Mikael D backstage beauty: Deconstructed beehives and luminous skin dial up the romance for Fall 2014

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Mikael D Fall 2014 beauty

Photography by George Pimentel Photography

As runway light bounced off intricate embroidery at the Mikael D Fall 2014 show, the skin gleamed just the same. M.A.C senior artist Jane McKay drew inspiration from the opulence of Baroque textures and designed a fresh-yet-glamorous look. Radiance was an important element in the makeup: “It’s all about the play of light bouncing off the skin,” said Ricky Boudreau, M.A.C cosmetics trainer, who led the team backstage.

Models’ skin was moisturized with Strobe Cream and kept lustrous with a light application of Mineralize Moisture Foundation and Concealer. Boudreau softly sculpted the cheeks with Sculpt Powder and added an additional hit of illumination with an iridescent loose powder—“Silver Dusk”—applied around the eye, from brow to cheekbone. Brows were simply groomed with Brow Set in “Clear.” Finally, eyelids were drenched in bronzed gold tones and intensified with a set of MAC #33 lashes and multiple coats of mascara. Boudreau pressed a layer of “Half & Half” lipstick into the lips with his fingers for a neutral pout. Read more »


Runway to real life: 3 tutorials fresh from backstage, plus the chance to win a $250 prize pack from Maybelline New York!

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Toronto fashion week may be coming to a close, but we’ll be obsessing over the impressive backstage beauty looks all season long. But what do you do when runway makeup seems a little too out there for your own daily life? We turned to beauty expert JJ Cowan to help decode some of the top looks from World MasterCard Fashion Week. After getting the scoop from Maybelline New York lead makeup artist, Grace Lee, JJ shows us how a few simple modifications can make even the boldest look real-life ready. From the super dramatic eye at Vawk to the bright pink lips at Line Knitwear to Mackage’s winged eyeliner, these video tutorials have you covered.

Even better, Maybelline New York wants to help you get the looks by giving away three $250 prize packs containing of all the products used backstage—and more!—at the Fall 2014 shows. Watch the video above, filmed by Cory Vanderploeg, to see all of JJ Cowan’s tips and once you’re good and inspired, enter to win here.


Joe Fresh backstage beauty: Flushed cheeks, frosted eyelids and messy, toque-ready braids for Fall 2014

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Joe Fresh Fall 2014 beauty

Photography by Jenna Marie Wakani

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We may be itching for spring weather to arrive, but there’s nothing like a superb Fall 2014 show to make us—dare we say it?—want to embrace the cold just a little bit longer. At Joe Fresh, the beauty was just as pitch-perfect as the winter-ready collection. Maybelline New York lead makeup artist Grace Lee said that Joe Mimran wanted “the girls to look like they’ve been out wandering in the nasty polar vortex,” and, well, we’ll happily spend some more time outside if we can look as perfectly flushed as these models. Read more »


Pink Tartan backstage beauty: The “Veruschka bundled up in furs” look may be the prettiest makeup yet for Fall 2014

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Pink Tartan Fall 2014 beauty

Photography by Jenna Marie Wakani

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Weathering an ice storm doesn’t always look as pretty as it did on the Pink Tartan runway last night. Makeup artist Grace Lee gave the models a slight windburn flush on the cheeks using Maybelline Master Glaze in “Pink Fever,” icy highlights with snow-white Color Tattoo in “Too Cool” mixed with Baby Lips, and a glow of bronzer all over the face for a touch of winter sun. Skin was evened out with Baby Skin primer and given a matte finish with Fit Me foundation. Designer Kim Newport-Mimran referenced Veruschka bundled up against the snow in furs, from a classic Richard Avedon Vogue shoot, so the eyes were given a slight ’60s look with fake upper lashes and a sweep of warm brown gel liner blended out in the crease of the eye. Brows were filled in with pencil and brushed upwards, so they looked full and perfectly groomed. Lee further “contoured” the eyes using kohl pencils—in cream along the waterline to make eyes appear wider, and in warm brown underneath the lashline. Lashings of Pumped Up mascara completed the look. Read more »


Beaufille backstage beauty: The ’90s chola girl is reinvented with monochromatic makeup for Fall 2014

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Beaufille Fall 2014 backstage beauty

Photography by Jenna Marie Wakani

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If you describe the beauty look of a ’90s chola girl—that is, dark-lined lips and pencil-thin brows—it doesn’t exactly match up with what’s on-trend for 2014. Right now, the bushier the brow the better, and lip statements are more ombré than tattooed on. But with girl gangs as the official inspiration for Beaufille’s Fall 2014 look, Maybelline New York lead makeup artist, Grace Lee, couldn’t help but reference chola style in the makeup. “Really, when I think of girl gangs I think of cholas. I’m gonna say it: We are going chola chic.”

Lee started the look by blocking out models’ brows with Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Dark Spot Concealer + Treatment—“ we don’t want them to look alien-like!”—and then focused on contouring around the eyes. Chola chic is, as it turns out, a very monochromatic look. Maybelline New York SuperStay 14HR Lipstick in “Beige for Good” was applied with a soft bristle brush to the crease and under the eye, the formula providing a dewy finish worthy of any cream eyeshadow. Cheeks were also dabbed with the lipstick, and then contoured with a second colour, Maybelline New York FaceStudio Master Glaze Blush Stick in “Warm Nude.” Read more »


The Kaelen Fall 2014 beauty look is all about winged eyeliner that’s “not too girly”

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Kaelen Fall 2014 beauty

Photography courtesy of P&G

Usually when you picture a ‘downtown girl’ you imagine mussed hair, probably toped with a black toque and slept-in eyeliner that somehow only looks better as the day goes on. Kaelen Haworth’s eponymous line—known for its effortless-yet-edgy aesthetic—usually stays away from such a look, keeping her models fresh faced. But for Fall 2014, the Kaelen collection had a distinctly more feminine feel, which called for a beauty change up.

For hair, this meant a subtle updo that had DIY appeal. It should “look like she dragged [the hair] back herself,” said Pantene consulting stylist Justin German of the half-updo style. After prepping hair with Pantene Pro-V Volume Root Lifting Spray Gel and a soon-to-be-released dry shampoo from Pantene, German teased the top section slightly before pulling hair back into a ponytail, securing it in place with a couple of exposed bobby pins. Tightness was not the name of the game, as per the designer’s desire for ease and edge. Read more »


Luminous skin and Lorde-esque dark lips make for a strong beauty look at Bellavance Fall 2014

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Bellavance Fall 2014 beauty

Photography courtesy P&G

If Bellavance designers Nolan Bellavance and Ava Hama had told us that of-the-moment pop star Lorde was the beauty inspiration for their Fall 2014 show, we’d make no objections. At last night’s presentation at The ShOws, dark lipstick à la the New Zealand singer’s signature look was the biggest beauty statement. “She’s kind of this girl that’s breaking out from the mould—so instead of that classically beautiful like bare face, she’s gonna go strong, deep with a colour that you’re not naturally drawn to,” said Cover Girl makeup pro Veronica Chu of the deep-plum lipstick with a distinct brown undertone. Read more »


It’s all about the statement eye in Paris: 3 knock-out beauty looks from backstage at the Fall 2014 shows

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Paris fashion week Fall 2014 beauty

Dries Van Noten and Lanvin photography by Peter Stigter; Dior photography via Instagram/allure_magazine

It’s all about the statement eye in Paris. Leading the charge—as usual—is Pat McGrath, whose latex-painted eye launched a thousand Instagrams from backstage at Dior this morning. If you’re as obsessed with glitter as we are, you know that the beauty at Dior is the place to be (hello, lover) and the two eye looks she created for Fall 2014 certainly surpassed our expectations.

The first was a shimmering assortment of “urban khaki” shades, applied heavily to the upper lid with just a trace trailing down from the inner eye. But the second look—the blue!—was the standout. According to Allure, McGrath traced the shape first with eyeliner, then applied latex makeup paint topped with a shimmer. Eyelashes were also painted with a matching blue mascara. This thick, vibrant-blue look makes us want to start mixing our own makeup mediums, pronto.

However, if bright blue glitter isn’t your thing, you can still get in on the statement eye trend with the looks from Dries Van Noten and Lanvin. Read more »


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