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Dear Caroline

TODAY is Tuesday and I’m in Milan for fashion week. After finishing London Fashion Week on a high with the Vivienne Westwood red label show, I had one day off before leaving for here.

Beauty and grooming tips from senior Mac makeup artist Sunderland-born Caroline Donnelly.

TODAY is Tuesday and I’m in Milan for fashion week. After finishing London Fashion Week on a high with the Vivienne Westwood red label show, I had one day off before leaving for here.

Normally I have no day off between London and Milan, so this felt like a real luxury.

Anyway, I left home at 9am on Saturday morning for Milan and my boyfriend drove me to the airport so that we could spend some time together.

At the airport I met some of my other make-up artist friends who also work for MAC. The journey seemed to go over extra quick but that’s probably because I was asleep before it left the runway.

London Fashion Week was full-on and exhausting, but great, so I guess I earned the sleep during the day! I find out I’m sharing a room with my (MAC) make-up artist friend from Dublin and we have a quick catch-up before going to collect our schedules. With fingers crossed we hope there aren’t too many 6am starts and wonder which shows we’ll be working on. It’s exciting!

So this is my list for the week: Frankie Morello, C’N’C Costume National, Alberta Ferretti, Salvatore Ferragamo, Marni, Iceberg, Les Copains. I’m very happy with what I’ve got, though cringe at the 5.45am start I have tomorrow, and the 6.30am start I have Thursday. The funny thing is, the time actually spent working is fine, adrenalin keeps us going, it’s the thought of it beforehand, and the feeling after the adrenalin stops that’s the worst. Woah, it hits you after! I compare it to when kids are excited and running and running around in circles then all of a sudden – asleep!

So far I’ve seen a big difference in make-up between here and London, though that’s no surprise. In London I saw lots of colour, on either lips or eyes, yet here I’ve seen more muted colours or a contoured face with a smoky eye.

London Fashion Week sees very varied make-up, from natural, to sexy, to quirky and expressive, while in Milan we see more classic or sexy make-up – well it’s Italian, right?

So far, beautiful elegant make- up, but I’ll write more in next week’s piece, once I’m home and have finished the shows here.

We may complain about the tiredness but we love every minute of it. It keeps us ticking and it gives us the best insight into the trends that are going to be big – six months ahead of time. It’s priceless. Here’s a little inside tip – get MAC kohl pencil in Smoulder if you want to get one step ahead of the (trend) game!

:: If you would like to ask Caroline a question, email hannah.davies@ncjmedia.co.uk

 

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