Here in the city we call home, Toronto Fashion Week recently came to a close—but the designers left a clear message for spring 2012. It's all about the eyes and the hair. So many designers showed hair that was pulled away from the face and accompanied by colourful lids and completely nude lips. (Frankly, I'm kind of upset about the latter since I just don't think I can give up my fuchsia lipstick.) But we'll let you be the judge of this startlingly simple roundup. Here are six of my favourite beauty looks from the spring shows.
High ponies and watercolour nails at Lucian Matis
Here, ponytails were high on the crown and wrapped with a loose piece of hair to conceal the elastic. This is so chic and makes the pony nighttime-appropriate. But that's not even the best part; the thing that will stop you dead in your tracks is the manicure:
Oh-my-God amazing! Leeanne Colley and her team from Tips Nail Bar and Spa created these watercolour marvels. Seriously, this isn't just your run-of-the-mill nail art—these are mini masterpieces on your nails!
Minimalist cool at Greta Constantine
For this season's beauty look, Stephen Wong and Kirk Pickersgill (the duo behind the brand) were inspired by Kate Lanphear, style director of ELLE magazine. The look is super-minimalist, almost washed out, with an emphasis on a clean complexion. M.A.C makeup artist Melissa Gibson covered lips with concealer, applied gel to bold brows and swiped a bit of earthy liner on the eyes for colour.
Sexy '60s at Calla Haynes
Models donned '60s-inspired hair and makeup for this runway show, but it felt so sexy and current. Skin looked healthy and luminous thanks to a little bronzer on the apples of the cheeks and bright coral-red pouts. The final touch was a heavy application of mascara on the bottom lashes—hello doe eyes! A modern beehive finished off the retro look:
To get the 'do yourself, spray a root-lifting product on the roots of damp hair and blow-dry with a large round brush. Set hair in hot rollers and remove once cool. Tease the roots slightly and then pin hair in place just below the crown. Finish with hairspray.
Rosy eyes and mermaid hair at Thomas Tait
This look is really pretty and light. (Just ignore the fact that the model in the pic above only has eyeshadow on one side!) Again, brows were left bold and the focus was all on the eyes with a faint rosy cheek. I'm honestly not sure if I could ever really adopt the big brow trend, but as someone with blue eyes, I'm liking how this pinky shadow delivers a cool and icy effect.
To achieve the sleek, mermaid-esque hair, take 1.5-inch sections of hair and wrap them around a large-barreled curling iron. The trick is waving each piece of hair in the exact same direction and pinning it up to set and cool. Then you just need to lightly brush out the curls and finish with hairspray.
Fishtail braids and intense cheeks at JP Braganza
Okay, can I just say that I'm in love with a fishtail braid? So cute, right? I'll admit it though, I'm still attempting to perfect the technique... but after seeing these models, I'm more determined then ever. However, I'm even more intrigued by the cheek from the show:
I know it's not at all user-friendly and the architectural lines don't make any sense for daily wear, but I love the hot pink colour on a super-muted palette.
Bold blues at Todd Lynn
Here, the winged liner look was given some oomph with an electric blue hue. This will definitely be a must-try for the spring and summer, because let's face it, black can get boring. Plus, the nude lip anchors this look, keeping you from looking like a circus clown.
Nicole Pajak is a Toronto-based writer. Follow her on Twitter: @nicolepajak.
Are you digging any of these homegrown beauty looks?
Which ones would you try out for real life?
Think you'll be able to ditch your lip colour for spring?