February 25, 2013

The Rosy Afterglow: Red Carpet Tips for Men

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.

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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.

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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 suit!

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?
We 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 this!

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:

1. Moisturize.
2.  A great shave. Diana recommends The Royal Shave 
3. A haircut
4. Prevent looking shiny - use an anti shine.

I have to agree with Diana, less is more when it comes to a well groomed guy. Hope you enjoyed today's Red Carpet tips for men!

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The Dainty Dolls House said...

This was wonderful...fantastic read!! I hope you had an enjoyable weekend and your new week will be ever better xx

Krystal said...

i was just watching the coverage on E today, it was so fun to watch!

Couture Carrie said...

Fabulous looks and interview!
Love her tips for guys!



What a lovely treat to share with us Mary Jo! I actually loved Seth's smart look. My favourite looks on the ladies were Kerry Washington, and Charlize Theron. :)

Ali of Dressing Ken said...

I personally think Daniel Day Lewis looked great. Not just what he was wearing but his whole youthful exuberance and the sparkle in his eyes. A wonderful actor and truly wonderful human being. His wife is lucky women!

Ali of


MrJeffery said...

love that you picked out the "rosy" looks! also love the men's tips :)

Pamela RG said...

Interesting article. Diana is lucky to have those handsome and talented men as clients. I like Bradley Cooper, he looked handsome last night during the Oscars.

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

Fabulous post! It's so important that men are groomed well. I've seen an increase in how men WANT to look well groomed since David Beckham. I love Bradley Cooper.

About Last Weekend said...

Wow interesting, haven't thought of a lot of these things before...I haven't had time to watch it yet - we were listening to it on BBC as we drove home from Tahoe and now I'm really intrigued to have a look at all these blokes!

Alexis Grace of North On Harper said...

These tips are great! I will be sure to share them with Lukus :)

MM said...

Interesting tips, Mary Jo! Bradly Cooper was really handsome!! He and Jennifer Aniston were my favorites!

xoxo MM

dimitri said...

It's a very nice and interesting post.
I love these red dresses. Bradley cooper is vey elegant and he is a talented actor.

Cafe Fashionista said...

I always completely ignore the boys on the red carpet - I'm all about the gowns! :P

Jenee C. said...

OKay so after reading through this entire post I'm quite certain now that I know way more about men grooming than most men I know. Your friend is so knowledgeable. Is this the same one who made you get rid of your Wildfox collection? I bursted out in laughter when I first read that. Hope your week is off to a great start.

xx Jenee C.
{camo meets couture}

classiq said...

How refreshing to read about men's style on the red carpet. By the way, I loved Seth's look.
PS: I was so blown away by who won the Oscar for Best Director. I was expecting Spielberg to win. The Best Director nominations were a mystery for me anyhow, not nominating Ben Affleck. xo

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

It's great to get a perspective on men on the red carpet for once and this interview with Diana was very interesting. She did a fantastic job with Seth MacFarlane,

Rowena @ rolala loves

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Wow, what a treat, Mary Jo, like stepping backstage at the Oscars and talking to the stylists as they ready the stars. What a dream job, I must say! Thanks for stopping by, Mary Jo ... have a great remainder of the week! xox ~S

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fashionsensitive said...

Hey, Mary Jo, this was fun reading. I usually check the women's look, I think all actors look great in suits! But now I now, all actors look great in suits because they use anti shine, they shave properly, they go to a hair stylist before, hard life, too, for them! Who said only women have to work on their appearances? Kisses

PS: I wish I could have a stylist job, but for women ;)

Ann said...

Men are becoming more vain these days
especially Hollywood, I'm not complaining though. Didn't realize the process Seth went through before appearing for the show.

Rachel {Da Paura ♥} said...

I agree! Love these tips for men. I definitely like a clean shave or very groomed for an upscale event such as this.


BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

I love it when my fella spruces himself up. And he's a moisturizer nut...Don't tell him I told you that. Haha!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Mary Jo, this is such a cool look at men's grooming! A clean, groomed look is always great!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

lover said...

What can I say I love a beard on a sexy man....


Not Just A Pretty Dress said...

Mary Jo, thanks for sharing the insights of a real insider! Anne Hathaway's Prada and the Valentino gowns were stunning! Have a nice day, Caterina

Imogen said...

This is a great post. It was really interesting to see a mans side of it. I was thinking about how we never hear much about that as I was watching the E coverage the other day.

Allison said...

This was so much fun to read! I think it's so interesting how men need so much pampering to get ready for the red carpet as well! :)


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