Toronto Fashion Week Day Two: Backstage Beauty for Narces, Bustle and UNTTLD

The backstage area was packed with excitement for three big shows on Day Two of Toronto Fashion Week Reimagined.

First up was Narces with a dramatic hair and makeup look to set the tone for the day. MAC senior artist Melissa Gibson created a 1920’s-style look that consisted of blocked out eyebrows, a smoky eye and black lipstick. “It was an homage to Marlene Dietrich,” says Gibson. “We blocked out models’ eyebrows and then drew a version of Dietrich’s iconic arches above their natural brows.” Models’ pouts were then painted with Black Lip Mix drawing in a pointed, exaggerated cupid’s bow for a dramatic lip look. For hair, senior stylist at Victoria Radford Saira Remtulla created a modern faux bob on all the girls. “We went for a 1920’s look,” says Remtulla. “The designer wanted all the models to be unified with a waved-out bob.” To keep this style in place, Flow impeccableFINISH FAST DRY Hairspray was the key product being spritzed backstage. “We used a light hairspray first and then finished the look with an extreme hold spray,” says Remtulla.

Next to hit the runway was Bustle. With a handful of men, women and children walking in the show, MAC senior artist Jane McKay was tasked with making the women look fresh, beachy and sun-kissed. “I created light reflective skin using Strobe Cream in Lite Gold then highlighted around models’ eyes using Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Double Gleam in a ‘c’ shape around the eye,” says McKay. She then used Tan Pigment all over the lid for a warm, golden eye and smudged a cream and a pencil liner into upper and lower lash lines. She finished off with a few coats of black mascara for a natural, sultry eye.

The final show of the day was UNTTLD, and the beauty look was clean and simple with a focus on heavy lashes. Gibson described the models as “hard edge dollies,” with four different types of false lashes being used to create the dramatic, wide-eyed looks. “The designers didn’t want the girls looking too sweet and innocent, they wanted them to look a little more stern,” says Gibson. As for the hair, Remtulla was given specific guidance for the look: “The designers want it to look like the models don’t have hair.” She created that illusion by making manes super glossy using a wet mousse and then layering a shine spray over top to seal the look in. The finished result was a middle-parted low ballerina bun that was super tight to the head.

Photography by Benjamin Reyes