Backstage Beauty Report: Montreal Fashion Week
By Karen Kwan Come spring, based on what we’ve seen here at MFW you’ll be wanting to add some fresh, bold colours to your makeup palette. Too intimidated by bright shades? Here’s what I learned from Amélie Ducharme, artistic director for makeup at MFW and Cover Girl makeup pro on how to pull them off with ease:
* When wearing bright eye shadows, like the pink eye shadow seen on the
Lovas runway here, a nice way to add depth to your eyes is to line your eyes with a brown or burgundy eye shadow (smudge the liner to soften the look). “It helps to keep your makeup from looking like rabbit eyes, and it looks great on fair skin tones,” says Ducharme. Try Cover Girl Eye Enhancer in 730 Swiss Chocolate.
Get bold, bright lips after the jump!
* When applying a
bold matte lip colour, make sure to blot with a tissue, add a thin veil of translucent powder and reapply your lip colour. It’ll take more time for your initial application but it’ll make your lip colour last longer.
* We noticed that for nearly every show, Ducharme was using a neutral pressed powder to contour the cheeks instead of using blush. “For fashion shows, we really want to show off the bone structure; plus often the focus is on the eyes or the lips and we don’t want too many colours on the face,” she explains. Use this same method to balance out the bright shades you’re testing out. How to choose a pressed-powder colour for contouring? “Go at least three tones darker than your natural tone,” she says.
* If you’ve decided to go with a bold lip, and want to have it dewy-looking lip (“nothing too matte or glossy”) slick on some lip moisturizer for subtle sheen. Ducharme used Olay Regenerist Anti Aging Lip Concentrate on the
Soia and Kyo models.