It's been ages since I was an assistant of any kind, so the most inane of tasks — fetching tea, for instance — seems daunting. My fears are justified when my brew is deemed substandard. Fail! Luckily, I can manage handing out drinking straws to the models after Page has made them up and created signature perfect pouts to prevent smudges. Hey, ya gotta start somewhere.
Makeup artist Page applying custom-blended lipstick.
Model with Page's makeup playbook.
Hair and makeup test shots.
SHISEIDO Shimmering Cream Eye Color in BK 912, $25.
SHISEIDO Shimmering Cream Eye Color in BE 204, $25.
SHISEIDO The Skincare Multi-Energizing Cream, $44.
A pot of lipstick hand-mixed by Page to get the perfect matte red shade.
"For red lips, start in the middle, using a brush, and carefully work your way out." — Dick Page
Model Jasmine Tookes on the actual runway.
Souleiman's first assistant, Pam, graciously shows me the ropes. The key to the side part's staying power is dampening the hair, meticulously brushing on gel, then drying it with a diffuser. And yes, all of this is way harder than it looks. I get relegated to the dryers.
Hairstylist Souleiman having fun backstage at Peter Som.
TURBO POWER Twin Turbo 3800 Hairdryer,$230.
A mixing bowl is used to precisely paint on a thick gel hair product.
WELLA PROFESSIONALSOcean Spritz Beach Texture Hairspray, $16.
"The look reflects Peter's idea of a strong, beautiful, and minimal woman."— Eugene Souleiman
Every great assistant knows that when the master is concentrating, silence is golden. I try to stay out of the way as I observe Palau coolly create a rock-and-roll kind of feel by twisting models' hair into sections, drying them, then deconstructing the twists by hand for messy, bed-head texture.
Palau with model Daria Strokous.
REDKEN Full Frame 07 All-Over Volumizing Mousse, $16.
Inspired by BCBG's geometric designs, makeup artist Willer decides to create a graphic eye look. Since I can barely draw a straight line, this feat seems tragically impossible. Willer's real assistant, Sonia, takes pity on me and shows me how to use a Q-tip to erase part of the liner to create the effect. Advanced!
Model Daga Ziober
Willer paints on eyeliner.
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MAYBELLINE NEW YORK Dream Bouncy Blush in Coffee Cake, $8.
Model Daga Ziober