She’s A Lady

It’s no secret that when it comes to my preferred retro beauty look I gravitate towards a strong red lip and black cat eye. Lately though, I’ve been wanting something softer, but still with a retro edge and when I first saw the 1940s heroines on Carolina Herrera’s fall runway, I was smitten.

Carolina Herrera Fall 2013

Carolina Herrera Fall 2013

The models wore satin pussy bow blouses, wide-legged trousers, tweed pencil and a-line skirts, and dresses with nipped waists and dramatic high shoulders. The look was 1940s sophistication with a touch of vixen. I thought of Lauren Bacall in How to Marry a Millionaire, a tough-as-nails woman driven by ambition whose sexiness came from her brash but classy attitude rather than a wiggle when she walked or a breathy voice – no offense to the incomparable Marilyn.

The hair and makeup was equal parts soft and strong, with hair pulled back into a low victory roll and cheeks and lips kissed with pretty pinks.

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Victory rolls and pink makeup at Carolina Herrera

To create the look at home, I tracked down the products you need. For the victory roll, apply Sebastian Potion 9, which is a styling cream with flexible hold, to damp/almost dry hair. Part your hair in the middle and twist each side and pin it to your head as you work towards the back. Gather the ends into a ponytail, roll it inward and pin it in place. To give your hair some high-wattage shine, apply a couple of drops of L’Oreal Professionnel Mythic Oil that leaves hair glossy thanks to avocado and grape seed oils.

L'Oreal Professionnel Mythic Oil, $26 at TK

L’Oreal Professionnel Mythic Oil, $26 at salons

To achieve a pretty pink flush, I applied Lancome’s new Highlighter Blush in Rose Ballerine from the super feminine French Ballerine collection fronted by the beautiful Lily Collins. I looked to Lancome’s vast range of pinks shades from the Rouge In Love lipstick collection and went with Rose Flaneuse, a bright rose pink.

Lancome Highlighter Blush in Rose Ballerine, $52 at department stores and select drugstores in February

Lancome Highlighter Blush in Rose Ballerine, $52 at department stores and select drugstores in February

Lancome Rouge In Love in Rose Flaneuse, $30 at department stores

Lancome Rouge In Love in Rose Flaneuse, $30 at department stores

– Jodi Goulart

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Boudoir Babe

Romantic boudoir dressing has officially moved out of the bedroom and into the daylight. The Fall runways saw models at Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs in slinky slips; silky, tailored pajamas; lace-trimmed velvet dresses and jackets with marabou feathers. The lush, romantic looks all embodied a luxurious languor. There are pieces in stores now that perfectly capture this look without getting too literal. See some of my top picks below and tips on how to get the boudoir beauty look.

Louis Vuitton Fall 2013

Louis Vuitton Fall 2013

Zara Lingerie Style Dress, $59.90

Zara Lingerie Style Dress $59.90

Topshop Floral Velvet Kimono $80

Topshop Floral Velvet Kimono $80

ASOS Premium Faux Fur Stole, $88.72 at asos.com

ASOS Premium Faux Fur Stole, $88.72 at asos.com

The makeup at Louis Vuitton translated into a look that made me think of a girl who painted on dark eyes and lips to go out, but then stayed in and slept face down in her makeup. Any hard defined edges were softened with lips in a washed-out matte plum and eyes dressed in smoky charcoal and soft brown that fell just a bit under the eye as if slept in.

LV Boudoir Beauty

To get this look, I used Anna Sui Eye Shadow in shades 902 and 502 from Anna Sui’s Rebel Girl Eye Shadow Collection. The shadows are available in a range of 37 shades that you can purchase individually and house in Anna’s signature black, lacquered packaging, which itself looks made for a boudoir vanity.

Anna Sui Eye Shadow Palette, $TK at select Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques

Anna Sui Eye Shadow Palette, $11 at select Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques

AS 902

Anna Sui Eye Shadow 902, $9 at select Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques

AS 502

Anna Sui Eye Shadow 502, $9 at select Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques

To amplify the smoky eye, I applied Maybelline’s The Colossal Smoky Eyes Mascara ($8.99) that delivers a matte finish to lashes to complement sultry eyes.

To complete the look, I used Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss in Embellished, which is a deep, rich plum and part of the decadent Evening Opulence Collection by Gucci Westman. To get the washed-out lip look, just pat with a tissue or keep as is if you want more of a shiny lip.

Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss in Embellished, $10.50 at drugstores

Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss in Embellished, $10.50 at drugstores

– Jodi Goulart

Be a Bottega Beauty

One of my favourite Fall beauty looks this season was seen on the Bottega Veneta runway. The 1940s-influenced look combined with Jodie Foster in ‘70s-era Taxi Driver was equal parts sexy and strong with a soft sophistication.

The models’ hair demanded attention in big, soft brushed-out curls without volume at the roots. The makeup featured a smouldering, smoky eye in browns and soft black with a matte power pout in a merlot shade.

Bottega Veneta Fall 2013

Bottega Veneta Fall 2013

To create the look myself, I tried ARTDECO cosmetics for the first time with eyeshadow shades from the Eyeshadow Pearl range. I used a deep purple brown (no. 92) and sandy brown in the crease of my eyelid (no. 16) and highlighted my brow bone with a light biscotti colour (no. 11).  The eyeshadow stayed put all night long without creasing and gave off a pretty pearlescent shimmer.

Each shade of eyeshadow is purchased individually so that you can customize your own refillable Beauty Box. How many times have you purchased an eyeshadow palette to have one lonely shade that you just don’t use? With ARTDECO you create your own palette and swap colours out whenever you want, which is super easy thanks to magnetic strips.

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Talbot Runhof for ARTDECO Beauty Box Quattro $16; Eyeshadow $8 each, at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations

To create the Bottega Veneta power pout, I used YSL Rouge Pur Couture No. 54 Prune Avenue. This new deep plum shade has been added to the Rouge Pur Couture collection for Fall and though it’s much darker than what was on the Bottega Veneta runway it did a great job of giving me a dark statement lip.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture No. 54 Prune Avenue, $30 at YSL counters

YSL Rouge Pur Couture No. 54 Prune Avenue, $39 at Hudson’s Bay and select Sephora locations

To finish off the look, I used Clinique High Impact Mascara in Black and brushed on the Talbot Runhof for ARTDECO Blush Couture, which is from the latest collection to hit stores.

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Talbot Runhof for ARTDECO Blush Couture, $32 at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations

– Jodi Goulart