After a week dominated by mostly subdued hair and makeup at LG Fashion Week in Toronto, it ended on a note that was anything but. At Denis Gagnon, the beauty look was a little bit minimal and a lot rock ‘n’ roll. A mix of braids and spikes made for an elaborate updo, while eyes pushed the limits with two dramatic looks. Some models wore a lashline-to-eyebrow coating of gold pigment, with a defined black line painted in the crease. Others were given a graphic eye with exaggerated black contouring, intentionally not filled in. “His clothes are all about the lines,” said L’Oréal Paris makeup artist Eddie Malter about Gagnon’s spring collection. “So he wanted something simple but with lines for the makeup.” The rest of the face was kept low-key with dewy skin, a natural flush on cheeks and toned-down eyebrows (achieved by patting a bit of foundation over dark brows). Light brown lipstick was dabbed on lips, with a dusting of gold eyeshadow on top. Dare to wear the graphic lines around your eyes? Make it happen with these tips from Malter.
1. Opt for a liquid liner with a felt tip to score a line with a sharp edge. Malter’s pick: L’Oréal Paris Lineur Intense in Carbon Black.
2. Place your mirror flat on a table so you can look down into it. Rest your elbow on the table to steady your hand.
3. Perfect your precision with plenty of practice. For the runway, Malter painted the dramatic line above the crease, but for everyday wear, the pro recommends keeping the line inside the crease.