Confessions of a “Celebrity” stylist

December 13, 2013 • Fashion

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Well, hello ladies and gentlemen, and all in between—

 

I am a stylist. Yes, I’ve styled celebrities. I’ve also worked on their hair and makeup. Does that make me a celebrity stylist? The title sounds great and looks fantastic on paper, so I’ll take it! One of the biggest questions asked is, “do celebrities really look that good without makeup?” My answer, 75% of the time, is yes. But, I’m here to tell you (without naming names) that contour with makeup can do wonders. Yes, we hide the flaws with makeup—and who doesn’t want that? Satisfied? I know for a fact you are not.

 

Let’s talk about hair. Some of the biggest A-listers use or have extensions; these are the women who set the trends for what we love to talk about and want for hair. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve been asked, “Can you give me Kim Kardashian hair?” First of all, you don’t have nearly as much hair as she does, so get ready to spend some serious dough on extensions. Secondly, do you want to spend the money for cut, color, treatment, styling, extensions, maintenance, home care products, and me to style it every day? You do? Great; here’s my number… In all seriousness, though, red carpet hair requires investment. However, there are a few things you can do to get that high voltage look that require no change at all. One thing that you may not know is how to backcomb (new school for tease) your hair. This is a must learn. Underneath that Covergirl up-do or the bouncy, hyper-voluminous hair is some good ole fashion backcombing. Lift hair, insert comb, and tease. It’s that easy—not to mention the basis of many subtler looks—Guido Palau’s lived-in ponies for Lanvin S/S 14’s show and Mark Trinder’s wistful, ghostly braids for Erdem ‘11, to name just two.

 

And finally, let’s address the clothes. Have I squeezed a celebrity or three in to a dress? Oh yes, even sewn them in… It happens. Have I ever seen, what? Wait for it… cellulite? Yes. Yes. And Yes. Everyone has cellulite. And a little airbrushing can hide a thousand marks. Bronzing the body before getting dressed can obscure so many “imperfections.” Spray tan is huge. Hell, we can give you abs while we’re at it, just saying. I call it getting glammed. Anyone can do it. Are you ready for the glam squad?

 

I would like to leave you with one parting thought: behind the scenes of any TV show, video, red carpet event, or photo shoot is no cakewalk. The work is demanding, the mood is stressful, and the pace is fast— even scary at times. Do not be fooled by all the glitz and glam. However, the final result is almost always worth the craze. I wouldn’t change a thing.

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