Hair & Makeup for the Catwalk

This week, I attended Hong Kong Fashion Week Spring Summer 2014... it was a great experience! I went to a workshop by Hair and Makeup artist, Cecelia Emma Pritchard, Lecturer, Department of Fashion Design Image and I'm here to share her top tips.




Current trends on the catwalk are pastel colours and what's definitely trending is the double eyeliner. Either a very painted and theatrical look or the other extreme, very natural. To translate this to street wear, Cecelia suggests you choose what best matches your personality. 

Cecelia has decided to go with double eyeliner, in a strong mint colour and framing the lashes with a strong purple mascara for contrast.

Cecelia's model has flawless skin so she's using Mac Studio Sculpt with a very light coverage. Models will sometimes be a little nervous before a runway show and with fast wardrobe changes and hot lights, Cecelia applies foundation to the neck and ears, covering any redness. She mixes a small amount of concealer with the foundation and applies to the under eye, the crease of the nose and either side of the lips.

Cecelia then uses Mac Paint Tube, primer for the eyes and applies it right up to the eyebrow. Emma swears by this product as it creates true staying power for the eyeshadow.

She immediately sets the foundation by pressing with a light powder, particularly under the eyes to prevent smudging.

Cecelia buys a lot of supplies from Korea where she says makeup is super cheap and value for money. She picked up a great, strong mint coloured pencil liner. First she applies black gel liner to the upper lash line, waits for it to dry, then lines the second coat, above and over the black liner in the mint, applying right the way around the eye including the tear duct and under the lower lashes. She then blends out the mint on the lower lashes.

Next up, Cecelia uses a bright purple Dior mascara and builds the lashes, both top and bottom.

Cecelia's leaving the models eyebrows fairly untouched, hover she notes that the full and filled out eyebrow is really popular right now.

With the model smiling, she lightly dusts the apples of the cheek with a soft pink blush and matches the lip with a light pink gloss. 


With swift wardrobe changes, Cecelia is opting for a double ponytail. She then applies 'Shine Spray' to Tigi Bed Head creating a super sleek gloss! I'll definitely be investing in a bottle of that. A note of caution, it's super slippery on the floor, so use sparingly.

Makeup Brushes

I asked Cecelia which brand for brushes are best to use, and she said it really doesn't matter as most are pretty good quality,even the cheaper ones - it's more about finding one which feels right for the task. She also said that synthetic brushes are best used for liquids like foundation and concealer while natural bristles are better for the powders as they're less absorbent.


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