While the world weighs in on a slew of pretty rose colored Oscar gowns, I thought it would be a fun change to get the behind-the-scenes scoop from someone who gets up close and personal with some of the rosiest men on the red carpet.
Anne Hathaway (Prada), Kerry Washington (in Miu Miu), Jennifer Aniston (Valentino), Sally Fields (Armani Prive).
I had the chance to catch up this morning with Diana Schmidtke, who groomed Seth MacFarlane for the Oscars last night. Diana is a Los Angeles-based freelance stylist who has the enviable job of specializing in men’s grooming, style, and hair care for an A-list Hollywood roster that includes stars like George Clooney, Robert Pattinson, Alexander Skarsgard, Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortensen, and Matt Damon to name a few.
Diana feels that despite being the "year of the beard on the carpet", it's very important to shave
because black-tie events translate to stepping it up and looking your
best. In the event you do have a beard, groom it! She advises men to trim/shave it up under the neck. Create straight lines that are straight
around the ear, neck and nose. One trick for keeping a beard looking
perfect is to spray your comb with hairspray and then run it through
your beard to keep the wild hairs at bay. Don't forget to check and
perhaps trim if needed your nose hairs, ear hair, and eyebrows as well. A
beard is sexy, but it must be groomed to get that red-carpet look!
I asked Diana to talk about some of her favorite men's looks in terms of grooming on the red carpet.
Jeremy Renner: His hair was full, groomed, perfectly styled. Perfect
volume in the front, great side part. He looked handsome. I like seeing
men on the carpet especially at the Oscars looking dapper and have their
hair styled to complement their dapper outfit.
Channing Tatem: This is a good example of a close crop that is actually
styled and cut perfectly to a head shape. His skin has the perfect tone
(well managed and definitely cared for). That man know how to wear a
Bradley Cooper: Here is a man that has a great beard, (but with today’s
beard, its not about lets just grow a beard and not have to keep it
trimmed). Bradley’s beard was clean, trimmed and neat. The edges were
shaved and cut to compliment all around is face. His beard was a great
complement to the nice longer hair slicked back off his face. His hair
looked natural like he just ran his fingers through it to push it out of
his face. His hair was done, but not over done; same with his beard.
It was groomed, but not over groomed.
Regarding Seth: What was his regime to get ready for the Oscars?
started with a Royal Shave from The Art Of Shaving -- which is their
signature shave at the Barber Spa. The shave is key to getting the
closest shave possible, but giving moisture to the skin. Part of The
Royal Shave includes a mask that is applied to the face which contains
Desert Rose Clay -- this is a KEY ingredient to moisturizing and keeping the
skin hydrated all day (something that is great for Seth who is on-stage
for a long-time). Another reason I opted for the Royal Shave for Seth is
because the shave lasts longer. As you know everyone goes to parties
after the Oscars so it's a long night and no one wants that 5 o’clock
shadow to appear at 1am; you want to keep the clean shaven look all
night and a straight razor shave (from a professional barber) will do
Then we did his hair. I went with a more groomed look (compared to his everyday look, but kept it fun!) Lastly
we did his makeup (I didn't need to use much makeup just anti shine by
Peter Roth, and concealer by Jouer). I opted for ant-shine because it's
long lasting, and Seth was on-stage for 4 hours (and this way there are no powder
particles flying off my brush that could risk landing on his suit).
It's very dark backstage!! Things move quickly and there isn't a whole
lot of time like we have during a photo-shoot. His hair and shave went with the Gucci and Dolce tuxes he wore for the show.
Diana's tips for what men can do at home to get the best groomed look from the red carpet:
3. A haircut
4. Prevent looking shiny - use an anti shine.
Labels: Beauty, Men's Grooming, Oscars