Stephanie Daniel, the hair/makeup artist who did my Oscar-night look, was wearing kickass boots that evening. I had to take a picture.
I’ve worked with Stephanie many times. One thing I enjoy about her, in addition to her beauty and delightful personality, is her willingness to inflict a tiny bit of pain while attaching a faux-ny tail. I’ve had many different stylists do a faux-ny tail for me and you can take my word for it: the very best special-occasion faux-ny tails make you feel like your hair is being pulled out by the roots and that bobby pins have penetrated your brain. But don’t worry. That feeling only lasts for 30 minutes or until your whole head goes numb, whichever comes first. I kid! Sort of. Anyway, after that kind of styling, you won’t be tempted to pat your faux-ny tail all night to make sure it’s still on. You definitely won’t dance it off. Hair security can make the difference between a good night and a great night. Trust. But please note that this styling recommendation is just for special occasion faux-ny tails — something you might do two or three times a year. No pain, no gain does not apply to everyday hairdos, unless you want to wind up with permanent hair loss from traction alopecia, which means your hairline will look like Stevie Wonder’s.
Stephanie had left her old agency since I last saw her in 2007, so I wasn’t sure I’d find her again, but the interwebs came through for me. Oddly, at the same time I was searching for her, she was finding my blog by searching for “vintage band jackets.”
Before Stephanie left that night, I made sure I got her contact information so I don’t risk losing her again. If you need hair and makeup done in L.A. — whether it’s for a special occasion, an editorial shoot, a commercial, or anything else — I highly recommend Stephanie (she won’t hurt you unless you want her to, honest). If you’re really nice to her, maybe she’ll tell you the story about the client who gave her trick gum that tasted like fish. I nearly laughed my faux eyelashes off when she told me that one. But I didn’t, because she stuck ’em on good!