Hair + Makeup FAQ

Q: How do I apply and what qualifications must applicants possess in order to be considered for the Lexus Charleston Fashion Week® 2017 Hair & Makeup team?
First, each applicant must read this FAQ thoroughly; you will then be directed to complete an online application in 3 easy steps:

  1. Fill out and complete the application
  2. Upload portfolio images; Images must meet the portfolio guidelines
  3. Submit your application


[NOTE: Partial information does not save to the application system.   Only after a stylist or artist has clicked the SAVE button at the end of the application will complete submissions be made.  Applicants are encouraged to save and back up information.] 

Applications must be submitted by Monday, November 21, 2016 at 11 p.m. EST. 

Hair stylists and makeup artists from across the Southeast are encouraged to apply.  We ask that applicants have experience working in the hair/makeup industry.

Q: How are stylists and artists selected to be a part of the CFW 2017 Hair & Makeup team?
An expert panel of judges will review all applications and select the top finalists to move onto the audition process, which will consist of a timed test, hair or makeup kit review, and answer interview questions.  Please note, you are not guaranteed a spot on the team if selected for an audition.

Q: If selected to attend the audition, when and how will I be notified?
All applicants will be informed via email and/or phone by November 28 (11 p.m. EST), if they have been selected to attend the audition. The email confirmation will include: the date and location of the audition, assigned time block, and kit requirements.  Please be sure to check your email that week for your confirmation, including spam and junk.

Q: What should I plan to bring for the audition?
Each stylist and artist will be expected to bring his/her full kit and you will be given a kit requirement list in advance.  Please note, you will be responsible for the products you use during your audition.  Only professional quality products are permitted.  No chemicals, harsh styling products, home remedies, or permanent products will be allowed.  There will be a kit review and if you fail to comply with these product guidelines, you may be disqualified. 

[Tip: You could be asked to wait for any length of time.  We recommend bringing something to read, a snack, and bottled water.]

Q: What should I wear to the audition?
Please wear professional and comfortable clothing with closed toe shoes.

Q: How can I best prepare for the audition?
You will be given two images to duplicate at the audition.  This will be provided with your audition details via email.  PRACTICE!  Also, study current hair and makeup trends.  Finally, be sure to review previous Charleston Fashion Week® photos and video footage, along with images from New York Fashion Week shows from the past year.

Q: Can I bring my own model for the audition?
No, Charleston Fashion Week® will provide a model for you.

Q: I’ve selected I am interested in being an assistant, will I be expected to attend the audition?
No, we will schedule a separate interview time.  However, you should still complete the online application.

Q: What if I am running late for the audition?
If you are late for your scheduled time block audition, we cannot guarantee that you will be seen for an audition.  We recommend you plan for extra travel time to ensure an on-time arrival.

Q: When will final selections be made and the 2017 Hair & Makeup team announced?
If selected to be a part of the team, you will be notified by email by Wednesday, December 28.  By mid February, the Hair & Makeup team will be announced on the Lexus Charleston Fashion Week® website.

Q: If selected to be a part of the Lexus Charleston Fashion Week® 2017 Hair & Makeup team, what are the time commitment requirements?
Team members will be required to attend two mandatory training sessions being held on Sunday, February 12 and Monday, February 13. Exact location and time to be announced.  In addition, there will be two team meetings.  The first one will take place on Monday, March 6, exact location and time to be announced.  The second meeting will take place on Monday, March 13 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm at the CFW tents in Marion Square, downtown Charleston.

The week of Lexus Charleston Fashion Week®, you will be required to be at the tents by 2:30 pm until after the last show is complete and the stations are cleaned.  

*Upon receiving your invitation to participate on the 2017 team, and by confirming your participation, you are committing to all dates above.

Q: If selected to be a part of the CFW 2017 Hair & Makeup team, is there monetary compensation?
All team members will receive a $50 kit per diem for each day of CFW that you work.  Checks will be mailed one week following the completion of CFW 2017 event.

Q: Will travel to/from Charleston and accommodations in Charleston be provided if you live out of town?
A: If you live outside the Charleston area, you will be responsible for your travel to/from Charleston, any associated parking fees for auditions and the event, all team trainings and meetings, and the week of Lexus Charleston Fashion Week®, plus any necessary hotel accommodations.  CFW will provide a list of area hotel recommendations, along with any discount prices being offered to CFW participants/volunteers/staff.  March is considered the high season in Charleston, so we recommend booking your reservations well in advance.  Please note that all preferred rates are at the sole discretion of the hotel, not CFW.

Q: How many people attend Lexus Charleston Fashion Week®?
A: More than 8,100 people attended CFW 2016, including buyers, storeowners, model scouts, and fashion industry professionals.  Lexus Charleston Fashion Week® attracts local, regional, and national press attention.

Q: What press coverage does Lexus Charleston Fashion Week® typically receive?
A: CFW 2016 generated more than 331 million media impressions through the activation and support of local and national media to include reporters, bloggers, photographers, editors and journalists. Past press highlights have included event coverage by Huffington Post, CNN,, Southern Living, The Daily Front Row, and Post & Courier, etc. More than 150 credentialed media were onsite to cover and report the events of the week. To review past CFW press releases and event coverage visit the media tab of