• 5.15.14

    Sylvia Dimaki's Luminous Spring Look

    Sylvia Dimaki created a "less is more" beauty look for the latest issue of Chloe Magazine. "The wardrobe was colorful, as you can see, so I decided to keep the hair and makeup clean, focusing on gorgeous and glowing skin," she explained. Dimaki first used an SK-II mask before applying a bit of Armani foundation. "I then took M.A.C's Cream Colour Base in Shell – which I love because it can be placed on lips, in the corner of the eyes, or under the arch of the eyebrow like a highlighter – and put it on the model's skin and mouth." She finished with a coat of M.A.C's Dazzleglass lip gloss.

    For the do-it-yourself-esque hairstyle, Dimaki spritzed on Bumble and bumble Does It All Styling Spray and Tonic Lotion, and got to work with a blowdryer. "Next, I pulled hair back into a chignon – making sure it wasn't perfect – and used my favorite TRESemmé hairspray and some Garnier Paste at the top to achieve that sort of piecey-ness," she noted. "It's a spring shoot, so I wanted to emphasize her luminosity. You look at the girl and think, 'She's beautiful without doing too much' ... but I did a fair amount," Dimaki added, with a laugh.

    Photographer: Christos Karantzolas

  • 1.28.14

    Makeup Artist Sylvia Dimaki's Polished Looks for Incoco

    Sylvia Dimaki kept in mind Incoco's makeup criteria for the nail-polish-strip brand's recent campaign. "We try to accomplish three main ideas," she noted. "The first is a young and fresh look – the skin isn't too covered up, the eyes are lightly done, and the lips are glossy or stained." The second appeals to twenty-and thirtysomething women, who might match their nails to a preferred lipstick; it's the last concept that leaves room for interpretation. "She's quite sophisticated," Dimaki said, "so I can be more creative with the makeup."

    In the ads, Dimaki played with different textures on the eyes, while the lips ranged from vibrant and pigmented to completely natural – whatever allowed the fingertips to be the protagonists. "The tricky part is using color – a purple, a blue, or an orange – which would read well in real life, but isn't as stunning under the lights on set," she explained. "Then, I start combining hues, and it's a mystery until after the camera shutter clicks and I hear the enthusiastic comments!"

    Photographer: Jeff Mikkelson

  • 10.9.13

    Makeup Artist Sylvia Dimaki 'Means Business' for Creem

    Sylvia Dimaki, the newest addition to B&A's hairstyling and makeup-artist rosters, laid out beauty looks for fall's androgyne in Creem.  

    "I wanted [the model, Ismini] to appear chicer, as opposed to bare and raw because an androgynous face can be almost untouched ... perhaps with heavily groomed eyebrows, and that's it," explained Dimaki. "I wanted her to be more polished, so I used foundation, powder, concealor, and blush; it seems as though she doesn't have on makeup, but she's wearing all of the makeup in the world – except for mascara. Mascara immediately turns the visage feminine and dramatic."

    She prefers Armani and M.A.C. cosmetics – the former, "a paradise for foundations and skin care"; the latter "a makeup artist's paradise for color selections," which she allowed to slip into a few frames at the end. "We gave the makeup a twist with a dark lip, which complemented the menswear-inspired pieces," Dimaki said. "Ismini pulled it off, and believe it or not, in her [modeling] book, she hardly has images like this. She's taken beautiful pictures – big hair, lots of va-va-voom and femme fatale – so it was a great surprise to see her transform, including for her."  

    "Sylvia maintains a level of quality and always brings a unique perspective to my shoots," remarked Christos Karantzola, who photographed the "Means Business" editorial. "Her makeup was 100 percent spot-on."

    Photographer: Christos Karantzolas
    Stylist: Newheart Ohanian
    Hair: Menelaos Alevras at Ray Brown Pro
    Model: Ismini at Muse 

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