Awards season came and went in the months-long whirlwind of diamonds, frills and unnecessarily long acceptance speeches. And while some of you may still be debating the “best and worst dressed” game with friends and co-workers, many of us have unknowingly disregarded a huge part of celebrities' looks– the grooming aspect.
It’s not just the lovely ladies who make celebrity news
by making sure that every hair follicle is in place and camera-ready; men have to tediously manage their manes, as well. Besides a few lesser-knowns that seemed to have taken style tips from Gandalf, (ahem, Claudio Miranda) most of this year's awards ceremony attendees looked tidy and trim on the Red Carpet— and many have Diana Schmidtke
A Los Angeles-based freelance stylist who specializes in men’s grooming and hair care, Schmidtke has a long list of A-list clients— including George Clooney, Robert Pattinson, Alexander Skarsgard, Orlando Bloom, Matt Damon, and Chris and Liam Hemsworth. Schmidtke has appeared on Oprah
and the Today Show
as the go-to expert for “manscaping” and “man makeovers,” but this February she hit the jackpot with her gig as Oscar host Seth MacFarlane’s groomer. Being a part of the Academy Award pandemonium, Schmidtke was able to get an up-close-and-personal view of what grooming trends were popular for male celebrities this year.
To prepare Seth MacFarlane
for Oscars night, Schmidtke started with his face. If you're going to go clean-shaven for a big event, it's important to make sure that you attain the closest cut possible to avoid bothersome stubble. “As you know, everyone goes to parties after the Oscars, so it's a long night and no one wants that 5 o’clock shadow to appear at 1 a.m.," she says. "You want to keep that clean-shaven look all night, and a straight razor shave from a professional barber will do this!”
To ensure that Seth’s clean shave would last into the wee hours of the morning, Schmidtke sent him for a Royal Shave at The Art of Shaving
. She also reminds us that one of the most commonly forgotten steps when men shave is to properly moisturize the skin— and in doing so, you can increase your likability for getting the closest, longest-lasting shave.
After Seth’s beard was properly shaved, Schmidtke began working on the rest of his look. Since Seth is notorious for his fearless humor and slightly quirky attitude, Schmidtke chose to style and groom his hair but kept it casual and fun to reflect his personality. We don’t generally think of men wearing makeup, but for nerve-racking events like the Oscars it is important to take the proper steps to prevent shine. “I opted for anti-shine because it’s long-lasting, and Seth was on stage for four hours,” she reveals.