Sunday, November 25, 2012

Makeup Tips for a Great Photo

Elesia Sade was recently awarded 1st Runner up in Miss Virginia Collegiate America and also won Miss Photogenic and the photo contest. I had the pleasure of working on her makeup and touching up her hair for the winning headshot. The photo was taken in an exclusive photo shoot with the wonderfully talented and world renowned photographer, Yvonne Taylor.

 Photo: Yvonne Taylor

Elesia works as an advertising specialist at the United States Postal Service Headquarters. She is in school at Walden University pursuing a Ph.D. in public policy and hopes to work in government relations after obtaining her Ph.D. in 2015. She is also a member of the Washington Capitols Red Rockers, an award-winning, high-energy spirit squad that interacts with the crowd to ensure that all Caps fans have the ultimate game experience.

Allow me to share a few makeup tricks that I used while working with gorgeous Elesia for her award winning headshot.


Having great brows is essential and an area many women overlook in their beauty routine. This is the first place I work on when creating a great face for photography. If you have your brows done professionally, they will be easy for you to maintain. Tweeze any stray hairs and then perfect the shape using an angled brush and a matte shadow that corresponds with your brow color. 

I love using this soft blending brush for eyeshadows. I have one I use to sweep lighter colors over the entire eyelid and one just for darker colors. The darker color is blended over the curve of the eyeball to create the illusion of added depth. The shades I used on Elesia were Crystaline and Coal.


When time allows, I always apply individual lashes. They look amazing and they feel so comfortable you can not even feel they are on. When in a time crunch, however, strip lashes will do fine. They usually come too long for most eyes, so it is important to trim the edges to fit your eyes. If you have trouble getting them on, you can cut the lashes and apply them in sections. For Elesia, I actually added an extra strip on the outer edges to make her eyes appear wider.


I apply liner before the lashes very close to the lash line and smudge with my finger tip to blend. Next, after the lashes are applied and the adhesive is dry, I apply a creme based liner with a pointed brush. This waterproof formula goes on easy and is perfect for both a cat eye effect and a smokey eye look.

Creme Eyeshadow. 


To create the cheekbones we all wish we were born with is simple by using subtle contouring. For Elesia, I swept on a matte bronze shade with an angled brush in the hollows of her cheeks. Then I brushed a rosy coral shade from the apples of her cheeks toward the hairline and blended.

Using a pointed lip brush, I applied a pinkish-red lipstick to Elesia's lips. I carry a variety of lipsticks together and custom blend to get the desired color.

The Miss High School America Pageant competition exists for the purpose of providing personal and professional opportunities for high school girls. It is our goal to provide outstanding high school girls the opportunity to compete in a pageant system that has the highest of moral values. This pageant is judged on interview, fun fashion, and evening wear. There is no swimsuit or talent!For more information about Miss Virginia High School America Pageant, visit their Website:

The brushes shown and colors used are all available to purchase at Sherri's Hair Salon

For more information, visit the Website or call the salon to book an appointment with celebrity hair and makeup artist, Sherri Jessee.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Sherri Jessee styles Miss Sweden Universe

The lovely Hanni Beronius on set with Sherri Jessee

Celebrity stylist, Sherri Jessee, is keeping extremely busy as a freelancer. Most recently she was the Creative Director and Hair and Makeup Artist for an exclusive photo shoot with Hanni Beronius, MISS SWEDEN UNIVERSE 2012. An amazing photo collection will be available for editorial publication very soon!

Also making news, Sherri recently produced an advertising campaign for a major haircare company. Her hair and makeup work will be seen internationally in print, on-line, point of purchase and in video education.

As a frequent guest on Daytime Tri-Cities Morning Show, Sherri shared tips for Holiday Hair Trends taken straight from the runways of New York Fashion Week. 

In addition to working in her busy Intercoiffure Salon, Sherri is the preferred stylist for MISS VIRGINIA USA, providing hair and makeup services for the reigning title holders and most recently, the talent for the pageant. 

Sherri Jessee with Catherine Muldoon MISS VIRGINIA USA 2012, and
Elizabeth Coakley MISS VIRGINIA TEEN USA 2012. 

Sherri styles TV personality Lauren Barnette and
Sam James from NBC's The Voice.

Feel free to contact with any questions
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Monday, November 12, 2012

Easy Hair Extensions

Ashley Greenfield, Miss Teen United States 2012
Hair & Makeup: Sherri Jessee Photo: Brad Lovell
Once reserved for only celebrities and the very wealthy, beautiful hair extensions have now gone mainstream. Let me share with you a few reasons why I am in love with them:

1. Affordable. A full set costs around $250-300 plus the price of installation.
2. Fast. It takes under an hour to instal a full set. Quicker installation means less time in the chair which translates to a better price point.
3. Comfort. These extensions lay flat to the head and are virtually undetectable.
4. Beautiful. The added thickness and length can take a drab style to fab.
5. Damage free. Easily removed, these come out as easy as they go in.

Check out this video and see the amazing results on MISS UNITED STATES TEEN 2012, Ashley Greenfield.

What are you waiting for? Call Sherri's Hair Salon to schedule your appointment now. We will order a set just for you which will match your color and texture perfectly and we will cut them to suit your style.

Sherri's Hair Salon
1932 Euclid Avenue
Bristol, VA 24201

The Best Makeup Brushes

Featured in Beauty Launchpad

It is easy to get lost in the clutter when it comes to beauty products. Most women have drawers full of hair and makeup items they never use. Why is this? The typical consumer is in a never ending search to find that magic product or tool to make them feel beautiful. Just like trying to find a shoe that is sexy yet comfortable... we buy and buy and buy... hoping our next purchase will be "the one."
My goal as a beauty professional is to help narrow your search. After more than 20 years as a hair and makeup artist traveling the world teaching other stylists, I have tried just about every product and tool out there. AND CONTINUE TO DO SO!
Let me do the leg work for you as I begin a new series investigating beauty products. I will share inside info and give tips and tricks to help you make informed purchases. It is time to clean the clutter and narrow your "glam gear" down to essentials that work.

It is time to clean the clutter and narrow your "glam gear" down to essentials that work.
Allow me to share with you my favorite makeup brushes. Beauty basics that get the job done. It is time to simplify your tools and techniques to acheive maximum results.

Left-Right: Shadow, Crease, Brow, Liner, Foundation, Contour, Powder.
Use this soft fluffy brush to apply a light colored shadow over your entire eyelid.

To create dimension for your eyes, this brush is fabulous to apply a darker color in the crease of your eyelid.

Using this angled brush with a  powdered eyeshadow is great way to perfect your eyebrow shape.

This is an awesome brush to use with creme eyeliners and easily creates a sexy cat-eye.

Application of your creme or liquid foundation will be flawless when you use this specially designed brush.

Create the cheekbones you wish you were born with.

This dual fiber brush is awesome for blending your blush and applying powder. 

For more time saving tools and tips go to

Custom Compacts with Original Artwork

Sherri's Hair Salon
 is pleased to introduce Beautiful Basics. 
The most elegant way a fashionable woman can organize her cosmetics.
Choose your products and we will ship directly to your home!  

Call to make an appointment for a full product consultation.
Educational video available soon.
 MEET THE ARTIST: Sherri’s cousin, Mary Silcox,  hand painted these magnetized compacts to become your PERSONALIZED PALETTE! A limited number will be available. 

Hand painted compacts are now available.

This makeup bag holds your best brushes. Bonus: your Custom Compact also fits perfectly!

To make one of these beauties your own and for more information visit