We've already talked about the Emmy Awards, but there's one more celeb-filled event from the last few days for your beauty inspiration: the Toronto International Film Festival!
Here are all the hair and makeup highlights:
Elizabeth looks beautiful, sophisticated and oh so effortless. I talked to her makeup artist, Gita Bass, about this look (full interview coming up!) and Elizabeth had taken a nap before the party, giving her makeup the perfect "lived-in" quality. From the defined lashes to the creamy berry lipstick to the slightly tousled hair, I like everything about this!
Elizabeth is wearing: Moisturizer • Foundation • Face oil (mixed with foundation) • Bronzer and contour • Blush in Natural • Eyeliners in Pewter and Black • Bronzer (as eyeshadow) • Mascara in Ultra Black • Lipstick in Pirate
Sparkling eyes were the focus of this makeup (also by Gita Bass), with Elizabeth sporting shimmering brownish-lavender tones in a 360-degree application. There is black in the waterlines, too, but it's not harsh—again, it's that lived-in feel. The bare, matte lips work well here.
Elizabeth is wearing: Moisturizer • Foundation • Face oil (mixed with foundation) • Bronzer and contour • Blush in Natural • Eyeliners in Pewter and Black • Bronzer (as eyeshadow) • Mascara in Ultra Black • Lip pencil in Spice • Lip balm
This pic is just to show you how crazy-gorgeous this woman is, and how versatile her beauty can be. Here, the lighting is more blown-out, making Elizabeth's skin look even more flawless!
I'm a sucker for this kind of creative makeup, so this is probably my favourite festival beauty look! Elle is the queen of cool eyeliner, and the dramatic purple in a graphic shape is no exception. She paired it with sleek hair, fresh skin and muted lips and lashes.
And now for a totally different vibe... Elle went sweet instead of edgy here, pinning her hair to one side with a sparkly barrette. The deep wine lipstick balances out her dark brows, but her eye makeup is still natural and her skin is still fresh.
Even though I don't like the false lashes, Rachel still looks amazing here. That strawberry lip colour is awesome, and it's great to see her with her hair up, for once. I feel like you notice her cute features more without the distraction of the shaggy bob.
Oh, this is cute, too. I really like Rachel's bob styled this way, more smooth and bouncy. She looks like an absolute doll in the rosy cheeks, soft lips and slightly smudgy eyes. Gita Bass did this look as well, and is not one to use false lashes, thank goodness!
Rachel is wearing: Lip crayon in Enchanted
We've already talked about this one. Not a fan of the lashes at all. The lip colour is okay, maybe a bit harsh? I feel like Rachel looks better when the styling is much softer, not so edgy/sexy.
This is great! The gelled-down effect is so glamorous with this dramatic eye makeup. Kate is really impressing me with how she's playing with her short haircut. Again, so nice to see normal lashes!
Speaking of lashes, I really like the way Kate's look here. See, it's a myth that you have to have falsies for your lashes to stand out. They are really the focus of this otherwise pinky-nudey minimal makeup look.
Another Kate fave, which we've talked about. I just love this wine lipstick colour with the shimmery gold rimming her eyes—great combination. And her hair looks super-healthy.
I'm really into Emily's slate blue eyeshadow colour, and the way it's applied very precisely up to the crease, but not smoked out. Her stained pink lips and cheeks are gorge as well. But I would lose the lashes and part her hair deep on one side for more of a bombshell look. And I feel like her ends could be more blunt... hehe.
Like I keep saying, people don't appreciate how truly beautiful Emily is. I think you see it more when she is off the red carpet, like in this photo. With more natural makeup, toned-down lashes and casual hair, she looks way more comfortable. I love the combo of warm peach blush with a cool pink lip stain!
This is what I expect from Dakota—pretty, low-key red carpet style that is slightly imperfect. Like her hair, for instance. It's the one casual element to offset the unusual peach eyeshadow paired with pink lipstick and blush. (I love this idea of mixing warm and cool!) Her lash job here is also impressive.
I'm not sure about Dakota's bob, you guys. On the one hand, I do love when celebs aren't styled to death, so the casualness appeals to me. But I feel like I want just a bit more glam from her, you know? Maybe it's that I prefer her brunette. I will say that I love the lashes and the stained lip texture.
This one's even more blah. I love her stylist Mark Townsend, and he is the king of cool girl hair, but I'm not getting the star power vibes. Makeup is fine, but even a bright lip or something would make this more exciting.
We've discussed Natalie's raspberry lipstick and chunky lashes with soft pink cheeks. From way back, she always has looked great in these bold pink lip colours with her hair in an updo.
Natalie is wearing: Lipstick in 983 Insoumise
This one I'm not a fan of, and it's the skin texture. Too shiny for me (and you know I love a dewy look). With the texture in her updo, it comes across a bit unkempt. That said, I do love the eye makeup—chunky lashes and purple tones—and the sheer lip gloss.
I feel like Jessica works really hard to maintain her image of movie star glamour. This is basically her go-to eye makeup and brow look that we saw all awards season. I really don't love the drawn-in brows, and the lashes seem unnecessary. But, her red hair looks beautiful paired with the classic red lipstick.
Nooo... who put false lashes on Kristen Stewart?! She is not a false lash kind of girl. The multi-tonal smoky eye would've been enough here—Kristen can always pull off tons of eye makeup that would look heavy on anyone else. The hair is interesting, but I probably would've preferred a sleek updo with this makeup.
My first thought was that I love what Emily is wearing! So quirky-cute for the red carpet. I also love her mega-stained red lips, and her beautifully fresh skin texture with the faintest freckles. I think she could improve her brow game by making the shape more straight instead of rounded, and perhaps dyeing them instead of filling would help.
Emily is wearing: Lip stain
How adorable is she?! I like Emily already, just seeing her without fake lashes, lipstick or gobs of foundation. Her hair colour is gorgeous with her skin tone, but again, the brows are off. They look too light and reddish, and are distracting.
Emmanuelle has been on top of her beauty game this year. She always looks great with her hair up and off her face, and the makeup is very nice—creamy light red lipstick with subtle eyeshadow tones, defined lashes and natural-looking skin.
What I love about Imogen is that she looks real, like she could just be a super-pretty woman you might see on the street and not an over-styled celebrity. The best parts of this look are her fresh skin and the hit of black liner in her lower waterlines. That's all she needs, along with her bold brows (which, yes, could be brushed into place a bit better). Great bronde hair colour as well.
Hmm, Diane's foundation is looking a bit heavy. But that's the only thing I can fault with this—the tightlined eyes, defined lashes and pink gloss are so pretty. Her brows are bigger and better than ever these days.
Amber looks good. I mostly like her shimmery smoky eyes, which are fantastic! Too bad we can see her lip liner. And you know, I have to say... I wish she would go back to brunette.
I'm a bit disappointed with Alicia. Those lashes are absurd on her! Way too big and heavy. And the purple shadow isn't doing her many favours, either, although it might've worked on its own with fresh skin and sleek hair. Oh well, her beautiful face saves this from being too tragic!
Kate has a bad case of blonderexia! She keeps getting blonder and blonder, and it's so wrong for her skin tone. Something softer, more honey-toned, would be far better. I'd also love to see her loosen up her style a bit... she always does the same thing on the red carpet, and it's a bit matronly now. Plus those false lashes have got to go.
This is nice for Sandra. I like her more with bangs and straight hair than the curly look. Although I do think they tend to put a bit too much makeup on her. Lips or eyes—choose one!
Really pretty, except for the false lashes. Naomi totally pulls off the messy updo, which works great with her dramatic, dangling earrings. Her berry lipstick is an unusual choice with the outfit colour, but a good one!
Something about this eye makeup doesn't feel quite right for Saoirse, who seems to suit a lighter touch. If you look at her features, she has incredible blue eyes, big full brows and plump lips, so no need to distract with heavy shadow.
Danika, try not to look so miserable on the red carpet. There are lots of reasons here to smile, including the hairstyle! The fishtail braid looks current because the front is sleek, not messy.
Look closely, and you'll see some purple liner underneath Brie's lower lash lines. Nice touch! I like the way she played this, with fresh skin (and freckles), bare lips and a tight updo. Much better than the heavy looks we've seen on her recently.
Uh-oh, normally Rachel is so flawless! I guess we caught her in a moment of post-summer pigmentation—it happens. With more skin coverage, this would be great... her eye makeup especially.
Nina tried out the new trend where you do your cat eyes in eyeshadow, not liner. Well... it's a bit heavy up-close, but it's not bad, and at least the rest of her makeup is subtle. I like the way she wore her hair in sexy waves, pushed off her face.
Oh dear, one TIFF look doesn't belong with the others! Katherine recently went from brassy blonde to an even more unnatural-looking red. I sure hope it was for a role, because gosh, I want to dye it and cut off those droopy extensions ASAP. Don't even get me started on the spider lashes and the lipstick. I'll bet there is a very pretty woman underneath this costume...
Who had your favourite (and least favourite) beauty looks at TIFF?