We were first introduced to the lovely Leona Lewis when she appeared on the top-rated talent contest The X Factor in the United Kingdom. After her triumphant win on that show, she scored a major hit with Spirit, her debut album, on the strength of the hit song "Bleeding Love." Now Leona is back to do it again! Echo, her latest release, is steadily climbing the charts, proving that this young rising star has major staying power.
Signed to J-Records by the incomparable Clive Davis, this young lady's journey to stardom is one that Cinderella stories are made of. With hard work and determination, Leona was able to turn her dreams into a reality. Born and raised in the London borough of Islington, Leona was classically trained from an early age while attending many of London's most prestigious theater and music institutions, including the Italia Conti Academy. There, she acquired intensive training in opera, jazz, and blues vocals as well as in playing the piano and guitar.
After finishing school at the age of 17, Leona worked hard for years, composing and writing her own material and recording numerous demos for production companies in the hopes of securing a record contract. Right when she was about to take a break from music to concentrate on her studies in college, a dear friend encouraged her to audition for The X Factor, where Leona more than proved that she had that IT factor. The rest, as they say, is history!
Today, Leona continues to captivate audiences worldwide with her angelic voice and world-class beauty. Simply put, she has the stuff that stars are made of. Much to-do is made about her exotic looks. This stunning pictorial on our Hype Hair pages showcases the many facets of Leona's stellar style and, as you can see, she can go from a chic and demure girl-next-door look to all-out glamorous in an instant!
Leona's Hair Flair
We love her edgy, slicked-back style! This look can be created by shampooing and conditioning the hair thoroughly. Next, apply an alcohol-free gel to the hair and then back-comb it sleek and straight while it is still wet. Spritz the hair with a glossifier for sheen to finish the look. You can also achieve the style by flat-ironing the hair straight. For a little extra sparkle, add chunks of blonde highlights to the hair around the face to achieve Leona's wispy look. If you prefer a little more texture to the hair, tease it at the crown for more lift and volume.
Leona's healthy hair benefits from the best of care. With everything from photo shoots to stage shows, Leona's hair is handled by stylists on a constant basis. That means the constant use of heat-styling tools, which can wreak havoc on her tresses. Protecting her hair and keeping it conditioned on a regular basis keeps damage at bay.
Deep-conditioning the hair for half an hour under a hooded dryer gives it much-needed moisture to help prevent dry, dull, and brittle-looking hair. Using heat-protectant sprays can also reduce the amount of heat damage done to the hair when using heat-styling tools.
Leona gives us the full spectrum of sheer fabulosity! In one enchanting look, her makeup is ultra-chic, with lips that stand out. The other look highlights the eyes while the lips are kept subtle and subdued. Both makeup looks work beautifully for Leona!
To get the look, begin with clean, moisturized skin. Apply your foundation with a makeup sponge for a smooth application. Using a blush brush, apply bronzer on the cheeks, forehead, bridge of the nose, and the chin for a soft glow. Add three coats of mascara to achieve lush lashes, and then finish up the look with fire-engine-red lipstick.
Leona's Beauty Notes
Try warm earth tones this season to achieve Leona's sultry makeup look. Brown and golden tones on the eyes are great for playing them up to the hilt. Line the inner and outer corners of the eyes with liquid liner after applying shadow to achieve a sultry, smoky effect. Finish the look by lining the lips with a neutral-toned lip pencil before applying a coral lip color for a smashing look of your own!