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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Get the Look: Jessica Simpson's Bridal Makeup

Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson tied the knot on July 5 in a private ceremony at San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California. The bride wore a stunning champagne and gold strapless multi-layer tulle custom Carolina Herrera gown.

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The bride chose a bridal look that was “sexy, easy and ethereal,” says Simpson’s hair stylist Roque Jimenez. “Nothing too contrived.” Complementing her beautiful gown, Simpson’s makeup artist Karan Mitchell chose a romantic palette for her makeup, with plum, orchid and pink makeup that played up her brown eyes and perfect pout. For her bridal hairstyle, Jessica opted to let her gorgeous blonde tresses flow with a half up-do that framed her face beautifully.

Get the Look:

Eyes: Face Atelier eyeshadows ‘In the Pink’ and ‘Purple Passion’ hues blended together will perfectly replicate the color on her lids.

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Highlight: For the subtle highlight, use YSL Touché éclat, down the bridge of the nose, centre of chin, top of cheekbones -and under eyes.

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Blush/Contour: For a defined cheek like Jessica’s try Make Up Forever’s HD blush in
‘Pink Sand’ and use it to softly contour cheekbones.

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Lips: Get her nude pink lip with Tom Ford’s ‘Nude Vanille.’

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Take a sneak peek into the bridal party’s wedding looks, picked specifically by the bride herself, who envisioned each bridesmaid differently:


#BeautyNote: Picking the right wedding photographer is key in bringing together the theme and feel of the wedding. This photograph, by Elizabeth Messina ties in the ethereal theme Jessica was going for beautifully. Something to remember when choosing your photographer.




The Beauty Team



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Oily Skin Saviour – FACE Atelier’s Ultra Matte

After overhearing a few great reviews about FACE Atelier’s Ultra Matte I decided to try out what was (soon to be) a new staple in my Makeup Kit.

Ultra Matte is perfect for oily skinned clientele as it not only reduces shine but also preserves makeup for long lasting flawless results.  I love this product for HD television and commercial work because unlike powder, Ultra Matte won’t build-up and is undetecable by the most sophisticated HD technology.

This Matte mist is celeb approved. Kelly Clarkson was first introduced to FACE Atelier’s Ultra Matte while on tour and quoted ” it’s the first tour I’ve done without sweating my makeup off! “


Ultra Matte is the first ever silicone-based spray mattifier that allows you to banish shine before, during and after makeup application without dulling the skin. The revolutionary formula contains optical blurring ingredients that minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

Sensitive clients can rest assured that Ultra Matte is Fragrance free – non comedogenic and 100% vegan.  Please be sure to ask if your client is allergic to silicone as this is the base ingredient in this product.

 To use: 

* Apply before makeup to a freshly face (after cleansing and moisturizing).

* Hold the bottle about 12 inches away from the face when spraying.

* Allow about 8-10 minutes to really see the full effect.

* For extremely oily skin (or areas) reapply once makeup is applied to set the look.

Ultra Matte retails for $40 (ca).

Available at select retail locations as well as online at FACE Atelier (if you’re a Makeup Artist don’t forget to sign up for The Preferred Pro Program ).


Key Makeup Artist and Co-Founder of

The Beauty Team

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Summer Beauty – Remark Magazine

The latest Beauty story published in the July / August issue of Remark Magazine


Model: Clhoe (Plutino)

Photographer: Sam Assam

Makeup: Victoria Fedosoff


Co-founder and Key Makeup Artist of The Beauty Team

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