Not only does the brand new season of Project Runway bring inventive fashion and plenty of drama, but it also ushers in makeup artist Hector Simancas. A native of Venezuela, Hector has created gorgeous makeup looks for magazines and ad campaigns, working with top photographers and celebrities. Now he’s turning his artistic eye to TV, using Avon makeup to come up with winning beauty looks to accompany the Project Runway contestants’ designs. We caught up with him to talk breaking into beauty, behind-the-scenes scoop, and must-have makeup.
When did you first discover you had a love and a talent for makeup?
“It started in grade school back in Venezuela. I would do everyone’s makeup for Carnival or for any event at our school!”
What was your first big break?
“I was friends with Francisco Valera who was a successful makeup artist in Venezuela when I was a photographer. When I moved to the New York 20 years ago, he let me assist him and taught me the ropes.”
Have you always been a fan of Project Runway?
“Yes, I’ve watched it from the very beginning, and even did one of the judge’s makeup many times, several years ago.”
How did you feel when you found out you were going to be a part of the show?
“Everything happened so fast that I was in shock for a few days. I still can’t believe it and I don’t think it will feel real until I see myself on TV.”
What was it like filming the show?
“My experience was great. In addition to doing the makeup myself, I oversaw a team of six assistants, as well. Yes, everything happened so fast, and there is so much to do that my head was spinning, but I have to say that everybody that was part of the show was so nice and helpful. They made my job so easy.”
Talk to us about the process of coming up with the makeup looks for the show.
“In the first few episodes, most of the designers wanted to be more hands on with the looks, but as the season went on, and they began to trust me more, they let me take the lead. Some designers did have a specific look they wanted, and a few had a rough idea, but over time, I was able to come up with the Avon products that were best for their needs.”
Were there any crazy or funny stories that happened on set?
“There are many, but I can’t talk about it yet. I can tell you there will be both drama and beauty!”
While we have you, can you give us your best tips for making sure foundation lasts all day?
“It’s essential to have hydration before you start the foundation. And don’t go heavy on the foundation. During the day you can refresh it with a mist of water or a light application of moisturizer over your makeup to bring the freshness back to your skin.” (Pro Tip: We love Avon ANEW Ultimate Multi-Performance Day Cream!)
What lipcolor is going to be the must-have shade for fall?
“Berry, berry, berry…and burgundy.” (Try Avon True Color Nourishing Lipstick in Berry Sangria)
What are some of your favorite Avon products?
“Avon True Color Nourishing Mascara, SuperShock Gel Eyeliner, mark. By Avon Pout Lip Paint, any shade of Avon True Color lipstick, ANEW Power Serum, Magix Face Perfector, and all of the Avon True Color 8 in 1 Eyeshadow Palettes.”
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