Following a makeup artist at fashion week is really interesting – it provides a whole new perspective to the chaos backstage and how a show is actually put together. I was lucky enough to follow renowned Australian makeup artist, Nadine Monley, at two shows on day three of fashion week.
Our first show, Katama (an all-male model cast much to my delight) was to kick off at 9am of which we arrived close to 6am. For Nadine, this show wasn’t so much about the make up as it was the tan. As well as makeup artistry, Nadine also has her own business, Beauty Department; whereby she sells her own line of gradual tanners, one for both males and females.
So for the most part, the morning involved asking the boys to strip off (yes, I know what you’re thinking – lucky me) and show us their pins (or abs). Purely because, the day before Nadine had applied the first layer, so it was more about touching up wherever needed and to cover up any discolouration’s or imperfections. Most of which were incurred between the time of the casting and the show. We met one guy who turned up with numerous cuts and bruises, so it was an all hands on deck situation with the concealer, foundation and bronzer all in full effect.
Generally speaking, the team of makeup artists on a show is based on what brand is sponsoring (ie. MAC or Maybelline) and the individuals they hand pick to represent them. However, for both Nadine’s shows, although there were sponsors on board, she was approached by the designers directly.
Written by Gabby Neal