At Greta Constantine’s Spring 2013 presentation, held in Toronto’s historic Distillery District, M.A.C Cosmetics, Sebastian Professional and Tips Nail Bar were backstage to provide graphic cat eyes, super sleek hair and razor-sharp talons for a bevy of wisp-thin models.
M.A.C senior artist Melissa Gibson was makeup key in the frenetic washroom of the Fermenting Cellar where the makeup and hair teams set up shop. She was busy creating an edgy version of a cat eye with M.A.C Fluidline eyeliner in Blacktrack and a #210 Precise Eyeliner Brush. The liner was “super elongated to go with the really pulled back hair,” and its mix of structured line and roundness was meant to look architectural and complement the shape of the clothing. Brows were well groomed and elongated as well, and Gibson added “an old-school supermodel lip [with] a real flesh tone with a soft outline, but you do still see that outline a little bit.”
Daniel DiTomasso, Sebastian core stylist leading creative direction, was also consumed with twisting hair into glistening top knots with black and white laminate-like hair accessories as sculptural elements. He prepped the hair with water then used Sebastian Shine Crafter Moldable Wax to add sheen and make the hair “really pliable to brush.” He then tied two ponytails, one on top of the other, to make sure the hair was pulled extra tight, and twisted the tail into a flattened knot secured with bobby pins. To add another layer of polish and hold, he misted the ‘do with Shine Define Hairspray, ran a blowdryer over it to set, then brushed on a coat of Liquid Steel Concentrated Styler to create a “synchronized swimmer wet finish.” Later, his team twisted sheets of plastic-coated fabric to the models’ heads like futuristic pieces of millinery.
To tie the whole look together, two false nails were glued on top of one another then filed to a sharp point. They were painted with M.A.C. Nail Lacquer in Nocturnelle (a true black), then sponged with a coat of Discothèque (a shimmery silver) to create texture that would be both “elegant and structured,” but also “sinister and edgy,” said the Tips manicurists who designed the manis and were on-site to apply them.