On Aug. 24, 2011, I had a pleasure to be part of the backstage make-up artist team for Mercedes-Benz StartUp Fashion Show at their brand name dealership in North Vancouver, BC, Canada.
This is the very first time they are having this fashion show production here in Vancouver, and there aren’t a lot of large scale fashion show show here in Vancouver.
Prior to the event, I didn’t know too much information about it, but this is what the event is all about:
Mercedes-Benz Canada and IMG have launched Mercedes-Benz StartUp, a national platform to discover and support Canadian designers who have been in business under five years. Mercedes-Benz Start Up team will meet with fashion media, buyers and educators in Canada, and all submissions will be reviewed and evaluated by a panel of industry judges. 20 designers will be selected to enter the semi-final competition, and four designers will be chosen as finalists to show their collections at the national final held during LG Fashion Week Beauty by L’Oreal Paris in October 2011. The winner will receive a 5-month mentorship to prepare for a solo show at LG Fashion Week Beauty by L’Oreal Paris in March 2012Based on the information, I believe the Vancouver show is a semi-final fashion design competition, and the winner of this event will compete in the national finals in October.
This event was probably one of the best fashion show backstage setup that I have ever participated here in Vancouver, in terms of its scale of production, organization, lighting, atmosphere, size of the room, or even just the overall look of it. It makes a whole lots of difference when you work in a well-organized stations/work environment, and this is what I call being professional inside out.
Being part of the backstage crew make-up artist, I had the opportunity to work closely with the models and get to know other industry talents, such as the key Hair & Make-up artist Earl Simpson (Judy Inc.) from Toronto, ON, Canada. And all the male & female models are from Vancouver’s top notch modeling agencies such as: LizBelle, NEXT Canada, and Richard’s Model Management. Again, it makes a whole lot of difference as well when you work with gorgeous looking models who are professional, because they are well-trained to know what they are doing.
Make-up artist Tamar (Judy Inc.) was in charge of the make-up department so she designed 2 different make-up looks for this show. Here is the information about the make-up looks:
Women’s Apparel Make-up: Clean Modern Look
- No foundation unless absolutely necessary
- M∙A∙C Strobe Cream was used to highlight the cheekbones and nose, blend it up to the forehead just past the brows with a brush; I used M∙A∙C #109 Small Contour Brush to blend the strobe cream, which gives that nice glow on the skin
- Conceal the under eyes, around nose, and any blemishes (if cheeks are really red, conceal lightly)
- Contour the cheeks, nose and jawline (not too prominent); I used M·A·C PRO Sculpt & Shape “Bone Beige” as the natural cheek contour colour with M∙A∙C #168 Angled Contouring Brush
- Brows don’t need to be filled in, just fill the outer edges if necessary
- Eye Shadow in iridescence colour on the lids (such as: Stilla “Kitten” or M∙A∙C Eyeshadow “Naked Lunch”)
- Black liquid or creme liner, wing-up to become a cat eyeliner; I first used Eve Pearl’s Liquid Eyeliner “Black Pearl”, and then used M∙A∙C Fluideline “Blacktrack” with #266 Angled Brush to create that sharp cat eye liner
- Black Mascara on lashes (top and bottom), lashes curled
- M∙A∙C Lipstick “Cyber” (a dark berry stain colour) was applied with fingers to make the center of lips darker (the warn out, uneven look)
Swim Suit & Denim Make-up Look
- Well moisturized body with lotion
- Liquid Bronzer was applied on the entire body
- Conceal under eyes, around the nose, and any blemishes or redness
- Bronzer: the darker sahde of the two further up the cheek, along cheeks over bridge of nose. I used M∙A∙C Bronzer “Matte Bronze” and M∙A∙C Mineralize Powder “Give Me Sun!” for that perfect contouring cheek shaping & blending application
- Contour & Shading: cheeks, jawline, nose
- Black eye kohl rimmed & smudged in and out of waterline; I used M∙A∙C Eye Kohl “Feline” with M∙A∙C #219 Pencil Brush to blend & smudge the eye line. “Feline” Eye Khol is one the best, darkest black eye pencil there is… it’s soft and easy to blend… and the intensity of the black gives a strong impact to the eyes!
- Mascara top and bottom (heavy); I used CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Blasting Mascara “Very Black”
- Eye lids are bare (or just plain eye shadow base colour)
- Stila Lipstick “Apricot”, and I used M·A·C PRO Lip Erase “Pale” as a lip base before I applied the lipstick colour to create a nude colour base. A lip primer was also used to make the lip surface much more smooth.
- Large beach wave look
In a fashion show backstage environment, you can either use the product supplied by the key make-up artist, or you can use your own make-up product from your own kit that is similar (colour & texture) to achieve the designed make-up look. You also want to make sure the model’s final finished look is checked by the key make-up artist before the model can go on the runway! You want to ensure all the make-up looks are consistent and up to standard. If there was media at backstage who wants to interview make-up artists about the looks, you always want to refer the media to the key make-up artist as s/he is in charge of it.
It was great to work on male model Holden Nowell (Richard’s Model Management) of “Call Me Maybe” Music Video by Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen. He is a great model, super nice and charming in person. And congrats to fashion designer Adam Taubenfligel for winning Mercedes-Benz StartUp in Vancouver 2011!
Mercedes-Benz StartUp Fashion Show
A National Program to Nurture Canada’s Next Generation of Fashion Designers
Runway Fashion Designers:
Shelley Ediger, Lindsay Walsh, Adam Taubenfligel, Cassie Dee, Lexi Soukoreff
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