At Mirabella we are striving to be our very best, and to do that we have to learn from the best!
Last month we held a special training with Mirabella students from around the globe. They came from near and far to train with hugely-successful celebrity makeup artist Fiona Stiles, insanely talented hairstylist to the stars Adir Abergel and amazing beauty photographer Andrew Stiles. We brought this dream team together to show us how to take our application and styling to the next level, it was an absolutely incredible day full of so much fabulous information and even more fun. Unfamiliar with these beauty mavens?
We were beyond thrilled to have these industry giants teaching us for two full days. Day 1 was full of learning about the ins and outs of styling celebrities for different events.
Look #1 was inspired by 40’s glamour where Adir and Fiona taught us how to create a high fashion, sophisticated look as seen on the red carpet for an award show.
Look #2 celebrated Adir’s signature style of undone waves that he frequently uses for Reese Witherspoon and Kristin Stewart at movie premieres and press interviews.
Our favorite thing about watching these masters at their craft is how they can change one look into something different in such a short time without a complete wash of hair or makeup…and still keep the look fresh. Each look was transformed into a new upstyle for the remaining portion of the day.
Day 2 was a complete hands-on experience at the famous Smashbox Studios in LA. Each attendee chose a model to recreate a celebrity look. They spent individual time working with Adir and Fiona to master the look. And finally they were able to have Andrew Stiles photograph a fashion image for their portfolios. Check out their AMAZING work!
Adir and Fiona provided such a great learning experience. I was so interested in everything they had to say. Here are a few of my favorite takeaways.
“Hair is sculpture, makeup is painting” – Adir Abergel
“Create solutions for your client quickly without overusing product. I don’t hairspray mid-style. Too much product makes the hair lose memory and shine.” – Adir Abergel
“The secret is over directing the hair for volume and body” – Adir Abergel
“The most important part of styling hair is applying heat and letting it cool down and harden into shape.”
– Adir Abergel
“Spray the brush with the hairspray and then be fearless in brushing out the set.” – Adir Abergel
“Knowing when to scale back and edit shows the talent of a makeup artist” – Fiona Stiles
“Use Swirling Pearl Brilliant above cupids bow of the lip to bring light” – Fiona Stiles
“I rarely use black on the waterline. I never use white. Instead a taupe liner is softer but still closes the look.” – Fiona Stiles
“A bronzer should be used differently than a contouring powder. It adds brightness and warmth, but it should not be used to add depth.” – Fiona Stiles
“I find my inspiration from books, old movies, etc. A strong reference library is key in this industry” – Fiona Stiles.
“I don’t let my products boss me around.” – Fiona Stiles
“Recreating 1940’s Old Hollywood is not about eyeshadow, instead a beautiful lash and soft liner paired with a bold lip” – Fiona Stiles
A BIG THANK YOU to Adir Abergel, Fiona and Andrew Stiles, our China partners and US attendees! We loved spending time with you. The training was such a success we are going to absolutely have to do it again. Keep your eye out for for Mirabella Master trainings in the future!