BACKYARD BUILDS: Hear from the Onset Makeup Artists!

Get insider info from our hair and makeup artists on the set of HGTV’s Backyard Builds and learn top tips for looking flawless on screen!

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We asked The Beauty Team artists, Justine and Natasha, a few questions about their experience working on the set of Backyard Builds:

  1. You used FACE Atelier products on Sarah and Brian. Which were your favourites?

J: My favourite FACE Atelier products had to be the FACE Atelier Ultra Pressed Powder for Brian and FACE Atelier Jolie Lipstick for Sarah—she loves a pop of colour!

N: Other than FACE Atelier, Pro Long Wear Concealer from MAC was great for under their eyes or on any problem spots.

  1. How did you control shine on long shoot days?

face_atelier_ultra_matteJ: The trick to controlling shine was to prime with FACE Atelier Ultra Matte, use the FACE Atelier Ultra Pressed Powder then follow with one more layer of FACE Atelier Ultra Matte.

N: Blotting papers by Elf and Make up Forever HD loose powder were key for controlling shine. On long days we would even clean the face and start fresh!

3. What were your set bag essentials?

J: My set bag essentials were the FACE Atelier Ultra pressed powder, FACE Atelier Jolie Lipstick, and two bottles of water with straws to keep the talent hydrated!

N: For me, Make up Forever HD translucent powder, lip balm, and make up setting spray!

  1. What was your favourite look on Sarah?

J: Sarah always looked her best with a bit of Colour Runway on the cheeks and FACE Atelier lipstick in Jolie on the lips!

N: For Sarah, less is more! Blush and a coral lip!

  1. What is a typical day as a makeup artist on set of Backyard Builds?

J: No two days were the same on Backyard Builds! I was always ready to climb a tree house ladder for touch ups.

N: A typical day on an outdoor set meant always being ready behind the scenes to fix flyaway hairs!

  1. What is your best tip for looking amazing on camera?

J: The best tip to looking good on camera is staying hydrated.

N: Blending your blush and contour is important but don’t be afraid to go a little heavier as the camera may not pick up the pigment!

Be sure to tune in for the premiere of Backyard Builds on April 6th at 10 p.m. and catch the work of The Beauty Team on the big screen!

xo The Beauty Team


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Conair Infiniti Pro Straightener – Pro or No?

image1Our hair expert and OUAI Canadian Educator, Alysse, tested out the Conair Infiniti Pro Straightener and we just had to ask her about it!

Here are her answers:

Q: What are your favourite features of this product?

A: The number one thing was that it heated up quickly and was simple to use! I personally loved how it left some movement in my hair as opposed to making it pin straight and lifeless. My models also loved how it didn’t pull and made their hair feel silky and shiny.

Q: Who would you recommend this product to?

A: I would recommend this product to a variety of hair types however, if you have very kinky roots this product is not for you. The straightener doesn’t get close enough to smooth them out. I would say the target market is the girl on-the-go. It heats up quickly and smooths out hair giving you a polished look in minutes.

Q: Would you use this on a daily basis?

A: I would definitely use this on a daily basis. It’s always good to have easy-to-use products on hand to make mornings less stressful! Not to mention, if it makes my models happy I really can’t complain!

Q: Overall, do you give this product your stamp of approval?

A: Yes! It surprised me. I didn’t think I would like it as much as I did! I would definitely recommend trying the Conair Infiniti Pro Straightener.

Thanks Alysse!

If you’re always on-the-go but don’t want to sacrifice your beauty routine, the Conair Pro Infiniti straightener may be the perfect tool to add to your belt.

Try it out and let us know what you think of the Conair Infiniti Pro Straightener!

xo The Beauty Team

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Our favourite Valentine’s Day Beauty Products

Whether it’s Valentine’s or “Galentine’s”, our top products for the infamous holiday will make you fall in love!

Glo-Minerals Lip-Suede matte crayonsv day 1

These lip crayons are a Valentine’s Day essential for many reasons. Coming in a range of romantic hues, there is no question why we would want to smack this on our lips for the big day. They are also peppermint scented, allowing you to embrace those up-close moments. With an extreme long-wear formula, you won’t have to worry whether they are kiss-proof. Feel free to test that out for us!

NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer

v day 2Wearing your heart on your sleeve doesn’t mean you can’t hide spots and dark circles. That’s why we recommend NARS Soft Matte Concealer for a flawless complexion on your night out.


Unwind before or after a romantic night out with LUSH’s Valentine’s Bath Bombs.

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The Cupid Bath Bomb is sure to give your bath the holiday themed colour you are looking for. Calm pre-date jitters with bergamot oil and fresh raspberry juice.

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We also love LUSH’s Lover Lamp. Pamper your skin with this aphrodisiac-inspired cocoa butter and Brazilian orange oil bath bomb.

Makeup Forever’s Uplight Face Luminizer Gel

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We think Valentine’s Day is a day to shine. Illuminate with Makeup forever’s uplift. Apply it to cheekbones, collarbones, or anywhere you want a subtle shimmer. The gel formula ensures an irresistible glow that will last all night.

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Finish off your V-Day look with Dior’s Iconic Mascara. This wand is nothing less than magic as it gives limp lashes the volume they deserve. Swipe this on and they won’t forget that “your eyes are up here”.


Find love this year by treating yourself to these fabulous products!

xo The Beauty Team

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Tangle Teezer – The Original Detangling Hairbrush


The Original Tangle Teezer is a is a must have beauty product for any girl on the go. With its compact and improved ergonomic design, this professional detangling hairbrush benefits all hair types.

The Tangle Teezer has been all over the media outlets including Vogue and Harpers Bazaar and the trend is picking up quickly amongst celebrities and beauty influencers around the world. Celebs like Cara Delevingne and Emma Watson have been raving over the Tangle Teezer and we can see why. Since trying it out we can’t leave home without it!

The super smooth design works the minute hair after it is lathered and rinsed. Use it on wet, vulnerable and colour treated hair with no pulling, tugging or yanking. The memory flex technology gently removes tangles with ease creating less breakage and healthier locks. There’s literally no hair this brush can’t handle!


Just like other brushes (or combs), begin at the ends working your way up to avoid any breakage to wet hair.

The Tangle Teezer is the perfect travel accessory this summer. Suitable for any age, both children and adults can choose from 5 bright new colours consisting of some double shade brushes to celebrate the season.

Available at Urban Outfitters Canada for $16.

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Dior Tie Dye Manicure top coat

Summer is a great time to get creative with nail designs. Adding a bit of glitter of different colours will add a whole new dimension to your outfit. That’s why Dior has created a translucent grenadine-coloured topcoat that adds sheens of tie-dye colouring to your nails.


You can apply the topcoat to your bare nails or on top of a nail polish. We recommend pairing it with the Dior Vernis it-shades in ‘ sunwashed’ or ‘sunkissed’ both creating the perfect pair. We also love applying it to bare nails because it enhances the natural pink of the nail plus adding a wave of ultra-shiny, translucent colours.

Summer is just around the corner so get your bright colours out and have fun painting!

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Celebrity Hair & Makeup Artist Paul Venoit for Batiste Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo is a must have when it comes to 2nd day hair or when you want to add more volume to the roots for styling and updos. One of our favourite’s is Batiste – the #1 selling dry shampoo in Canada- has quickly become a staple in our kits for clients or in our personal collection for us wherever we go.


Batiste recently partnered up with celebrity Hair and Makeup artist Paul Venoit (you may remember him from the Canadian shows such as Look–A–Like and Canada’s Next Top Model). Paul’s vibrant personality and years of experience, make him the perfect fit to act as a brand ambassador for Batiste—the fun and playful dry shampoo brand, hailing from the UK.

Batiste is a fun and playful dry shampoo brand, hailing from the UK. We love it because it gives you a break from washing and blow-drying your hair, which can cause breakage and fade professional colouring. The starch-based product with a no water-needed formula is suitable for every hair type and now has colored tones to match your hair. The dry shampoos come in normal (white), light, medium and dark shades. Just a quick spray on each side of your hair towards to roots will remove oils, leaving the hair clean and fresh.


Shake your can of Batiste vigorously, separate hair into sections and spray into roots in quick short sprays holding can 10-12 inches away from hair. Leave for a few moments and massage through. Brush out any excess. For extra texture and body don’t brush out!

The range of Batiste dry shampoos are endless and you really can’t go wrong with any. If you haven’t tried them yet, we really encourage that you do.

Batiste dry shampoo is available at drug stores like Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall and Walmart.

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Essie Bridal collection for Spring/Summer 2015


Essie has just come out with a new Bridal collection that yes would be the perfect colours for your wedding but in our eyes, you cannot go wrong with any of these on a beautiful spring or summer day.

The Bridal collection offers bright and bold colours for a summer day, but also cool toned purples and citrus colours that can’t go wrong on a spring day like today! Our favorite colour for summer in this new collection would be Brides no Grooms, a bright pink and Hubby for Dessert, a sheer lilac perfect for any spring day.

Whether you are getting married or hitting the town for some floral little dresses for the upcoming season, you simply can’t go wrong with these nail colours – We promise!

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MAKE UP FOR EVER Step 1 Skin Equalizers

Say goodbye to the days of worrying which primers suit your skin type and find exactly what you need with MAKE UP FOR EVER Step 1 Skin Equalizers. Containing 10 primers for each and every skin type, texture and tone; this pro artistry product is the next generation of primers that will help to create a perfect canvas for your foundation.

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“Like painters, who need a perfectly smooth, even-colored, and flawless canvas, makeup artists require even-toned and smooth skin for an optimal and professional makeup result.” – Dany Sanz, MAKE UP FOR EVER Founder and Creative Director.

The Perfecting Primers are divided into two skin-equalizing categories: texture and tone. Five of the primers are designed to help with texture-related issues like oil/shine, large pores and fine lines, dryness and redness while the other five are targeted to tone-related issues by giving a boost of radiance to specific skin tones. See our guideline below to help decide which Radiant Primer suits you best.

  • Radiant Primer Blue adds radiance to light skin.
  • Radiant Primer Pink adds radiance to light to medium skin.
  • Radiant Primer Yellow adds radiance to light to medium skin.
  • Radiant Primer Peach adds radiance to medium to tan skin.
  • Radiant Primer Caramel adds radiance to dark skin.

All of these lightweight primers are formulated with Hyaluronic Acid – to firm and hydrate, Vederine – to help skin look even and Actic Tensor 3D –  to help smooth skin for longer lasting coverage.


Customize your primer to work with what you need for your skin type. If you need to even out redness and smooth skin, you would apply the texture redness corrector before applying the smoothing primer, for example.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Step 1 Skin Equalizers are available at Sephora, and Make Up For Ever boutiques for CA$42.00 for (30ml)

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EYES by ToGoSpa now available at


Adored by celebrities like Jenny McCarthy and Paris HiltonEYES by ToGoSpa are therapeutic moisture packed collagen gel pads with Hylauronic Acid (to plump the skin), Vitamins C & E, and nutrients to nourish the delicate skin of the eye zone.

In just 15 minutes you can say goodbye to dry, tired and aging eyes and welcome a youthful revitalized appearance. EYES bring a spa like experience where ever you may be and as professional makeup artists, we love using these on our clients before applying makeup for a big event, photoshoot or appearance as a pre-photo pick me up.

EYES by ToGoSpa treatments contain No Parabens, No Dyes and are sold in 3 different packages:

  • Green tea rejuvenates, lifting and revitalizing you eyes for a youthful appearance.
  • Coconut replenishes, restoring and nourishing under eye skin.
  • Ice water refreshes, smoothing and brightening, de-puffing and hydrating in one 15-minute treatment.


For a little extra rejuvenation, chill EYES in the refrigerator before applying. The cooling is effective in combating puffy eyes, dark circles, bags, and general fatigue.


  1. Apply pads below eyes.
  2. Leave on and relax for 15 – 20 minutes.
  3. Remove & discard.
  4. Feel great. Look great.

So party all night, stay out late and still look good and feel great! These under eye gels act as the perfect “Morning after mask” and will have your EYES looking refreshed after just one use!

We love them and we know you will too.

EYES by ToGoSpa are available in Canada at

Packages of 3 are available for CA$19.99.

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MAKE UP FOR EVER Mist & Fix With 02 Skin Complex

71080As Makeup Artist’s we know how important it is for an application to last all day long. Lucky for us MAKE UP FOR EVER re-launched one of their cult favourites, Mist & Fix. A universal setting spray that locks in makeup for 12+ hours.

If you’re on set for a long day of filming or working with an actress or bridal client it’s up to the professional to make sure the products will stay put throughout the day. This is why a great setting spray, like Mist & Fix is a must-have in professional Makeup kits.

As most of us know, Makeup sits best on a well hydrated canvas. Which is why we are loving Mist & Fix’s new formulation. The product contains an O2 skin complex which boosts oxygenation to the skin delivering a healthy and radiant glow which keeping it hydrated all day long which equals even longer lasting results.  A quick spritz will also take away the look of any excess powder and leave a natural looking finish.


After makeup application, spritz MAKE UP FOR EVER Mist & Fix within an arms length from your face (2-3 sprays usually covers the face). This universal setting spray will provide a sweat-proof, rub-resistant barrier that lasts all day long.


Spritz MAKE UP FOR EVER Mist & Fix on your eyeshadow or liner brush to intensify the colour and lock it in place.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Mist & Fix is dermatologist-tested, alcohol free and suited for every skin type. Available in a travel and full size at sephora retailing for:

CA$14.00 for 30ml and CA$34.00 for 125ml

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