On the first night of The ShOws in Toronto (the third edition of this affair, which aims to bring home successful Canadian designers to showcase their collections to both Canadian and international media), David Szeto and Ruffian took over the runways, and we headed backstage to get the beauty look from the Cover Girl and Pantene beauty teams.
For the David Szeto show, to complement the collection, which featured lots of pattern and graphic prints, Cover Girl makeup artist Greg Wencel went with a look that was super-modern, cool and futuristic, but that also looked lived in.
He started with Cover Girl Tone Rehab foundation and then worked on sculpting and contouring the face using Cover Girl Cheekers Bronzer, applying it into a C-shape on the cheek and blending it up into the hairline to emphasize dimension on the face. Then to give the skin a wet look, he mixed some oil-free makeup remover with Cover Girl Intense ShadowBlast in Beige Blaze and applied it all over the skin. “This is more for runway — you can see how it sits on top of the skin,” he says. If you want to try a similar look at home, he suggests mixing some makeup primer with the Intense ShadowBlast, as it will absorb into the skin more but give a similar look.
On the eyes, Wencel went smoky but futuristic, using Intense ShadowBlast in Platinum Pop for a super-silvery shimmer, while also working some Cheekers Bronzer into the crease and Liquiline Blast 805 on the bottom lash line, smudging and smoking it out.
The lips were kept warm and neutral with Cover Girl Nature Luxe Gloss Balm in Clay.
For the hair, the look was “natural grunge,” says Pantene stylist Justin German, a departure from the beachy waves we see so often nowadays. The key to this look is building texture, which he achieved using Wella Ocean Spritz on dry hair. “Undone hair is hard to do!” he says. “If you like how she looks already, some people start doing more to the hair when you don’t have to,” he explains. Then to add some colour blocking to the hair, he pinned in panels of hair extensions on the models, the colours contrasting with their natural hair colour (reddish browns on blondes, red on dark hair, etc.). “The different colours makes more of a bold statement and adds dimension,” he says.
Image credit: Jess Baumung/Arthur Mola Photography