As New York Fashion Week draws to a close and the attention turns to our capital, we managed to catch the incredibly talented Katie-Jane Hughes as she makes her way back from the Big Apple. Katie really is one busy lady, not only does she head up Makeup and Nail teams at top shows in New York, London and Paris, she is also Global Colour Ambassador for British nail brand Butter LONDON. Born into a creative family, Katie began her journey as a nail technician 11 years ago in her hometown of Southport. Looking for exciting new challenges, she packed her bags and headed for London.
The brains behind Butter LONDON’s eccentric names like ‘Go To Bed, Red’ – Katie’s inspiring use of colour has since graced the pages of magazines from Vogue to ELLE and she is fast become one of the most in-demand artists in the industry.
Name: Katie-Jane Hughes
Occupation: Makeup Artist, Manicurist and Butter LONDON Global Colour Ambassador
What trend will you be trialing at Fashion Week this season?
Beauty wise, this season it’s all about midi tones — somewhere between brights and pastels. Healthy glowing skin, minimal features like eyes and lips. It’s simple and feminine with a vintage feel.
Name five essential items in your Fashion Week kit?
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage concealer in all shades, Sisley lip balm, Melt Away Cuticle Eliminator Butter LONDON, Cotton Buds nail lacquer Butter LONDON and heathy snack bars for on the go.
Nails by Katie-Jane Hughes
Which show are you most excited to see this season?
In London I’m really excited for Sister by Sibling, they do knitwear so well. In NYC I adore Dannijo so can’t wait to see what they have for us this season — Marc Jacobs and LV always do something spectacular.
What is your favourite London restaurant?
Randall and Aubin in Soho, my husband took me there on our first date.
Makeup and nails by Katie-Jane Hughes
What is a typical Fashion Week day like for you?
Wake up and consume a lot of coffee! First stop, designer meetings to talk inspiration and the look we want to create. Show time is hectic but amazing — I brief my team on the look so that when the models start to flood in we can get started. I spend a lot of time talking to press, it’s brilliant but pure mayhem.
The key to healthy nails is…
Take biotin daily and invest in a fantastic nail strengthener like Horse Power Nail Fertiliser. Try to stay clear of gels or acrylics as they can soften the surface of the nail and lead to breakages.
Butter LONDON must-have colour for AW13?
You know there never is just one colour… I love layering. Try Union Jack Black with Pistol Pink on top — a vamped up feminine look.
I love London because… What’s not to love, it’s London!
For beauty tips and trends, secrets of the trade and an exclusive look behind the scenes at Fashion Week — follow Katie on Twitter and Instagram: @katiejanehughes