During New York Fashion Week, I had the honor to go backstage during the GCDS show with Maybelline New York. Backstage is a completely different experience than being front of house. It opened my eyes to what actually occurs minutes leading up to the show. If you want to see what happens backstage with Maybelline New York, keep reading!
September 8th and 8:30 am, I checked into Skylight Clarkson Square, Gallery 3 backstage. I was invited by Maybelline New York to see the beauty preparations for the GCDS show; a designer and brand that I have been following for the past year. I have copious images and content from the two and a half hours I was there that I decided to split this article into two sections. The first part is all about the makeup and beauty trends that were used for the show. The second part is the clothing and new designs by GCDS, and how the makeup worked together.
To begin, there were several familiar faces that sat in the makeup chairs. I have seen these models in campaigns before, to be seeing them in real life was incredible. Maybelline New York supplied all the beauty products, and had their team there to create the looks for the runway. The makeup concept was created by artist Grace Lee.
There were two very distinct eye trends occurring. One was the teal shimmer eyeshadow that made me want to immediately invest in that shade. The other was a very neutral lid with a white arched line. The face was left very natural with a beautiful highlighter and a glossy lip using cult favorite Baby Lips Balm. No deep contouring or dramatic blush. I loved that they kept is very clean yet played up the eye makeup. I can see how this could easily translate into an everyday look. Also, glossy lips are back y’all! Thank you makeup lords.
The hair was purposefully messy, another trend that I saw at several runway shows this season. It is a mix of a little bit of grunge and bedhead. I hope this trend takes off because that would easily save me an hour every morning. Mousse was used in the models’ hair to give it texture and hold.
The nails that were used on every model were nude, long, pointy acrylics. They looked like daggers but softer because of the nude color. Overall, the beauty for GCDS was natural, yet incorporated playful touches. It was a great mix of relatability and fantasy. Every portion is achievable, which I find fun.
So who was there?
The big names backstage at GCDS show were:
- Giuliano Calza, Designer of GCDS
- Teyana Taylor- Model & Artist (I’ll speak more about in the next portion)
- Nigel Stanislaus- Makeup Director, aka “Mr. Maybelline”
- Grace Lee- Lead Makeup Artist for Maybelline NY
- Nay Chi Oo- Makeup Artist
- Fiona Lee- Makeup Artists
- Sonya Watson- Makeup Artists
- Jazzelle aka Ugly World Wide- Model
- Sasha Kichigina- Model
- Maria Clara – Model
- Victoria Germyn- Model
- HyunJi Shin- Model
- Marine Deleeuw- Model
- Michi Delane- Model
- Isabella Emmack- Model
- Julia Fajardo- Model
- Kylie Vonnahme- Model
- Sean Levyy- Model
- Selena Johnson -Model
- Shanelle Nyasiase- Model
- Nova Orchid- Model
- Phoenix Anderson- Model
Images From Backstage – Beauty
What was interesting was to see how much of the beauty prep occurred in line for rehearsals and leading up to the actual show. Nails were glued, lotion was applied, hair was styled or retouched, and makeup touch-ups were applied minutes before hitting the runway. I was so impressed how cool, calm, and collected the whole team remained.