Toronto Fashion Week Spring 2013 backstage beauty: Dewy, metallic skin and crimped Venice Beach hair at Chloé Comme Parris

Chloe Comme Parris Spring 2013 backstage beauty
Photography courtesy M.A.C Cosmetics

Chloe Comme Parris Spring 2013 backstage beauty
Photography courtesy M.A.C Cosmetics

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It was dewy skin like we’ve never seen before for Chloé Comme Parris Spring 2013, where the theme was California’s Venice Beach and models looked like they’d just emerged from the water. “It’s all about layering different kinds of textures to create this really beautiful, metallic skin,” explained M.A.C makeup key Melissa Gibson. To start, she used M.A.C Cosmetics Mineralize Charged Water Face and Body Lotion ($40, maccosmetics.com) followed by Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer ($22, maccosmetics.com)—though dabbed only where necessary. The almost supernatural glow, however, came courtesy of Mineralize Skinfinish in “Soft and Gentle” ($34, maccosmetics.com) which Gibson generously applied with a brush “literally all over the face.” “Gorgeous Gold” and “Nylon” eyeshadow ($18, maccosmetics.com) brought some brightness to the eyes, with a focus on applying pigment at the inner corners for a glowing highlight. Lips were lightly painted with dusty-pink “Please Me” lipstick ($18, maccosmetics.com), mixed with a bit of concealer as to slightly mute the colour. And because the makeup was all about looking gorgeous after a day at the beach, Melissa Gibson brushed Gloss Texture (available at M.A.C Cosmetics Pro stores only) into the lashes to mimic the effect of water, foregoing mascara completely. The Gloss Texture was also liberally dabbed on the side of the face and the nose providing both a touch of shine and completing the fresh, dewy texture.

It was almost impossible to not guess Venice Beach as Chloé Comme Parris’ inspiration after seeing the long, wavy hair, which was styled by Charise Bauman, lead hair stylist for Aveda Institute Toronto. After giving a bit of grip and volume with Aveda Pure Abundance Style Prep ($24, aveda.com) Bauman set the hair in tiny loose braids, using a very clever technique to secure each one without the telltale pinch that hair elastics can leave behind: “We backcombed [each braid] with a fine-toothed comb,” she explained. To keep as much of the crimped texture in the hair when removing the braids, Charise Bauman brushed each one out with a paddle brush instead of unraveling it and further disguised the straight unbraided ends with a quick twist of the flatiron. One braid remained—which was used to pull the hair back into a deep side part—and Aveda Air Control hair spray ($24, aveda.com) finished the look, chosen for its matte texture and light hold.

And finally, the nails! Miyuki Nakatomi from Tips Nail Bar created a subtle nail art design that had a definite California glow. After painting each nail with M.A.C Cosmetics “Skin” nail polish ($18, maccosmetics.com) she outlined the entire edge with a ring of “Snob,” a bright-pink polish.