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Romero Jennings

Backstage at the Carmen Marc Valvo Fall/Winter 2012 show – Makeup

This season I was lucky enough to go backstage “Carmen Marc Valvo” and see one of my favorite makeup artists, Romero Jennings, for MAC. We chatted about his fab shoes and the look for the Fall/Winter fashion show, among other things.

He told me that he created a really strong smokey eye, drawing ideas from “The Artist”.

MAC’s Romero Jennings and all things Daphne Guinness

You guys remember when I first found out about Daphne Guinness? I’ve been facinated with her ever since. So when I heard that MAC was doing a collection with her, I was excited. THEN, when I saw that MAC MUA Romero Jennings that he had been working with her recently (found via his twitter, of course), got more excited & I knew I needed to get some scoop.

Luckily, I was able to grab some phone time with him earlier this week, and after chatting about our mutual love for Oklahoma and Sonic Drive-In, he gave me a lot of insight into Daphne and her collex (*some q’s a bit paraphrased – we ramble chatted):

Me: I see you’ve been working with Daphne Guinness quite a bit this year – can you tell me what you have been working on?
RJ: For the last 6months I’ve been doing Daphne’s makeup for a short film she has been filming called, “The Legend of Lady White Snake: A Tribute to the Spirit of Alexander McQueen”. It’s a very artistic film directed by Indrani. In this film you will actually get to hear her voice. (*he loves her voice – says it’s very soothing.)

Me: Did you use her MAC collection on set?
RJ: YES! Throughout the course of the shoot, we used every product in some way. They all seemed to work with each of the different looks that she gets to show, whether they are a golden dress or silver metallics. She would have some input into her look – she is very specific in what makes Daphne “Daphne”, but she also likes when you can bring her something extra. (*This is where we talked about some cool metal and paper lashes that he created for her, using MAC lashes as the base. She got to where she would expect him to bring her a new pair every day, because she liked them so much.)

Me: Do you know how involved she was in this MAC collab?
RJ: She was very involved! She would come to the meetings with paint swatches and ideas of things that she would really like to see. She said that she was choosing colors that she hadn’t been able to find for herself. She is a very artistic and futuristic person – that was what helped her come up with the names for the pieces (*He also mentions that when she enters a room, it’s as if she floats in like a butterfly – her feet don’t touch the floor.)

Me: Knowing how porcelain her skin in, clearly her collection definitely favors the cooler-toned folks. Can you tell me how these pieces will work for warmer-toned, darker-complected lovelies?
RJ: It can *definitely* work on them, too! These colors tend to pop on warm-toned skin tones. For example, take an extreme look like Nicki Minaj and her darker coloring and then that bright, cool lavender lips she wears. It just jumps out. That’s what these colors can do.And by having gradients of colors in the blushes, there is more choice to personalize the products, too.

Me: Is there a favorite product in the collection?
RJ: The Pro Longwear Lipcreme in “Approaching Storm” is her signature color now. The Pro Longwear Lip Pencils have “saved my life”. Watching Daphne work the red carpets, dinner parties, etc, she is constantly talking to people for 6-8 hours on end, without time to touch up. So, I use the Pro Longwear Lip Pencil to line the entire lip, which binds to the lip – this will extend the wear of the lipcreme, and this combo will be bulletproof. (*He uses pencil “Kiss Me Quick” under “Approaching Storm. He also suggests using pencil “Nice ā€˜nā€™ Spicy” with lip creme “Warp Speed” & topping with Cremesheen Glass “Narcissus” and using “Anticipation” under “Red Dwarf”).

Huge thank you to Romero for taking time out of his busy day to shoot the breeze with me. As for the lipliner trick? I’m definitely giving it a shot on NYE, because the last thing I want to do at midnight is wonder if I need a touch-up before I pucker up. šŸ˜‰

The collection hits US counters on December 26th and Internationally in January 2012.

*Disclaimer: I received pieces of this from the company for editorial consideration.

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Backstage at Carmen Marc Valvo S/S 2012 – Makeup

Backstage at the Carmen Marc Valvo Spring/Summer 2012 show, makeup artist Romero Jennings, for MAC Cosmetics, tells us about the inspiration, and the products used on the models, for the fashion show:

The feel was for an “All-American Classic Beauty – but completely wearable” look. Romero translated that to be a really strong red lip, contoured eyes, brushed up brows and light mascara on curled lashes. Aside from the fact that he used 3 products on the lips, all of this can be done pretty easily. I’d just throw on a single, bright red lipstick (*if you’ve found your perfect color), and it’s pretty much a daily wear dupe.

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Backstage at Nicole Miller Spring/Summer 2011

This season I was able to go backstage, and watch the preparations, for the Nicole Miller Spring/Summer 2011 collection fashion show.

The makeup team was lead by James Kaliardos, for MAC Cosmetics. In keeping with the 60’s throwback vibe of the collection, James drew inspiration for the makeup from the Catherine Deneuve film, “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” – glowy complexion, silver & grey eye colors & pink, pouty lips.

The hair team was lead by Kevin Ryan, for Rsession Tools. Kevin created a braided, slightly messy bun that was held together with elastics & rubberized bobby pins. (*Seriously – I ran out to Ricky’s and picked up some of those bobby pins myself!). Kevin also shared his secret for pulling out knotted hairstyles – forceps. As in, a surgical tool. He says you should be able to use it on yourself, but I have yet to try it, let alone think I can twist myself around enough to make it look as effortless as he does, that’s for sure.

The lead nail tech for the show was TJ Kelly, for butter LONDON. Nicole worked with butter LONDON to create a custom grey/blue color that went with a grey in the fabric in her collection. It’s not for sale (*yet, fingers crossed), unfortch, but is so on point, I hope they reconsider.

MAC face chart for the Nicole Miller Spring/Summer 2011 show.

The makeup counter backstage at the Nicole Miller Spring/Summer 2011 show.

Sneak peek at some of the new MAC products slated for Spring 2011 release.

MAC makeup artist Romero Jennings work on a models eye in preparation of the Nicole Miller Spring/Summer 2011 show.

MAC makeup artist prepping a model for the Nicole Miller Spring/Summer 2011 show.

Kevin Ryan puts the finishing touches on the messy bun he created for the Nicole Miller Spring/Summer 2011 show.

butter LONDON created a custom grey/blue color for the Nicole Miller Spring/Summer 2011 show.

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Backstage at Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show

I was lucky enough to get to go backstage and see the hair and makeup being done for the Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show. This was my actual *first* backstage fashion show. Yep, had no idea what I was doing, but got much more comfortable as the shows went on.

Below, you will see a vid of MAC Makeup Artist, Romero Jennings, discussing the look for the show:

And below are vids from the hairstylists for the show, Pearson Knight and Isabelle Lepage, discuss the hair inspiration and execution for the show:

Romero working
MAC Makeup Artist, Romero Jennings, working on one of the Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show models.

Romero correcting a mistake
As one of the models went by, MAC Makeup Artstist Romero Jennings stopped her to fix her eyeshadow.

Romero smiling
MAC Makeup Artist Romero Jennings smiling for the cameras.

Romero showing the colors
MAC Makeup Artist, Romero Jennings, shows the colors used on the models for the Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show.

MAC Face Chart
The MAC face chart for the Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show.

Ready to make up
One of the MAC makeup artists for the Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show had their gear all set up, with the facechart as a guide.

Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 Show
My first backstage at NYFW – Spring/Summer 2010.

On the hair side of backstage
Hairstylist Pearson Knight looking over the hair section backstage at the Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show.

Getting teased
One of the models from the Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show getting her hair teased up.

Shaping the hair
Once the model’s hair was teased, it was shaped in to place for the Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show.

Models gather
The models were getting ready to line up for the Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show.

Look who else is here?
Spotted: Ms. Ferocia from the Glamazons, (aka @arterbery on twitter), backstage doing her thing, too.

Show board for the models
This board tells the models of the Ports 1961 Spring/Summer show what they are assigned.

Models lining up
The models for the Ports 1961 Spring/Summer show line up to walk the runway.

Sequence board
This board was right by the runway entrance, showing the models in the outfits and in which order they were to walk.

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