One of the many privileges of being a makeup artist is the ability to travel. I've been fortunate enough to fly to Paris for Fashion Week with Chiara Ferragni for the past few years. Beyond being absolutely stunning, Chiara is a shoe designer, model and the founder of The Blonde Salad. The Redken team and myself worked together this year in the "City of Lights" to get Chiara ready for shows such as Louis Vuitton and Chanel.
While Chiara doesn’t need much help to attain perfection, our days are off and running by 6AM when we arrive at her hotel room. The hairstylist and I work simultaneously, stepping back to give each other time to do small tweaks before last looks. Working in tandem allows us to see the look as it is takes shape, and encourages us to work towards one cohesive vision. In a little over an hour, we have Chiara ready for anything, and out on the stylish streets of Paris.
On this trip, we helped her craft her look for not only the shows, but also for a shoot for Chanel and another shoot for the popular Parisian magazine, Madame Figaro. While these are high stress events where perfection is necessary, working with Chiara is calm in comparison to backstage at Fashion Week. Backstage you can have two makeup artists, a hair stylist, and a nail artist all working on the same model at the same time. With Chiara it is just the hairstylist, the photographer, and myself creatively working together to make our vision come to life.
For this particular Fashion Week, we kept Chiara’s look soft and elegant with dewy, hydrated, glowing skin, a soft pink blush, and a light brown eye contour. For her lips, it was a simple swipe of clear lip-gloss to bring out her natural color, though we couldn’t resist having one red lip moment to spice things up.
Walking around the streets of Paris inspires me to try new things and stretch my creativity. I always leave brimming over with ideas, techniques and looks that I get to bring back to my New York clients. It’s truly a city that drives me to to continue my growth both personally and as an artist. I am grateful to be passionate about what I do and the people that I work with. If I ever lose sight of that, I'll always have Paris.