Late Friday afternoon, at just about the same time everyone was daydreaming about what they were going to order at happy hour, Kim Kardashian nonchalantly posted an Instagram in which she stated, "I cut my hair short today." Yep. She cut many inches off, ending up with the hair length of the moment: the lob.
Stylist Gregory Russell actually cut Kim's hair, and he said in an email to Fashionista: "Kim came to me looking for a shorter look and after several different length reference photos, we decided on a blunt, textured shoulder length bob with a heavy side bang."
I was also able to hop on the phone during the Grammys broadcast on Sunday with another member of her glam squad, hair stylist Michael Silva, who styled her hair for the Grammys and other events over the weekend. He had the whole scoop on how and why the chop happened — including Kanye's thoughts on it.
Did you know that this hair cut was going to happen?
Yes, I was there when it happened.
Why did she cut it?
She just wanted a change, she wanted a new look. The Grammys is a big event and she was excited and inspired to come out with something new. Just a change, something fresh.
Was she nervous?
Oh my god, yeah. Very nervous! But she’s so happy she did it. She loves it.
We're so used to seeing her with big bombshell hair. The styling seems edgier now.
That’s exactly the right word: edgier. With the haircut, our inspiration for the look was that fashion muse, Kate Moss, for the Grammys. Our inspiration was some editorial images I had pulled of Moss. [Kim] was so glamorous with the gown that we wanted to keep it fashion-forward. A cool, fresh, timeless kind of girl.
So how did you get that texture?
It was a lot more air dried and hand-tousled. I used the Shu Uemura Ample Angora mousse as a base, then a Kerastase serum, and I added a little bit of Bumble & bumble Surf Spray, all when it was wet. I finished it with the [new] Kardashian Pure Glitz hair spray, which actually is quite amazing.
What about that extreme part covering one eye?
We kind of wanted to go for a look — a statement. It's sort of undone, but it’s really actually very done. [laughs] That part over the eye was just giving it that ease. It’s not overly contrived. It was evoking Kate Moss, something really editorial.
Is she still getting used to the length?
She loves it. I think she feels really liberated. There’s something to be said about a woman who can cut her hair short. It just signifies an inner confidence. When a woman cuts her hair short sometimes she doesn’t feel as glamorous, but to me it’s just as glamorous. It’s more confident. [Kim]’s so confident.
Did you happen to witness Kanye's reaction to the new cut?
He wasn’t around. He was already at the Staples Center rehearsing, but I know he loves the shorter hair. He loves it!
I was also mesmerized by Kim's golden eye makeup and intriguingly highlighted décolletage at the Grammys, so asked her long-time makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic to tell me about it, which he did via email.
Did you need to change her makeup at all because of her new shorter hair?
We wanted to go for a different look. Something more fun for the Grammys, so we decided to use some color on the eyes. The dress was a champagne color vintage Gaultier, so I went with green and golden metallics on her eyes. I used three Anastasia Beverly Hills single eyeshadows: soft gold all over as a base and more on the inner corners, emerald along the crease and outer corners and moss swept along the lower lash line together with the soft gold shade. For her lashes, I used Kardashian Beauty individual lashes (a few just on the outer corners) followed by L'oreal Voluminous mascara in Carbon Black. Then NARS blush in Orgasm on cheeks and Eye M Glam highlighter on cheek bones and bridge of nose to highlight. On the lips we went for a classic Kim K nude which she loves. I used Tom Ford Ultra Shine lip gloss in Naked. For the body I used Supermodel Body by Charlotte Tilbury.