‘Behind the Scenes’ Degree Fashion Show

The Degree Fashion Show, a fantastic exciting day of work experience that I will never forget. I loved every second of this high pressure, busy and glamorous behind the scenes chaos!

I was asked to be Head Makeup Designer and Artist for the Degree Fashion Show at Bradford University. Of course I jumped at the opportunity. Even though I was unsure what the challenge entailed, I thought it would be fun and a great insight into the Show’s during Fashion Week that I look to for inspiration in my own work.

I was briefed by the Course Director that the Designers’ collectively wanted ‘the look to be quite natural and generic, and to be able to complement all the collections within the show.’

The first image below is the Designers’ hair and makeup inspiration image. I was sent this by the Director along with an image of two of the eighteen models so I could see the differing skin tones, hair colours and face shapes myself and the makeup team would be working on.

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I then set out to design a makeup look entailing a really fresh base, a strong liquid or cream highlight, very structured brows, and a soft cut crease in muted warm brown tones. Once I had created the face chart, Natascha the other Head Artist went and sourced some necessary products for the look, using the extremely small budget we were given.

Here is the face chart I designed for the show after it had been approved by the Designers’, and Course Director:

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It was an extremely high pressure day which enabled me to learn and improve on a number of skills which are required in the industry.

I had to learn how to overcome many problems which raised such as, makeup artists cancelling last minute, and also being able to manage a whole team of artists, keeping them calm and making sure they worked effectively under the tight time constraints. The fashion show including all the Designers’ work ran four times over the day 1.30pm, 4pm, 6.30pm and 8pm. This meant that after the initial makeup had been applied touch-ups needed to be done three times subsequently and also before and throughout the shows right before the models walked onto the catwalk. I was the person that got to do the touch-up’s before the models set foot on the catwalk, (thanks to my assistant, my little sister) and this was something I really enjoyed, the energy and atmosphere was palpable and took enormous pride in my work doing this.

Below are some of the pictures of the how the makeup, hair and fashion look on the models. I absolutely was in awe of the whole experience and would do it again in a heartbeat!

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Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Until next time…

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