Did you know that good makeup is really simple? Understanding where to highlight and where to shadow is key
Also using matte (non-shimmery) makeup is flattering for any skin over 30 years of age
This is because shimmer magnifies fine lines and skin texture
Making wrinkles more prominent (stand out more)
Not that there’s anything wrong with wrinkles-every human gets them
But our culture values soft, clear skin, and minimizing fine lines makes you seem fresh, healthy, and competent
This adds to your likeability and helps you attract others
A highlighter that is one shade lighter than your skin tone lifts your features
Use it in concealer, foundation, or powder around your face in a C-shape framing your eyes, on top of your cheekbones, down your nose (if proportional and narrow,) and under your eyes,
including at your tear duct and just under the arch of your brow
Shadowing, or contour, is used to frame your face
Similar to a picture frame around beautiful art
Use it to diminish the appearance of extra skin under your chin too
Smooth your eyebrows with wax and moisturize your lips to finish
Easy! Just remember: highlighter make bigger and shadowing makes smaller
Rebecca Schembri is a Published Hair and Makeup Artist and Director of Breeze Salon in Reno, Nevada, USA.
Remember when Grandma used to wrap her hair in a silk scarf or when classy ladies would cover their rollers with a bandana? This trend is back.
No longer a necessity to protect curlers from falling out or to smooth down curly hair for sleep and housework, headscarves are the next big beauty mark on the fashion industry.
Trending in college students and celebrities alike, silk, synthetic, or hemp scarves are covering heads everywhere. Seen twisted into top buns or woven into braids, these colorful pieces say a lot about style.
Alicia Keys began the trend years ago when she made repeated public appearances with her hair wrapped into a headscarf. Not quite sure how to receive it, some viewers were reluctant to follower her lead.
Now, the music icon’s beauty choices are admired as ladies and some men are loving the freedom from hairstyling that scarf-wrapping allows. Able to make a beauty statement and escape bathroom beauty time, this hot item is sure to last throughout the summer and it will be well-enjoyed.
April 2019 commemorates a beautiful shift in Reno’s hairdressing industry-Breeze Salon has moved to a bigger, brighter area! Surrounded with windows and a private outside door, this storefront studio is full of sunshine.
Breeze Salon Director and Hairdresser, Rebecca Schembri, is elated, “I cried. I cried for a very long time. It took three-plus years to find availability and when I got news that the suite was mine, I felt like a long bout of patience, sweat, and vision-boarding came to culmination.”
Nestled in the Midtown district in Reno, Nevada, Breeze now has street access that clients and visitors can use. Just two blocks from the Virginia strip, restaurants and shops are everywhere. The establishment is putting out signage to attract new clients and to amplify the ambiance for regulars.
“I love the chandelier! The whole experience is much more relaxing and the lighting is multiplied in this new studio,” Rebecca says with a smile. “With two walls of glass windows and a glass door, I no longer need to send clients out into the sun with a hand mirror, just to get an accurate read on their background color. Makeup and wedding services will be much easier, too, since natural lighting is helpful for bridal parties.”
Rosebushes and landscaping adorn the views outside Breeze’s new studio. The spacious windows will allow for sunset-watching as well, as the salon is open evenings all summer. “As a Makeup Artist and Colorist, I couldn’t be happier. I have great lighting, lots of space and beautiful views,” Rebecca muses.
“I love the side door. Now clients can relax in the lobby or come in through the outside door to check in. It’s very convenient!”
Breeze Salon Reno is located in the same building as before, at 1091 Haskell Street, #12 (new suite). Midtown cross streets are Caliente/Haskell. As for the construction on Virginia Street, clients can expect delays for another year. Plumas Street is the recommended alternative route.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Rebecca Schembri, Breeze Salon Reno BreezeSalon.Reno.@gmail.com
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Please call or text (775) 338-9241 or email BreezeSalon.Reno@gmail.com to request your free wedding consultation.
‘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)
To schedule your free wedding consultation, please text message or call (775) 338-9241 or email BreezeSalon.Reno@gmail.com.
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.
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!