I’m all for a man who wrestles a lion with his bare hands and then saunters into the sunset to haul in some lumber while his muscles rip beneath his shirt and women swoon at his feet. But what’s more attractive to me in a man is one who is confident in his skin, self-assured and willing to take chances. We only live once…
In my line of work (I’m a cosmetologist) I get asked a lot, “So there aren’t many men in this field, are there?” And I always find myself saying, “Of course there are!” But it was only after one of my customers said to me today, “Do men even do that?” that I realized I needed to try and set the record straight. And so I’d like to steer your attention towards some of the biggest, most influential names in the beauty industry – men, by the way – and how they got started and flourished in this industry.
At 23, Celebrity Hairstylist and Beauty Expert from TLC’s What Not to Wear, Ted Gibson was encouraged to pursue his interest in hairdressing by a friend who believed in him. It was as simple as making up his mind about what he wanted to do and sure enough success came knocking. Sometimes you just need to take one small step for your life to make a complete 180. For Ted, it required hard work, of course, but nothing worth having comes easy, does it? And once he got the ball rolling, there was no turning back. Today Ted Gibson is a celebrity hairdresser to some of Hollywood’s biggest names including Anne Hathaway, Zoe Saldana, Angeline Jolie, Emma Watson and Renee Zellweger, has his own range of beauty products and runs one of the most successful salons in NYC.
If Tom Pecheux had followed through with his initial dream of becoming a chef then he’d probably have never had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do the makeup of Princess Diana on the 1997 cover of Vanity Fair. Recently appointed as the Creative Director of Estee Lauder, I doubt Tom Pecheux would do anything differently if he were given a chance. Sometimes success is all about taking the plunge. Just. For Tom, a chance encounter with make-up artist in a trendy nightclub in Paris changed everything.
And who is the man determined to create the right products for the everyday woman? Sam Fine, one of the highest paid make-up artists in the world at the moment. Spokesperson for Revlon and creative make-up director of Fashion Fair Cosmetics, Fine was determined to creating foundation and powder shades that would look good on any woman regardless of her skin tone. And in August this year, Fashion Fair Cosmetics launched their very first collection of mineral liquid foundation in 18 shades!
Gentlemen, if you’re wondering about a career in cosmetology, my advice to would be to find your passion. Really think about what you feel strongly about and then explore your career options within the industry. Celebrity makeup artist Scott Barnes had this uncanny ability of transforming a person which ultimately helped him shoot to fame (we’re talking Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez – remember her golden glow?).
You have to understand that the beauty industry is one that will continue to soldier on in spite of what the economy might look like in the future because People. Want. To. Look. Good. Everybody wants to look good, not just women. But if you don’t want to take my word for it, take it from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that estimates the overall employment of barbers, hairdressers and cosmetologists to grow by 14 percent from 2010 to 2020
SO that brings us to an important question – is now a good time to enroll? It sure is! Will you have a good career? Haven’t these men already showed you?
About the Author
Who am I? I’m Kathleen Case, the blogger behind KattyTales.com, and in my beauty salon I make people pretty. With the help of a fine education provided by Marinello Schools of Beauty. I’m able to make the people of the world beautiful one face at a time. I have collected the experiences I have gained perfecting every face I work on and using all that information, I write about beauty in all its forms to help the people I cannot reach with my own hands.