Now that superstar hair and makeup artists have become as famous as the faces they work on—paging Pat and Guido—we set out to discover the next generation of creative stars. After a comprehensive process that involved assessing the work of numerous emerging artists and canvassing editors, agents, photographers and others who work with them on a daily basis, we whittled our list down to seven of the most exciting talents on the fashion and beauty scene, then gave them free rein to create their vision of spring beauty. The results are as original—and innovative—as the artists themselves.
Ozzy Salvatierra Makeup Artist Streeters
Ozzy Salvatierra discovered his destiny in a bookstore.
The one-time art student turned florist turned live-in nanny turned test driver of Acura cars had no idea what he wanted to do with his life. Then he happened to browse through a Kevyn Aucoin tome in a bookstore in his native Los Angeles. Inspiration struck.
“I said, ‘I can do that!’” Salvatierra exultantly remembers. The very next day he was at Cinema Secrets, a theatrical makeup store in Burbank, buying copious amounts of cosmetics. That night, he started practicing on his friends.
Salvatierra’s instinct was spot-on. Within a year, he had moved to New York and landed a job at the Shiseido counter in Barneys New York. There, he met star makeup artist Tom Pecheux, Shiseido’s artistic director at the time, and was introduced to the world of magazine makeup artistry. He was hooked. In addition to assisting Pecheux, Salvatierra spent four years assisting Lucia Pieroni, the star London-based artist who’s also color creator of Clé de Peau Beauté. It was time well spent.
“I learned that it’s not ever about makeup,” says Salvatierra. “It’s always about a picture and what makes a photograph a classic. There’s a reason these people are at the top—they’ve got a great eye.”
So does Salvatierra. He works regularly with photographers such as Daniel Jackson, Jason Kibbler, Will Davidson, Simon Burstall, Kerry Hallihan and Greg Lotus, for magazines such as i-D, Dazed and Confused, Chinese and Japanese Vogue and V. He’s also been the lead makeup artist for Vera Wang’s bridal show, as well as C’N’C Costume National. While he’s more than capable of executing classic looks, Salvatierra thrives on pushing the envelope. “I like mysterious, sexy, spooky,” he says, pointing to the blood red lip here. “A little dark is my style. It’s not the makeup you put on the skin that’s important. It’s the skin that you leave bare.”
That’s not to say he’s not a product junkie. Salvatierra’s staples include Amorepacific skin care and Clé de Peau makeup. He also packs pigments, stencils and a wide array of tools. “I love to make a lot of my own colors,” says Salvatierra. “I look at everything as color and texture.”
Miki Hairstylist Tim Howard Management
“In my family, we are hairdressing freaks,” laughs Miki, the Italian-born hairstylist who goes by his first name only. “We are all hairdressers.” Miki got his start when he was only 16, moving from his native Bari to Milan to work with famed stylist Aldo Coppola. By 21, he was in the U.S., first in Los Angeles, then in New York, where he became the lead assistant for another top Italian hair artist, Luigi Murenu. From Murenu, Miki learned about “texture, people, personalities and shapes,” he says. “I learned to have a strong point of view.”
Miki defines his point of view as feminine with an edge. “I like sophistication with an edge and a personality,” he says. “Hair has to have a little sex appeal to it.” Here, he created a look that’s smooth on the top and ends, with volume and curl in the middle. He added extensions to dimensionalize model Sarah’s golden honey tones and add another layer of texture. “This style is done, but it also has movement to give it a sexy feeling,” he says. “She’s comfortable, but still polished.”
That philosophy appeals to celebs like Julianne Moore, Marisa Tomei and Amy Adams, all regular clients of Miki, and is also winning him favor with photographers such as Giles Bensimon, with whom he recently shot Adams for the cover of Elle, Tesh, Patrick Demarchelier, Terry Richardson and Terry Tsiolis. His work has also appeared in Vogue, Allure, Japanese Vogue, Glamour and The New York Times Magazine.
As successful as he becomes, there’s one constant for Miki and it’s not just the Kérastase products he favors. “There are a lot of great people in this business and a lot of personalities,” he says. “At the end of the day, it’s about understanding people and having a good attitude. My line is always have a good attitude.”
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