Makeup artist Kristin Gallegos on her big break in the Big Apple.

Growing up in California, I used to watch The Style Network and E!’s behind-the-scenes coverage of New York Fashion Week, and dreamt of doing makeup at the shows.

I aspired to work with makeup artist Dick Page, because he was doing all the shows back then.

When I moved to New York in 2004, I took my book to his agency, Jed Root, which was really difficult to get into. I must have caught his agent on a good day, because she immediately put me on a show:

Michael Kors Spring/Summer 2005.

I had worked on a couple of small presentations previously, but this was the first actual show I ever did. It was ten years ago, so one can imagine what girls were walking that runway. It was very intimidating.

We had to do full body tans — Michael Kors is always super tan — and there was a lot of skin showing, too. I was nervous, but everything went smoothly. Dick was very nice, and made sure my lighting was correct.

I ended up getting hired for the next season — Dick hand picks his team — and then working with him for five years.

For awhile, I honestly thought he didn’t know my name. One day, he said, ‘Kristin,’ and I was like:

Oh my god, he knows me!

— as told to The Thick

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Scenes from the Michael Kors S/S 2005 show, all photography by Greg Kessler