Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Backstage Beauty At Toronto Fashion Week

Another Toronto Fashion Week has come and gone. The Hip + Urban Girl's Guide has given you a glimpse into some of the Spring/Summer 2013 collections and runway shows.  

But what is it like backstage where all the looks come together?  

I had the chance to see what goes down backstage before the models hit the runway and to spoke with some industry experts on some of the up-and-coming beauty trends for Spring.  

Backstage was an organized frenzy as makeup artists and hair stylists were working away like crazy to get all the models ready for the show. It was a sea of people armed with makeup brushes, blow dryers, hair straighteners and media snapping photos. I made my way through clouds of hairspray to chat with Grace Lee, Maybelline New York’s Lead Makeup Artist and Redken’s lead stylist, Jorge Joao for some insider information. I also got the opportunity to speak to Aluad, a model from Ford Models about her experience backstage. 

For Grace Lee and Jorge Joao, working backstage is crazy and hectic. They are working 15 hour days on pure adrenaline, bouncing ideas back and forth between designer and artist, managing and prepping their team and making sure the “designer’s vision comes to life”.  As a model, Aluad describes backstage as chaos. She sits in makeup for about 30-40 minutes and from there rushes to get dressed. 

I had the pleasure of watching the looks of the Joe Fresh runway show come to life.  Envisioned by Joe Mimran, Creative Director, these looks echoed the upcoming Spring makeup and hair trends.  

If you want to know what's coming in for spring, here’s the down-low:

According to Grace Lee, Spring makeup trends are all about keeping it fresh and clean with bold lips in reds and oranges and just keeping it to “one little pop of colour”. You don’t have to completely re-vamp your makeup collection to achieve this look.  Adding one or two products will do the trick. Get a pop of colour somewhere by using a vibrant eyeliner, lipstick or lip gloss.  

For The Hip & Urban Girl on the go, a red lip (such as Maybelline’s Sensational Very Cherry lipstick) is the perfect way to transition from a day to an evening look - ready to hit the streets of Toronto. Grace’s new favourite products are Maybelline’s Sensational Vivids Lipcolor (like Vibrant Mandarin), Color Whisper Lip Colour and The Rocket Volume Mascara.  

For Spring hair trends, Jorge Joao says it’s all about keeping it easy and working with natural textures. Gone are the days of, “spending hours in front of the mirror” he says and suggests, “looking for products that bring out your natural texture”. Some looks to try for Spring are tying hair up by bringing it up to a full bun and adding accessories to the bun such as braids and knots.  Or, take a page from the Joe Fresh Spring look and wear a ponytail with a twist. Give it a vintage feel by wearing it loose around the ears, using flyaway texture and wrapping your hair around the knot.   

Natalia Dziubaniwsky is a lover of life, avid traveller, animal lover, movie buff, hobbyaholic, volunteer and is always seeking a new adventure. Interact with her on Twitter @taliasfootsteps or simply follow her footsteps through her blog.

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