2017 Holiday Tutorial


With the holidays in full swing, we wanted to celebrate with everyone by doing what we  do best: hair and makeup!

Today we will be taking you behind the scenes of our holiday hair and makeup photoshoot. When we think of the holidays many things come to mind: glitter, red lips, nude lips, smokey eyes, etc. With such a wide range of holiday looks it was hard for us to pick one sole look, so instead we decided to include a little bit of everything into our looks. The focus and goal behind our inspired looks is to create hairstyles and makeup looks that can be achieved and worn by anyone for any occasion throughout the holiday season.


Among the hair and makeup looks on our storyboard, we decided to take two and  make them come to life with our own artistic touch to it. The first look I will be introducing to you today was done by some of our lovely members of STYLUS, Susan and Lawkong. Sadly, we won’t be featuring that look in this blog post. If you would like to see the step-by-step on how to achieve this look please pick up a copy of The Volk Magazine’s December issue! 

Unlike the first look in which we shot for The Volk, this second look is not a day to night wear but rather a single look. And just like the first, this second look is just as pretty. For this look we created a beautiful golden smokey eye paired with nude lips. Though very bold sounding this look is without a doubt elegant. Without further ado, let’s jump right into the step-by-step on how to achieve this look!


Step 1: Apply a gold eye shadow all over the lid. Here we used Makeup Forever's Aqua Cream in the color Gold.

Step 1: Apply a gold eye shadow all over the lid. Here we used Makeup Forever’s Aqua Cream in the color Gold.


Step 2: Apply a loose golden pigment onto the first gold shadow to increase the intensity of the color.


Step 3: Apply a black eye shadow to the outer corner of the lid, making sure to blend out the edges for a soft finish.


Step 4: Apply a black liner thinly along the lash line. Make sure to line as close to the lash line as possible.


Step 5: Curl your lashes and apply mascara.


Step 6: Taking a light brown eye shadow and apply it the entire lower lash line.


Step 7: Taking the same black eye shadow used in step 3, apply it to the outer half of your waterline. Make sure to blend it into the brown shadow.


Step 8: Last but not least, apply a nude pink lipstick and you’re done!


And here's the final eye makeup look!


Nice and simple! Though this was our artistic choice in colors and style your are more than welcomed to add your own twist to this look where you see fit. For example, you can chose to wing out your eye liner, you would prefer to wear a different lipstick color, or chose to wear false lashes; the decision is yours to make.

For hair, we decided to match the makeup look with a faux bun. Though our model has short to medium length hair this style could be done with longer hair as well. Now, let’s jump into the tutorial. 


Step 1: Curl your hair. For this look you want big loose curls.

Step 2: After you finish curling your hair you’re going to tie the ends together into a tiny ponytail.


Step 3: Your ponytail should look something like the picture when pushed to the back. Make sure to keep the ponytail relatively loose to make the next step easier.


Step 4: Now you’re going to take  the ponytail and tuck it underneath the rest of your hair. Make sure that your ponytail is not sticking out of your hair once you have it tucked in.


Step 5: Pin the tucked hair and all other loose hair. For the finishing touch use hairspray to really secure your hair and keep it in place.


Final looks: 


And that's a wrap for our 2017 Holiday look! We hope these tutorials found you well and were simple enough to follow. Also, if you aren’t doing so already like our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. We would love to see how this look turned out for you!


Culture Piece Magazine: Melatonin Fashion Show

We had the honor of attending Culture Piece Magazine's first fashion show ever and it was definitely a show to not be missed. If you missed out on this show please be sure to attend their next fashion show celebrating their one year anniversary on June 18th. The founders of Culture Piece Magazine, Maya and Pierre, have created something really unique and special. I'm truly excited to see where their business goes and will continue to follow Culture Piece Magazine.

The show was beautifully pulled off with a wonderful selection of models, designers, performers, and venue. However I was there on behalf of STYLUS and what I was looking at was hair and makeup. Going into the show I was already excited because I was familiar with the work of the lead hairstylist and makeup artist's work. I have personally worked with Dre (hairstylist) on a few projects and I am always blown away by her work. Toddi's makeup is also beautiful and perfectly applied in all of her work that I have seen.

When the runway started I was instantly blown away by the designer's work, but what really knocked me off my feet was the beautiful clean braids that the hair team created. I've attended a handful of fashion shows and HMUA work always leaves me wanting more. Hair and makeup at many MN fashion shows are often inconsistent in execution and style, but I was absolutely blown away by Dre Demry-Sanders, Melissa Taylor, and Tamia Daye. Each model in the same designer's collection wore the same hairstyle. Being a HMUA myself I truly appreciated the clean crisp hairstyles.

I do wish lighting was a bit brighter or that I had gotten the chance to get up close to models to see the makeup. From what I could see the makeup was minimal, clean, and fresh. I can always appreciate a fresh faced makeup look. It really played up the beautiful skin each model had and made them all look like they were glowing from within. Although I can appreciate a good ole instagram blinding highlight my favorite is what looks like fresh healthy skin. In my opinion the fresh faced look is harder to achieve than a blinding instagram glow. Kudos to Toddi Rogers, Yanna Jordan, and Tailor Hodges for creating beautiful makeup looks with a touch of color.

Maya and Pierre did an excellent job in choosing their HMUA team. The looks screamed professional, clean, streamlined, and luxurious. What I saw in their hair/makeup presentation has set a precedent, in my mind, for other shows to follow in the Twin Cities area. I can appreciate the hard work that each designer puts into their garments, but I often feel as though hair/makeup is left out until the last minute in other shows I've attended. Culture Piece Magazine executed everything so beautifully. All I can say is that everyone needs to be watching this team. They're going to be doing so many amazing things!

I also wanted to include a few words from the lead hair stylist and makeup artist for Culture Piece as well so that our audience gets a better understanding of their creations.

What was the inspiration for hair and makeup?

Dre: Besides the fact that my name is synonymous braids, I wanted to give a ode to what I think is a quintessential hairstyle for brown girls like myself. So I went with 3 different types of cornrow, each fitting the style of the designer. For Designs by Ke'Andrea Shelby I created a look that I was inspired by my child hood. The looks consisted of 3 braids in a "T" formation, two braids falling right above the ears and on in the back down the nape. The wardrobe was pretty neutral in tone/color so I used grey hair to complement that. But in my eyes it was still so underwhelmed and boring so I put a street stylistic vibe on it with the addition to the fish net wig caps. It turned it to total avant-garde perfection. Hawwaa's collection was inspired to create a hairstyle that reflected a new woman. This woman plays with the dichotomy of being strong and maintaining what femininity looks like just to her. Initially I thought a crown braid would match the spirit of this character I created for Hawwaa's line. It was pretty but it lacked the component of power I was looking for. So I let the crown braid hang long, loose and dramatic. I love the clean utilitarian look of Sydney's designs. So I wanted to give her line a complimenting look with 5 neat cornrow. But of course that was just to simple for me. So I exaggerated the center braid to mimic a faux hawk. All looks were finished and polished with baby hair because they are magical!

Toddi: The inspiration behind the makeup for melatonin was very simple. I wanted to highlight the natural beauty of our models by making their skin flawless and glowy with only touches of color on the bottom lash lines and/or in the lid crease. I wanted it to be very clean, polished and even futuristic.

Main products used to achieve looks? Recommendations for clients who want to recreate makeup/hair looks?

Dre: All looks were created with the following products and tools: Eco styler gel, Keracare edge tamer, Comb, Denman brush, Smoothing brush, and Synthetic kanelone hair.

Were the looks created in collaboration with designers or did HMUA have overall last say?

Dre: This time HMUA had creative control. But it would be great to collaborate with Hawwaa in hair for our 1yr anniversary fashion show at CanCan wonderland in June!

Congrats to all of you at Culture Piece Magazine on a successful first show! You guys did great!

I also want to add a special shout out in this blog post to our photographer Jesse Lo who agreed to help us last minute. I have never worked with him and he really came through for us. His photos are amazing! All photos in our gallery below was taken by him.