Fashion week is crazy. It may be fun and glamour in front of the camera, but behind the scenes is where the real magic happens. This article is meant to advise all the creators who participate in fashion week and what it is truly like being apart of it. #nosugarcoatingitbaby
At a fashion week, as a hair and makeup artist, you put on your “glitter gloves”. What I mean by this is that it takes serious effort and enthusiasm to get through difficulties that may come up during fashion week. We were like Glam Navy Seals overcoming every challenge. I’m so proud of our team—myself as the stylist, makeup and pre-hair prep for the show, Julia Offenberger, our beautiful model; Tamara O’Shell, makeup; Sarah McAdoo, hair; and Jean Chin, makeup.
The Master Stylist Competition is part of OC Fashion Week’s opening day, Tuesday, September 5th, aboard the glamorous, Eternity Yacht in Newport Beach, California.
Sara and I prepped Julia’s hair before the contest. It was a good thing, because we didn’t have access to electricity, where we were assigned to the bow of a moving yacht.
Also, we had no access to electricity for a makeup light, which is vital for makeup artists. And little did we know that as it got darker we would have no light at all.
When the sun went down, I asked Jean to turn on her iPhone flashlight. We were resilient. I felt like we were on The Hunger Games movie, lol… We’d get through one obstacle and then another one would appear.
We also had environmental factors working against us. It was windy, the sun in our eyes (when we began), hot and humid—sticky. Plus, the deadline we were given to have our model ready for the competition kept changing, giving us less and less time.
At one point, we had all 8 hands prepping our model, Julia, who was wearing a corset costume underneath a robe. All at one time, we were pinning and holding her hair—that kept blowing on her face—with Tamara, applying eyelashes in the wind, and our adhesive was not working, which needed another pair of hands to hold them still.
Frank Chen (photographer) stated, “Tonight, I saw an amazing Fashion show aboard a yacht. What’s more amazing was Susie Lauri, Julia Offenberger and their team prepping in the dark for a competition, at the bow of a moving yacht, with lights from two iPhones.”
I must say, it was so exhilarating and exciting, the sound of cameras clicking and lights flashing all over the place. The five of us were magically synchronized and worked in unison. Words cannot describe the high and the laser focus I felt during the chaos.
Finally, the competition began with clicking cameras and flashing lights surrounding Julia as she walked the Runway for all eyes to see. I am so proud of her.
And despite all the craziness, we won!
I want to give a big shout out and thank you to my team!
Julia – “I’m inspired by strong women. I hope to make a positive impact on the lives of young girls who are told that they aren’t good enough or should just give up, because it’s your life not theirs.”
Jean – “I love the confidence and courage that makeup gives me.”
Sarah – “Making woman look and feel beautiful is the drive behind my passion.”
Tamara – “My daughters are my inspiration and motivation that no goal is unreachable. As a makeup artist, I love sharing my knowledge and creativity with my clients— seeing their faces light up.”
Susie – “Learn, create and master.” This is my favorite quote: “The magic happens outside the comfort zone.” —Bob Proctor.
I’m excited for another article to soon be released by Runwayz Magazine™, “What Goes On One Week Before the Competition.” Be sure to watch out for it.
I also want to give a big shout and a special thank you to all of our sponsors!
The Luxierge – “We can handle anyone’s real estate portfolios. We want to take the headache away from people and make their lives easier. If we describe our company, it’s perfection. We only want to reach perfection for our clients.”
Darshann M. Wienick – Is an attorney and mediator. She is passionate about fighting oppression and seeking justice for the most marginalized and powerless in our society, especially children.
@josefidelanderos – “My inspiration is family. Love the ones who supported you who are no longer living, but are in spirit, and cherish the ones who support you now—FAMILY.”
Salon Platinum – “At our inception, our inspiration as salon owners was in creating a carefree, creative, expansive space for beauty professionals to thrive and prosper in, we believe we’ve both accomplished and maintained our goal throughout our 20 years in business.”
Albeit – “Whereas my late husband recognized and celebrated Susie Lauri’s exemplary expertise and unparalleled talent for more than 27 years so this competition provided an opportunity for me to demonstrate and celebrate the achievements of her team…albeit… even if he is congratulating her from heaven.”
The Engine Room – “I get inspired by great ideas. Ideas that make me step back and admire the brilliance behind them — designs, art, entrepreneurial concepts, architecture, theatre, music, fashion — great ideas in all forms get my heart and creativity pumping.”
Kevin Murphy – “Everything is driven by my desire to give you the products and tools needed to create those special moments yourself.”
Author: Susie L.
Susie Lauri is the lead hair and makeup artist, and a contributing writer for Runwayz Magazine. She specializes in hair and makeup for commercial print and production. She is known for her glamour makeovers including balayage, color, haircuts and styling. When not on location, Susie works out of her studio in Aliso Viejo, California. Find more about her at : www.SusieLauri.com, @susie_lauri_hair on Instagram!