JOEL PHILLIPS DANIEL GRAY

GQ (Australia) - - INSIDE -

HAIR AND MAKE-UP ARTIST

We’ve kept Phillips busy this is­sue, with no less than three sto­ries to tackle, each test­ing his ver­sa­til­ity. And he’s nailed them all – par­tic­u­larly our ‘Cast Away’ shoot (p130) with ac­tor Ryan Corr.

WHEN DID YOUR IN­TER­EST IN GROOM­ING BE­GIN?

Well, I’ve al­ways had an in­ter­est there. I re­mem­ber at high school I was al­ways flip­ping through mag­a­zines and look­ing at what mod­els were do­ing with their hair. When I turned 16, I left school to start hair­dress­ing and I’ve never looked back.

DO YOU FOL­LOW TRENDS?

Yes and no. Twice a year I travel over­seas to work on shows at fash­ion week, to see what’s hap­pen­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally. And, when I’m at home, I’m ei­ther watch­ing doc­u­men­taries or read­ing mag­a­zines. At the same time, I’m al­ways try­ing to stay true to my own aes­thetic.

WORST THING THAT’S HAP­PENED TO YOU ON A SHOOT BE­FORE?

Fun­nily enough this was only a few weeks ago. I was work­ing on a fit­ness shoot and went to touch up the model’s hair who was pre­tend­ing to box with gloves on. She turned around and didn’t no­tice I’d walked over and ended up punch­ing me in the face. As they say, beauty is pain.

AND IS THERE PRES­SURE TO NEVER HAVE A BAD HAIR DAY?

To be hon­est, day to day I’m lucky if I find time to style my own hair, but in­vest­ing in a great hair­cut has worked best for me; even with­out styling you still look great.

IL­LUS­TRA­TOR

Gray is re­spon­si­ble for bring­ing the melee that is Eu­rope’s sum­mer fash­ion shows to life in our sur­vival guide (p122). Look out, Zayn’s ar­rived.

HAVE YOU BEEN TO A EU­RO­PEAN FASH­ION WEEK?

Never, al­though I would love to take part. My part­ner went to Mi­lan fash­ion week once and had a ball.

AF­TER THIS COM­MIS­SION, DOES IT MAKE YOU WANT TO?

Def­i­nitely. Even if it means stand­ing in the back of the shows on tip­toe. There’s so much work that goes into a show; it’s quite a pro­duc­tion. I’d love to score an il­lus­tra­tion gig draw­ing some of the mod­els and street style.

HIGHS AND LOWS OF YOUR PRO­FES­SION?

See­ing your work in print is al­ways a buzz and be­ing your own boss gives you won­der­ful free­dom, if you’re dis­ci­plined enough. The dusk-til-dawn late nights can be pretty rough though, but it’s all worth it in the end.

WHAT’S THE MOST BIZARRE THING YOU’VE BEEN ASKED TO IL­LUS­TRATE?

Michael Fass­ben­der’s junk.

WE WON’T ASK. THE MOST IM­POR­TANT PIECE OF AD­VICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN?

Fake it ’til you make it.

AND WHAT’S YOUR IDEAL WORK­ING EN­VI­RON­MENT?

I like work­ing at night. The dark and the quiet can be a re­ally nice co­coon. I put my head­phones on and lis­ten to what­ever I like with no in­ter­rup­tions or dis­trac­tions. It’s the bliss of ‘me’ time.

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