Makeup artists, hairstylists, and manicurists get physically closer to celebrities than most people on the planet. After all, they’re the ones who hold their hands (literally), massage their scalps, even lean in close to catch a stray eyelash — often right before some pretty high-profile moments.
So it’s no wonder that after years of primping, polishing, and traveling the world together, the “glam squad” turns into the actual squad. “We’ve shared in each other’s lives through marriages, kids, Bar Mitzvah’s — all the milestones, and all the difficulties,” says Sonia Kashuk, who has been best friends with supermodel Cindy Crawford for over 30 years.
We asked 12 beauty all-stars to dish about their famous friendships. Click through to find out the perks, the funniest moments (“I had to spoon-feed her on set”), and the bond that holds them together — not excluding Cartier friendship rings. #Goals much?
Colorist Rita Hazan and Jessica Simpson
Meet Cute: “In the late ‘90s, right when her career was starting, she came to me to fix her blond. She said, ‘I want to be blond, but not like this,’ so I got her vibe and we made her a glam beachy blond.”
Bonding Moment: “When I opened my first salon, we were out at [Diddy’s] party or something. She said, ‘I want to get my hair done,’ and I said, ‘Oh my God, I have my own place and I have the keys.’ We left the party and went and colored her hair. I was a little tipsy and she knew it. She says, ‘The best color you ever did was the night you were drunk in New York City.’”
Gift Exchange: “We have the same taste. I walk into her closet and I’ll be like, ‘I just got this bag in black.’ She’ll be like, ‘Do you like this bag? This necklace? Here, take it.’”
Wildest Beauty Treatment: “She was recording an album and she wanted to have her roots done. We went into the bathroom and it just had cold water. My hands were numb but she did not complain at all. We still laugh about that day.”