'X Factor' Makeup Artist Kristofer Buckle Reveals Backstage Makeup Secrets!

Tue, December 6, 2011 12:46pm EDT by 1 Comment

Kristofer is a celebrity makeup artist that has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry — these contestants were in good hands!

Kristofer Buckle gives you an exclusive look behind-the-scenes look at how he gets the contestants on The X Factor ready for a show and keeps them looking hot until showtime.

How is doing makeup for a television show different than if you were doing a celebrity’s makeup for an event?

“Actually, there isn’t very much of a difference of what I do for the X Factor contestants and my celebrity clients. Simon Cowel hired me for X factor because I work with some of the worlds biggest superstars, so I bring that same aesthetic to the contestants.”

I saw your Tweet about how many false lashes you need to use for the show — how many pairs does each contestant go through per show? Do you have a trick for getting them to stay in place?

“There are lots of dancers backup singers as well as the contestants. We go through an average of 40 pairs of lashes a show…dancers get three pairs stacked! It’s my rule. The best glue is by DUO medical adhesive. Only use a thin line of glue, wait a minute for the glue to get sticky, then apply.”

Which contestant do you think is most adventurous with makeup and what do you like about her look?

“Well, Thia [Megia] was very adventurous and fun to paint, but she was sent home after the first show. Melanie Amaro is my masterpiece on the show. She loves the transformation into a superstar.”

How do you keep the makeup from melting off under hot lights through long hours?

“I have to get some of the contestants ready at 6 am sometimes. That’s a long time before showtime at 5pm! Setting the makeup very well with translucent powder locks the makeup on so it lasts and the matte finish is good for HD television. Periodic touch-ups occur whenever possible. I’m obsessed with them looking as perfect as possible so I’m always on smudge patrol and yelling for them to eat carefully and not to touch.”

Check out the X Factor style team on their Facebook and follow them on Twitter at @thestyleteamusa.

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Tj R. Parker

Posted at 3:03 PM on December 9, 2011  

I love the false eye lash segment! I would love to know more about them, and how to wear them correctly. Kristofer Buckle is a genuis! He seems kind and sincere in truly wanting to help others shine. Two questions- 1. Where do you purchase the DUO medical adhesive, and is it dark in color? 2. What brand of eye lashes would you suggest (is places like Sally’s good)? Thanks so much

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