Whatever your thoughts on “Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta,” there’s no denying the show’s hot hair and makeup looks—especially the ones the ladies rocked on the reunion show. So we went straight to the source to get the scoop on the products used (and some behind the scenes tea). And if you thought reality TV’s most glamorous crew was filled with divas and larger than life egos, think again.
We dished with Tekoa Hash, glam team coordinator of “Love & Hip-Hop,” and co-owner of The Teknique Agency, and the rest of the LHHA glam team. Check out the highlights here!
On creating looks for the show…
Tekoa Hash: “As a team we switch up, but talking specifically about the reunion show I did K. Michelle’s makeup. Tristan Blake did Joseline and Karlie as well as Shay Johnson. Jonathan did Mona [Scott Young], Neema did Erica and Mimi. Alex did Momma Dee and Rasheeda and Ariane. For hair Gabi did Rasheeda and Erica. Charzetta did Mimi and Karlie’s hair. [Tymothe did Joseline’s hair].”
Whatever your thoughts on "Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta," there's no denying the show's hot hair and makeup looks—especially the ones the ladies rocked on the reunion show. So we went straight to the source to get the scoop on the products used (and some behind the scenes tea). And if you thought reality TV's most glamorous crew was filled with divas and larger than life egos, think again.
We dished with Tekoa Hash, glam team coordinator of "Love & Hip-Hop," and co-owner of The Teknique Agency, and the rest of the LHHA glam team. Check out the highlights here!
On creating looks for the show...
Tekoa Hash: "As a team we switch up, but talking specifically about the reunion show I did K. Michelle's makeup. Tristan Blake did Joseline and Karlie as well as Shay Johnson. Jonathan did Mona [Scott Young], Neema did Erica and Mimi. Alex did Momma Dee and Rasheeda and Ariane. For hair Gabi did Rasheeda and Erica. Charzetta did Mimi and Karlie’s hair. [Tymothe did Joseline's hair]."
On the criticism about Shay's hair on the reunion show...
Tekoa Hash: "All the girls came from Atlanta and had the option to work with who they felt most comfortable with. I hired people that they [the cast members] hadn't worked with as much as they did in Atlanta. So she [Shay] stuck with her own person and had her own vision. You know, this is not a makeover show. We can go in and enhance what they have and create a look for them, but it's a reality show. We're supposed to be showing who they really are, not going in and making them over. It has to be a collaboration of who they are as a person, what they want, and what we know is best. That's the best way I can answer it for the criticism, you know, because it's not a makeover show. It has to be a gradual evolution of their look so people have something to hold onto. Not that we as a team or even I haven't made mistakes in looks and thought, 'I could have done something better.' We're giving them a little bit of what they want and what we know we have to do."
On Erica's and Rasheeda's beauty looks...
Neema Ali: Erica's lip was MAC Nightmoth lipliner all over the lip, with cyber lipstick in the center.
Gabrielle Corney: "For Rasheeda and Erica I really didn’t use a lot of product. That Tancho Stick is everything. It lays [the hair down], controls fly-aways. I really didn’t use much even on Erica’s updo, believe it or not. The only thing I used on her updo was some Tancho Stick and some hairspray. I didn’t use anything else."
Alexandra Butler: "For Rasheeda’s eye makeup, I used either MAC Painterly Paint Pot or NYX Eyeshadow Base in White. I put that first on her eyelid to make the color I was going to use brighter and [the yellow color] I used was MAC Bright Future Eyeshadow, which is a discontinued yellow eyeshadow, but I you can use any yellow eyeshadow. I used an orange (MAC Eyeshadow in Rule) in her crease and built it up. It almost looks like it was a brown, but it was an orange eyeshadow that I used and then went in with a little bit of a brown (MAC Eyeshadow in Embark), and then maybe a little black. [On] her brows, I didn’t need to use any concealer or anything because she has perfect eyebrows. Her lip was a coral color."
On Mona's, Karlie's, and Joseline's looks...
Jonathan Fernandez: "That morning Mona woke up with a sty in her eye, and [it] was actually swollen. The makeup that you saw was a ton of contouring and things we were doing to hide what was going on because the show must go on—we have no other back-up hosts. The smoky eye I gave her was a lot smokier than any other that I’ve ever given her. That’s not really my aesthetic, I don’t really like a lot of smoke under the eye but what we were trying to do to hide that sty, it worked."
Tristan Blake: "Karlie Redd wore a very sultry red sequin dress so I didn't want her makeup to compete with her dress. For the eyes, I kept the eyelid more neutral, but bumped it up a notch by smoking out the corners just to add a little bit of va va voom. As far as skin and lips I kept that more soft, so I did dewy skin and a soft peach lip which brought her look together.
Tristan Blake: "Ms. Joseline's look I had a lot of fun with. I wanted to play up her eyes a little to complement her blue dress. For eyes I did more color using soft green, pinks, blues, and purple, with LOTS of lashes. Joseline loves a pink lip so we went with MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick and softened it just a tad by adding a pearlized soft pink gloss on top. As far as face goes, Joseline has great skin and bone structure so I focused on perfecting the foundation and highlighting to give a very natural look, and adding pop of soft pink blush to finish off the look."
On what it's like working on a reality show...
Neema Ali: "In my opinion, it’s the reality. I mean it’s not easy but because it’s their reality you get the good, the bad, everything that you see. As the glam team we take on their lives, in my opinion."
Alexandra Butler: "I think it’s fast-paced, but it's a lot of waiting, too. Sometimes you have to wait around for different things, but then when they tell you that you have a certain time to do something, you kinda have to speed up because at the end of the day you’re on production’s time. You have to do stuff for them because that’s who we have to please at the end of the day."
Gabrielle: "I find that reality shows are interesting and it’s a whole different ball game. It’s filmed and structured differently than any other TV [show] and I’m sure that all of the other artists would agree. So it was a learning experience for me. But it’s good though because the more experience you get, the more seasoned you become on your tolerance level, getting accustomed to the client, and how to move around in general off and on the set."
On the criticism they receive for working on the show...
Alexandra Butler: "I took offense to it because this is [their] lives. This is their real life stuff, it’s not scripted, there’s not any acting going on. So for people [who] are looking from the outside at these people’s lives and judging and saying all this stuff, it’s stupid to me because you’re doing the same thing you wouldn’t want someone to do to you. Second of all, they’re not trying to represent every other black woman in America, I mean white women do the same thing on "Real Housewives of New Jersey." So I don’t think there should be a color or race to it. And besides that it’s TV. They keep talking about it. You keep making it relevant."
Neema Ali: "In my opinion it’s the same as Alex said. If you think back, soap operas have been on for so many years and yes, they were scripted, and yes, it’s the drama, but someone is taking someone else’s husband, someone’s sleeping with someone else’s father, kids are involved, and you end up in counseling. What I really love about "Love & Hip-Hop" is the storyline. With "Basketball Wives," they showed a little bit of Jennifer [Williams] going through her divorce but not too much with her talking about it, but this show [tells an] in-depth story. And it’s a lot of what everyone has been through at some point in their lives. TIt’s reality—it’s real. Soap operas have been on for years—look at Victor Newman [from "Young and the Restless"]. What makes him any different from Stevie J? Other than he doesn’t make those facial expressions."
Advice for aspiring hairstylist and makeup artists...
Tymothe Wallace: "Really perfect your craft. Know what you’re getting into. Know the ins and outs of the industry skillwise and pretty much just make sure you perfect that craft—you can’t really get around that. Make sure you know what’s going on. Stay up on product as well, and different techniques and research."
Gabrielle Corney: "A lot of hairstylists and makeup artists, whether they’re aspiring or already relevant in the business, sometimes lose the fact that your attitude and approach with the client is just as much as an art form as the service that you’re providing. It’s really not easy because each client is individual and unique in their own right, so you have to be able to ride the waves. Or ride the roller coaster because there can be a little bit of both."
The team would like to give a special thanks to Mona Scott Young and Co-Executive Producer Stephanie Gayle for believing in The Teknique Agency and giving artists a platform.
Follow the Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta glam team!
Tekoa Hash co-owner of The Teknique Agency and Glam Coordinator of "Love & Hip-Hop": www.tekoahash.com; Twitter: @TekoaK
Monique Coney co-owner of The Teknique Agency, @MoniqueConey Instagram: @Moniquelc_
Neema Ali hairstylist and makeup artist www.kreatingnewfaces.com Twitter: @SassyLady74 @IamNeemaAli Instagram: SassyLady74 Facebook: Neema Ali
Tristan Blake makeup artist Twitter: @blakeofalltr8ds Instagram: blakeofalltrades
Alexandra Butler makeup artist www.alexandrabutlermua.com, Facebook: Alexandra Butler Mua Twitter: @themuaalex Instagram: themuaalex
Gabrielle Corney hairstylist, Twitter and Instagram: @gabidoeshair Facebook: Gabrielle Corney
Jonathan Nathaniel Fernandez: Makeup Artist / Hair Stylist www.JonathanNathaniel.com Twitter: @beautybykiko Instagram: beautybykiko
Tymothe Wallace hairstylist www.tymothewallace.com Twitter: @TymWallaceHair Instagram: TymWallaceHair
Charzetta Wilson hairstylist Twitter: @charthestylist Instagram: hairbychar Facebook: Char Wilson
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