JOEL PHILLIPS DANIEL GRAY
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.
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.