Working New York Fashion Week is a dream come true for any makeup artist. The New York Institute of Beauty was lucky enough to bring its Makeup Team backstage at the hottest shows this past February. Here is an insider’s look at what it’s like to work backstage at New York Fashion Week.

New York Fashion Week February 2019
New York Fashion Week February 2019

Expect the Unexpected

As much as you prepare for Fashion Week, a curveball will get thrown your way. Backstage is best described as “controlled chaos.” Stylists, makeup artists, and designers are running in all directions, trying to get the models ready to take on the runway. Space is limited backstage, so you must carve out your own area to get your clients’ ready. Last minute look changes are commonplace as well as touch-ups. You may have averaged that each client’s makeup will take 10 minutes to complete, but applications can be anywhere from 3 minutes to 30 minutes. As flawless as you expect models to look, they suffer from the same issues as the rest of us, including acne, and will need the right products to conceal blemishes.

NYFW February 2019

Celeb Sightings

Although you may want to have a cool and collected persona backstage at New York Fashion Week, it is easy to get excited over working with celebrities. At the Grungy Gentleman Show, the New York Institute of Beauty’s team worked on the nation’s hottest sports stars and music artists including Jessie Palmer, Dave East, and Styles P. Having your work recognized by a star is an added bonus while backstage at Fashion Week.

NYFW February 2019
NYFW February 2019

What’s Hot Right Now

Dark makeup looks were all the rage at New York Fashion Week. True black was used to create dramatic eye makeup looks with one coat of navy mascara first applied before adding a coat of black mascara on top. Dark berry colored lipsticks were seen everywhere with a hint of warmth given through red liner. White or black eyeliner on the upper lids above the crease line was very popular on the runway.

Neutrals were hot too with many of the color palettes recommended by Pantone—including creams, earthy browns, and elegant grays, seen everywhere. Cheek and eye color in these shades were applied using cream formulations with powder for setting. Neutral and monochromatic makeup looks were simply beautiful on the runway while also allowing the fashions to take center stage.

New York Fashion Week February 2019
New York Fashion Week February 2019

New York Fashion Week may have come and gone, but don’t despair. Brooklyn Fashion Week is just around the corner and the New York Institute of Beauty Makeup Team will be backstage once again. Don’t miss out on all the exciting opportunities, the New York Institute of Beauty has to offer. Contact us today to learn more about our school’s makeup team. Build your portfolio, network with the industry’s elite, and gain hands-on experience.

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