5 posts tagged "Mara Roszak"
For Mara Roszak, hair is a family affair. The sunny blond, California-born and -based stylist who boasts both a formidable client roster—including Emma Stone, Kate Mara, and Michelle Dockery (the latter two she styled for the Emmys last night)—and a coveted L’Oréal Paris contract (she is their consulting celebrity hairstylist) happens to be in the biz alongside her husband, fellow hair whisperer Alex Polillo. The couple share a similar hair sensibility and aesthetic which they hope to eventually channel into a future shared creative working space. Here, Roszak takes a break from styling oh-so-very-famous tresses to share some of her favorite style spots and beauty products.
THE SKINCARE ESSENTIALS: iS Clinical and Shani Darden
“IS Clinical is the first skincare line that doesn’t irritate my skin; every product I’ve tried has been wonderful. I use their Cleansing Complex face wash, Pro-Heal vitamin C serum, and Active serum, which is basically magic in a bottle. My facialist Shani Darden literally changed my skin and turned me on to these wonderful products.”
THE HOME GOODS GO-TO: Nickey Kehoe and Santa Maria Novella
“For the home, I love Nickey Kehoe. [Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe] are incredible interior designers with impeccable taste who opened their own store. It has a lot of great vintage furniture pieces and rugs, including an amazing assortment of tchotchkes—from pottery to candles—that make great gifts. And Santa Maria Novella, which has a store on Melrose Place, makes my favorite potpourri. The smell warms up a room and is a great alternative to candles…I’m constantly panicking I forgot to blow them out anyway.”
THE QUICKIE MASSAGE SPOT: Pho-Siam
“For a last-minute massage, I go to Pho-Siam. It’s the best Thai massage on the East Side and is great for spur-of-the-moment relaxation any time of day.”
THE LOCAL OUTFITTER: Mohawk General
“I love shopping at Mohawk General Store. There are stores in Pasadena and Silver Lake and they carry a great medium- to high-end mix, from local L.A. designers to Dries Van Noten. They also have an amazing shoe selection and beautiful home items.”
THE REFUELING STATION: Beverly Hills Juice
“For juice I am addicted to Beverly Hills Juice. They are the originators of juice press and have been in the same location since the 1970s. It’s a tiny hole-in-the-wall store selling only in-season juice and smoothies. The Banana Manna is my go-to smoothie—it’s made with smashed-up, frozen bananas and almonds at the base, and blended with your choice of juice. And my days are just better when I start my morning with a Green Genie.”
THE HAIR TRANSFORMER: L’Oréal Paris
“For hair there’s nothing like L’Oréal Paris OleoTherapy Sulfate-Free Deep Recovery Mask for a weekly treatment. The number one concern women have with their hair is dryness, which not only doesn’t look great, but makes hair almost impossible to style. This mask will save your hair! I use it at least once a week and apply a shower cap while in the shower, allowing it to penetrate deeper from the steam for at least five minutes.”
“My husband and I are traveling this summer to Italy for the first time for vacation. We’re flying into Venice, then driving five-plus hours through Italy to stay at Hotel Il Pellicano in Porto Ercole, which is a dream come true. I’ve heard the spa is incredible and uses all Santa Maria Novella products, which I adore. And Big Sur is absolutely next on my list of places to travel to when I have a few days off. I can’t believe that I grew up in California and still have never been there! I have a strong feeling that once I go I may never want to come back.”
THE MAKEUP MUST: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
“My makeup artist friend recently turned me on to NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, which is truly magic. I’ve gone out and purchased more so I never run out…I can’t imagine a day without it. It isn’t dry and has great coverage. On mornings when I have no time to get ready, I’ll tap it on a few [strategic] places, blend it in with a brush, and that’s it.”
THE ACCESSORIZER: Broken English
“For jewelry, my friend Laura Freedman owns a store in the Brentwood Country Mart called Broken English. She has such an amazing eye for unique, beautiful pieces with a mix of vintage and new. I always go there when I need something special.”
For mane master Mara Roszak, this evening’s Emmys were all about “cool girl” hair. While both her clients, Michelle Dockery and Kate Mara, had drastically different looks, they shared a similar vibe in that neither was the least bit “fussy.”
The Downton Abbey star’s Rosie Assoulin dress called for a “simple but modern” chignon, capped off by a graphic gold barrette from jewelry designer Ana Khouri. To add an element of hold, Roszak began by blowing out Dockery’s strands with L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Boost It Blow Out HeatSpray and a round brush. Next, she separated two sizable sections on either side of a center part and pulled the rest of the length back into a braid, eventually winding the plait into a low bun at the nape of the neck. “The braid is a beautiful detail, but it also helps hold and seal in those little hairs that [typically] poke out of your bun,” Roszak explained. To finish, she took the two front sections and wrapped them around the base of the chignon, securing both in place with pins.
Before Roszak started styling the former House of Cards celeb, she cut a few inches off the back of the Mara’s bob to give it “an A-line shape that wasn’t too blunt.” To enhance the natural texture, she rough-dried strands using L’Oréal Paris Boost It High Lift Creation Spray before giving them a slight bend with a one-half-inch curling iron and piecing out the ends with TXT Hyper-Fix Putty. The final effect was “beachy” and “effortless”—the perfect juxtaposition to Mara’s rather intricate black-and-white J. Mendel gown.
If you thought bangs already had their moment, you may want to reconsider. Not only have cool girls like Joan Smalls and Karen Elson recently sported fresh sets of fringe, but Emma Stone’s long, eye-grazing bangs spotted at last night’s New York premiere of Magic in the Moonlight have us tempted to break out the scissors—stat. In a floral Dolce & Gabbana gown, she epitomized seventies bohemian glamour. But even if you’re not ready to opt for a chop, you can re-create Stone’s polished, bouncy waves at home. Hair pro Mara Roszak began by applying L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Boost It High Lift Creation Spray to the roots for volume, then blow-dried strands with a round brush. While Stone’s hair was still hot, Roszak wrapped sections in velcro rollers for ten minutes to set the curl. Then she sprayed a veil of L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold before removing the rollers and touching up the ends with a 1 1/2″ curling iron. Finally, a spritz of L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray and a good scrunch gave Stone’s look an effortless finish.
While the tight crops of the Jazz Age are blowing up the beauty blogosphere as Gatsby continues its red-carpet domination, we’d like to remind everyone that it was the pin curls and marcel waves of the thirties and forties that made the rounds on the Fall runways. Zoe Saldana certainly hasn’t forgotten. For the U.K. premiere of Star Trek: Into Darkness, the Vionnet-clad starlet, who wore a striking slick of Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour in Portofino Red courtesy of makeup artist Vera Steimberg, had her hairstylist, Mara Roszak, create a glossy, side-parted faux bob with a few soft ridges for added texture. Here, Roszak shares some exclusive pregame pictures with us and breaks down the look in six easy steps:
1. Prep your hair with Moroccanoil Heat Styling Spray and rough dry.
2. Use a 1-inch-barrel curling iron, creating pin curls all over your head as you go.
3. Set the coils with Frédéric Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray and let sit for ten minutes.
4. Brush out the waves and then tease the ends to helpcreate thickness.
5. Tuck ends underneath themselves and pin at the nape of the neck.
6. Spray a halo of Frédéric Fekkai Glossing Mist all over the head to add extra shine.
As previously noted, ponytails are big for fall—and are considered more than acceptable red-carpet fare because of it. Emma Stone put her own spin on the style last night at the Friends With Benefits premiere in New York, adding a little retro height at the crown to complement a heavy, red-again fringe and a perfectly placed black cat-eye. “I decided on a pony with a seventies Bardot feel,” Stone’s stylist, Mara Roszak, said, taking her cues from the Easy A star’s “youthful, upbeat” Giambattista Valli ensemble. Prepping damp hair with Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray, Roszak rough-dried Stone’s strands for a bit of haphazard texture. Then, back-combing to add volume, she pulled the lengths into a pony, wrapping a piece of hair around the elastic and allowing a few pieces to fall out around Stone’s face for some casual framing. A halo of Rene Furterer Hair Spray kept everything in place. Thoughts on the fun-meets-formal look?