Caribbean Vogue Ltd. 

Sunday 19th June, 2005

Picture Perfect for graduation

Ephraim Hunte

For beauty-related questions, e-mail or write to Beauty Hunte, at 16 Salandy Street, Diego Martin, Trinidad, WI.

Graduation is an event that’s anything but casual. It signifies not only a time of celebrating academic achievements but also a time to shine at your absolute best: alluring, winsome, flamboyant, demure, daring, drop-dead gorgeous...

The focus will undoubtedly be to achieve a standout edge, yet still portraying a sweet, soft, fresh, pure persona. Sincere, handsome and gentlemanly cliches will suffice for the guys.

With less complications than the girls, the guys will probably just rent a tuxedo or buy a suit, get a fresh haircut and find ways to keep their faces matte and shine-free.

Models: Sherry Keisha Bertrand, Jenna Abraham, Meera Supersad, Anton Hosein.
Black Opal cosmetics courtesy - KAMCO Ltd, Trinidad, WI.
Hair stylist: Carla Gibbs - 771-2116
Make-up assistant: Meera Supersad
Man's suit: Janoura's
42-46 Sackville Street, Port of Spain - 625-2524
Jewelry courtesy: Vanity Fair,
Long Circular Mall - 622-8554 / Valpark Shopping Plaza Ltd - 663-3117

Elegant upsweeps have long been the order of the day for brides wanting to take their hair to new heights. Hairstylist Joey Smith shares a simple, no fuss, do-it-yourself upsweep for the bride who dares to style her own.

* Set a budget and stick to it. Shop carefully and resist the temptation to spend above your limits.

* Select a dress that can be used again after your graduation. Use this opportunity to don a special one-of-a-kind couture ensemble, but have a functional approach so that you outfit can be worn at other functions or occasions after graduation.

While most girls will visit the hair an nail salon or have a make-up house call, some will try their best to get it right with advanced planning and dry-run exercises to cut back on the enormous expenses associated with this gala preparation.

In this issue, past grads share a tip or two that may give you some inkling as to what made them picture perfect and gave them the extra edge at their graduation.

Sherry Keisha Bertrand

"Have your dress custom-made so that you can be unique. There is always the possibility of you wearing the same dress as someone else.

"Accessories can also make or break your overall presentation on graduation night. Pay attention to the smallest detail and co-ordinate your accessories properly."

Make-up - Sherry's face was well prepared for make-up with Black Opal Oil Free Cleansing gel, Purifying Astringent (cleansers) and moisturised with Black Opal Oil Free Moisturising Lotion. 

Foundation: True Colour Creme Stick-SPF8, in Rich Caramel. Deluxe Finishing Powder in Light (02).

On her eyes, champagne tone of Purple Passion from Duo Eyeshadow highlighted her brow bone and Star Burst Eyeshadow, in Venus Violet, designed the eyelids. A small angled brush drew in the purple lash lines colour from Eyeshadow Kit (Quad), in Twilight Moon.

On cheeks, a hint of blush in Wild Orchid.

Lips maintained a natural glow with a soft liner accenting in Rum and filled in with Sheer Lipstick SPF15, in Touch of Gold.

On Lashes, Lash Defining Mascara in Classic Black 02.

Brows were filled in and shaped with Black Opal Brow Shaper in Medium.

Jenna Abraham

"You must be able to carry the dress, to make a big entrance. Everyone must go WOW! The make-up look must be different but natural."

"Shoes should match the dress and be comfortable for you. If you are wearing jewelry, it must not overkill."

Make-up - Jenna's make-up reflects the perfect tones of Black Opal Cosmetics. The focus was on playing up her well-balanced lips with Black Opal Matte Plus Moisture Lipstick in Eternal Flame.

Foundation: Perfecting Powder Foundation in Truly Topaz was set with Deluxe Finishing Powder in Light (02).

Eye Quartet Eyeshadow Kit in Sultry Sirens fashioned her eyes, haloing the lash lines with a purple hue.

Meera Supersad

"Your confidence will be reflected in how you carry your gown and 'strut your stuff' with the perfect smile topping it off."

"Your hairstyle and make-up should complement your gown but not overpower it. Start planning early to avoid any last minute problems."

Make-up - On Meera, Black Opal Perfecting Powder Foundation in Beautiful Bronze and Deluxe Finishing Powder in Light (02) achieved this beautiful, natural glow.

Rum Lip Liner filled in her lips and a touch of Sheer Lipstick SPF15 in Barely Mocha completed the effect.

Anton Hosein

"Most tuxedos and suits make a similar statement or carry a similar effect, so it is important to have a 'winning tie', no loud colours. Bradford's Men's Store carries a wide selection."

"A good pair of shoes also adds an impressive touch favourable for the guys."

Skincare - To keep his skin clean shaven and razor-bump free, Anton's skincare regimen consists of Black Opal Preshave Daily Cleanser with Bio-Hydroxy Complex, Desensitizing Clear Shave Gel, After Shave Relief Lotion with Bio-Hydroxy Complex and Razor Bump Recovery Solution with Bio-Hydroxy Complex. Anton Hosein courtesy Models of the

Expert Tip

Beauty News


M•A•C is finally here. The world popular cosmetic titan made its Caribbean debut on July 1st 2005 and Trinidad and Tobago was first to welcome to its shores the exclusive cosmetic brand presently housed at the West Mall Shopping Centre, Port of Spain. The M•A•C launch spearheaded by the Espinet family— the Trinidad partners of the M•A•C franchise — presided on Sunday 24th 2005.

M•A•C, acronym for Make-up Art Cosmetics, is located in more than 75 countries with approximately 350 locations or points of distribution/partner stores. Trinidad is the 76th country with China and others to follow. The M•A•C philosophy speaks of a product created for all sexes, all senses and all races, that’s fun, practical and ideal for all moods and fancies.

Trinidadian, Gordon Espinet, Executive Director of makeup artistry for M•A•C, spoke of his passion for the M•A•C HIV/AIDS campaign from which every cent raised in sales from VIVA GLAM lipstick collection (lipsticks with a conscience) goes to the M•A•C Aids Fund to support the fight against HIV/AIDS. This is one of the ways that M•A•C contributes and gives back to the people.

M•A•C Addicts (followers of the M•A•C culture club)
“Trinidad is ready for M•A•C which lends to a multi-cultural style. M•A•C has created a culture of people looking pretty by feeling good about themselves. The products embrace every skin tone, especially Caribbean skin tones. Makeup can accommodate change. It washes off and if it goes wrong, you can start over again. You don’t need to follow rules, especially when it comes to beauty.”— Gordon Espinet.

Viva Glam 11

Viva Glam V

The look:
On model Annya Lee-Inniss, Foundation, NC44 Select SPF15 Moisture Blend; Concealer, NC45 Select Moisture Cover; Face powder, NC40 Select Sheer Loose Powder; On eyes, Eyeshadows in M.A.C. PINK VENUS Lustre and EXPENSIVE PINK Veluxe Pearl with M.A.C. ROYAL HUE Shadestick and M.A.C. PARFAIT AMOUR Frost Eye Shadow (crease accent); Eyes were lined with LEISURETIME Veluxe Pearl Eye Shadow and MANGOMIX Shadestick (gold highlights); Eyebrows, M.A.C. STUD Eyebrows Crayon. Blush, LOVERUSH Sheertone Blush highlighted with SUNBASQUE Sheertone Shimmer Blush; On Lips (for photos one and two), M.A.C Viva Glam 11 and Viva Glam V; Mascara, M.A.C. Pro lash in Coal Black.

Cosmetics courtesy - M•A•C Cosmetics, West Mall Shopping Centre, 637-7206
Model - Annya Lee-Inniss
Fashion - Claudia Pegus, #4 Warren Street, Woodbrook, Port-of-Spain, 628-2760
Jewelry and Shoes courtesy - Doreen Aziz, SOUNDS OF SHOES AND SANDALS, #58 Alberto Street, 622-9095
Hairstylist - Carla Gibbs,771-2116
Text, Makeup and photography, Ephraim Hunte/EHP Ltd. ©

For information on Ephraim Hunte’s Make-up Enhancement Workshop, call 637-3363

To be eligible for a beautyHUNTE  makeover, send a letter and a portrait photograph  of yourself, explaining your beauty needs; to BeautyHunte; 16 Salandy Street, Diego Martin, Trinidad WI. or e-mail to [email protected] NOT ALL ENTRIES WILL BE CHOSEN AND NO PHOTOS WILL BE RETURNED.

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Caribbean Vogue Ltd.
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Diego Martin

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Last updated May 18th 2008