Oscars: Seth MacFarlane’s Red Carpet Grooming secrets

The Oscars saw the well groomed faces of many A-list celebs including host Seth MacFarlane at the Oscars last night. 

Here are the official men’s grooming tips and trends from Oscars’ backstage groomer – Diana Schmitdke (Seth MacFarlane’s Oscar’s groomer):

Diana has groomed Hollywood’s A-list talent including George Clooney, Matt Damon, Robert Pattinson.

What are the general trends you saw on the Red Carpet for men’s grooming tonight?

Diana Schmitdke: I saw a lot of long hair that was styled nice and clean. Specifically,  a lot of long hair slicked back either with a 1940’s side part, or pushed back straight off their face like the 1950’s.

It was also the year of the beards from Ben, Bradley to George..all sporting a beard. They all had a beard that was trimmed and groomed properly.

Despite the ‘year of the beard on the carpet’ it’s very important to shave because black-tie events translate to stepping it up and looking your best. In the event you do have a beard (like many men did), groom it!

Trim/shave it up under the neck. Create straight lines that are straight around the ear, neck and nose. One trick for keeping a beard looking perfect is to spray your comb with hairspray and then run it through your beard to keep the wild hairs at bay. Don’t forget to check and perhaps trim if needed your nose hairs, ear hair, and eyebrows as well. A beard is sexy, but it must be groomed to get that red-carpet look!

Can you speak to three looks (and men) you say tonight and a quote on each of their looks and why they are your favorites?

Diana Schmitdke: Jeremy Renner-his hair was full, groomed, perfectly styled. Perfect volume in the front, great side part. He looked handsome. I like seeing men on the carpet especially at the Oscars looking dapper and have their hair styled to complement their dapper outfit.

Channing Tatem- this is a good example of a close crop that is actually styled and cut perfectly to a head shape. His skin has the perfect tone (well managed and definitely cared for).  That man know how to wear a suit! I loved the tails in his dance number. His look was flawless.

Bradley Cooper- here is a man that has a great beard, (but with today’s beard, its not about lets just grow a beard and not have to keep it trimmed). Bradley’s beard was clean, trimmed and neat. The edges were shaved and cut to compliment all around is face.  His beard was a great complement to the nice longer hair slicked back off his face. His hair looked natural like he just ran his fingers through it to push it out of his face. His hair was done, but not over done; same with his beard.  It was groomed, but not over groomed.

Regarding Seth; what was his regime to get ready for the Oscars?

Diana Schmitdke: We started with a Royal Shave from The Art Of Shaving — which is their signature shave at the Barber Spa.  The shave is key to getting the closest shave possible, but giving moisture to the skin. Part of The Royal Shave they have a mask that is applied to the face which contains Desert Rose Clay — this is a KEY ingredient to moisterie and keep the skin hydrated all day (something that is great for Seth who is on-stage for a long-time). Another reason I opted for the Royal Shave for Seth is because the shave lasts longer. As you know everyone goes to parties after the Oscars so it’s a long night, no one wants that 5 0’Clock shadow to appear at 1AM; you want to keep the clean shaven look all night and a straight razor shave (from a professional barber) will do this!

Then we did his hair. I went with a more groomed look (compared to his everyday look,  but kept it fun!).

Lastly we did his makeup (I didn’t need to use much makeup just anti shine by Peter Roth, and concealer by Jouer). I opted for ant-shine because it’s long lasting, and Seth was on-stage for 4 hours (And there are no powder particles flying off my brush and risking that landing on his suit). It’s very dark backstage!! Things move quickly and there isn’t a whole lot of time like we have during a photo-shoot.

His hair and shave went with his outlets — Gucci and Dolce. 2 tuxes for the show.

What are four tips to getting groomed like Seth?  What can men do at home to get the best groomed look from the red carpet?

Diana Schmitdke:

1. Moisturize.

2.  The Royal Shave at The Art of Shaving for more information on The Royal Shave go here

3. A haircut

4. Prevent looking shiny;  use an anti-shine.

Less is more when it comes to a well groomed guy.

Diana has appeared on Oprah and the Today Show, featured as the go-to expert for “man-scaping” and “man makeovers.”


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