Toronto S/S ’11: Fashion Week beauty face-off! It’s the models versus the civilians…

Toronto LGFW Spring 2011 Fashion Week


Don’t get me wrong: I love to gawk at models—especially the ones wearing hair or makeup I want to copy personally—as much as the next person beauty addict. But I’ve gotta say…the civilians are REALLY stepping it up lately. (I like to think I play a small role in that. Is it wrong that I take some credit for this?) By civilians I mean regular people like you and I. Not six feet tall. Not genetically-blessed. Not teenagers. Just workin’ the beauty looks with what Mother Nature gave us.

Need proof? I haz pics! From Toronto’s LG Fashion Week last night. (And you can see/use ‘em too… just check out our Flickr feed here.)

Let’s compare and contrast, shall we? And then tell me if you agree that us regular folk clean up real nice!

The civilians are first, and wowza—do I ever love this haircut. Now you know I both hate layers and love bangs, so this ticks off both my boxes. But also note that it’s exactly the trend Kevin Murphy talked about in our recent video—hair that’s more solid-looking and not so “piecey.”

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Now the next gal really stepped it up, because she not only rocked a similar haircut, but ALSO did something pretty funky with her eyeshadow. It totes reminds me of the smoky eyes with a twist that we saw at Giorgio Armani’s S/S ’11 show (i.e. more emphasis in the inner corners).

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Annnnd another girl with bangs (hurray!). I really like them here with the rest of the hair wavy. In case, you know, you were tiring of me always talking about straight hair since that’s What I Know.

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And finally, an excellent example of the single universally-flattering lip colour I’ve been talking up lately: berry. She wears it exactly right, too—hair scraped back and low-key on the rest of the makeup. Well done!

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Now, the models. While fashion editors are busy clamouring for—and noticing who gets rewarded with—a front-row seat at every fashion show, beauty editors can always be found backstage. Because backstage is where you’ll find an army of hair, makeup and nail artists working their magic.

Like with this hairdo. K-Murph also talked quite a bit about this rockabilly-style hair. And no, I have no idea how to do this—but isn’t it cool?

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Here’s where things get more interesting. And ridiculous. Strictly a runway look, ladies:

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I AM, however, really digging this winged-out eyeliner. (Shame the girl looks a bit tired here though. I am blaming the lighting.)

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BIG points though to whoever this model is. Great brows, great lips and a really great Sexy Face, no?

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And finally, blondie here. How do I bring this up without sounding like I’m snarking? Okay—really I am not, and perhaps this is just a trick of the lighting, but I wanted to point out that models do not, necessarily, always have the best skin. This is because they’re constantly doing things that no skin deserves, like flying all the time, and slapping on heavy layers of makeup multiple times a day, etc.

All of this should make you feel a little bit better if you thought models were impossibly physically perfect. Most of them are, but you know what? The skin thing sort of evens the playing field. In real life there is no airbrushing. (And apparently not on either.)

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So what do you think?

Did the LG Fashion Week models have it in the bag with their backstage beauty looks?
Or do you think the prettied-up civilians were equally on trend?
Did you know models get pimples and does that make you just a tiny bit happy inside?


Saturday, October 23/2010 at 3:46 pm

I vote for civilians! They all look pretty fabulous…AND they don’t have an entire team of people to work on them, at their disposal.

Unrelated, but I got my Armani luminous silk foundation in the mail today! It is BEAUTIFUL. It matches my coloring surprisingly well (thank god, I hate the hassle of returns in the mail). I also got the face fabric in a color that seems to go well with my coloring, too…so I’m going to try that tomorrow or something. I used my beauty blender (never one for sponges, but it lives up to the hype) to blend it on moisturized, primed skin (got some Smashbox Primer light…water-based version of the original, still very silicone-y but I like it a lot better than the original). I used one pump and it was enough.

Thanks for the recommendation!!!


Saturday, October 23/2010 at 4:27 pm

P.S., I don’t know how this foundation will wear throughout the day…I will report back! That’s always the first test, right? That it looks good at first? Haha.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, October 24/2010 at 1:16 pm

Yes please report back!


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, October 24/2010 at 1:15 pm

Yeah, I think the civilians win this one too!

Re: Armani – Yay! I’m so glad it was a match. And I *must* post about Beauty Blender soon… I’ve been pretty impressed with that as well. Still on the fence about Smashbox Primer, though (I have the “light” version too, but maybe my skin is too shiny for it)


Sunday, October 24/2010 at 4:53 pm

Nope, it’s not just you…the Smashbox light primer mattifies for like…an hour on me and then it’s back to shiny-town. I have really oily skin, and GA Luminous Silk is on the shiny side, but it makes sense…I don’t mind that much, I guess, because I look like death with matte finishes.

The GA face fabric wasn’t bad, but it surprisingly wore off my skin after 2-3 hours last night, and it leans more on the matte side, so I was not exactly in love with it.

The Luminous Silk still looks good on me, albeit shiny after 3.5 hours…I saw my mom today and she said that it looks really natural (after lecturing me on staying out of the sun…we live in the second cloudiest city in the US, fyi).

It is a very, very luxe foundation…I LOVE makeup, but I don’t wear makeup every day…I definitely do not have perfect skin but I don’t need to wear makeup every day, but even if I did, I probably wouldn’t wear this every day. It is like a beautiful silk dress for my face.

By the way, I know what people say about silicones being fine for your face…I know cosmetic-grade silicone is technically too big to go into your pores…but I feel like it blocks your pores from breathing properly. Maybe I’m wrong but that’s the conclusion I’ve come to. LS foundation does have a lot of silicone in it, and that’s okay–I don’t plan on wearing it all the time. I do like it a lot, though, and I’ve tried a lot of foundations.

Can’t wait to read your review on BeautyBlenders! I’ve never been a big sponge fan myself, and foundation brushes always gave me too-heavy applications. I use a gentle foaming soap to wash mine, and it works great! They give me better application than my fingers…we can’t all have the fingers of Pat McGrath! (sigh.)

That sounded weird, but you know what I mean! I’m pretty sure she works with her fingers.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, October 29/2010 at 3:31 pm

Oh no! Not a fan of the GA face fabric? That’s a shame… you’re talking about the foundation-type product, right? Not the blush? (It’s the blush I am head-over-heels in love with…)

I’m like you – I have “special occasion” makeup… which includes GA. And part of the reason is *definitely* the silicones! I just don’t think they’re great for your skin – although probably should do some more research on that. I just feel like I’m somehow clogging my pores when I use them (same thing with silicone primers).

Good question re: Pat McGrath’s application technique. You know, I met her once backstage at NY fashion week years ago, but I think I was too starstruck (for me makeup people are the real celebs!) and I actually cannot remember what she was even doing.


Friday, October 29/2010 at 3:35 pm

Yeah, I’m talking about the GA face fabric foundation, which is too matte for my taste. Still dying to try the blush.

People are split about silicones…it’s like soy. Some say it’s bad, some say it’s good…I say, it works beautifully but it suffocates my skin.

YOU MET PAT MCGRATH?!?!?! I don’t blame you for being starstruck, she is the goddess of makeup (you are, too!) in my book. I think she uses her fingers for face makeup…that’s what I read in an article about her…I’m not 100% certain, though.

Sunday, October 24/2010 at 12:18 pm

Loving the flickr feed this year! Lots of familiar faces:) And you posted an old friend:)


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, October 24/2010 at 1:19 pm

Cool! Toronto peeps really stepped it up this year! :-)


Monday, November 1/2010 at 10:25 am

I’m LOVING the 3rd photo (the “more emphasis in the inner corners” chickie) The shadow colour is so pretty, and I MUST try that application for a night out. Looks totally awesome!! AND she rocks that bang hardcore. Some day I will try the bangs again … First time around was a disaster!!


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Saturday, November 6/2010 at 3:07 pm

Oh yes… I know all about bang disasters! Worst one was when this guy gave me a Bettie Page style – super thick and halfway up my forehead. Took 2 years to grow out and there were lots of tears!


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