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After laying our eyes on Melidania Mejía, we knew very well that she needed help with her clashing appearance, starting with the reddish tone in her hair which doesn't agree well at all with her complexion. In addition, the young Dominican native is a victim to spots across her skin, a very common blemish among Latina women, which, in most cases, spend a good portion of their day exposed to the sun's rays.
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IN GOOD HANDS
We left the young model in the hands of expert stylist Christo, who has worked on celebrities including Maite Perroni and Gaby Espino. The practiced professional began the transformation by cutting her hair down to diagonal lengths in order to give some life to her hairstyle.
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To part with the red tone in her hair, Christo applied a dark shade of chocolate. "To eliminate the red in her hair, it is necessary to use a much darker color. No light color would be able to remove red," assured the stylist. Instead of using a dye, which can contain chemicals damaging to your hair, the expert added the color treatment Colorective in Chocolat from his own line of hair care products, Curlisto.
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TIME TO SHINE
For an added vibrant effect to her hair color, Christo highlighted with glimmering shades of honey. After about twenty minutes, the team of stylists at Christo Fifth Avenue, in New York City, washed her hair and applied a hydrating face mask.
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LUSH AND VOLUMINOUS
Afterwards, the stylist of the stars went on to blow dry her hair and added rollers for a much needed voluminous look.
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PREPPING THE SKIN
Before getting to the makeup chair, the makeup artist used a deep vitalizing lotion on her face. "It is really important to start with an invigorating lotion that will help eliminate any impurities on her skin," suggested the expert. We highly recommend the Flour Blanc treatment by the French brand Votre Vu. With the first step complete, Drake then added the hydrating cream Cetaphil.
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Due to overexposure of the sun, Melidania has acquired spots and blotches across her façade. That is particularly why Drake focused on creating a uniform look for her complexion. To make this possible, a darker base color then that of her own skin was applied first, followed by a lighter tone on the remaining areas of her face.
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Drake used eyeliner in the color bronze just around the edges of her eyelashes. With this technique, the eyes appear more open and add a brighter appearance. "If your skin tone is caramel or darker, it is always best to wear eyeliner in tones like bronze on the inferior part of the eyelashes instead of the common white, which can sometimes look to drastic for a women with darker color," said Drake.
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THE END RESULT
At day's end, our model looked nothing short of spectacular. Her hair contained more volume than before and looked amazing with the new color. As did her flawless make up job. "I look beautiful," said the participant with mounting emotion. "I look like one of the artists that you see in PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL."
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Christo created an all-around look for Melidania, which she can easily form into a variety of other styles. The expert stylist was successful in realizing a manageable form to the front side of her hairstyle which gives her a completely distinct look.
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A NEW WOMAN
With just the toss of her hair to one side, Christo achieved yet another look on Melidania, who patted her new lashes as she flirted with the camera lens. "I am so happy," said the rejuvenated beauty as she sported a big smile across her face. "I will not be washing my face for the rest of the week."
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