“Because beauty isn't enough, there must be something more.” (Eva Herzegova)
I wanted to start this post with powerful words about beauty. We're in the midst of London Fashion Week, and there’s no hiding from it: the front row celebrities, the big industry names and the up-and-coming designers are splashed across the media, each hoping to depict and in some way define our perceptions of beauty.
Tonight I want to raise the spotlight on a crucial but often overlooked element of the fashion show: the artistry of make-up. I went backstage at the Kristian Aadnevik Autumn/Winter 2012 collection and followed make-up artist Kristina Theodoris and her team* in their pursuit of runway-ready beauty.
Kristina is a well-established make-up artist, working in fashion, music and tv and currently working with new girl band, STOOSHE. She has worked at London, Paris and Milan Fashion Weeks, as well as with celebrities including La Roux, Take That, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ms Dynamite and on Tv show The X Factor.
What I am offering you tonight is a fly-on-the-wall peek into the make-up artist’s routine. First you’ll see Kristina and the team working, with colour pictures to illustrate their creative process. The catwalk images show how their work comes to life, the full package and intended effect of their labours. The look was created using the HD brow palette, the pigment blends incredibly for the shadow and look created. Bobbi brown concealer palette, Mac lipstick in Deceptive and contour by Illamasqua in Disobey.
Finally I give you my vision, presented to you as always in black and white. My images serve less as documentary evidence, but more as an insight into the back-stage atmosphere as I experienced it.
They say true beauty comes from within, but as far as exterior aesthetics go, I’d say these guys do a pretty good job.
*Aga Borowa, Rhea le Riche, Francesco Cascio, Bobana Parojcic, Jo Adams, Libby Braggins, Skaiste.
Black and white