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Winterizing Your Foundation

January 27, 2020

‘Winterizing’ your foundation for the colder months is a thing! When doing our client’s makeup during these winter months, we always keep in mind that with their skin being more susceptible to dehydration & dryness throughout the day, it’s always good to take preventative measures to make it look more luminous. That can include changing your foundation in the winter months versus sticking to your same foundation all-year round!

For someone who typically has oily skin in the summer, it’s not out of the ordinary to have really dry skin in the winter depending on your environment (due to heaters, lifestyle, location & environment). A foundation that will make your skin glow will usually have light-refracting technology that makes it appear extra radiant, but will also have added hydration to go hand-in-hand with your winter moisturizer. Here are some of our favourite foundations that you can use in winter (that you might not use in the summer depending on your skin-type!) to help your skin look amazing.

Light coverage:

For a no-makeup-makeup dewy finish, the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Natural Skin Perfector is a great option. It’s border-line skincare with spf 30 that’s needed in the winter months as well! It is described as a ‘Hydrating Complex made up of Macadamia and Kukui Seed Oils that helps increase the skin’s moisture levels long-term for 24 hours of hydration, while reducing the signs of visibly dry skin’.

Medium coverage:

Tarte’s ‘Shape-Tape’ Hydrating Gel foundation is very luminous, buildable & oil free (yes you can get hydration from an oil free foundation too), with hyaluronic acid and collagen that work to plump and smooth the skin!

Full coverage:

Lastly, for a more full coverage hydrating foundation I love the Nars Natural Radiant Long-wear Foundation. The name says it all! Nars claims that 91% of women agree that their skin appears smoother while wearing the foundation.Enjoy extra-hydrated skin for these last few winter months and you’ll see the difference. To book a private lesson or a makeup appointment with The Beauty Team, email us at: or click here and we will treat your skin to the best foundation for your skin type and give you more tips for ‘winterizing’ your very own foundation.

(Client makeup in photo by co-founder Jenna Sardo)

~The Beauty Team

Beauty Corporate Events

How to Spice Up Your Staff Appreciation Night

October 19, 2019

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

Beauty Product Reviews

The New Glo Skin Beauty Holiday 2019 Set

October 3, 2019

Hi there! I’m Jenna and the co-founder of and regional trainer for I have some exciting new makeup news to share with you below! The holiday collections from Glo Skin Beauty have just released  and they are stunning and super easy to use. Just to keep in mind, myself and my team provide at home makeup lessons and can show you some quick holiday makeup looks that suit your skin tone and lifestyle. Feel free to email us for more information and to book your holiday glam session at

As for the makeup news, the new Muse Collections for the Glo Skin Beauty holiday 2019 have just arrived! These consist of: The Georgia shadow set, the Frida shadow set, the Ella lip duet , The Billie lip duet, and the Encore gloss trio!

First of all, the cream stay shadow sticks in the shadow sets are hands-down the best shadows around! They are very easy to apply (and I’m not just saying that because I’m a makeup artist and I can make it look easy! Promise!). The colour pay-off is intense, the shades are rich & each set comes together for a cohesive look to wear alone or for a single colour statement. The cream stay shadow sticks stay put for 12 hours and multi-task as a base, shadow and liner in one! Not to mention, these shadows are way too easy to apply: just blend with your fingers or with a base, then smudge or use a blender brush. The special edition splatter clutch, which is included in the set, is absolutely charming and a sophisticated way to carry around your shadow essentials for the holiday season!


Colours in The Georgia set include: Beam (champagne shimmer), Orbit (matte charcoal), Shell (blush pearl) and Echo (metallic brown)

Colours in The Frida set include: Bonbon (deep matte reddish/brown), Latte (matte tan), Solstice (shimmer copper/gold) and Canyon (matte clay)

If you’re going to a holiday party the Billie lip duet is your answer for the hottest lip colour. It consists of a mid-toned raisin suede matte lipstick that stays on all day with intense colour pay off! The set includes a conditioning lip balm in a tube and a crayon sharpener as well which makes this an essential lip set! The Ella Lip Duet set is also so beautiful for a fresh neutral pink lipstick look.

Lastly you can’t forget to ‘gloss it up’ with the Encore gloss trio! These coordinated gloss shades include: desert bloom, naked and brown sugar. The super smooth feel and the high shine will have you quickly converted to Glo Skin Beauty glosses!

We highly recommend Glo Skin Beauty holiday 2019 collection available at medi spas and online at Feel free to email us for custom orders as well at You will not be disappointed and we apologize when you get addicted to this makeup line! ? Hehe!

Enjoy! ❤️

Beauty 101 Celebrity Beauty Product Reviews The Beauty Notes

Conair Infiniti Pro Straightener – Pro or No?

March 6, 2017

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

Events Product Reviews

Dior’s blogger event

August 22, 2013

On August 19th we were invited to Dior’s blogger event in Toronto. Beauty Team Makeup Artist,  Justine Sly joined us and shares her experience and product reviews below. Enjoy!

I had the opportunity to attended Dior’s blogger event in Toronto and couldn’t have had a better time – not only did I get to learn some great tips from Anne Marie Van Meer, the education manager and Makeup Artist for Dior , I even got to have a little pampering myself with a Dior manicure!

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While receiving my Manicure, I learned about one of Dior’s best selling products and my new favourite nail polish: Nail Glow. This product strengthens and smooths the nail and makes the pink of your nail pinker and the white tip whiter giving you the most perfect and fresh French tip.


What I can not live without is Dior’s rosy glow blush. Rosy glow has fresh colour reveal: a technology that is intended to adjust to your colouring to develop a rosy radiance to match your skin tone. I love it because it works on every one! A staple to have in any Makeup Artist’s kit.

Blush tip : Add a little bit of your Dior rosy glow blush into the crease of your eye for that extra lift and pop of colour.

lip glow

Lip glow has the same effect by enhancing your natural lip colour. It is also extremely hydrating – it’s great for the gym or even a day at the office. For a more glammed up look try lip glow with the lip maximize which has collagen to make the lips plump and fuller.

These are just some of the many amazing products that Dior has to offer.

Stay tuned for more information on how you can sign up for Dior’s exclusive Backstage Pro Workshop’s happening at The Bay Sept 4th-8th, 2013. Customers will get to try Dior’s star products and learn some backstage tips and tricks from top Dior Beauty Experts.

We hope you can make it to one of the workshops and fall in love with these products as much as The Beauty Team has!

Christian Dior always said “Fashion’s finishing touch is fragrance”… What’s your favorite Dior  fragrance?

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On Set Product Reviews

Sante Natural Cosmetics

August 18, 2013

The Beauty Team is excited to send some of our talented Makeup Artists out to work in pharmacies, natural/organic stores and events with a unique cosmetic brand such as Sante Naturkosmetik.


The entire facial make-up line is developed and manufactured in Germany and meets the strict criteria for Certified Natural Cosmetics (according BDIH) with the exception of the Nail Polish. These purely plant sourced products offer palettes of pure colours derived from nature and are infused with Organic Jojoba and Chamomile.  They not only glide on like butter but they smell sweet and fresh. To tell you the truth the products smell better than some of our most favourite body butters or fragrances!


Sante is geared towards (but not limited to) a young, fresh and trendy clientele and is great for sensitive skin.  The products are innovative and offered at an affordable price point (all priced under $30.00).

 Cosmetic companies are definitely recognizing that customer’s read ingredients and are very educated about what they put on their skin. We’re loving that this line offers some gluten-free and vegan options and that all of their products are not tested on animals. We will definitely be recommending this line to clients with sensitivities and specific ingredient requirements.


We were lucky enough to sample a few products from this Natural Makeup line and look forward to sharing our reviews with our readers in the next few weeks.

So far our favourite products from the line are the Pressed Powder because of its ability to melt into the skin, even out skintone and add a healthy glow. Truthfully, what got us was the fresh scent. Who knew a natural product could smell so good!? We are also loving Sante Lipsticks  which have great opacity, moisturize, protect and are available in a wide array of 24 shades.

 Over all these made in Germany products are good quality and high in pigment. We do believe their range of colour is good, but would like to see a few more brighter shades as they attract the eye and always look great on the skin.

This line already has a big following especially by customers that are aware of healthy cosmetic ingredients and we applaud and appreciate them for that!

You can view and read more about Sante’s products at

 Products can be purchased online or at most local natural and organic stores and pharmacies.

Keep an eye our for The Beauty Team demoing these natural products at select locations in the GTA this September!

Thanks for having us onboard Sante!

♥ Victoria & Jenna

Co-founders and Key Makeup Artists of 

The Beauty Team


Product Reviews

DIOR Mystic Metallics – sneak peek at fall 2013

July 28, 2013

 The Beauty Team  is grateful to be able to try out new Dior cosmetics ‘hot off the press’ for fall 2013!

On the counter in August!



Photo by Steven Meisel.

The new collection is breathtaking! The 5 colour palette of shadows is shimmery and mythical. The colour harmonies exist in shades blue-green and browns (384 Bonne Etoile) and are hot tones for runway fall 2013.

What we love is the way the new line of eyeshadows compliment the new lip shades.  The deep plum hue of  Dior’s Bonne Aventure paired with Ensorcelante gloss will create a dramatic and classy look that the Beauty Team is  more than excited to use especially for print and bridal clients.


Tyen states: “The colour harmonies that I have created for this look reflect the mysterious colours of the galaxy. Like a journey from the earth to the moon.”



The Diorshow Fusion Mono creates the depth and contrast of a catwalk look. Its unprecedented, rounded, gel-mousse texture weightlessly illuminates the eye with multi-faceted, long lasting colour! With Diorshow Fushion Mono, Dior has created the first multi dimensional light and shadow eye look.

Eyes ‘dress up in the dazzle of black diamonds, of amber…’ Eight shades with intense shimmer and a powerful emotional charge!

Application: Soft or Bold.

Soft: applied with fingertips, the eye shadow melts into the skin to create a light veil of colour and a subtly shimmering result.

Bold: applied using the smudging applicator, the finish is intensified to reveal pure and extreme colour.


Last, the new Dior manicure makes your look stand out with a shadowy blue lacquer which, owing to its integrated magnet, reveals an enigmatic motif.  Shimmering lights of silvery pink (382 Destin) and brocade prune (992 Galaxie) propel nail lacquer into a new dimension, for a half-shadow, half-light aesthetic that is always stylish!

The Beauty Team has been blown away by the buttery-smooth texture of Dior nail polish.  What makes it unique is the luxurious applicator that gives a just-out-of the-spa look that we all love!

Thanks Dior.  Fall has never looked so good!




Co-Founder and Key Makeup Artist of

The Beauty Team

On Set Product Reviews

Redness Relief Alert!

July 19, 2013

So it’s summer and we all are guilty of some slight sun burn, I’m sure. I have a solution that will soothe the skin, take down your redness and actually hydrate. Who knew a powder would actually work as an after-sun aid? I first used this magic powder on set for Deck Wars for HGTV Canada. I always tell people the funny story about how the host of the show didn’t understand why his makeup wasn’t coming off his nose at the end of the night after a long season of filming. I remember Paul saying to me “Jenna, I wash my face and my nose doesn’t have it’s usual redness, why is this?” I laughed because it wasn’t that his makeup wasn’t coming off with his regular cleanser, it was because the product was actually helping to heal his rosacea . He wanted the name of it and needed to know where he could get it. I love when even the most masculine men get hooked on what’s in my beauty kit!

Paul LaFrance of Deckwars

Paul LaFrance of Deckwars


This powder acts as a therapeutic anti-inflammatory to take down redness and/or puffiness caused by acne, rosacea or sunburn for example. This unique formulation neutralizes surface redness and soothes skin with ingredients including honeysuckle, zinc oxide, licorice and caffeine. Ideal for even the most sensitive skin, and after advanced chemical and microderm treatments.


Surface redness is visibly reduced on the spot, while ingredients like lonicera japoninca extract (honey suckle), zinc oxide and caffeine help soothe Rosacea skin conditions or redness from overexposure to sun and wind. Formulated with glominerals’ exclusive blend of antioxidants, including vitamins A, C, E and green tea, it provides nutrients that are vital to maintaining skin’s healthy radiance.


  • Wear alone, under or over foundation and re-apply throughout the day as needed.
  • Beneficial for patients after chemical and microderm treatments or to aid sun or wind burn.

You can gain access to Redness Relief Powder retailing for $38 at The Beauty Team Boutique


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Product Reviews

Product Review – Diorskin Nude BB Creme

June 6, 2013


I must admit I was not on the bandwagon when BB cremes hit the shelves a few years ago. I preferred applying my tinted moisturizers, serums and primers individually and didn’t really get the hype.

It wasn’t until I was sent Diorskin Nude BB creme that my perception changed. Enhanced with mineralized floral water, a blend of antioxidants and SPF 10, this product promises to moisturize, correct and protect the skin from the outdoor elements.

I first applied this product with my Beauty Blender and it literally blurred all imperfections and gave me a radiant glow while not feeling like I had anything on my face. My skin looked flawless!

A little goes a long way with this product. Start with less and add more as needed. If you start with too much product it tends to take a long time to dry. The best way to apply it is like I did (with a Beauty Blender) or your fingertips (freshly washed of course) as I found when I used a foundation brush it looked a bit heavy.

A definite recommendation to any woman on the go.

The BB creme comes in 4 shades and is suitable for all skin tones. Available at your nearest department store or Sephora.


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