Masked Beauty by Matthew Parkes

By Lauren Salapatek | 08/28/2013 1:01:00 PM


click image to zoom Matthew Parkes, from Matthew Parkes Salon in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, wanted to fuse both “goth” and “glam” together in this look using colors seen in today’s fashion and trends. In preparation for the shoot, Parkes started by creating a story board pulling together images and inspirations.

Get the look: “First I prepared my model using Goldwell Topchic Hair Color and Goldwell Elumen. Then using Great Lengths hair extensions, I was able to mold my model's mask by basket weaving and setting to desired shape. To create the mask, I pre-blended #59, #1 and pastel green all in eight inches cut into 1/8 pieces. The rest of my model’s hair consists of five bundles of #1 in 24in, 2 bundles of #59 in 20in, 2 bundles of jewel purple and 1 bundle of lilac. I applied demi-color after application to create an ombré effect.”




Hair Color and Design: Matthew Parkes of The Matthew Parkes Salon
Make-up: Traci Johnson
Fashion Design: Cynthia Santiago
Photography: Elsy Aumann




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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for, and As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

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Fort Lauderdale, FL  |  September, 06, 2013 at 05:46 PM

Thanks Lauren Salapatek! Well deserved highlight. This is project that deserved to be in the spotlight. Congratulations to everyone who participated in bringing this vision to life.

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