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Backstage beauty report: Micalla

Karen Kwan Image by: Karen Kwan Author: Elle Canada

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Backstage beauty report: Micalla

Babs—or rather Jennifer Aniston as Ms. Streisand as seen in a recent issue of Vanity Fair—served as inspiration for both the hair and makeup for Micalla’s runway show. Not quite the muse that first comes to mind, but we fell in love with the dramatic eye makeup and exaggerated chignon the moment we spotted it backstage. Here’s how to get the look:

MAKEUP:

With such a focus on the eyes, the skin here was kept neutral, with cream foundation, subtle contouring and a neutral blush. This will keep the look modern, otherwise the look could become quite dated.

Then, to create the dramatic, geometric shape of this eye look, Ducharme used Cover Girl Liquiline pencil in Black, starting from the inside corner and working outwards. Once the shape was established with the Liquiline, she used Cover Girl Smoky Shadow Blast in Onyx Smoke, using the black end on the inner and outer corners of the lid and the white in the middle. Then, on top of the black cream shadow, she applied Cover Girl Eye Enhancers in 440 Shimmering Onyx, and 620 Snow Blossom atop of the white cream shadow. Why the layering? “We wanted the eyeshadow to be super intense,” explains Ducharme. Then to complete the look, Liquiliner was used to line along the lash line, Last Blast Fusion played up the lashes, and brows were defined and given a slight arch.

As for the lips, Ducharme used a relatively dark shade of concealer (Cover Girl Simply Ageless concealer 220) brushed onto the lips and topped it with Cover Girl Continous Colour 445, “for just a bit of pink on top, for a candy feel,” she says.

Photo taken with Fujifilm Finepix F300EXR.

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HAIR:

Binet focused on giving the hair a similar sixties vibe as Aniston’s magazine cover. “It’s a classic chignon with a twist,” he says, insisting that this is a simple look anyone can pull off at home. For him, the look is reminiscent of a vintage Chevrolet with its’ finer, streamlined front end of the car sweeping into a broader shape towards the trunk.

To prep your hair for this hairdo, after shampooing, work in some Pantene Pro V mousse from the Classic line. “I used Classic for this look as it offers a firmer hold and more control,” he says. Separate out the bangs section at the front so that it remains flat against the scalp then begin with lots (and lots) of teasing of the hair in the back of your head (“The sides are also left flat, so focus on teasing all the rest of your hair,” says Binet).

Then (if you’re right handed) reach back with your left hand, thumb pointing down to the floor and use your right hand to wing your hair around your left hand’s thumb. Once it’s all wound, use the rest of your fingers on your left hand to hold the twist into place as you secure it with bobby pins using your right hand.

Finish with a spritz of Pantene Pro V Classic hair spray for its firm hold—it’ll help keep flyaways in place.

Photo taken with Fujifilm Finepix F300EXR.

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