The Toronto International Film Festival is pretty much a huge deal, whether or not you bother going to the movies. In the days running up to the fest, we’ll try to help you survive it.
Illustration by Brian McLachlan/Torontoist.
While TIFF is all about out-of-this-world parties and the outfits to match, the majority of us aren’t working with a blockbuster budget. With our wallets’ best interests in mind, we’ve scoured Toronto for the best fashion and beauty deals to take you from Norma Jean to Marilyn—diamonds not included.
My Favourite Dresses (myfavouritedresses.com, 634 Yonge Street, Suite 201, 416-944-9207)
Located in Toronto’s high-end shopping mecca, My Favourite Dresses rents A-list designer dresses so you never have to wear the same thing twice. New arrivals just in time for TIFF? Frocks from Hervé Leger and Halston. Bonus: dry cleaning is included.
Lucky’s Nails (101 Yorkville Avenue, 416-920-2402)
Get your hands and feet in shape in the heart of the film fest action. Just don’t let the paparazzi catch you in your flip-flops on the way out.
Price: $45 for manicure and pedicure
Joe Fresh Style Nail Polish (joe.ca)
Skip the nail bar and go the DIY route. The secret to the perfect at-home manicure? Patience and a shiny top coat.
Blo Blow Dry Bar (blomedry.com)
Styles include the Red Carpet, the Hollywould, and the Bardot Updo. Tip: a blowout will last at least two days if you treat it right. That means sleeping on a silk pillowcase (which minimizes frizz) and using a dry shampoo like Frédéric Fekkai’s Wash & Wear spray shampoo to absorb excess oil.
Vintage Mix 1 (186 Ossington Avenue, 416-534-7767)
Hollywood is all about the balance between real and fake. Keep them guessing with some vintage costume jewellery.
Price: $25 (for an amazing statement piece)
Holt Renfrew beauty counters (60 Bloor Street West, holtrenfrew.com)
Learn tips and tricks from the pros with a free makeup lesson and application. Our favourite station? The Laura Mercier counter.
Price: free (but it’s nice to buy something as a thank you)
Quo Eyelash Kit (Shoppers Drug Mart)
The secret to picture-perfect eyes is false lashes—everybody’s faking it. For a more subtle look, cut the lash strip in half and apply only to the outer half of your lids.
Shu Uemura Black Velvet Feather False Eyelashes (60 Bloor Street West, holtrenfrew.com)
If you’ve never applied false eyelashes before, consider splurging, and then asking the pros to put them on for you. (It’s all fun and games until…) When you buy a pair of lashes from Shu Uemura or Laura Mercier at Holts, you receive a complimentary lash application.
Price: $25 for lashes; application is free
Priceless? Poise, confidence, and a smile.