Where Stylists FLAUNT Their Skills

Alana Folen
Wednesday - January 05, 2011
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Christine Gardner

While “beauty gurus” run the gamut showcasing their expertise in hair and makeup, Christine Gardner, owner and founder of FLAUNT by Christine Gardner, stands in a league all her own. As one of Hawaii’s premier hair and makeup artists, Gardner founded FLAUNT in 1996 while pursuing a career in fashion design. Today, Gardner and her team of stylists specialize in wedding day styling, yet their creativity in hair and makeup spans all occasions.

“We’re an on-location styling team, where the majority of our clients are brides and models,” says Gardner. “We also offer airbrush makeup application workshops and individual makeup artistry workshops to students for personal and professional use.”

Driven to gain as much experience as possible beyond her Aiea home, Gardner made the move to the Mainland to immerse herself in the eclectic world of beauty and fashion.

“A few years after starting my business, I made the bold move to New York and later to Burbank, Calif., to train under different hair and makeup artists and at beauty schools.

“I later moved back to Hawaii with all the training and confidence I gained, and was determined to launch air-brush makeup application workshops here at home. It was a unique application of makeup that stirred interests and helped to set my company apart,” she explains.

In addition to airbrush and traditional makeup application, Gardner also offers hair-styling, body painting, tattoo coverup and airbrush tanning. She says her business philosophy is not just to follow the current trends, but rather to create an intrigue of how FLAUNT will impact the beauty industry in Hawaii and beyond.

“I truly love what I do, and have a lot of fun doing it,” explains Gardner, who also is an award-winning figure competitor. She took home first place in her class and then first overall in the 2009 Paradise Cup Figure Competition. She also is currently preparing to compete in the Arnold Schwarzenegger Amateur Figure Competition in Ohio in March, while also inspiring others to reach their personal goals in life.

“This year, Jake Woolley, a national bodybuilder competitor, and I will be launching Hawaii’s Fittest events that will be dedicated to help inspire people to get that drive and determination needed to achieve whatever it is they have a passion for,” Gardner says.

“As for FLAUNT, I will be conducting more workshops to educate students for personal and professional use of airbrush makeup application, along with private workshops for individuals who would like a basic lesson in makeup application.”

For more information, call 955-7434, e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit www.makeup808.com.

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