Liner notes at Sig Neigum. Image courtesy Jenna Marie Wakani
Backstage at the Sig Neigum Fall 2015 show at Toronto Fashion Week, beauty editors huddled around makeup artist Grace Lee. As Maybelline’s Lead Makeup Artist for Canada, Lee is responsible for conceptualizing and executing every single look during Toronto Fashion Week. But last night was especially exciting, as Lee was creating a cutout cat eye for Canada’s “fashion darling” (her words—not that we disagree!) Sig Neigum. “The look was really about innocence meets darkness,” said Lee, as she precisely painted on matte black eyeliner. “There’s a lot of black in his collection, so I wanted to mimic it in the face with clean, pure looking skin.” Lee achieved this by patting on a primer to minimized redness, then applied concealer to places where skin was slightly uneven. But this was restrained, said Lee, who told her team to avoid foundation unless the models required extensive coverage. “It was about spot concealing.” Brows were muted slightly with concealer as well, with the intention of placing more focus on the eyes. And speaking of the graphic eye, it was inspired by the cutouts that Neigum has become known for. Lee suggested playing up the idea of negative space, and Neigum was intrigued. She built the look using a combination of Maybelline Eye Studio Master Graphic Eyeliner in Striking Black with the brand’s gel eyeliner. “By creating negative space in the inner corner, you’re getting that two tone inner corner line,” Lee says. She drew a straight rectangle toward the outer corner, then took a Q-tip to remove segments of the liner, keeping the look consistent with all models. Lips were finished with concealer and Maybelline BabyLips in Clear. READ MORE Grace Lee’s exclusive beauty shoot with ELLE Canada Sig Neigum’s shocking finale look Beauty looks from Milan Fashion Week you’ll love to wear Canadian designer profile: Sig Neigum Exclusive beauty shoot with Frida Gustavsson
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About Katherine Flemming
Lipstick is the greatest beauty product of all time, and yes, I’m that girl who wears it to the beach and hot yoga. What? Sometimes, I leave fuchsia marks on the fawn-coloured coats of my two wiggly pugs. Working in the beauty department, I’m a firm believer in sampling everything that goes into the magazine—whether it’s a wet hair, serum-loaded eye patches or chemical peels (and I’m not afraid to take the trends for a spin while I’m at my desk). Since I also cover the health beat, I’m loyal to crazy intense training like CrossFit, hot yoga and outdoor boot camps—I’m even willing to sample a diet trend or two—though I’m pretty faithful to Paleo (until I see a donut).