Of the stories I get to write, The Hollywood Reporter's annual 25 Best Beauty Moments of the Year" has been my fave over the past three years. Why? Because along with my fantastic editor, Carol, we come up with hair and makeup looks from the red carpet, film and television that stand out for their uniqueness, provocativeness and, well, beauty. And in the process I get to interview the people who created these looks, who have become celebrities in their own right: They have hundreds of thousands of Instagram and Twitter followers and get recognized on the street (last year, hairstylist Chris McMillan told me how he was approached on the street in New York City and later in the Barneys underwear department following a tweeted photo of him and client Miley Cyrus). And that's the beauty of this story -- we get to celebrate these artists and call out their work, and their A-list clientele are happy to get in on it as well, being photographed with them for the issue.
After all, they spend a lot of time together: makeup artist Jeanine Lobell told me that she and client Cate Blanchett prepped in and later shared the same hotel suite for the Golden Globes this year (where Blanchett said she received rave reviews for her raspberry-pink lip). Salma Hayek was the maid of honor in hairstylist Robert Vetica's wedding. And Cameron Diaz has lived and traveled with her glam team, makeup artist Robin Fredriksz and hairstylist Lona Vigi. Diaz, Fredriksz and Vigi were photographed for the issue. As were Gwen Stefani and hairstylist Danilo, Emily Blunt and makeup artist Jenn Streicher and Kerry Washington and makeup artist Carola Gonzalez (among others). But none of them made our top spot on this year's list. To find out who got the top honor and see the beautiful photographs, the magazine is on newsstands now and online here.