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MFW Backstage Beauty: Facelift Tape at Melissa Nepton

I always wanted facelift tape to make MY eyes look more Asian. I'm a little jealous of the models at MFW's Mélissa Nepton F/W 2012 show.
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Melissa Nepton-Backstage

Is it weird that when I was a kid, I saw facelift tape in a magazine and instantly wanted some so I could make myself look more Asian? #shutupStaffnobodyaskedyou.

Well, at Melissa Nepton's Fall/Winter 2012 show at Montreal Fashion Week, lift tape was employed to make the models look more exotic. It's usually camouflaged by hair and clever angles for photography (usually featuring Hollywood types), but not this time.

According to the show's key makeup artist, Trinidad Revas, the inspiration came from designer Melissa Nepton, whose heritage includes Native ancestry. "The tape and lifted eyes emphasize the powerful brows and give the models a native look," he said. "It's an earthy glamour. We added black eye shadow to extend the eyes, and highlighted around the tape to show that we don't take ourselves too seriously."

Key to the look was Covergirl Brow & Eyemakers Pencil in #505 Midnight Brown, and Eye Enhancers 1-Kit Eye Shadow in #440 Shimmering Onyx. Clean Pressed Powder #255 defined the cheekbones. A mix of coppery eye shadow from the Eye Enhancers 3-Kit Eye Shadows in #119 Dazzling Metallics and Blast Flipstick in #855 Minx tops the lower lip.

Hair was all about the middle part, to play up the Native-beauty influence. "No texture. Just hairspray," said Denis Binet, Pantene/Clairol Quebec consultant and chief hairstylist for MFW.

Nuts. Why didn't I scoop some lift tape when I was backstage? Sheesh.

Top photo: Louis Philippe Maurice