August 23 2014

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Hollywood and Fine: A-List NYE Beauty Tips


If you’re looking for some hair and makeup ideas for a prospective December 31 soiree, let us be of some assistance. We went right to the source—a.k.a. hairstylist/makeup artist Byron Williams of Beverly Hills’ Byron & Tracey Salon—to find out how Tinseltown’s best and brightest will be getting ready for New Year’s Eve. Now you can count down to 2010 in true A-lister fashion. And remember: Whatever happens as the evening progresses (smudged mascara, messy hair, and all other indiscretions) stays in 2009, as far as we’re concerned.


“Most of my girls have been focusing more on their makeup than their hair for the holidays,” Williams says of his regulars, who include Eva Mendes, Nicole Richie, Lindsay Lohan, Rachel Zoe, and Drew Barrymore. “Everything depends on what you wear, so that is what guides me when creating a look. For a more sophisticated style, I have used a fifties-glam inspiration a lot this month, which includes a layer of black eye liner and big lashes combined with a bright red lip.” If you’re looking for something a little edgier, Williams recommends going for a smoky eye paired with soft, pale lips or a clear gloss.


“For the past couple of years, my clients want natural-looking hair, even throughout the holidays,” says Williams, who has three go-to techniques for simple styles that don’t look too “done.”

Brazilian Bombshell

“Everyone loves Gisele’s natural and beachy waves, especially in Los Angeles, because it looks effortless, as if you did it yourself,” he says. For your own supermodel simulation, Williams recommends washing hair, allowing it to dry naturally, and then using a curling iron and volumizing spray to add texture. Next, rub a little Moroccanoil Hydrating Cream between your palms and run your hands through the ringlets to create a loose wave. A few spritzes of finishing spray, like Williams’ Spirulina Hair Spray, will set the look.

Get With the Band

The easiest way to add a festive element to your party hair is with a bit of bedazzled adornment, according to Williams. “My clients love Jennifer Behr,” he says, referring to the accessory designer known for her silver spike- and rhinestone-encrusted headbands. To optimize your accessories, Williams suggests using the directions above to create a subtle wave and then placing a headband one-and-a-half inches back from the hairline.

Half Full

As for an easy updo, Williams is a fan of the “sixties, Catherine Deneuve-inspired” half-up, half-down. He advises adding mousse to damp roots and then blow-drying hair using a round brush. To add some height to the top, take a small section of hair and, using two-inch Velcro curlers, roll it back and blast it with heat. Once hair has cooled, remove the rollers, pull the top section back, and fasten with bobby pins.

Photo: Stefanie Keenan / WireImage



  1. Simply_Moore says:

    Great Tips. I am a makeup artist located in Denver and I have been seeing a lot of my clients asking for the smokey eye look these days.

    Great Post and Great Tips!!!

  2. MilanaFSA says:

    Nice article. Good hair advice!

    Milana from

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