The ‘Barely Famous’ Glam Squad on Styling for Television

Kardashian sisters, we’re really happy for you, but the Foster sisters are about to have the best television show about not making a television show of all-time. Erin and Sara Foster are the star-duo of VH1’s new show Barely Famous. The writer and actress aren’t new to the limelight, growing up in the Hollywood scene. And if you’re going to be filmed, why not look amazing? That’s where wardrobe stylist for the series’ Jamie Schneider, and hairstylist Scotty Cunha, come in.

We chatted with Jamie and celebrity makeup artist Allan Avendaño, who did the looks for the show’s promo, about their experience with the Barely Famous cast and their work with top celebrities around the world.

Jamie Schneider
Other Clients
: Britney Spears, Nicole Richie, Eva Mendez, Julianne Hough, Abigail Breslin

[Photo Credit: @itserinfoster]

How was it working with Erin and Sara on Barely Famous?
Jamie Schneider
: It was great. Erin and Sara are like sisters to me, so I know their bodies very well and what works for them, which makes working together not only successful but fun!

Who came up with the final wardrobe selection for the show?
It was definitely a collaborative effort. We worked together to discuss what “vibe” both Sara and Erin wanted to put out and were all in accord with what we wanted. Everyone ended up happy in the end.

What’s your favorite memory from working on the the show?
My favorite memory of the show was watching the girls on set. To watch these brilliantly funny ideas come to life made me really proud of them. Especially the scene where Erin is dressed up as a banana and Sara is in a slinky bikini.

What does your day look like on set?
Every show is different. It normally involves knowing, a night or two before, what scenes will be shot the following day. Therefore, I can get to set and have everything steamed and prepped and accessorized. Then, it normally goes smoothly as all outfits are typically fit way in advance and tailored.

What is your process and approach for styling television shows?
My approach is to find things that not only look good on the clients figure but that are appropriate for the camera. You need to check on pattern, contrast, and color, as well as the shape. Close pinstripes, for example, create a wavy pattern on television.

What are some of the things you consider in regards to wardrobe selection when working with your younger clients like, Abigail Breslin?
You always have to consider age and body type. It is different for everyone — and you most certainly don’t want to make a young girl grow up faster than she has to! Oh, and it’s important for the client to have fun and feel good in what they are wearing.

Any recent celeb red carpet looks you love?
Kate Hudson and Emma Stone at the Golden Globes. Margot Robbie, Rosamund Pike, and Lupita Nyong’o at the Oscars.

Watch the series supertrailer.

Allan Avendaño
Other Clients
: Gigi Hadid, Chrissy Teigen, Sarah Hyland, Zendaya, Willow Shields

How was it working with Sara and Erin for the Barely Famous promo?
Allan Avendaño
: They are the funniest and so cool; I want to be a part of their family. They were very trusting and they’re not insecure about themselves, so it was so easy and such a fun day.

How did you approach the makeup for the show’s promo?
It was just to make them a better version of themselves. It was sort of a collaborative thing from the execs — and obviously the girls have input. They had some specifics, like Erin doesn’t like a super nude lip so we came up with something more natural. And Sara has been modeling her entire life so she was like, “I completely trust you.” A lot of the makeup was based on the clothes [and] Jamie picked these really great outfits. We all just put our two cents in and it came out amazing.

So for natural looks, what are your go-to products and must-haves?
I absolutely love this foundation by Dior called Dior Skin Star Foundation. It can be applied really lightly or you can build on it. I love to sheer that out with a little moisturizer by Orlane called Super Moisturizing Light Cream. It looks perfect underneath makeup, it doesn’t feel heavy, and it helps the foundation sit evenly.

I give them browns and neutrals on the eyes to make them pop, so I used Dior Backstage Eye Prime just to make sure their eyeshadow doesn’t crease. One palate I use a lot is from Two Faced, it’s called Chocolate Bar. It smells like Chocolate, it’s really cool.

How does working with television stars compare to working with models? Is there a difference to how you approach the look?
I think it’s really based on the personality. The girls aren’t too different from actresses and models, they’re just people in the limelight. It really has to do with the ego and personality. I’m really fortunate that I’ve never dealt with anyone who is too much of a diva.

How was it working on this year’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue?
Sports Illustrated has been my dream ever since I started doing makeup. My first year was for the 50th anniversary issue in 2014, and I’m really grateful because there’s a famous photographer Yu Tsai and he basically took me under his wing about four or five years ago. He shot Sports Illustrated a while back and when they asked him back, he put me up for it and they approved me. It’s so much fun traveling. Switzerland was my first trip.

This past year was really rough — it was in Hawaii it rained the whole time and the whole trip was really rough on our bodies. So as much as it was memorable, Switzerland was perfect.

Who were some of the models you worked with?
The first year I did Emily DiDonato, Kate Bock, Ariel Meredith, and Genevieve Morton. This past year I got to do Chrissy Teigen, Gigi Hadid, Lily Aldridge, Hailey Clauson, and a few others. It was really awesome.

What are some of the other TV shows you’ve worked for?
I worked on So You Think You Can Dance, season 10. I was Cat Deeley’s makeup artist — she is the most exquisite women and so funny. That was one of my favorite experiences, and I was nominated for an Emmy for that! I also worked at TV Guide network for a long time. I’ve learned so many different things working on those shows, and that’s where I really learned my craft.

Who are your favorite clients to work with?
Sarah Hyland and Gigi Hadid are two of my best friends. I also love Zendaya, we’re not as close because we don’t get to spend a lot of time together. I worked with her on Shake It Up and here and there.

What would you say is the best part of your job?
I think the best part is getting to meet the most amazing people and getting to travel. Obviously I’m so passionate about it and I can’t image doing anything else, so it’s making a living off of something I love to do and it doesn’t seem like a job. It does when it’s a three AM call time and you’re like, “Oh god, kill me,” but other than all of the different aspects of it, getting to work in television and film and being involved is something to be really grateful for.

Last question, did you love Zendaya’s Oscars look?
I love everything she does. There’s never been a moment where I’m like, “What are you thinking?” Everything she does to me is perfect. I’m so lucky to be a part of her team when I can do it. It’s an honor and privilege because she’s perfection.

Check out the photo gallery to see some of Jamie and Allan’s best work.

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