Forehead Fringe- The Perfect Bang


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Haircut Color, Makeup and Style by Rebecca Schembri, Breeze Salon Reno.

Let’s talk about front fringe! It can transform your look by emphasizing your eyes and by softening your forehead.  Also, forehead fringe continues to make the yearly trend.  Here’s how to style it and how to relax your ‘cowlicks’, giving you the perfect bang.

The crisscross method:  On wet (not damp) hair and using a soft cushion brush, set your blow dryer to high heat.  Take thick sections and brush your hair diagonally across your forehead alternating with each side. Once almost dry, brush the sections sideways up and over your forehead to create lift.  Finish with a few more crisscross strokes.  Flat-iron as needed.  For straight-fringed girls, that is all it takes. No hairspray required!

Hair and Makeup by Rebecca Schembri, Breeze Salon. Photo Jeramie Lu

For long, side bangs:  After blow-drying with your crisscross method, tilt your head all the way to one side until your forehead fringe is above your brow line and dangling in the air.  From 18 inches away, lightly mist your bangs with hairspray.  (Catwalk’s Session Series Work It Hairspray is our favorite.)  Stay tilted and gently shake your head so that your fringe gains movement.

Catwalk Session Series Hairspray
Catwalk Session Series Hairspray

For extra hold, repeat this process.  Then count to five Mississippi and come on up!  If your fringe is too helmet-like, make a claw with your hand and gently rough the area by scratching your head one inch from the hairline without disturbing the hairsprayed line at the brow.  VOILA!  Your bangs should last at least four hours or until you comb them out.

Rebecca Schembri, Published Hair and Makeup Artist, Breeze Salon Reno
Rebecca Schembri, Published Hair and Makeup Artist, Breeze Salon Reno

If your forehead fringe has grown too long, please see your hairstylist unless you have a super soft, wispy bang.  If that is the case, you can trim the fringe yourself in-between salon visits.  Use haircutting shears and lightly point-notch the ends by cutting vertically.

Enjoy your perfect bang and be sure to comment below about your hair!

Rebecca Schembri, Breeze Salon Reno


Summertime Hairstyles

Summertime Styles are Loose and Tousled

Want to keep on trend this season and still have your summer fun? Beach bag products are simple and fast and keep you looking great. Check out the tips below to do your hair on the fly.

For girls, hair is loose and tousled but not frizzy. Try a leave in conditioner or smoothing cream such as Catwalk Leave in Conditioner by TIGI. Remember to add a generous amount of product to enhance natural styling. Apply in the first five minutes after any water play.

Boys are wearing hair longer on top and shaved short on the sides. This look is super low-maintenance and easy to style with a small amount of styling cream.  Try Up Front Gel Pomade by Bed Head. It controls and shines and keeps that long hair off of the face. Reno_Hair_Rebecca_Schembri

Ask your hairstylist for ideas on using a single product for beachy summer looks that don’t require a mirror or a blow dryer. Enjoy the outdoors and stay fashionable!

Beauty Makeovers

Be sweet to yourself: now is a great time for a health and beauty makeover.

Ladies, wanna look and feel LOVELY this season? Check out these tips to up your romantic 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.

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 excercise. 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.

Go get ’em!

5. Drink lots of water to hydrate your skin and to help you 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 which is definately 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!

Photography by Ben Sumlin, Reno. Hair and Makeup by Rebecca Schembri

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Tips for A Great Photo Session

Hair and Makeup by Rebecca Schembri, Reno

Need help getting amazing pics out of your photo session? Take some tips from a professional!

First, get a great haircut that favors your face. Any experienced hairdresser can give you a new look. If you color, have your hair touched up a week in advance.

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 cheecks and lips going one shade brighter than your natural coloring. A non-shimmery, colored lip balm will work for this.

Practice your model face. Take a few minutes to learn how to pose and how to do appealing facial gestures. It’ll make all the difference!

Makeup for Men by Rebecca Schembri. Photo Mark DeFabry, Reno.

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.

As long as you are relaxed and prepared for your photo shoot, you should get the results you want. Remember to thank your photographer!

Rebecca from Reno

Wedding Makeup

#selfie! Wedding Hair and Makeup by Rebecca Schembri 775.338.9241

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.

Wedding Makeup by Rebecca Schembri

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.

Rebecca Schembri, Breeze Salon Reno

Wedding Hair

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Wedding Makeup by Rebecca Schembri

How to choose the right wedding hair for your big day? Read on..

Bridal hair mostly depends on the type of dress the bride will wear.  If the dress is low cut or strapless, hair can be swept up to reveal the neckline or left down to showcase the hair.

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 the hair completely pinned or off to one side, giving the wedding audience a chance to admire the bride’s beautiful skin from behind.

The idea is to keep proportion between the hair and the dress so that they compliment each other.

Bridal Makeup by Rebecca Schembri 775.338.9241

For bridesmaids, hair is similar to the bride’s and should never upstage the bridal look since the bride has center stage on this day.

Many hairstylists offer a free wedding consultation and have recommendations for other wedding needs such as makeup and photography, helping make this a day to remember.

Rebecca from Reno

Please call (775) 338-9241 or email to request your free wedding consultation.

Day-Old Braids

Deconstructed braids show up on the runway
Day-old braids can look slept on.

A deconstructed braid is popular this year with runway collections showing us the how-to.

Mara Hoffman’s southwestern appeal for Spring 2015 showcases a thick, wispy, I-did-my-hair-two-days-ago braid and has her audience quickly following the trend.

To do a day-old braid, dry hair without a brush using only fingers for combing. Spray in dry shampoo for matte texture and hold.

Create a braid using traditional three, four or five strand techniques and mix the braids along the way so they give a more unique and carefree mirage.

Gently deconstruct the braid with fingers by prying open and pulling at areas along the braid shaft. Finish by loosening strands around the face for framing.

A messy braid that is clean and fresh?! High five to TIGI designer Nick Irwin for this look. Now we can do our braids and sleep on them too.

Runway collection shows off messy braid
Mara Hoffman’s runway campaign for Spring 2015 includes a deconstructed ‘vacation’ braid

Five Minute Makeup

Hair and Makeup by Rebecca Schembri for Nicole Williams State Farm Insurance

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:



~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 and remember to send me your questions.

Rebecca Schembri…Your Personal Stylist /775.338.9241

Eye Shadow Expert


How do you choose your eye shadow color? If you want to bring attention to your eyes, use an opposite color from your eye color.

For green eyes, use copper, maroon, or purple.

For blue eyes, use copper, gold, peach or maroon.

For brown eyes, use green, blue, pink or purple.

If you want to bring attention to the rest of your face, such as to your lips, make your eye shadow the same color as your eyes.

For natural looks, a color wash can be a nice touch. Use a gentle, single color on your lids in matte or shimmer. Remember, shimmer shows texture so if you have fine lines, use matte shadows only.

Eye Shadow Trio

Most eye shadow palettes have matching colors in them. Use the darkest color in the crease of your eye, the medium color on the eyelid and the lightest color just under the browbone.

If you want to match your eye shadow to your outfit, do a color wash in a light color across your lids only. Be liberal but do not do a tri-color smokey eye that matches your outfit unless you want to look like 1983. Remember: modern is simple!
Tip: Doing your eyeshadow before applying your face makeup lets you clean up any color particles that may fall under your eye during application. Then you can proceed with the rest of your look.


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Holiday Hair Ideas

Hair and Makeup by Rebecca Schembri

Need hair ideas for your holiday party? Do it big!

To create big hair, use a root lifter after shampooing and towel drying. Lift the hair that is 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.  Polish with a small amount of flat ironing (BE CAREFUL- flat ironing is hard on the hair) or do big waves with your curling iron on medium heat.

A popular addition to holiday hair is shiny, colored hair tinsel that streams from tiny knots attached to your hair. Tinsel comes in any color, is heat-safe and can be shampooed and styled.

Hair Tinsel is Fun and Festive

Big hair and tinsel give your hair a festive, grandiose appeal. Remember, the holidays are for parading and making others smile so get out there and sparkle!
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