Sunday, March 31, 2013

Bridal Hair Tips

As seen in Celebrity Styles BRIDAL HAIR

Hair & Makeup: Sherri Jessee Photo: Brad Lovell
  • Great bridal looks always begin with a good set. For long lasting body, apply a volumizing mousse and blow dry.
  • When using heat styling tools, be sure to spray each section with a heat protecting spray to ensure shine and long lasting results. 
    Hair & Makeup: Sherri Jessee Photo: Brad Lovell
  • To achieve a soft, textured look, (as pictured on the brunette) crimp hair on an Enzo Milano Square Crimper( This unique tool can create a natural looking tight curl with amazing volume.
  • Hair & Makeup: Sherri Jessee Photo: Brad Lovell

  • A thick tousle of curls was created (as pictured on the blonde) by curling hair on a tiny 3/8” curling iron ( For the springiest set, curl each small section and pin securely and allow to completely cool before releasing. Hair with this type of texture is so easy to pin up into edgy up-dos.
  • For a quirky take on a traditional high bun, create twin buns. Brush back into two pony tails and smooth over bun forms. Pin to secure.
    Hair & Makeup: Sherri Jessee Photo: Brad Lovell
  • An explosion of curls burst from smoothed top with a side part. To keep sleek, a nice misting of spray will keep fly-aways at a minimum. A working spray like Aquage Transforming Spray (  will give humidity resistant protection and shine as it provides hold and shape. 
 Sherri Jessee on set making final touches.

Celebrity Hair and Makeup Artist Sherri Jessee has her work and beauty tips in publications world wide. For more info:

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Sherri Jessee Shares Spring Makeup Tips

As seen on DAYTIME TRI-CITES Morning Show.
Sherri Jessee: Monday morning masterpiece, we are so excited to have Sherri Jessee here with us this morning to show us the latest styles and trends.
Glowing Skin, Cat Eyes, and Pops of Green and Blue were hot trends seen on the runways of New York Fashion Week. Click to see Sherri demonstrate how to get the Perfect Cat Eye.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Runway/Platform Artist Shares Tips for Success

See original Cosmoprof Blog by Rachel Jud.

Sherri Jessee on set. Photo by Jason Setiawan

Runway and Platform Artist Sherri Jessee Shares her Experiences and Insider Tips

FF: I had the pleasure of chatting with Sherri Jessee about her roles as a stylist, platform and runway artist, and a salon owner. Learning more about her experiences was so inspiring to me, and I’m sure it will be motivating for you, as well! Read on for her insider tips on how to continue growing and succeeding in this industry:

You’ve had such a successful career as a platform artist, what is the first step a student or new stylist should take to follow in your footsteps?

SJ: The first step would be to find a salon environment that encourages growth and education.

Another thing that helped me grow was becoming an educator for a professional hair product manufacturer. That helped me develop my skills outside the salon. It also helped me go beyond my immediate circle to expand on the education I received in school.

So many different hair care companies have opportunities for dedicated stylists to become educators -- to start at the bottom and work your way up. When I first became an educator, I did classes in 8 states. I would go anywhere within an 8-hour drive to do classes in salons to gain experience. After showing that I was willing to go the extra mile, I was offered the opportunity to be a member of the show team. From there, I began working smaller shows, then medium-sized, and on to major shows and international opportunities.

I have had wonderful experiences when working with manufacturers because it gave me the opportunity to develop and grow my skills. Also, don’t underestimate the importance of developing your speaking skills for both large and small audiences. These skills can expand into other opportunities, like TV, commercial, and video work.

It’s really important to recognize that you have to be willing to do the work to build your skills to get to the next level. I am a big believer in setting goals, and it is important to set long-term goals, as well as short-term goals, which are the steps to get you there along the way.

 FF: Can you share any of your tips for a successful stage presentation for our fashion frenzy finalists?

SJ: Before you ever get there, have a plan, including what you want to communicate about the look you create. Then, when you are speaking on stage, you know what you are going to say and do. Knowing your lines and having all the tools necessary to create the look will help you feel more confident. Organization, preparation, and planning are all essential.

FF: What is something you do every day that you feel contributes to your success?

SJ: Having a good grasp of basic skills is the basis for all the other opportunities. Some people consider the things they learn in school to be unimportant, but they are the launch pad for all of the other skills you will develop throughout your career.

I like to say that I have a new boss every half hour, and that explains the importance of being good with your clients and with people in general. All the things I do on the road are grounded in the skills I practice in my salon: good knowledge of how to do a great haircut and a great finish and being able to execute an effective consultation. Once you have those things down, you can then get creative and build upon those skills.

FF: Was there someone in your life that inspired you to achieve the level of success you have?

SJ: I’ve been fortunate to have had many mentors along the way as my roles have changed. 

My mother, Charlotte Duncan, has given constant encouragement. In her words, I have “always been looking for new things to learn…never satisfied with the same old thing.” She also says that I maximize every opportunity and experience.

The first salon in which I worked was a husband-and-wife team, Sam and Cheri Arnold. Cheri was the most amazing haircutter and finisher, and I would just stand and watch her -- which gave me a good grasp of what skills I should strive to perfect. I worked with her when I was in beauty school, and they hired me once I graduated.

I was greatly influenced by Irvine and Louise Rusk, and working with them for  nearly10 years was such an incredible opportunity. 

Numerous magazine editors have assisted me with my editorial styling and helped me drive that side of the business. Maggie Mulhern, Helen Openheim, Jeryl Spear, and Joan Harison have been esecially kind to share their knowledge and expertise.

As a member of the Intercoiffure Artistic Team, it is a real pleasure to work closely with industry icons Vivienne Mackinder and Mary Brunetti. I am inspired to work with strong women in the beauty business, and I aspire to be that same kind of example for others in our industry. 

FF: Looking back at when you started, is this where you expected to be?

SJ: Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would have the opportunity to travel to five continents from a small town in the mountains of Virginia. I never could have imagined it. But I will say that even from the beginning, my first boss, Cheri, told me I could take my career farther than the walls of the salon and travel the world doing this. Sure enough it happened!

Even considering all of the unique experiences I’ve had, the basis of my business has remained my salon. I’ve had my own salon for 27 years, and it is my true passion. My daughter and my sister also work with me, so we have this great family business. I feel so fortunate to love what I do. I don’t “have to” go to work, I “get to.”

FF: Many students and stylists who are just starting out aspire to own their own salon one day. What are your keys to success as a salon owner?

SJ:  all heard the saying “Get a job you love and you will never work a day in your life.” This is cliche, but it’s also very true. To be a successful salon owner, you must be willing to come in early and stay late. Even when I’m not in the salon, I’m planning a photoshoot, spending time on social media, and marketing to get the business name out there. I wouldn’t have it any other way… my profession is also my obsession

The main thing is to set your goals, be willing to work hard, and recognize that no job or task is too small -- it’s all important. Our motto at the salon is to “be nice and do pretty hair.” If you do that, you can’t go wrong.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Hot Trends in Hair and Makeup: Color and Texture!

As we usher in the beautiful colors of Springtime we can embrace colors in our hair and makeup. Take a look at the gorgeous colors featured in the Pantone Fashion Color Report for Spring 2013.
Pantone Trend Colors
SPRING 2013 Trend Video Report 

Flashes of color in hair once only reserved for celebrities and rock stars have now gone mainstream thanks to PRAVANA with new ChromaSilk PASTELS. You can look for such fun loving shades as Luscious Lavender, Mystical Mint, and Pretty in Pink. These will be available in professional salons May 2013.

Tons of texture accented with pink and lavender as seen in Beauty Entertainment Magazine .
Hair & Makeup: Sherri Jessee for PRAVANA Photo: Julia Kuzmenko
Pretty curls in Luscious Lavender as seen in Behind the on Paper 
Hair & Makeup: Sherri Jessee for PRAVANA Photo: Julia Kuzmenko

"Urban Ombre" in Magenta and WIld Orchid as seen in MODERN
Hair & Makeup: Sherri Jessee for PRAVANA Photo: Julia Kuzmenko

Tons of texture with pops of purple in hair and makeup as seen in HOT World Class Beauty.
Hair & Makeup: Sherri Jessee  Photo: Jason Setiawan

Sherri Jessee is an independent hair and makeup artist with work published in hundreds of magazines worldwide. She can often be found styling celebrities, working New York Fashion Week, on TV, or you can locate Sherri in her Intercoiffure salon in Bristol, VA. For more info

Monday, March 11, 2013

Makeup How-to: Easy Tips for a Dramatic Day Look

Dramatic makeup can be quick and easy with the correct tools and a few simple steps.

 Hair and Makeup by Sherri Jessee. Photo by Jason Setiawan. 
Sherri Jessee on set with model Anastasia.

Sherri's Luxe Creme Eye liner is awesome for creating the perfect cat eyeliner and also great used on the water line.
Line very close to the lash line.
Please don't forget the water line. This important step gives a professional finish.
Drop in individual lashes. These are much more comfortable than strip lashes. Although they take longer to put in, they feel so natural and look luxurious. 
Take your time to create a gorgeous brow shape. This will be your crowning feature.
Using the side of a fluffy brush, apply a darker shadow in the crease line just about the curve of the eye.


Lightly apply creme with a foundation brush to conceal blemishes and even skin tone.  
To create amazing contour, dust a matte taupe shadow with an angled brush in hollows of the cheek.
For a rosy glow, brush soft pink on apples of the cheeks outward to hair line.
It is easy to apply your contour and blush with a great angled brush.
Cut down the clutter: Sherri's Custom Compacts allow you to store all the colors you will need in one place!

Apply lip color and carefully shape your lips with a lip pencil.
Dab on lip gloss for shine and fullness.
Sherri's LipToxyl Sheer is the perfect gloss with natural ingredients to plump lips.
Step by step photos by Janie Tongue.
As a globally recognized hair and makeup artist, Sherri Jessee's work and expert tips have been published in hundreds of magazines. She can be found working with celebrities, styling the runways of New York Fashion Week, and in her Intercoiffure Salon in Bristol Virginia. For more information and to purchase products visit