This blind makeup artist is inspiring others like her to chase their dreams

"Beating the Odds" profiles people who despite their physical and health challenges, have pushed on to pursue their dreams and accomplish some incredible things. 

Talya Reynolds was born with two degenerative eye conditions, strabismus and coloboma, that have left her legally blind. But despite her severe visual impairment, Talya has become a professional makeup artist who is using her popular following on social media to stop bullying and spread awareness about self-love. Listen to her story on this episode of "Beating the Odds"!

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NYFW SS20: Best beauty looks
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NYFW SS20: Best beauty looks

Watercolor eyes at Christian Siriano

Models' eyes were covered in pink, teal, blue and silver eyeshadows that melted together as if they were watercolor paints. Makeup artist Erin Parsons used Maybelline TattooStudio Eyeliner Pencils to create the deep hues.

Look created by Erin Parsons with Maybelline

"Gigi Braid" at Christian Siriano

Hairstylist Odile Gilbert created what she calls the "gigi braid," which pulls the hair back into a high, braided ponytail, with hair wrapped around the top elastic.

"This look is chic yet playful. The secret is not tying the ponytail too high on the head, and using a texturizing mousse to prep the hair. My favorite is TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Mousse, which keeps everything in place but with movement so that it feels effortless and natural." she said in a statement. 

Look created by Odile Gilbert with TRESemmé

Hair jewelry at Pyer Moss

The Pyer Moss runway featured plenty of box braids and cornrows, some of which were decorated with beads.

According to Teen Vogue, the beads featured the faces of 21 black women in music and were created by jewelry designer Johnny Nelson. Beads included the faces of Rihanna and Nina Simone, and Nelson said he jammed to the artists throughout the entire process of making them. 

Look created by Johnny Nelson

Natural hair and makeup with a smoky eye at Brandon Maxwell

According to Allure, makeup artist Tom Pecheaux created a natural, all-American sunkissed look by creating faux freckles using three shades of MAC Veluxe Brow Liner. He topped the look with a dark gunmetal eye using MAC Spellbinder eye shadow.

Models wore their hair 

Look created by Tom Pecheux with MAC Cosmetics

Natural hair and makeup with a smoky eye at Brandon Maxwell

Look created by Tom Pecheux with MAC Cosmetics

Eye accents at Anna Sui

Bold glitter lines and white designs decorated the eyes of models at Anna Sui, complementing the paste, whimsical Victorian collection.

Look created by Pat McGrath

Eye accents at Anna Sui

Look created by Pat McGrath

Glitter eyes at Marc Jacobs

No two looks were the same at Marc Jacobs! Makeup artist Pat McGrath created 60 unique looks on the models using rhinestones, cellophane and glitter.

Look created by Pat McGrath

Soft waves at Jonathan Simkhai 

Models wore their hair in a middle part that was tucked behind ears with soft waves flowing down the back.

“This loose waves look has so much personality and attitude. The key to this effortlessly cool style is the contrast between the sleek and smooth roots and sharp center parting with the relaxed and beachy lengths. The trick is using TRESemmé Between Washes Fresh and Clean Dry Shampoo to add volume and body to the waves.” hair stylist Odile Gilbert said in a statement.

Look created by Odile Gilbert with TRESemmé

Rock 'n roll eyes at Pyer Moss

Some of the models' eyes were brushed with deep, metallic hues and covered in Swarovski, car beyond the eyelid. Makeup artist Daniel Sallstrom told Allure, "We’re marrying that world of glam rock and really celebrating the ‘70s [style of] peacocking — like, ‘this is my moment, and I’m going to go out there."

Look created by Daniel Sallstrom

Smoky blue cat eye at LaQuan Smith

The models at LaQuan Smith had smoky blue eyeshadow that was brushed along the inner eye and the lower lash line. The look was finished off with an extended black cat eye.

According to InStyle, makeup artist Sir John used Unoma Beauty foundation to even out models' skin tones and provide a base for the accented looks.

Look created by Sir John

Elegant waves at Oscar de la Renta

Hair stylist Odile Gilbert elevated models natural hair textures, leaving some straight, some wavy and others pulled back in a sleek pony tail. For this elegant waves look, however, she calls it "relaxed yet refined."

"To achieve the effortless and elegant style, I prep the hair with the TRESemmé Flawless Curls Mousse. It ensures plenty of volume and allows you to create sophisticated waves that will last all day (and night!) long” Odile Gilbert said in a statement.

Look created by Odile Gilbert with TRESemmé 

Colorful eyes at Oscar de la Renta

Most models wore a natural makeup look, but a few had their eyes brushed with dramatic teal and orange eyeshadow for the show, which featured looks inspired by the Dominican Republic.

Accessorized braids at Alice & Olivia

Hair stylist Justine Marjan created different braids for models and decorated each with pearls or lavender sprigs.

To create the perfect braided look at home, Marjan advised: "Spray TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hair Spray Hold Level 4: Extend onto a toothbrush and run it over the braid to flatten flyaways.” 

Look created by Justine Marjan for TRESemmé

Accessorized braids at Alice & Olivia

Look created by Justine Marjan for TRESemmé

Pearl and crystal headpieces at Khaite

Models wore simple dewy makeup looks, while their hair was adorned with headpieces made with pearls and Swarovski crystals. 

Pink highlighter eyeliner at Helmut Lang

To create the punk-inspired look, makeup artist Susie Sobol created the base square cat eyeliner shape first using a white pencil. She then layered on loose neon powder using a brush, according to Allure.

Look created by Susie Sobol

Chunky emerald cat eye at Ulla Johnson

Similar to Helmut Lang, models wore bright emerald eyeliner with a thick cat eye that winged upwards, just below the eyebrow.

Bubble pony at Chromat

“This look is for a sporty, fun and confident woman who isn’t afraid to play with her style and express her creative flare," hair stylist Justine Marjan said.

For the look, she used TRESemmé Between Washes Volumizing Dry Shampoo while teasing the roots to add volume and texture, then sealed the look with TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hair Spray Hold Level 4: Extend.

Look created by Justine Marjan with TRESemmé


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