- flat ironing is hard on the hair) or do big waves with your curling iron on medium heat.
A popular addition to 2018 updos is huge chunks of hair pulled out by the ears (think 1987). These big wispies magnify your updo, giving it ample movement, and they are soft and sexy.
Big hair and updos lend a festive, grandiose appeal. Ask your hairdresser for easy styles that bring out the best in you.
Rebecca Schembri, Published Hair and Makeup Artist
Wedding planning can be confusing and exhausting for many brides to be. Having to choose a venue, photographer, makeup artist, deejay, florist, caterer, videographer, honeymoon and wedding gown is often an overwhelming task. How do you know what choices will make you and your guests happy?
As a Wedding Hair and Makeup Artist, I have been witness to over a hundred weddings. I have seen many decisions that lead to success and some that lead to unnecessary stress. Here are my top hacks on how to love your wedding day.
Wedding Hack #1: Do it, Delegate it or Drop it. Planning your big day can be a fun project as a couple. You will work as a team and have to practice good communication skills. Keeping your wedding chores at a comfortable speed will help you both enjoy the process more. Remember: he may not care what color the tablecloths will be. Asking your bridesmaids for help is a good idea, especially if you want to craft homemade decorations.
Wedding Hack #2: Choose Your Photographer Well. Aside from the joyful memories you and your loved ones will have, the only real proof of your wedding will be in pictures. Choosing the right photographer will make the difference between showing off your photos for 75 years or putting them away after two.
Be sure your photographer understands you and your desires well. She should take pictures of everything in sight and should know all of the best poses and angles. A photographer who is friendly, professional, on time, and has a great portfolio is a keeper!
Wedding Hack #3: People Eat and Run So Keep Them Entertained. It’s not enough to just play good music at your reception and to expect everyone to dance. Often guests are shy and get sleepy if the energy dies down and their bellies are full. Many brides have been horrified to see that their party died off as soon as the cake was cut. You can avoid this by planning lots of fun activities and crowd involvement.
A good emcee/master of ceremonies will challenge your guests to stay engaged. He can hold couple’s trivia and dance contests and keep guests feeling involved and joyous. Your invitees love you and will gladly stick around and play if you present them with a call to action.
Wedding Hack # 4: Keep It Simple or Hire a Professional. If you can, plan ahead and keep it minimalistic or else hire a wedding planner. For DIYers, the more pre-planning you do, the smoother your wedding week and big day will be. Try to keep things simple and elegant. Let your style direct your decor and entertainment choices and cut back on minor details anywhere possible.
Wedding Hack # 5: Consult a Financial Planner. Aside from the costs of your photographer, dress, hair and makeup, keeping your wedding plans light can help your expenses stay on track. Do you want a big party or would you rather landscape your backyard or pay off your car? Considering the reward for each of these things is important; compromising on some of your wedding items may pay off in the long run. Asking your financial planner for guidance will help put things into long term perspective.
Wedding Hack #6: He Sees the Wedding As a Gift to You. Your groom is marrying you so that he can keep you forever. He doesn’t care too much about placesavers and seating charts. He wants food and drink and he wants to show you off. Go easy on him when doing the planning and let him have some room for relaxation. If, for months, every conversation you have with him is about the wedding, you may be overdoing it.
He knows that you want a dream day where you are in a beautiful gown surrounded by flowers and mountains and oceans and where all of your loved ones are congratulating you both with endless applause.
He wants to give you the proverbial world, moon and stars; going through wedding planning with you is a personal sacrifice he is making as a gesture of true love. Don’t take it personally if he seems indifferent in choosing the guestbook and wedding favors. He truly just wants you to be fulfilled and asking for his opinion on the small stuff may make him uncomfortable.
Wedding Hack # 7: Iron Those Robes. If you plan on gifting satin robes to your bridesmaids, designate a helper to have them ironed or steamed. When your photographer comes to catch you girls getting into your hair and makeup and your bridesmaids helping you into your dress, wrinkles wont be an issue.
Wedding Hair and Makeup by Rebecca Schembri, Breeze Salon Reno
Wedding Hack #8: Reduce Clutter in Your Bridal Suite. Your photographer will likely want to get some behind-the-scenes shots of you in your bridal suite. He will take pictures of shoes, brushes, mimosas, flowers, accessories, rings, gifts, letters, tags and anything that will add to the value of your wedding portfolio.
Asking your bridesmaids and bridal suite guests to keep their belongings put away will add to the beauty of your pictures. Someone you trust to keep the room organized and clutter-free can be in charge of directing extra stuff to closets and drawers. She should also monitor climate control and your wedding day getting ready music. Having a clean bridal suite will help your photographer to have more angles to shoot from and will contribute to your mental clarity on such a busy day.
Wedding Hack # 9: Show Your Girls Extra Love and Appreciation. Bridesmaids go through a lot to support you throughout your wedding season. They have to make time in their personal and works schedules for your bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner and wedding weekend.
Bridal party members usually spend hundreds of dollars to purchase a gown, hair and makeup services, travel and food and drinks. Be sure they know how much they mean to you. Gifts and words of appreciation go a long way in making your wedding party feel special and in sync with you.
Wedding hack # 11: May the Mother of the Bride Have Her Moment. Whoever is giving this couple in holy matrimony should be duly recognized. Moms wait decades to entrust you to someone who will take care of you always. Letting her have her happiness on this day will be a huge milestone in your mom’s life.
Let her contribute as much as she wants and be sure she feels beautiful for the ceremony and reception. If she is shy, let her wear something subtly elegant. If she’s flamboyant, surprise her with a forbidden red dress and let her shine.
Wedding Hack # 11: Love Your Wedding Day. Make the decision ahead of time that you are going to enjoy your wedding planning and your wedding day. Focus on fun and relaxation and trust that simple planning will pay off.
The more you treat yourself to lots of rest and happiness during your wedding week, the more you and those around you will love your wedding day.
Remember, you will be glowing in a gorgeous gown and exquisite hair and makeup; as long as there are flowers and lights on a beautiful backdrop, your reception will be lovely.
Choose the things you are going to be serious about, like getting great pictures, and let the rest unfold naturally.
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