Backstage at Montreal Fashion Week, it's a flurry of activity on day two. But we braved the haze of hairspray and spoke to Amelie Ducharme, Cover Girl Makeup Pro, and Denis Binet, Pantene Consulting Stylist, to learn how to get the hair and makeup look from the Dinh Ba fashion show.
The look is inspired by celebrities of the 1930s: Think old Hollywood, says Ducharme. It's very chic and elegant, and is made to complement the rich materials in the collection, including fur and leather, she says. The eyes are amongst the most dramatic looks we've seen at MFW thus far. Ducharme started with Cover Girl Liquiline Blast in black to line the eyes, also incorporting Smokey Shadow Blast in black as a base on the lid. Then, she built onto the base with the eyeshadow palette in 440, a shade called Shimmering Onyx, which she used to extend and elongate the dramatic look at the outside corners of the eyes.
Brows were made darker to further emphasize the strong eye look, by filling them in with black brow pencil. Skin was kept simply polished and sophisticatedly pale. The only other pop of colour on the face was on the lips, where Ducharme mixed two lipsticks: Cover Girl Lip Perfection in 335 Embrace (a deep plum) and 305 Hot (a bright red).
For the hair, it's a red carpet look also from Old Hollywood, says Binet. There are waves, but they're flat and demure, he explains. Using a combination of gel, mousse and hairspray from the Pantene collection for fine hair (he used this collection of products as he wanted softness), he started with a curling iron to create a couple of twirls only at the lower ends of the hair. Then, turning and twisting them up, he pinned them into place on the sides of the head. For the hair in the front, he created defined ondulations with the iron and simply had them fan sleekly across the forehead.
Image credits: Top - Jimmy Hamelin, Above Right - LP Maurice, Above Left - Karen Kwan
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