1970’s Fashion Makes Another Comeback

This month I visited the fashion district of Los Angeles and found myself staring at the women around me. They were dressed, head to toe, in 1970’s memorabilia. Their wrap-around dresses and jumpers had geometric lines, they had bell-bottom jeans under floral chiffon dusters and when I saw their platform shoes and V-shaped haircuts, I knew it- this era is back.

Following the lingering music festival trends that celebrated colorful, flowy, braided clothing (and hair), groovy throwback fashion takes it a step further. In the beauty industry, we are seeing a lot of boho trends from magazine looks on celebrities and at public appearances like the Grammys, including still current messy bun and broken waves hairstyling.

Since most of us got 70’s forehead fringe five years ago and wore it proudly in our eyes for another four, bangs are not on the predictions list for hair trends in 2019. We do see straight hair coming back, and that only means one part line for this style genre: right down the middle.

One 1970’s trend we are not seeing yet is disco. Shimmery, glittery, dance-all-night wardrobing has yet to appear. Instead, expect pop culture favorites like thin sweaters tucked into high-waisted flare jeans.

Bohemian and free-flowing is still popular. With our salon located in the Midtown District in Reno, we see boho daily. Hair is long, half braided or bunned and gently highlighted. Messy yet put-together is the norm. For clothing, Midtowners are shopping in grandma’s closet and at thrift stores and they love it.

Riding the tailwind of 1960’s-era geometrically-shaped-outer-space everything, the 1970’s were a time of freedom, self-expression and groove. With a mix between nature and the future, styles are wildflowery and far out-something our pop culture can experiment with and enjoy.

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

Babylights and Balayage

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Babylights for Curly Hair

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). 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

Wedding Hair

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Wedding Makeup by Rebecca Schembri

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

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.

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/

Wedding Makeup

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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.

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Reno / Tahoe Destination Weddings by Breeze Salon

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.

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Wedding Makeup by Rebecca Schembri BreezeSalon.Reno@gmail.com

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.

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Your bridal makeup should last all day in an outdoors setting. By Breeze Salon Reno

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.

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775.338.9241 text or call for a free wedding consultation.

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!

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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.

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.

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 post your results comment below.

Rebecca Schembri, Breeze Salon Reno

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.

 

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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