If you’ve visited our flagship store, you may be aware of the “by appointment only” style studio discreetly tucked away in the back of the store, usually manned by celebrity hairstylist Pearson Knight whenever he is town taking care of his Minnesota clientele. We are excited to announce a new addition to the style studio! Hairstylist and Makeup Artist Stephanie Domrose will also be taking clients by appointment only at The Style Studio at russell+hazel.
Stephanie is a hair/make-up artist and life coach, specializing in highlighting the inner and outer beauty she sees in her guests and helping them to truly shine. She offers transformational coaching programs and hair and make-up services both on-site (yes, she can come to you!), and in the salon. Stephanie has been playing with hair and make-up for over ten years. She started her career with Juut in Wayzata and wore many hats there: hair and make-up educator, member of the creative team, community involvement representative, new artist mentor, hair and make-up lead for runway shows, photo shoots, and ad campaigns. Stephanie also loves freelance work in bridal, editorial, and runway beauty- her work has been featured in MN Bride, Minneapolis/Saint Paul Magazine, Lake Minnetonka Magazine, various how-to video series’, and she’s done make-up at NYFW. Through her own personal journey, she’s realized that polishing beauty on the outside is only half the picture, and has devoted her time to researching and developing programs to help others cultivate their inner beauty. She believes our inner world requires just as much attention as our outer world, and the marriage of her life coaching work and her hair/make-up artistry is a true reflection of that belief!
We sat down with Stephanie to learn more about her beauty industry journey and managed to come away with a few of her amazing beauty secrets in the process!
When did you know a career in beauty was for you?
When I was a senior in high school and I realized I had two choices: to do the thing I thought I SHOULD do (go to college, like I had always planned), or to do the thing that excited me the most: go to the Aveda Institute. I decided to follow my passion, and I’m reminded periodically when I’m ‘working’ and it doesn’t feel like work that I’ve made an excellent decision.
How long have you been in the beauty industry?
Going on 11 years.
You specialize in both hair and makeup, do you find that you enjoy doing one more than the other?
That’s interesting, at different times in my career I’ve ‘given up’ doing one or the other to specialize in just one thing, and I always felt pulled back to doing both. I get to create the full picture when I can do both hair and make-up so I have to say I love them equally.
In addition to your daily clientele you also do editorial/runway work, can you tell us a bit more about that?
Sure! Editorial/runway work is like going to a hair and make-up playground. There are lots of hair and make-up looks that aren’t suitable for everyday wear, and doing editorial and runway work is an awesome outlet for that creativity. I’ve done hair and make-up for runway shows at the Weismann Art Museum, Aveda Congress, Make-up for MN4MN (MN fashion week), and NYFW, and editorial work for many different magazines. It’s a fun way to collaborate with other artists, photographers, and designers to bring some great ideas and inspirations to life!
What’s your favorite beauty product and why?
Tinted Moisturizer. My favorites are Aveda and Laura Mercier. It’s a simple product you can apply with your hands, and it gives you a glow that looks natural and radiant without completely covering up your skin. SPF is a bonus too.
What is the easiest/quickest way to turn a day/work look into something that works for night out?
The easiest transition look only requires lipstick, two hair ties, and a couple bobby pins.
Gather your hair at your nape and secure it in a low pony. Braid your hair in a simple three strand braid (if you don’t know how to braid, split it into two strands and twist around each other). Secure the braid with second pony. Mash and pull the braid apart a bit to loosen and soften. Wind braid up in a bun at the nape and secure with cris-crossed bobby pins.
Apply your favorite lip color and viola! Ready to rock a night out.
What are your favorite Spring/Summer 2017 beauty trends?
I love the swipe of bold and bright eyeshadow on the eyelids for something fun and different.
Also, the natural trends are HOT. Natural hair texture, glow-y skin, it doesn’t get much better than that.
Can you tell us a random fact about yourself?
I love ‘playing’ dress-up. My partner Connor and I like to throw themed parties (some of the latest were a medieval-themed Christmas, and an Arabian Nights birthday party)- basically just a reason to dress up in a costume and create an interesting atmosphere to entertain in! We also go to Convergence, it’s like the local version of Comic-Con, and make costumes each year. #shamelessgeeks
Why partner with the style studio at the russell+hazel flagship store?
Several reasons: I love the focus on customization at Russell+Hazel, it pairs well with my business’ focus. I love the space, the store and style studio are beautiful. I’ve known Pearson for a long time and am inspired by his work in the beauty industry and his new product line. Gail is awesome and she’s curated an awesome store inventory. The location is super convenient, free parking in the North Loop? Unheard of!
Oh, and two words: glitter ceiling. Need I say more?
What inspires you?
Glitter. I know, it’s like I’m 4, but seriously, it brings me SO much joy.
Honestly, people. I am intrigued by learning about people and how they live, love, and interact. That’s why I do the work I do, I think the greatest gift you can give someone is to see their beauty and reflect it back to them, like a mirror. If I can do that, I’ll most definitely get out of bed in the morning.
Stephanie will be available by appointment only at The Style Studio at our flagship store starting in May. Appointments can be booked by clicking here.