Sunday, 22 February 2009

Working Backstage at Ann Sofie Back A/W09

Just over a week ago I got an email from Jed Root asking if I was available to work fashion week as Ayami Nishimura wanted me to assist on three of her shows. Of course I absolutely jumped at the chance and yesterday I got to work my first show doing makeup for Ann Sofie Back at London Fashion Week.

Even though I felt nervous about working on the show and assisting Ayami there was such an amazing energy backstage and Ayami and the other artists made me feel really at ease so my nerves were gone as soon as I set up my station.

The idea behind the makeup look was to create a beautiful zombie which might sound like a contradiction but the models really did look stunning, even if a little scary. It had been said at the fitting that it should look like the model was in vogue shoot, died and they carried on shooting! Yep, a bit morbid but I think the look Ayami created really worked with this idea.

To re create the look Ayami designed I had to put Xtreme Eyez White Out contact lenses in the models eyes which was definitely a great learning experience. We used MAC Full Coverage in White as a base which we blended with a damp sponge to give a flawless look. We used the purple from a Bruise Wheel to do a smokey eye and lined the eyes with metallic purple airbrush makeup. The lips were covered with the base and we applied a dark red on the inside of the lips.

I felt really privileged to do makeup for Ayami and was ecstatic when she said that she had seen my website and really liked my work. It was amazing working on the show and cant wait to do it again!

Are you working any shows this season? Share your experiences in the comments section.

PS. I'm really sorry for the poor pic quality I finally found my camera this morning so I can stop using camera phone snaps on the blog!!


  1. Thats amazing! How exciting to be doing the show to. The makeup is fab! xx

  2. What an intersting concept for makeup. I love the idea!...although the picture of the model made me pause a little. Congratulations on working on this show! Sounds exciting and thanks for sharing it with us. Hope your having a great weekend!

  3. sounds pretty amazing, you're very lucky!
    xx-LJ from SOS!

  4. you can buy the lenses used at, they have many other cool colours.

  5. It is so incredibly cool that you did the makeup for this show, this was one of my fav shows from LFW! The makeup came out so wonderfully too, you did an excellent job! I love it all!


  6. Thanks for all the comments, im glad I have you guys to share the highs and the lows with!

    It definitely wasnt the kind of makeup I was expecting to be doing but thats fashion...anything goes :)

    I had such an amazing time working along side Ayami, I couldnt have asked for a better show for my first fashion week experience.