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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Q&A with OUAI’s Canadian Educator, Alysse Morrison

If you keep up with the Kardashians, you’ve probably seen some of the work of Jen Atkin, celeb hairstylist. She has worked with Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Emma Stone, Sofia Vergara, Jessica Alba, Cindy Crawford, Katy Perry, and Christina Hendricks, to name a few. However, we’re not here to discuss her relationship to the stars. We’re here to talk about her haircare line, OUAI. OUAI is “a line for real life, for real women”, as Atkin says herself. It is about making luxury accessible and easy in a world where life can be hard. While we support this mantra, we have a new reason to love OUAI.


It is with great honour that we introduce Toronto hairstylist Alysse, member of The Beauty Team, and now, Canadian Educator for the OUAI line. We were eager to ask Alysse a few questions about her new position. Here’s what she said:

Q: What inspired you to pursue this position?

A: One of my biggest inspirations in my hairstyling career has always been women in the industry. I love Jen Atkin and her line. The idea of working for someone whom I idolize just seemed like a dream.

Q: What do you love about the job?

A: I love educating people about hair. Being able to do this with new people every day just seemed like something I’d be great at because I love it. I find Sephora’s staff education is lacking in the hair department so I thought this was an amazing idea!

Q: What is your favourite OUAI Product?

A: I can’t wait to try the dry shampoo foam! It seems amazing! Out of the products I have tried, I absolutely love the dry texture spray. You can use it like a dry shampoo, or through your ends to get a gorgeous beachy look.

Q: What is the best current hair trend, in your opinion?

A: I love very easy, undone hair which is trendy right now. The lived-in look—it’s effortless and looks cool.

Q: What are your favourite beauty/hair icons?

A: Well of course Jen Atkin! When I was in school we were asked to name well-known females in the industry and the only one we could name was Vivenne MacKinder. She’s known for her bridal looks. To have a new fashion forward woman to add to the list was vital for our industry. Jen has created a line that makes getting ready fast and easy. She knows what the consumer needs!

xo The Beauty Team

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Rita Ora in Toronto for Rimmel London

The Beauty Team was invited to an exclusive event with  Rimmel London’s to experience the Fall 2015 Collection and guess who else was there? You got it right, brand ambassador for Rimmel London the stunning “Rita Ora” who introduced us to her newly launched Nail Color collection called “Shine On”. A fast drying (60 secs), high impact color with ultra shine finish.
Here’s a peak into the Fall/Winter collection.
We all know brows are the new black and Rimmel London got you covered now. My favourite from the collection brow sculpting kit called  “Brow This Way”. The kit features a wax and brow powder. The long lasting formula feels lightweight and comfortable all day long.
“Lift Me Up” mascara is infused with cucumber extract and vitamins as key ingredients. It not only opens up your eyes but also conditions your lashes with vitamins. It comes with an hour glass shape brush which is perfect for lifting your lashes.
New gloss collection called “Oh My Gloss”. I tried these on and the texture is amazing. They’re actually not sticky at all so ladies, so don’t be scared of wind (or car windows) when you have these on!
Don’t forget to check out this soon to be trending collection from Rimmel London in stores next month.
♥ Arushi
Makeup Artist for The Beauty Team
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2015 Met Ball Beauty

The 2015 Met Ball was held Monday in New York. This years theme was China: Through the Looking Glass. Here are some stand out beauty looks (and products) from the night.


Rihanna’s gown and stunning headpiece were perfectly complimented by her Makeup. Mylah Morales created her look with an Asian-inspired color palette (lots of pinks) and used blush on both her eyes and lips. The focus of the look were her bold brows. She used Diorshow Brow Styler (one of our faves) to define and groom.


Selena Gomez went for a sexy and sophisticated look with a sleek updo, dark red lips, a smokey cat eye and lots of lashes to really emphasize the drama.


Kendall Jenner – the face of Estee Lauder – showed up with defined brows, dewy skin and a sleek wing liner. To achieve the wing, Kendall’s makeup artist used Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Zero-Smudge Liquid Eyeliner in Black and defined her long lashes with Little Black Primer. To create those bold brows, the Automatic Brow Pencil was applied and finished off with a pink pout by applying Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Insatiable Ivory all over her lips.

Cara Delevingne made a statement with her full sleeve faux body art, nude lips and some seriously sexy smokey eyes.


All hail the Queen Bee – Beyoncé – when it comes to any appearance, her makeup is always flawless and coordinates with the clothes she wears. This year at the 2015 Met Ball, Beyoncé wore only affordable makeup that you can get at your nearest drug store… and yes, we do mean L’Oreal!

To create Beyonce’s mod eye, her makeup artist used a mix of L’Oreal Paris Infallible Eye Shadows in Endless Sea and Infinite Sky ($8.00) which stood out beautifully against her sun kissed skin. She finished off the look with the Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara in black.

Who were your favourite looks at this years Met Ball?

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Bethany Mota in Toronto – Press day Beauty Breakdown

Last week YouTube sensation Bethany Mota was in Toronto doing press for the YouTube fan fest.  The Beauty Team’s Hair and Makeup Artist Kristen provided personal beauty services to her during her stay so that she was camera ready at all times.

Over the past week, we’ve received many tweets from her fans asking us what was used to achieve Beth’s natural look. So we got the insider scoop from Kristen herself. Enjoy!




Skin prep:


Dermalogica Multi Active Toner followed by Dermalogica Sheer Tint Moisturizer in Medium.



To add a natural glow and help make-up stay put she used Laura Mercier Radiance primer.

Kristen applied MAKE UP FOR EVER HD in N125 and concealed under the eyes and spot coverage with Ben Nye Concealer – SK 100 Total cover wheel followed by Sante Compact Powder #02.

On her cheeks a combination of Dior Blush in Rosy Glow and Benefit bronzing and highlighting duo was used.




Dior’s Eye Reviver palette was her choice for eye shadow and liner. Followed by the Dior Show Iconic Over curl Mascara and a few Individual lashes from Nigels (short black). Beth’s brows were slightly defined with Dior’s Brow Styler.


Beth’s lips were lined with MAC Spice liner and her own MAC Lipstick followed by Dior addict lip glow in coral for easy touchups throughout the day.

To finalize the look she set it all with MAKE UP FOR EVER Mist and Fix spray.

Hair and Makeup artist Kristen of The Beauty Team and Bethany Mota press ready!
Hair and Makeup artist Kristen of The Beauty Team and Bethany Mota press ready!


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2015 MTV Music Awards Beauty

This year at the 2015 MTV Movie Awards, we saw some beautiful looking people! From their dresses to makeup/hair, everyone looked incredible. Some of our beauty icons that night were JLo, Cara Delavigne, Shailene Woodley, Bella Thorne and many more!

The ladies made it apparent that Spring has sprung with subtle makeup looks. Showing off their luminous skin, soft eyes and hints of coral in their cheeks and lips.

Shailene Woodley vamped up her look with a rockin’ red lip and trendy side braid. The main focus of everyone’s definitely seemed to be long lashes! All four girls defined the lengths by adding false eye lashes with singles or full strips Screen Shot 2015-04-15 at 3.41.10 PMGet The Look:

Bella Thorne was wearing a Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Colour Stick on her lips which was applied by Makeup artist Amy Oresman

Shailene Woodley was wearing all Burt’s Bees skin care and makeup.

We loved seeing all of these fresh looks that inspire us for the warm weather ahead. Who was your favourite beauty look of the night?

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2015 Oscar Makeup Trends

At the 2015 Oscars we saw a wide array of beauty looks. From Blushing beauties, Smokey eyes, bold lips and plenty more! Here’s a rundown of some of our favourite looks and how to achieve them including some of the exact products worn plus a few of our our favourites to help achieve these camera ready looks.

Bold Lips:Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 1.40.09 PMA bold lip always makes a statement on the red carpet. Emma Stone was a stand out wearing Revlon Hd Lipstick in Tulip (a great shade for Spring!). Lady Gaga’s classic lip was achieved with NARS matte velvet lip crayon in dragon girl.

Nude Lips:Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 1.50.55 PMTo honor all the beautiful nude lips that graced the Oscar’s red carpet we wanted to share with you a few of our favorite nude shades. For a cool pinky-nude like Jlo’s try MAC Saint Germain. For more classic nude’s try Tom Ford Nude Vanille & YSL Lingerie Pink.

Smokey Eyes:Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 2.01.36 PMSmokey eyes make an appearance at every award show. Lupita Nyang’o, Sienna Miller and Dakota Johnson were our favourites at this year’s 87th Academy Awards. The applications weren’t too heavy and complemented their eye colours perfectly really making them pop! Lupita’s Makeup Artist used Lancôme Color Design 5-pan eyeshadow palette in Gris Fumee and Dakota Johnson was wearing Chanel Les 4 Ombres palette in 226 Tissé Rivoli.

Blushing Beauties:Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 2.23.25 PMFresh faced beauty never goes out of style and these stars showed off how gorgeous a soft feminine palette looks. Chloe Grace Moretz eye makeup was Laura Mercier’s Sateen Eye Color in Kir Royal. Her Makeup Artist, Mai Quynh used rose tones to create a monochromatic makeup look that paired perfectly with the florals in her gown. The perfect blush shade helps tie a look together and adding a pop of colour to the cheeks is a great way to give your complexion a healthy looking glow and dimension.  Anna Kendrick wore a cream coral blush in Ceramide by Elizabeth Arden which was a perfect match with her dress.

What were some of your favourite beauty trends from the 2015 Oscars?

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Revlon for the Marchesa Runway Show NYFW'15

Backstage at the Marchesa A/W ’15 Runway Show during New York Fashion Week, Revlon Global Artist Director, Gucci Westman spoke about the look she created on the models for the show.


Westman said she created a modern take on Hollywood Glam and took inspiration from the New York, Great Gatsby Era but adapting it to a more youthful appearance and making it look like the models had been dancing all night. The focus of the look was the Black Cherry lip.

For the nails, Celebrity Manicurist, Jin Soon wanted to highlight the focus of the face. Nails were simple yet bold to associate with the Modern Glam look.  They were filed into a natural oval shape and painted in a deep blood red colour (Revlon enamel in Vixen) which tied in with the Black cherry lips perfectly.


Get the total look here with this complete list of products and tips from Revlon:


  • Apply Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Effects Makeup and Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix Makeup all over the face.
  • Add Revlon Cream Blush in Charmed to the apples of your checks for a healthy wash of colour
  • Finish off the face and give it a nice glow by applying Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare Lights to the tops of your cheekbones.


  • Apply Revlon Illuminance Crème Shadows in Not Just Nudes all over the eyelid
  • Use Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in Java, Copper & Gold, on the eyelid, and to darken up the crease to create a subtle yet elegant copper eye.
  • Finishing it off with RevlonGrow Luscious Mascara in Blackened Brown, and Revlon Brow Fantasy to fill in your brows.


  • Start off by lining your lips with Revlon ColorStay Lip Liner in Raisin.
  • Fill in lips with the star of the show, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry.
  • Top it off with Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Snow Pink.
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Rita Ora's Glitz & Glam Grammy Mani

unnamed-4Rita Ora’s perfectly pollshed mani caught our attention at last week’s Annual Grammy Awards. Wearing one of her own trending shades, a very neutral cool tone grey, Rain Rain go away (498)  from her new Rimmel 60 Seconds Super Shine Collection.

Adding a little jewel accent to the bottom of each nail added a little more glam making he rails two dimensional and it tied in perfectly with that beautiful Prada dress — which by the way was also covered in jewels.

Rita Ora definitely “nailed” her Grammy look this year. She never fails to make a statement on any red carpet and we can’t wait to see what she will another #manimonday!


Rimmel’s 60 Seconds Super Shine Collection with Rita Ora will be available at stores in Canada this Fall.

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