The best part about the beauty from Toronto Fashion Week is that it all came from products that you can get from a drugstore. Who would have thought that you could achieve such a runway look with pro products that don’t cost a fortune?
I stood in awe as lead makeup artist Grace Lee painted the models’ eyelids with the richly pigmented, cream shadows and made their cheekbones glisten against the light by adding a touch of the Babylips lip balm.
On the first night, Chloe Comme Parris stole the show with their ‘rich girl gone bad’ look. Throughout Fashion Week, Redken was there to give models the runway makeover. Lead stylist for Redken Jorge Joao added layers and textures with braids and back-coming from different sections of the hair.
“It’s very loose and very natural. It’s really colliding a lot of texture in a lot of different ways, we’ll pull a cornrow from the side but we’re pulling it into a ponytail but we’re not keeping it that way. We’re dishevelling it and pulling out strands so it has a little more texture,” said Joao.
The makeup was all about clean skin, but messy eye makeup and a bright lip. But not just any bright lip – it was a mixture between the Colour Sensational Vivid lipsticks, On Fire Red and Electric Orange. The mascara was messy and imperfect, but it was supposed to be that way (which works great for me on those lazy days). To add to the play on textures, the eyeliner was smudged through with Babylips lip balm to make it glisten it little with a slightly ‘wet look’.
“It’s giving that ‘not overly glossy’ look but it’s giving that ‘I’ve been in my makeup all night’ look. It’s all about layering and making sure that it’s processed,” said Lee.
If the mascara looked to perfect, Lee would send the models back – the idea was for it to look clumpy and if it hit the lower lash line, so be it!
The Line Knitwear beauty was just what the doctor ordered for a warm, fall evening. With a burnt-red, glossy eye that wings out. The Color Tattoo 24 HR Cream Gel Shadow in Pomegranate Punk was the only colour used over the eyes, but it appeared to blend out in to a light brown when softened to the outer edges. Two shades of the Bouncy Blush were used for this look – Coffee Cake and Peach Satin - but on the highest part of the cheek – what a cool idea, right? It’s like reverse sculpting.
“The designers just said they wanted a colour [for this look] so I told them maroon – and they said yes, they wanted it to look edgy and I love this maroon for fall,” said Lee.
The ready-to-wear Lucien Matis look was based on browns (we saw a lot of that in the New York and London shows, too) with long blown-out, natural hair. The new Control 28 Hairspray by Redken was sprayed in, the hair was tipped upside down and brushed out. It was all about ‘sleek-volume’ with gorgeous, straight hair that looked like you could run your fingers right through it.
“I winged out brown liner to create a triangular shape to the eye so it’s matching the eyebrows almost. On the runway it’ll make the girls look like they have these big amazing eyes,” said Grace.
One of my favourite looks – simply for being weird, wacky and structured, was the Japanese-influenced look for the Sid Neigum show. The theme was the ‘delicate warrior’ and it was all about sky-high hair that was wrapped up in leather and a super architectural eyeliner using the Drama Gel Eyeliner.
The skin was kept soft and clean to keep the attention on the eyeliner and leather, obviously! This look is better reserved for your more daring days – and by daring, I recommend that next time you’re heading to a costume party. You can still totally rock the structured eyeliner though!