Originally from Strasbourg in France, Isabelle Justo is mom to 7-year-old Hortense and 5-year-old Léonore. This avid cyclist has lived in Beijing for 14 years and can be seen zipping around town on her trusty cruiser. She volunteers with Smile Angel Foundation, a Beijing-based charity that provides free surgery for children born with cleft lips and palates. Usually, Isabelle wears her hair up and doesn’t use makeup. At the salon, she normally just gets her hair trimmed and blow-dried. She experimented with color only once, and that was to dye her hair back to its natural chestnut brown. By the time we met at Japanese salon BIS, Isabelle was ready for some dramatic change. We were surprised when she broke out in fluent Japanese with Salon Director Ackie; it turns out she studied at Rikkyo University in Tokyo for four years. By the time Ackie and Makeup Artist/Color Technician Ma Ying were finished with Isabelle, we were reminded of timeless actresses like Catherine Deneuve. “My wife looks like a totally different person. I hardly recognized her at first!” said Isabelle’s husband.
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Ackie gave Isabelle a younger, lighter style by taking two inches off the overall length and performing a bias cut toward the back of her neck.
Isabelle’s naturally wavy contained quite a bit of gray, so Ackie and Ma Ying created an all-over chestnut base and added thin blonde highlights for depth and texture. Isabelle liked the effect so much that she said: “It makes me want to try all blonde one day.”
For the makeup, Ma Ying decided to create dramatic smoky eyes. First, she brushed a light brown eyeshadow from MAC’s professional series all over Isabelle’s eyelids, with a darker copper brown shade closer to the lash line. She then applied a touch of black eyeshadow and a black gel eyeliner, with the line extended slightly past the corner of the eye. She also used a black pencil liner on Isabelle’s inner eyelid, blending with a brush. The finishing touch was a pair of gravity-defying fake eyelashes.
For the rest of Isabelle’s look, Ma Ying applied a cream foundation using a triangular makeup sponge, then set it with a loose powder. She used a cream concealer to reduce Isabelle’s undereye circles and finished off with some blush and pearlescent pink
lipstick. Besides the eyeshadow, all the makeup products were little-known brands from China or Korea.
photos by Littleones Kids & Family Portrait Studio
This article originally appeared on p20-21 of the beijingkids October 2013 issue.
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