Celebrity hair stylist Diana Schmidtke has worked with some of Hollywood's biggest A-list names, including George Clooney, Matt Damon, Robert Pattinson, and Liam Hemsworth. Here, she shares her observations about the latest grooming trends and reveals exactly how Oscars host Seth MacFarlane achieved his smooth, babyface look.
On Long Hair & Beards
I saw a lot of long hair that was styled nice and clean. Specifically, a lot of long hair slicked back either with a '40s side part, or pushed back straight off their face '50s-style.
It was also the year of the beards for Ben (Affleck), Bradley (Cooper), and George (Clooney). They were all trimmed and groomed properly. Despite the beard trend on the carpet, it's very important to shave because black-tie events translate to stepping it up and looking your best. If you have a beard, groom it! Trim or shave it under the neck. Create straight lines around the ear, neck, and nose. One trick is to spray your comb with hairspray and run it through your beard to keep the wild hairs at bay. Don't forget to check and trim your nose hairs, ear hair, and eyebrows, if needed, as well. A beard is sexy, but it must be properly groomed to get that red-carpet look!
On the Best Celebrity Hairstyles of the Night
Jeremy Renner: His hair was full, groomed, and perfectly styled. Perfect volume in the front, great side part. He looked handsome. I like seeing men on the carpet, especially at the Oscars, looking dapper and styling their hair to complement their outfit.Channing Tatum: This is a good example of a close crop that's styled and cut perfectly to his shape. His skin also has a great tone (well-managed and definitely cared for), and that man knows how to wear a suit! I loved the tails in his dance number. His look was flawless.
Bradley Cooper: Here's a man with a great beard that was clean, trimmed, and neat, and the edges were shaved to suit his face. It was a great complement to his longer, slicked-back hair, too, which looked natural, like he just ran his fingers through it. His hair was done, but not overdone; same with his beard. It was groomed, but not overgroomed.
On Seth MacFarlane's Grooming Regimen
We started with a Royal Shave from The Art Of Shaving, their signature shave at the Barber Spa. This shave is key to getting the closest shave possible while also keeping the skin moisturized. The Royal Shave includes a mask for the face that contains desert rose clay, which keeps the skin hydrated all day and all Oscar night long.
Another reason I opted for the Royal Shave for Seth is that it lasts longer. Oscar night parties go late, and no one wants that 5 o'clock shadow to appear at 1 A.M.; you want to keep the clean-shaven look all night and a straight-razor shave (from a professional barber) will take care of this.
Then we did his hair. I went with a more groomed look (compared to his everyday look). Lastly we did his makeup. I didn't need to use much makeup, just anti-shine by Peter Roth, and concealer by Jouer. I opted for ant-shine because it's long-lasting (Seth was onstage for four hours) and there are no powder particles flying off my brush that could land on his suit. Things move quickly backstage and there isn't a whole lot of time for touch-ups.
—The Details Editors