Every now and then a client sits in your chair that really puts things into perspective. Our makeover candidate is Caitlin and she deserves some thoughtful pampering. Caitlin currently has 2 young children and is caring for her mother who is battling breast cancer. She is exuberant to be getting an update and her personality is infectious. Gina-Marie and I were very willing to give Caitlin a little help in the beauty department, and she was really pleased and thankful for it. These are the kind of situations where you really admire peoples strength, especially for a woman like Caitlin who is juggling her job with family life.
When assessing Caitlin's hair I noticed that her shade of color was off, and that the geometry of her haircut was leaving a little to be desired as well. I addressed the color situation by highlighting the hair and packing many foils close together to achieve a more overall blonde look. The previous color had quite a bit of a medium-golden brown throughout that in my opinion looked like low lights gone bad. I made a conscious effort of weaving my highlights to pick up as much of the previous medium-golden brown so I could really make her color pop. Caitlin looks best light and bright and I kept this feel by toning her with my custom toner that reproduces that "california" blonde I always rave about. This is the kind of blonde I am known for.
With Caitlin's cut, I really liked the length, and in fact have advised her to grow it out a little. The geometry of the cut was a little off with a few sparse layers on top, and not much in terms of layering through out the interior, or what I like to call the "bulk" of the haircut. This is the area that I believe is usually the culprit of bad haircuts. I decided to shorten the layers throughout the interior of this cut and revive it by alleviating some weight.
I finished off Caitlin's look by using some Moroccanoil Volumizing Mousse and blow drying the hair with medium size boar bristle brushes. The new geometry combined with the mousse really provided tons of lift and movement. Caitlin now looks a little more like herself and has a hair style that matches her personality.
For Caitlin's look, we went for a soft use of spring/summer-esque colors on both the lips and eyes. She has gorgeous blue eyes which were accentuated with corals and pinks that make blue eyes pop. For some added radiance, I used one of MAKE UP FOR EVER's Star Powders in a beautiful peachy pink to give the lids an iridescent glow. Caitlin wanted to make her eyes look bigger with a cat eye, which we achieved using MAKE UP FOR EVER's Aqua Black gel eye liner with an angled liner brush. Her eyes were open when creating the 'flick' which helped create the shape perfectly without any 'hooks'. Brows were filled in using a brow gel that is waterproof, which means your brows will not sweat off in the heat!
Her skin was a mix of HD Foundation (MAKE UP FOR EVER) in 117 and 120 mixed with Uplight #12 applied with a Beauty Blender (of course!). This is my #1 favourite skin application technique for a gorgeous summer glow. On her lips, we used a pink lipstick that complimented her eye look and skin tone.