“Never ask a girl with winged eyeliner why she’s late.”
We’ve all been there, ladies. Had our make-up done so perfectly, taken a mental note or even a sneaky selfie of how to replicate the look, only to fail miserably when attempting to recreate it the following day. Hmph.
And don’t even get me started on the devastation of having to remove professionally-applied make-up at the end of an evening. Knowing the likelihood of recreating such perfection is as likely as Touche Éclat being discontinued.
I’ve been lucky enough to have my make-up done heaps of times over the years, and have picked up some awesome product and technique tips along the way.
Since arriving in Perth, I’ve had my make-up professionally applied on three occasions – each time by the gorgeous, talented girls at SC Artistry. Initially when walking the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival #RestyleRunway last year, earlier this year at the 2015 Oasis Ball and Campaign Brief Awards – and most recently when walking the #RestyleRunway once again as the Class of 2015.
I thought it would be fun to feature a post on this, to give you a step-by-step, behind-the-scenes peek at the process and technique of such amazing make-up artists at a professional runway show (in Perth, whoop!).
Firstly, it’s not all glitz and glamour. Ha, the hair and make-up backstage at the Forrest Chase runway was actually situated in the Myer basement changing rooms! There were certainly no demands for white lilies, scented candles and bowls of M&Ms with all the red ones removed.
Upon arrival (7am call time, yikes!) – we were all introduced to our own make-up artists and asked what looks we wanted to achieve for the show. This in itself is super-rare, as most professional runway shows consider the hair and make-up of models paramount to the actual outfit collections – with designers/creatives briefing make-up (and hair) artists with specific looks that every girl/guy modelling in a show must rock collectively. I can only imagine that making over us mere-mortals for #RestyleRunway must have been some nice, creative relief for the SC Artistry ladies!
I immediately asked for winged eyeliner – simply because I cannot for the life of me apply this make-up without looking like a panda. Alright, 75% of the time I can achieve teeny-tiny flicks – but it’s the 25% fail-rate which makes me reconsider (given I usually have to start my entire make-up routine again after completely fucking up, looking like Marilyn Manson and occasionally even losing a contact lens in the process).
I completely lucked-out with not one, but TWO make-up artists; Sarah, who did my main make-up and later Asha, who literally gave me wings. You can check the ladies out on Instagram here; @sarahlouise_mua & @makeupbyasha_
So, let’s begin with my ten step-by-step shots from backstage make-up…
Now, before we begin, I did have reservations about posting close-up, untouched pictures of myself make-up free (pre-8am) online… But I decided to go for it – for this I am sorry – it does get better as more make-up is applied!
Shot one: (above) This is a great shot of Sarah applying the finishing touches to my eyes.
(Credit: @SC_Artistry Instagram)
Shot two: We began with a light primer before applying a little coverage to the face (and ears!)
Shot three: Brows were given definition and lips a little moisturiser
Shot four: Powder was applied to set everything in place and illuminator was dusted around my cheekbones, nose and top lip
Shot five: Pucker up! Lip colour was applied – how gorgeous is this fuchsia colour?
Shot six: Sarah begins prepping my face for the eyeliner, with… surgical tape. Yep, she taped my face! (after running it over her jeans a few times to lose some of the stickiness)
Shot seven: Ashley applied the liquid eyeliner freehand with a brush – this is probably after about two applications
Shot eight: Sitting with my eyes closed for a few minutes…
Shot nine: The third application of eyeliner was added then mascara was applied with a ‘fan’ brush
Shot 10: Tape is removed and blush brushed over the apples of my cheeks (manic smile!) to finish…
Shot 11: And we are Runway-READY!
I felt absolutely incredible that day – so a huge thank you to Sarah and Asha (and Simone / SC Make-up Artistry!) – you ladies are just so incredibly awesome at what you do!
I have since tried to recreate this look a couple of times – and yep, my make-up kit now contains surgical tape (thanks, Coles). Admittedly, the first time I tried applying the tape, I looked as though I was recovering from rhinoplasty, but the second and third attempts were much better – with the final eyeliner result being absolutely (ahem), ‘on point’.
I’m still a way-off from becoming an eyeliner pro, but I definitely feel more confident… Although it’s probably still a good idea to give myself that extra 30mins when applying wings. You know, just in-case.
What’s the best make-up tip you’ve ever been given?
MAKEUP BY: SARAH, ASHA & SIMONE AT SC ARTISTRY
STYLED & PHOTOGRAPHED BY: KATIE REBEKAH, SC ARTISTRY