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TIFF Diary: Day One

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TIFF Diary: Day One

Festival favourites

Field reporter Jennifer Lee takes us inside her Toronto International Film Festival.

Day 1: I heart Murale and Sally Hershberger TIFF Suite To be prepared for the Toronto International Film Festival, taking care of the essentials the first day before the weekend festival rush of screenings and premiere soirees, is a must. Lucky for me, this can all be done in one stop: the Murale and Sally Hershberger TIFF Suite. Back again for a second festival — located just around the corner from the TIFF Bell Lightbox — the lounge is a virtual popup transformation booth with beauty and hair stations helmed by expert makeup artists and hair stylists, hand treatments offered by Tips Nail Bar and Spa and red carpet ready jewellery by Lia Sophia on showcase. I pop into the lounge before the flurry of displaced beauty mavens from Hollywood and abroad fully descend upon the city and find their way to the lounge. The visit not only repairs and beautifies my scullery maid-esque nails, but it endows me with the red carpet wisdom of its beauty and hair technicians. Tip of the day: When rushing from morning screenings to gala parties, save on time and skip the evening makeup vamp up by applying a good foundation base in the AM before you set off. Then, when it’s time to don the party shoes, simply blot, powder and build upon your existing makeup with a dramatic eye or lip. Find of the day: It’s a tie between the stunning (but importantly versatile) Arrow Necklace with Black Diamond Crystals in Matte Gold necklace with matching ring by Lia Sophia — it’ll go with all my festival outfits making accessorizing this week infinitely easier. The necklace’s partner in perfection: the Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels with biospheric complex by Skyn Iceland (available at Murale) in the gift bag; a festival must when the numbers of events a day one has are greater in number than one’s hours of sleep per night.
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TIFF Diary: Day One