From First Girlfriend to the better hosting half of a noontime show, to joining the group of select celebs we know on a one-name basis, Shalani Soledad has come a long way since first emerging into public consciousness in 2010. But in the strange phenomenon that is Shalani, for as much that is spoken about her, actually little is known. In almost an ode to the hidden side of the Willing Willie host, Preview May 2011 features Shalani slicked back and toughened up with all but her porcelain skin remaining unchanged.
Although the cover that hits stands shows a Shalani with a dramatic plum pout, makeup artist Robbie Pinera originally painted a matte pink lip (the lipstick switcheroo occured right before the first lay-out was shot). The bright hue was balanced with a sheer wash of nude shadow and very little everywhere else.
John Valle transformed her usually blown-out hair (we too once tried to dabble in transforming Shalani's hair with this virutal makeover) by pumping up the volume on the crown before slicking it back into an inky half-up, half-down 'do. The result was Shalani unlike we've ever seen her (we suspect unlike she's ever seen herself as well), a haute transformation that welcoms the darker side of summer.
But although the pink lip option never made it to the issue, the look was too fun to pass up. Watch Robbie Pinera explain how to recreate the look here.
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