The One Tricky Thing I Learned From A Celebrity Stylist

Jennifer Meza
By Jennifer Meza
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This article offers some interesting advice from Monique Lhuillier, who is one of the most successful celebrity stylists in the world. She tells a bit about her experience working with couture designers on Hollywood red carpets, giving you a look right into the glamorous lifestyle of fashion.

What is a stylist?

Around three years ago, I relocated to Los Angeles for a new opportunity. A job advertised in my favorite online fashion magazine called “ELLE” said stylist needed to be located in the area. So, I emailed the writer of the ad and requested an interview – and that’s when things got interesting. Stylists are often mistaken for hair and make-up artists. In reality, stylists are responsible for creating Wardrobe Outfits, overseeing all photo shoots and managing the overall image of their celebrity clients.

From meeting with big name clients like Nordstrom (Shannen Doherty) to smaller projects like co- hairstyling an episode of “Pretty Little Liars”, there is a lot to learn as a stylist! Here are two tricky things I learned from working with some of Hollywood’s most high-profile stylists:

1. Stylists have an innate understanding of how to work with a photograhper.

2. Knowing how to shop for the right clothes can be overwhelming for some clients, but it’s important that your outfit looks polished and put together (even if you’re on a budget).

How can I become a fashion stylist?

When it comes to styling, there is no one right way to go about it. In fact, there are many different ways to become a successful fashion stylist. Here are a few tips to get started:

– Get trained: Becoming a fashion stylist takes a lot of training and know-how. Don’t skip out on learning the basics, especially if you want to work in high-end fashion. There are plenty of courses and workshops available that will teach you the essential skills and techniques necessary for styling clothes.

– Start with samples: One of the best ways to learn is by consulting with actual samples. This means finding a fashion stylist who offers mock sessions for their clients (or who has samples available for viewing). Going this route will help you get used to working with different fabrics and textures, and also give you an opportunity to see how different looks can be composed.

– Be creative: Stylists who are successful often approach styling in a creatively way. This means being able to look at a piece of clothing and find ways to make it look its best. When you start thinking outside the box, you’ll quickly develop your own unique style.

Tips from a celebrity stylist

One thing that I learned from my celebrity stylist is to always have a backup plan. In the event that an appointment falls through or something comes up, ALWAYS have another stylist lined up! I know this may seem like common sense, but even the best-planned goings-on sometimes fall through. Having a back-up plan ensures that you’re not left scrambling and looking for a new stylist.

Another good tip is to be PATIENT! Yes, it can be tempting to want to cut your hair short or color it immediately after hearing about a great new style, but these changes should only be made if you actually like the result. If you’re not happy with the results, then it’s easy to change your mind later. Finally, always remember to TAKE CARE OF YOUR HAIR! Temperature changes, humidity levels, and over-processing can all cause your hair to break and become unmanageable. Keep it healthy and treated with love by using quality products and taking care of it as best you can!


I hope this article has helped you to better understand the difficult process of styling a celebrity. Contrary to popular belief, there is no one “easy” way to do it – even if the celebrity in question is well-known and comfortable with letting you “style” them. Sure, there are some basic precepts that can be followed, but ultimately it takes a lot of experience and finesse to give someone who is used to having their own personal stylist complete every aspect of their look an appearance that is reminiscent of professional styling. Be prepared for hours (sometimes days) of trial and error before gettingresults that you’re happy with!

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