I love New York because you get to meet the most talented people from every walk of life. Meet Webb On The Fly’s Supermodel Glam Squad, make-up artist Marc Cornwall on the right, and hairstylist Jimmy Hilton on the left, both of whom I’ve had the very good fortune of working with for the past year on my blog.
I think every woman should be able to have a super model glam squad on speed dial no matter what her budget might be. I asked my guys, who I depend on for my professional beauty survival, what the most important questions you have to ask your stylist are in order to get the results you want to be able to achieve your signature style.
Marc and Jimmy came to New York from Hawaii and Newport Beach California a year ago and took off like rockets. Beside helping me create some of the signature hair and make-up looks on most of my blog posts, Marc and Jimmy also have a serious celebrity client roster. Marc beautifies the faces of Maye Musk, Charlotte McKinney, Priyanka Chopra, and Arianna Huffington. As a make-up artist, his specialty is creating high fantasy and glistening skin that works as well on camera as it does in real life. This year alone his work has been featured in magazines like Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue Italia, and L’Officiel. They key to working well with a make-up artist according to Marc is “to have a very open conversation about achieving the look. You have to talk about both pros and cons to make sure that we’re all on the same page. It’s important to talk about how close you can get to the look and if it’s really right for you before you start.”
Personally, I’ve learned from years of modeling that you need to tell the makeup artist how your skin reacts to makeup over the passage of time, does it get dry, sensitive or oily, all of which will determine if the products should be water based or oil based and also dictates the kind and amount of powder to use. “It makes a client feel special when you open up this conversation, because it shows them you’re really paying attention to their needs.”
Jimmy is a top colorist responsible for a lot of the quick change hair colors I do on the blog, and, let me tell you, he’s super fierce when it comes to a blow out and curl girls! Jimmy’s specialty is balayage highlights. Balayage means “to sweep” in French. The balayage technique is at once soft and dramatic and flatters any hair texture or color.
The best thing that a client can do to get and keep the look she wants, in Jimmy’s book, is to “be brutally honest about how much time they are willing to put into their style and also how much money they are willing to spend for maintenance.” One of the things I do, that can save you a lot of time and money, is to take a quick selfie video with your phone while your stylist does your curl and blow-out so you can repeat it at home between salon visits.
Jimmy also cautions that a sure way a client can sabotage getting the look they want is by bringing a million pictures of hair colors which only “confuses the hairdresser.” The best way to get where you want to go is to have a very strong inspiration, illustrated by one to two photos max, “from there’ Jimmy says, ‘we can see if it would work for you and then make it your own”. A rule to live by when dyeing your hair is to trust your colorist about what shades would work best for your skin tone and your eye color. Jimmy is bi-costal and booked solid for color by a list of clients that includes Michellle Williams and Gia Gunn.
I work with Marc and Jimmy on location most of the time for photo shoots personal appearances, but when I really want to prep and pamper for a night out alone with my husband, I go and visit the boys at Privé Salon in the Sherry Netherland Hotel on 5th Avenue.
Privé Salon is owned by master stylist and haircutter Laurent D. He’s a French ex-pat with a serious high fashion resume under his belt. The atmosphere at Privé is drenched in epic old school glamor, but the attitude is modern and cool. The salon, located in the historic Sherry Netherland Hotel across the street from the Plaza, hotel boasts a secret annex entrance to famous Ciprani Restaurant and sits perched above Doubles, one of the most exclusive social members only clubs in the city. When I visit the salon, it’s a treat to hear the chatter bubbling up in every imaginable language from the international mix of sophisticated and fascinating of creatives and business people that make up the clientele at Privé.
Maybe I’ll catch you there the next you come to New York to get glam!
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