A Day in the Life of a Lead Makeup Artist at NYFW

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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