Friendship bracelets and fishtail braids make their way into Calla’s Spring 2014 beauty look

Calla Spring 2014 beauty

Calla Spring 2014 beauty

Behind the scenes at last night’s Calla Spring 2014 fashion show in Toronto, tables were littered with brightly hued strands of fabric (which were later weaved into models’ hair), as Cover Girl makeup pro Amélie Ducharme and Pantene Pro-V consulting stylist Justin German created a youthful, fun look to match the collection’s easy breezy California vibe. Taupe eyeshadow was applied lightly into the crease and along the bottom of the lashes, just enough to frame the eye and give it shape and depth, explained Ducharme, who used Covergirl Eye Enhancers 3-Kit Shadow in “Café au Lait” ($7, well.ca). The inner corners of eyes were highlighted with Covergirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencil in “Ginger Flame” ($8, well.ca). Velvety skin was achieved using Covergirl Clean Whipped Creme Foundation ($9, well.ca) and cheeks were pink with a hint of shimmer. Brows were filled in slightly darker than their natural colour and brushed upward to convey a young, wild and fresh look.

German described the hair as “What young girls would do if they were at a slumber party.” He created fishtail braids that he scuffed up and pulled apart to make them fatter. Designer Calla Haynes wanted models’ hair to appear wet and full of product, so stray sections of dry hair were soaked with Pantene Pro-V No Crunch Curls Whip ($9, well.ca) and left to dry. The highlight was the miscellaneous strands of vivid fabric from the collection that looked like friendship bracelets woven randomly into the braids or twisted into strands. There wasn’t much of it to go around: German described it as being as precious as threads of gold.