The Runway Life

It's been the most wonderful experience to be chosen to showcase my creativity on the catwalk. I love the theatre of runway shows, models on the catwalk is akin to actors on the stage, both strut their stuff under a spotlight ten feet in the air. The makeup looks are always cutting edge and it's a chance to flex my artistic muscles. This event was extra special as I had two teams which required two different looks for the most fabulous creations.

One was African inspired with bold bright colours, prints and designs, the other uber formal with bold sequinned and metallic jacquards. The challenge is to complement without making the whole look go over the top - becoming comical. I wanted to steer away from the Insta look and go cutting edge as I felt it would create more interest for the audience - but how to do that without creating the problems mentioned? My answer was to be bold but simple.

For the African prints I pared down the contouring, kept it matt, with a natural lip - moving the focus to the eyes. Keeping the eyebrows strong but in a natural shape and line I applied bright, bold and flat colour to the upper eyelid and the inner and outer corner of the lower lash line, Then I added long lash strips extending out to create a wing. Perfect with the busy designs and prints and to the absolute delight of the designer.

For the uber formal I went simple again with inspiration from the 90's, paring down the contouring and keeping it matt, creating pop with a dark red two toned lip combined with a bold, natural shaped brow with only silver glitter for the eyes and using the wing tip false lash line coming together to create an outstanding yet elegant design which wowed the designer.

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