Just back from my first New York Fashion Week and it was unlike anything I've ever experienced!

AVEDA is an amazing company for growing and established artist alike. They are leaders in continuing education for their artists. One of the amazing classes they offer is Runway Makeup, held at their Advanced Academy in NYC. As part of this course you spend two days at the Academy with the AVEDA Global Artistic Director for Makeup, Janell Geason, (gasp!) learning the ins and outs of the coming Fashion Week.

After the two day learning session you are invited back for as many days as you're available to be on the AVEDA makeup team for NYFW! Wanting to make the most of the opportunity I signed up to be available for the entire week. I did end up leaving early but I'll tell you more about that later.

NYFW Spring/Summer 2016 was September 9th - September 16th 2015 and I hit the ground running with three shows on Wednesday the 9th. We started first thing in the morning with Daniel Silverstain, did a midday presentation for Hellesey, and finished the night with a crazy, fun-filled fashion show for VFiles. Each look was different but so much fun to create. 

The next day I was back up bright and early for Leanne Marshall's fashion show, which we then got to attend. Leanne made stunning gowns with an ombré effect for the overall show and a watercolor effect for some of her pieces. Then after a break I headed over to Pyer Moss who did a phenomenal job of highlighting the Black Lives Matter campaign as part of his show.

By Friday it was back to three shows Novis, a colorful and fun-loving collection, Galaxy fashion featured at the Crowne Plaza Times Square, and Primitiv World wrapped up the night.

Saturday was a short day with only two shows. Skingraft where we got the chance to try our hand at gold leaf. And Frankie B Hollywood where "guyliner" was all the rage.

For my final day I worked on two Fashion Shenzhen projects. The first was a fashion show where I worked on a really cool colorblocked eye look. Before being able to see the finished project several of us had to rush over to the Fashion Shenzhen Presentation where we were asked to recreate makeup looks created by the Chinese artist who did the models makeup when the designs were originally presented in China.

I ended up leaving New York Monday evening because of a scheduling mix up but I am so happy I took advantage of this opportunity. I made many connections not just in the AVEDA world but in the world of fashion. And I look forward to being a part of the Autumn/Winter 2016 team!