INTERVIEWS

PAMPADOUR SUMMER SANGRIA

Yes! Pampadour has its own cocktail this summer! Dawn fell for it at the Parisian For A Day event in LA last June and decided to share the recipe… You can find it on her blog, BeautyFrosting.com

MEET THE INCOMPARABLE J’AI
Celebrity skincare and makeup artist J’ai Lone is known as one of the best in the business for over thirty years. She talks to The Daily Pamp about her amazing career as a pioneer in both fields of color and skincare, from playing around with the MAC founders to experimenting with airbrushing, to the creation of her own successful line of products.
    

You are equally successful as a makeup artist and as a skin specialist, how did it happen?

 
I got my esthetic diploma at 18 in Toronto. I just aspired to become a makeup artist, but my mother insisted that I get an education and it was the best thing I ever did. I learned about the structure of the body, the skin and a science called psychofigurism, which teaches how facial proportions can reveal the character of an individual, a technique I use to this day.
 
My first job was in department store with the people that created MAC, and we experimented a lot at the time. There were no makeup schools thirty seven years ago, so I created the first makeup professional artist program, a sixty hour course for aspiring makeup artists which was very successful and was followed by a book.
 
While I was working on set for high fashion editorials and magazine covers, I realized that with a large format camera I needed to find a better way to apply face makeup so I started playing around with airbrushing techniques, that was thirty years ago!
In the meantime, I still did facials for loyal clients, and created eventually the first day spa in Toronto, featuring treatments designed by major skincare lines such as Chanel, Borghese, Christian Dior, Erno Laszlo, Clinique, Clarins and Lancome.
Eventually I decided to leave Toronto for LA, where I started working with major celebrity clients such as Farah Fawcett, Elizabeth Taylor, Ellen DeGeneres, Paula Abdul and the Olsen Twins.
What was the highlight of your career?
I did makeup for a woman in Hawaii that had cancer and went through many treatments. When I was done, she looked at herself in the mirror and started to cry. She told me that it was the first time that she felt beautiful. And she truly was, she radiated from the inside. When I did the Town & Country cover it was also a great moment in my career, but it didn’t “fill me up” as the experience with that lady.
What inspired you to create your own lines of makeup and skincare, and what came first?
I created the makeup line first and the skincare followed. I wanted products that could deliver great results for all my clients, including individuals with problem skin, and they really give results! Estheticians are big fans of my products because they can also give them to their clients for maintenance at home.
Which are your best sellers?
Any funny episode on set?
I have few, like forgetting my brushes at a major shoot with a celebrity photographer (I had to use my hands). But, the funniest was with two major female stars who hated each other and were together for a shoot. Right before the closeup, one turned to the other and said: “Oh, are you not feeling well, dear?” Classic.
A very interesting experience was with a difficult actress. I don’t work with a mirror, and only let my clients look at themselves when done. She clearly didn’t love herself and at the end, the beautiful makeup “turned” on her, it showed all her negativity, it was very strange.
Who is a person who has inspired you in your career?
Harry Blake, makeup artist for Johnny Carson’s show. He was a lovely man, and gave me specific tricks and tips that I use to this day.
Your favorite celebrity client?
Linda Gray, I have worked with her for 25 years. Not only is she beautiful, but it’s who she is as a human being. She is good to everybody around her.
If you were going to a deserted island, which products would you bring?
For skincare, the Gentle Cleanser, a scrub, Oxygen Cream, Silk Serum and the padsFor makeup, the lipstick ‘Hush’, a volumizing mascara and tweezers!
 
To learn more about J’ai and her stellar product line, connect with her Pampadour brand page today!

J’AI’S GLOWING CLIENTELE

Throughout her thirty year career as one of Beverly Hill’s premier estheticians, J’ai Lone has worked with a multitude of A-listers. Take a look at the glowing skin of some of her most famous clients. She’s clearly doing something right!

MARY KATE AND ASHLEY OLSEN

ELLEN DEGENERES

PAULA ABDUL

MICHAEL STRAHAN

STANA KATIC

MEET CAROLINE GREYL

Caroline Greyl is part of the ambitious and driven second generation of the Greyl family, carrying her family’s business into the 21st century. Her mother, Leonor Greyl, founded the line of natural products with her husband Jean-Marie in 1968. Their unique products soon became a hit and sought after by the greatest hair professionals in the world. With Caroline’s guidance (and the help of her biologist/chemist husband, Tom Brooks), the brand is carried in hundreds of salons, plus the world’s biggest department stores and Sephoras. We had the unique privilege of interviewing Caroline about what it’s like growing up in a beauty-centric family.

Leonor Greyl is a family affair. How have your parents passed down their passion for hair care?

I always grew up surrounded by my parents. It came very naturally that I wanted to work in this field. Hair is a passion I grew up with. I remember going to my mother’s institute when I was 5 and spending all day there watching women having their hair done. in my childhood, I also shared some quality time with my father, while he was creating products. I know all the perfumes and the stories around each of them. Not to mention, I went to school with some of the most creative hairstylists. I think it was kind of my destiny.


At what point did you realize that you also wanted to work in beauty?

It came slowly but surely to me in a very natural way. 

Several Leonor Greyl products are close to your family’s heart. What do you recall as your favorite product?

Huile Secret de Beauté is an interesting one. We used to call that product the family oil. My mother and I loved to apply that practical product all summer and also all year long. It gave us such a nice golden tan. We had that idea when we travel to Martinique, an island in the Caribbean. My mother wanted to have a practical product to apply while traveling. The mousse is more like a good luck charm for my son, Gabriel. My father and my husband wanted “the product” for him – something very natural and hypoallergenic with a bit of perfume. We ended up with that very gentle foaming orange blossom mousse. On my side I wanted to give all the benefits to charity, which I did by giving them to the French Make a Wish Foundation, called ‘Petits Princes’. It is not our best seller but usually once you try it, you love it.


We have noted that many important hairdressers are French – why do you think there is such a passion for hairdressing and hair care in France?


With legendary hairstylist Alexandre de Paris and ‘Haute Coiffure Française’ (a similar thing to haute couture), French hairstylists became very inspired. He opened the path and many others like Bruno Pittini followed him. French hairstylists are very sensitive to hair quality. For them there is no beautiful hair without a minimum care.  Our slogan is “healthy and glamorous hair using natural product” and we really believe in this. It is funny, recently I read an interview on Serge Normant and he was saying the exact same thing. 

What are you favorite places to shop for beauty in Paris, aside from Leonor Greyl, of course?

My time is very precious so I do a lot of my personal care at home. But, I like going once a year to Joelle Ciocco, a very good esthetician with an amazing product line. The Royal Monceau Spa is beautiful too. I often visit Colette. Sephora and Bon Marche are my favorite department stores in Paris.


What is the best in French beauty?

I like Joelle Ciocco, of course, but also Sisley for sun protection. For my nails, I take good care of them with Talika products – they do wonders. I have also been faithful to Guerlain’s Heure Bleue perfume for more than 30 years. I like Dior makeup palettes and Chanel red lipstick. I am very careful generally with what I select for my skin. The most important thing for me is to remove my makeup and clean my face every night, even if it is late.

Celebrities love your products. Who is one of your favorites?


I like Sofia Coppola: her movies and also her discretion. She also has a strong family story.

What’s the most important advice you can give to our readers about hair care?


Take your time when you shampoo your hair and always detangle it before washing.

 

Learn more about Leonor Greyl by connecting with their brand page on Pampadour.

THE GREYL FAMILY: A BEAUTY LEGACY

The Leonor Greyl brand, founded in 1968, is truly a family affair. Caroline, pictured as a child above, had beauty on her mind from the beginning. Her mother, the eponymous namesake of the brand, founded the natural products company with her husband, Jean-Marie. Shortly thereafter, the line became extremely popular and used by top hairstylists and models worldwide. Under Caroline’s guidance (along with her husband, biologist/chemist Tom Brooks), the brand is carried in salons, department stores and Sephoras all over the globe. 

CHANTAL’S BEAUTY ADVENTURE

 

At Chantal Delorme’s charming boutique in Milan, the concept of old and new is slightly blurred. Precious table linens are matched with printed paper napkins, vintage ceramics are mixed with summery plastic cutlery and Mediterranean inspired fabrics are used for patchwork pillows that Chantal sewed herself. Like magic, everything works. It might be unexpected in an antique store, but once you meet Chantal, a beautiful French lady with striking gray hair and a witty sense of humor, things start making sense. Like her store, her personal style seems effortless, but every detail counts. She talks to The Daily Pamp about her life with gray hair and reveals all of her beauty secrets. As it appears, she has a very clear idea of what works in beauty as well.

When did you decide to wear your hair gray?

I decided to keep my hair gray two years ago. I was tired of thirty years of coloring slavery, and let go of my red, curly locks. I let it grow and for a period my tips were red, it looked great!

The texture has changed. I used to be very curly and now my hair is straight and more dry. With pollution, it can turn yellow so I use L’Oreal Silver shampoo to keep the color bright. I rarely use conditioner because it would get flat.

Gray hair or not, you look amazing! What are your beauty secrets? 

The best antidote for growing older is my passion for my boutique that gives me the the impression for the moment not to be on the margins, the love for my children Stéphanie and Emmanuel, and my grandkids. I was featured on a magazine thanks to my grey hair recently and they are all very proud of to say “you know, my grandmother is a model!”.

However… I do love beauty as well and spend hours playing around with the girls at Sephora.

In the morning I wash my face with cold water. For my eyes, I apply Herborist gel and Strivectin-SD Eye Concentrate. For my face, I apply StriVectin-EV Sérum Éclaircissant Uniformisant and StriVectin-SD for stretch marks and wrinkles. I have been using StriVectin for the last fifteen years and I can definitely see results.

For makeup, I used a white translucent powder from Chanel that was discontinued so I switched to Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder. The powder allows the skin to breathe and doesn’t obstruct the pores. When i am very pale in the winter, a light touch of blush, Make Up For Ever Professional Blush n. 21.

For the eyes, the anti-dark circle stick Fake Up. It is very nourishing because it is both eye cream and colored concealer, and it doesn’t dry the skin under the eyes. My eye shadow is Make Up For Ever Professional in light brown, applied with a flat brush to lightly highlight the the outer lid, and then on the lid with a smaller brush. I use only black mascara, They’re Real by Benefit is an amazing product and brush. I also like Hypnose Doll Lashes from Lancome. For the eyebrows, I love Brow Zings by Benefit in Light.

On the lips, lipstick in winter, but most of the time lip balm. This spring I have discovered a great matte lipstick that doesn’t run on the little fine lines around the lips and stays on all day. Lip liner is Perfect Lips by Too Faced – It also doesn’t run.

My fragrances in the winter are L’Air du Temps by Nina Ricci, eau de toilette, deodorant and body cream. I alternate with Coco Mademoiselle from Chanel, also eau de toilette, deodorant and body cream.

In the summer, Un Jardin sur le Nil d’Hermes, which I also use as deodorant.

I get a manicure every week and a pedicure once every three weeks. My colors are gray or taupe from Chanel, sometimes purple. In the summer, strictly bordeaux or transparent.

You are French, but you were born in Algeria and traveled the world as a translator before settling in Italy. Why do you think French women always know best when it comes to beauty?

Because they have been doing it much longer!

Chantal Delorme’s boutique is located in Via Concordia 4, Milan- Italy – http://www.chantaldelorme.it – tel. +3902799730

Photos by Kerstin Jacobsen-Rohde for Donna Moderna 

SALT ‘N’ PEPPER

 

 

Introducing the newest addition to the Pampadour team, street photographer Dan Nabavian. Check out his take on salt ‘n’ pepper hair and going gray.

 

What made you decide to stick with the gray hair?

I started graying when I was 16. It’s always been a part of me. I have come to embrace it more over time, and now I really feel like it’s something that makes me distinct. I also go in and out of growing a beard, which really emphasizes the grays.

Did you ever consider coloring it?

No. It’s too much maintenance! I never felt the need to and I don’t like the idea of  covering “imperfections.” I think everyone has features that distinguish them and the point of using beauty products is to enhance your features, not cover them up.

Do you use any specific products for your salt ‘n’ pepper hair?

The one thing with having salt ‘n’ pepper hair is that it’s important to look well groomed, but natural. I keep my hair short and use a subtle matte pomade to smooth out the top and pull the sides in tight. I stay away from products like gel that would make my hair shiny and the slicked back look definitely does not work; it makes my hair look silver! It’s the last thing I want because it’s cheesy and can make me look older (I’m still relatively young, 31).

Do you think gray hair is a different issue for men and women?

I definitely think it’s more taboo for women and not as common, but I wish it wasn’t so taboo. I think even for men, in my experience, it’s a look that girls are either very attracted to or not at all. I have come across women with grays a bit more since I moved into a more hip area of Brooklyn, but less on the hair on their head; more in cases of women who don’t believe in shaving their armpits and not so much with younger girls.

Would you ever date a girl with gray hair?

I never have, but I want to say that I don’t think it would bother me. What physically attracts me to a girl is her natural features. I don’t like it when girls are too made up or look artificial, where it really feels like they are trying to cover up. That said, I think there should be a young celebrity who publicly wears her natural grays for it to become more acceptable.

Do you think your gray hair has played a role in your personal style?

I don’t have to do much to stand out at a party so I tend to dress nice, but I’m more minimal. And the plus is that it’s easy for me to look “dapper” at a formal affair.

 

To learn more about Dan’s favorite products, connect with him on Pampadour.

 

CHRISTINE CHOI’S BEAUTY ADVENTURE

Being a makeup artist in Los Angeles is a unique opportunity. In her fascinating career, Christine Choi has worked on everything from film sets to magazine shoots and red carpets. She graciously took time out of her busy schedule to speak to The Daily Pamp about her chaotic and rewarding job. We also couldn’t help but notice her gorgeous and fierce hair, an attribute that caused her to a strange “encounter” on set with a skeptic celebrity.

You have worked on so many different sets, from editorial to TV to film. Which one is your favorite?

Film is definitely my favorite. Everyone’s like a little family on set and I really enjoy the energy. I’m able to get creative and come up with my own character designs including special makeup effects. Watching your work come to life with each character is rewarding.

What beauty products we can always find in your purse when you are not working? 

Lip lacquer, mascara and lip balm.

You have worked for Playboy. How was working with sexy pinup girls different from other models or celebrities?

The key difference was being comfortable around nudity and understanding and realizing the art behind it. Also, working with celebrities I bring personalities to life, whereas with Playboy models I bring a certain look to life.

What advice can you give to someone who would like to have a career as a makeup artist?

Number one step is to take a professional course and get the proper training. Do your homework and always listen to your mentors. Professionalism comes with experience so building your resume, portfolio and credentials is extremely important. Educate yourself with business etiquette as a makeup artist and always stay loyal to the ones that helped you launch your career.

What is your favorite Pampadour feature?

I really enjoy uploading images and sharing products and tips that the general public don’t know about. So many people ask me if I’ll ever put together beauty tutorials. I would love to one day, but with my demanding schedule I find it easier uploading images with tips on this site. Also, I’m able to answer questions quickly.

What’s your craziest Beauty Adventure?

I remember one time when I was working on a film a celebrity asked me if my hair was real. I said yes. She didn’t believe me and yanked on my hair to see if extensions would fall out.

To interact with Christine, connect with her on Pampadour.

TO WEAVE OR NOT TO WEAVE

All women have a complicated relationship with their hair. The grass always seems to be greener on the other side. If you have curly hair, you want it to be straight. If you are a Chocolatey brunette, you probably wish you were a blonde. The Daily Pamp spoke to Angela Middleton, creative director at A. Marcus Group, about her own personal hair journey.

Why did you originally decide to get a weave?

As a child with my type of hair, you beg your mother to always straighten it. After decades of relaxing and straightening your hair, with perms and relaxing treatments, you realize that it’s not good for you. You get sores on your head, your hair starts falling out and, after a while, you don’t even know what the natural texture of your hair is!

What was the process of getting your weave?

I searched forever for a perfect salon and finally put my faith and trust in the hands of Tina Pearson at Tina Pearson Salon. We initially continued doing the perm and relaxing, and then started the process of weaning off of it. We cut my hair shorter and shorter through time to allow my natural hair to slowly grow out. And then came the weave.

How long did you have it in?

I wanted the weave in until I reached the point where I was comfortable with wearing my hair naturally. For me, this was mainly about having it a certain length. Putting in the weave would allow my hair to grow out and be healthy without making me feel uncomfortable with short or mid-length hair.

What’s the process of actually getting your weave in?

Well, first you need to have good weave and a trusted stylist. You get to pick out the texture of the hair you want. They cornrow your whole head and then the weave is physically sewn into your head. You also have to continue to go in and tighten the weave as your hair grows. It’s painful at times (hate the tightening part), but it becomes addictive because it’s really “no fuss hair.”

What distinguishes a good weave from a bad one?

The grade of hair and where it comes from makes a difference and having real hair versus synthetic is always better. More importantly, it’s your salon and stylist. The way the hair is woven into your hair is almost as important, if not more important, than the hair itself. I always wondered how celebrities with tons of money can walk around with bad weaves that look artificial. Going through the process, I realized it’s crucial how well the stylist blends the weave into your natural hair. It’s also important, in my opinion, to keep your natural part and often times you don’t have to do your whole head; partial weaves can work better.

When did you decide it’s time to unveil your natural hair and how do you prefer to wear it now?

I was ready to show my natural when it was at a the length I was comfortable with. I now prefer to flat iron my hair, though I have once in a while rocked my natural do. I still love my routine of going to the salon and getting my hair blown out though. It makes me feel good.

So would you ever get another weave or extensions?

Love the idea that extensions are out there because you don’t have to necessarily cut bangs if you want or commit to a drastic change in hair style. Also, you don’t ruin your natural hair when you have a weave. I like partial weaves and clip-in extensions for getting a temporary look and experimenting with your hair. The other main difference in not having a full weave is that it limits you with certain activities like swimming! Since I blow out my hair now, I can’t really get it wet, but with a weave, I would just get one that is wavy for the summer and I am free to swim and get it wet or dirty.

What’s your preference. Long hair or short? Slash long weave or short weave?

Doesn’t matter to me, whatever works well on you. I think the way you wear your hair is so personal and it’s about how you feel comfortable. With a weave, the hair comes in different textures, and it’s more about how you want to wear it and the ease of use.

Would you ever do a full wig?

The beauty of a full wig is that you can take on and take off. There’s also clip-in weaves that can temporarily give you a partial look, which I think can be fun. Whatever it is though, it should look natural!

Speaking of weaves, make sure to check out the Chris Rock documentary Good Hair if you’ve never seen it. Great movie.