Face Value: February Fun

I’ve always said the first two months of every year are really spent planning the other ten of the more exciting ones and wishing we could still hibernate. These girls prove there’s no hiding in the house when you look this great. Let’s get the spring momentum started!

Best pick-me-up for the winter blah’s? Play dress-up! At Joseph Galeano’s circus-themed b-day bash at Canton’s Portside Tavern, I snapped Christina Miniodis and Rachael Bartock in high-flying fashion for the big top, knowing the host would be dressed to the lines as the ringmaster. They paired this season’s glossy smoky eyes with extra nude lips enhanced only by the party treat of custom buttered popcorn each guest received in their own personally tagged container as they arrived. The seemingly unending trend of frosty cheek highlighters finished their glitzy look.

Or…you may be looking forward to a Spring wedding. I followed hair and makeup artist Gregory Dean around for the better part of last week and saw some gorgeous work.

First, at Mount Vernon’s Ivy Hotel, I captured models Stephanie Schafer – also an artist – and Barbara Bailey showing off looks that were almost nude, but with a touch of softest coral and seafoam green dusted over the top of their nude shades to make the tones a bit less bland. These looks were created with the Ivy Spa’s Mineral line Jane Iredale that spa manager Nikki Colavito says is a sensitive skin – and many brides’ – favorite.

Back on the road with Gregory, we stopped at Ella Pritsker’s Timonium studio to capture model Ivona Skirtun showing this soft watercolor trend done with cream shadows while Gregory whipped her hair into shape during her interview. She shared a little Snap Secret with me. We all originally met at Ella’s About Faces Canton show, hosted by none other than our own Baltimore Snap managing editor Sloane Brown. A model had dropped out and Ivona happened to be in the right time, right place, and right size. Ella went on to design her own custom gown for her actual wedding, which she wore in the shoot.

Speaking of About Faces, co-owner Helga Surratt – also a former model – was excited to get on the other side of the chair and have artist Gavin Hebert try out their new Kevyn Aucoin Spring makeup line on her, for a change. Her glow comes via the line’s new skin illuminating elixir that you can wear alone or mix into – or layer over – your foundation. A bit of Capri pink – not orange – toned bronzer is added over that for some color.

The fun this week wasn’t just for the girls. One of my cool gigs this week was making up public speaker and author Bob Paff for his segment on Bmore LifeStyle TV about communication and self-love around Valentine’s Day.

As you can see from our spread, it takes a lot to look natural!

About Owen O'Donnell

Owen Michael O'Donnell is a 16-year cosmetic veteran based proudly in Baltimore. The busy makeup artist has worked everywhere from Saks Fifth Avenue to Sephora (as a manager), as well as several salon/spa chains. His work has been featured in magazines such as Elle, Cosmo, Girl's Life, Baltimore Style, Health, Self, Baltimore Mag, as well as many commercials and fashion events. Owen is a regular fixture on Baltimore TV news, both on-camera and behind the scenes. He also guest teaches at local beauty schools and heads up a cosmetics program for cancer patients at a local hospital. The native Baltimorean has always thought of the city and its environs as a series of unique villages - each with its own panache and memorable characters. He’s always struck by how much style there is and frustrated with just how easy it is to miss if you don’t know where to look. Owen will be using his highly trained eye to focus on some of the latest fashion and beauty trends that he spots around town (and maybe even giving us the skinny on how to achieve those looks ourselves!)

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