At this time when hand sanitizers and disinfectant sprays are sold out on all store shelves, big industries and organizations are ‘closing-up shop’ and cities are under major quarantine, we thought it was fitting to discuss how The Beauty Team practices good hygiene and sanitation always when on all makeup and hair jobs! The Coronavirus has no doubt given us this idea to write about how us as makeup artists and hair stylists are germaphobes and obsess about good hygiene, always!
Our clean practices have always included cleaning our brushes in front of our clients, using disposable mascara wands, sharpening and cleaning eye pencils and lip pencils with 70% rubbing alcohol after we sharpen them. There is absolutely no cutting corners for our team in this department!
We have had clients compliment us on the fact that we take time to clean our brushes in between clients as it is so important. What you will often hear us saying at corporate events or beauty bar events is ‘please have a seat and talk to me about your beauty preferences as I sanitize my hands and clean my brushes’. This statement is always something our clients usually smile about and appreciate! Then, going home to spend time giving our hair tools or makeup brushes a good cleaning or shampooing is our life story!
Last, we don’t double dip! We scrape off lipsticks, glosses and concealers, for example, with a palette knife, put it on a stainless steel clean palette, and take product with a clean brush from the palette.
Photo by: Jenn Kavanagh Photography
During this incredibly odd, scary, and extra cautious time with Coronavirus we wanted to share some of the precautions we take as artists to keep ourselves and our clients healthy. It’s something we pride ourselves in! So remember to wash your hands & even clothes often as the virus can live on your hands for 5-10 minutes, on your clothes for 6 to 12 hours & on a metal surface for 12 hours!
The Beauty Team transformed Imperial Tobacco employees into the Spice Girls and other celebs for a super fun lip sync battle!
We’ve already touched on how you can make your employee appreciation night extra special by providing pampering services like hairstyling, makeup, manicures and massages… but what if you want to take it to the next level and REALLY delight your team? How about an EPIC LIP SYNC BATTLE?! Honestly, this was one of the most fun events we’ve ever been a part of so we thought we’d share it with you in case you’re inspired to do something similar for your team.
Imperial Tobacco recently hosted a staff appreciation event at Toronto’s Hotel X. Over 400 of their staff members were invited for an evening of appreciation and pampering, and the event planners at Zeste Incentive hired The Beauty Team to help make the event one to remember. But we didn’t stop there! The Beauty Team was also enlisted for the after party at Rebel Nightclub, where we provided hair, makeup and wardrobe styling for a super fun lip sync battle. We created celebrity looks inspired by Grease, 50 Cent, the Spice Girls, Beyonce and more, with customized props, wigs and costumes that blew everyone away! How fun is that?!
We know the question on everyone’s minds… how the heck to you transform a group of regular folks into the Spice Girls? Here are some pro tips from one of our talented makeup artists to get you started (thanks Nicole!):
Pop stars are known for wearing bold makeup colours, which look great on stage. Liquid lipstick (we like MAC) is a great base for eyeshadow if you really want it to stand out. Plus, they’re creamy and easy to blend.
You also want to use an eye colour base so the bold colours don’t transfer onto the skin (try Mac’s 24-hour Eye Base).
Layering is key. After applying your eye colour base, then your creamy eye colour, set it all with a powder so it stands the test of sweaty dancing and hot stage lights.
If you don’t use a setting powder, try a good sealer like Green Marble, which is popular among theatre performers.
Exaggerating features helps you take on a celebrity’s look as well, so use lots of highlighting and contouring to mimic the celeb’s facial features. This also works very well for the stage because it’s easier to see from afar.
Glitter can be fun! It catches the light nicely and won’t look too dramatic on stage.
When it comes to lashes… GO BIG or GO HOME! They open up the eyes and make them stand out for the crowd.
Try something similar at your next event
Whether you want to try something tame or really ‘out there’ for your next special event, The Beauty Team has the products and skills to make it happen. Plus, we always select the appropriate artists depending on your needs. We can do anything from sleek corporate looks to costume party fun! To learn more about custom hair and makeup services tailored for your next event, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Beauty Team helped two speakers get ready for the stage and unforgiving high definition screens at Collision Conference 2019.
Collision Conference is a pretty big deal in the technology world, inviting some of the biggest names in tech, politics and pop culture to speak on the latest innovations in emerging and disruptive tech. At the 2019 conference recently held in Toronto, over 25,000 people showed up to hear from speakers like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Seth Rogen, Ryan Holmes of Hootsuite and many more.
Imagine the pressure of speaking at such a huge event, where the HD cameras will be zooming into your pores and you might even run into PM JT himself… what do you do?! Call The Beauty Team! Two speakers called on us for our HD makeup expertise to help make sure they looked polished and professional for their appearances at the conference. We packed up our gear and brought our mobile hair and makeup services to their hotel rooms (which happened to be at the gorgeous new Hotel X just across the street from the conference venue).
Makeup tips for high definition success
As you may know, HD cameras are pretty unforgiving, highlighting every wrinkle, blemish and flyaway for the world to see. Thankfully, we’ve got some pro makeup tips for that:
To ensure your base makeup appears invisible to the high definition cameras, prep your skin first and blend foundation well (we can’t stress this enough!).
Resist the urge to experiment with bold colours—this is NOT the time to try that new neon orange trend or wacky eyeliner. Natural tones are the most flattering.
Keep blush colours neutral and blend, blend, blend (then blend some more)!
Keep lips looking healthy and luscious by using a lip scrub to get rid of dead skin cells prior to colour application.
Creamy lip colours look best in HD so avoid matte colours (but if you must use matte, try dabbing gloss in the centre of the lips to add dimension and moisture).
Always finish makeup with a fine mist of finishing spray to set your look and also prevent a cakey looking finish.
Keep translucent powder on-hand in case your t-zone gets oily.
And the results are in!
We were super honoured that conference speakers Adi Tatarko, CEO of Houzz (hair and makeup), and Rose Kirk, Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer for Verizon (makeup) trusted our HD skills to help them look gorgeous for their appearances.
Do you need help making sure the HD cameras don’t give away all your secrets?
The Beauty Team can bring our services on-site to provide camera- and stage-ready hair and makeup, including nail services and makeup and hair touch-ups backstage as needed.
Employee appreciation is so hot right now… especially as companies try to attract and keep the best talent. There are many ways to do it, whether it’s keeping the lunchroom stocked with premium snacks (maybe a keg?) and installing a ping-pong table, or organizing awards ceremonies to let your team know that their hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed.If you’re looking for ways to appreciate your team, we’ve got an idea you may not have thought of before: treat them to some pampering! From first-hand experience we know that employees LOVE a good party, even more so if they can have a massage while they’re there, and maybe get their hair, makeup and nails did too.
The Beauty Team saw a recent example of this when we were hired to perk up an awards gala honouring employees from a pharmaceutical company. We were on-site at the gala at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto offering our mobile hair, makeup, manicure and massage services to help attendees not only feel pampered, but also relieved that they didn’t have to doll themselves up for the big night. We took care of everything!
Whenever we provide services like this, employees are sometimes hesitant at first, but then when they see the results on their colleagues they end up lining up all night to get pampered too. It’s always a huge hit!
Coordinating a recognition event of this kind takes a lot of planning, and you should always look for opportunities to surprise and delight guests so they have a memorable experience. Providing on-site beauty services for guests is one way to do that, and hiring a professional team to take care of all the details helps things go smoothly, so the event planner can focus on what they do best.
Knock your employee appreciation event out of the park! If you’re an event planner looking for ways to enhance your next event, providing beauty services on-site is a great option. You can impress event guests and your clients too, and we take care of everything from start to finish. To learn more about our customized beauty services for events, contact us at email@example.com.
Forty kids on the basketball court + two Toronto Raptors = a fun TV commercial shoot for Dunk for Diabetes
Sun Life Financial, the Toronto Raptors, NBA Canada and Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada have teamed up for an awesome initiative called Dunk for Diabetes. Through this innovative program, they hope to encourage healthy habits in children and help prevent type 2 diabetes.
In order to raise awareness about this important cause, Phanta Media recently shot a commercial promoting Dunk for Diabetes, featuring 40 children and two Toronto Raptors—Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam (aka Spicy P!)—who surprised the kids with some fun on the basketball court.
The Beauty Team was honoured to be asked to provide grooming services to help ensure that the kids and the Raptors were shine-free, polished and ready for the camera on shoot day. The Beauty Team’s co-founding makeup artist Victoria Fedosoff took care of the grooming and Danielle took care of wardrobe styling. Both were tasked with the challenge of wrangling 40 kids in the green room and keeping up with them as they needed touch ups throughout the day.
How do you ensure kids are ready for the camera?
Do they really need makeup? That’s a great question! For any commercial shoot, you want to control shine on the skin, which can be distracting under the bright TV lights. Victoria used concealer and powder sparingly to control shine and cover blemishes, plus a little bit of blush to bring out a healthy glow, and a finishing spray to keep everything in place. And when kids are running around excited about playing basketball with a couple of Toronto Raptors, you can see how their hair might get messy! It’s important to have someone nearby to keep those fly-aways in check.
As you can see from the commercial below, the results couldn’t have turned out better. Plus, it’s always a bonus to provide our services for a great cause!