Byron Williams Loves Lashes, Lips
If you live in L.A. and are remotely beauty-centric, Byron and Tracey is no doubt on your radar. The Beverly Hills salon is a favorite with Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, and Nicole Richie, among others, and is the brainchild of Redken’s creative consultant for color, Tracey Cunningham, and Byron Williams, who pulls double duty as hairstylist and makeup artist. Williams counts Rachel Zoe as client numero uno and boasts a glossy list of other fans like Amber Valletta, Demi Moore, and Eva Mendes. We caught up with him in New York this week right off the red-eye, after he had primped and primed Valletta for her Spring 2010 Monrow lookbook. “Me and Rachel [Zoe], right now we’re into red lips and a clean eye,” Williams told us, giving a shout-out to NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils in either Cruella or Dragon Girl. “But it’s all about the lashes.” Williams said he typically eschews the full fake lash in favor of applying single hairs individually. Unable to resist, we asked about Latisse. “I can tell you that it works 100 percent, and that it’s very popular with my clients. I don’t know how it affects everyone, but there are definitely side effects.” (Like it’s reported ability to leave dark skin pigmentation around the eyes and permanent brown color change to irises, yikes.) Before we parted ways, he let us in on what’s next for him and Cunningham. In addition to repackaging their product line, they’re considering expanding into makeup. Two guesses as to what the collection will focus on.