Awards season comes with a slew of gowns and gorgeous beauty looks that we all love to copy when the occasion calls for it, thanks to makeup masters like Fiona Stiles. She's primped with the likes of Nicole Richie, Natalie Portman, Anna Faris, and many more for their red carpet moments, and didn't slow things down in anticipation. Glam checked in with the beauty buff as she took on Hollywood's biggest night, or as she explained, "A day like the Oscar's is unique because your day starts late so the days starts a little less frantically, but then it really picks up later in the day!" Plus, we also scored her take on the biggest beauty trends of the season that you can try at home.
I wake up to a soothing, yet slightly annoying alarm on my phone. The first thing I do is turn the kettle on for tea for me and coffee for my husband. I love a cup of black tea in the morning, but then I drink plain hot water all of the rest of the day.
I sit at my computer and go through the orders for Reed Clarke, my curated beauty e-commerce site, that have come in. I enjoy waking up early and the quiet before the day gets going into full gear.
Head upstairs and say good morning to my delicious 3 1/2 year old. She usually wants to get right to playing, so we'll hang out and get her stuffed animals dressed or play some imaginary games. It's a really lovely way to start the day.
Breakfast with the family. I like to have a bowl of quinoa with a little maple syrup in it or avocado toast for breakfast. Something hearty that will stick with me for a few hours since you're never really sure if you'll eat again during the day!
Go back into my office and do a little research for the day ahead of me. I like to look at existing red carpet images of the client I am working on that day. I study the pictures to see how she looks best; is it a strong eye? A bold lip? Lots of blush or very little? It's good to see what works and what doesn't, it helps me get prepared for the day. I also sometimes look at their Instagram feed to see what their hair looks like, if they got it cut recently or if they colored it a totally different color. It's good to be prepared when you're thinking about the bigger picture of the look for the night. For big events like the Oscars, the stylist will send images of the client in the dress from the fitting so we can start thinking about what the look will be. I also take a few minutes to restock my kit; I always need to restock baby wipes, q tips, and other bits and bobs that I can't work without. I have a very, very well stocked closet full of makeup and supplies, I don't have a lot of spare time to pick up baby wipes every week so I buy lots at once!
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.:
Shower and get ready for work. I keep my makeup to a minimum when I'm working and I don't wear anything complicated, clothing-wise. I mean, I work with pigments all day, I can't go to work in a white dress! I wear something I can move around easily in, like flats and pants or maybe a floor length skirt so I can work around the situation. Any time I don't, I regret it. When we're getting someone ready for an event, hair, and makeup are working at the same time. This means the talent is sitting in a low chair, so I can't wear heels or I'd be bent over double and so crooked. Often there's a manicurist working at the same time too. It gets really crowded! I even keep my makeup to a minimum because I am there to take care of another person, not to do touch ups on myself or worry about how I look. I always wear fragrance though because it makes me feel put together throughout the day, not matter how crazy things get.
I drive to work. Living in L.A. means spending a lot of time in the car, so I always have a stash of healthy snacks with me: some fresh fruit, some dried fruit, some nuts, a KIND bar or two, and a large bottle of water.
Arrive at the client's house, set up and get to work! We usually have 2 hours for hair, makeup, and for them to get dressed and out the door. It sounds like a lot of time but it goes really fast. There's usually a lot of laughs, catching up and goofing around. It's a really fun two hours. Even though you come to the job with an idea of what you want to do, it's all subject to change. The hair may dictate something other than what you had planned on, or maybe you just change your mind when you get there. The name of the game is being flexible and ready for anything. It's a team effort and there's no space in the room for stubbornness or egos.
For big events like the Golden Globes and the Oscars, people want the breakdown of the look as soon as possibleso I'll sit in my car and spend about an hour writing up the Get The Look to get out to press. For most other events, I'll write it up later that night.
Head home. Once I get home I do my very best to tune out the rest of the world while I focus on being a mom until my daughter goes to bed. Those are precious hours and I try to stay present.
8:00 p.m.- Midnight:
I usually check out the social media channels to see how everyone looked on the red carpet. I love seeing the beautiful work of my fellow makeup artist, hair dresser and stylist friends. I'll also speed watch the red carpet shows and the Oscars. I blaze past the commercials and the long speeches; you'd be amazed and how fast you can get through a 4-hour show! Then it's time to wash my brushes, wash my face and head to bed after a long, exciting day.