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Experts dish on TIFF's trendy looks 0

Heather Toskan, Special to QMI AGENCY

The Toronto International Film Festival may be over but the beauty buzz lingers on.

Glam-packed parties lit up the city earlier this month and red carpet events were flush with big-name celebs and sparkling dresses. Those who have become inspired to capture some of those trendy looks can take cues from a few of the top hair and makeup experts that helped make the stars shine.

“As we saw at TIFF, beautiful skin is never out of style … Using foundation with medium coverage and a matte finish looks fresh under the glare of the spotlights and for every day,” says Lindsay Craig, Stila Canada’s director of education and makeup artistry.

“Many stars are choosing more matte products and are also following fashion’s trend toward a more classic look with wine stained and berry tones on the lips, cat-eye-style liquid eyeliner and defined but natural-looking eyebrows,” adds Craig.

Making your favourite celeb-inspired look yours is often as easy as toning their red carpet looks down a notch, as the stars may wear more dramatic versions of these trends, says Craig.

Craig’s makeup brushes were kept busy during TIFF as she spent several days providing touchups for the stars at a couple of behind-the-scene lounges such as the Hollywood Reporter Lounge and the Murale/Sally Hershberger TIFF Suite.

While celebrity hairstylist Sally Hershberger could not remain in Toronto for all of TIFF, she took some time to dish about some new hair trends before flying back to New York for Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek.

“Hairstyle trends include full bobs and lobs inspired by the late '60s. We’re also seeing some extreme looks with a Blade Runner-like edge, as well as lots of vibrant, solid, all-over colour such as that worn by celebs like Katy Perry,” says Hershberger, who has styled the hair of such celebrities as Julia Roberts, Blake Lively, Zac Efron and John Mayer.

Excellent beauty advice also comes from the experts at L’Oreal Paris, a major TIFF sponsor as well as the event’s official beauty sponsor.

Creating the makeup and hair looks for celebrities involves considerable preparation, says Johnny Lavoy, a celebrity hairstylist and consulting spokesperson for L’Oreal Paris USA.

“When creating a look for celebrities on the red carpet, we take into account what the celebrity is wearing, as well as their makeup and hair preferences … These three elements must come together to present a story,” says Lavoy, who has styled such celebs as Frieda Pinto, Lady Gaga, Rosario Dawson and Demi Lovato at events including the Academy Awards, the Emmys and the Tony Awards.

During TIFF Lavoy joined Eric Del Monaco, L’Oreal Canada’s official hair artist and colourist, and Montrealer Eddie Malter, official makeup artist; all three experts agree that presenting a unified look that “tells a story” and not over-thinking one’s look is key for special occasions.

“A simple chignon or jewelled hair accessories lift your look from everyday to exceptional. Your hair should look polished … but not as if you’re trying too hard, as with the loose and large bun I directed our team to create at the back of Chloe Rose’s head for the red carpet screening of The Lesser Blessed,” notes Del Monaco.

heather.toskan@sunmedia.ca


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