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Makeup Artist Adrian Villa Backstage at Sue Wong

Oct 19, 2010 By Vaneza
Prior to the Sue Wong Fashion Presentation, the team at MyFDB had the opportunity to speak with Napoleon Perdis makeup artist Adrian Villa. He was gracious enough to take some time out backstage while all the models were prepping to answer a few questions!

How does the collection’s makeup concept come to fruition? How involved is the designer versus how much is your creative direction?
The designer is highly involved, it’s her direction with regards to the color, the texture, the mood, and the feeling of the whole makeup. She is really inspired by texture and the 1920′s and 1930′s. For example, Veronica Lake or any silver screen beauties, and powerful women. Her direction is very technical and very to-point.

What products are you using on each model?
The goal for each model is flawless yet very breathable skin. We are using a Napoleon Perdis foundation called “Sheer Genius.” It real is a “Sheer Genius” because it is a foundation for photos or everyday. It has build-able coverage and SPF 22. It’s also getting a lot of media coverage right now. We are also using the “Auto Pilot,” because “not to prime is a crime.” All of these have really revitalized all of the models’ skin today.

How far in advance do you prepare and plan makeup looks for a runway show?
There is a lot of preparation and a lot of magic going on behind the scenes. We’ve briefed our staff for the past week on the look, the mood, the feeling, the
inspiration behind Sue’s collection. It’s really up to us to take that inspiration, those visuals and pictures and interpret them into the makeup as well. It roughly takes one to two weeks.

What are some other runway shows you’ve worked on and/or created unique looks for?
In New York Fashion Week we did LaQuan Smith, and his look was about gold leaf lips. We ran around town buying gold leaf, we actually ended up buying the entire stock. We also did one with William Tempest, and his look was very eartheral and very futuristic.

What advice do you have for aspiring fashion industry hopefuls?
Be available! Just be available and help out. I remember when I first started in the industry, I was always available, always ready, always prepared and always organized. The word “no” was unacceptable to me, so I kept calling, and I kept persisting.

Thanks once to Adrian Villa for taking the time to talk to us. The makeup at the Sue Wong presentation was beautiful!

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