Makeup artist Lucky Bromhead talks life painting faces, Toronto Fashion Week

Follow along as Andrew takes an intriguing person out for a night on the town, visiting some of Toronto’s newest hot spots and offering tips on how you can create your own date night. 

Lucky Bromhead has been painting faces for more than 20 years.

She’s worked her magic on The Comedy Network’s Match Game, Canadian episodes of Elvis Costello’s Spectacle, and even acted as head makeup artist for MTV Canada.

“I started by scribbling ball point pen on Barbie faces as a kid and in my teens found inspiration watching music videos on MTV,” says Bromhead, who has shaped the eyes and sculpted the cheek bones of Zooey Deschanel, Catherine O’Hara, Bono, M.I.A. and Cyndi Lauper.

“After watching David Bowie’s Blue Jean video I realized makeup could offer more than just beauty, an inspiring art form.”

World Mastercard Fashion Week will soon be taking over Toronto as local fashionistas, buyers, journalists and photographers find inspiration in next season’s top designs.

Bromhead has been working behind the scenes at Toronto’s runway shows on and off for the past 15 years and I wanted to take her on a date before she geared up for this years backstage glitz-meets-glam hustle.

“If I could only have one item of makeup in my purse it would be red lipstick: high impact and attitude,” she reveals.

Our date would unfold at MAC Cosmetics Pro at 363 Queen St. W. Arriving at the store, senior artist at MAC Cosmetics Jane McKay offered us a tour. I was whisked past a rainbow of eye shadow before McKay informed me that my skin tone would be best matched to a NW20 foundation (“You are both natural beauties,” she added).

Role reversal was the name of the game that afternoon. We plopped Bromhead in the makeup chair and I watched as McKay brushed her cheeks with MAC’s Prep + Prime Natural Radiance, adorned her eyelids with #30 lashes, and plumped her smoocher with Lovelorn lipstick.

“I always look forward to checking out David Dixon’s beautiful dresses on the runway, working with Maybelline lead artist Grace Lee and fraternizing with other make-up artists,” Bromhead said about fashion week.

For those aspiring to one day paint the faces of runway models, Bromhead has some sage advice. “You need to work really fast, showcase a high skill level, be a team player and take guidance without your ego getting in the way,” she says.

Pre- and post-fashion week date suggestions

•    Pre: Check out the latest fabric-centric exhibit at the Textile Museum of Canada.

•    Post: Enjoy Italian-inspired sips and nibbles at Scarpetta in the Thompson Hotel.

Fashion Week

World Mastercard Fashion Week runs March 17 to 21. Visit worldmastercardfashionweek.com for details. Folllow Lucky Bromhead on Twitter @Lucky-Makeup

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