by ann friedman
Makeup artist Didi Perez and hair stylist Andeen Rose first crossed paths 10 years ago at a salon on the Strip and have been working as the ultimate glam team ever since.
“We’re like yin and yang, we complement each other in different ways,” Perez said. “We both support each other as artists, and we know how to work around each other, which makes us a good little duo.”
The pair launched ADD Hair & Makeup seven years ago, and their clientele has grown to include celebrities such as Eva Longoria, Celine Dion, Kendra Wilkinson and Danica Patrick.
“We’re very blessed, and we’ve worked hard to get where we are,” Rose said. “We get to make people feel beautiful inside and out. It’s a happy job.”
Perez and Rose unveiled their 2017 makeup and hair trends forecast, including their top products and tips for the new year
LM: What were the hottest hair and makeup trends in 2016?
DP: One of the things we’re moving away from when it comes to makeup is heavy contouring, which I find to be wonderful. I enjoy showing off people’s faces by highlighting and accentuating features without the harshness of a heavy contour.
AR: Braids have come, and they’re staying. Ombre was also very big, and I don’t think that’ll ever go away. Pop colors were popular, too, including the multitoned silver, which can be really pretty if it’s done right … and lots of texture to the hair
LM: What are the biggest beauty trends for 2017?
DP: The heavy, smoky eye with a contoured face has calmed down. It’s going to be all about a fresh skin look and not as heavily made up. At the same time, jewel tone colors will make things pop. You can incorporate these colors into your look by using colored eyeliner like royal blue, and for lips, a wine, raspberry or burgundy.
AR: This year, hair will be on the shaggy side with a little bit of “bronde” — blonde hair with darker roots — and softer texture that will be low maintenance with more natural movement and texture. Extensions will always be around, including clip-in bangs and ponytails, which are fun because you can put them in and take them out. Most women will try to emulate something they see, but they’ll own it because, at the end of the day, it’s their style.
LM: What should women do to refresh their makeup routines in 2017?
DP: Try something different. Try a new product and think outside the box. Add an illuminating primer to your foundation routine, pick up some new colors you haven’t tried before. Also, because things change as we age, make sure there’s more hydration in your skin so try a new skin care product that does just that.
LM: What are some top products women should have in their collection and why?
DP: Tinted moisturizer because you don’t need full-face foundation every day. Just add a little powder and that should do the trick for most people. Also, a good primer and highlighter go a long way. I also recommend that women have a really good setting powder to make their foundation last and look soft, not overly cakey.
AR: When it comes to healthy hair, it’s all about a hormonal balance, so I recommend taking fish oil, zinc and biotin. Vitamin D is also really important when it comes to feeding your body what it needs to maintain continued hair growth. Healthy hair happens from the inside out, so if you’re not eating healthy, whatever product you use will only be a temporary fix.
LM: What are your hair and makeup tips for transitioning from the office to a night out?
DP: If you’re leaving the office and you want to bump up your look, use either a charcoal or black eyeliner and smudge it out. It takes your eyes to the next level. Also, reapply your lips and face powder since makeup settles throughout the day and needs to be freshened up.
AR: If you’re going out after work, wear your hair down during the day and get some hair accessories for the night. A high-top bun with dangly earrings will make you look sophisticated when hair is out of your face. Keep it simple and don’t over think it.
LM: How can women incorporate the latest trends into their beauty routine in a subtle way?
DP: Women should master how to use their eyeliner and find one that works. Also, don’t be afraid of lipstick. I suggest buying a 10-pack and trying them all. As women age, I don’t think an adventure with lipstick needs to go away. There are still ways to do a brighter color, just try a gloss instead. All women like to keep up with themselves and keep on trend.
AR: Maintaining your style goes back to keeping your hair healthy. Your maintenance program should be focused on keeping your hair healthy and hydrated. I always say you have to own your features and work them to your advantage. You have to own who you are, and your stylist should be there to help you understand what will work best for you specifically.
It doesn’t matter the trend, it matters what’s right for you.