Friday, September 19, 2014

K.Nicole SS2015 | Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

K.Nicole SS2015 Fashion Show at Pier 59 Studios

 Makeup was sponsored by Face Atelier 

The SS2015 look was created by this lady right here: 
DeShawn Hatcher.

First of all: 

I read her blog every month, her advice on the fashion industry is so golden and solid, she has really helped me throughout my budding career. I also follow DeShawn on Facebook, Instagram, pretty much everywhere. I've study her work for years, her creativity with color theory is absolutely incredible to me, she creates color combinations that I would never have thought to reproduce and there are a LOT of artists that mimic her style today. Deshawn is inspiring, one of the very few artists I really look up to... she's genius, genuine, talented and wise; I have the utmost respect for her!  I hope to be at least 5% more like her when I grow up. So when she announced she needed assistance for NY Fashion week I JUMPED to my email right away, messaged her, and kept my fingers crossed.

DeShawn replied back,
"Girl, I would love to have you on my team."

On September 11th, 2014, I was there:

- The team setting up -

- Lipsticks -

- Eyeshadows -

- MY KIT -

Before we started makeup, DeShawn gave us a brief demo of the makeup look:

- Nude, Glossy lids with a touch of bronze eye shadow in the crease and lower lid
- Clean brows, lightly groomed
- Glowing cheeks with dewy skin
- Lavender lipstick with illuminating, frosty FaceAtelier eyeshadow on top of lipstick

Hair was created by Key Artist Linh Nguyen, beach waves are IN for Spring/Summer 2015.

Here was my first model: 

It took me a while to understand what DeShawn was looking for with makeup, she was very specific about placement of eyeshadow and the direction of the blush as well as how much iridescent shimmer to use on the lips. Sometimes duplicating what the key artist wants is hard for other artists, especially if you are used to doing makeup a certain way; but this is why I adore fashion week; I learn new techniques and new ways of applying makeup from pro artists that I would normally never have the opportunity to work with. These are makeup lessons I could never learn on YouTube or on the Internet, these were life lessons that I would cherish forever. After about four times of me re-doing the models lips, adding more makeup to eyes, and toning it down in some areas, she said,

(Photos by Vivien Killilea for

My second model:

My third Model (left):

My fourth model: Ania Charlot 
I've worked with her once before and her skin is a DREAM.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Betsey Johnson at MBFashion Week | SS2015

Kelly Thompson of Kryolan Cosmetics was the key artist for Betsey Johnson SS2015 "Prenup" Show. I was not able to do full makeup on the models, but I was able to powder a few models before they headed to the runway. Kelly is amazing! She showed the artists how to create 1980's style drag makeup with a modern fashion twist. With a majority of the designers at fashion week going the 'all natural' route for makeup, it was really refreshing for the artists to get our hands dirty and really be an artist 100% for Betsey. False lashes, feathers, smokey eyes, bold red lips, the works: I was thrilled! Here's a look at photos I took on my phone as well as my Sony HD Camera; all photography by me.

I have a few more behind the scenes on my instagram page as well: 

So many photographers and videographers!

Here's the show! 

Here's the official video for Betsey Johnson at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Nigel Barker for Art Van Furniture

Here's a look Behind the Scenes for Art Van Furniture's Fall 2014 Catalog with photographer and spokesman Nigel Barker. Thanks to my agents at Factor Artists for the amazing opportunity to work with him along side makeup artist Kristina Feyerherm.

These were the two winners from The Art Van Photogenic contest, they were so excited to be pampered and dolled up for the catalog shoot.

Here are the final photos released and published in the Fall Catalog of 

Nigel is a DREAM to work with. His skin is like butter! He is so very genuine and sweet on set. I really didn't need to do much with his face; I just used a little Graftobian concealer, Ben Nye powder to stop the sweat on his forehead, a touch of bronzer for the cheeks, The Body Shop Argan Oil lip balm and he was good to go.

We also worked with kids, men and women from Factor Women, Ford Models, and Stewart Talent.