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This Season, In Our Final Edition of Summer Beauty: Mermaid Hair, Smoky Eyes, Purple Lids, and Bright Pink Lips

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Welcome to our final edition of Summer Beauty, our weekend coverage of this season's hair and makeup trends, as applied by masters in the biz on some very exceptional models. We headed over to the Hudson Guild Fulton Center and the Greenwich House Senior Center to photograph the finest ladies around in this summer's most sought-after looks. While doing so, we even learned a few tips to help us get through July and August—without breaking too much of a sweat. And now, we're ready for fall.


Images by Anna Fischer

Louanna Gardner
Hairstylist Sarah Martineau from Sam Brocato Salon utilized Louanna's long locks by giving her loose, flowy mermaid hair. First, she applied Sam Brocato Big Easy volumizing dry shampoo to give her hair some lift, and then took the front section of the heavy side of her part and did an inside-out braid along her scalp, which she says works just as well as a headband. Next, she wrapped her hair around a one-and-a-quarter inch curling iron, and sprayed it with Sam Brocato Moveable Hold hairspray. She says keeping it light and loose is a good strategy ("I don't know if we'll ever go back to the Aquanet days"), but that if you do tight curls in the morning, it'll fall throughout the day and "turn into different shapes."

Makeup artist Joy La Rosa from Sam Brocato Salon treated Louanna's lids to a healthy dose of color with MAC Fig eyeshadow. She evened out her skintone with Smashbox Sheer Focus tinted moisturizer, and set her makeup with Laura Mercier Invisible loose setting powder. To help her eyelashes pop against the purple background, she also used Sephora's heated eyelash curler and coated them with Covergirl LashBlast Volume Blasting mascara.

Maura Noland
Maura's hair was already set when she came in, so Joy La Rosa got to work on her makeup, and created a dramatic smokey eye. Joy says that she applied her eye makeup "really heavy at the lash line, smoked it up, and gave it a great point in the corner of the eye." As far as colors go, she used MAC eye shadows in Plumage and Bamboo. She also adds that a smokey eye can look more complicated than it actually is: "She really just has two colors, but you look at it and you think, there could be more. It's really nice to just kind of build and build and build with a smokey eye."

Shirley Robinson
At first, it looked like hairstylist Andre Davis from the Julien Farel Salon was going to leave Shirley's long hair down, but at the last minute, he decided to pull it up. He curled it with a thermal curling iron first and then pin-curled it afterward, and sprayed it with Nexxus Maximum Hairspray to keep it all intact. "If you're going in the shower or something and you want loose curls—nothing too contrived—just take big parts, wrap them around your fingers, stick the pin in there, and then just go in the shower. Come out, put your lipstick on or whatever, and just take out the pins and shake out your hair."

Makeup artist Achelle Dunaway gave Shirley some eye color in what she called "pinky purplish hues, like a light mauve." She used an eyeshadow palette from e.l.f. Cosmetics in Punk Funk, and an e.l.f. Brightening Eyecolor in Brownstone. And then: "We also added a few false lashes on her to just make her whole look finished," coated with e.l.f. Mineral Infused mascara.

Jessica Blue

Hairstylist Sarah Martineau decided to play up Jessica's thick curls, rather than try and tone them down. "If you have really amazing texture like that, I say just go with it, because if you start fighting it you have to fight it all the time." To really play up the look, she wrapped strands of Jessica's hair around a half-inch curling iron and then shook it all out in the end so it could "get really big." To help achieve those heights, she used Sam Brocato Big Easy volumizing dry shampoo and also a little bit of Sam Brocato Cloud 9 Miracle Repair Treatment.

For her makeup, Achelle Dunaway kept it simple for summer. "I kept her face really clean and gave it a little bit more of a healthy bronzed glow for the summer, to just even out the skintone. And then, I gave her a fun bright peachy pink lip. To get that clean-faced look, she began with an e.l.f. Cosmetics mineral infused face primer and mineral foundation, topped with an e.l.f Studio bronzer. To get that "peachy pink" lip, she used a combination of e.l.f. lipsticks in First Date and Flirtatious.
· Sarah Martineau [Sam Brocato Salon]
· Joy La Rosa [Sam Brocato Salon]
· Julien Farel Salon [Official Site]
· e.l.f. Cosmetics [Official Site]
· [All Summer Beauty Posts]