5 Fall Beauty Trends From Toronto Fashion Week

Karen Kwan
Written by Karen Kwan

Stylistas are just finally catching their breath after a whirlwind few weeks of fashion shows here in Toronto. At World MasterCard Fashion Week, we went backstage and chatted with Maybelline New York lead makeup artist Grace Lee about some of the trends coming up for Fall 2012 and how to wear them.



Beige lip tones were seen on a few runways, including Smythe. But it can be a hard look to get just right. Lee suggests starting with deciding whether you want something lighter or slightly darker than your skin tone. “The key is to keep it in the skin tone shades,” she says. “Some nudes will have more peach in them, which makes them warmer, whereas some are cooler and can look like concealer!” If you’re going with a nude lipstick that is more on the matte side, she recommends making sure your lips are well hydrated and exfoliated as any dryness and flakiness will show up. Her favourite shades? Maybelline New York SuperStay 14 Hr Lipstick in Beige For Good and Baby Lips in Peach Kiss.


Pink Tartan runway

Love the deep lipstick on the Pink Tartan runway (where Lee used Maybelline New York SuperStay 14 Hr Lipstick in Wine and Forever) but don’t know if you can pull it off? Lee says something this dark can work on everyone, but it depends on your comfort level. “Sometimes it’s just a matter of getting used to seeing yourself in a more dramatic makeup,” she says. If you’re afraid of looking a bit goth, the key is to pair the darker lip with something more soft and feminine on the rest of your features, she says, adding that glowing skin and lightly framed eyes will work well. Or, to make it less intense, “make the lip more of a stain by dabbing the colour onto your lips with your fingertip, and add gloss.”



All week long, Lee used several mascaras in each look. “I love layering mascaras to get the most out of different formulas. Pairing a volumizing mascara with a lengthening one gives you maximum results,” she says. “Sometimes it’s all about the brush—Maybelline New York’s Great Lash Lots of Lashes Mascara brush allows you to cover all of those little hairs that you never knew existed. Great for the bottom lashes and in the corners,” she says.

As for her favourite mascara combination? “Joe Fresh! Mainly because it was all about the lashes. I applied Volum’ Express The Falsies Black Drama first, upwards and outwards, combing through the lashes to get rid of any excess clumps, then generously applied Mega Plush by Volum’ Express, which launches in May, until I achieved the effect that I wanted. On the bottom lashes, I used The Falsies to help build first, and then layered Great Lash Lots of Lashes on top and made sure to get every little hair. That little brush is genius!”


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“Smoky, dark eyes are popular for fall,” says Lee. To pull off the look, she recommends keeping the majority of the liner and smokiness really close to the lash line, using a liner such as Master Drama Liner in Midnight Master. “You’ll get the definition and drama without looking ‘scary’! The key is blending!” she says.


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“Fresh natural cheeks are universal for spring or fall. Who doesn’t want to look fresh all the time?” says Lee. Her musts to getting fresh cheeks include Maybelline New York Dream Bouncy Blush in Pink Frosting, Coffee Cake and Peach Satin, which she applies on the apples of cheeks and then blends outwards towards the ears.

Photo credits: header image: Steve Alkok; beauty shots: Maybelline New York.


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Karen Kwan

Karen Kwan

Karen Kwan is a freelance writer based in Toronto. Her work has appeared in Flare, Elle Canada and, Glow, Metro, Huffington Post Canada, Travelife and Travel + Escape. She also runs her blog,, where she writes about health, beauty, fitness and lifestyle.

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