Celeb Glam Squad Artists Share Their Post-"Oscar Olympics" Plans
After getting their clients — including Cate Blanchett and Saoirse Ronan — red-carpet ready all awards season long, makeup artists and hairstylists alike reveal their plans to relax (or not) now that Oscar madness is over.
The Oscars and the entire awards season leading up to them are commonly referred to by celebrity stylists, makeup artists and hair stylists as the “Super Bowl” or “Oscar Olympics.” And considering the many, many industry events that take place between January and March it’s not hard to understand why.
From multiple fittings to the scramble of driving all over L.A. to get from one A-list client to the next, these high-profile artists with mega-watt clients must not only work their creative magic, but also maintain a strong sense of Zen for those hours leading up to a star’s departure and subsequent turn on a red carpet.
So now that the Oscars are over and life is assumedly calmer, we asked the busiest artists in town what they are most excited to do. From jetting off to well, do more work, or a simple whiskey on the rocks and sleeping in, Hollywood will no doubt feel a relative hush — for a few days at least.
Here, celebrity artists for Soairse Ronan, Rachel McAdams, Daisy Ridley and more, explain how they plan to celebrate the end of their Super Bowl season.
Deborah Lippmann, manicurist for Alicia Vikander, Daisy Ridley, Charlotte Rampling and Common:
“Tomorrow I’m am off to London for QVC and to do press and TV for my brand over there. Then I’m hoping to come back and shut it down for a little while. The problem is I have FOMO (fear of missing out). Lupita Nyong'o told me that I have FOMO. But I hope I can just say no to a few things and be good to myself.”
Mai Quynh, makeup artist for Saoirse Ronan:
“I’m going to Paris with [client] Chloe Grace [Moretz] for Coach, then Korea for more press, then I’m going on vacation.”
Elaine Offers, makeup artist for Julianne Moore:
“I’m flying to New York now to finish an HBO show with Sarah Jessica Parker, then I get to come back home.”
Mark Townsend, hair stylist for Rachel McAdams:
“I’m moving tomorrow. While I’m shooting Italian Vanity Fair tomorrow with Elizabeth Olsen there will be an entire team of organizers coming to my house to pack, because I haven’t.”
Tyron Machhausen, makeup artist for Margot Robbie:
“I love doing award season. It’s one of the most exciting things. You always feel like a proud mommy once the talent is dressed and out the door. It’s just so fun and one of the greatest experiences, and I’m going to continue working right away, so not a big break for me.”
Robert Vetica, hairstylist for Cate Blanchett:
“I really love what I do and I’m really blessed to be doing it, and I really love that the spirit of these things create — the spirit of the family. So I’m going to miss it and will definitely go through a period of mourning. It will take a minute to get back on my feet and I’ll feel sad for a little bit, but I’m looking forward to spring and maybe going to Palm Springs. The salon is growing and there are some other exciting things, but I need a vacation to tell you the truth.”
Jeanine Lobell, makeup artist for Cate Blanchett:
“I’m going to Turks and Caicos in a couple weeks. I’m looking forward to just not getting on another plane to come to L.A. I’m looking forward to being home in N.Y. and not thinking about my next flight.”
Kara Yoshimoto Bua, makeup artist for Daisy Ridley:
“I’m excited about going for a big hike in the woods. I think I have a pretty big week ahead, but tomorrow I have off, so I’m going to go Cafe Stella, get a whisky on the rocks, have some really good food and then sleep well and go for a hike.”
Laini Reeves, hairstylist for Emily Blunt:
“For me, I have the Superman tour coming, Amy (Adams) plays Lois Lane, so we've got that ahead. I also work with Emily Blunt, so we have all the press for The Huntsman, so I don’t have a break. And I work with Ellen (Degeneres) as well, so I’m full steam ahead with her. So I’ll carry on working tomorrow. I think my next day off is about the end of May. I’m serious.”