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Not only is Annah Yevelenko an absurdly talented hair and makeup artist, she's also the Beauty Editor for glossy fashion pub Bisous magazine. She has a bazillion clients from print to film, some of which include Chad Michael Murray, Natalie Cole and Lady Victoria. In what little free time she finds, Annah chronicles her adventures in hair and makeup on her Belle Face WordPress site, and it's pretty safe to say the girl has tried it all. So, we asked Annah to share some of her must-have hair and beauty finds of recent. Wanna know how to make a quick at home face scrub? Read on.
1) What are your top must have hair products and beauty/skincare products you're loving at the moment?
Hair: Anything Oribé! I also can't live without Leonor Greyl styling cream and adore the Lionel Renard Thick-It.
Beauty: My latest obsession is Osea Malibu — their products are head to toe and perfection. I never leave home without StriVectin-SD Eye Cream. Babor is my life saver in the winter. Dermalogica eye serum is my best friend. MitoQ is incredible. I recently became a huge fan of Rodial Glamoxy Exfoliating Pads. (I can do this all day.) OH! And check out MIYU Beauty Tea, it's epic.
2) Where do you buy your beauty products/tools in LA?
My go-tos, like most beauty artists in LA are Naimie's and Nigel Beauty Emporium (having a pro-discount allows me to buy more product with the money I save).
3) What are some beauty trends in hair/makeup you've noticed lately?
I'm SO excited for the new no-makeup-makeup looks. I LOVE glowing skin and, when working with clients, I concentrate more on skin prep than anything else. Also, looks like graphic eyeliner is here to stay and I'm quite pleased with this. As for hair, sleek is chic. It's all about stick straight hair with tons of shine. Ladies, time to invest in some heat-protecting products and ceramic flat irons!
4) Any beauty trends in hair/makeup you see going out of style?
I never thought the day would come, but slowly and surely I'm noticing women embracing their natural beauty. More and more photos surface of less-is-more on the red carpets and runways. Gone are the days of MAC masks and liters of hair spray. In with highlighters, healthy skin and effortless looking hair.
5) Can you share a quick beauty tip most people don't know about?
A quarter size of gentle shampoo + half a teaspoon of fine salt = exfoliator. Make a paste, scrub, wash off with lukewarm to cold water, pat dry, rub an ice cube all over the face, moisturize. Voila! Baby butt skin.
6) What are your favorite salons in LA?
I heart Fred Segal in Santa Monica and send my eastsiders to Goodhead in Echo Park for hair. Reissa Reed at Work Face and Body Solutions in Pasadena for facials. Thread on Melrose for eyebrows. Plush Beauty Bar in WeHo for wax.
7) What color defines fall?
8) Tell us about some lines you love and why.
Skin: Osea Malibu because I haven't found a product I haven't liked yet. Wen by Chaz Dean because my skin/hair loves the oils. Hey Honey because honey is an amazing skin saving property and I love their mask. FarmHouse Fresh because everything smell delicious. Green Envee Organics because they smell divine.
Hair: Oribé because I can't get enough. Pureology because they are constantly churning out quality products, I mean dry shampoo AND conditioner? C'mon. KMS California because Free Shape Quick Blow Dry cuts my blow dry time in half, literally. Lionel Renard because my hair loves everything in the line.
Makeup: Make Up Forever because the Aqua Rouge line lasts so long you'll need a Brillo pad to take it off. Smashbox because life wouldn't be the same without gel liners. Kevyn Aucoin because I'm an addict. Clé de Peau because of how luxurious every product looks and feels. Comodynes because their self-tan wipes are a godsend.
9) Any favorite beauty shopping hidden gems?
Most Asian markets carry paper face masks and sell them for pennies. I also stock up on facial wipes at the very same markets because they smell like heaven.
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