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Winter Hat Hair: Classic French Braids

The winter can do some damage to our hair for condition and appearance, so it’s important to wear protective hairstyles during the season. In this post, I show how to create a winter hairstyle that protects the hair, keeps it out of the face, and stays put! The French braid is a tighter, less exposed finish versus the Summer popular Dutch braids/boxer braids which are inverted. I did the classic French Braid on a client recently prior to her soccer practice, and her mom came back and reported that the braid lasted for three whole days!

Tools you’ll need:

Brush

Comb

Elastic hair ties

Detangler/ leave in conditioner

Hairspray

Watch the video for your guide of the winter hat approved style of the classic French braid!

Our winter fun activities included having fun in upstate New York walking around on snow covered trails, antique shopping in New Paltz, and warming up at the cozy bed and breakfast called Audrey’s Farmhouse.Audrey’s Farmhouse

There are many braided styles that can be worn during the winter and I love them all! The French braid can be shaped into a crown, a single side style, or a single middle style. The classic can have many variations!

If you’d like to have these styles for yourself or your little one (it makes getting ready in the mornings MUCH easier) you can book with me at Morel Hair Designs in Locust Valley! 516-676-7644.

Interested in other braids? I can do them!

– French braids

-Dutch braids/ Boxer braids

– Fishtail Braids

– 4 stranded braids

– Rope braids

– Braids with extensions

– Colored Braids

– Yarn Braids

– Braided Updos

– Box Braids

– Cosama Braids

– Cornrows

– Ribbon Braids

Winter Hat Hair: Turned into Classic French Braids

MAC Viva Glam Fund and Broadway Bares: Take Off

Co-written by Julie Tortorici

Hammerstein Ballroom, NY

Big news! This Sunday, lil ol’ me (along with my brushes) will be hopping on the train to do makeup for Broadway Bares: Take Off . Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS puts on this annual show, and this year I will be backstage at the Hammerstein Ballroom joining other makeup artists who are helping these incredible performers get ready for the stage.

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As many of you know, I began my career as a makeup artist with MAC Cosmetics, and it just so happens that the MAC Viva Glam Fund is a presenting sponsor of the show. By the way, MAC Viva Glam is in its 25th year, and if you haven’t seen Winnie Harlow’s stunning recreation of the original campaign with RuPaul, go check it out. It’s gorgeous.

Want to join me on Sunday? Tickets are still available for Broadway Bares: Take Off. If you can’t make that, then consider treating yourself to a MAC Viva Glam Lipstick. Buying just one lipstick can contribute in a big way—100% of the proceeds goes to the Viva Glam Fund. For example, one lipstick purchase can provide a full meal to two homeless LGBTQ+ youth. That’s just beautiful! Click HERE to get more information about all the cool things the MAC Viva Glam Fund does and what organizations they work with!

See you on Sunday!

P.S.: This is not a sponsored post or anything… I just think both causes contribute to the world in a meaningful way.

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Memories: Becoming A Wish Granter Through The Make-A-Wish Foundation

Co-written by Julie Tortorici

New York

For today’s post, I’m going to stray a bit from my usual must-have styling tips to write about something that I just had to share. On Thursday, June 6th, Make-A-Wish New York, will be holding their annual Power of a Wish Gala . As I’m sure many of you know, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes to critically ill children. This organization has been very close to my heart since having the chance, seven years ago, to serve as a Wish Granter through the Make-A-Wish Foundation Hawaii. One of my proudest moments was being able to help fulfill a child’s wish of meeting Justin Bieber in New York. More important, was having the chance to speak with some of the children and their families who have had to face the tremendous challenges that come with severe illness. I have no doubt that the upcoming gala being held here in New York will be just as impactful to its guests as it was for me way back when in Hawaii.

Make A Wish Press Photo

I’ll be back here giving you hair and makeup tips in no time, but if you have a moment, check out this wonderful organization. Better yet, if you can, consider becoming a Wish Granter yourself. Become a Wish Granter. Trust me, it’ll be a beautiful experience.

Perfect Dress Sets Tone for Look: How will you complete your look?

How exciting is it to find that one dress that beat out all the other choices? Once the outfit is ready to go, then comes the next part: hair and makeup! It truly completes the look. It turns the outfit from special to spectacular! And if you’ve ever had the complete look, you know the feeling of glancing in the mirror or looking at photos and loving yourself. Loving the look and the memories that accompanied it.

This look started with just that- the dress. My client had this beautiful lavender dress she was planning on wearing, and I was prepared to give her the eyeshadows that complimented her skin and also the dress. I started off by shaping the contour of her crease on the eye, then filling in with lighter colors on the lid. Blending in darker tones on the outside corners, we lifted the eye in a way to keep them bright. We finished with her favorite part- false lashes!

To get this look or to start planning give us a call! I would love to help with your special occasion.

Morel Hair Design: 516.676.7644

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Mommy Golightly

I’d like to show the beauty of a mom who just needed a subtle brown smokey eye and a classic updo to feel fabulous! As moms, we devote our lives to our children and families so much that we forget to treat ourselves. I’m so grateful I was able to create Talya’s look of makeup and hair. Based off what she was wearing, how she wanted to look and feel, and my design techniques, I’m happy we achieved her complete look for her special occasion.

Loosely inspired by an Audrey Hepburn look, we did a modern low key version of a French twist with curls. Skin and lips were prepped with complete moisture before the makeup application, and long lasting coverage foundation and a lip stain from Tarte cosmetics helped provide a quality finish.

The finish was a glamorous mom ready for her event!

Hygienic Practices for Makeup Artists

As a makeup artist, carrying products for all occasions, skin types, and various pigments, can create a big chaotic mess. Furthermore, using products on multiple people can warrant a fear of spreading germs and other harmful bacteria. Which could lead the client to wonder…how do you know your makeup artist is implementing professional hygienic practices? Here are a few things that you will ALWAYS see when using my services: sanitized products, cleansed brushes, disposable applicators, and organized items.

Sanitized Products

Lipsticks, lip pencils, eye pencils, and eyelash curlers are amongst products that are sanitized with alcohol. Products that can be squeezed or scooped out onto my artist’s palette are done so that the makeup is your own, untouched, and unshared.

Prepping brushes and tools

Cleansed Brushes

Brush Cleanser from MAC Cosmetics is my personal favorite to sanitize and condition my brushes. My brushes are washed with hot water and sudsy soaps to give them a thorough cleanse after appointments. My brush belt is also wiped down for a fresh and neat appearance.

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Disposable Applicators

Have you ever seen someone use their mascara or lipgloss wand directly onto another’s eyes or mouth? If you’ve ever witnessed this less than sanitary and unprofessional technique, you’re not alone. I’ve seen this happen too many times and cringe every time it does. Be assured that I carry ample supply of lip and mascara disposable wands and I never double dip.

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Organized Items

When I first started out building my kit, there weren’t these fantastic bags and cases as readily available as now. My kit is completely organized with my Zuca bag, with each compartment categorized.

I basically imagine how I would want to feel when getting any service done- cleanliness, professionalism, efficiency, and personal customer service. I keep the client in mind the entire time. Getting ready for a special event shouldn’t be stressful, uncomfortable, or dirty! It should be fun, fresh, and relaxing! If you haven’t yet, make an appointment and experience my makeup services. You can book directly through me, Facebook, or Salon Solis.

 

These are not your average prom girls…

I was so thrilled to be apart of these girls prom preparations! How fun it is to see pictures of their dresses and plan their look. Not only was it great to chat about makeup with these ladies but it was certainly impressive to hear where they are going to college and what they want to study. Universities such as Stonybrook, Northwestern, Dartmouth- just to name a few. North Shore High has got some pretty amazing students!