Hollywood's Most Influential Stylists, Hairstylists, & Makeup Artists--Who Made The List For 2013?

Behind every major red carpet moment—included our 50 Style Stars—there's a team of talented people working together to create that look. These stylists, makeup artists, and hair stylists are incredibly influential and impactful, and their work deserves to be celebrated. Today, we're turning the spotlight on the 35 men and women who are responsible for making the magic happen. 

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    Remember Jessica Alba's incredible cascading waves from the Golden Globes? Charlize Theron's stunning white peplum Dior gown from the Oscars? Kate Mara's super chic, deep part at the Emmys? All the handiwork of the incredible artists we're celebrating today. Read on to meet the people who create Hollywood's most glamorous moments.

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    Cher Coulter (@chercoulter)

    Please describe yourself in three words.
    Caring, passionate, and loyal.

    What was your first job?
    I did a paper round everyday as a teenager. It funded my magazine and clothes obsession!! 

    When did you know you'd made it?
    I don't think you ever feel like you have "made it." I'm proud of many moments in my career, but I'm never complacent and always strive to deliver and achieve more. 

    What was your most stressful moment?
    Awards season is always a stressful time for stylists in Hollywood. Fabulous dresses are snapped up quickly and everyone is fighting hard for their clients. Competition is rife and the pressure is always on!

    Who is your ultimate style icon?
    It really changes all the time, I think people have periods of time where they are more interesting to me than other times. I appreciate the way Carine Roitfeld dresses; she always embraces very trendy trends in a chic way. I always look forward to seeing what Raf Simons and Nicholas Ghesquiere do every season. They're leaders.

    What's your favorite look you've ever created?
    Honestly I can't say. I have a lot of favorites. Rosie in Gucci during the Transformers tour stands out as one. 

    What's inspiring you now?
    I like the Japanese designers from the '90s: like Yamamoto and Comme des Garcons.

    What's your desert island essential?
    Water, a good book, and a mega yacht once I'm ready to go home!

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    Rob Zangardi (@robzangardi) & Mariel Haenn (@MARIELhaenn)

    Please describe yourself in three words.
    R: Rob and Mariel.
    M: Mariel and Rob.

    What was your first styling job?
    R: New Year's Eve 2000 with MTV.
    M: Trick Daddy's "Take It To The House."

    When did you know you'd made it? 
    Rihanna's "Umbrella" music video was the first signature R+M moment—plus that job won a VMA for "Best Video of the Year." Rihanna had this breakthrough in her career and we got to play a part of that.  

    What was your most stressful moment? 
    Rihanna's Rated R album packaging shoot with Ellen von Unwerth got moved from Paris to Berlin last minute during Paris Fashion Week. We had to overnight 1,600 pounds of clothing. It was a fiasco, but we made it happen.

    Who is your ultimate style icon?
    We love classic bombshells who combine sexy, sophisticated, and glamorous effortlessly: Ava Gardner, Gloria Swanson in Sunset Blvd, Sophia Loren, and Josephine Baker.

    What's your favorite look you've ever created? 
    Rachel McAdams in the red Marchesa at Cannes always sticks out as a great moment for us. Also, Jennifer Lopez's Gucci Met Ball look!

    What's inspiring you now? (A song? Movie? Editorial?)
    "Genesis" by Sebastiao Salgado: incredible landscape imagery from around the world.  The ball culture documentary Paris Is Burning. Pirates, ninjas, and wizards.

    What's your desert island essential?
    A great pair of sunglasses. Straightforward but true.

     

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    Kate Young (@kystyle)

    What was your first job?
    Waitress in a diner.

    When did you know you'd made it?
    Have I?

    What was your most stressful moment?
    Maybe my initial job interview at Vogue—I wanted it so badly.

    Who is your ultimate style icon?
    Carolyn Bessette Kennedy

    What's your favorite look you've ever created?
    Constantly changes. Michelle Williams in the yellow dress is the one everyone loves.

    What's inspiring you now?
    Color. Joe Bradley's paintings. Nicole Cherubini's sculptures. Everything at the Sears Peyton Gallery.

    What's your desert island essential?
    My husband.

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    Karla Welch & Kemal Harris

    Karla Welch (@karla_welch) & Kemal Harris

    Please describe yourself in three words.
    Karla: Hardworking, funny (I've been told), and Mom.
    Kemal: Rock and roll.

    What was your first job?
    Karla: I had a paper route when I was 8 years old. I also worked in my dad's clothing store. Retail jobs make better humans.
    Kemal: Styling model test portfolios for the local agencies in Vancouver.

    When did you know you'd made it?
    Karla: I don't ever think it, but I loved getting my first Christmas present from Chanel.
    Kemal: When I was able to move to NYC—I came here with the idea of staying six months and now it's been 8.5 years.

    What was your most stressful moment?
    Karla: There is a huge amount of anxiety, stress, exhaustion, nervousness in this business. But at the end of the day—and I do take great pride in my work—it's not solving real problems. I try to be as prepared as possible, so if something goes wrong, I'm confident I can solve or fix it. Or maybe I've just completely blocked it out!
    Kemal: Styling is a constant stress, but the good kind, the kind that pushes you to be the best.

    Who is your ultimate style icon?
    Karla: I don't have one, but you can't hate on Katharine Hepburn.
    Kemal: Keith Richards.

    What's your favorite look you've ever created?
    Karla: That's like picking my favorite child! The polka dot Gucci that Olivia Wilde wore in London for the premiere of Cowboys and Aliens was pretty close to perfection.
    Kemal: Olivia Wilde's Calvin Klein dress for the Met Ball 2013 was a definite favorite. I worked with Francisco Costa and his amazing team to get it just right. I was also really proud of the custom jean jacket we made for Justin Bieber's Believe album cover and the custom black leather trousers we made him for SNL with a hand-printed gold leaf monogram pattern of his initials.

    What's inspiring you now?
    Karla: HILLARY 2016
    Kemal: In addition to styling, I play bass in the band Matte Black and so I'm really fortunate that there's a never-ending flow of ideas and creativity around me.

    What's your desert island essential?
    Karla: Eres bikini, Ray-Ban wayfarers, and a pretty gold necklace. And a stack of magazines, a hammock, and some rosé. And some National CDs. Maybe my family can come visit.
    Kemal: My Dad's blood red 5-string Fender bass that he gave me.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Tara Swennen (@TaraSwennen)

    What was your first job?
    My first job in the business was as in studio services at Barney's New York.

    When did you know you'd made it?
    I was honored as one of The Hollywood Reporter's top 25 stylists in Hollywood. 

    What was your most stressful moment?
    I've had a few zippers pop in my time—last minute sew-ups are never fun! 

    Who is your ultimate style icon?
    Katherine Hepburn and Coco Chanel 

    What's your favorite look you've ever created?
    One of my favorite looks was Kristen Stewart in a sheer strapless Zuhair Murad for her final Twilight premiere. It was the perfect end for a five-year run.

    What's inspiring you now?
    I am currently very inspired by Parisian street style.

    What's your desert island essential?
    Nutella.

     

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    Penny Lovell (@pennyalovell)

    Please describe yourself in three words:
    Dedicated, humorous, and shopaholic.

    What was your first job?
    As PA to John Frieda the hairdresser.

    When did you know you'd made it?
    I'm still making it every day, but being asked to write a bi-monthly column for HarpersBazaar.com was a pretty amazing moment.

    What was your most stressful moment?
    Leaving my passport on Saturday in a photocopier shop (closed on Sundays) when I was flying (with all the clothes) to join Keira Knightly on my first-ever press tour on that Sunday.  They actually accepted a copy of my passport as ID.  I can’t believe I was that lucky.  It was years ago and I still have shivers about that.

    Who is your ultimate style icon?
    I’m reading Diana Vreeland Memos: The Vogue Years and she is amazing. Also Iris Apfel.  No one has ever accessorized better than these ladies, their individuality, their use of color, print, silhouette, just everything. .

    What's your favorite look you've ever created?
    That’s so tough.  I have different favorites for different reasons but I will go with Rose Byrne in the Elie Saab white embellished jumpsuit at the SAG awards 2012.  It was so great to see her on the carpet in a black tie version of something she wears so much in life.

    What's inspiring you now?
    I’m looking at images of the '20s and '30s.  Diane Lane in The Cotton Club and also Burberry's S/S 14 collection. I want to wear it all, work with it all, and see everyone in it.

    What's your desert island essential?
    My Kindle and my 3-year-old daughter (although one would preclude use of the other). Oh, and sunscreen of course.

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    Emily Current & Meritt Elliott (@EmilyAndMeritt)

    Please describe yourself in three words.
    Emily: Convicted, passionate, and intrigued.
    Meritt: Inspired, loyal, and happy.

    What was your first job?
    Emily: Ballet dancer.
    Meritt: Lifeguard.

    When did you know you'd made it?
    When we were featured in Vogue.

    What was your most stressful moment?
    Five clients at one award show and one huge rain storm!

    Who is your ultimate style icon?
    Slim Keith, Tom Sawyer, Jane Birkin in jeans.

    What's your favorite look you've ever created?
    The Americana wonderland we were able to create with Current/Elliott lookbooks, Mandy Moore at Fashion Week last season, Jessica Alba at the Ralph Lauren show this season, Emma Roberts in Cushnie et Ochs.

    What's inspiring you now?
    Children—the playfulness, the lack of rules in dressing, the constant self discovery and expression, not taking yourself too seriously, the function and sense of comfort.

    What's your desert island essential?
    Instagram.

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    Samantha McMillen (@McMillenSam)

    Please describe yourself in three words.
    Loyal, stubborn, and controlling (a little).

    What was your first job?
    First job ever was in a French café: I made coffee and sandwiches and helped in the kitchen. First-ever styling job was Ashley Judd for her Someone Like You movie poster. 

    When did you know you'd made it?
    Well I'm not sure I ever felt that way, but the first time Johnny Depp requested me for a magazine cover (Esquire) felt pretty great.

    What was your most stressful moment?
    I had eight people for the Golden Globes in 2012, and it was a crazy day. I got my last person out the door and the hairstylist for another client called me panicking because the actress's dress literally popped open at the seams when she sat down in the car (the dress was put together like origami). I had to run back to her hotel and sew her back up. I think I had a mini infarction that day! 

    Who is your ultimate style icon?
    Some days Audrey Hepburn. Some days Patti Smith.

    What's your favorite look you've ever created?
    That's really tough. I loved so many I did for Carey Mulligan. Hard to choose. Maybe a Johnny Depp look? 

    What's inspiring you now?
    I loved Chanel's rainbow colored S/S 2014 collection. I'm still wearing black, but found the way Karl used the color quite inspiring. 

    What's your desert island essential?
    Music! But if you mean clothing probably one of my '70s Indian lightweight cotton bohemian dresses.

     

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    Estee Stanley (@EsteeStanley)

    Please describe yourself in three words.
    Opinionated, funny, and loving.

    What was your first job?
    Assistant to the editor of L'Uomo Vogue.

    When did you know you'd made it?
    I still don't know.

    What was your most stressful moment?
    When the dress for Penelope Cruz showed up—she was a nominee—and it didn't work. I had to scramble to find the winner in eight hours.

    Who is your ultimate style icon? 
    Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

    What's your favorite look you've ever created? 
    Oh so many to recall! I'm old and have no memory.

    What's inspiring you now?
    My kids' clothes and Giambattista Valli.

    What's your desert island essential?
    My family & bottles of rosé.

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    Ilaria Urbinati (@ilariaurbinati)

    Please describe yourself in three words.
    Obsessive, Nostalgic, Tomboy-ish—is that a word?

    What was your first job?
    Christie's Auction House. I was in charge of learning everything about the items before the auction and educating the buyers on them. I was also a French-Italian translator for them. I was only 17; it was a pretty rad job!

    When did you know you'd made it?
    I guess when the Corriere Della Sera (which is like The New York Times of Italy) did a story on me as a stylist. I'm from Rome originally, and they wrote it in this very proud "she's one of our own" sort of way, and my grandpa called me and he was so excited about his granddaughter being in the biggest newspaper in Italy.

    What was your most stressful moment?
    My client Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (from Game of Thrones) was attending the White House Correspondents Dinner with the editors of Cosmo and the designer sent him the wrong shoes for his tux, but he didn't notice till he was getting dressed. I was in New York and had to track down a store with the right shoes, then find a messenger service in DC that was open on the weekends and available that second to go get the shoes from the store and drop them off to Nikolaj. It was so tight for time the messenger had to pull up to Nikolaj's limo on a moped outside the White House and toss them into the limo window because they weren't allowed to stop! (I was like, where is Olivia Pope when you need her?? Kidding...Sort of...)

    Who is your ultimate style icon?
    Winona Ryder. Always has been, always will be. 

    What's your favorite look you've ever created?
    Probably Nina Dobrev in the red Donna Karan at the Emmys because it put her on the map as a "fashion it girl." Also from Donna Karan, the gown Nina wore to the 2012 Met Ball because I got to be very involved in the design process. I was inspired by the Donna dress Gwyneth wore at the end of Great Expectations when she's running in the rain to find Ethan Hawke—swoon!

    What's inspiring you now?
    Style-wise, the old black & white editorial with the supermodels dressed in men's suits. Also, Samantha Mathis in Pump up the Volume and Demi Moore in Indecent Proposal— both for the clothes and the hair.

    What's your desert island essential?
    My three dogs: Waffle (named after Diane Keaton's dog in Manhattan), Ryder (named after Winona), and Red (named after Morgan Freeman in Shawshank)!

     

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    Rachel Zoe (@RachelZoe)

    Please describe yourself in three words.
    Passionate, loyal, and hardworking.

    What was your first job?
    I was the assistant to a fashion editor at YM magazine in New York.

    When did you know you'd made it?
    I never truly think that I had “made it” since I’m always looking to the next thing and to what I want to tackle next. I think after I had my son, my perspective on success changed.  His happiness is everything, so when things are good with him, I’m happy too.

    What was your most stressful moment?
    Ever?? There have been many moments in my career that I’ve thought were the most stressful and then with every success comes more a bit more stress, so I don’t think I could name just one. I wouldn’t give back even one of those stressful moments though; each one of them has been followed by such special milestones in my career.

    Who is your ultimate style icon?
    It’s too difficult to choose just one – I live for Brigitte Bardot, Francoise Hardy and Diane Keaton, to name a few.

    What's your favorite look you've ever created?
    I designed a long-sleeved, floor-length blush sequin gown with a matching turban for Karolina Kurkova to wear to the 2012 Met Gala.  It was a red carpet moment I will never forget!

    What's inspiring you now?
    I’m always incredibly inspired by the women in my life—my friends, my family, my team at the office to name a few. When I’m designing a collection, I always have them in mind (they are all so different!) and the goal is to create modern and super wearable pieces that they would all be excited to incorporate into their wardrobe.

    What's your desert island essential?
    My family—my husband, Rodger, and son, Skyler.

     

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    Johnny Wujek (@JohnnyWujek)

    Please describe yourself in three words:
    Patient, generous, and spontaneous.

    What was your first job?
    Paper boy. Would deliver papers on Sunday. Made a few bucks a week. 

    When did you know you'd made it?
    I'm making it. I'll always be "making it." If I've made it. Then what.? Right ? 

    What was your most stressful moment?
    Do you have an hour? Cause I got stories. One of my most stressful moments was the met ball when Katy wore the light-up gown. It was a last minute change of plans. An ambitious idea that, in the end, landed us the cover of WWD. I did cry that morning. I'm a Cancer. I'm sensitive. 

    Who is your ultimate style icon?
    Jake Ryan from Sixteen Candles.

    What's your favorite look you've ever created?
    Do you have another hour? Gosh. So many. Katy's California Dreams tour and video costumes. I mean, a Cool Whip-shooting bra. Come on. Who else can say that's their job? 

    What's inspiring you now?
    The late '90s: The Craft, Clueless, Empire Records

    What's your desert island essential?
    Wi-fi? 

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    Simone Harouche (@simoneharouche)

    Please describe yourself in three words.
    Wife, mother, and workaholic.

    What was your first job?
    Working at the Guess boutique on Rodeo. I was 18.

    When did you know you'd made it?
    When I was included on the Hollywood Reporter's Top 25 Stylists List.

    What was your most stressful moment?
    Too many to count. Styling is always about problem solving…

    Who is your ultimate style icon?
    Audrey Heburn and Jane Birkin.

    What's your favorite look you've ever created?
    Nicole Richie for the Oscars in 2011.

    What's inspiring you now?
    I'm always inspired by art, travel, and pop culture. They all seem to go hand in hand.

    What's your desert island essential?
    Sunscreen, Eres bikini, kombucha, my husband and my baby.

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    Nicole Chavez (@nicole_chavez)

    Please describe yourself in three words.
    Intuitive, loyal, and blessed.

    What was your first job?
    Assisting a Costume Designer on a film in 2001.

    When did you know you'd made it?
    When I had a reserved seat at the Fall 04 Oscar de la Renta show.

    What was your most stressful moment?
    When my client's press tour wardrobe went missing in Dubai.

    Who is your ultimate style icon?
    Talitha Getty.

    What's your favorite look you've ever created?
    My most recent favorite was Rachel Bilson in Oscar de la Renta for the To Do List premiere.

    What's inspiring you now?
    "Doin' It Right" by Daft Punk and Panda Bear.

    What's your desert island essential?
    Margarita.

     

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    Leslie Fremar (@LeslieFremar)

    Please describe yourself in three words.
    Controlling, serious, and straightforward.

    What was your first job?
    Anna Wintour’s assistant at American Vogue.

    When did you know you'd made it?
    Not sure I have yet—I think there is always someone doing something bigger and better than you.

    What was your most stressful moment?
    When I first started out I was always stressed—I don’t stress anymore about work.

    Who is your ultimate style icon?
    A young Ali MacGraw.

    What's your favorite look you've ever created?
    I can’t pick favorites 

    What's inspiring you now?
    Dressing my three-year-old son inspires me, and what all the kids in his class are wearing.  These kids dress better than me.

    What's your desert island essential?
    Music.

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    Ande Lecompte (@andylecompte)

    Please describe yourself in three words.
    Passionate, intense, and loyal.

    What was your first job?
    While on spring break, I worked at my sister's salon. That turned into six days a week. In beauty school, I had my only non-salon job at the Gap.

    When did you know you'd made it?
    Madonna, in a platinum blonde wig, lying on the floor in the Versace campaign with Testino was definitely a moment. I wanted to pinch myself. Wow. This is gonna be in my book…

    What was your most stressful moment?
    Oh wow, a stressful moment? Any one of my quick changes on tour. Or that one time I gave Nicole Richie a super short blunt bob but then she decided she wanted long hair when I arrived on set.


    Who is your ultimate style icon?
    Bardot, Birkin, Veronica Lake...so many I can't pick just one. 

    What's your favorite look you've ever created?
    From any one of Nicole Richie's famous bobs to all of the looks in Madonna's “Girl Gone Wild” video, or many of Penelope Cruz's short fringe updos. All of my girls inspire me. Ask me to narrow it down to one when I retire.

    What's inspiring you now?
    I'm really into this song by an artist named St. Lucia.  The song is called “All Eyes On You.”  A friend sent it to me. 


    What's your desert island essential?
    Rodin body oil

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    Adir Abergel (@hairbyadir)

    Please describe yourself in three words.
    Loving, present, and humble.

    What was your first job? 
    I worked with Arthur Johns who had clients like Tina Turner, Julie Christie, the Gabor sisters, Edie Adams, and Dianne Carroll.  My first exposure in hair was to these incredibly inspiring women.

    When did you know you'd made it? 
    I felt like I made it from day one when I knew I could inspire the woman sitting in my chair.

    What was your most stressful moment? 
    Doing eight looks in one night, in under two minutes each, for Oscars 2011 for Anne Hathaway.

    Who is your ultimate style icon?
    I love the confidence, the humanity, and the ease of Bridget Bardot.

    What's your favorite look you've ever created? 
    I am proud of many moments: Gwyneth Paltrow at Oscars 2012 wearing the white Tom Ford, when Sandra Bullock won her Oscar, Anne Hathaway winning at the Golden Globes this year, and Reese Witherspoon wearing the red dress with my signature UNDONE look for Golden Globes last year.

    What's inspiring you now?
    Meditation, eating well, my husband, French Vogue, my colleagues, women!!!! 

    What's your desert island essential? 
    Anything coconut…

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    Mara Roszak (@mararoszak)

    Please describe yourself in three words.
    Open, creative, and compassionate.

    What was your first job?
    Sarah Michelle Gellar for a red carpet charity event. My first big editorial was Halle Berry's [April 2007] InStyle cover. 

    When did you know you'd made it?
    Well, being included in this piece is a pretty good indicator.

    What was your most stressful moment?
    I would say driving in LA traffic, and being late to work. There is noting that gives me a bigger pit in my stomach then the idea of someone waiting on me. 

    Who is your ultimate style icon?
    There are lots. Probably Carolyn Bessette's classic, clean, sophisticated style. 

    What's your favorite look you've ever created?
    Emma Stone for the Paris premiere of Spider-Man. The look was timeless and tells such a beautiful story. 

    What's inspiring you now?
    Vintage shopping tends to inspire me. I love old things, the way things were made, beautiful lace tops, antique furniture. I love imagining the story behind the items: who owned them and what they looked like. It's my own story in my mind

    What's your desert island essential?
    Sunscreen. This pale skin does not do well in the desert sun alone. 

     

     

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    Jen Atkin (@jenatkinhair)

    Please describe yourself in three words.
    Lucky, busy, and obsessive.

    What was your first job?
    When I first moved to LA in 2000, I worked as a receptionist at Estilo Salon.

    When did you know you'd made it?
    When I got to feed Stevie Nicks' meter.

    What was your most stressful moment?
    Feeding Stevie Nicks meter…no, I don't really get stressed. I love having challenges with timing and deadlines.  I think not making flights has to be the most stressed I've ever been.

    Who is your ultimate style icon?
    Pat Cleveland.

    What's your favorite look you've ever created?
    It's so hard to pick just one.  It’s like choosing a favorite child.  I had a lot of fun at the Met Ball this year with Jess Alba and Minka Kelly, creating cool braids with metal details in the hair. SO it’s a TIE.

    What's inspiring you now?
    Can't stop listening to Capital Cities' "Kangaroo Court"—it sounds so '80s and fun.  I don't like movies.  I have been watching The Day Before, a Sundance documentary series about designers the day of their shows.  Love watching hard-working, successful people pulling it all together.

    What's your desert island essential?
    Funny you should ask: I'm on an island now doing a castaway-themed shoot in Malaysia. Would have to be Oribe oil for the hair. Every girl needs hydrated castaway hair.

     

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    Renato Campora (@RenatoCampora)

    Please describe yourself in three words.
    Passionate, loyal, and perfectionist.

    What was your first job?
    Hairstylist is not only the first job I've had, but the only job.

    When did you know you'd made it?
    When I bought a home for my family.

    What was your most stressful moment?
    I was working with my mentor Yannick d'Is to create the looks for a fashion show celebrating Thierry Mugler's 30 years in fashion. To be working with artists I so admire, on such an important moment in fashion history, was the definition of stressful (and wonderful!).

    Who is your ultimate style icon?
    Impossible to choose only one, I am inspired by so many: Veronica Lake, Sophia Lauren, Anna Magnani, Gina Lollobrigida, and Monica Vitti.

    What's your favorite look you've ever created?
    The look I created for Kate Winslet when she won the Oscar in 2009. Not only for the hairstyle itself, but also the privilege of being a part of a special moment with such a lovely and beautiful friend.

    What's inspiring you now?
    A painting I saw at the national portrait gallery in London yesterday. A self-portrait by Anna Katrina Zinkeisen. A beautiful painting, and her hairstyle is magnificent!

    What's your desert island essential?
    My family.

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    Riawna Capri (@RiawnaCapri)

    Please describe yourself in three words.
    Creative, bluntly honest, and hilarious 

    What was your first job?
    A checker at Longs Drugs Store in the beauty department. 

    When did you know you'd made it?
    "I made it!? When!?" 

    What was your most stressful moment?
    When I emptied MY life savings into a joint banking account with my business partner Nikki and opened up 3 credit cards, all in hopes of creating the successful salon we now have, called Nine Zero One. 

    Who is your ultimate style icon?
    The seasonal Free People catalogs

    What's your favorite look you've ever created?
    A ten-minute knotted updo on Julianne Hough.

    What's inspiring you now?
    Pinterest! For hair ideas, DIY projects, fashion ideas, interior home design, everything—all in one spot!

    What's your desert island essential?
    A treasure map.  

     

     

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    Jenny Cho (@jennychohair)

    Please describe yourself in three words.
    Humm...I'm a Capricorn. 

    What was your first job?
    Vidal Sassoon Academy 

    When did you know you'd made it?
    I don't know if I will ever feel like I have made it. There's always a new goal to strive for. 

    What was your most stressful moment?
    I will never forget that day when I took my kit out of the car to clean and left it at home for a job the next morning. My heart was in my throat when my trunk was empty. I now double and triple check my car before I leave the house. 

    Who is your ultimate style icon?
    Kate Moss and Bridgette Bardot

    What's your favorite look you've ever created?
    It was with Dianna Agron for Byrdie.com—what a fun day that was.   

    What's inspiring you now?
    Bands: Atoms For Peace, Radiohead, and Haim. Traveling, my animals. people in general, and the clients that I get to spend my day with. Documentary: Cutie And The Boxer.

    What's your desert island essential?
    My Rag & Bone wool hat, a case of Harmless Harvest coconut water, Pendleton beach blanket, Maui Babe tanning lotion, Pandora, my Suave Professionals deep conditioning shine mask, and my dogs if I can take them.

     

     

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    Alex Polillo (@alexpolillo)

    Please describe yourself in three words.
    Honest, loyal, and inspired.

    What was your first job?
    Assistant and shampoo extraordinaire at Neil George Salon.

    When did you know you'd made it?
    Hmmm. When I know, I'll tell you!

    What was your most stressful moment?
    Any award show day, driving between two clients, praying traffic isn't atrocious.

    Who is your ultimate style icon?
    Raf Simons/Pharrell

    What's your favorite you look you've ever created?
    The last Emmys, I was pretty proud of Kate Mara's bob with a diagonal part.

    What's inspiring you now?
    Instagram. I follow over 200 different medium artists and inspiration is just a few taps away.

    What's your desert island essential?
    Harmonica or Netflix. Can't decide.

     

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    Mark Townsend (@marktownsend1)

    Please describe yourself in three words.
    Ambitious, loyal, and generous.

    What was your first job?
    At a record store called Spec's in Florida. I was 16.

    When did you know you'd made it?
    First time I flew First Class internationally.

    What was your most stressful moment?
    It wasn't a stressful "moment," but I once spent 8 HOURS trying to make a Hollywood film legend happy with her hair; she wasn't having me at all. She screamed at me "Listen toots: you get it right, or you GET OUT!"

    Who is your ultimate style icon?
    Steve McQueen. I love men's style from the '50s.

    What's your favorite look you've ever created?
    Cate Blanchett for The Good German premiere in Los Angeles. We only had a few minutes to get Cate ready for the premiere and we were backstage.

    What's inspiring you now?
    Music is always inspiring to me. Right now I can't stop listening to Haim, Lorde, and CHVRCHES.

    What's your desert island essential?
    My iPad, with speedy wifi and endless battery.

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    Gregory Russell (@gdrgdrgdrhair)

    Please describe yourself in three words.
    Colorful, creative, and charismatic.

    What was your first job?
    Working for MAC makeup
.

    When did you know you'd made it?
    When I got put on this list. I'm very happy with what I've accomplished this far into my career and I'm always excited about the future!

    What was your most stressful moment?
    Shooting six different hair styles in two hours on the Glamour shoot with Chloe Moretz.

    Who is your ultimate style icon?
    Cher.

    What's your favorite look you've ever created?
    The beauty story I did with Chloe Moretz in Glamour magazine, shot by Patrick Demarchelier.

    What's inspiring you now?
    I'm inspired by my clients, models, old photos, music, and my friends.

    What's your desert island essential?
    My dogs Bunny, Sid, and Gator—and my man.

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    Rachel Goodwin (@rachel_goodwin)

    Please describe yourself in three words.
    Living my dream.

    What was your first job?
    Scooping gelato, basically my idea of heaven.

    When did you know you'd made it?
    I'll be sure to let you know.

    What was your most stressful moment?
    Two weeks ago, when I landed in Honolulu for a job at 2 a.m. and the airline lost my kit.

    Who is your ultimate style icon?
    I worship Chrissie Hynde and Lou Doillon in equal measure.

    What's your favorite look you've ever created?
    Ooh that's a tough one! Red carpet-wise it would have to be between January Jones at the 2011 Golden Globes and Emma Stone for her Paris premiere of The Amazing Spiderman. Editorially I would say the orange lips I did on Jennifer Lawrence for her first ELLE cover.

    What's inspiring you now?
    I am constantly being inspired by film, books, photography, and art, but the thing that has always inspired me the most is strong unique women. The kind who truly dance to their own beat and refuse to apologize for it. I adore women like Florence Welch, Daphne Guinness, and Helena Bonham Carter just to name a few. To me authenticity is the most beautiful quality that exists in a human being and its presence is a constant reminder to continue to push my own boundaries and to never compromise in my artistry.

    What's your desert island essential?
    My husband Frank, he watches all those survival shows so he's definitely my best chance at making it. That said, I hope he brings lip balm.

     

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    Kate Lee (@makeupkatelee)

    Please describe yourself in three words.
    Perfectionist, loyal, and driven.

    What was your first job?
    I worked washing hair in a hair salon, I was 13.

    When did you know you'd made it?
    I think it's a mistake to ever think that you have made it; this career is only as good as the work in it! I must admit though, that I did beam with pride when I saw my Ck Downtown ad with Rooney Mara. It is on huge billboards in NYC and LA at the moment, it is a milestone in my career.

    What was your most stressful moment?
    I think one of the worst moments I've had to date was arriving at a private jet with the talent, producers and directors of one of Anne Hathaway's movies, and realizing that my bags had not been put into the car at the hotel. Everyone had to sit on the runway until my bags arrived. Everyone was so nice to me, but I was dying. Now I stand and watch my kit until it is placed in the car!

    Who is your ultimate style icon?
    Francoise Hardy in the '70s. I love her unique effortless style. She is the perfect mix of androgynous and feminine.

    What's your favorite look you've ever created?
    Most recently, a look I created for Rooney for the New York Film Festival Premiere of Her. I used a deep burgundy grease to create a smoldering eye. The color enhanced her eye color and I loved the effect.

     

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    Kayleen McAdams (@Kayleenmcadams)

    Please describe yourself in three words.
    Passionate, energetic, and colourful.

    What was your first job?
    Cleaning trucks at my Dad's moving company.  Not glamorous, but very entrepreneurial. 

    When did you know you'd made it?
    Fake it till you make it.   

    What was your most stressful moment?
    Those last few moments before a client steps out the door for a red carpet. I run through a quick beauty checklist in my mind to make sure everything is perfect.

    Who is your ultimate style icon?
    Diane Kruger

    What's your favorite look you've ever created?
    My sister at the Sherlock Holmes Berlin premiere, ‘40s-inspired makeup and hair.  It's the McAdams' best era.

    What's inspiring you now?
    Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, I often channel her career advice.

    What's your desert island essential?
    Sunscreen and red lipstick.

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    Lauren Andersen (@lauren_andersen)

    Please describe yourself in three words.
    Sassy, driven, and dreamer. 

    What was your first job?
    I was 15 and a hostess at Chili's. "Don't forget to try our awesome blossom"

    When did you know you'd made it?
    Did I make it?? 

    What was your most stressful moment?
    If I'm ever late. It's always my most stressful moment. 

    Who is your ultimate style icon?
    Lisa Bonet—I die for her. She's so hot and so effortlessly cool! 

    What's your favorite look you've ever created?
    So hard to say, but I'm still in love with Jessica Alba at the Globes. Bold lips are my favorite. 

    What's inspiring you now?
    '90s supermodels always inspire me.

    What's your desert island essential?
    A cabana! I'm a delicate flower. No not really, but I don't have the skin for sun. 

     

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    Pati Dubroff (@PatiDubroff)

    Please describe yourself in three words.
    Zen, radiant, and nurturing.

    What was your first job?
    My first job was at the local deli/convenience store unfortunately named the Ding Dong Dairy—I was barely a teenager. My first makeup-related job was at Bergdorf Goodman at the YSL counter (let's stick with that part of the story).

    When did you know you'd made it?
    Every day I'm amazed at the opportunities I'm presented with. Last year Oscar Day was pretty special. I got to do a best actress nominee and a presenter, and be backstage.

    What was your most stressful moment?
    See previous question and the travel between the two ladies that day.

    Who is your ultimate style icon?
    I always love the Italian bombshells—Sophia Loren.

    What's your favorite look you've ever created?
    I love the way Charlize looked last year at the Oscars. That short hair and white gown with creamy, dreamy skin.

    What's inspiring you now?
    I am really into the sound of Lorde—her song "Royals" is on constant repeat in our house.

    What's your desert island essential?
    Weleda Skin Food Moisturizer, La Prairie Eye & Lip Perfection, and my amber japa mala (like rosary beads).

     

     

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    Molly R. Stern (@mollyrstern)

    Please describe yourself in three words.
    Sassy, zany, and spiritual.

    What was your first job?
    Sales person at the Benetton store in the Westside Pavilion [in Los Angeles].

    When did you know you'd made it?
    Every time I look at my kids.

    What was your most stressful moment?
    Of today?  The pendulum swings, stress is part of life, when I am stressed THAT moment IS the most stressful, then it passes.

    Who is your ultimate style icon?
    Lucille Ball.

    What's your favorite look you've ever created?
    Reese Witherspoon in the yellow dress at the Golden Globes 2007.

    What's inspiring you now?
    Kanye West and M.R.S.

    What is your desert island essential?
    Natura Bisse moisturizer and cream blush.

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    Mai Quynh (@StoryOfMaiLife)

    Please describe yourself in three words.
    Hardworking, impulsive, and trustworthy. 

    What was your first job?
    My first job I landed on my own was a Bone Thugs-N-Harmony music video. 

    When did you know you'd made it?
    I feel humbled when my peers (other makeup and hair peeps) compliment me on my work. 

    What was your most stressful moment?
    Probably being stuck in traffic, on my way to getting a client ready for the Golden Globes. Or when my flight is cancelled and I have be there to work the next day. 

    Who is your ultimate style icon?
    Diane Kruger. She always looks chic and beautiful without trying too hard. 

    What's your favorite look you've ever created?
    One of my favorite shoots was with Mia Wasikowska for BlackBook. It was inspired by Twiggy. 

    What's inspiring you now?
    I love Wong Kar Wai's movies. His new film The Grandmaster was so beautiful and mesmerizing. 

    What's your desert island essential?
    La Prairie Anti Aging Eye and Lip Perfection—it has a lip balm and an eye cream!

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    Monika Blunder (@monikablunder)

    Please describe yourself in three words.
    Easygoing, funny and trying to be kind and loving.

    What was your first job?
    A ski instructor in Austria 


    When did you know you'd made it?
    When I got to work with Herb Ritz.

    What was your most stressful moment?
    Oscar Day, having to work on three clients and making it on time to each of them


    Who is your ultimate style icon?
    Kate Moss.

    What's your favorite look you've ever created?
    Amanda Seyfried, Oscars 2013
.

    What's inspiring you now?
    I love to collect art and fashion books, and I get all my inspirations from that.

    What's your desert island essential?
    Dior Iconic Mascara and an eye lash curler.

     

     

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