“I think the first time we met was for a Marie Claire cover,” remembers Abergel. “She has such a beautiful heart, and I immediately connected with her.” As for her beauty looks, Abergel notes that the seasoned actress, who has worked steadily since her 1991 debut The Man in the Moon, “is completely trusting of her team.”
Abergel believes that the collaboration between the star, stylist and makeup artist is the key to creating a cohesive look where no one element dominates the others. Ultimately, he wants his client to be the focus, and “never wants hair to wear the woman.” See his favorite awards-season looks for Witherspoon below, along with the products he used to create them.
Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon
2015 Oscar Award for Best Actress, Wild
2015 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, Wild
2015 BAFTA Award for Leading Actress in a Film, Wild
2015 SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, Wild
2015 Critic’s Choice Award for Best Actress, Wild
To create Witherspoon’s natural, classic look, Abergel often begins with Leonor Greyl’s Masque Fleurs de Jasmin to prep hair for a smooth blowout, a few spritzes of Phyto Volumactif to lift her roots for added oomph, and a tiny dollop of Shu Uemura oil (“super hydrating and delivers shine”) to finish the style.
Expert Advice: To create the perfect side part, find the highest arch of the brow; using the handle of a teasing comb, gently drag it across your forehead and into the hairline for an exaggerated but elegant part.
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