Video: Celebrity colourist Marie Robinson dishes on summer’s hottest hair shades—and how you can totes get the look at home!

Jill Stuart spring 2011 hair

You may not know who Marie Robinson is, but you DEFINITELY know her clients. Emma Stone. Liv Tyler. Anne Hathaway. Kristen Stewart. My girl Sienna Miller. They ALL get their hair colour tended to by Marie, who is widely considered the best colourist in Manhattan (and that’s no small feat).

She’s also colour director for Clairol, which is how I got lucky enough to meet her when she was in town a little while ago. Seriously, it was a career highlight—because as you may know, I’m somewhat obsessed with hair colour, both my own and others’. (In fact, the strawberry blonde was totally Marie-inspired, since you know I had to ask her for advice at the end of the interview. Yes, I am neurotic enough to always do this… but in this case, I think it paid off marvelously, if I don’t say so myself.)

But that’s not the only reason to be excited! Contrary to what you might think, it’s experts like Marie who thrill a beauty ed—not the celebrities. (Have I ever told you about my interview with Christina Aguilera? Yeah, that was awkward.) Anyway, Marie is just so darned knowledgeable. Because I scored a zillion tips and insights, I’m posting not one but several vids on all things hair colour. We’ll start today with a look at the bestest shades on both the runways and celebs… and what to buy if you want to copy them at home. Here’s the vid:

And here’s where you can buy Clairol Nice ‘n Easy Perfect 10: it’s $17.29 at Well.ca, which offers free shipping in Canada with no minimum order!

Here’s a quick look at a few of the models from Jill Stuart’s spring/summer ’11 show (where she used all of these colours):

Marie Robinson for Jill Stuart Video: Celebrity colourist Marie Robinson dishes on summers hottest hair shades—and how you can totes get the look at home!

Note: the image at the very top of this post (and in the intro to the video) is actually Jill Stuart fall/winter ’11… but included here because the long hair gives you a better view of the trend Marie is talking about: solid, non-streaky colours that look très healthy and natural. I’m actually considering quitting the highlights altogether (I currently do double process) and just doing one colour all over.

Tell me what you think:

Are you an at-home colourer?
Think you might try one of these shades?
Are you a fan of Marie’s work? I REALLY wish I could fly to NYC every couple of months for her to do my hair…

17 Comments

Sophia
Thursday, June 30/2011 at 6:48 pm

She is so likable…love her top, her HAIR…everything. And so poised! I liked what she said about a shade or so lighter around the face… I worry a bit about at-home colour and dimension, so I usually do mine very gradually (ie SLOWLY) and get a box of one shade and put it on pieces and then a week or so later get a second box that’s a bit lighter and put it on pieces and around my face. It sounds horrible the way I just described it but I’m pretty happy with it. To be honest, I’m happier with my own colouring than the highlights I got from my hairdresser, it just takes forevahhhh. I think I’ll be trying her method next time I put on the gloves!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, July 4/2011 at 9:33 am

I know, I love her too! By the way, she described her hair as “salt and pepper” naturally… it’s amazing how natural & healthy her blonde looks!

Love that you were already doing a similar technique re: going lighter around the face.

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Rose
Friday, July 1/2011 at 9:51 am

To be honest, these types of posts are annoying, It seems like one big advertisement for Clairol. I highly doubt Marie uses perfect ten on herself or anyone else who visits her salon. Lame.

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Thomas
Friday, July 1/2011 at 10:24 am

Actually, she does. I’ve seen it happen before. Sooooo yeah, also she works for Clairol – she’s not gonna start plugging L’Oreal products… It’s a really good piece with a world renowned colourist – enjoy it.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, July 4/2011 at 9:43 am

No, obviously no salons use Clairol products—that would be ridiculous since they are designed for at-home use—but Marie did tell me she gets her clients to use it for touching up in between appointments. She wouldn’t be representing the brand if she didn’t believe in it.

As for the Clairol-heavy content, I’ve included it because it’s extremely rare to have someone of Marie’s expertise advising on shades. In fact one of the questions I get asked the most is on “what shade # would suit me”… just FYI.

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Elaine
Monday, July 4/2011 at 11:29 am

Troll…

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Thomas
Friday, July 1/2011 at 10:31 am

I think this is a really great video, yes it is just about Perfect 10 products but the bit about the ombre was really fascinating! I’d love to see examples of the pastel pink style – not so sure about the neon yellow however… although I was surprised to see that she still has the same hair colour as the last time I saw her, and the time before that (not personally BTW, online) but I guess it’s like her signature style right? This is also really relevant to me because I’m going back to brown soon (that’s right Michelle – I will be a blonderexic no more :( ) so I think I may well be using Perfect 10 to do it now! :D

Huge fan, fellow blonderexic (but not for long!) Thomas xx

P.S. Rose – don’t hate!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, July 4/2011 at 9:45 am

Yeah, I couldn’t find any pics of yellow or pink Ombre tips to show. :-(
Anyway yes I think the blonde is her signature… it really suits her. How come you’re ditching yours??

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Thomas
Monday, July 4/2011 at 10:42 am

WELL, you know how you said before how cool you thought my mum was for giving me highlights and dyeing my hair for me etc? Yeah, she gave up. I’m gonna go gradually back to my natural golden brown colour, then just let my roots come through since it should be quite a good match. What I’m expecting though is a bit of an ombre effect since the bleached ends will fade the colour out a bit more when my natural roots really start to come through! But yeah, I actually bought Perfect 10, shade 8 Medium Blonde to start me off. BTW I can’t WAIT for the rest of Marie’s colour tips, it was such a informative video :D

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CC
Sunday, July 3/2011 at 2:49 pm

Marie Robinson is clearly very knowledgeable, and represents Clairol well. But like Rose, I too get “annoyed”. I want to know where are the “colour experts” in Canada? If we have issues with hair colour, and it seems many of us do in this country, why are most of us reluctant to go to a salon? In many cases it’s not a cost issue, infact it’s usually becasue of a bad experiences. A qualified Colourist is a specialist, with experience. There are some great hairdressers in this country, some who take the time to learn from all the information that is available to them, but few are colour experts. Where are you Canadian colour experts? I’ve heard of mobile libraries, health centers, and breast screening clinics, how about a mobile “qualified” colour expert….Coming soon, to a town near you! Hope you all had a Happy Canada Day :-)

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, July 4/2011 at 9:53 am

Hmmm… I’m still not sure I understand why you are “annoyed.” I wanted to feature Marie because she is simply the best of the best and is a trend leader what with all of the celebrities she works with. But there are lots of colour experts in Canada – Clairol’s for example, is Luis Pacheco of Hair on the Avenue in Toronto and he has been mentioned extensively on this site. He did the hair here: http://beautyeditor.ca/2010/09/09/check-out-these-reader-before-and-afters-from-the-clairol-makeover-challenge/ and also my Ombre: http://beautyeditor.ca/2010/10/28/this-intrepid-reporter-just-tried-2-trends-as-seen-on-sjp-ombre-hair-and-the-new-brushed-out-curls/ and gave these great DIY Ombre instructions here: http://beautyeditor.ca/2010/09/21/why-yes-it-is-possible-to-do-your-own-ombre-hair-colour-at-home/

Is this issue that you can’t find a good colourist personally or that you have a problem with an expert who is not Canadian? I’m confused. :-)

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CC
Tuesday, July 5/2011 at 11:12 am

Sorry to confuse. My point is simply with Colorist in general, regardless of their nationality! It should be that when we have our hair professionally colored, as apposed to do-it-yourself, it should be just that, a professional job, not hit and miss. But many of the comments on this topic mention having had bad experiences, reading that simply annoys me. My own experiences? Sadly the same, hit and miss :(

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, July 15/2011 at 7:34 pm

Oh ok gotcha! Sadly I think that’s the case everywhere… some of it is, yes, unskilled people (who maybe can’t handle certain correction jobs or hair types or whatever) but I think a big part is miscommunication. It’s SO important to find a hairdresser you “click” with and who understands the look you’re going for. That’s why I never leave it up to chance – I always bring photos and ideally have already seen examples of his/her work. Word of mouth is the best way.

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Rose
Sunday, July 3/2011 at 5:50 pm

I’m not “hating” at all. I read these type of posts to try and get honest beauty tips. I just get sick of “professionals” who are clearly payed to become brand whores but in their “real” life would never use the products themselves. This is so incredibly common it’s ridiculous. I mean really, do we truly and fully believe any of the celebrities who promote drugstore brands (I’m thinking J.Lo for instance) who have unlimited cash to use ANY beauty products go home and use Eversleek or Eversmooth or whatever? Sooooo, yeah…… No. Just my opinion.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, July 4/2011 at 10:04 am

Ok, but to me this is vastly different from a celeb just blindly putting their name on a product. As I said, obviously she doesn’t use it in the salon (no salon does) but she does recommend it for touch-ups in between salon visits. And she also used all of the shades she talked about on models @ NY Fashion Week. Her thing is to do “big changes at the salon and subtle changes at home” – and Clairol products are perfect for the latter. I don’t need her to use it 24/7 to be a good representative of the brand… and furthermore, I think her general colour tips are fantastic (more to come!).

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Jennifer Carter
Friday, July 8/2011 at 7:02 pm

Hi Rose,

I’m Marie Robinson’s agent and have known her for over 13 years. I completely understand your frustration – there are so many paid endorsements out there that it’s hard to know what to believe and what not to believe. I would like for you to know that Marie has been obsessed with Clairol for many years and has talked about Clairol in the press and with her own clients long before she became their Color Director just last Spring. I can forward her press kit if you’d like. After noticing so much unsolicited press Clairol actually approached her because she was such a fan of the brand. She does indeed refer Clairol to her own clients, family and friends to help them in between appointments or to maintain a regimen when needed. (I was first introduced to Marie as her assistant in 1998 and can even remember her talking to clients in the chair about Clairol way back then!) In fact, when she was in LA for the Oscars this year we colored my own hair with Clairol in her hotel room. Not sure what color you are, but I can personally say that their highlighting kits are simply fantastic. I can also say that quite a few of her celebrity clients use Clairol in a pinch, but am not at liberty to release this info. With their schedules even they need a rescue plan every now and again. I hope this puts your mind at ease, but please feel free to reach out to me for any further clarification on her affiliation and belief in Clairol. I represent her at The Magnet Agency and would be happy to speak with you.

With Warmest Regards,

Jennifer Carter

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, July 15/2011 at 7:36 pm

Thanks Jennifer for clarifying this for some of our commenters! :-) I really appreciate it. And now I’m an even bigger Marie fangirl than before…

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