For Fox 8 anchor Kristi Capel, a glamorous look starts beneath the surface. Estée Lauder lotions keep her skin healthy and her makeup flawless. “You won’t have to use as much makeup,” she says. Kenra and Kevin Murphy products keep her hair healthy, too. “Even though they’re expensive, they last longer because you’re not using as much product." What can’t she live without? Her curling wand, which gives her a perfect curl without the creases. The 2006 Miss Missouri USA admits she rarely wears her hair straight. “I like the big pageant hair,” she laughs. Capel’s favorite look is a peplum top paired with a pencil skirt, which she finds everywhere from New York & Co. to Amazon. Her Sam Edelman suede shoes add a pop of color. Here's how other local TV (and one radio) personalities create their looks.
Courtney Gousman, Evening anchor at NewsChannel 5
Mix and Match: Urban Decay’s All Nighter Waterproof Setting Powder and bamboo charcoal blotting papers keep Gousman’s skin from looking shiny under the bright TV lights. “I mix a lot of my products just to find what’s best for my skin tone and my skin texture.”
Secret Strategy: “Lighting is so critical to contouring your face,” Gousman says. Even if she’s in a rush, she’ll highlight under her eyes and down the center of her nose.
Hair Love: Since straightening and curling her hair can be an hour-and-a-half-long process, Gousman sometimes opts to skip all that. “People have even said it’s inspired them to ... wear their hair natural,” she says. Almond & Avocado Wash Day Deep Moisture Masque by Design Essentials keeps her hair healthy. “It smells wonderful, and it makes my hair so nice and silky.”
Jason Mikell, Meteorologist at Channel 3
Style Secret: The weather informs every outfit. “I’m not gonna wear a dark brown muted color if it’s bright and sunny outside. It has to dictate what I’m telling people on air.”
His Look: Mikell’s wardrobe consists of trendy and approachable pieces. Some of his favorite looks are a vest or blazer with a patterned shirt, paired with slacks or jeans.
Makeup Essentials: Fenty Beauty powder and concealer last throughout Mikell’s long workdays. “I don’t try to do anything too exorbitant with my face,” he says. “Just something natural, matte, that allows my undertones to come through.”
Take a Risk: Mikell likes to experiment, from trying out different hair lengths to bold colors. A vibrant yellow sweater that he wore for his Live with Kelly and Ryan appearance last year garnered a compliment from Ryan Seacrest himself.
Jen Toohey, Co-host of the Jen and Tim Show on Star 102
Keep It Simple: Toohey’s wardrobe consists of basic pieces she can mix and match. She loves using an oversized black blazer or trench coat to elevate a pair of joggers
Products: “If you want to feel confident about the way you look in photos or when you’re at events you do have to use some product." Her go-to's are Benefit Cosmetics’ BADgal Bang! Volumizing Mascara, Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup Foundation and L’Oréal’s True Match Lumi Bronzer.
Tip From TikTok: Move your blush and contour higher up. “I feel like it’s very ’80s, this very pink cheek up into the eye area and the contour that swipes up underneath it."
Her Hair: Toohey uses a one-and-a-half-inch barrel curling iron and OUAI Hair Oil to help achieve one of her favorite looks — the beachy wave.
Rachel Vadaj, Reporter at Channel 19
Trendy and Timeless: Inspired by Kate Middleton, Princess Diana, Coco Chanel and her mother, Vadaj loves structured, solid-colored dresses. “Ten years from now, I still would want to wear them,” she says.
Her System: Vadaj wears bright colors on Monday, patterns on Tuesday, pink on Wednesday (which the whole station adopted), blue on Thursday and black on Friday. “That system keeps me looking fresh on air while making sure I’m using all of the pieces in my closet,” she says.
Local Style: Angie Hemly from Blank Boutique in Mentor helps Vadaj find pieces that are trendy yet still professional.