Toronto S/S ’12: Play up your eyes and pull back that hair! That’s the message from the top 6 beauty looks at Toronto Fashion Week

Todd Lynn - Spring 2012 beauty

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

Lucian Matis Spring 2012 beauty Toronto S/S 12: Play up your eyes and pull back that hair! Thats the message from the top 6 beauty looks at Toronto Fashion Week

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:

Lucian Matis Spring 2012 nails Toronto S/S 12: Play up your eyes and pull back that hair! Thats the message from the top 6 beauty looks at Toronto Fashion Week

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

Greta Constantine Spring 2012 beauty Toronto S/S 12: Play up your eyes and pull back that hair! Thats the message from the top 6 beauty looks at Toronto Fashion Week

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

Calla Haynes Spring 2012 beauty Toronto S/S 12: Play up your eyes and pull back that hair! Thats the message from the top 6 beauty looks at Toronto Fashion Week

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:

Calla Haynes Spring 2012 hair Toronto S/S 12: Play up your eyes and pull back that hair! Thats the message from the top 6 beauty looks at Toronto Fashion Week

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

Thomas Tait Spring 2012 beauty Toronto S/S 12: Play up your eyes and pull back that hair! Thats the message from the top 6 beauty looks at Toronto Fashion Week

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.

Thomas Tait Spring 2012 hair Toronto S/S 12: Play up your eyes and pull back that hair! Thats the message from the top 6 beauty looks at Toronto Fashion Week

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

JP Braganza Spring 2012 hair Toronto S/S 12: Play up your eyes and pull back that hair! Thats the message from the top 6 beauty looks at Toronto Fashion Week

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:

JP Braganza Spring 2012 beauty Toronto S/S 12: Play up your eyes and pull back that hair! Thats the message from the top 6 beauty looks at Toronto Fashion Week

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

Todd Lynn Spring 2012 beauty Toronto S/S 12: Play up your eyes and pull back that hair! Thats the message from the top 6 beauty looks at Toronto Fashion Week

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.

Tell us…

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?

10 Comments

Vivian
Monday, October 31/2011 at 12:20 pm

OMG, I am in love with the looks from JP Branganza and Todd Lynn! Man I wish my fishtail braids were that neat, my fine straight layered hair just sticks out of the sides. I’m going to also have to try the bright shadow from Todd Lynn, very reminescent of Ginnifer Goodwin at the Costume Institute Gala earlier in the year…. LOVE

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, November 9/2011 at 5:30 pm

Yep I love that look with the hit of bright colour along the lashline. A beauty editor friend did this once in a bright purple…she was wearing all black… it looked incredible.

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QuiteLight
Monday, October 31/2011 at 2:41 pm

I’m so current. I look like Greta Constantine’s, with bangs, right now. Which means I need more sleep, a bit of dry shampoo & some lipstick in order to walk among the living again. (What? I have pale lips!)

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, November 9/2011 at 5:31 pm

I love that one! I would kill for brows like that.

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Katrina
Monday, October 31/2011 at 4:50 pm

I was getting my nails done at Tips the day Leanne was creting those spectacular nails! What a treat it was to witness the creativity and work that really goes into making those nails! Reinforces the fact that they truly are the best at what they do!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, November 9/2011 at 5:33 pm

They really are the masters! It’s funny, I had Shellac done a couple of weeks ago and it chipped after 4 days! I didn’t have time to remove it so Rita from Tips did a mani over top with Revlon… and it lasted a full week! Crazy. Her technique is amazing.

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Mandie
Monday, October 31/2011 at 5:28 pm

Calla Haynes, now that’s a look I would like to copy. The rest? Meh.

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Samantha
Tuesday, November 1/2011 at 2:24 am

I like the fishtail braides and the retro beehive look but I can’t get on bored with the whole wet hair thing it just looks greasy! And I think the nails looks stupid.

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Samantha
Tuesday, November 1/2011 at 2:24 am

lots of spelling errors there lol oh well

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Aly
Tuesday, November 1/2011 at 8:54 am

Ick I’m sorry but the severe lack of colour aka blush/bronzer on the faces of some of these girls, combined with the sorts of shadows and discolouration that we normal people aim to cover is hideous! I never understood red around the eyes. They look zombie chic and I’m sorry, but zombie is just not a good look. It’s only ‘chic’ because it’s high fashion, and I can promise you that of you wore it out in public, people would be asking if you got enough sleep the night before. It looks unhealthy. The makeup that is – the hair is nice for most.

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