TFW backstage beauty: Dark, 1920s drama at Chloé Comme Parris

Photography by Jenna Marie Wakani
Photography by Jenna Marie Wakani

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Moody and dramatic, the inspiration for makeup at Chloé Comme Parris was a 1920s aesthetic mixed with an “if you had a lot of money to dress up in black grungy clothes” sentiment. Grace Lee, lead makeup artist for Maybelline New York Canada, started by slightly lightening the tone of each model’s face with Maybelline Fit Me Liquid Foundation for a fresh, porcelain effect. Then dark purple eyeshadow—Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24Hr Cream Gel Shadow in “Pomegranate Punk”—was applied to the eye, followed by Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in “Mauve-ulous.” Both were layered in an almost translucent manner to give the eyes a hollowed out (think Clara Bow) look. Brown mascara kept lashes soft, however the lips were fully saturated with a rich coat of the same plum shade Lee used on the eyes.

This deep plum colour was echoed in the nails, done by Melissa Forrest from Tips Nail Bar in partnership with Essie. Two coats of “Wicked” nail polish were given an artful spin via toothpick: a circular pattern was dragged through the still-wet polish resulting in a carved out, fully textured manicure.

The hair, on the other hand, was a decidedly relaxed affair. Redken artist Jorge Joao explained that he wanted it to look like the models had braided their hair, gone to sleep, and then awoken with perfectly-out-of-place strands and a slight tousle to the entire look. To give hair the necessary texture, Joao applied Redken Powder Grip 03 hair powder before twisting it up in a knot braid that encircled the entire head.