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Live From London Fashion Week

Live From London Fashion Week

Working at London Fashion Week is always a dream and a fantastic opportunity. This season I was fortunate to be working for chief Make-up Artist Carole Colombani for Maybelline. I seem to thrive in fast paced and adrenaline fuelled environments. The fashion world is so inspiring and everyone up’s their game. I wanted to share with you what really goes on behind the scenes …

Backstage at the show, the makeovers generally start the same. Lots of time for a careful application and models rotating between the separate hair, make-up and nail stations. As time creeps closer to the curtain going up, time was cut to a mere 15 minutes per model makeover. Working in a hot, confined space, it was all hands-on deck to meet curtain up deadline. The nail technicians were grabbing at the model’s hands whilst I finish the make-up look, another one on her feet. The set up isn’t necessarily glamorous, but it is where the action happens, and I love it!

We all followed Maybelline’s Lead Make-up Artist Carole Colombani’s design to create the classic runway ‘naked base’ look. Eyes were opened with eyelash curlers but otherwise left mostly bare, without mascara or eyeliner. Brows were also kept natural, brushed through with only a small amount of clear brow gel. We used gloss on the eyelids for some definition (this really is a catwalk trend and difficult to master for any long period of time). After contouring the cheeks to create some subtle indentation, more balm was applied to the apples of the cheeks. We finished with Maybelline’s signature baby lips lip balm. And voila! Ready for the unveiling of Sid Neigum’s new collection.

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Kate Walker