Toronto Fashion Week Fall 2013: Boho Rebel and Collision of Texture at Chloe Comme Parris
Chloe Comme Parris opened WMC Toronto Fashion Week with a bohemian grunge look to their collection that felt both edgy and feminine. Leather, velvet, and loose fitting textures mixed with rich colour palettes in browns, burgundy, and grays added to the nonchalant, rebel attitude that was still decidedly feminine.
Maybelline New York’s lead makeup artist, Grace Lee played up the grunge theme by creating a look that was effortless and beautiful in its imperfection. Lee explains the look is about the rich girl who’s sort of a free-spirited rebel that loves to party and is in her makeup all night long. “Sticking to that kind of makeup where she’s been in her makeup for all night long, there’s a semi imperfection about it—it’s still beautiful but she’s not too perfect.”
To create this effortless imperfect look, Lee starts off with some BB cream mixed with foundation and then highlights the skin with Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm, applying it on the high planes of the cheek and on the bridge of the nose. “I wanted the skin to look like it’s been worn in,” Lee explains.
The eyes were lined with Maybelline Master Drama Eyeliner in Midnight Master and then mixed in with Baby Lips Lip Balm to create a softer eye look that looks like it’s been worn all night. Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadow in Tastefully Taupe was applied on the lid with another layer of Baby Lips to incorporate that worn in feel. Rather than having perfectly separated lashes, a trick that Lee did with Maybelline The Rocket Volum’ Express Mascara was to apply it by grabbing the bottom lashes and top all at once to create a sort of natural clumping effect.
Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick in On Fire Red and Electric Orange were mixed together and applied to the lips and then blotted off repeatedly to create a worn in, semi-perfect look. “It’s almost like she had it perfect in the beginning of the night and now it’s not so perfect,” Lee explains. “The lips look a little bit off but I like that, keeping that rawness where it doesn’t have to look perfect—it’s almost like the anti-perfect.”
To complement the effortless worn in makeup, the hair was kept natural and a little messy, with a lot of texture and movement. Lead Redken hair stylist, Jorge Joao created a lot of natural braids and twirls to really illustrate that boho feel with a little bit of an attitude. “It’s something that people are really going to relate to because it’s something that they can do themselves. It really represents the line beautifully and it’s just a collision of texture and a lot of movement,” Joao explains.
Joao explains that to recreate the look, you only need to grab three strands to make braids or wrap hair around a curling iron. Leaving your hair in its natural position, grab random pieces of hair and either braid or curl them, and as he puts it, “see that natural collision of texture just come to life.”
He recommends Redken Fabriciate 03 Heat Active Texturizer to give the hair a bit of texture and grit. “The Powder Grip 03 Mattifying Hair Powder is great for when you’re braiding because it gives the hair a bit of grit as well,” explains Joao. Spray Redken’s Iron Shape 11 Finish Thermal Spray on any strand of hair and wrap it around a curling iron to get the hold and movement needed. Use the Fashion Work 12 hair spray to finish off as it has 24 hour humidity protection.