THE EXPERTS: Eric Del Monaco, official hair artist and colourist for L’Oreal Paris in Canada, and Eddie Maleterre, official makeup artist for L’Oreal Paris in Canada
If you weren’t in this career, what would you be?
Eric "I would definitely be working in the arts in some capacity."
Eddie "A dentist. Like makeup, a beautiful smile can change a person’s whole look and personality. I might also be a psychologist. I’m very interested in how people work and think."
Who are your mentors?
Eric "I admire the work of Luis Llongueras and Alexandre de Paris."
Eddie "French makeup artist Thibault Vabre. I think he’s a master at helping everyday women look beautiful."
If you could work with anyone, who would you choose? Eric "Catherine the Great. I would love to style her hair and create a beautiful look fit for a queen with lots of ornamental hair accessories."
Eddie "Meryl Streep and Kathy Bates. They both possess a certain strength and confidence that make them beautiful to those around them."
What era inspires you most?
Eddie "Definitely the ’30s. Lips were painted in really vibrant shades of red, and eyes were smoky and sexy. It was all about being ultra-feminine."
Your theme song?
Eric "It depends on how I’m feeling on that particular day." Eddie "Björk’s ‘All Is Full of Love.’ It’s very positive, and that’s the key to happiness."
On PRC, what was the mood like before the designers presented their work?
Eric "Excitement-positive excitement! I was impressed by how well the designers handled themselves."
Eddie "Excitement and serenity, when they realized that the look captured their unique vision."
Was there any squabbling about how much attention you paid to them?
Eric "As an artist, I’m very hands-on, so each designer had my undivided attention."
Eddie "I worked closely with each of them so I’d understand the woman they pictured wearing their design."
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