Celebrity makeup artist Frédéric Fekkai reveals his key secrets for looking beautiful.
Frédéric Fekkai could easily pen the sequel to Mireille Guiliano's best-selling book, French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure. In his case, the New York-based hairstylist to the stars could title his book French Women Always Look Fabulous: The Secret to Their Inimitable Style.
According to Fekkai, whose A-list clients include Sandra Bullock and Liv Tyler, the essence of beauty comes down to three things: it should be natural, effortless and chic. "French women have more personality when it comes to their style - they own their look," he explains. "In North America, so many women buy labels simply because they've seen them in a store window or they've read about them in some magazine, but they don't carry it off. They dress head to toe in one designer and end up looking like dolls. When I think of the elegant women of my childhood in Provence, they always looked so together and so natural. Simplicity was the key to their style. It was an effortless elegance that seems to be second nature to French women."
Fekkai, who owns salons in New York, Palm Beach and Beverly Hills, brings that same sensibility to his hairstyling. He's known for his clean, modern and carefree cuts that are timeless rather than driven by trends. He became interested in hairstyling when he was approached to audition for a part in a movie in Paris. A law school student at the time, he says he was intrigued watching the stylists on the set. "After that experience, I decided to leave law school and study hairstyling. It became my passion. Now I'm always encouraging people to find their passion and follow it. Don't be afraid of life. Travel. Get on a plane and let unscripted adventures unfold. Be open to experiences. The goal of any beautiful life is to be happy and to live well."