Florida native Rebecca Shook moved to China in 2011 to work in Henan Province for an organization called New Hope Foundation: a foster home that provides medical treatment and care for orphaned children in China. It was in Henan where Shook first met her husband Mike who, at the time, was working for the same organization as a liaison between New Hope and a US-based partner organization called Show Hope. The two moved to Beijing and married in 2013 and now live at the Beijing-based location of the foster home. Rebecca teaches preschool and does administrative work while Mike is currently getting a Master’s degree in clinical psychology. It’s an exciting time for the couple as they’ve just become new parents; Shook gave birth to their adorable baby John only one month before we meet.
Shook tells us her usual hair routine is pretty basic. Most days she pulls it back into a pony tail or bun, only trims it once or twice a year, and has never colored it. She says the sink is usually the highlight of her salon visits. “I usually base when I get a haircut around when I want a really good wash!” she says.
Shook is open to trying something new but prefers a simple, natural style she can keep up with easily. Over at the Sanlitun location of Laurent Falcon we meet Tania Ocloo, a master stylist specializing in westerner’s hair. Ocloo cuts a few centimeters from Shook’s recently-trimmed hair and adds soft layers for lift as well as face flattering side bangs. She paints in subtle honey-colored highlights a couple shades lighter than Shook’s natural color and blends them for a natural look that won’t give her visible re-growth.
• Giorgio Armani Designer Shaping Cream Foundation with SPF 20
• Ipsa Creative Concealer
• Givenchy Prisme Libre Loose Powder Quartet Air Sensation #5
in Soft White
• Etude House Drawing Eye Brow in #3 Brown
• Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact in Bronze
• Heavy Rotation Perfect Liquid Eyeliner in Black
• Kate Super Sharp Liner in BK 1
• Mac Opulash Mascara in Bad Bad Black
• Mac Creamesheen lipstick in Speed Dial
Get the Look:
1 Ocloo cuts a few centimeters from Shook’s length, adding face framing layers for volume and lift.
2 After blow drying, Ocloo applies highlights freehandedly
through Shook’s hair concentrating the lighter tones through the ends.
3 While her curls are setting, Shook sits in the makeup chair for the last part of her look. Over concealer, foundation, and loose powder, makeup artist Elena Shi creates a daytime smoky eye using a medium brown shade on the eyelid, graduating to a warmer brown in the crease, and lining the lower lash line with the same shade. She uses white shadow on the lid, brow bone, and outside the eye. Shi applies black pencil beneath the lashes and finishes with black liquid liner and mascara. She adds a pop of pink blush to the apples of her cheeks and pink lipstick to complete the look.
Laurent Falcon Sanlitun
Daily 10am-8pm. Bldg 43, Sanlitun Beijie Nan, Chaoyang District (6417 1371, 135 0137 2971, 135 0137 3971 email@example.com) www.laurent-falcon.com
This article originally appeared on page 22-23 of the beijingkids September 2015 issue. Click here to read the issue for free on Issuu.com. To find out how you can get your own copy, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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