TIFF SPECIAL: Party-pretty with the Brill girls

Story and illustration by Ayalah Hutchins.

Brill Communications knows what girls like. Last week, the hip Toronto PR firm hosted a pop-up beauty lounge in their John Street offices, offering hair and makeup touch-ups, as well as polish changes. The pros at Donato Salon + Spa were on hand to ensure that overstretched media and TIFF guests were red carpet ready.

From the moment I contacted Brill’s Ashley Bartlett to book a last-minute appointment, I felt like I’d entered an oasis amid a hectic, hopped up TIFF schedule. The glass of Prosecco on arrival was a particularly welcome touch.

Donato’s team brought celebrity shades from the exclusive Deborah Lippmann luxury line of nail lacquers. While I was tempted to try “Marquee Moon,” a futuristic sequined silver inspired by Rodarte (how Black Swan appropriate!), or even the popular Gaga-inspired “Bad Romance” (illustrated above), I decided to go with a deep red/black cherry for fall called “Just Walk Away Renee.”

It was only when Chantal, who was expertly applying a thin layer of rehydrating base coat to my nails, told me that I could relax my hand that I realized how tense I was! TIFF will do that to you.

But at least now I’ve got the glamour factor nailed.

Want more TIFF 2010? Read Leanne Delap’s first TIFF column, and check out our picks for the fest’s hottest parties. Torontoist’s complete coverage of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival is all right here.

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