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Celebrity Makeup & Hair Stylist Interview: Brandon Liberati

Facebook: Brandon Liberati
Twitter: @BrandonLiberati
Instagram: brandonliberati

Hair & Makeup Artist Brandon Liberati has over 20 years of professional experience cutting and styling hair in addition to makeup application. His axiom is “Beautiful is a Feeling.” Brandon’s celebrity clientele spans the television, film, stage, radio, and publishing industries. His artistry includes work with Aveda, Bumble and Bumble, Makeup Forever, MAC Cosmetics, and Benefit Cosmetics, just to name a few. His work credits include InStyle Magazine, Vogue, Glamour, Today Show, The Emmy’s, The Tony’s, The Academy Awards, The Golden Globes, Bravo, Fox, CNN, Ricki Lake Show, Entertainment Tonight, The Food Network, The Food Network’s Next Food Network Star, a guest appearance on RuPaul’s Drag U on the Logo Network, VH1, and many other makeover shows.

FSHN: How did you get started?
BL: It is the only career I have ever done or wanted to do. I am the oldest boy with three younger sisters… I had plenty of practice!

FSHN: Tell me about your life changing after became a celebrity beauty expert & hair stylist.
BL: I definitely have more airline miles! Things have gotten much bigger and busier for me, I call it “grateful busy.” I have gotten the opportunity to attend events and parties that I only used to dream about, and through drive and intent I have manifested this life. My life has changed for the better. 

FSHN: Which celebrities have you personally worked with?
BL: Some of the celebrities that I am allowed to mention are Giada DeLaurentiis, Jackie Warner, Jeana Keough, Jessica Meraz, and Richard Kind.

FSHN: Who is your style icon? 
BL: Sarah Jessica Parker.

FSHN: What is your number one beauty tip? Number one hair care tip?  
BL: Beauty tip: Spray the hair under your headband with hairspray, texturizing spray, or dry shampoo before putting it on your head and it will never slip off again in yoga, pilates, or at the gym. Hair care tip: To save your blowout for the next day, put your hair in a pineapple (flip upside down, rake your hair into a top knot on top of your head and secure with a soft hair tie) and if you are going to use a blow dryer the next day for styling any little flaws, DO NOT use warm or hot heat, only cool. The heat will break down the bonds and straighten/flatten any bounce you were trying to save! 

FSHN: What are the trendiest styles in Hollywood today?
BL: Lived-in hair. I call it “air hair.” Apply a styling product to your hair, dry your hair 80% (your hair will feel dry but cold to the touch), then finish with a texturizing spray or dry shampoo and let it air dry the rest of the way. This will give you that cool-and-I-know-it look! 

FSHN: How can we do ‘Messy Bun’ at home? 
BL: First, tie your hair in a ponytail at the desired height; hold it at the tip with one hand and gently back brush it with the other hand starting at the base of the pony working your way to the end (back brushing is just back combing but with… you guessed it, a brush). You should now have sexy, runaway strands sticking out all along the tail. Now, loosely twist the hair and wrap around the base and secure with a few bobby pins. Mess is more!

FSHN: How did you come up with ‘Unbridled Braid’ look? And how can we do that?
BL: My client Jessica Meraz from ABC Family’s hit television show Chasing Life wanted a sexy and fresh look for her red carpet event, so we came up with this funky and chic version of the braid. To achieve this ultra cool look, use a texturizing spray on already straightened hair (Jessica has a beautiful wavy texture naturally so I wanted to bring that texture out), now tease the crown for lift and then section the hair horizontally from the top of one ear to the top of the other ear. Take the top portion of the hair and sweep to one side and start a fishbone braid right behind the bottom of the ear. Now take the bottom section of the hair you left out and sweep to the side with the braid. Start incorporating a few sections of the that hair into the braid (this will keep the loose hair under the braid in place). To finish the look, I used a piece of leather to tie the end which gave it a total glam feel. To keep this unfussy look hot, make sure to leave out several strands around your face. You’ll have no problem finding a reason to braid this look into your spring season!

FSHN: Which hair/beauty products and tools are always in your kit? 
BL: I always have Bumble and Bumble Prep, Redken Pillow Proof dry shampoo—it’s a must for any styling, I even use it on straight looks to give sexy lift at the base of the hair. Oribé Dry Texturizing spray, L’Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray, Davines Oil Absolute Beautifying Potion for finishing and it smells delicious.  Must-have tools: Bobby pins (every girl should have a plethora of these little essentials and they should match YOUR hair color), a 1-1.5 inch curling iron/wand, and a mason pearson brush.

FSHN: What’s a celebrity hair secret we might not know about, but should?
BL: To get that red carpet or runway shiny hair that you see every celebrity and model with even after all the stress they put on their locks, just mix a silicone based shine serum with a deep conditioner and apply to your hair, leave it on for about 10-15 minutes, then rinse out thoroughly with cool water to lock in the moisture and shine. Do this little secret the night before any big party!

FSHN: What was the biggest risk you’ve ever taken? 
BL: Leaving everything in Utah to move to California (San Francisco to be exact) where I knew no one, to pursue my Hollywood hair dreams! 

FSHN: What do you love most about being a stylist?
BL:  I love EVERYTHING about being a stylist.

Celebrity Hair Stylist Interview: CHARLIE LE MINDU

Facebook: Charlie Le Mindu
Twitter: @charlielemindu

Born in Bergerac, France, Charlie Le Mindu was a hairstyling prodigy at the French Hair Academy, cutting and styling hair from the age of thirteen. Le Mindu ascended from boarding school disciple to a fashionable hairdresser and stylist in Berlin and is now London’s French Master of Haute Coiffure. In Berlin, Le Mindu established himself as the resident hairdresser at night clubs such as White Trash, RIO Club, and Barbie Deinhoff’s. He performed live cuts in his champagne suit at countless private parties and set up several en suite salons. He cultivated his own technique and style and is known for creations ranging from classic to trashy, wearable to insane.

The French designer set up his East London flat and hairdressing residencies around the city’s nightspots and developed a regular clientele, including Carrie Mundane, the B-52’s, Adamski, Peaches, and Jodie Harsh. Charlie Le Mindu drew inspiration from local East London personalities like Slayer, John Waters, and even animals, claiming, “The hair is so much more interesting here!” After being featured in Vogue Russia, Elle, French Vogue and being selected as The Observer’s 22nd coolest person, Charlie decided to take hairstyling to the next level. In February 2009, Charlie launched his first wig collection at London Fashion Week, surprising London’s fashion scene with his dramatic large-scale wigs.

Having presented his 7th collection at On|Off during PFW, the Master of Haute Coiffure has now been featured in publications such as Vogue Italy, Vogue Hommes Japan, i-D, and The Guardian. His repertoire of clients includes the likes of Lady Gaga, Kap Bambino, and Ayumi Hamasaki, to name a few. Having been showcased at the V&A in London and opening the Art Athina Fair in Greece, Charlie Le Mindu’s work truly transcends the boundaries of fashion. His most recent collaborations include projects with Disneyland Paris, Colette, Cartier Foundation, and Underground Shoes. If that weren’t enough, Charlie has participated in the 18th Annual Watermill Summer Benefit curated by Robert Wilson; his signature “Lips” headpiece is currently displayed at the Power of Making Exhibition at the V&A; and finally, Charlie continues to increase his artistic collaborations with L’Oreal Professional. Charlie also collaborates with Lana del Rey, Peaches, Kate Moss, and Azealia Banks.

FSHN: Hair is something vivid. How does this fact affect your creations?
CLM: I mean, for me, hair is the most important thing ever. It is the first material I ever knew to work with; it’s the material I know the best.That’s why I only work with real hair! I need to work with the best quality hair.You can do so many things with hair— shapes, volumes, colors.That’s why I love it.

FSHN: Hair is sexual?
CLM :Yes, hair is sexual to me—like leather and latex! When I work with hair, it’s like a sexual act!

FSHN: Could you give us some details about the way you work?
CLM: For starters, I am a hairdresser, so I constantly think about HAIR!!! Hair dreams! Hair extensions! That’s where everything begins! The way I work stands between a couturier and a coiffeur.That’s why I call what I do Haute Coiffure. I draw, I do patterns, I cut hair, I color it! I shave it! I do it all!

FSHN: To be a hairdresser for the stars, is it a necessary have a career in hairdressing?
CLM: People are the new models and give you perfect exposure! But stars don’t pay, so I like advertising jobs too! It’s another way to create.

Some Favorite Things Your Mom Will Love!

With Mother’s Day coming up (May 10th, for those of you who need a reminder), it’s time to start thinking about gift ideas. This year, show your mom how much you care with the perfect Mother’s Day gift from Josie Natori ( with price points ranging from $29 – $225, so that you can make a bold statement no matter your budget.

For…The Stylish Mom
Wrap your mom in comfort and love this Mother’s Day with the luxe Natori Truffle Basketweave Robe. ($130)
Josie Natori Robe

For…The Jet Setter Mom
For the mom who travels: the Natori Red Sahana Ikat Beach Towel in sheared print is the perfect chic accessory for a beach getaway. ($29.99)
Josie Natori Beach Towel

For…The Oh-So-Glam Mom
The Josie Natori geometric gold metal cutout cuff bracelet makes a stylish one-of-a-kind bangle. ($225)
Josie Natori Cuff Bracelet

For…The Romantic Mom
The Josie Natori Lorena gorgeous silk chemise with intricate floral chantilly lace applique is a sweet sentiment and charming look that celebrates any woman’s feminine allure, on Mother’s Day, or any day of the year. For new mom’s and the mom that just plain deserves it. ($395)
Josie Natori Chemise

For…The Luxe Mom
Who doesn’t love an elegant luxury candle? The Natori Scented Candle Style featuring the Natori “Black Amber and Jasmine” home fragrance is perfect for the spring season. ($60)
Josie Natori Candle

For…The Tastemaker Mom
A perfect coffee table accessory is the Josie and the Dragon Book, a fashion folklore fairy tale in celebration of Natori’s 35th anniversary, that comes in a signature box with the Natori dragon and is illustrated by Andrea Byrne ($50)
Josie Natori Book

Beauty Brand In Focus: Juice Beauty

Karen Behnke, a serial wellness entrepreneur who built one of the first corporate wellness companies in the country, became passionate about the safety and efficacy of personal care products when she was pregnant with her first child at the age of 40. Karen assembled a team of scientists and industry leaders to pioneer organic technology within the beauty industry. A few years after the arrival of her second child, Juice Beauty was born, with the mission to bring clinically validated and authentically organic beauty solutions to the world.

Today, Juice Beauty offers antioxidant-rich and amazingly effective skin care, makeup, and hair care products that meet the most stringent organic regulations in the United States.

To learn more about Juice Beauty, please visit

Reflecting Gloss
Reflecting Gloss
This Reflecting Gloss will give your lips the most brilliant shine on earth. The combination of antioxidant-rich berries, minerals, and sweet agave will wrap your lips in radiant color.

Juice Organics Repairing Hair Care
Repairing Hair Care Duo
Shampoo: Repair, strengthen, and restore dry and damaged hair with this hydrating and refreshing blend of coconut, aloe, cucumber, and rice protein.
Conditioner: Moisturize, repair, and restore dry, damaged hair with this conditioning blend of coconut, jojoba, and argan oils for ultimate results.

Green Apple Age Defy SerumGreen Apple Age Defy Moisturizer
Green Apple
Age Defy Serum reduces free radical aging in skin cells. Resist gravity with this quickly absorbing serum that firms, brightens, and smoothes fine lines, while Age Defy Moisturizer replenishes and firms your skin.

Celebrity Makeup Artist Interview: FRANCESCA TOLOT
Twitter: @FrancescaTolot
Instagram: francescatolot
Facebook: Francesca Tolot

“Francesca Tolot is the most extraordinary makeup artist of our time. . . The images in this book speak volumes about the intimacy of the camera and the willingness of one woman to show all the many, exciting parts of herself.” —Beyoncé Knowles

Francesca Tolot is undeniably one of Hollywood’s best makeup artists. She was Elizabeth Taylor’s makeup artist for 20 years, and Helmut Newton used to request her personally for projects. Moreover, for over a decade, Francesca has not only been Beyonce’s personal makeup artist, but she also has longstanding relationships with superstars like Mila Kunis, Lily Colins, Cindy Crawford, and more… 

FSHN: How do you stay inspired?
FT: Life is my source of inspiration. Everything I see one way or another is my inspiration: a flower, a rock, a cloudy sky. Anything with color inspires me and that means everything – because black is a color too!

FSHN: I heard that you are working on your first beauty publication One Woman 100 Faces. What is the inspiration for the book? And who is included in the book? What is the book about? 
FT: Shot by my husband, One Woman 100 Faces, captures the emotional evolution and complexity of a woman’s personality. This book celebrates the dynamism of femininity for the last 20 years. Working with my muse Mitzi Martin, and after working with Mitzi for so long, it only made sense to compile the beautiful imagery into this artistic compilation. Embodying and intimately interpreting 100 different forms, moods, and identities—by turns innocent, graceful, feminine, raw, sexual, and mysterious—Mitzi’s appearance morphs completely, even magically, with every turn of the page.

FSHN: Everyone loves career advice. What’s the best piece of advice that was ever given to you in your career?
FT: I was actually never given any advice. I found my own path and learned from my own mistakes.

‘One Woman 100 Faces’ is available on

Kat Graham Hot Wardrobe Change at Black Girls Rock!

Kat Graham really had those heads turning toward her during the red carpet at the Black Girls Rock Award Ceremony. Graham, who plays one of the leading ladies in The Vampire Diaries, showed up in a Anthony Vaccarello skirt and a Barbara Bui top paired with Christian Louboutin Pumps. On top of this one of a kind outfit, she had a wardrobe change during the show! Kat changed into a stunning Cushnie ET OCHS dress. See how beautiful she looks in this video.

Katy Perry’s Jammie Style Statement

Katy Perry is making yet another style statement, and a mighty cute one at that. The pop singer was gifted the most adorable pair of pajamas by her long time stylist. He created a light pink, silk jammie that had her dog, Butter, face all over them. Not only did she take to the internet to show off her new night wardrobe, but she even added her real life pup to the photo. Katy is known to have great style, and these oh so cut pajamas just add to our reason to love it.

Consignment Fashion: Take Care Pt.2

by Gabrielle Manschester

One of the many joys of consignment shopping is finding that perfect piece. The question then is always, once you’ve tracked down your must haves, how do you ensure that they stay looking their best? Working in resale, I frequently get questions from consignors about keeping their items in salable condition and from customers about maintaining their new-to-you fabulous finds. Last issue, I addressed how to care for leather goods. This bevy of tips and tricks is dedicated to the repair, alteration, and care of consignment clothing.

Clothing Alteration and Repair Tips
Sometimes you find a piece at consignment and it was as if it was made just for you: the arms are the perfect length, it doesn’t pull at the bust or the hips, and the waist is just so. Other times, the price is perfection but the item itself may need some minor tweaking to best fit you and highlight your assets. I spoke to my favorite alterations and repair specialist, Snow Chew of Alterations To Go, to get insider insight into how best to approach alterations and repair of our clothes. Here is her advice.

Alterations can be tricky and costly. Snow recommended that if you are buying items at consignment that might need alteration, to limit what you buy to pieces that only need one area adjusted. The idea with consignment is to buy pieces that are a great deal, but if a garment has to be entirely reworked, the cost of alterations can negate the great price you got at resale.
Additionally, she explained that (at least at her shop) the alteration cost is based on time spent. Sometimes, there are a couple of different strategies they can use to repair or alter a garment. The more costly way is usually when an item requires couture or hand sewn methods. Occasionally, this is entirely necessary to retain the value of a couture garment. Other times, it may be possible to “cheat” and use a less time/money costly repair method. Ask your repair specialist what method will be used, whether there are different options available to you, and what the difference in cost will be, so you can make an informed decision.

Have you ever taken a beautiful cashmere out of your closet only to realize with horror that a moth has chewed a hole in it? Don’t despair or immediately toss! Often times, it can be salvaged by a professional who specializes in a technique called “invisible reweaving.” When done properly, you can barely tell that a hole was ever there. The next step is to prevent damage from occuring in the first place! I recommend using Clothes Moth Alert by Safer, which traps moths rather than solely repelling them (like cedar). It also saves your clothes from moth ball smell.

Clothing Care Tips
I often get asked how best to care for clothes once they get home. I have a few suggestions I’ve learned to help maximize the life of your clothes and minimize the money you spend in the pursuit of sartorial perfection.

Washing Cashmere: Many labels will direct you to dry clean, but only do this if there are embellishments on the item. Otherwise, frequent dry cleaning will degrade the fabric and shorten the life of your cashmere. Hand wash in cold or warm water (cold for patterns or saturated colors) and do not agitate. Lay the item flat on a towel and reshape to dry. Be sure not to wring it out or hang it up or you risk ruining its shape.

At home dry cleaning: In addition, we all know that frequent dry cleaning can run up clothing costs very quickly. Use an at-home dry cleaning system like Dryel (starter kit available for $6.97) to cut down on expensive dry cleaning bills.

Oscar de la Renta Unveils the Late Legend’s Last Perfume

Before Oscar de la Renta sadly passed last year, he created one last perfume for us. The fragrance is called Extraordinary, and from the scent to the bottle design, it IS extraordinary. Find out where you can indulge in a bottle for yourself here.