Backstage Beauty: Samuel Dong S/S 12 at Montreal Fashion Week

Samual Dong at Montreal Fashion Week

By Karen Kwan

The look: With dramatic, almost royal-looking pieces in rich textures in the Samuel Dong collection, the makeup was given a Kabuki-esque twist, with prominent blush and bright red lips.

Not to mention bright pink eye makeup. If you want something this neon, you’ll have to pick up some children’s face paint. You could try to mimic the look using lipstick with some eyeshadow applied overtop to keep it from sliding all over the place, says Amelie Ducharme, COVERGIRL Makeup Pro (but be aware that a lipstick may prove irritating in the eye area depending on what brand you use). Use an eyeliner brush with synthetic bristles (“they’re stiffer bristles so you can control the weight of the cream better,” says Amelie).

How to get the look: Add a thick line of COVERGIRL LiquilineBlast in black, extending past the eye as with the pink. For cheeks, Amelie used an eyeshadow, Firecracker 100 (the middle pink shade) in a C-shape (“it’s more modern in this shape,” she says, adding that you can also try the C-shape in a more neutral tone to help slim a round face). Lips are bright red — Lip Perfection Lipstick in Flame 300.

Hair is equally dramatic, with two large, sci-fi-ish twists planted atop each side of the head, which Denis Binet created with much mousse (Pantene for medium-thick hair) applied on dry hair. A quick blowdry, a middle part, teasing the entire main and then twisting the crunchy hair into two over-the top twists pinned on each side.

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