A day at the salon isn’t just good for your looks; it’s good for your psyche, too. Fort Myers-based voiceover actress Caryn Clark spends much of her time recording narrations and commercials for clients like the 2012 Olympic Games and VH1, Disney and Nickelodeon. But when she needed to update her look for an on-camera audition, Gulfshore Life recruited an über-talented hair-and-makeup duo to get Clark ready for her close-up. What resulted was a fresh, professional image that complemented her features and coloring, and an extra dash of confidence—on and off camera.
Hair stylist Mia Manaloto mixes a batch of hair dye to brighten and refresh Clark’s blonde hair.
Manaloto uses a highlighting technique called balayage, which she describes as “free-form painting” of highlights for a natural, sun-kissed look that’s softer and more modern than those achieved by traditional foil methods. “Balayage looks better as time goes on,” she says. “It gets a little lighter and changes a bit.”
With highlights painted in place, Clark takes a break under a high-tech dryer to help the color process.
Manaloto attaches clip-in hair extensions to give Clark’s hair extra volume and length for her special occasion. Before attaching them, she lightly backcombs the hair at the roots to give the clip added staying power.
Manaloto has a few tricks in her arsenal for pumping up fine hair like Clark’s. Before drying it, she uses a volumizing mousse at the roots. Once it’s dry, she curls it with an iron, but rather than letting the hair fall immediately while still warm, she clips them up to cool to help maintain the shape longer.
Because Clark has a round face shape, Manaloto opts to give her soft bangs and layers to frame her eyes and emphasize her cheekbones and jawline.
To achieve a lip color that won’t fade or disappear quickly, Taverna layers products, starting with a lip liner, which she uses not just to line the lips but to fill them in as well. (It serves as a primer that way.) Afterward, she applies a lipstick and finishes the look with a touch of gloss.
Before she begins, makeup artist Dani Taverna uses an oil-free primer on the face and eyelids to help the makeup last longer, particularly in the humid climate of Southwest Florida. It also helps to minimize lines and pores, providing a smooth canvas for Taverna to work on. “It’s a makeup artist’s dream product,” she says. “When you use it first, you don’t have to touch anything up.”
Taverna selects a plum-colored gel eyeliner to complement Clark’s brown eyes. (Plum also works well on green and hazel eyes, Taverna says.) With a flat liner brush, she starts on the outer corner of the eyelid and sweeps the color in toward the nose. She also uses purple tones for Clark’s eyeshadow—a light color on the lid and a darker purple in the crease of the eye to emphasize the natural contours of the eye. “Light color brings the area forward; dark recesses it,” she explains.
With makeup complete and her hair combed through for soft, loose curls, Clark’s finished look is polished but natural—and just what she’d hoped for. “I’ve had my makeup done by pros many times, but things I learned that day were invaluable,” she says. “Things like defining your brows, not using too much eyeliner under the eye and using an eyelash curler make a huge difference. Everyone’s digging the new do, and it’s quick to fix when getting ready. The makeover gave me more versatility with my appearance to look the part for on-camera auditions. They made me feel like a rock star.”
HAIR Mia Manaloto, Hair by Mia
MAKEUP Dani Taverna, Duality Artistry
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