The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City ladies may be brand new to your television screen, but when it comes to all things glam, these women are seasoned professionals. From Heather Gay’s med-spa business to Meredith Marks’ luxury jewelry company, this social circle’s ties to the fashion and beauty industries run deep, and the stunning looks each of the women turn out on a regular basis are proof.
It’s no surprise that the RHOSLC cast went all out when it came time to pose for their first cast photo shoot. Each thoughtfully chosen piece of jewelry and perfectly shaped manicure truly deserves its own moment of appreciation, so the cast members and their glam teams have revealed all of the details behind each fabulous look.
Lisa Barlow’s “timeless” style
Like a true New York City native, Lisa Barlow found a way to make an all-black outfit completely unforgettable. Her Vauthier gown featured a long-sleeved turtleneck design, but the shimmery velour fabric and dramatic leg slit are what truly brought the heat. Paired with black Givenchy stilettos and custom-made jewelry from Diamond Dave, Lisa explained that she was going for an “effortless” vibe.
“I love a very simple, chic look that’s timeless,” she said. Lisa’s vision undoubtedly comes through in every detail of her look, down to the nude gel manicure with a black outline.
When it comes to planning an outfit, Lisa’s process is simple, too. “I do all of my own looks,” she revealed. Though she works as her own stylist, she does have some help when it comes time to find her wardrobe’s most exclusive pieces. “I have a team I have been working with for six years to find me the hard-to-get pieces I die over.”
Lisa’s ultra-straight hair may seem like a straightforward style, but according to her hairstylist, Chloe Sylvester, careful selection went into choosing products that would maintain her hair’s health with a look that required so much heat. Sylvester used products from Nicole and Brizee, the hair care line Lisa co-owns with twins Brie and Nikki Bella from E!’s Total Bellas, to keep her mane silky.
Artist Morgan Fay explained each makeup decision was made to highlight Lisa’s natural features, including bronze eyeshadows to bring out her brown eyes, a “sculpted style” to accentuate her cheekbones and jawline (shout out to their go-to Fenty bronzer and Huda Beauty facial powder), and her signature nude lip to flaunt her full pout.
Mary Cosby’s meaningful glam
Mary Cosby is very committed to looking fabulous at all times. In fact, she even showed up late to the crew’s ski trip, because she was waiting for the perfect outfit for the occasion to arrive in the mail. In the iconic words of Mary: “I like to wear the brands that don’t give you wedgies, and Chanel is one of them, and I’m willing to wait for it.”
Although Mary’s look did include a diamond Chanel estate bracelet, there are a few other brands Mary wholeheartedly stands behind, such as Pamella Roland, the designer of her winter-inspired look, and Christian Louboutin, who is responsible for her peep-toe pumps.
“I was going for a snowing illusion that reminded me of my hometown that is glamorous, yet has meaning,” she explained. “Also, I felt great about the color with my complexion.”
As relatable as her press-on gel French tip manicure is, Mary’s unwavering fabulousness really came through when she reflected on her overall vibe.
“I love my look. I felt like I lost weight from stress, the dress was so heavy!” she said. “I felt that I worked out, but in the same, I felt like a princess for a day.”
Heather Gay’s gunmetal glam
A wise woman once said, “Perfection is attainable,” and that wise woman was Heather Gay (during the RHOSLC trailer, of course!). The self-proclaimed “Good Mormon gone bad” provided some pretty convincing evidence for that bold claim with her look, which she said she was feelin’ fine in.
In a curve-hugging metallic Rene Ruiz dress, Heather went for a gunmetal glam-inspired vibe. The gown’s sizzling hot leg slit gave us a better look at her strappy Gianni Bini stilettos.
Heather’s trusted hairstylist, Vince Abram has a serious eye for details (really, he’s also an interior designer!), which is made obvious by the fact that she didn’t have a single hair out of place. But if you take a look at Heather’s personal behind-the-scenes photos, you’ll see that the precise styling is no joke.
Vince explained the “fresh sleek modern flat iron waves,” which were “inspired by the clean lines and strength of the dress and jewelry,” was created with Murray’s EdgeWax and a toothbrush to ensure fly-aways and “fuzzy edges” were tamed. The style was completed with R+Co Outer Space Hairspray, which is a secret weapon for maintaining a hold while avoiding a crunch.
Meredith Marks’ “ice queen” realness
Meredith was going for “ice queen” realness, and her Rami Kadi couture gown and YSL heels were undoubtedly the perfect choices. She noted that she felt “AMAZING” in the intricately beaded number, and in a behind-the-scenes Instagram post, she confirmed “the vision came to life.”
As if the sleek, caped dress wasn’t beautiful enough on its own, Meredith had just the trick for creating a look that was dripping in diamonds: “Jewelry by Meredith Marks, of course!”
Though her duds were incredibly extravagant, Meredith leveled-out the look with soft, glowing glam.
“We kept the hair sleek and silky,” explained hair stylist Jenna Kilgrow. “The straight, clean look plays off the elegant lines in her gown.”
The makeup was also inspired by the dress, and Matthew Alexander said that the goal was to keep Meredith looking “radiant” by wrapping “warm, mid-town browns around her eyes in a sultry shape.” As for that perfectly pink lip? It’s Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in the cult-favorite Pillow Talk shade.
Whitney Rose, the “fierce” snow lioness
Whitney Rose felt “fierce” in her beautiful blue look, and it’s easy to understand why. The RHOSLC mama also wanted to serve “ice queen vibes,” and the whopping 70 carats of tanzanite gems she sported were most definitely icy. Her Nasty Gal gown featured a dramatic plunging neckline that showed some skin while giving her layered necklaces the spotlight.
Whitney’s hairstylist, Ryan M. Scottsdale,(who is also responsible for the chic bob and bangs she recently debuted), was going for a “snow lioness” look, and he absolutely delivered with this mane of lush, platinum blond waves.
Although cool tones were a major inspiration behind Whitney’s entire look, makeup artist Paige Camryn decided to switch things up with a “rose on ice” beat that shimmered with the help of Becca’s Champagne Pop highlighter.
Jen Shah’s sultry couture
If it looks like Jen Shah’s dress was made just for her… that’s because it was. With a hand-beaded Swarovski crystal bodice and a silver silk charmeuse fitted skirt, every inch of the asymmetrical design was iconic, and created by Koa Johnson, the head designer of Jen’s line, JXA Fashion.
To showcase the unique neckline of the gown while capturing her “edgy, sophisticated, off-the-runway and bold” essence, Jen’s hairstylist Adam Simmons went for a slicked-back style, featuring staggered metallic Bobbi pins and textured waves in the back.
Makeup artist Jillian Silva created a “glittery, but sultry” look with Fenty Beauty contour sticks, Reflex silver pigmentation from MAC, Becca Opal highlighter, and of course, ShahLashes from Shah Beauty.
The couture dress wasn’t the only part of Jen’s look that was crafted exclusively for her. The manicure was a custom luxury press-on set from High Shine Studio.
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