Exclusive Sneak Peek Behind the Scenes of Lifetime’s Project Accessory

26 Oct


This just in- an exclusive sneak peek at Project Accessory.  Get your popcorn ready girls, as the biggest Competition Series since Project Runway debuted will premiere on Lifetime this week, and I have the INSIDE scoop from the Glam Sqaud themselves!

That’s right, Ms Buzz is tight with the Makeup Department, and I have the insider info on what, where and how they used their tools.   I just so happened to sit side by side the Key Makeup Artist, Rosanne Puchal almost [says it low under her breath so you can’t hear me___ years ago] in Hollywood, CA in Joe Blasco’s Makeup Academy.  Proud to say we’ve been ‘besties’ ever since!  She’s the Thelma to my Louise, or the Lucy to my Ethel.

Donyale McRae is the Department head and Makeup Designer for the show.  Donyale is one of New York City’s most sought after makeup artists.  Having  worked his magic on the likes of Tina Turner, Anita Baker, Gladys Knight and many more.  His work can be seen on the Covers of every major magazine, both in the US and Europe.  He was the Department Head for 6 seasons of Project Runway, most recently Rocco’s Dinner Party and is the mastermind Makeup Designer behind the newest series to hit Lifetime, Project Accessory.

Donyale met Ro many years ago, and they have been teaming up ever since.  The Duo has been responsible for the look of many recent shows; Project Runway, Roccos’ Dinner Party, The Big Gay Sketch Show, Sherri, and now Project Accessory.

The makeup was sponsored by MAC, so of course most of the products they used were MAC, but every now and then I’m sure a few other favorites of theirs snuck in.  That’s just the way most of us Makeup Artists fly- we have favorite “go to” products that we just HAVE to have in our kit.  Donyale says to be on the lookout for MAC’s new line of mascaras- ‘False Lashes’ Extreme Black. You’ll see them used throughout the season. The New Viva Glam lipsticks also make their debut, see if you can spot the new colors.

Donyale promises you will LOVE the look of the show.  Fabulous designers who are very talented and could make “something out of nothing.”  A “rather exciting” display of their talents.  He was quite proud of the work his Makeup and Hair departments did,  “they provided a beautiful backdrop for the Accessories.”  Key Hairstylist James Crawford was just “fabulous”, working with products from John Frieda, the official Hair products Sponsor.  “He is a very talented hairdresser to the stars, and he raised the bar on this one” , “a true delight to work with”, commented both Donyale and Rosanne.

Despite the ‘not so ideal’ working conditions; difficult location and minor mishaps with product delivery, as always, they pulled a MacGyver and made it all look effortless.  It must be something we all learn in makeup school, to roll with the tide because the best makeups seem to evolve when ‘perfect’ settings aren’t the norm.

Every artist has their favorite products that I like to refer to as “security blankets”.  As an artist, you just feel better knowing they are in your kit.  I asked both Ro and Donyale what their “security blanket” products were:

  • Donyale says “Concealer- GOOD concealer”.  “Don’t  waste your money on drugstore and dept. store concealers-buy a good theatrical  concealer that you can work into anything you need it to be.  If necessary you can water it down a bit to make it move, but a really good concealer is a must have for every girl!”
  • Ro says she loves “MAC blushes”, “they make beautiful colors and have staying power”, “a beautiful blush will add just the right amount of color to make your look pop!”

Look for their work to beautify the the runway of Project Accessory.  Debuting Thursday, October 27th 10:30 pm et/pt. on Lifetime.  Check your local listings.    

Stay Gorgeous Girls!








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