Pre Oscar Beauty- Age-Appropriate Celebrity Glam- Your Twenties, Part 1of 3
The Oscars are coming! Are you ready for a heady source of fresh celebrity style inspiration direct from the red carpet? Pre-game your Oscar beauty with hair & makeup stylist Gad Cohen as we look at top Hollywood actresses while helping you up your own beauty-regime ante with this start of a three-day series on Oscar worthy style through the ages! – N.H.
As we watch the stars we idolize and consider trying to emulate, don’t forget that we’re all acting. Our daily performance starts when we walk out into the world and into our own spotlights.
We have all at some point experienced the “fabulous fakes” as they go from seamless hair extensions and flawless individual eyelashes, to the airbrushed foundation, costume jewelry and faux furs. Marilyn Monroe was the true illusion-maker when it came to putting on the drag and was a far cry from Shirley McClain peeling an onion in Postcards from the Edge. Face it, people will judge you on the way you look as we tend to not radiate the strongest sense of confidence when we don’t try to look our best. Not to say that every day has to be Halloween – you gotta name it to claim it or own it. Whether you’re wearing extensions, false lashes or a fake tan, wear it, don’t let it wear you.
FAME – it might get you in the door, but hard work will keep you in the room.
Act 1: Play Dress-Up
You’re in your 20′s, have fun and be expressive with your look while keeping it looking delightfully put together, just look at Michelle Williams forever-chic yet youthful glamor for inspiration…
From the turbulent “tweens” to the fun-filled 20’s, all should be aspirational. Ask yourself, “who am I” and “who do I want to be today?” Every day you should be able to morph into what you feel, with ease. That will pull off the look since you’re young enough to get away with it for now, but don’t forget to experiment with it so you know what to do and what NOT to do. In the midst of your experiment, keep in mind to stick to a daily routine and don’t forget to wash your makeup off when you go to bed, and condition that hair of yours. –Gad Cohen
Consider these essential tips from Gad for Marilyn-esque bounce:
With a round brush, blow hair from root to tip for smoothness and lustrous bounce
Add velcro rollers
Follow with a water-soluble pomade to allow hair to highlight definition
Photos: Gad Cohen
“The Gad Effect” must be experienced to be understood. It’s not just hairstyling – it’s total transformation.
Gad Cohen gives new meaning to the word “beauty.” His unconventional methods redefine individual style – he sees the whole person, not just a head of hair. Gad’s unified approach to cut, color, shape and lifestyle go far beyond the typical makeover – like a sculptor chiseling marble, he brings out the beauty within to create a whole new you.
Gad continues to leave his mark on celebrities, models, fashion houses, magazines and corporate clients – his work is legendary in the industry. Glamour Executive Beauty Editor Mary MacLean calls it “The Gad Effect.” She explains, “When I get my hair done by Gad, I know it’s going to look not just great but gorgeous. People literally stop me on the street, in the elevator and at work and tell me how amazing I look. That is priceless.”
His magic touch has graced the likes of Julia Stiles, Naomi Campbell, Ashley Judd, Christy Turlington, Paula Zahn, and Heather Locklear. As an editorial and advertising hairstylist, Gad’s work has been published in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Allure, and Vanity Fair, and for clients such as L’Oreal, Estee Lauder, Revlon and Cover Girl. He has worked with many of the world’s leading talents in fashion: photographers such as Steven Meisel, Patrick Demarchelier, Irving Penn and Richard Avedon, and fashion houses including Chanel, Christian Dior, Donna Karan, Michael Kors, Vera Wang and more.
Having appeared on many shows throughout his career, Gad is no stranger to the television industry. Currently, he is an on-camera expert in several episodes of The Learning Chanel’s Cover Shot with model Fredrique van der Wahl. As media spokesperson for Dove’s Real Woman campaign, Gad appeared on numerous shows such as Good Morning America. Finesse named Gad one of the world’s top stylists, featuring him in a futuristic exhibition. Remington consulted with Gad to develop and promote a line of hair care appliances. Visit: GadCohen.com