The Makeup Artist
Backstage with M.A.C Cosmetics at Giambattista Valli Spring Summer 24’
11th of November 2023
Article by Gili Biegun
Paris Fashion Week, the epitome of glamour and haute couture, conceals a world of artistry and transformation behind the scenes. Amid this whirlwind, Sarah, a M.A.C Cosmetics makeup artist, thrives. Backstage at the Giambattista Valli show, she wields her skills with finesse, creating makeup that mirrors the designer’s avant-garde vision. In a matter of hours, Sarah metamorphoses fresh-faced models into bold and confident icons, underlining the essence of high fashion in the City of Light.
In the heart of Paris, where the fashion world converged during the exhilarating Paris Fashion Week, backstage was a whirlwind of creativity, excitement, and beauty transformations. In the midst of this controlled chaos was Sarah, a highly skilled makeup artist representing M.A.C Cosmetics. She had earned her place in this bustling backstage environment through years of hard work and a deep passion for her craft.
As Sarah walked into the backstage area at the Giambattista Valli runway show, she was greeted by a symphony of buzzing hairstylists, designers frantically adjusting the last-minute details on their exquisite creations, and models rushing in and out for fittings and rehearsals. Amid the chaos, she felt a sense of serenity. This was her element, where her artistic talents would shine.
Her station was equipped with an array of M.A.C Cosmetics products, meticulously organized and ready for the magic to begin. The runway show was highly anticipated, showcasing the elegant and whimsical designs of Giambattista Valli. The theme for the makeup was a soft wet lip, shiny eyelid, and perfect skin- perfectly complementing the designer’s daring creations.
As the models took their places for makeup application, Sarah worked her magic. With precision and flair, she applied eye-catching shades, creating intricate glossy eyes that would mesmerize the show’s guests. Each model’s face was like a canvas, and Sarah was the artist bringing it to life. She blended colors seamlessly, making sure every contour was accentuated, every line perfectly defined.
The Giambattista Valli runway show was all about celebrating individuality and pushing the boundaries of fashion, and the makeup needed to reflect that. The designer had requested a statement look for the lips – soft summer kiss – to add a touch of drama. Sarah carefully outlined and filled in each model’s lips, transforming them into bold, sultry focal points. The air backstage was filled with the scent of setting sprays and powders, the final touches to ensure the makeup would endure the bright lights and intense scrutiny of the runway.
As the models moved from her station, Sarah couldn’t help but admire the transformation that had taken place. They had gone from fresh-faced canvases to fierce, confident individuals, embodying the spirit of Giambattista Valli’s collection. Sarah felt a deep sense of satisfaction, knowing that her contribution was an integral part of the runway show’s success.
Backstage at the Giambattista Valli show, at the safe of what use to be a bank made the atmosphere even more electric. The runway show was about to begin, and Sarah took a moment to admire the models as they lined up, the anticipation building in their eyes. The designer’s vision had been brought to life, thanks in no small part to Sarah and her fellow makeup artists.
As the lights dimmed and the music started, the models strutted down the runway, each one a work of art, with Sarah’s makeup enhancing their individual beauty. The crowd gasped in awe at the bold and dramatic looks, and Giambattista Valli’s collection was met with thunderous applause.
Watching from backstage, Sarah felt a swell of pride. Her artistry had contributed to the success of the runway show, a true celebration of fashion and individuality. It was a reminder that the world of fashion and beauty was a dynamic, ever-changing realm where creativity, passion, and dedication could transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.
As Paris Fashion Week came to a close, Sarah packed up her M.A.C Cosmetics kit, carrying with her the memories of this unforgettable experience at the shows. The world of fashion would continue to evolve, and she was eager to embrace the challenges and inspirations that each new season would bring. Backstage or in the limelight, Sarah was a makeup artist whose artistry would continue to leave an indelible mark on the world of high fashion.