It was just a few more sleeps till Christmas when Canada’s freshest crop of models arrived at the crisp hour of 7 a.m. for our March cover shoot, which showcases the biggest beauty trend of the moment: no makeup at all. As gorgeous as this group already is, we recruited Toronto’s Gee Beauty team—known about town for its pore-shrinking oxygen facials—to lend a little more radiance to their sleepy complexions, giving each model a mini-treatment prior to her moment in front of photographer Peter Ash Lee’s old-school film camera.
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For the youngest, Charlotte Mingay, the Photoshop-free mandate was a chance to show off the forehead scar she earned running into a pole in grade 4. The no-cosmetics rule didn’t pose a problem either. “I don’t own makeup,” says Jenna Lenfesty-Castilloux. “Maybe one mascara, and that’s about it.” Ditto for the abnormally glowy Sasha Hronis.
While the #WokeUpLikeThis trend may have been the easiest, most organic fit for these lovelies, it was the waking up part that posed the biggest challenge, particularly for Sophie Touchet. “My friends will say, ‘Your alarm just rang a thousand times,’ and I’m like, ‘Really?’ I sleep so hard, and I’m dreaming a lot,” she says, her bare lips curling into a smile. Behold, the accessory of the season.
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