Tuesday 21 February 2017

Meet the Irish hairstylist behind Bond girl Naomie Harris' luscious locks

Published 29/10/2015 | 12:57

Naomie Harris at the Spectre premiere (inset) is Jennifer Lil Buckley
Naomie Harris at the Spectre premiere (inset) is Jennifer Lil Buckley
Naomie Harris attends the Royal Film Performance of "Spectre"at Royal Albert Hall on October 26, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
British actress Naomie Harris poses on arrival for the world premiere of the new James Bond film 'Spectre' at the Royal Albert Hall in London
Jennifer Lil Buckley
Jennifer Lil Buckley on the cover of Dazed magazine
Jennifer Lil Buckley with Valentino

From grooming models for the catwalks of the world to styling the locks of a Bond Girl for red carpet film premieres – the Irish certainly do well abroad.

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Meet 27-year-old Dublin hair stylist Jennifer Lil Buckley, who’s shooting up through beauty industry tending to the manes of international models and celebrities.

Jennifer, who previously worked at Brown Sugar in Dublin, was responsible for Miss Moneypenny Naomie Harris’ luscious locks at the international premiere of Spectre in London this week.

“For the world premiere of Spectre, we wanted Naomie Harris to stand out on the red carpet and for her colour to almost change when seen from different angles. I used a combination of luminous toffee and caramel autumn tones, creating a soft natural yet glamorous-chic result in the hair,” she told Independent Style.

British actress Naomie Harris poses on arrival for the world premiere of the new James Bond film 'Spectre' at the Royal Albert Hall in London
British actress Naomie Harris poses on arrival for the world premiere of the new James Bond film 'Spectre' at the Royal Albert Hall in London

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So far this year the Dublin-born stylist has been jetting around the world working for haute couture brands during the various fashion weeks.

“I've just returned from the SS16 fashion week circuit, taking in London, Milan and Paris. I was very fortunate to work on Chanel, Balmain, Fendi, Dolce and Gabanna, Cavalli and Burberry to name a few,” explained the hair stylist.

While she’s now based in the UK she started her career in Dublin and also trained with Vidal Sassoon in London.

Jennifer Lil Buckley with Valentino
Jennifer Lil Buckley with Valentino

“I've also completed the acclaimed L'Oreal IDArist program and last year I embarked on a new journey to become an international 'Session Stylist and Colourist,” says Jennifer Lil.

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Having left high-street salon life no day is the same for her anymore. “Outside show season I am learning and developing by assisting leading hair stylists from around the world. I frequently find myself working on fashion editorial shoots, advertising campaigns, music videos and celebrity appearances. My schedule changes daily and I love it.”

Lil is becoming a recognisable face in her own right and was recently featured on the cover of Dazed & Confused magazine.

Jennifer Lil Buckley on the cover of Dazed magazine
Jennifer Lil Buckley on the cover of Dazed magazine

As her career goes from strength to strength it doesn’t look like she’ll be returning to Ireland anytime soon.

“Dublin is home and always will be, however London offered me a fresh new challenge to improve my skills, develop my career and network with some of the global leading industry professionals,” she said.

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