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Monday, March 13, 2000

Spring Zing
Sparkledust, Lipglimmers and Airstick pencils for lips
and cheeks, from the Bobbi Brown collection.

HCC students make
a statement with
sprays of flowers
and a bit of fantasy

A dash of millennial shimmer

By Nadine Kam
Features editor


IT'S not the easiest medium to work with, at times temperamental and unruly, either too slippery or too brittle, too limp or too coarse.

Yet no matter whether thick or thin, long or short, hair will be the medium of the day when 60 students from Honolulu Community College's School of Cosmetology show off their well-sculpted tresses as part of Sunday's Spring Fling at Ala Moana Center.

By Craig T. Kojima, Star-Bulletin
The innocence of spring inspired Gina Small to create
this look, "like little kids running through fields," on
Shawnie Campbell. It combines braids, hearts and flowers.

Spring is in the hair in a big way, judging from the fantasy 'dos created by the students.

Taking an anything-goes approach to hairstyling, the students crammed bows, mesh, jewelry, bamboo, flowers and branches into hair -- as much as could be held up with pins and hairspray -- to create a preview of Saturday's looks on this page. The styles took four to five hours to create.

What's more, they're saving the most extravagant looks for the day of the show.

Don't worry. For more conservative types, students will show wearable romantic styles suitable for proms, graduations or weddings. Meagan Nelmida dressed Grace Bolosan's hair with orchids and curled ribbons that echoed loose corkscrews of hair.

Allyson Bader, who created an Asian art-inspired look for Ewalina Tamanaha with flowers and sprigs of bamboo, envisions a day when it will be natural to stop at the florist to dress up the hair before going out.

"What better way to introduce a new season," said Keala Mezurashi, president of the student group, who used pincurls made of koa in Shawn Lapinid's hair, along with all sorts of forest flora. "It's great to see everyone bringing their ideas to life."

The HCC program features a student-operated salon, open to the public 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. week days except Wednesdays while school is in session.

By Craig T. Kojima, Star-Bulletin
Ewalina Tamanaha models the work of Allyson Bader,
a student stylist at Honolulu Community College's
School of Cosmetology.

"We invite the public to come and give us the opportunity to create a new look for them. Not too many people know we can do this," Mezurashi said.

Hairstyles for the fashion show segment will be created by Salon 808, which regularly creates styles for pageants, parades and halau members.

Flowers are also key to these looks, deemed "voluptuous" by Salon 808 stylist Chris Simon.

For those who wish to use flowers from their own gardens, Simon said flowers will last a day if treated right. This means refrigerating them a few hours ahead of time, and coating them with hair spray to stiffen them while giving them a bit of shine.

Spring Festival 2000

Free entertainment will be featured on three stages at 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. A few Ala Moana Centerstage highlights:

Bullet "Legacy Through the Generations: The Dalire Family," kumu hula Aloha Dalire performs with her daughters Kapua, Kaui and Keola, all Merrie Monarch Miss Aloha Hula winners. Also featured will be granddaughter Pili, who dances with a keiki halau. From noon to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Bullet "Budding Stars of Hawaii: A Mentor's Inspiration," mentors from the music and dance world introduce their budding stars. Featured will be Lisa Konove and The Shooting Stars of Diamond Head Theatre; Neva Rego and Tani Lynn; Marcelo Pacleb and the dance group 24-VII and others. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Bullet "Spring Hair Fling," hair fashion revue by Honolulu Community College School of Cosmetology, with mini fashion show by Cinnamon Girl, hairstyling by Salon 808 and makeup by Sephora. Win prizes including a hair make-over. From noon to 1:30 p.m. Also, Laura Ashley fashion show at 3 p.m.

By Craig T. Kojima, Star-Bulletin
Allyson Bader touches up the hairdo she created
for Ewalina Tamanaha.

New spring colors
possess a dash of
millennial shimmer

By Nadine Kam
Features editor


AFTER several seasons of minimalism in makeup and apparel, designers have slowly tried to reintroduce color to women's faces through a couple of seasons, with little luck.

We looked, sampled, said "that's nice," and went back to our straight skirts, columnar tops and makeup in all the colors of dirt: sienna, sand, chestnut.

Well, there's no looking back this season. Color is in. Color is inevitable.

At the Bobbi Brown counter at Neiman Marcus, Cynthia Kidder was trying on some of the new colors that might go with a new dress.

"I bought my first pink dress in 20 years last week. I think it's the first dress with ruffles I've ever bought in my life," she said.

"I don't know why. The tailored look was really easy for me. Very comfortable."

She chalks it up to millennial fever, and Bobbi Brown makeup artist Kathy Bogatin agreed. Working with the colors all day, Bogatin said, "I want them all. I'm especially attracted to lime green. I have no idea why. I think it's because it's new and with the millennium, everyone wants to start something new.

By Kathryn Bender, Star-Bulletin
Keala Mezurashi designed this look for Shawn Lapinid.

Customers will have to wait until an April launch to purchase Bobbi Brown's newest ColorOptions products, with rich, saturated Lipglimmers and Sparkledust all-over powders in colors of Ice Pink, Amethyst, Baby Blue, Platinum and the ubiquitous Lime. However, you can get a sneak peek at them by asking at the counter.

The question is, how does one go about wearing all this color without looking like blue-lidded Mimi on "The Drew Carey Show"?

"The difference between fresh and modern and old lady is mixing," said Jennifer Uradomo, resident makeup artist for Nars at Neiman Marcus. Key colors at Nars are orange and lilac.

"You can use a soft pastel shadow on the lid, brown in the crease and finish with soft lips," Uradomo said. "It's not about plastering green all over your eye."

As lead singer for the band Freshly Squeezed by night, Uradomo said she saves her most dramatic look for the stage, but the same colors can be used day and night.

"I like to think Nars encompasses two looks: the fairy princess with the shimmers and pastels and the rock 'n' roll queen, edgy, with a bit more attitude."

It helps that the new colors are not matte and heavy, but transparent. Colors go on light but can be layered to create more evening drama.

At the Laura Mercier counter, national makeup artist Patti Ramsey was visiting the store to do makeovers and she agreed blending is more important than ever.

"You don't want to see strong lines in makeup now. Everything is soft and pretty, like a cloud."

Any look still starts with taking care of the skin. The Mercier line focuses on creating the "flawless face" as a canvas for color.

"Eye colors are so light now brighter colors should be worn on the lips. That's where your corals come in, melony colors or copper and bronze.

"It's very beachy, and as it gets closer to summer the bronzes and shimmery looks will be more important," Ramsey said.

Bogatin said that no one should be afraid of color. She recommends starting with Bobbi Brown's Ice Pink, saying it's Brown's belief that "everyone looks pretty in pink."

"It's refreshing to see the makeup, the clothing, everything bright," Uradomo said. "We're returning to the idea of looking at makeup for what it is, not to create a specific uniform look, but one that reflects your personality and mood. It's fun!"

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