Backstage at Fashion Week

Making it happen under the tents at Bryant Park

Gearing up for creative meetings in NYC soon for the Fashion Week Runway show for none other than the fancy Pamella Roland herself.     Reading my industry mags, analyzing the last few seasons, forecasting possible new trends, playing with ideas, playing with makeup…I’m beginning to get really inspired.  It’s always loads of high-anxiety fun, beginning from the test-model in the morning, to the back-stage press invasion leading up to the last crazy moment when the umpteen final check is being done as the model starts to strut off on stage.

Laura Mercier Global Artistry Team - hard at work.

There is something about the hectic buzz in the beauty room. Sweaty stellar artists in a cloud of powders and kohls effortlessly dusting the pre-designed “Look” on perfect faces of teen-aged models.  The smell of catered food and quality hair-spray in the air, strong lighting, a parade of backstage-bourgeoisie (99.9% dressed in black) and random celeb appearances, the environment is pretty typically “Fashion”.

Backstage Buzz at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Amongst the chaos the Makeup Artists commit to perfection and are ready for any challenges. There can be hard-to-match skin tones, severe acne to camouflage, or even a tattoo that needs to be covered. The worst is models showing up with hard-to-remove makeup/special effects applications from a previous show. Polishing up 20+ models with no challenge unmet in less than two hours often equals to serious rounds of fist bumps, joyous hugs and other post-show celebratory rituals.

Press Interview while doing makeup.

Yes, the excitement of working on a runway show is uber-fulfilling. When you are part of something so huge (it’s Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week!) the experience is surreal. However the really special part comes beforehand for me. The part where I take the designers inspiration for the collection coupled with upcoming trends and translate it to a the “look” for the show. The ability to lend your creative vision, is the real reason makeup artists do what they do.

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