Molly R. Stern’s career in makeup began haphazardly. After stumbling across a Shu Uemura stand as a 16-year-old, Stern was soon hired and fell in love with the transformative power of cosmetics. A few corporate positions in the beauty world later, including with heavyweights Clinique, M.A.C. and Trish McEvoy, Stern delved into her freelance career: beautifying a who’s who of Hollywood for red carpets, editorials, and various campaigns.
Stern is stringent in her philosophy that inner beauty reigns supreme and declares “A woman is beautiful when she feels beautiful.” This philosophy is clear in her expansive resume where she has experimented with a gamut of looks on her clients, including Reese Witherspoon, Amy Adams, and Ellen Degeneres, all of whom she counts as regulars. From the bare-faced look to the smokiest of eyes, these women (and men) still look very much like their natural selves. One of my favorite red carpet looks of hers includes Julianne Hough at GQ’s Men of the Year Awards this past fall. It could quite easily be categorized as a “makeunder,” with Hough’s neutral makeup (with a single pop of color via the red lip) complementing her daring white suit. Like all work of Sterns, the makeup highlighted her client’s features, was age-appropriate, healthy-looking, and was by far the best version of the star that I had ever seen.
Stern (and Mandy Moore!) “vamp it up” in beauty tutorial via Nylon magazine:
All photos courtesy of The Wall Group