Degrassi was doing a national tour to promote their new season and they made a pit stop in Chicago on February 16th, 2012. They flew in to Chicago around 11am, made it to the W hotel, tried deep dish pizza for their first time, and myself and makeup/hair stylist Joann Boznos went into hair & makeup right away.
The first cast member I worked on was Melinda but she's better known as 'Alli'
Melinda is so sassy on and off screen! I loved working on her, we were talking about makeup products, shoes, and girly stuff. I wanted to stay true to her character on screen, so I gave her a bronze, shimmery smokey eye using a bit of Illamasqua eye shadow. She mentioned she LOVED contoured cheeks so I used 'Sweet As Cocoa' Blush from MAC and a golden higlighter from Inglot on top. Melinda mentioned she was a little sensitive to some lip products so I used eco-friendly lip polish from Arbonne. AND those are her real lashes!!! Melinda has the LONGEST natural lashes I have ever seen in my life.
The next cast member I worked on was Jahmil, better known as "Dave"
I did basic male grooming, cleaned up his brows a bit, applied light coverage with Ben Nye concealer, and a little Olive Oil oil sheen for his naturally curly hair. He is such a sweetheart! He was so excited to be in Chicago and kept asking me, "What's the club scene like??" I was like, "You're a little too young to know!!"
After makeup & styling was done, we proceeded to "The Degrassi Party" in the Harris Theater. There was a loooooong line waiting for the event to start.
The cast started doing interviews with Time Out Chicago Kids, The Chicago Tribune, Teen Nick, and a few other local publications. These kids were on the ball!
The event was so colorful and bright!
The cast signed a lot of pictures for a few hours.
103.5 Kiss FM also did a behind the scenes video interview with them and also introduced them during the show. I was right behind the camera crew!
Here's more video footage of the crew. Jahmil mentioned how much he loved dancing and just started free-styling on stage :-)
Overall, it was fun and very exhausting. I've never seen so many fans crying and screaming so much, it was crazy to see! These Degrassi teens are so professional and so sweet! We wrapped up around 8pm, said our goodbyes and they were getting ready to head to New York the next day to complete their national tour.