Thursday, October 2, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Meeting My Beauty Idols

beauty idol, makeup artist, Tom Pecheux, Estee Lauder, Chado Ralph Rucci Spring 2010 Fashion Week, backstage beauty, interview
Listening to makeup artist Tom Pecheux break down his beauty look for Chado Ralph Rucci during Spring 2010 Fashion Week.
I've been a beauty blogger for close to 8 years. In that time, I've had the opportunity to meet quite a few of my beauty idols -- the hairstylists, makeup artists and manicurists whose work has graced the pages of the top magazines and advertisements, the people who work on all the biggest fashion shows, the people who create the products I love to use over and over again. I recognize just how lucky I've been to meet so many of the people whose work I've respected for so many years -- like makeup artist Tom Pecheux, above, who I watched work his magic for many seasons at New York Fashion Week. I hope you'll take a trip down memory lane with me as I revisit some of the experiences I've had meeting these fabulous and talented people.

Ted Gibson, New York Fashion Week, hairstylist, beauty idol
When I first started blogging, I had the opportunity to meet and interview celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson. It's pretty obvious to see how excited I was from the huge smile on my face!

Victor Cembellin, M.A.C Cosmetics Senior Makeup Artist, MAC Cosmetics, makeup artist, makeup, backstage beauty, New York Fashion Week, Erin Fetherston
Hanging out backstage with M.A.C Cosmetics Senior Makeup Artist Victor Cembellin, who always puts a huge smile on my face (and creates unbelievably gorgeous makeup looks to boot).

Deborah Lippmann, celebrity manicurist, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, beauty idol, New York Fashion Week Fall 2010, backstage beauty, interview
I've made no secret about how much I love Deborah Lippmann nail polishes. Well, here I am with the legend herself, backstage during Fall 2010 Fashion Week. Is she gorgeous and incredible or what?

Nonie Creme, butter LONDON, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, nails, celebrity manicurist, manicure, Betsey Johnson fashion show, New York Fashion Week, backstage beauty, beauty idol, interview
Another manicurist who I absolutely LOVE? Nonie Creme, the founder of butter LONDON. I own almost every color of her nail polish, AND she's the nicest, most unbelievably talented manicurist. This is us backstage during the craziness that is Betsey Johnson.

Gregory Arlt, M.A.C Cosmetics Director of Makeup Artistry, makeup artist, backstage beauty, interview, beauty idol, makeup, Davidelfin New York Fashion Week
Anyone who knows me should be aware of my longtime affection of M.A.C Cosmetics Director of Makeup Artistry, Gregory Arlt. We refer to each other as TWESTIES (AKA Twitter Besties), we laugh uproariously every time we see each other, and I'm basically obsessed with his artistry. This was the first time we snapped a photo together, when he was the key makeup artist for Davidelfin. Oh, and he regularly does makeup for beautiful women you may have heard of, like Dita von Teese, Minnie Driver and Gwen Stefani. NBD.

Gucci Westman, celebrity makeup artist, Tibi Fall 2009 Fashion Week, backstage beauty, beauty idol, interview
The incomparably talented makeup artist, Gucci Westman, giving me a rundown of the beauty look at Tibi during Fall 2009 Fashion Week.

James Kaliardos, Visionaire Magazine, celebrity makeup artist, M.A.C Cosmetics master class, makeup, makeup artist, interview, beauty idol
Makeup artist James Kaliardos is a living LEGEND. He started the magazine Visionaire, he's friends with Madonna, he basically rules the world when it comes to makeup. He. Is. Incredible. In addition to watching him create looks over the years for everyone from Rodarte to Baby Phat, I had the opportunity to attend a master class he gave for M.A.C Cosmetics a few years ago, and the lessons I learned were invaluable. (Check out everything he had to say here.)

Phillip Bloch, celebrity fashion stylist, fashion idol, beauty idol, interview, New York, Hanes hosiery event
I'm ending with someone in fashion, not beauty, but celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch needs to be on this list too! He was the guest speaker at an event I attended for Hanes a few years ago, and he was so gracious and interesting and full of unique fashion tidbits. Meeting him was definitely a highlight of my time not only as a blogger, but of my years living in NYC.

Have you had the opportunity to meet any of your idols throughout the years? Let me know about your experiences in the comments!


  1. Oh my gosh, you are too pretty!! :) I really enjoyed reading through this post and seeing who your beauty idols are. I would love to meet Nonie, I think she's pretty amazing.

  2. WHATTTTTT!? I'm so jealous! Especially of the fact that you met Deborah Lippmann! I hope I get the chance to meet her one day. She is my ultimate beauty icon!

  3. Girl, those are some wonderful moments you've captured there! Really cool!

  4. What fabulous experiences! These are lifelong memories! <3 LOVE all the pictures - you look amazing! <3