Olivia Culpo is a gifted cellist, a RI native, the 2012 winner of the Miss Universe Pageant, and among other things, a stunningly natural beauty. So when it came time to photograph her for the cover of Southern New England Living, it took an equally talented hair and beauty expert who understood the subtleties of a less-is-more philosophy to keep Olivia, and not her styling, center stage. Wedding hair and makeup pro Talya Kashmanian, of Shine, did just that. The result: a flawless, natural, focused look with a wear-anywhere appeal that left me asking, Talya, can I keep you in my suitcase?? Lucky for us, the RI-based beauty guru dished a few of her secrets:
“When Olivia entered the room to have her hair and makeup done for the photo shoot, I was taken aback by her natural beauty! I wanted to keep her look as natural as possible… she truly didn’t need makeup. I airbrushed her face – the air gun lightly mists makeup, leaving the skin flawless for photos. Olivia has a natural olive tone to her skin so I followed suit using a warm beige tone on her skin. It has a light, fresh scent that leaves all clients feeling as though they just had a spa treatment!
I thought Olivia’s eyes were quite spectacular – they were a warm brown – so I just wanted to subtly enhance that warmth. I used a grey/ silvery / green Chanel cream shadow on her lid to give her a bit of a smokey eye, and then to lift her eye up and outward I used Stellar from Laura Mercier. In the crease of her eye I used a plum color that blended beautifully with the lid color. I lightly lined the bottom lid with a brown liner, and as the shoot went on I added a sleek stripe of charcoal over the top lid.
Her cheeks were lightly dusted with a favorite color of mine from Laura Mercier called Lotus Pink. It has just enough pink and peach to give you that sun-kissed fresh look. Olivia’s lips were naturally full, so I kept the color somewhat neutral as I wanted the emphasis on her eyes.
For the loose, natural look and feel of Olivia’s long luxurious hair, I prepped her wet hair with a dime-sized drop of Moroccanoil and a small amount of mousse, then blew her hair out with a medium roll brush, lifting at the root for ultimate fullness. After Olivia’s hair was dry, I used large hot rollers with a light mist of hairspray on each section to be rolled, and took them out when they were completely cooled to hold the curl. To keep it full for the many changes of the shoot, I tousled the hair, gave her crown a dense base tease and smooth over the top layer.”
-Talya Kashmanian, January 2014
Photo Credit: All photos by Carla Ten Eyck