From their hair and makeup to their ensembles, celebs undoubtedly have to have a stellar team behind them in order to make it big. These talented ten—everyone from stylists to makeup artists—are a force to be reckoned with and have changed the face of fashion and beauty.
She has been key in creating the looks of some of music’s biggest names: Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Jay-Z, Diddy . . . just to name a few. It was Ambrose’s idea to put Missy Elliot in a blown-up garbage bag for the “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” music video. When she’s not making TV appearances to dish out style tips, or running Mod Squad, her branding company, she’s giving us a glimpse of her fierce get-ups and fab life.
Coming from a line of hairstylists, Kimble followed in the steps of her mother and two grandmothers. Her clientele includes Beyoncé, Vanessa Williams and Kerry Washington. Her work has been featured in publications like InStyle, Essence and Glamour. She has also worked on national campaigns, including Pepsi, Neutrogena and Nike. Kimble even has her own line of products called Kimble Hair Care Systems.
Hailing from Northampton, England, McGrath is considered one of the most influential makeup artists in the industry world. Usually barefaced with her hair pulled back, she has created stunning and unusual runway looks for designers like Prada and Dior. The Brit is also the Global Creative Design Director for Cover Girl.
She has flawlessly styled the tresses of Alicia Keys, Rihanna, and Jennifer Hudson. Her looks have been featured in ads for Cover Girl, Rimmel, Gap, and more. She has also been a spokesperson for both Pantene and Clairol. Tippi has her own hair extension line called GET GORGEOUS HAIR and continues to serve as a beauty guru for publications like Cosmopolitan, Essence, and Black Hair.
The mastermind behind the cut that caused Rihanna’s career to take off, Stephen is not only a celebrity hairstylist, but also a “new image” beauty expert. She has also tended to the manes of artists like Keyshia Cole and Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child and “America’s Next Top Model,” Saleisha Stowers. Stephen is often called upon to offer her expert advice to leading fashion and beauty magazines.
The visionary behind the chicly-styled Kardashian clan, Monica Rose is slowly garnering the much-deserved respect of the industry. Her portfolio also includes LaLa Vazquez, Keri Hilson, Meagan Good, the E! TV show The Daily10 and ad campaigns for Dita and Botkier. Check out her blog for daily updates on shoots she styled and photos she finds inspirational. She’s definitely one to watch!
An expert at using colors and shades that best complement our complexions, Fine has applied his technique to the faces of celebs like Halle Berry, Tyra Banks and Veronica Webb. His work has also appeared on the covers and pages of Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, Essence, and more. Fine became the first African American spokesperson for Revlon and Cover Girl Cosmetics. His first book, Fine Beauty: Beauty Basics and Beyond for African-American Women, a how-to makeup guide, is a must-read.
With 15 years of experience in the industry, Pitters recently opened her own salon, Amoy Couture Hair, and is currently developing a line of products. With her highly sought-after natural-looking extensions, it’s no surprise that her clients include Naomi Campbell, Iman, Joy Bryant, and Mary J. Blige. Now the star of Oxygen’s new reality TV show, “House of Glam,” Pitters continues to eliminate bad weaves, one head at a time.
After years of studying under industry folk such as Laura Mercier, Sam Fine, and Pat McGrath, Sheriff mastered her own makeup technique and acquired devoted clients such as Keri Hilson, Mary J. Blige and Alicia Keys. She has worked with companies like Dior, L’Oreal and Smashbox and has become a go-to resource for leading fashion and beauty publications for expert tips. Sheriff has also appeared on WE network’s “My Fair Wedding,” TLC’s “Say Yes To The Dress,” and Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva.”
LaVar is a child hair prodigy of sorts. By age 12 she was working her own chair at a local salon. When she was 16 years old, she created the signature braided hairdo of Essence magazine’s Susan Taylor. Since then she has styled everyone from Whitney Houston and Chaka Khan to Venus Williams and Oprah. She was even once the star of her own reality show, “Hair Trauma,” on the WE network. These days you can find the stylist managing her Upper West Side salon, LaVar Hair Designs, and line of haircare products, Ellen LaVar Textures.
-Audra E. Lord