From what we witnessed walking the red carpet at the Feb. 24 Oscars, it’s safe to say that 2013 is definitely the “Year of the Beard.” From Ben Affleck to Bradley Cooper, and George Clooney to Hugh Jackman …all were sporting a beard. But, the key to pulling off this sexy look is in the grooming.
Diana Schmidtke, who is a men’s grooming expert in Hollywood and The Art of Shaving’s brand ambassador, has groomed the faces of many A-list celebs — George Clooney, Matt Damon, and Rob Pattinson this week alone. And now, Seth MacFarlane at Sunday night’s Oscars! Diana and The Art of Shaving shared a few tips, with The Makeup Examiner, that will keep the gents looking prime no matter clean-shaven or sexily scruffed!
What are the general trends you saw on the Red Carpet for men’s grooming?
Diana Schmidtke: I saw a lot of long hair that was styled nice and clean. Specifically, a lot of long hair slicked back either with a 1940s side part, or pushed back straight off their face like the 1950s.
Can you speak to three looks you saw at the Oscars and why they are your favorites?
Diana Schmidtke: Jeremy Renner — his hair was full, groomed, and perfectly styled. Perfect volume in the front, great side part. I like seeing men on the carpet especially at the Oscars looking dapper and have their hair styled to complement their 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 knows how to wear a suit! Bradley Cooper — here is a man that has a great beard, but with today’s beard, its not about ‘let’s 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.
Regarding Seth, what was his regime to get ready for the Oscars?
Diana Schmidtke: We started with a Royal Shave from The Art Of Shaving, which is their signature shave at the Barber Spa. Part of The Royal Shave is they have a mask that is applied to the face, which contains Desert Rose Clay — this is a KEY ingredient to moisturize and keeps 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, no one wants that 5 o’clock shadow to appear at 1 a.m., 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 [Seth’s] makeup. I didn’t need to use much makeup just anti-shine by Peter Roth, and concealer by Jouer. I opted for anti-shine because it’s long lasting, and Seth was on stage for 4 hours. And there are no powder particles flying off my brush and risking that 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.
What are tips to getting groomed like Seth?
Diana Schmidtke: Here are my four tips.
2. The Royal Shave
3. A haircut
4. Prevent looking shiny; use an anti-shine. Less is more when it comes to a well-groomed guy.
What can men do at home to get the best-groomed look from the red carpet?
Diana Schmidtke: Despite 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 (like many men did), groom it! 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!
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