Have you ever looked at the pictures of celebrities “before they were stars” and wondered how they went from blending into the crowd to standing out as those stunning specimens on film and red carpets? Sure, sometimes a little plastic surgery is involved, but a majority of the credit goes to the beauty stylists behind the stars. Celebrity hairstylists, estheticians and makeup artists create the looks made famous in print and on screen. For their cut, color, facial and makeup expertise, these sought-after stylists charge hundreds of dollars per service. Thankfully, an elite group of stylists are willing to share some of their best hair, skin and makeup tricks for free.
Dan Sharp, Hairstylist
Unless you're an avid Rachel Ray or QVC fan, you probably wouldn't recognize the T3 hair tool spokesman, Dan Sharp, but you know his celeb looks. As the co-owner of Brooklyn's Danka Panka salon, Sharp uses his 25-plus years of experience to create stunning hairstyles that grace the covers and pages of magazines, including “Vanity Fair's” Legends of Hollywood. Sharp is the artist behind Liv Tyler's lengthy, dark tresses and David Bowie's signature blonde locks. For long, shiny, healthy hair, Sharp recommends using a lightweight conditioner and flattening curls to add inches of length.
Mark Townsend, Hairstylist
A-listers including Jennifer Lawrence, Michelle Williams, Reese Witherspoon and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen entrust their famous 'dos to hairstylist Mark Townsend. As Dove's celebrity expert, Townsend proves you don't have to use the pricier products to achieve the edgiest looks. Townsend, who has styled Michelle Williams famous pixie cut and chopped Lawrence's long locks into a short bob is fan of biotin and fish oil for keeping hair thick and healthy, especially when growing it out.
Suzy Gerstein, Makeup Artist
Besides flawless-looking skin and fame, what do model Karlie Kloss and actress Leighton Meester have in common? They both rely on award-winning makeup artist Suzy Gerstein to amplify their natural beauty and make their complexions glow. Gerstein, who has also worked on advertising campaigns for Avon, Victoria's Secret and Clairol, uses a Beautyblender sponge to soften makeup for a barely-there appeal.
Nick Barose, Makeup Artist
During the 2014 award season, few stars shined as bright on the red carpet as Lupita Nyong'o. The “12 Years a Slave” actress just radiated beauty, thanks to some amazing genes and the makeup artistry of Nick Barose. The Los Angeles-based makeup artist, who also does makeup for high-fashion models, says he works to bring out his client's personality through makeup. He told InStyle Magazine that all women should have at least three signature lip colors for each season.
Rene Andersen, Esthetician
“Glamour is about feeling good in your own skin,” actress Zoe Saldana told Glamour Magazine in 2010. And while that good feeling goes more than skin deep, it certainly helps when you're not worrying about blemishes and dark circles. For her skincare needs, Saldana turns to master esthetician Rene Andersen. At Lular Spa, Andersen's celeb clients enjoy services including oxygen facials, custom peels and LED light therapy to rejuvenate skin. As a paramedical esthetician, Andersen also uses her skills to help burn victims with their skincare and makeup needs.
Stairway to the Stars
Celebrity makeup artists, hairstylists and estheticians come from a variety of backgrounds and locales, but they all got their start in Beauty School. At an established and accredited Beauty School, not only do you learn beauty fundamentals, but you also learn the business side of the trade. These entrepreneurial skills are essential for growing a client base and managing your own business. The number one Beauty School in the country, MarinelloSchools of Beauty, offers flexible schedules and hands-on courses in Cosmetology, Hair Design, Barbering and Esthetics.