Best of: TIFF Survival Guide

It’s TIFF time! That means catching a new screening, celebrity spotting and red carptet glamour galore. Look and feel your best with these essentials.

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Is there anything more red carpet appropriate than wearing the very same lipstick as the stars? A-List celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury’s newly launched Matte Revolution lipstick in Red Carpet Red creates a perfectly sexy, defined pout that simply oozes glamour. Created from Charlotte’s love painting on illuminated, fuller-looking and pillow-soft lips, this lipstick glides on gorgeously, packs a generous punch of colour and looks and feels cashmere soft.

Radient, glowing skin is a must, but during the hustle and bustle of the festival, hour-long facials can quickly fall to the bottom of the priority list. Enter REN Clean Skincare’s genius Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial. Instantly transforming the complexion in 60 seconds flat, this treatment boasts a powerfully potent and super active formula with 10% stabilized Vitamin C. This translates to brighter, more glowing and awake-looking skin in — you guessed it — a flash.


Get the A-List treatment and skip the line at your favourite coffee shop, lunch spot or guilty pleasure (fish and chips, anyone?). Download the Ritual App and get ready to wonder how you ever lived without it. With tons of restaurants and cafés participating, the app shows each spot and their menu on the home screen (or search by proximity or cuisine type). Simply click on the item of your choice, specify any special requests (half skim, half soy. Got it?) and your item will be in queue without you needing to leave your seat at the hot new doc, but don’t worry: they’ll tell you when it’s ready for pickup in a few short minutes. And since the app is connected to your credit card, there’s no in-store transaction, which simplifies things even further. Bonus: the app saves your history, making re-ordering your ritualistic morning java a breeze, and they sometimes offer secret menu items and an occasional discount.

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Festival hair should be touchable, soft, and carefree; TIFF is less chi-chi than Cannes. Achieve the look by flicking a tiny bit of Kérastase PARIS Serum Solide Elixir Ultime through the ends of strands. An innovative solid serum infused with beautifying (and beautifully scented) oils, this balm can be tossed in your bag for a mid-day pick me up — it’s like a solid perfume for ends that scents, smooths and boosts shine. Define ends with a small dab warmed between fingers; it instantly melts, making it a perfect anytime, anywhere hit of hair nutrition and definition.


Take a time out and enjoy some “me time” while beautifying your body and making sure every inch of you looks gorgeous on the red carpet. A good, deep scrub not only feel amazing, but can induce incredibly skin-softening results, too. Dermalogica’s Exfoliating Body Scrub does both, beautifully, with its “stimulating Papaya Enzymes, Rice Bran, and pulverized Olive, Fig and Date seeds” spiked formula. The natural enzyme combined with the physical exfoliators makes for the softest result ever, and is a true pleasure to use: the formula lightly foams and is formulated with the delightfully scented Lavender, Orange, Sandalwood, Rosemary and Patchouli essential oils.