TIFF 2013: Behind the Scenes With Frieda Pinto

She came to our L'Oréal editor event—OMG!
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She came to our L'Oréal editor event—OMG!
Freida Pinto makeup - TIFF 2013

If you can believe it, Freida Pinto is even more gorgeous in real life than in this photo. Yep, this year's TIFF highlight for me was getting to see and meet her in person, thanks to a private cocktail reception put on by L'Oréal Paris JUST for beauty eds. (Love my job? Understatement of year.)

Still, when you get an invitation that says a famous actress will be hosting your event, you assume it's going to be the usual celeb appearance where they make a 30-second statement up on a stage, and you barely catch a glimpse of what they look like before they're whisked away by their handlers, never to be seen again.

Frieda Pinto L'Oreal invitation

Not this time—although I had no idea how things were going to go down. The event took place at Toronto's swanky Trump International Hotel, and once all the press were assembled, Freida made her entrance on a red carpet surrounded by photogs. (Excuse the iPhone pics, it was mayhem! I have better ones to come...)

Freida Pinto at TIFF 2013

She did her red carpet posing for them first. Here's a better look at her pink dress:

Freida Pinto at TIFF 2013

Again, if you think she looks good here, you would've been blown away by her beauty in person. She's very petite, slender, feminine and poised.

After the photo op, she came over to the area of the room set up with chairs in front of a stage... and sat right down among us. (Surely, a sign of things to come.)

Freida Pinto at TIFF 2013

Then, after introductions were made, she got up on stage to talk a bit about her relationship with L'Oréal Paris, for whom she's a spokesperson. It was really endearing—she talked about how she first came to Toronto for Slumdog Millionaire, before the film got big, so nobody knew who she was and hardly anyone showed up at the premiere. How things have changed!

She also mentioned that she once told her former makeup artist that her dream, besides becoming a famous actress, was to someday be one of the faces of L'Oréal Paris. The makeup artist told her she was crazy and that it would never happen. Who's laughing now?! (Needless to say, she no longer works with that person.)

Freida Pinto at TIFF 2013

The product news portion of the evening was a sneak peek at a new home hair colour product that'll be launching in November.

L'Oreal Paris Preference Mousse Absolue

L'Oréal Paris Préférence Mousse Absolue, available November 2013 at drugstores and mass retailers

It sounds pretty cool—the first re-usable permanent home hair colour that requires NO mixing.

Also new (available now) is a collection of nail polishes and lipsticks personalized for the L'Oréal Paris spokesmodels—including Freida plus Doutzen Kroes, Jennifer Lopez and Eva Longoria.

L'Oreal Collection Privee by Colour Riche Nail Colour

L'Oréal Paris Collection Privée by Colour Riche Nail Colour, at drugstores and mass retailers

Here are a couple of the lipsticks (there are two more). They're all nudes; you just choose the one named for the model who best represents your colouring.

L'Oreal Collection Privee by Colour Riche Lipsticks

L'Oréal Paris Collection Privée by Colour Riche Lipstick, at drugstores and mass retailers

After the presentation wrapped, I thought that would be the end of our time with Freida. Nope—she actually mingled with us. Mingled. For, like, a full hour. That's unheard of in celeb-land. She also graciously posed for every single picture request. Here I am with my friend Karen from Health & Swellness:

Freida Pinto with Karen and Michelle

Do our heads look gigantic next to Freida's or what? Ah, well. I also always look semi-crazed in these photos I collect of myself posing with famous people. It's because I can't believe it's really happening. (Also, note to self: Next time, brush your hair and apply powder after walking to an event and getting all sweaty. And use that trick that makeup artists are always telling you about, to put foundation on your ears. It was hot in there!)

Here's another pose that shows off her retro wavy updo (by L'Oréal Paris Canadian hair expert Eric Del Monaco).

Freida Pinto at TIFF 2013

And of course, what would a celebrity beauty post be without the makeup close-up? This job was done by L'Oréal Paris Canadian head makeup artist Eddie Malter. (More signs that Freida is down to earth: she didn't insist on her own people!)

Freida Pinto makeup - TIFF 2013

I've got a list of the products used (all L'Oréal Paris, of course). Gotta say, I LOVE this lip colour on her—heck, anyone—and the dramatic brown smoky eyes.

The eyeshadows are:

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Eyeshadow in Endless Chocolat

L'Oréal Paris La Couleur Infallible Eyeshadow in Endless Chocolat, at Walmart.ca and Well.ca (in the U.S., try the shade Continuous Cocoa at Drugstore.comTarget, ULTA Beauty and Walgreens)

Busted Image

L'Oréal Paris La Couleur Infallible Eyeshadow in Ultimate Black (called Eternal Black in the U.S.), at Drugstore.comTargetULTA BeautyWalgreensWalmart.ca and Well.ca

Her eyes were lined with this pencil (new out this fall):

Busted Image

L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Le Khôl Eyeliner in Pure Espresso, at drugstores and mass retailers

And brows with this (also new for fall):

L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Le Sourcil Eyebrow Pencil

L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Le Sourcil Eyebrow Pencil, at drugstores and mass retailers

On her lashes, she is wearing this newbie:

L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Million Lashes Excess Mascara

L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Million Lashes Excess Mascara, at Drugstore.com, LookFantasticTarget, ULTA Beauty and Walgreens

(How's that for a product name? Sounds impressive.) To perfect her skin, Freida is wearing:

L'Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Foundation

L'Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup, at Amazon.comDrugstore.com, TargetULTA Beauty, Walmart.ca and Well.ca

With this as concealer (it's like a Touche Éclat dupe):

L'Oreal Paris Touche Magique Concealer

L'Oréal Paris True Match Touche Magique Concealer, at LookFantastic and Well.ca

This is the cheek shade:

L'Oreal Paris Visible Lift Blush in Pink Lift

L'Oréal Paris Visible Lift Color Lift Blush in Pink Lift, at Amazon.comDrugstore.comTargetULTA Beauty and Well.ca

And finally, what you've been waiting to find out—the lip shade!

L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick in Miss Magenta

L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lip Colour in Miss Magenta, at Amazon.comDrugstore.com, Target, ULTA BeautyWalgreens and Well.ca

Officially, want, officially need. I've been on a six-month fuchsia kick now and it's showing no signs of letting up anytime soon.

Oh, and I just saw this Tweet from Freida—heart!

Freida Pinto Toronto Tweet

Tell me:

Are you a Freida Pinto fan?
What do you think of her hair and makeup look here?
Have you checked out any of these products yet?