© 2015-2020 by Irina Badescu        irina.a.badescu@gmail.com

Recent Posts

January 5, 2017

Please reload

Please reload

View by Category
Please reload


Toronto Fashion Week F/W 2018: Beauty Recap

February 20, 2018

From chic and polished no-makeup makeup, to a prismatic, ultraviolet oil slick eye paired with red lips, to a grid of neon circles all over the face and candy sprinkle lips, the beauty looks at Toronto Fashion Week F/W 2018 were on FIRE!


Whether your aesthetic leans towards minimal, glam, or creative, key makeup artist Simone Otis of P1M and beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart created a variety of looks that are sure to inspire.



 all images in gallery are from @tfw Instagram page


I was lucky enough to speak with Simone and get the inside scoop on this season's looks, trends, and top tips!



1. What is the most challenging part of keying the makeup looks for fashion week?


There are quite a few challenging aspects to keying the make up looks for any fashion show. Getting the look to be as close to identical in such a short time would be one of the top challenges. There are so many styles of work, so many ways to achieve a look… For shows you really have to get the look as close to identical to what the lead make up artist did. A lot of work and decisions goes into coming up with the make up look, so its crucial to get it right, as well as get it done lickety - split.




2. Of all the looks you created for TFW, which would you most like to see spark a trend and in what way?


A couple of makeup looks had the potential to be trendy. I’d say first would be the prismatic, holographic looks that I did for Tara Rivas and Hayley Elsaesser, primarily in a vibrant violet colour. I can see that being something that people are going to want to try out. Prismatic/holographic eye shadows and lipsticks are already in the zeitgeist, they feel new and fun, and they are unusual ways to wear pretty colours.


The next idea I can see becoming a trend is using unusual colour as one bold statement. We’ve seen a lot of red lips in every colour and texture paired with an otherwise pretty bare face. That’s a great look and very wearable for anyone.  But to go further with this idea, I can see people taking a nod from WRKDEPT, Tara Rivas or Wils Studio and trying something a bit more offbeat in colour or texture as a bold statement. For example, from WRKDEPT’s beauty direction, you might try a super bright colour such as a neon green lip or eyeliner, or as in the make up look I did for Tara Rivas, try using an expected shade on the inner corners of the eyes. In place of white or cream I used a shimmering lime green shadow. Or for Wils Studio, we used a chunky rose gold glitter along the cheekbones - a chunky glitter eye or highlight with a minimalist approach to your other features is a fun approach to take.




3. What is your top beauty tip this season?


This season I’m definitely playing with a lot of colour - whether it’s on the lips or eyes. My suggestion would be to try a new colour ... or three!




4. What are your most covered products this season?


I’m loving the Urban Decay eye shadows - so many great colours and textures! I’m super into primers that give something extra to your make up - currently I love the Paul and Joe face primer in Lavender. It gives a sheer lilac luminous glow to the skin. Also I've been going back to classic fave - I’ve been using the gorgeous bronzers from Guerlain - you can’t go wrong with them, Terracotta is a fave!




5. Do you have a favourite moment from TFW?


I don’t think I can pick one! I love the challenge and it was such a great opportunity to work with these very talented designers and help bring their ideas to fruition! So much fun!



Images in article body by Bryan Huynh from @simoneotis Instagram page



Please reload

This site was designed with the
website builder. Create your website today.
Start Now