Every Monday I showcase a Makeup Artist that has made an impact on the industry and influenced the way we all do things and see the world, Makeup Artists and Enthusiasts alike.
I remember a little while back mentioning Way Bandy in passing while at the MAC store. I was greeted with blank stares in return. I was shocked to say the least, “You don’t know who WAY BANDY is? Are you serious!?” I guess, in retrospect, I may have overreacted. There was time not too long ago that I didn’t know who he was either. But the truth is his style and techniques are still used today.
Way Bandy was an elementary and high school English teacher for 7 years before he began his career in makeup in 1966. There, he worked in a New York modeling school as a Makeup Teacher. By 1969, He had moved on to become Makeup Director at Charles of the Ritz. His star rose rapidly and by 1971 he had been hired as Lead Makeup Artist for the Broadway show “No, No, Nanette”.
At the height of his career, he’d written two books; Designing Your Face (1977), and Styling Your Face (1981), Did makeup for one movie(Farrah Fawcett in her movie Somebody Killed Her Husband, 1978), acted in another (Lipstick, 1976), Had done Iconic looks on the faces of Iman, Elizabeth Taylor, Cher, and Barbara Streisand, and was the personal makeup artist for Nancy Reagan until his untimely passing.
When Way Bandy died in 1986, he had already left his mark on the world. His technique of following the natural bone structure of the face to create an appealing makeup look has been adapted in some way by every working makeup artist since his time and has evolved to create some of the greatest looks we’ve seen today.
Way Bandy is simply the best