Kelsey Bridges, a young, talented, and budding make up artist brought her skills to the catwalk fashion event in an incredible space in Deepdale Shopping Centre, Preston - unlocked by somewhereto_. We thought that wasn’t quite enough. Now we’ve given her the space to exercise her journalistic abilities and give you all the inside view on her experience!
We all know how a few makeup products can transform someone’s face completely. A thin line of eyeliner can instantly make your eyes stand out, a slight touch of bronzer gives you that sunkissed glow you’ve always dreamed of and that small dab of scarlet red lipstick transforms your teeth to a sparkly white. So, imagine my delight then when I was told that I had the opportunity to do the makeup for a catwalk, as cliché as it sounds, I was over the moon. I’d watched many catwalks (mostly on Britain and Irelands Next Top Model) and instead of focusing entirely on the outfits they were wearing, like most people would, I’d be in awe over their makeup.
When I arrived I was blown away (another little cliché for you). The set up was amazing. A long catwalk stretched down the centre of the room. The place I knew everyone would finally witness my designs. As I walked through the door the other university students were modelling. I hadn’t been told that they were going to be creating their own clothes and honestly, I was stunned. From simple resources like newspaper and plastic bags they had designed a variety of amazing fashion pieces - something I had thought impossible after my failed high school project. An elegant, evening dress made from card, a short skirt from plastic bags and a hat mad from tissue paper. All uniquely and incredibly different. Seeing their performance got my adrenaline pumping and I couldn’t wait for my models to arrive so I could get started!
The preparation was pretty stressful. At times I would be doing someone’s makeup whilst two others were doing her hair. The model’s head would be yanked back with a brush as I was trying to delicately trace her waterline with eyeliner. But even so I enjoyed every minute. They strutted out onto the runway to ‘Something New’ and I finally got to look at my makeup designs. Perfect. Luckily for me I was given the duty of taking photos which meant I could watch the catwalk and also avoid the very hectic outfit changes.
At the end I was welcomed onto the catwalk for acknowledgment of the effort I’d put in. It had been a surprisingly large amount of effort and pressure which left my knees knocking together. Would I do it again? Definitely, if I was ever lucky enough to get the opportunity. I would like to thank everyone who planned this day as they put on an amazing show which must have taken a huge amount planning and preparation. Without them I, among many others, would not have our dream day (I couldn’t not finish without a cliché, now could I?)