You probably overheard ( read: our incessant tweets and status updates) that this weekend was a big one for the BlushPretty team. If not, let me fill you in: we were hired to be the glam squad for an up and coming actress named Kirby Bliss Blanton – star of Project X (2012), and seen in television shows like In-Betweeners, Zoey 101, and Hannah Montana. She is your quintessential California blonde (but born and raised in Texas) who is slowly going to take over the indie film circuit – trust me.
This weekend, Kirby landed in Toronto to stomp her way through TIFF to promote her supporting role in Eli Roth’s latest gore flick: Green Inferno. With a lot of buzz about his return to the director’s chair, Eli, Kirby, and the rest of the ensemble cast premiered the film Saturday September 7, 2013 and the BlushPretty team is over the moon that we had the opportunity and blessing to be involved.
We stuck by her side for two days. On day one, Anna (BP makeup artist) and Sam (BP hair artist) were like white on rice to Kirby glamming her up for a series of press photoshoots (including InStyle and W magazines) for the entire afternoon.
Later that afternoon, Mama BP (aka me) took over to change up Kirby’s look and follow her through her evening premiere.
For her daytime look, Sam smoothed Kirby’s hair into an oversized and polished bun which complimented Anna’s makeup application to portray a fresh face and pinkish berry lips. (In the pictures above, you cannot really make out the coloring, due to my poor control over my camera’s white balance. (Sorry – still practising). For the evening we let out her hair and twisted it into curls and waves for a beachy-bedhead-tousled look. We cleaned off her makeup to focus on fresh skin and a slightly deeper lip colour.
Before the midnight madness premiere, there was a pre-premiere party. As we collected in the lobby, the cast were all on their phones, snapping pictures and tweeting … and sharing the images with one another (see above photo). Notice the young man on the right? In case you can’t make it out, that is Daryl Sabara of Spy Kids fame … all grown up! I think he looks great in a suit!
The pre-premiere party was held at Brassaii on King Street West. Held in the private room towards the back of the restaurant, the cast, crew and friends ate, socialized and mingled while psyching themselves up for the premiere.
From Brassaii, we were shuttled to the Ryerson Theatre for the premiere. I did follow the cast to Ryerson to watch Kirby “walk the red carpet”, but couldn’t get a proper picture … the papparazi were in full force, and the flash didn’t make getting an awesome picture possible. I’ll have to wait until one surfaces …
The following day, we returned to assist Kirby with hair and makeup before a series of press conferences. We again opted for a fresh clean face with lined eyes and berry lips – I think this made the most sense because Kirby is so naturally pretty (great eyes, skin, and lips) that overdoing it wouldn’t do her justice. With her, you kind of have to let her natural beauty shine through as much as possible.
In addition to hair and makeup, I think helping to choose her outfits was the next best thing about this weekend. She had many pretty dresses to wear, but for Sunday’s press conferences, we all agreed that we loved this outfit the most … even in comparison to Saturday’s outfits!
She actually topped this with a beautifully tailored white blazer and oversized black clutch.
It was a great weekend. Kirby was a sweet girl, a firecracker, and we truly know she will do great things in her career. We were really honoured to be her team of choice. That said, it was also a really busy, crazy weekend – trying to keep up with all the venues and conferences and panels and parties with her. I think the picture below sums up how we ended our Sunday evening: at home, shoes off! (Those Choos belong to Green Inferno cast member Lorenda Izzo, who kicked them off at Brassaii before the party even got into full swing!)