Backstage beauty: We’re charmed by the simple, just-out-of-bed style at Denis Gagnon

Photo by Jenna Marie Wakani
Photo by Jenna Marie Wakani

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Keeping on trend with spring’s no-makeup natural aesthetic, the look at Denis Gagnon was intended to be as basic as possible. “He said to me, ‘I want [the models] to look like they just got out of bed,’” reported Eric Del Monaco, L’Oreal Paris’s official hair artist and colourist, about Gagnon’s direction for hair. “Because the clothes already have a lot of things going on, we didn’t want [the hair] to get mixed up.” The result was a so-simple-it-hurts style: Del Monaco applied a touch of Studio Line Architect Wax, roughed up the hair a little bit, and then pulled it all to one side in a loose folded half-bun with—quelle horreur!—the elastic showing.

Eddie Malter, official makeup artist of L’Oreal Paris, said Gagnon’s makeup direction was just as straightforward—in fact, his initial request was for no makeup at all: “I said, ‘Denis, we need to put something on the face!’ and so we recreated the natural base [with foundation], and did nothing on the brow, lashes, or eyes,” recounted Malter. But, there was indeed some colour—bright-red matte lips, care of Colour Riche Lipcolour “301.” The colour served as a perfect balance to the otherwise modest look. Malter explained: “Red is [Gagnon’s] colour, he loves red.”