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The blog is back! Fashion Week was flanked by some really big projects so I’ve got a lot of cool stuff to catch you up on. I’m coming off three weeks without a day off and mostly 4 hours of sleep, but I watched an episode of The Rachel Zoe Project online, and in the closing credits she references working 40 days in a row. I’d die.
For Project Runway S08, E03, the challenge was to use unconventional techniques and materials from the party store for a red carpet look. Unfortunately for Casanova, he ended up in the bottom three, but while the judges said his gown failed to come together elegantly, they admitted he has lots ideas, and he accepted their criticism with humility, an eagerness to learn, and a bit of class.
One of his fabulous ideas that didn’t get featured on the show, can be seen in the extended judging on MyLifetime.com. All three judges agreed it was uber-cool, and a Project Runway first, when Casanova asked the L’Oreal makeup team to use a paper doily as a stencil and give model, Sarae, a set of painted on lace gloves. After some experimentation with an airbrush, we found the most effective technique was to use a sponge tipped applicator and the black cream eyeliner for opaque shapes, and black shadow with a brush for a veil of color. Casanova wasn’t afraid to get his own hands dirty and jumped right in to give this bit of body painting his personal touch.
Watch this clip for a close up, and unanimously favorable reactions from the judges.
So who’s Dinosaur Jr? Well, be glad this band, originally from Amherst, MA, wrote “Keep the Glove”. If they hadn’t I might have gone with the title “Whether or nor you liked it then you should have put a glove on it”. I’d die.
Andrew Sotomayor is a celebrity makeup artist in New York who’s worked with Juliette Binoche, Kerry Washington, Melissa George, Saffron Burrows, Rose Byrne, Justin Kirk, Jonathan Groff and champion boxer Andre Berto. His clients have appeared on Project Runway, The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, Good Day New York, and CNN. He’s created the makeup for Victoria Beckham’s denim and eyewear look books, and assisted on fashion shows for Dior, Diesel, Marchesa, and Project Runway. Magazines like Marie Claire, Latina, Shape, InStyle, Glamour, People, numerous blogs have interviewed him, and he’s appeared on television for Access Hollywood. Andrew leads makeup artistry workshops for the students at The High School of Fashion Industries. See his work at DramaFreeMakeup.com
Season 7 Episode 5 – Makeup for Joanna Coles by Andrew Sotomayor, Nina Garcia’s makeup by Danilo Omo)
My longtime friend Nick and I used to meet at my apartment every Thursday to watch the very first season of Project Runway back in college. I will never forget how personally we took every comment, good or bad, about our favorite designers, among them Austin Scarlett. My buddy, celebrity makeup artist Daniel Martin, introduced me to Austin (they go way back) almost two years ago for a photo shoot where I got to create makeup to go with some of his most delectable creations. Also premiering tonight is a new show featuring Austin teamed up with season 2 veteran Santino Rice for On the Road with Austin & Santino.
Designs by Austin Scarlett, Makeup by Andrew Sotomayor
Santino Rice and Austin Scarlett in “On the Road with Austin & Santino”
I’m seriously sworn to secrecy, so for now all I can say is that Heidi Klum and Nina Garcia are even more beautiful in real life, (with a little help from their personal makeup artists Linda Hay and Danilo Omo), Michael Kors’s wit is sharp as a tack, and all three are very pleasant. Besides that, most of my time was spent with crew and the models. This diverse group of girls, were nothing short of animated backstage. I’m looking forward to the fabulous premiere party tonight, for which they’re playing hostesses.
All in all, I can best compare this experience to playing pinball at Peter Piper Pizza out west while on summer vacation as a child. For me, I can say that each day on set was colorful, fast-paced, exciting, challenging, sometimes noisy, filled with new friends, unexpected turns of events, surprising outcomes, and ultimately something I’d been anticipating for what seems like a very long time.
Throughout Season 8, look for lots of color courtesy of the makeup team who are Scott Patric (he’s the one with the goatee and Key Makeup Artist), Hope Choman, Masako Kizuki, Albee Franson, Kristen Arnett, Jorge Luis Buenavad, Deborah Altizio, Gabrielle Padilla and myself.
Scott Patric appearing in Marie Claire magazine
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Andrew Sotomayor is a celebrity makeup artist in New York who’s worked with Juliette Binoche, Kerry Washington, Saffron Burrows, Rose Byrne, Justin Kirk, Jonathan Groff and champion boxer Andre Berto. His clients have appeared on Project Runway, The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, Good Day New York, and CNN. He’s created the makeup for Victoria Beckham’s denim and eyewear look books, and assisted on fashion shows for Dior, Diesel, Marchesa, and Project Runway. Magazines like Marie Claire, Shape, InStyle, Glamour, People, numerous blogs have interviewed him, and he’s appeared on television for Access Hollywood. Andrew leads makeup artistry workshops for the students at The High School of Fashion Industries. See his work at DramaFreeMakeup.com
The Fashion of Alice in Wonderland, Red Lips and Shimmering Eyes, Rescue a Rabbit and The Road to the Oscars
This is a huge week for movies. Hollywood’s biggest night returns this Sunday for the Oscars! Before we talk about the memorable performances of this past year, I have to mention that if you love fantasy adventure films like I do, you must be totally psyched for Alice in Wonderland, opening this weekend. I’m obsessed with Tim Burton (Have you seen his exhibit at MOMA? I checked it out with vlogger Michelle Phan), Johnny Depp (I can’t decide if I’d rather have Johnny Depp’s cheekbones, talent, or rock star attitude), and of course Helena Bonham Carter (Can anyone play “losing her mind” better than HBC?). The dream team behind Sweeney Todd and The Corpse Bride are joined by girl next door-turned fashion’s sweetheart, Anne Hathaway, who plays the White Queen.
To commemorate the film, the fashion team at the New York Post created a photo story using models dressed in modern clothes inspired by the film’s main characters. We shot the photos in the Rose Bar at the luxurious Gramercy Park Hotel (I can’t list names but this historical hotel is a favorite haunt of celebrities past and present). Knockout hairstylist Karim Odoms teased and twisted some wicked creations while Deborah Padilla did makeup for Alice and The Mad Hatter while I made up the Red Queen and the White Queen.
Save for Nina Garcia and Audra MacDonald, I’m rarely star struck. However, I could barely keep my cool when Snowflake, a lop eared rabbit, arrived on set. Playing Wonderland’s tardiness prone bunny, Snowflake spent the morning with us courtesy of the local animal shelter. He was found alone on the streets of New York and was probably an Easter gift that someone grew tired of. I had a rabbit when I was in middle school and can tell you rabbits make great pets (they love being indoors though of course they love to dig in the grass) and will use a litter box with virtually no training. For information on how to adopt one of these needy critters visit RabbitCare.org.
I can’t wait to see the makeup, hair and gowns this Sunday at the Os
cars. Expect to see Marchesa fully represented on the red carpet. The Oscars have the best makeup, hair, and fashions of any event second only to The Costume Intitute Gala. In honor of the women who left their beauty mark on film history this year, we’ll devote the rest of the week to the most memorable movies and the actresses who starred in them. Get some great makeup tips on how to get glamorous like your favorite stars or pay tribute to your most inspirational heroines.
Hollywood or bust!
Andrew Sotomayor is a celebrity makeup artist in NYC. See his work at DramaFreeMakeup.com