Behind the (beauty) scenes at Buffalo Fashion Week
blog by Katie Ambrose • September 27, 2013 @ 10:14pm
Thursday night, I went backstage at Statler City to find out what was happening with our local makeup artists and hairstylists at Buffalo Fashion Week.
They were gearing up for the last of four nights of high-fashion in Buffalo, on the main stage and the piéce de résistance – the Swimwear Show. I got to take a peek at the looks that were planned for Thursday’s designers and speak with some of the makeup artists about their favorite products.
[Backstage, face-charts help guide makeup artists to create specifics looks for each collection at Buffalo Fashion Week.]
At Adjanys Marrero (Buffalo State alum and swimwear designer) the models wore a clean face with bright pink cheeks, teal blue liner on the top lid and teal green line on the bottom. The lip was nude.
At Marc/Ella New York, models rocked distinct facial contouring, strong brows and three different smoky eyes in a creamy texture—one pink, one purple and one gold.
When I introduced myself to local makeup artist Maria Rivaldo, she was going over her face chart for the next look in the swimwear show.
Maria’s go-to product for creating a clean, flawless face on her models is Lorac’s Natural Performance Foundation.
Another local freelance makeup artist, Relena Minter loves Sonia Kashuk’s foundation brush that you can find at Target and uses it to apply a cream foundation wheel from Motives for La La, that contours, highlights and conceals.
Buffalo Fashion Week is also a great opportunity for artists to network with each other as they collaborate with designers.
Here are four hairstylists from different salons and schools working together for a common goal.
The Statler is a gorgeous setting for Buffalo Fashion Week—although the makeup artists and hair stylists have quite a challenge, doing makeup and hair virtually in the dark.
My photos above are much brighter than the designated makeup and hair room. The photo below is a more accurate representation of the lighting conditions in the makeup and hair room. Each station had a few clip lights that the artists used to see in the dark.
This is what I call “guerilla makeup,” and I would compare it to the time I did makeup on Tony Sirico, in the middle of the woods, in New Jersey, at night, with a flashlight for a commercial job.
[Guerilla-style: A fairly accurate photo of the lighting available to makeup and hair as they work backstage.]
I applaud all my fellow makeup artists and hairstylists who worked Buffalo Fashion Week for their hard work this year.
Working a fashion show involves a lot of preparation, lugging heavy bags around, an insane amount of time on your feet being bent over a model in a low chair, with a very limited amount of time to complete each look.
I hope to see many of these artists at the upcoming Mass Appeal fashion show in November, hosted by Elmwood Village Association.
Photos courtesy of Katie Ambrose.