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Montreal Fashion Week: Glamour Beauty Tips from the Spring 2010 Show Pros -- Red Lips & High Hair

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I'm amused at how far down the tall hairdo you have to go before you get to the model's face in this photo from the Muse runway show. *grin* Still, it's an everything-you-need-is-from-your-drugstore look you can learn to do on your own, maybe with a wee height adjustment.

"The hair was about keeping the face clear and fresh," explains Denis Binet, Creative Director of Hair for Montreal Fashion Week and Consulting Stylist for Pantene (and Consulting Colourist for Clairol, too). "It's a spring/summer collection, and in summer when it's hot and you go to the beach, it feels better to have hair away from the face. But then Christian [Chenail, the desiger behind Muse] told me, 'my clients don't go to the beach! I want city, and night!' So together we decided to go tight, back, tall and teased, trés chic."

Of course you don't have to go to such heights. But you do want to make sure the sides are tight and smooth against the side of your head, or you run the risk of looking too Marge Simpson. Such a little detail, such a style difference.

To get the look, go ahead and bust-out your volumizing shampoo and conditioner if you have fine or medium hair. When hair is damp, work some volumising mousse in from root to tip, then make things easy on yourself by sectioning off the top part -- look to this photo to see where.

Actually, let's make things even easier: Elle Canada's lovely web editor Lara Ceroni shot this how-to-video of an easily wearable version of this look by stylist Justin German, Pantene's Toronto-based Consulting Stylist. (Aside: yes, I did the makeup on Lara, and here's how she looked in different lighting -- I'm always learning stuff. *grin*)

For makeup, Christian was inspired by bold, bold lips in a photo featuring a model in Grace-Jones-esque makeup, says Catherine Laniel, Creative Director of Makeup for Montreal Fashion Week. To balance outspoken lips, she kept the eyes simple and neutral with champagne and taupe shadow, with a little surprise blue eye liner topped with the taupe shadow to keep it in the neutrals realm.

The drugstore list -- all CoverGirl and exactly what the makeup team used backstage. (See? Glam without glam spending.)

  • Exact Eyelights Eye-Brightening Eyeshadow in # 715 Majestic Hazel (the champagne shade from lashes to browbone, the taupey brown second shade in the crease)
  • Exact Eyelights Eye-Brightening Eyeliner in #710 Radiant Sapphire along upper and lower lashlines (Blue wakes up the eyes, says Catherine. Even topped with a layer of taupe shadow, the hint of colour adds subtle interest. And on the subject of blue eye makeup with blue eyes, go for a darker vibrant shade than your eyes if they're blue)
  • Exact Eyelights Exact Eyelights Eye-Brightening Mascara in whatever shade is intended for your eye colour (For this look, Catherine prefers Exact Eyelights because it adds a wink of brightness without overpowering the eyes. LashBlast Luxe, which also reflects light, is more pronounced.)
  • If you need brow definition, use a brow powder or matte eye shadow a half shade darker than your natural colour and apply it lightly. A too-bold brow would compete with the lips, detract from the look.
  • TruCheeks Blush trio #5 ("Yes, this one will seem dark for pale skin, but use just a little and put it lightly on the outer edges of your cheekbones -- not on the apples -- for a sophisticated, sculpted effect," directs Catherine.)
  • Outlast LipStain in #440 Wildberry Wink (you want to apply the lip stuff in exactly the order it appears in this list, to build in the depth.)
  • TruShine Lipcolor in #500 Cranberry Shine
  • Wetslicks Amazemint Lipgloss in #630 Red Riot (the show artists also shaded the lip perimeter with a burgundy-toned liner to exaggerate the look; you don't have to do that for your real-chic life)

Have fun with this one. And walk tall.

CoverGirl is available at drug, grocery and masss-market stores. Image courtesy of Jimmy Hamelin.