Julia Knolle needed a beauty makeover and put herself in the hands of hair and make-up artist Philipp Koch Verheyen. She watched carefully and wrote down every single step for hey woman!
I got to know hair and make-up artist Philipp Koch Verheyen at Schönefeld Airport while boarding a really unglamorous EasyJet flight to the wedding of my dear friends Anna and Charlie, who were tying the knot in Positano in the August heat. I still remember exactly how Philipp stood on the stairs in front of me with his Rimowa suitcase and started a detailed conversation about beauty in no time at all when I asked him what he had come up with for the bride’s look. Everything held up perfectly despite the high temperatures.
This moment somehow left a mark on me. I was fascinated by his competent passion for a subject that I admittedly only come across intermittently in my daily routine, but which I take great pleasure in when I do. Over the months that followed, I saw what else he does over his Instagram account (@alleaugenauf): He normally does hair and make-up for no less than actresses Hannah Herzsprung, Anna Maria Mühe, Iris Berben, and Heike Makatsch. And he regularly conjures up beautiful looks for Lena Meyer-Landrut that do justice to her (new) style. I met him again at the party after Chanel’s Métiers d’ Art Show in Hamburg. It occurred to me yet again how passionately he speaks about his different types of protégés and I became curious.
My subconscious had already been working it over for months: Alexa Chung’s haircut is one we know, then presenter Laura Jackson, actress Marine Vacth, multihypehnate Camilla Deterre, model Laura Love, and fashion editor Alexandra Golovanoff cut their hair. After all of the personal and career developments over the last few weeks – and a moon constellation that euphorically praises change – a turnaround was in the air.
I wrote Philipp a message asking if he wanted to visit us in the office – a new look was needed. After what felt like about 20 minutes of conversation, he said: “Good, then I’ll get started and cut it off.” He had my fullest confidence, and here is the result:
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Philipp learned how to cut hair 10 years ago at Sassoon. There they say: “A good cut needs little to no styling.” After the (almost entirely) dry cut, he used Wave Spray by Ouai. I also stick by the brand: I alternate using the Volume Shampoo and Conditioner with Hydre by Sebastian (but more about that at another point). The convincing super hairdryer was by Dyson, the brush for rounding the ends from Mason Pearson (via MDC Cosmetic).
Now it gets exciting: My mascara was removed with Bioderma Sensibio H2O and Embryolisse Last-Créme was applied to my skin. A short facial massage followed using the intensive Treatment Lotion by La Mer. Laura Mercier foundation in Natural was applied and then refined with a moisturizing spray of Primavera Organic Rose Water. Living Luminizer by RMS was used to create a few highlights. My eyebrows were corrected using a Chanel eyebrow pencil Brun Profund and finished off with Natural Brow Shaper Gel von Bobbi Brown. Infaillible Enlumineur Highlighter Nr.503 was used on my upper eyelids. My lashes were curled into form using the Half Lash Curler by MAC Cosmetics and finished off with L’Oréal XFiber Waterproof mascara (an alternative here is Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Eyes Waterproof). The final step was completely unfamiliar, but when you’re entering new territory…“A red lip,” as Philipp called it. The base was created using a lip liner by MAC Cosmetics in the colour “Cherry”. The icing on the cake was the Chanel classic Rouge Allure N°1.
Here once again: all the great women who were an inspiration for my haircut:
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Julia co-founded one of the first fashion blogs in Germany in 2007 and became a freelance consultant for digital strategies after publishing her first book in 2010. After an eventful four years with Condé Nast working mainly in the digital department of Vogue Germany, she decided to launch her own online magazine with her dream partner, Veronika Heilbrunner. She is based in Berlin and loves to read books.