Guest Post – Being an MUA at Norwich Fashion Week
Hair and makeup by the Norwich School of Beauty team. (Photography by Jonny Human)
A guest post from makeup artist Jasmine Smyth who worked as a makeup artist at Norwich Fashion Week 2016.
A behind the scenes peek at Norwich Fashion Week
It only feels like a few weeks ago that I was last packing up my kit for Norwich Fashion Week, I swear it gets here quicker and quicker each year, not that I’m complaining as its one of my favourite weeks of the year. I was lucky enough to be doing hair and make up again this year with The Norwich School of Beauty for a couple of the shows as well as doing a bit of behind the scenes blogging- hooray!
All shows this year were held at The Open which was very exciting as its such a big venue. I’d never been there myself before but loved it when I walked in and I couldn’t help but think about how much NFW grows each year.
First up was The Vintage Show, the hair and make up briefs were definitely 1970s inspired with big, bouncy hair and fresh make up. With myself heading up the make up team it was time for a quick brief with the girls before getting stuck in- eek! The team got to work creating colourful eyes, flawless skin and glossy lips. The Esquire boys threw a bit of a curveball asking me to recreate the famous David Bowie lightening bolt look on one of the male models, no pressure guys! Thankfully Kerri was on hand to help me out and I was really pleased with how it turned out.
Once all the models were ready we got a chance to sneak backstage into the wardrobe room which was full of the most gorgeous vintage clothes, I could have stayed in there playing dress up all day.
Before we knew it show time was upon us, it’s a very exciting feeling knowing your hard work is soon going to be seen by so many people and seeing the models walk down the runway made me very proud to be involved in such a brilliant event.
The show was a success and I’ve inserted some pictures for anyone who missed it. What a day!
A few days later I was back at The Open as part of the hair team for the Fashion Excess show, which would be the closing event of Norwich Fashion Week (sad face). I absolutely loved the look being created for this show which was Great Gatsby themed but a bit on the dishevelled side, as if they were just getting back from a great night out. After a frenzy of pin curling we were able to style the hair into ‘faux bobs’ which went perfectly with the look, the models all looked great.
The show was sponsored by Dr. Martens and had some local bands playing throughout so the vibe was a lot more laid back and fun, definitely a great way to end a brilliant week.
Things I learnt at Norwich Fashion Week:
- The fashion community within Norwich- shops, stylists, models, photographers, sound and lighting peeps, make up artists, hair stylists, bloggers- is something I am very proud to be part of.
- I am glad to be ‘behind the scenes’, the way those girls and guys get up and strut their stuff in front of so many people never fails to amaze me.
- I really need to look into investing in some Dr. Martens…
As always I got to work with some fab people, catch up with people I haven’t seen for far too long and meet lots of new people too! I’m already looking forward to next year.
Jasmine worked on the shows as part of the Norwich School of Beauty Hair and Makeup team. Visit the Norwich School of Beauty website.