Summer is here, and this time around we decided to make our Indulge makeover a family affair with mom Irina Levyk, sons six-year-old Victor and one-year-old Makar, and husband and father Vladimir. All the way from Ukraine, the Levyks have been living and working in China for three and a half years. Homemaker Irina dotes on their boys and keeps the family the heartbeat of their lives, while Vladimir works for a foreign business here in Beijing.
Irina’s style is usually quite casual most of the time, however, she enjoys dressing up for special occasions and when hitting the town with her husband or friends. Irina tries not to follow trends, but rather allows herself to be flexible with fashion, taking what works for her while leaving what doesn’t.
Irina was extremely open to styling, hair and makeup options. A natural brunette, we decided against blonde highlights and concentrated on accentuating her natural color with woody brunette tones. We went with a medium-short and modern cut with a twist from Kyle, who has injected new spirit into Catherine de France in the half year he’s been working at the salon. Keeping her tresses layered with lots of body, Kyle shaped her face beautifully in addition to adding brown highlights to make Irina’s grey-green eyes stand out.
It’s summer so it’s time for dewy, fresh, and natural makeup. The key is to wear makeup that makes you look like you don’t have any on! Irina was given a summery fresh look, with minimal foundation, highlighter, bronzer, nude lips, and pink pastel eyeshadow that popped with banging lashes.
I’m not sure that any six-year-old looks forward to a trip to the salon, so we let Victor have free creative rein over his look. On the day, he asked stylist David for short back and sides with a styled fringe. Like his father, he has beautiful natural blondes running through his hair, so there was no need to add color. Vladimir also had a similar trim by David, and to make Victor feel more comfortable we asked him to bring along some of his favorite clothing that would go with mommy and daddy’s new look. The result was laid-back casual fun.
For a subtle summer look, we chose soft pastel colors and summery motif wrap dresses from Svetlana Cheremnykh, a chic and modern design line. Svetlana helps women dress to impress in Beijing, with an eclectic and stylish line of long jackets, dresses, high-waisted slacks, classic blouses and shirts, and accessories. The designer is a member of the Association of Designers of Russia and has been working as a fashion designer and lecturer at a Raffles Design Institute for five years. Aesthetics in addition to practicality is key for this designer, who prides herself on creating durable clothing that can reflect a woman’s individuality while also being comfortable and enjoyable to wear. We finished off the look with epic jewelry from the Gemmu Designs Game of Thrones creative line, by Veronica Ciecierska.
Keeping it a family affair was certainly the way to go for this edition of Indulge. Why not do the same and get the family down to Catherine De France for a family makeover for the summer? See below for how to get any of the looks.
Get This Look
Hair and makeup
Catherine de France Salon
East Avenue Building G/F 10 Xin Dong Lu, Chaoyang District. www.cathereindefrance.com. (8442 5120)
Veronica Ciecierska (WeChat ID: Veronica12040) and Gemmu Jewellery
Svetlana Cheremnykh (WeChat ID: sv_chermnykh)
This article appeared in the beijingkids May 2019 Identity issue.
Photos: Uni You