Last night's Marie Saint Pierre beauty at Montreal Fashion Week F/W 2010 was about ice and shine. Denis Binet, Creative Director of Hair for Montreal Fashion Week and Consulting Stylist for Pantene, played off the soft-yet-structured lines of the collection (which he called "a step before haute couture"), and drew inspiration from the serpentine coils of a nude fabric neck accessory. He coiled and braided the models' hair then added "a futuristic edgy finish" with a concotion of Pantene Classic gel and serum, mixed up in a cup and applied generously once the style was in place and again just before the models hit the catwalk.
Catherine Laniel, Creative Director of Makeup for Montreal Fashion week, set about creating a theatrical sculptural effect with iridescent white shimmer down the centre of the forehead to the tip of the nose, high on the cheekbones, and along the cupid's bow of the lips. In keeping with what's turned out to be a surprising beauty-trend pickup, brows were knocked back with concealer to allow the models' bone structure to shine. A fine line of LineExact liquid liner winged up from the lower lashline to exaggerate the slant of the eyes, and lashes were kept subtle and soft with a light coat of CoverGirl LashBlast Length. "Skin was the focus on this one," said Laniel. Simply Ageless Sculpting cream blush 230 added a childlike flush on the apples of cheeks, "like a doll from another world," and a touch of Outlast Lipstain gives lips a natural rosiness.
Aside: if I were skinny I would wear almost everything in this Marie Saint Pierre F/W collection. Even better, there are a couple of pieces I don't have to be skinny to wear. More on that another day.