Not every woman is born beautiful. However, with a bit of creativity in the application of make-up, something close to beautiful can be achieved. Make-up, therefore, has come to be one of women’s greatest companion, but that is not to say that there aren’t women who won’t touch it with a one-foot pole. Makeup not only adds colour to the face but also capable of hiding certain imperfection on our skin.
In recent times, those who appreciate the place of makeup even contract professional make-up artist to do the job for them. This is what is known as the everyday makeup which we can wear to work or to parties. Unfortunately, a few people, in their bid to look glamorous, go overboard, piling their faces with loads of makeup that should, ordinarily, be reserved for the catwalk! Although there are no hard and fast rules about these things, one thing that clearly makes a catwalk makeup different from that of the regular makeup is that the catwalk make up is born out of a theme designed by the fashion designer.
According to Bayo Haastrup, a prominent Lagos-based make up artist, “it is in accordance with that theme that the whole concept and presentation of the event will be built. He gives the theme to the makeup artist to incorporate a look that will suit the build up”
If the designs being shown on the runway are day-to-day wear, then, you will see day to day makeup to go with it. Although this is not always the case, because Nigerian designers are still grappling with what fashion shows ought to be, the everyday line still features on our runways. But, for the couture lining, which is what this write-up is all about, the make-up is certainly different. The clothes are not only very dramatic with a lot of frills and flairs, they are also very glittering. According to Bayo Haastrup, “the catwalk make-up involves a lot of concealing of spots because every detail will be exposed on the runway due to heavy lighting. Therefore, the make-up will be heavy to reflect, create a shade, hue or tint.
Everything will be done in measurement”. As a result, he says, “a lot of things that we don’t use every day will come to play”. Among them, are plenty of liquid liners, heavy bronzing for glamor and to make the skin flawless.
Because with each outing, the makeup is interpreted differently, a chic outing will take an almost nude makeup to make the model glamourous while a vamp show, that has to do with gothic, old school looks, will consist of the make-up of smokey eyes done with dark shades. The combination can be smokey eyes and soft of lips or strong lips and soft eyes.
As explained earlier, a lot go into the catwalk makeup. This goes beyond the application of eye shadows, blushers, bronzers and eye liners. Creating a pre-conceived look can be achieved with the aid of other materials like crystals, weave on, etc depending on the creativity of the make-up artist like the look that won Bayo Haastrup the best make-up designer of the Cape Town Fashion Week in South Africa in 2004.
“What I did for the Cape town fashion week is a couture makeup. Like I said, depending on the brief because the show was sponsored by Xpression, in a competition organized by Mac, they expected creativity and originality. So I decided to use hair piece to be creative. So, that eyebrow was very outstanding and I won that competition. Another interesting look that I created was the half man half machine look I created at the St Moritz Style Selection, two years ago. Those are special effect and its something I’ve done that I am very proud of”.
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