Twenty-seven years ago, hairstylist Diane Gardner moved to Manhattan from
her New Jersey hometown of South River in search of the knowledge
to make people more beautiful.
an apprenticeship with "King of Color" Louis Licari at La
Coupe Salon on Madison Avenue. "I never scrubbed so many color
bowls or encountered so many celebrities in my life! I knew
I was in a position to learn hair color from the best in my
was at La Coupe that Diane met aesthetician Trish McEvoy,
who now has her own makeup line. Trish took Diane under her
wing and taught her the importance of skin care and makeup.
"Trish inspired me by having the confidence to let me do hair
color and cuts on her entire staff while she completed each
look with makeup. I loved the complete transformation of each
client so I set out to learn the skill of makeup."
next two years, Diane worked alongside makeup artist Sondra
Bocas doing hairstyling and makeup for Harper's Bazaar, Seventeen,
and Town & Country magazines. Her first magazine cover
was an achievement she shared with the supermodel Paulina
Porizkova. By working on fashion shows and television commercials,
Diane learned the subtle but crucial differences between photographic,
television, and runway makeup applications.
In 1987, Diane opened her own salon in Marlboro, New Jersey,
where she mentored young stylists in hair, color and makeup.
After three successful years, Diane sold the salon and moved
to the seaside town of La Jolla, California. There she continued
her complete package of hairstyling, hair color, and makeup,
a trend that was perfect for the booming wedding business.
"At one point I did five weddings in a day. Brides are thrilled
with the idea of having one stylist cover all the bases for
everyone in the wedding party."
By 1997, complete makeovers parlayed into TV appearances
on E! Television's "Fashion Emergency" and TBS Superstation's
"Movie and a Makeover." This inspired Diane to take on Tinsel
town full-time. She moved to LA, where she now caters to
entertainment clients (the executive producers of "Project
Runway" and "Top Chef"), brides (as seen on
VH1's "My Big Fat Fabulous Wedding"), and everyday
men and women seeking a better look. "I have evolved into
a makeover specialist with a cohesive vision for every client
I encounter. Whether they are attending the Academy Awards,
getting married, or starting a new job, people feel special
and more successful when they look their best."
find Diane's beauty tips in "Secrets of the Beauty
Insiders" available on Amazon.com