In August of this year, I was contacted to help out with an event that is one of my favorite projects I have worked on to date. This summer, 'The Limited' partnered with the national charity "Dress for Success" and they gave away 50 makeovers to deserving women across the country to celebrate their 50th anniversary as a brand. They selected 10 women in 5 major cities across the U.S. including: Chicago, IL; Minnetonka, MN; Phoenix, AZ; Columbus, OH; & Miami, FL; to give full head to toe makeovers to.
'Dress for Success' was founded in New York City in 1997, and is a national non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, and a network of support and career development tools to help women thrive in work and their personal lives. Every 'Dress for Success' client receives one suit when she has a job interview, and they can return for a second suit, or separates, once they find work. It was only natural that when 'The Limited' decided they wanted to give back in celebration of their 50 year anniversary that they would partner up with such an amazing charity. I feel truly blessed to have met each and every one of these women and to have been a part of their amazing journey in even the smallest of ways.
Here are just a few of the amazing transformations from the Miami event:
I would also like to acknowledge the rest of the amazing team that I worked with that day, my phenomenal friend, mentor, and makeup artist: Sherilyn Segal, and two absolutely amazing hair-stylists: Dominique DiBenedetto Mednick, and Sasha Revolus. Thank you to all of the amazing staff and stylists at The Limited in Dadeland. This was such an incredible experience and I hope we can all do it again sometime. :)
So, I know it is now 4 months after the fact, but I have been a little busy as of late! I figured it's better late than never, and wanted to share some of my behind the scenes images from this past July when I was lucky enough to work the closing show for Mercedes Benz Swim Week 2014 at The Raleigh in South Beach. I got to work with the amazing, Sherilyn Segal, and between the 2 of us, we managed to make up 20 girls in about an hour and a half to make the runway on time!
Sherilyn Segal keyed the look for the closing show, which was a combination of 4 designers. Lolli Swimwear, Beach Riot, Anna Kosturova, and Manglar Swimwear all shared the stage (and the models) which resulted in a super-sized killer show to end the week! Due to the fact that the girls were walking in multiple shows, we kept the looks simple so that it could translate from one designer to the next. The look was focused on bronzed, fresh skin with a natural looking lip. We added a bit of a simple liner to the top lash line, some mascara, and they were on their way! All except for Pia Mia, who walked only for Lolli Swim. For Pia, I added a bold pink lip, and a more dramatic set of false lashes to make her pop as she closed the show!
The energy backstage was fantastic, and the shows came out amazing! I wasn't sure, in the beginning, if we could pull off all of those makeups in the time we were given. But somehow we made it happen, because as they say in show-biz... "the show must go on!" (and preferably on time! :)
(As an added bonus, I was also lucky enough to meet the always entertaining, Dennis Rodman, backstage! What a trip!! :)
Until next year swim week!!! :)