Orillia Salon & Spa: Glamour Photography at Changing of the Garnet

Earlier this month I had the chance to stop by Orillia Salon and Spa – Changing of the Garnet – to work alongside Susie Maurice (stylist) and her sister Rejeanne (make-up artist) as they created a multitude of new looks for their portfolio.

When I first asked Susie what “looks” she was planning I was amazed at how different they all were.  Not only was Susie planning some intensely editorial looks like a bow-inspired updo and a super retro pony tail, she was also planning a clean and classic “girl next door” look.  Susie explained to me that “Not everyone comes into a salon and wants a complete and total transformation; in fact, most people ask for something that’s just a polished version of their normal look.  We have many clients that come in for hair and make-up before a first date or for things like family reunions or baby showers; events that don’t require editorial up-dos or intense smoky make-up.  I wanted our portfolio to show that we have a wide range of looks that we can provide out clients.”

Here’s a little bit more about Nicole’s look:

Orillia Hair & Esthetics Studio: Beauty Photography

Susie Says: “Nicole’s amazing blonde hair was too beautiful to keep tied up so I opted for a long look with a few curls just for texture and not to add body.  I used a large barrel iron to create a few waves at the end of her luscious locks and an flat iron to smooth out a few wavy bits at the roots.  Other than that, we applied a serum to her hair to add some extra lustre and to keep her long hair flowing freely all day long.”

Orillia Hair & Esthetics Studio: Beauty Photography

Rejeanne Says: “I wanted Nicole’s look to be very natural – almost looking like she wasn’t wearing much makeup at all.  Nicole’s skin was pretty amazing but she did have some blemishes on her chin and jaw that we had to cover up.  When a client has red blemishes, it’s important to use a green-tinted concealer before your foundation as this evens out the skin tone making the blemishes virtually invisible.  Like many blondes, Nicole had very light brows so after applying foundation my next step was to fill her brows.  Brows create a frame for your face and you should never apply your shadow until you have your frame in place.  Once her brows were filled I knew exactly where I wanted to put a variety of pink and neutral shadows to create a natural glow and sort shading.  I used very minimal liner on Nicole but made sure to accentuate her lashes to complete her girl-next-door style.”

Orillia Hair & Esthetics Studio: Beauty Photography
Orillia Hair & Esthetics Studio: Beauty Photography
Orillia Hair & Esthetics Studio: Beauty Photography
A huge thank you is in order for not only our gorgeous model Nicole, but for Susie and Rejeanne for their amazing talents!  It was so much fun working with all of you – I hope to do it again soon!