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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
In 2002, just three months before I began college, I decided it would be a good idea to get a summer job selling makeup at my local department store. I knew almost nothing about how to apply it but came armed with a copy of “Making Faces” by Kevyn Aucoin. Friends would come by so I could try to duplicate Kevyn’s transformations with overly ambitious naivety, and a great sense of excitement. I carried the book to work every single day as I though I’d discovered the world’s greatest playbook written by the world’s most charming coach.
Immediately, the constant streaks of lipstick, mascara and at least three near randomly guessed shades of foundation on the back of my hand alluded to long forgotten images of my childhood hands, eternally stained with Crayola markers and chalk pastels. Fortunately, I was a quick study and I improved. Summer job would return as holiday job, then again after each semester.
Fast forward to February 12, 2010. I’m in my early late 20’s and making a living as a freelance makeup artist in New York City. Between working with glamorous celebrities, fidgety models, being interviewed by top publications and even Access Hollywood, prepping clients for early morning shows, organizing photo shoots, and using body paint to make gogo boys glow in the dark, I’ve often said, “I do a bit of everything.” Until today, one particular milestone was yet to be reached. Bryant Park.
I used to work at Lord & Taylor on 5th Avenue, and would eat my sandwiches from Pret-A-Manager sitting on the grass in Bryant Park, displaced only by rain or Fashion Week. Having only previously done fashion shows off-site, today marked a special occasion as I backed up key makeup artists Scott Patric and Deborah Altizio with the rest of the amazing team for the finale of “Project Runway” and my first ever show inside the tents at Bryant Park for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York.
Today’s milestone seems the perfect opportunity to launch my blog. Expect makeup tips and product recommendations, but also anecdotes from my life of running around Manhattan with my makeup kit as well as and posts on beauty icons, events not to be missed, and places to visit that stir the creative spirit. You’ll know where to go and what to wear! Stay tuned and I’ll help you cast aside cumbersome rules on beauty so you’ll know how to wear light on your eyes and your heart on your sleeve.
Tonight, I think about how much has happened during my career to this point and reflect on how a path I never expected to embark upon has taught me about art, passion, insecurity, ego, love, loss, solitude, grace, gratitude, and the thrills of a vibrant life in color.
As seasoned designers, editors, and makeup artists take their last looks around Bryant Park, knowing that the Spring 2011 shows will begin a new era at Lincoln Center, I start heading out of the tent in time for another gig, thinking about how my relationship with Bryant Park has finally come full circle. Suddenly, I notice a photo of Kevyn Aucoin, hanging on the wall just above my head.
Andrew Sotomayor is a celebrity makeup artist in New York. He has worked with Juliette Binoche, Kerry Washington, and Rose Byrne and appeared on Access Hollywood. He is a My Fashion Plate Trendsetter. See his work at DramaFreeMakeup.com.