When award season or Fashion Week rolls around, Twitter and Facebook are abuzz with their favorite — and least favorite — red carpet looks. Some celebrity looks are fierce and get a unanimous ‘Z’ snap, while others quickly get relegated to the "Worst Dressed" list.
But, what about the glam squads behind the looks? Which looks did they love to create? Between ad campaigns, editorial spreads, runway work, and the red carpet, top-notch makeup artists and hairstylists have created hundreds of looks over the years. Sometimes asking an artist to pick their favorite look is like asking a mother to pick her favorite child, but I went there anyway and asked the industry’s heavy hitters to play favorites and choose their greatest look of all time. Flip through to see which looks Harry Josh, Bobbi Brown, Jin Soon Choi, and others chose as their greatest looks of all time.
Rose Byrne, 2012 SAG Awards
“Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface was the inspiration. I love this look because Rose — who is a good friend and client — looked amazing with her bob and white jumpsuit. I gave her bangs for this look and felt the '70s-inspired hair was incredibly sexy. The look is a classic bob, but she made it look fresh.” — Harry Josh, celebrity hairstylist
Photo: Courtesy of Lucas Flores Piran.
Kate Spade Spring '13 Presentation
“The gingham nail look for the Spring 2013 Kate Spade presentation was a lot of fun to create. We did five variations of the look, and even created a custom mint green lacquer by combining three of my existing shades. Inspiration came directly from the collection, and I loved having the opportunity to be creative with the nail look. The nails made a statement, and I still get excited when I think about how it all came together.” — Deborah Lippmann, founder and creative director of Deborah Lippmann
Photo: Courtesy of Oscar Blandi.
Sienna Miller, 2008 Golden Globes
“I love this look because it is chic and free-spirited — very fitting for Sienna's personality — but still sophisticated enough to complement her gown. I secured her hair into a low chignon. Then I attached a braid extension that matched her hair color. Finally, I used bobby pins underneath where the extension sits atop the head to ensure that it didn’t move.” — Oscar Blandi, celebrity stylist and founder of Oscar Blandi Salon
Alexander McQueen Spring 2011 RTW Collection
“One of my all-time favorite hair moments that I got to create was when I was on Guido Palau's team during Paris Fashion Week. It was for Alexander McQueen's Spring 2011 RTW Collection. Palau created this look for the McQueen show because the collection evoked images of earthly yet ethereal women. This basket-woven look was achieved by blowdrying the hair as flat and straight as possible. Then, we prepped the hair by spraying it with a strong hold hairspray. The hair was then flat ironed in small sections and woven. I was so lucky to be part of such a creative team. Just being around that energy and being able to take that inspiration home with me and back into my own work was such a blessing.” — Jen Atkin, celebrity hairstylist for Clear/The Wall Group
Photo: Courtesy of Carlton Davis.
New York Times Magazine, 2001
“I would have to say that my favorite nail art was the 'feather and egg' manicure I created for a seven-page spread in New York Times Magazine. I simply applied one feather to each nail over a dark brown nail polish (allowing about one third of the nail polish to show above the feather), and the photo was taken while the hand model was holding spotted eggs. Using elements from nature of this sort made for a disturbing, yet alluring image. This was also the first time in the history of the New York Times that they did a nail art story and it really boosted my reputation as a nail artist. I think it also helped popularize nail art!” — Jin Soon Choi, founder of Jin Soon Nail Hand & Foot Spas and Jin Soon Nail Lacquer
Photo: Courtesy of Chanel.
Jessica Biel, Playing For Keeps NYC Premiere, 2012
“It was very hard to choose my favorite look of all time because I've had a good amount of amazing moments throughout the last 20 years of my career! The one that really sticks out to me, though, is the look we created for Jessica Biel at the Playing For Keeps premiere in NYC. We got Jessica ready at her house and it was one of those days that I remember so well because I felt like it all just flowed so easily for each and every one of us. In between trying on dresses, Jessica made a spur-of-the-moment decision to go with a gorgeous slate gray gown.
"We all loved it and were so inspired by the moment. It was such a joy to see Jessica feel inspired, too. I feel like we really hit that balance of a complete look that was high fashion, but that also had the element of being natural and organic and just simply beautiful with that little extra something that’s different. The look really enhanced who Jessica is, instead of creating a mere facade. I really think this is a great example of what I do best and what I love to do as a makeup artist." — Kara Yoshimoto Bua, celebrity makeup artist for Chanel
Photo: Courtesy of Paul Labrecque.
Pamella Roland Fall 2012 Presentation
“This look was inspired by the sophistication of modern art from the fabulous ‘60s. The model’s hair was slightly teased, pulled into a chignon, and then sprayed with a high-gloss finish. This resulted in a very sleek look.” — Paul Labrecque, owner of Paul Labrecque Salon and Spa
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