Makeup pro Eddie Maleterre shares his Project Runway Canada beauty secrets.
What was it like backstage on Project Runway Canada?
"I tried to create a quiet energy because I knew a number of the designers were very anxious in this competition. I wanted the environment to be relaxing so they could just breathe and enjoy the experience."
The L'Oréal Beauty Room is where the contestants went while the judges were deciding their fates on the show. What happened there?
"Initially, they were very focused and quiet, but I'm sure they were anxious about who would be eliminated. I even had butterflies in my stomach for each competitor during the elimination rounds! Pretty soon, a bond formed among the competitors, even though they were competing against each other."
How did working on Project Runway Canada compare to creating the looks for L'Oréal Fashion Week in Toronto?
"In terms of the backstage atmosphere, there really wasn't a difference between L'Oréal Fashion Week and . Each one has its own positive energy; the only difference was time. With L'Oréal Fashion Week, I had time to prepare and meet with the designers, view their collections and collaborate on a beauty look for the show. With Project Runway Canada, I only had a few minutes with the designers to create the makeup look."
What was your biggest challenge on the show?
"To create a beautiful makeup look in a short amount of time that would make the designers happy. They would come to me with a swatch of fabric, and I would use this as inspiration to create the look without seeing the actual outfit."
What was one of your personal highlights?
"My proudest moment was at the end of each show, seeing the look of excitement on the competitors' faces and receiving their thanks for my ability to understand the stories behind their designs and capture them in a beauty look."
What was your favourite episode?
"The magic of working on a show like is that every episode is unique. When viewers watch the show, I hope that they, too, are able to tap into the emotions we experienced during the filming."