Though most of the attention may fall on designers and models during NYFW, we tend to focus on a more modest group: the makeup artists. The beauty look—whether it’s bold and romantic, à la Rodarte, or makeup-free like the models in Marc Jacobs’s show last season—is part of the designer’s overall vision, and they work closely with the lead makeup artists to fulfill that vision. Here’s the thing, though—most designers can focus on debuting their sole collection each season, whereas lead makeup artists often do two or more shows in a day. How do they do it without collapsing halfway through the madness that is NYFW? We got the inside look from Maybelline New York’s Canadian Ambassador, Grace Lee. Lee is a fashion week veteran, jetting from New York to Milan to Paris in the name of creating a runway-worthy beauty look, and has led the makeup for designers like Nanette Lepore, Public School, and more. This year, she’s leading the makeup creative vision for Public School, Ji-Oh, and Beaufille—and here’s a peek into what a day in her life is really like.
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"Brushes are washed and ready to go!"
"A girl has gotta eat. I won't have time to eat breakfast backstage, so I'm grabbing something before the show."
"Lineup of models."
"Face chart of the makeup look that I created during the test the day before."
"My Maybelline makeup team! They work so hard!"
"Just making some adjustments."
"The look [for Public School F/W 16] is about a strong gray-black, worn-in eye that's meant to look like warrior grease paint. She's not meant to be pretty. She's meant to be tough and bad-ass!"
[Ed. note: Lee used Maybelline's The Rock Nudes Palette, $10, to create this smoky look.]
"Lined up and waiting for the show to start."
"With the one and only Kate Lanphear (she styles the women's collection) and Eugene Tong, who styles the men's collection."
"Maybelline spokesmodel Emily DiDonato interviewing the Public School guys."
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