When I was working as a photographer in New Zealand I decided I wanted to know more about makeup to better communicate my opinions to make-up artists, so I got a job at MAC and trained as one of their freelancers. Im a geek like that - some would say a control freak.
After over a week in Auckland I am completely exhausted. I've done a couple of shoots, I've been doing sales for D_Luxe and helping with Julian Danger and attending shows, but I know that my exhaustion is nothing compared to that of the dedicated and talented artists who have been working backstage with MAC this week.
With call times as early as 4.30am I have so much respect for the creatives who have pulled together the impressive shows I have viewed this week. Not only are the MAC team making the models look spectacular, but MAC protocol ensures they're fully groomed themselves - hard work when you're up so early.
Alongside the MAC crew I've got to throw some credit to the very talented Miss Jessica Sim: she has created some of the most stunning backstage beauty snaps I have seen in a long time.
So, here are some of my favourite make-up looks, shot by Jessica Sim, below.
Salasai by Amber D. This was one of my favourite looks of the week: the lips in particular were bold and striking on the catwalk.
Stolen Girlfriends by Kie Kie Stanners. Both Stolen Girlfriends and Ruby pulled out the colour pop eyeshadow this year, suggesting an early 2000's grungy nonchalance.
Zambesi by Amber D. The Zambesi show was one of the highlights of the week, and the gritty beauty of brushed eyebrows and purple lips only elevated it.
Riddle Me This: totally seapunk.
Trelise Cooper by Amber D. I love this dramatic eye teamed with blush on the forehead, chin and cheeks - something I love to do with my illustrations!
Blak by Sam Howard. Love the nails!