Paris-based designer Haider Ackermann set Toronto’s style arbiters abuzz last night, bringing his fall collection to the Royal Ontario Museum. We snuck backstage to scope out the beauty look and quizzed M.A.C’s senior artist, Jane McKay, for her how-tos. To counterbalance Ackermann’s signature architectural style and the models’ sculptural hair, the makeup aimed to evoke “a beautifully pale, magical goddess with an element of fragility,” she explains.
The wearable-in-real-life look also fits what M.A.C dubs Fall 2010’s “cashmink” beauty trend—minimalist, softly structured yet luminous, with a “warmer palette of minky toffee, caramel, tea, ochre and rust that melds into, and seemingly stains the skin.” To recreate it at home, start with a light-reflecting moisturizer, then add a minimal-coverage foundation and concealer just where needed. Contour your eyes and cheeks with your summer bronzer, then apply a soft pinky-nude on lips (such as M.A.C Lipstick in Jubilee). For the finishing touch, McKay took a shimmery pink-beige face powder (M.A.C Iridescent Loose Powder in Silver Dusk, blended with the liquid M.A.C Pro Mixing Medium to amp up the colour intensity), then swept it onto the eyelids for an extra hit of light.