Hair stylist Eric Del Monaco gets an extra charge out of men's grooming for the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival. And it's not about being star struck.
"These actors are used to the grooming process. They really want to look nice," says Eric, owner of the Del Monaco Hair Studio in Toronto. He's also the official hairstylist for L'Oréal Paris in Canada (and one of my favourite stylists, too, for his brilliant layered cuts).
"At the salon when I work with male clients, sometimes I feel they just want to be in and out, and they don't want to fuss. These guys were awesome! I thought I was just going in to put in a little product, rough the hair up and go, but no. Instead I did complete blowdries from wet hair, put in some product, and they loved it. They enjoyed the process and were active participants in their grooming," he explains. "It was refreshing."
adrien brody tiff 2013 -- the hair
The main part of men's grooming for the red carpet is, of course, hair. This week, Eric worked with Academy-Award-winner Adrien Brody. "He has a lot of hair, but it's very, very fine and it tends to go frizzy (like this). So it was really important that I use the right product to get it straight and keep it that way," he says. (The evening of the premiere of Third Person was rainy -- never good for frizz-prone types.) "He's got a beautiful cut, long in the front and gradually tapered in the back."
To Adrien's wet hair, Eric applied a couple of drops of L'Oréal Paris Nutri-Sleek Hair Expertise Precious Oils Hair Treatment ($9.99, well.ca) from root to ends, concentrating mostly on the lower half where it tends to frizz most. He then used a small round brush during the blowdry to stretch and smooth the actor's hair back in sections.
When Adrien's hair was dry, Eric mixed together a bit of L'Oréal Paris Studio Remix Modelling Fibre Paste ($7.99, well.ca) and another drop of Precious Oils, and ran it through to add control. "Adrien pulled a few pieces down here and there to finish it, but he wanted to keep it smooth and neat especially in the back because he was wearing a suit for the red carpet."
adrien brody tiff 2013 -- the skin
Part two of men's grooming for the red carpet is makeup. "The men like to have great skin, but they don't want people to see they're wearing makeup," says lead L'Oréal Paris makeup artist Eddie Malter, who also worked with Adrien Brody this week.
He started with L'Oréal Paris Ideal Moisture Day Lotion for All Skin Types ($12.99, drugstores). "It has a little apricot tint, which gives skin a little life." To hide dark circles and camouflage any red spots, he then used L'Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Concealer ($9.99, well.ca) "because it's very liquid, very thin."
Eddie's new secret mattifying weapon for men is L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Miracle Blur ($30.99, well.ca). "Guys really love it because it's invisible," he says. Bonus: it smooths the complexion and blurs fine lines, too.
Eddie also applied a bit of powder with the tip of a brush to take down any shine. To give Adrien's skin a healthy warmth, he used a bit of bronzer on areas that the sun would hit, and blended it really, really well.
L.A.-based celebrity makeup artist Georgie Eisdell once told me that for men on the red carpet, it's all about what you can see: hair, face, hands. Eddie had Adrien use Men Expert Hydra Energetic Turbo Booster Moisturizer ($15.99, drugstores) on his hands.
Think you could get your guy to try these grooming techniques for a special occasion?
Opening and closing photo, and photo with Olivia Wilde by Michael Tran/FilmMagic. Second photo with Liam Neeson and Paul Haggis, and fourth photo, by Alberto E. Rodriguez © 2013 Getty Images. FYI, Olivia Wilde's fabulous lip is OCC Lip Tar in Anime ($22, sephora.ca); makeup by Melanie Inglessis.