August 28 2014

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5 posts tagged "Adir Abergel"

Plaits, Please


Kristen Stewart took a break from her Balenciaga allegiances this weekend at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards in L.A. to rock a shorts set from London-based designer Osman Yousefzada. But while the leggy look caused plenty of attention on the red carpet, we couldn’t stop staring at her hair. The starlet and her mane man, celebrity stylist Adir Abergel, came up with a tousled fishtail braid that was secured with a clear elastic band and pulled apart through the lengths to add a certain level of deconstruction to Stewart’s look, which is never prim, proper, or too perfect. It even looked good after she got “slimed” onstage, as is customary at these events. Thoughts on the woven technique?

Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage

Texting With Anne Hathaway’s Shear Genius


In what was, by all accounts, a pretty dull Oscars telecast, there were some highlights to speak of. Jennifer Hudson was one (in a word, damn); Anne Hathaway was another. While we’re not going to come out and say we enjoyed the hosting stylings of Hathaway and Franco, per se, we will admit that Anne was without question the couple’s better half—and her (count them) EIGHT hair and makeup changes were something to behold. Of special note were the glittering eyelashes that makeup artist Kate Lee custom-made using individual, black Swarovski crystal-clad Ardell and Make Up For Ever lashes. And of course, that hair, which vacillated between up and down, soft and sleek, thanks to Frédéric Fekkai stylist Adir Abergel. Seeing as how getting backstage to take in all of the antics that surely ensued as the night went on (and on) wasn’t a possibility, we asked Abergel for his blow-by-blow via the next most immediate way: text message. Here, Abergel shares his thoughts from behind the front lines (spoiler alert: It gets emotional). And to see the complete Hathaway outfits, click here.

9 a.m.: Getting in the car with all the important things, like my parking pass to get into Kodak Theatre and my FHI Iron and Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray. I would die without those two things!

12:15 p.m.: Arrive 15 minutes late, of course (Los Angeles traffic!). I feel so blessed to have my assistant Sean here to help me through this very busy day ahead.

12:45 p.m.: Going through looks and setting up everything so when Anne sits I can start.

1:30 p.m.: Anne is in my chair! We’re blow-drying with Fekkai Bouffant and my Ibiza round brush. See you in a bit.

2 p.m.: OMG—Annie is wearing a beautiful red Valentino dress first. Why is that Valentino such a genius?

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Kate Beckinsale Pumps Up The Volume


The 63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival is officially under way, and the first beauty trend to emerge on the red carpet is volume. Jury member Kate Beckinsale took Spring’s bigger-is-better mantra with her to the South of France, calling on Frédéric Fekkai’s Adir Abergel to give her the height and structure necessary to balance the full chiffon skirt from her Marchesa gown at the Robin Hood premiere last night. “It’s a slight homage to the 1950′s pompadour,” said Abergel—so rest assured no Jersey Shore-worthy Bumpits came into play as he coiffed. Instead, the stylist relied on Fekkai’s Bouffant Lifting & Texturizing Spray Gel to give Beckinsale some boost at the root and its Full Blown Volume Styling Whip to coat the length of her hair through the ends. Abergel also used Velcro rollers during the drying process to add extra body and movement to the classic French twist, which was secured with bobby pins. Beckinsale’s highlights make the finger-combed style slightly Elvira-esque, but in a classy Côte d’Azur-appropriate kind of way—don’t you think?

Photo: Sven Hoogerhuis / AP Photo

Makeup Bag Check: Sandra Bullock


The Mission: Give Sandra Bullock Best Actress-caliber beauty on the “off chance” she should take home the big prize.

The Glam Squad: Celebrity makeup artist Angela Levin for Chanel Beauty and hairstylist Adir Abergel for Frédéric Fekkai.

The Face: “I wanted Sandra to look like the true movie star she is, so we went with modern-classy Hollywood makeup: dewy skin, soft eyes, and a bold red lip,” Levin says of the look she crafted for Bullock, which started with Chanel’s Sublimage Fluid and Vitalumière Satin Smoothing Fluide Makeup in Shell. Using a brow powder rather than a pencil or a wax to give Bullock’s arches structure, Levin moved on to the eyes, lining both upper and lower lash lines with a brown shadow and opting for three coats of Chanel’s Inimitable Mascara in Noir—the Waterproof version, just in case any trips onto the podium should kick-start the waterworks. The X factor came from Bullock’s red lip, however, which Levin built using Chanel’s new Rouge Coco Lip Colour in Paris, which she also gently dabbed onto the apples of her cheeks—a signature trick to add a bit of warmth.

The Hair: For his part, Abergel wanted to “bring back simplicity,” which he achieved by coating Bullock’s hair with Fekkai’s Silky Straight Ironless Smooth Finish Serum and fashioning a deep side part. He then pulled all of Bullock’s hair over to one side and added a wave at the end—a popular style at the Oscars this year, also spotted on Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet.

The Result: A win over Meryl Streep and the bevy of nude lips and frizzy updos that ruled the red carpet last night.


The Evolution Of The Bob


The observant and trend-conscious among you have probably noticed a gradual end to the angular bob that trickled down to mainstream favor after Katie Holmes and Victoria Beckham popularized the exercise in severity last year. While those two style makers have opted for shorter, feminized boys’ cuts, the rest of Hollywood seems to be going longer, sporting soft, layered bobs that hit just above the collarbone. Behold, the lob (the long bob), which Frédéric Fekkai stylist Adir Abergel is calling the seventies comeback cut of the season. A good option for emphasizing your neck and shoulders, the style (currently enjoyed by Anne Hathaway, Gwyneth Paltrow and Eva Longoria) relies on a certain choppiness at the ends—so that it appears texturized, rather than blunt—and volume, lots of volume (the idea is soft and full, not sleek and Scientologist). To get added body, Abergel advocates for a good volumizer like Fekkai Coiff Bouffant spray gel. Use all over your roots, dry hair upside down to create desired fullness and then finish with Coiff Oceanique Tousled Wave Spray for definition.

Photo: John Shearer/WireImage