Glam checked in with Fatima Thomas, Senior Artist at MAC, whose been running all across the city helping Kimberly Ovitz and Rebecca Taylor gear up for their shows for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Here, Thomas shares a personal account of her day from battling the elements with a full makeup kit to finally relaxing with her two cats at the end of a full day.
Imagine trekking around New York City with a 30 lb. makeup kit, in 82 degree heat, and some intermittent rain. Most of the day, I felt like I’d had a bucket of water dumped on me. But I’m not complaining, because despite the unpleasant climate, it was a fabulous day.
For starts, this morning I accompanied my colleague and fellow Senior Artist, Gina Bettelli, to a hair/makeup test for designer Kimberly Ovitz. The inspiration was global nomad, chic and effortless. Gina created an earthy minimal face that complimented the clothes perfectly. We have a sense of teamwork that can only come from years of working together and it’s one of the reasons I’m most proud to be working for MAC .
Next, I supported makeup artist Sil Bruinsma on a makeup test for the designer Rebecca Taylor. Rebecca is one of the nicest people in the fashion industry, and Sil is a superb artist with a calm confidence and a great sense of humor. I predict that the face he crafted for Rebecca this season will be a major hit.
I’m finally wrapping up this late evening and my feline companions, Puss and Boots, are watching as I prep for another long day tomorrow. Tomorrow’s agenda includes the Kimberly Ovitz show, more scuttling about New York City, a wardrobe change, and press interviews at Fashion’s Night Out. Brushes are washed. At-home manicure is tight. Outfits are planned. Snacks are packed. Emails are sent. Home is dusted and vacuumed (I hate coming home to a less than tidy nest after demanding days of fashion). I wonder when I can fit in some fitness and chiropractic care. A day in the life of a makeup artist (sigh)…I wouldn’t have it any other way.