His Renaissance Yellow wowed the judges at L’Oréal Colour Trophy. We chat to colourist Giuseppe Stelitano for the inside story on his winning approach to colour
Colourist Giuseppe, model Yan Kumral and stylist Kate Wingrove after their win at L’Oréal Colour Trophy 2019
Just two years ago Giuseppe Stelitano was a barista in the Trevor Sorbie salon in Covent Garden, having moved from Italy to follow his dreams. His L’Oréal Colour Trophy win came mere months after qualifying as a colour technician – a truly staggering achievement. We had the chance to ask him about his colour technique and how his life has changed since he walked away with the big trophy.
What was the inspiration behind the colour?
The main inspiration for this look came from Renaissance paintings. I have always been fascinated by art, ever since I was young, spending hours in museums or cathedrals in Italy and observing the colours that were created hundreds of years ago. With my “Renaissance Yellow” look I wanted to create something timeless, a futuristic look combined with a sense of nostalgia.
What techniques did you use to achieve this colour?
A virgin bleach application was the main technique I used, but for the toner I wanted to experiment with was something a bit more unconventional. I created my formula with L’Oréal Professionnel Botanéa. I wanted to keep my yellow undertone as it was, and using Botanéa permitted me to achieve a polished result without using any chemicals in the hair.
Giuseppe’s winning look – the original and re-worked – for the LCT winners’ Paris photoshoot.
What was the experience of winning like?
Honestly it was surreal! Two months before I entered the L’Oréal Colour Trophy I passed my final test as a colourist in the Trevor Sorbie Covent Garden salon, and for me that was already a big achievement. I would never have thought that I could win the whole competition, that night was just unbelievable.
Why do you think colourists should enter competitions?
I think everyone should enter. Specifically in the colour world we’re used to seeing beautiful colours in pictures and photography but you never know how authentic it is. Competitions like Colour Trophy allows you to create something beautiful and showcase the result without any filters or editing.
What opportunities has this opened up for you?
It helped me realise my dreams, as I’m now part of the award-winning Artistic Team at Trevor Sorbie! I’ve also done seminars and shows in UK and Europe, most recently for Cosmoprof Worldwide show in Turin to thousands of people. 2019 was the best year I’ve ever had!
L’Oréal colour Trophy 2020 is now open for entries! You can find out more here.