Beauty lessons from Pink Tartan and David Dixon
Things are behind schedule backstage on
Day 4 of Toronto Fashion Week. And it’s hot, buzzing with energy, with models running from hair to makeup to fittings. Then there’s the slew of flat irons and blow driers working overtime. Managing to keep their cool, Grace Lee, lead makeup artist for Maybelline, and Jorge Joao, lead hairstylist for Redken, still create two flawless looks for Pink Tartan and David Dixon. Here are the details on how to get the looks.
1. Dark lips and gold eyes at Pink Tartan With Kimberley Newport-Mimran going back to her Pink Tartan beginnings (think lush fur coats, and gorgeous fitting blazers ideal for work wear), the designer wanted something very classic and clean in beauty and hair and the focus to be on a deep, berry-red lip.
MAKEUP: “Kimberley really wanted to emphasize a strong, ox-blood lip,” says Lee. “So we used Wine & Forever 14-Hour Lipstick. It’s like that perfect
rich burgundy red lip.” With such a statement lip, the rest of the makeup was kept soft, but the eye was nearly as gorgeous as the lip. Lee created a dewy, shiny glossy lid by mixing Bold Gold Colour Tattoo eye shadow with clear Baby Lips lip gloss “I think they should patent this for me! I’ve been doing this [mix of Baby Lips and shadow] for everything!” she exclaimed. “It’s almost like a 24-karat gold on the eye.” The outer corner was dusted with a touch of nutmeg-hued shadow for definition and a couple of coats of mascara. “That lid is just perfection. It’s really about the lip and beautiful glow.”
HAIR: Hair was soft and simple—and as an added bonus—super easy to DIY. Newport-Mimran wanted a center part, so Joao created a super sleek, yet soft look by flat-ironing for
pin-straight, Gwyneth Paltrow-esque locks. “We wanted something that was really timeless. We didn’t want it to look too contrived,” explains Joao. The team used Redken Argan-6 Oil for shine before ironing, then worked in a texturizer for a bit of grit. “It’s not just that soft, mushy hair, it gives it just a little bit of an edge.” After finishing with some shine spray, the models were set to walk the runway with their newly smoothed hair tucked into Newport-Mimran’s chic coats.
1. Anti-goth at David Dixon David Dixon’s approach to Fall/Winter 2012 was all about the birds. His feathered, Hitchcock-themed collection was primped, polished and sophisticated, and the hair and makeup needed to match.
MAKEUP: “David said he was going a bit darker this season, but he wanted the girls to still feel really pretty,” explains Lee. “He wanted them to look beautiful and fresh, and not goth. Almost like the anti-goth, but with that beautiful berry lipstick.” The result? Lee paired a dark and glossy berry lip (Wine & Forever 14-Hour Lipstick mixed with some gel eggplant eyeliner and clear gloss) with a thin line of
winged liner and
flushed cheeks (Bouncy Blush in Pink Frosting). But the key to getting the models glowing was Lee’s number one beauty tip from the week: Use Baby Lips lip gloss as a highlighter. She mixed Too Cool eye shadow with a bit of Baby Gloss as a highlighter around the eye and on the cupid’s bow. “David said, ‘I don’t want them to look like Amy Winehouse.’ This is a really toned down, very delicate version.”
HAIR: Sticking with the sleek and straight trend, Dixon asked for high-shine hair with a deep side part. The finished look on the runway was gleaming, glossy hair that complemented Dixon’s darker frocks. “We went with more shine, so it will have a little more glam to it. But still very simple, very relatable,” explains Joao. After flat ironing the hair smooth, the Redken team added an extra dose of shine spray to create a mirror-like sheen.