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Our Favorite Beauty Moments at the 2021 Carolina Fashion Awards


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The Carolina Fashion Awards was the first major fashion awards show in the Carolinas highlighting talented designers, photographers, producers, executives, makeup artist models, and more. The award show places Charlotte as the center to watch for what buyers needed to see in the southern market for beauty and Fashion. It was certainly a night to remember. It was a night well needed after the obstacles we faced in the industry during 2020. It was a celebration of our survival from the pandemic and celebrating each other for our accomplishments and dedication to our crafts in the fashion industry. Some of us hadn’t been to an event in over a year so you know we had to show out. Missed the awards show? Don’t worry … You can catch this historic night airing on May 15th on Apple TV. But for now, I’ve got a recap for you. Let’s see what beauty looks were a hit during our showcases featuring designers and celebrate our winners in the beauty categories.

Pay Them Back in Pearls

One of the biggest beauty statements on the blue carpet and runway was actually so small. Thoughtful details of pearls embellishments glued to faces and hair that added a wow factor.

Demi Blvck model MUA: Chelley Denae’

On the blue carpet, we saw a new way to wear pearls. Get crafty and transform a classic jewelry piece into an elevated eye look. I created this look using half pearls from amazon, and Danessa Myricks Dessert Rose Colorfix. To recreate this look apply your choice of eye color first then use eyelash glue to apply pearls slightly above the crease of your eye. This looks best if you keep a fresh face. Instead of heavy contouring opt for light foundation or concealer with a dewy finish, add a flush of color to the cheeks with blush and with a healthy bright, or soft lip. I chose to go monochrome with this look and used the same colorfix shade for the eye, cheeks, and lips.

Level 21 TV Correspondent , Yamaris Polanco

Don’t wait until a special occasion to upgrade your hairstyle. You can upgrade any hairstyle by embellishing your hair with gems. Here I gelled Yamaris’s hairline with Saweetie’s Sweet Peach Edge Fixer then used eyelash glue to apply flat pearls free-handed.

Cherie Amour

Kitty & Rhodes Pre Show

Blunt bob wigs with bangs by wig master and Hair Stylist of the Year Christian C . Classic red lip and bold brow by MUA Leslie McCain

Blue Winged Liner

Loving the electrifying shades of blue and aqua that make the model’s brown eyes pop. Sometimes less is more. This is a simple look to recreate and add a bold pop of color to your look. If you’ve never masted the liquid cat eye, stick with powders, pencils, and gels. It makes it easier for imperfections to look natural. Take advantage of all those unused bold colors in your favorite eyeshadow palette and simply dampen your angled brush with water or setting spray and apply shadow as liner. The water will thicken the powder and intensify the color and leave a lasting hue.

Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist of the Year

MUA of the Year Crystal Jennings. Dress by Albert Montris , Hair by Derickus Crawford, Video by Suzanne Kelly Polito

Crystal Jennings is a St. Louis, Missouri native who began her makeup artistry journey in Detroit Michigan then relocated to Charlotte, NC. She has been featured on FOX 2 Detriot Style File, WSOCTV Channel 9, Charlotte Access 21, The Walk Fashion Show, The Posh Deux Fashion Show, The Carolina Wedding Show, and most recently OWN Network TV. She has also faced the faces of celebrities such as Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’s Tiffany Foxx, gospel singer, Shanta Atkins and is now the makeup artist for Charlotte’s music queen Fantasia. She has persevered and deserves all the accolades.

Wig Master & Hair Expert Christian Cline

Christian Cline is a celebrity cosmologist based out of North Carolina. He owns a hair salon in High Point, North Carolina called Christian Cline Hair Studio where he specializes in quick weave, sew-ins, wigs, color, natural hair, and more. Cline has worked with a variety of celebrities such as Kenya Moore, Stevie Boi, Dutchess of Ink, Lil Mo, and more.

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