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4/17/14

Behind the Scenes - MGM Chief Stylist - Sydney Guilaroff


You may not know Sydney Guilaroff's name but you know his work.  And so does your mother AND your grandmother.

With Claudette Colbert
Born in 1906 to Jewish Russian immigrants in London, his family moved to Canada and later Sydney ended up doing hair in New York City.  At age 21 he was discovered by Claudette Colbert at Antoine's, a fancy Saks Fifth Avenue salon, whose bangs he cut giving her her trademark look.  Sydney went on to become the head hair stylist for MGM and his fingerprints are on hundreds of films, uncredited mind you.

Sydney with Ava Gardner, Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe
"Guildaroff was more than a stylist to the stars.  He was the confidant summoned by Grace Kelly to Monaco to style her hair for her wedding to Prince Ranier, the man who sat with bed-ridden Joan Crawford the night she won an Oscar for "Mildred Pierce", the "surrogate father to whom Elizabeth Taylor turned [to] for comfort when her husband Mike Todd was killed in a plane crash, and the friend a distraught Marilyn Monroe called the night she died in August 1962 (he was one of the pallbearers at her subsequent funeral)" (gayinlfluence.blogspot.com).

Here's some of his work - it's kind of amazing! -


Claudette Colbert's famous bangs


Louise Brooks with her often imitated bob (as seen on Katie Holmes, Natalie Portman and Selma Blair showing that the haircut Guilaroff gave in 1930 remains current)


After harsh chemicals caused Jean Harlow's hair to start to fall out in patches Guilaroff built numerous wigs to help her maintain her platinum tresses


Greta Garbo's curls in "Camille" and her pageboy in "Ninotchka" 


Hedy Lamarr's shoulder length coiff was due to Guilaroff


Joan Crawford would have Guilaroff design her hair for every single film (scene from "Mildred Pierce" shown)


Marilyn Monroe came to MGM as a reddish brunette and was transformed into the blond we know and love (shown in the second photo posing with a sculpture belonging to Guilaroff)


One of the many films Guilaroff worked on, "Little Women", where he designed the hair for Margaret O'Brien, Janet Leigh, June Allyson and Elizabeth Taylor (launching a lifelong relationship with her)


Grace Kelly at her wedding


Guilaroff employed the use of Vaseline to keep Esther Williams' hair in place for her underwater scenes


Ingrid Bergman's "bubble" haircut in "For Whom the Bell Tolls" launched a worldwide craze for the cut


Jean Hagan and Debbie Reynolds in "Singin' in the Rain"



Vivien Leigh from "Gone With The Wind"


Norma Shearer in one of the 2,000 amazing wigs from film "Marie Antoinette"


Judy Garland's original hair design (blond and long) was deemed "too sexy" for "The Wizard of Oz" and so Guilroff was brought in to create something more age appropriate.


When Lucille Ball moved to Hollywood she went with the flow and dyed her hair platinum blond.  By the time she met Sydney she was back to her natural light brown shade and he took her to red to make it pop.  Can you imagine her any other way?


Ann Margaret had naturally deep brunette, nearly black, hair and was initially horrified by Guilaroff's decision to take her red for "State Fair".  Two days later, after receiving more attention by photographers than she ever had before, she was all in.




















4/15/14

Broadway Battles Bullying Benefit

Michael Morones
Last night I got to be a part of a wonderful benefit for Michael Morones, Broadway Battles Bullying.  Eleven year-old Michael loves the TV series "My Little Pony" and was repeatedly bullied at his school as a result.  Out of desperation this past January Michael attempted to hang himself from his bunk bed.  "This joyful and otherwise resilient boy had reached a moment when he felt taking his own life was the only solution.  Michael was found in time to save his life, but not soon enough to prevent permanent and severe brain damage.  Though it was originally unclear if Michael would make it out of the hospital, he is now undergoing rehab.  The potential extent of his recovery remains unclear, but he will need ongoing managed care for the remainder of his life" (www.BroadwayBattlesBullying.com).

My amazing friend, Rich Silverstein, championed this cause, gathered together a tribe of volunteers and performers for the benefit and I was so happy to get to have Erin's Faces do the makeup and Blow and Co. Blow Dry Bar do the hair - here are some pictures from the night -


Jennifer Laura Thompson of "Nice Work If You Can Get It" and "Wicked" sang Annie Lennox's "Beautiful Child"

Anastacia McCleskey of "Violet" and "The Book of Mormon" sang "I Am Changing" from "Dreamgirls" 

Mariand Torres from "Wicked" and "Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812" sang Sara Bareilles' "Brave"

Carrie Manolakos of "Mamma Mia!" sang Paula Cole's "Me"

Jill Paice of "Matilda" and "The 39 Steps" sang "Hold On" from "The Secret Garden"

Opera diva Joyce DiDonato who is singing at the Met this month sang "Una voce poco fa" from "The Barber of Seville"

Lauren Worsham of "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" sang "The Beauty Is" from "The Light in the Piazza"

Sydney Lucas from "Fun Home" sang "Ring of Keys" from the show
If you would like to donate to Michael's cause please click HERE for his recovery fund.

4/10/14

Girl Crush - Emilia Clarke of "Game of Thrones"


Yay to "Game of Thrones" being back on!  I don't know about you but Daenerys is my favorite character on "Game of Thrones" - aside from how awesome her character is, that platinum hair, multitude of braids, soft blush and slightly rosy lips are perfecto.  Which is why it is initially a little strange to see the actress who plays her, Emilia Clarke, with her natural hair color which is a rich brunette.  The lucky duck happens to look equally beautiful with both hair colors.  

I love what Emilia does because she and her team seem to have so much fun coming up with new looks and she is willing to try just about anything but keeps a little twist of individuality to have something be the stand out piece - observe:


First off you'll notice that her brows, of course, need to be darker in all of these pics as her hair is darker.  I also appreciate that they're not tweezed within an inch of their lives.  Love the raspberry lip and sideswept hair.


A high pony with some silver shadow.


Fresh a breezy.


Super clean, slicked back hair and a classic red lip - love!


Her Veronica Lake waves are EVERYTHING in this look - the nude lip makes it contemporary vs. the traditional red lip.


Fake lashes and a flat iron can be a girl's best friend.


Pink toned eyeshadows are HARD to wear for fair skinned folks but this shimmery shade looks perfect on Emilia.


This was fun to me because she's giving you both a smoky eye as well as a red lip and she totally pulls it off.


Perfectly groomed brows and liner all around the eye.


I love the colors with this!  A goldenrod dress and a hot pink lip - so beautiful!


So pretty - soft smokey and rosebud nude lip.


How fun?!  And her skin is immaculate - holy cow.


She isn't a huge blush user but favors a highlight on the apple of the cheek - again, literally highlighting her beautimous skin.


4/6/14

Spring Trends from Fashion Week



It's always fun to see what can translate from the runway to real life so I chose some of my favorite trends from the Spring 2014 shows at Fashion Week (and left out two major trends - white eyeliner and pastel colored eyeshadow - they are just too hard to wear for normal people such as you and me without looking...odd) and share what products from Erin's Faces can help you to achieve them - fun times! 

Top Left: Rag and Bone, Bottom Left: DKNY, Prabal Gurung
The strongest trend to emerge from the tents for Spring 2014 is an orange lip - mostly pretty shocking oranges - but this color can be wearable - 


In the Sheer category you've got TANGERINE, which is a sheer popsicle shade, and PEACH DAIQUIRI is like the sherbet pop version - a little more milky if that makes sense.
In the Satin category we have MELON, which is a bright pop shade, and SPICE is more of a pumpkin - there's something for everyone!

Dolce and Gabanna, Michael Kors
A softly bronzed face with a pop of pink on the cheek with a soft natural pinky brown lip was also a big trend and is SO EASY to replicate - 


The cheek duo FIRST CRUSH is a perfect pairing and TEA ROSE is literally one of my favorite pinky brown lipsticks ever.


Jason Wu
Gilded lids are a fun statement for evening but glitter can get all over your face.


SUNSET MINERAL EYESHADOW is perfect for every skintone (literally!  We proved it HERE) and can have the gilded effect if you wet your brush, squeeze it out, and then go into the pigment.  


Blugirl, Tracy Reese (that I did!), Yves Saint Laurent

Black liner was everywhere on the catwalk but the challenge with pencils is that they can smudge and get all over your face - no bueno.


The Cream Eyeliner in ONYX allows you to get the perfect wing and stays put all day.


Alexander Wang, Chloe
Clean, clean, clean - that was the theme of multiple shows but, having worked these shows before, I can tell you that these girls have full foundation and concealer on.  It's all about the application.


MINERAL CONCEALERS cover any imperfections while the MINERAL SHEER TINT evens out your skintone without being too heavy and the ALL NATURAL LIPBALM SPF 15 gives your lips the perfect amount of hydration, letting your natural lipshade shine through.

Have fun!