And Thank You Sir and Ma’am!
Allow me to introduce you to The GlamSquad
Getting the ‘Glam’ treatment was so amazing, I can’t keep this beauty service a secret any longer!
Creative Hair and Makeup Directors, Giovanni Vaccaro and Kelli J. Bartlett arrived at my house at 3:00pm sharp, straight off the plane from NYC, where GlamSquad is already in full-swing. In New York, it is a thriving bea-utiful business with CEO and Co-Founder of multi-million dollar business, Gilt.com, Alexandra Wilson at the helm. I am here to inform you that GlamSqaud is spreading its wings, and is heading west, starting with yours truly as their very first Los Angeles client! What an honor! I’ll tell you a bit about my Glamorous experience this past Monday with ‘Gio’ and Kelli, as it is a moment of glamour worth noting.
Meet Kelli J. Bartlett
Kelli Bartlett, GlamSquad’s Creative Director of Makeup, is adorable in every way. ‘Kelli from Kansas’, could not be more vivacious and professional. She’s full of personality and power-packed with a plethora of knowledge. She immediately started transforming my living room into the perfect pop-up hair and makeup studio, who knew? Within minutes, the coffee table was covered in perfectly organized brushes, product, and all kinds of color pallets of shadows, lipsticks, and foundations, literally, anything and everything you could ever need to create the ‘perfect’ face.
Important to note, GlamSquad prides itself on the ability to make you appear as if you have just had a wonderful night of sleep! They do not ‘make you up’, rather, they perffect what your mamma gave you!While Kelli was busy setting up her station, the equally talented and incredibly charming GlamSquad Creative Director of Hair, Giovanni Vaccaro, was talking to me about what he was thinking in terms of looks for my type of hair and cut.
Giovanni is truly gifted with the ability to make you feel comfortable and relaxed while remaining professional. After ten years with Frederic Fekkai, the guys at GlamSquad finally convinced him to take on the challenge as Creative Director. I now know why they could not go with anyone else. His knowledge and training is extensive, but his amazing demeanor and charm doesn’t hurt either.
So, now you know who I was working with, now, here’s what they were working with!
Upon arriving to my home, I was told to have clean, wet hair, and a clean face. Ummmm… if anyone knows me, they know I sleep in perfume and lipstick regularly, so, to greet these incredibly talented power houses in sweats, wet hair, and sans makeup, I was feeling a little bit vulnerable to say the least!
However, after about two minutes of Kelli and Gio arriving, their presence put me completely at ease, which is also an important part of GlamSquad’s service. They care first and foremost about the client and customer service!
THE APP- GLAMSQUAD LA
What is it and how does it work? You can either go straight to the site, or download the GlamSquad app, much like Uber. Then, create a profile and order your service two hours prior to the time you need them to come.
A fabulous team arrives to your home, office, wherever to prep you for your hot date, red carpet event, or just your day. Before you know it,, your hair and makeup is finito in just under 60 minutes! Pretty impressive! Here are a few looks on the menu!
THE FACE: Creating A Good Foundation…
So, Kelli started by applying moisturizer by Charlotte Tilbury on my lips and face, because the application of the makeup goes on smoother!
Then, she used a water-based foundation by MAC, which is awesome because it is light-weight, and can be used on your body as well! It is smart when we aren’t so smart, so, you cannot over apply. The application brush was also interesting, not your typical flat brush I have used in the past, rather a fat, oversized brush, used to blot the foundation, creating a very light application. Kelli dabbed the foundation on her hand, then blotted the brush into the foundation. This allowed her to apply the foundation sparingly and quickly, which I think is ingenious!
Kelli also applied a product that has quickly become the ‘apple of my eye’ by Charlotte Tilbury called Wonder Glow.
Using a dampened Beauty Blender sponge, she blotted the product just under the eyes out towards the top of my cheekbones, creating a glowing, fresh-faced, dewy finish.
Contouring was exciting too, using a brush and a slightly darker shade of foundation along the bottom of the cheeks, Kelli created an illusion of high cheek bones! She painted the foundation right under the cheek all the way to the top of my cheek bone. Using the same pink blending sponge, guess what she did? She Blended! The finishing touch was a little spritz, and voila, the foundation is set!
- Moisturize lips and face.
- Apply foundation using either your hands or if you’re a pro, a brush.
- Glow- applied with the pink clown nose looking DAMPENED sponge.
- Contour with darker foundation around cheeks and even down middle of the nose and blend. (Pink clown nose sponge)
- Spritz, to set the foundation.
EYE TOTALLY GET IT NOW! Primed for Perfection…
Because I wear red lipstick everyday, we went with a very downplayed eye. Kelli applied a primer to my lids to avoid creasing and give longevity to the makeup itself. She said if I wanted to, I could just wear the primer by itself because it has a great golden hue. She also concealed redness and dark circles using concealer and a brush. Kelli chose golden hues and a deep copper for the contour and lash line. She started by applying the lightest color In the center and inner lid of my eye- we wanted highlight- so she used a light gold, and then defined my eyes, which according to Kelli, I have almond-shaped eyes, I think she was just being nice, but if I do, I am thrilled! Then, she created contour using the darker brown shadow under my eye bone, and brushed lightly over the outer edges of the top lid, then using a tiny brush, she applied the dark brown shadow along the eyelash line, but only the top lash line. The final step was all about lashes! Of course, we used a curler, then, from root to tips, I slowly blinked coating every last lash! Kelli applied a tiny bit to the bottom lash line and eyes were ready to step up to bat!
THE BEST LIP SERVICE!
Kelli and I both agreed using a matte bright red was the right way to go! So, believe it or not, Sephora brand lipstick is actually worthy of a little lip service. Kelli swears by it, and claims it is the same exact product as your designer $30.00 lipstick. So, check it out. Using a brush, Kelli very carefully starts applying the color to my top lip, just on the inside of the lip. She moves on to the bottom and paints just roughly the inner part of the lip. Reason: She likes to allow herself to decide on shape last. Shape-up time! I cannot stand having such a thin top lip, but for whatever reason, the red color and Kelli’s shaping perfection boosted the lip by a landslide, talk about having a stiff upper lip! After completely the lips, and allowing the color to dry, I was told I would not have to worry about bright red lipstick on my teeth ever again! Just let it dry!
HAIR CARE, I DEFINITELY CARE!
While Kelli was busy giving me some much-needed ‘facetime’, Giovanni had been creating a naturally volume-infused look, which, with my fine hair, if successfully executed, is nothing shy of a miracle. Officially, I chose ‘The Bombshell’.
Giovanni walks me through the process, and thus, I am going to share the hair care info and instructions.
G preps my hair using product, and it smells amazing. Kerastase Forme Fatale Blow-Dry Styling Gel, Strong Hold.
Do not clump it at the crown of the head, only apply the product to the roots! Volume BOOST, not ‘how low can we go’! Blow dry hair starting at the roots and dry the ends slightly, be sure you use a dryer that is powerful, but not too hot.
- Starting at the roots helps to create volume, and leaving the hair about 25% damp, actually helps to build volume and avoid frizz. Think silk versus hay, too dry- you get hay!
- The heat factor is important if you are trying to create volume, too much heat actually burns your chances of building any volume. *Think, heat too hot will leave you burned in terms of desired results.
Really Get The Ball Rollin’
Now, brush it up ladies! Gio uses a round brush I would guess to be about 3/4″. Why size matters: the larger the brush, the straighter the hair, the smaller the brush, the more curl you will be able to create. So, use a brush that is not too big and not too small, one that is just right
Start drying the hair in sections using the brush, start rolling from the root, then dry the hair straight up the hair, then roll the hair back down on the brush, once dry, twirl the hair off of the brush.
Use this method all over the head. Important detail: The front sections and the crown are the most important! You want to curl the hair in the opposite direction to obtain optimal volume. In other words, do not curl under.
Now, for the final step! Pincurls! Using two fingers wrap the hair in large sections around your fingers, rolling the section all the way to the scalp, then pin! That’s it! Just roll and pin until it looks something like this:
My Pin Curls!
Ready, Set, wait for it….GO!
Now is the time to set the hair. Using Kerastase Laque Couture Micro-Mist Fixing Hairspray, Medium, spritz each section of your head with the spray. This sets the hair and you want to leave it curled setting for a little while, at least 30 minutes. All good things come to those who wait…
And Presto! Thanks to the GlamSquad’s VIP treatment, and Kelli & Giovanni’s talent, I went from Drab to Fab in less than 60 minutes!
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