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My new cover for Circus Magazine

‘Tis the season!  Beautiful Hannah is a tween model on the rise, working for Geox, Esprit, Next Directory, just to name a few.  Love those freckles on this natural beauty!

Photography by Allana Wesley White   www.allanawesleywhite.com

Hair and makeup by Colleen Stone of Blush and Beyond   www.blushandbeyond.com

Styling by Laura Taylor   www.laurataylorstylist.com

Model is Hannah from Soleil Kids

The top two makeup trends for summer:


This summer’s two best makeup looks are both classics with an updated twist.  Makeup artist Colleen Stone of Blush and Beyond created these two looks on our recent editorial beauty shoot with Elite model MacKenzie.

Colleen let MacKenzie’s freckles shine through and simply evened out her skin tone with a light BB cream, followed by a bright matte fuchsia lip using Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Never Say Never and black mascara for a look that really plays up her light eyes.

For the smokey-eye, Colleen used Charlotte Tilbury’s Rock’n’Kohl Eye Liner Pencil in Barbarella Brown that she blended and softened with a brush, and for the perfect nude lip, she used Bite Beauty’s Lip Pencil in Madeira.

Both looks are super easy and quick, and quite perfect for all your summer activities, whether you need to look polished and professional, fashionable and fresh, or sultry, so give yourself three makeup minutes and put your best face forward.

Photography by Allana Wesley White Photography www.allanawesleywhite.com

Makeup and hair by Colleen Stone of Blush and Beyond www.blushandbeyond.com


Love your curls, girls!

I love curly hair! Big, curly, wild, natural hair!  As a photographer working with magazine editors and art directors for brands, I have noticed an upswing in casting models with afros and curls and I couldn’t be happier about it.  It represents a beauty esthetic based on being yourself,     being natural, and being comfortable in your own skin, all things I think are so important in the message my photography puts out there.  It isn’t about being inclusive, but more about loving all the things that make us different and unique.  I am over cookie-cutter beauty and I know most people feel the same way.  The model above is Jazzy and she is the perfect example of a young teenager rocking her curls.  Her hair frames her face and gorgeous eyes, and makes her stand out, which for a model is critical.  Her hair is becoming part of her trademark and getting her noticed in the competitive modeling industry.   And the best part?  She doesn’t want to look different or like anyone else.  She wants to be Jazzy and show off her natural beauty in all it’s glory.  That’s pretty amazing in a teenager who is bombarded with images of straight-haired models of all ethnicities, and her pride in being herself is so refreshing.

Natural hair shouldn’t just be a trend, but a viable option for everyone who doesn’t want to be a slave to chemical straighteners, flat irons or frequent blow outs.  Consider the damage these chemical processes and appliances do to hair, not to mention how time consuming it can be. Often models with curly hair will arrive on set with their hair straight, lifeless, flat, and damaged. The hair stylist has to make the hair look amazing which often means adding in extensions.  No one, from the hair stylist, to the model or to the client, is happy to spend time and money on making the model’s hair look right for the shoot.  When the above model, Tiffany arrived on set, makeup artist and hair stylist Colleen Stone of Blush and Beyond was happy to work with her beautiful, natural, healthy hair.  How could we not love the wind blowing her hair, animating the curls?  Tiffany looked confident and  comfortable and knew exactly how to work her hair in front of the camera.  She didn’t fight the curls or try to tame them, but used them to show off her own special beauty.

Colleen has advice for those looking to rock their curls:  “Make sure to hydrate your curls well with a hair moisturizing product and let them air dry after washing.  Use a small curling iron to define a few of the face-framing curls when the hair is dry to show off the texture.”

I often work with little kids for catalogues and brands, and every time I get a child on set with curls, I smile.  These kids just look like they are having more fun!  They are being themselves, and they all look different and fresh.  The really young kids haven’t been influenced yet by hair trends or media, and they don’t have any hang-ups about their hair.  As they get a little bigger they start to be aware that women, and often times their moms, are straightening their own hair.   It makes them think that there is something wrong with the way nature made them and that they need to conform to be accepted.  The media has a lot to answer for in that regard and fortunately it appears that the advertising world is starting to accept that beautiful is beautiful, curly hair or straight.  So if you have a little one with adorable, wild hair, let the curls free!  Let the kids grow up without hang-ups about their hair.  And if you are blessed with amazing curls yourself – lucky you!

Photography by Allana Wesley White Photography 

My new cover and fashion editorial for La Petite Magazine


Photography and styling by Allana Wesley White

Model: Téa Elbaz

Hair and Makeup by Colleen Stone of Blush and Beyond

Celebrity Makeup Artist Colleen Stone talks about great skin, new makeup trends, and tips and tricks for everyone


Get to know Colleen Stone, celebrity makeup artist of Blush and Beyond.  I have worked with Colleen for many years and love her esthetic eye and her ability to give the models great-looking skin onto which she does her makeup magic.

How did you get into makeup artistry?

I was a model myself for over 20 years and I wanted to stay in the industry.  Make-up always interested me and it seemed like a natural transition.

What is the difference between working with celebrities versus models for fashion, etc.?

Usually with celebrities you need to keep in mind the look that they are known for, whereas with a model you use makeup to totally transform her.

What has been your favorite all-time assignment?

I don’t think I really have an all-time favorite assignment, but when everyone on the team gets along and everything just comes together, the pictures turn out so much better.  It’s like magic and that gets everyone on the set excited.  Although, I have been fortunate enough to have met people I otherwise woundn’t have in this industry.  I was very excited to have made up Venus Williams for Vogue Magazine with André Leon Tally as creative director on the set.

What is your “secret weapon” in your makeup kit?

I can’t divulge all my secrets!  Kidding aside, I think my secret weapon is the way I can make someone have perfect skin using a combination of the correct foundation and concealer.  One of my favorite foundations is Makeup Forever HD.

What current beauty trend do you think everyone should skip?

I don’t think there is a current beauty trend per se that everyone should skip, but I think it is important to keep in mind that the really edgy trends look great on the young and as you mature you should find the looks that works best for you, that enhances your features, while still keeping current with colors, for example.  It is good to try not to get stuck in a rut using the exact same shades year in, year out, as makeup products do improve and using colors that worked for you 20 years ago might not be the same for you now.

Best skin-perfecting advice for being camera-ready:

To be camera-ready you need to make sure your foundation really disappears onto the skin, and that you face and neck and chest are the same color.  Try your foundation on in natural light on your neck and if it blends right in you have found your shade.  Don’t forget a fine dusting of translucent powder, because photography enhances shine.

Favorite new beauty trend that ail take your look from summer into fall:

The makeup trend for fall is a more matte skin and lip.  By this I don’t mean a matte like in the 90’s, as it still has the look of real skin.  Think about not using the highlighter and giving the skin a light dusting of powder.  It makes everything a bit more polished which looks great with the fall color palette.  Also try a satin lipstick instead of a gloss, as it is more on-trend.  

Where can our readers find you online?

I recently started a beauty blog called Blush and Beyond!  I am having a lot of fun with it, giving out makeup advice, etc.  I am represented by Ford Artists for assignments.  You can also connect with me on Pinterest @ blushandbeyond and Facebook @blushandbeyond.  Follow me on twitter @blsuhadnbeyond too!