You'll Feel Pretty

After we saw Broadway diva Karen Olivo play the part of Anita in the revival of West Side Story on Broadway (which she won a Tony Award for!), we wanted to learn how to get her sultry makeup and kinky curls. We called in some of our favorite beauty experts, hairstylist Tonya Noland and makeup artist Chuck Jensen, to remake the look on Patricia Zeccola, a 23-year-old NYC-based Latin dancer (who kind of looks like Olivo, right?). Try this style for your performance or audition!


Get tightly coiled, Latina-like curls

If your hair is curly:

Step 1 Coat your wet locks with mousse such as got2b Kinky Curl Defining Mousse, then section your hair off into quarter-sized pieces.

Step 2 Coil sections into little mini-buns and loosely pin them to your head with small metal clips.

Step 3 Use a diffuser (a special blow-dryer attachment for curly hair) to dry your locks—but don’t touch your hair with your fingers or it will frizz! Once your tresses are 3/4 of the way dry, take the pins out and let your hair fall loose. Continue to use the diffuser on your tresses until they’re completely dry.

Step 4 Finish with hairspray. We swear by Fekkai Sheer Hold for bouncy curls that won’t budge!

If your hair is wavy or straight:

Step 1 Mist wet hair with a light spray gel like L’Oréal Studio Line Tightly Wound Curl Boosting Curl Spray Gel.

Step 2 Blow-dry your hair and part your locks into quarter-sized pieces.

Step 3 Curl those sections, alternating a one-inch wide curling iron with a 1/2-inch sized curling iron.

Step 4 Use extra-hold hairspray—Dove makes a fantastic one!—to ensure that your ringlets stay coiled.

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Step 1 Even out skin with foundation. Tip: Test foundation on your jawline, since there’s generally no discoloration there. If you can see it, then it’s not the right shade for your skintone.

Step 2 After foundation, always start with blush. Without it, your face is a blank slate, and you run the risk of overapplying colors to other areas, like your eyes.


Step1 Use a pale pink shadow on your entire eyelid, a rose shadow on the crease and a frosty white shadow under the brow. The order of colors should always go (from lash-line to brow): medium, dark, light.

Step 2 Dip a thin brush in water, then dab it on black cake liner to create a liquid liner. Rim your lash line with a thick line, about 1/8 of an inch.

Step 3 With the help of a lash-curling tool, clamp the outside edge of your lashes to make your eyes look wide-set.

Step 4 Use a black mascara to coat your upper lashes with two even strokes. Avoid mascara on lower lashes if you’re going to be taking photos, since it can make your eyelashes look spidery.


Step 1 Clean up messy eyebrows by tweezing. Simply hold a makeup brush near your eye and use this brow placement chart. But be wary of over-plucking! Full brows are more flattering.

Step 2 Fill in sparse spots with brown eyeshadow.


Step 1 Don’t draw a straight line with lip liner. Feather it instead, making lots of little dashes.

Step 2 Mix rose lipgloss and lipstick on a brush for a very sheer look. Use a lip brush to fill lips in with the mixture. Run the brush to the edge of your lip and over the liner.

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