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Meet George Clooney's stylist - sorry, 'groomer' - Diana Schmidtke

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Meet George Clooney's stylist - sorry, 'groomer' - Diana Schmidtke

Post by Katiedot on Sat Sep 21 2013, 11:05

Yada yada yada. Does anyone believe George really uses this woman or am I being naive here?

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Men Have Stylists, Too -- Just Don't Call Them That

The Huffington Post | By Lauren Leibowitz

Posted: 09/19/2013

Thanks to star stylists like Rachel Zoe, celebrities' secret weapons are common knowledge -- for women, that is. We're well aware of the drastic measures actresses like Anne Hathaway and Cameron Diaz take to stay in style, but we know relatively little about how the men of Hollywood keep their looks in check.

Thankfully, Diana Schmidtke is filling in the gaps in our knowledge. In an interview with the New York Times, Schmidtke, a celebrity "groomer," reveals she practices a profession that's more in-demand than ever, styling, buffing and primping men to perfection for their public appearances.

Schmidtke says others in the industry are a little confused by her title (hey, so are we) and she's often asked, "What is that, like dog grooming?" But we can't say we're surprised men are averse to using a traditionally feminine term like stylist.

Historically, guys are shy about the time they spend, well, grooming, but they're doing it just as much, if not more, than their lady friends. Earlier this year, we discovered that British women are catching the men in their lives borrowing an average of $30 worth of beauty products per month, and a recent poll revealed that men spend just as much time getting ready in the morning as women do. Still, Schmidtke has to watch her words, the Times says:

She'll boil down beauty lingo into action words. "Pre-shave oil" may not register with guys, but "if you say it helps the glide of the blade, ding ding ding, they understand what it means," she said.

Among the leading men on Schmidtke's client list: Jon Hamm, George Clooney, Seth MacFarlane, Clint Eastwood, Jimmy Fallon, Viggo Mortensen and Chris Hemsworth. While those are only the names listed in one article, we're sure dozens more dudes elevate their appearances with a groomer's help. Why do you think guys are so shy about paying extra attention to their appearance?

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Post by Katiedot on Sat Sep 21 2013, 11:09

And here's the original NYT article:

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A Groomer Polishes the Looks of Male Celebrities

When the nine-time Emmy nominee and widely acknowledged dreamboat Jon Hamm sails down the red carpet on Sunday, chances are you will notice his date’s dress, makeup and hairstyle more than the particulars of his appearance.

But Mr. Hamm will have had his hair carefully styled to look looser than the tightly combed businessman’s coif for which he’s known on “Mad Men.”

“I work with Jon when he’s Jon Hamm,” said his groomer, Diana Schmidtke. “I don’t work with Don Draper. So for me it’s always about making him not look too Don Draper. Almost like he just ran his fingers through his hair. Very natural.”

Though some men, famous or not, have been boldly stepping out with “guyliner” and nail polish, we are not quite at the point where Hollywood makeup artists are taking credit for it as they do with women.

Ms. Schmidtke, 38, is one of a handful of male celebrity groomers there, a term little heard of 15 years ago (when, she said, photographers would ask her, “What is that, like dog grooming?”) but increasingly bandied about in a world of high-definition cameras and metrosexuality. She has tended to the floppy forelocks and five o’clock shadows of not just Mr. Hamm but Clint Eastwood, George Clooney, Jimmy Fallon, Viggo Mortensen and Chris Hemsworth, making sure they look like the best versions of themselves for magazine covers, press junkets and award shows.

This summer, Ms. Schmidtke was in New Mexico, working on her first film, the comedy “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” directed by and starring Seth MacFarlane, whom she started working with two years ago and groomed for the Academy Awards in February.

Reviews of Mr. MacFarlane’s Oscars hosting stint were mixed, but thanks to the Peter Thomas Roth anti-shine gel Ms. Schmidtke smeared on his T-zone, no one could say he was shiny. On a typical celebrity booking, Ms. Schmidtke starts with an old-fashioned barber shave. Next come the eyebrows, a potential minefield. “The quickest way to feminize a man’s face is to over-groom the eyebrow,” she said. “You can do above the brow, but when you start to take too much underneath or create any type of arch, boom, he starts to look like a girl.” She prefers plucking the brow to waxing, which she said removes too much, and also uses tweezers to tackle stray nose and ear hairs.

Then she applies concealer (no Pan-Cake, please!) and mattifying lotion — more guy-friendly than powder puffs, she said — as needed.

In fact, Ms. Schmidtke is sensitive to all sorts of macho preferences. For example, she’ll boil down beauty lingo into action words. “Pre-shave oil” may not register with guys, but “if you say it helps the glide of the blade, ding ding ding, they understand what it means,” she said.

Within the industry, Ms. Schmidtke is praised as much for her demeanor as for any specific ministrations. “I always trust that Diana will make my clients looks and feel their best,” said Robin Baum, a Hollywood publicist who has worked with Mr. Hemsworth, Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and James Franco. “She has great energy.”

The photographer Mark Seliger, who has worked with Ms. Schmidtke for 14 years on shoots for Mr. MacFarlane, Will Ferrell and others, praised Ms. Schmidtke’s “fun and positivity.”

But the groomer characterized her rapport with A-list actors another way: “I’m a little crass at times,” she said.

Ms. Schmidtke became interested in hairdressing after modeling for Nexxus at age 16, attended Pivot Point beauty school in Chicago and moved west in 1997, working for a pricey Beverly Hills salon. “I wasn’t used to that type of clientele,” she said. “Everything was so shiny and new, the beautiful people and the cars. I failed.”

But an apprenticeship with Marvin Lynch, then a successful hairstylist, led to representation by the Celestine Agency (she has since moved to the Wall Group), which booked her on music shoots.

“I had every intention to do girl hair, but it just wouldn’t click with actresses,” Ms. Schmidtke said.

In 1999, after an assigned groomer didn’t show, she was pulled into a shoot with David Boreanaz of “Angel.” In thanks for the favor, Mr. Boreanaz’s publicist next called on Ms. Schmidtke to groom Chris Klein for his “American Pie” press tour.

“Then all the mayhem started,” she said. “I loved it. I was young and my job was making hot guys hotter.”

She studied the history of shaving and stays current by reading men’s fashion and grooming blogs. Though Ms. Schmidtke’s work sometimes involves the more traditional process of putting a client into character, as she did with Mr. Clooney for a Cary Grant-style Vanity Fair shoot, she also enjoys watching the application of television trends to real life (the “Boardwalk Empire,” shaved close with an undercut while leaving a floppy 4 to 5 inches on top, was popular this summer, she said).

And while her work revolves around famous faces, Ms. Schmidtke is pleased to see companies making more grooming solutions for everyday Joes. (One of her career high points, she said, was in 2009 when she made over husbands on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”)

But getting a man, even one who banks on his image, to change his regimen is almost always an uphill battle, Ms. Schmidtke said. “With guys, you have to keep it simple.”
So she styled him once, years ago for a magazine shoot? Is that it?

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Re: Meet George Clooney's stylist - sorry, 'groomer' - Diana Schmidtke

Post by it's me on Sat Sep 21 2013, 11:47

So it seems
Job related thing

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Post by melbert on Sat Sep 21 2013, 11:50

Her claim to fame!!! So George is changing his stance on being make-up free??

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Post by What Would He Say on Sat Sep 21 2013, 12:40

Ooh No.. not Viggo!  Shocked

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Post by NotAvailable on Sat Sep 21 2013, 13:38

Aw, geee. I could see the man liner under his eyes many times and his brows darkened too. They tend to have more silver in them The liner is carefully hidden in his lashes. But make no mistake, he has had that done enough that I can spot it more easily now. Powder sometimes too I think. To hide the shine on his nose and wherever else it might be.

But who really cares about that? Not me. I like him looking delish.

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Post by it's me on Sat Sep 21 2013, 14:04

Eye liner you mean?

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Post by ... on Sat Sep 21 2013, 14:45

Seems that she's name-dropping a list of actors. Maybe she can't add to her portfolio for confidentiality.

I've noticed the "guyliner" too. Very common in Bollywood as both male & female actors wear heavy black kajal or kohl. In Hollywood it's more subdued & simply defines the eyes. Wink 

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Post by Mazy on Sat Sep 21 2013, 15:38

No No No way will I ever believe this made up garbage. Another person trying to make them self known by using George's name. They should try doing something to make a name for them self. I guess we all seem to prefer our George 'Ala natural.

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Post by traone on Sat Sep 21 2013, 21:08

Now don't attack me, but I've often wondered if G has had his lower liner permanently tatooed on.  I know it's kind of "out there", but if you look at just regular snapshots, still photos, etc, not the professional photo shoots to where you would expect the basic matte powder, eye liner, etc, he still looks like his eyes stand out.???  Just a thought.  I do remember seeing a photo in which someone was applying mascara to the hair at his temples in preparation for a photo shoot.  Sorry, can't remember where I saw it.

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Post by it's me on Sat Sep 21 2013, 21:19

Tattooed? .... Hmm
Boh
Who knows?

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Post by amaretti on Sat Sep 21 2013, 22:25

You can buy hair color in a mascara wand for touch ups . I do not think he had his liner tatooed . I would not do that it's so easy to use a liner crayon .

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Post by LornaDoone on Sat Sep 21 2013, 23:01

Michael Clayton final scene, you can see George had dark eyeliner on his lower eyelids.

I think this gal is real - I just don't think she's his personal "full-time" groomer. I think she gets hired on for specific projects and that's how she's come in contact with George.

I still think Waldo is cutting his hair.


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Post by party animal - not! on Sat Sep 21 2013, 23:36

I think it depends whether he's working on something else.

The full article says this lady worked on a Vanity Fair special with His Nibs.......wondering about the 2006 one with a model taller than him and he's standing on a cardboard box

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