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Makeup Artist Jobs – IMATS Toronto 2017 Recap: The Trends

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

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I had the chance to attend the IMATS in Toronto this past weekend for my first time, and it was everything I expected and more! Although I was working the event as an exhibitor, I still had a chance to walk around the floor and checkout the trends as well as chat with makeup artists and beauty enthusiasts about their favourite products, looks and more. I also, of course, made time to get a bit of shopping in because well, priorities people. After a full weekend of sculpted eyebrows, symmetrical wing-tips and perfected contours, I’ve brought back my five favourite trends from the 2017 IMATS to share with you!

1. Neon Brights

Even with summer coming to an end, neon colours are still going strong. From bright locks to bold shadows, highlighter yellows and electric blues were big at the IMATS. My personal favourite use of colour? Was from a Makeup Artist from the Vancouver Film School who created a stunning Moroccan inspired look with bold pops of neon on the lids and every so slightly under the brow.


2. Strip Lashes

With the continuously growing popularity of eyelash extensions, you’d almost think that strip lashes were starting to become obsolete. But don’t put down that lash glue, because this weekend was proof that strip lashes are still a favourite of makeup artists and beauty lovers alike. Strip lashes were batting strong on almost everyone’s eyes and bags from brands like Stush Extensions, Esqido and Velour were everywhere!

3. Face Jewels

If bling on your arms, fingers and ears aren’t enough glam for you don’t worry, because face jewels are a perfect way to glam up your makeup look without having to go to heavy with actual product. I saw it all from bejeweled lash lines to accentuated eyeliner wings, but my favorite look of the entire weekend came from M.A.C. Makeup Artist Viktor Peters, a total boss when it comes to minimalistic makeup looks and is also now my makeup inspiration. He kept his makeup super clean and simple and decorated his entire face and neck with the smallest Swarovski Crystals.

4. Rainbow Lips

Lips are no strangers to bright fun colours, but hues like lavender, teal, and tangerine were as popular as ever. Deep dark tones, soft pastels and everything in between were being worn and sold everywhere. Brands like M.A.C Cosmetics and Lime Crime were definitively the leaders of the pack when it came to variety of colours and textures. Neutral tones like brown, grays and black were also huge hits this year which is perfect for the teenage goth in you who used to have to wait for October to snatch those shades!

5. Glitter Highlighter

The highlight game was taken to a whole other this weekend with glitter leading the pack. From highlights with glitter accents to full on glitter highlights the IMATS clearly proved that there is no such thing as too much glitz! My favourite providers of sparkle and fairy dust? G4E Beauty definitively set the tone demonstrating how to rock a highlight wearing their glitter collection.

All images taken by M.J. Elle

By M.J. Elle, Toronto ON @TheMJElle

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Beauty Jobs – The New Nudes: Your Guide to Nude Lipstick

Monday, August 21st, 2017

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Nude lipstick is far from coming in just one shade. Today, you can find an infinite variety of shades, finishes, and textures — so regardless of your preference, there’s a nude lipstick for you. Luckily, the days of the original concealer-inspired lipsticks are behind us and the beauty industry saw the need to provide consumers with different nude options.


Not sure where to begin your nude journey? We’ve got you covered. We shared our favourite nude hues to guide you. Just remember, at the end of the day, nude lipsticks look different on everyone and every skin type can pull off countless different shades, it just requires a little trial and error to find which nudes work best. Consider this list a quick guide to help get you on your way to finding your nude lipstick match.


The Brown Nude

This variation is not so different from the traditional pale nude that we’re used to, except for it’s darker, sleeker and looks good on just about everyone because it doesn’t wash out the skin. Found in matte, sheer or glossy, the brown nude is the new universal shade that every ‘It’ girl should try. We love this Ciaté London matte lipstick as it provides you with gorgeous, long-wearing colour, making your lips appear fuller, supple and smooth.



The Pink Nude

If you’re looking for a playful and feminine nude that has a subtle touch of colour, then the pink hues are for you. Ideally made for those with fair and milky complexions, a pink nude adds a delicate pop of colour that’s perfect for all occasions. When working with a nude pink lip, we recommend rocking an understated eye to keep your look subtle and professional.

The Grey Nude

If you’re looking for something a bit bold, that doesn’t classify as going overboard, we recommend trying for a greyed nude, as it’ll add an edgier vibe to your makeup. This shade from MAC looks amazing on any skin tone and will leave you with a subtle pop of colour in a liquid-suede finish that will last all day.

The Traditional Nude

Last but not least, we had to mention the OG of nudes, even though we have so many options available we still have some space in our hearts for the classic nude. For those ‘no makeup’ days when you want to keep your look simple, a traditional nude hue, like this Porcelain Doll from Essence Makeup is the perfect shade to neutralize the lips without drawing too much attention.

The Blush Nude

If you’re looking for a high-impact nude that won’t leave your lips feeling dry or cakey, we highly recommend trying Toronto-based Bite Beauty’s Amuse Bouche lipstick in Meringue. This nude will leave your lips feeling moisturized, thanks to its soft texture and creamy wear that lasts for hours.


What are your favourite nude shades? Let us know in the comments below!


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Product Info:

  1. Ciaté London Liquid Velvet Moisturizing Matte Liquid Lipstick Obsession, $23.00 available at Sephora
  2. Too Faced Melted Liquefied Long Wear Lipstick Chihuahua, $25.00 available at Sephora
  3. Retro Matte liquid Lipcolor Flesh Stone, $25.00 available at MAC
  4. Long lasting Lipstick Nude in Porcelain Doll $3.49 available at Essence Makeup
  5. Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Meringue, $30, available at Sephora



By: Junia Goncalves, Toronto @travelcultureblog

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Beauty Jobs – Getting to Know Plant Powered Brand Graydon Skincare

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Natural skincare isn’t just a fleeting summer beauty trend — going green is a conscious, lasting movement that’s here to stay. Enter Graydon Skincare, a homegrown brand that’s on a mission to make luxurious, plant powered products the golden standard. Masterminded by health enthusiast Graydon (yes, that’s her name!), this super aesthetic skincare line has been featured in major publications like The Kit, Best Health, and ELLE Canada.


BNTF loves how much insight Graydon provides for each and every product: full ingredient list, how to use each one and what they pair best with. Read on to learn more about the five standout products in the collection and why we’re obsessed!

Pre-Cleansing Makeup + Grime Remover


The Keto Cleanse immediately caught our attention due to flashbacks of the diet of the same name. On a serious note, if you’re a fan of the oil-cleansing method you’ll want to check this out. The Keto Cleanse is a straight forward mix of oils and ghee that work together to break down old makeup and grime from the skin’s surface. The difference between this and other pre-cleanse oils on the market is the three item ingredient list!

Green Cream for a Cause


Imagine being able to feed your face a huge, nutritious green salad — that’s the concept behind The Green Cream. Jam packed with oils of broccoli, avocado, parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme this chlorophyll based moisturizer stimulates the lymphatic system to detoxify pores. Also, $5 of every purchase goes towards the Canadian Breast Cancer Support Fund.

Super Sensitive Skin Stuff


Do you have oily skin that gets irritated by just about everything and anything? We know it can be a challenge to find a product that provides ideal moisturization without any potentially havoc-wreaking extras. Graydon’s Super Sensitive Skin Stuff is a lightweight moisturizer made with Canadian Maple Water that nourishes without leaving behind the sticky residue you might expect.

Cool Face Cleansing Tool


Most of us stick to wash cloths or powered brush heads for an extra deep clean. Graydon Skincare offers a 100% plant sourced alternative with their Bamboo Charcoal Sponge. As the name suggests, bamboo and charcoal are infused into a sponge made of ground konjac root. If your interest is piqued as much as ours was, watch the YouTube tutorial here.

Tinted Primer + Illuminator


As BNTFers, we’re constantly on the hunt for the most ethereal glow possible, and if it’s plant based, it’s even better! Nutrient-rich Face Glow, including raspberry, pumpkin and shea butter extracts, is the versatile tinted primer + illuminator combo you need. Fair to medium skin tones can wear this under foundation for a subtle shimmery and skin blurring effect. Dark to deep complexions can dab this onto high points of the face as a highlighter.


Which Graydon Skincare product are you most excited to try this summer? Leave comments below!


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Product Info:

1. Keto Cleanse Pre-Cleansing Makeup + Grime Remover, $25

2. Causemetics Green Cream, $35

3. Super Sensitive Skin Stuff, $35

4. Bamboo Charcoal Sponge, $13

5. Face Glow, $35

By: Taja Jarvis, Toronto, @TVJV

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Beauty Jobs – How to Start Your Own Successful Beauty Blog

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

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BNTF is a platform that encourages men and women from all walks of life to turn their passion for the beauty industry into a career. You’ve undoubtedly considered starting your very own blog, so what’s stopping you? A blog is a great way to make a name for yourself, sharpen or develop tons of new skills and even make extra cash! If you’re thinking about launching your own beauty blog and you’re not sure where to begin, read on below to get tips on starting your own successful blog ASAP.

1. Google the Title of This Article

Seriously. Google is a guy/gal’s best friend when it comes to learning just about, well, anything! Scan through the articles you come across until you have a general idea of what creating a blog actually entails. Also, try a variety of search queries like “how my beauty blog changed my life” or “why I stopped beauty blogging”. You’ll get a better view of what you’re really getting yourself into.

2. What Do You Have to Share?

In order to stand out from the sea of beauty blogs out there, find your voice and audience and what sets you apart from everyone else. The beauty scene can feel a little over-saturated at times but everyone brings something unique to the table! What is it about face mask addiction, hair dyeing obsession, product launch reviews, dupes, cost comparisons, etc., that you need to share? Your niche is what people will eventually come to your site for so try to pin it down.

3. Set Yourself Up

You’ve done a little market research, you know what you want to say, now’s the time to get online. Owning your site will make it easier to monetize in the future (and rake in extra revenue). Although it may seem complicated, it’s pretty straightforward to get a host provider, think of a catchy domain name, install WordPress and choose a theme in less time than you’d think. Suzi at Cruelty-Free Kitty has the most thorough, helpful and aesthetic setup guide, here.

4. Content

Focus on consistent quality over consistent quantity. Balance eye-catching images with thoughtful and useful text. Whether you plan on showcasing makeup looks, swatches, nail designs, etc., get the best quality pictures that are available to you. That may mean your iPhone camera in natural light or a high-performance DSLR with studio lighting. Everyone starts somewhere!

5. Measuring Success

Let’s talk data. You can post the most amazing content the internet has ever seen but if no one sees it, what’s the point? Measure the success of your posts by using analytic tools that come free with your website host provider. Frequently reviewing your blog’s traffic and performance allows you to monitor and track your average site views, clicks and engagement rates. The insights you can pull from this data are limitless — it’s up to you to use them!

6. You Saw This One Coming

Network. As a new blogger on the scene, it’s important to connect with and show support for other bloggers around you. Genuine engagement is appreciated and doesn’t go unnoticed! Make it a point to attend a few blogger meet ups and product launch events in order to get your name out there. For more tips on networking, read up on How to Network in the Beauty Industry.

7. Don’t Stop

Beauty blogging is far from glam. It takes up a lot of creative juice, energy and antisocial time in work mode to get your baby beauty blog off the ground. The key here is to not give up. With these tips in your arsenal, you’re bound to be running your very own successful beauty blog in no time.

We never said starting your own successful beauty blog was going to easy, but it will be worth it! Are there any tips and tricks that we missed? Leave your beauty blog name below and share your know-how in the comments!

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By: Taja Jarvis, Toronto, @TVJV

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Beauty Jobs – The Top Sunless Tan Options for Summer

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Whether it feels like it or not (looking at you, unpredictable Canadian weather) summer 2017 has officially touched down. BNTF is very well acquainted with the dangers of harmful UVA/UVB rays and advocates the practice of safe sun by using SPF daily. We have compiled a list of the best self-tanners ranging from luxury brands, drugstore steals, eco-friendly options, etc. to get you bronzed up literally overnight. Get your glow on without damaging your skin in the long run by reading on below!

Worth the Splurge

Start your summer off glowing the right way. Dior’s foolproof self-tanner is raved about online for good reason! The gel-based formula makes it easy to blend evenly over the entire body — it also intensifies gradually throughout the day. To keep up your skin’s newfound bronze radiance, apply two to three times throughout the week.

#1 Drugstore Self-Tanner

Beauty aficionado Paula Begoun is known for her science-backed skincare line Paula’s Choice. What isn’t as well-known is her amazingly affordable Sun 365 Self-Tanning Foam. For only $16 a pop, you can get your hands on this lightweight, odourless, self-tanner for use on the face and body.

Eco-Friendly? Yes, please!

Eco-babes rejoice! We found the perfect vegan, cruelty-free and certified organic self-tanner for you to try this summer. The Invisible Tan by Australian company ECO-Tan has received countless beauty awards throughout the years and is the go-to product for many conscious women and men around the world. The brand also carries before and after care products to extend your glow as long as possible.

Handy Dandy Towelettes

Don’t have patience for all the liquid foams, gels, sprays and mists on the market? These large (9 square inches!) towelettes are the perfect option for full body self-tan applications. Simply run the towelettes over clean dry, skin and allow the quick-drying formula to develop over the next eight hours. What truly makes TanTowel a winner is the fact that they’re travel-friendly!


No Time, No Problem

BNTF has discovered the best 15-minute “self-tanning” beauty hack for Summer 2017. Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs is essentially liquid pantyhose, it matches your skin tone and smoothes over your body’s complexion, covers veins, blemishes etc. all while being non-transferable and water resistant. By going a shade or two deeper than your actual skin tone you create an instant glow that will last all day long.

Tried and True

Let’s be real, is a self-tanner review legit if it doesn’t mention the iconic St. Tropez Self Tan? If you’re new to the world of self-tanning and are willing to spend a little more than you would at the drugstore look no further. A quick Google search will show you the thousands upon thousands of reviews on the St. Tropez line that promises non-orange, long lasting, summer ready bronze skin from head to toe.


Super Moisturized Glow

Jergens Natural Glow is a drugstore self-tanning line that’s been around for ages. They stepped up their game this summer with the release of their Wet Skin Self Tanning Moisturizer. As soon as you step out of the shower apply this gradual tanner all over body for a glow that lasts up to three days. Smooth, tan and touchable skin in just a few steps!


BONUS: Don’t get too messy

FYI sunless tanners can get pretty messy and stain your palms, knuckles and even under your fingernails. Keep it tidy by using this huge version of the Beauty Blender called the body.sponge. It has the same much-loved texture of the Beauty Blender but is large enough to efficiently cover large areas of your body.


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Product Info:

  1. Dior Self Tanner Natural Glow, $51, available at The Bay
  2. Paula’s Choice 365 Self-Tanning Foam, $16
  3. Eco Tan Invisible Tan, $39.95, available at Organic Skin USA
  4. TanTowel Self-Tan Towelette Full Body Classic, $29, available at DermStore
  5. Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs, $14.88, available at Walmart
  6. St Tropez Tanning Essentials Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse, $42, available at Sephora
  7. Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer, $8.07, available on Amazon
  8. BeautyBlender body.blender, $37, available at Sephora


By: Taja Jarvis, Toronto, @TVJV

Makeup Artist Jobs – How to Start Freelancing in the Beauty Industry

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

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Name a single beauty professional out there who doesn’t want to be their own boss. Impossible! Historically, beauty jobs have been freelance positions that allow maximum amounts of creative freedom for nail techs, hair stylists, MUAs and even beauty writers at magazines. Although nothing is ever as glam as it seems, successfully going freelance is the ultimate goal for many pros in the industry. Read on to learn how to start freelancing in the beauty industry.

Talent is Required

Perfect your craft. Before you charge clients for a service, make sure you have the education, skills, talent, and in some cases, valid certification to back it up. Be confident in your own abilities if you want potential employers to be confident in your work.

Do the Groundwork

Volunteer your time and talent. Reaching out to reputable brands/hair salons/fashion shows/magazines (you get the idea) and offering your services for free or at a lowered cost is the best way to build a strong portfolio. Whether paid or unpaid, experience is an invaluable asset that builds your body of work, professional reputation and most importantly, connections! By doing the groundwork, future clients will recognize your name and want to work with you again.

Define Your Presence

Brand yourself. As your connections start to build, make sure your online presence truly reflects who you are as an industry professional. Post your work to a personal website or portfolio and keep all social media profiles public and consistent – you may even want to create separate pages for your brand. Word of mouth is everything!

While it’s important to always work hard, it’s even more crucial to have patience. It can take years for beauty pros to garner consistent work and finally be able to freelance full-time. But as long as you follow the steps listed above you should be well on your way to living out your freelance dreams in the beauty industry!

Have any more advice to aspiring beauty freelancers? Leave them in the comments below!

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By: Taja Jarvis, Toronto, @TVJV

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Makeup Artist Jobs – What’s in My Makeup Bag With Beauty PR Guru Victoria Malloy

Thursday, April 13th, 2017


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I am passionate about healthy living and that extends to my beauty regimen. In my line of work (I run a boutique PR firm working exclusively with natural beauty and grooming brands) I have had the great pleasure of working with some amazing natural beauty brands from across the globe. I have acquired a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the chemicals lurking in our beauty products and how our day-to-day beauty products can be easily replaced with clean alternatives. Just like we eat well – feeding our bodies nutrient-dense foods – the same care should be taken when it comes to our skin. There are amazing plant-based products out there to help you “green-ify” your make-up bag.

Here are some of my go-tos…

1. Vita Active Foundation

Fitglow Beauty Vita-Active Foundation

This has become a staple in my makeup arsenal. This is so much more than a foundation. It is skin nutrition that feeds the skin super foods and essential vitamins! This 98% organic foundation combines Vitamin C, Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Seaweed Brighteners and Beta-Carotene to improve skin clarity, fight free radical damage and improve skin tone and smoothness. I love how well this foundation holds up throughout the day.

I have oily skin that tends to slowly break down my makeup throughout the day, but this one really holds up! Fitglow has designed this foundation to work with the skin’s changing pH so it stays put and looks great all day. I love how this feels on my skin. It doesn’t feel like I have a face full of makeup, nor does it look like I do. It gives me great coverage but feels nice and light. I like to apply it with my fingers with nice clean hands or with a beauty blender. Also works great applied with a foundation brush.

2. Pure Powder Foundation

Hynt Beauty Velluto Pure Powder Foundation

I have used different loose powders over the years, but as of late I’ve been really loving this one from Hynt Beauty.  Sometimes I use this on its own as a foundation or dust a light layer on top of my Fitglow foundation. Either way, this ultra-fine milled loose powder blended with organic extracts and oils creates a velvety smooth finish that I love. I like to tap a small amount of powder into the lid and swirl my brush around to load the brush evenly before applying.

3. Un-Coverup

RMS Beauty “Un” CoverUp Concealer

This is one of the best natural concealers I’ve used. The formulation is beautifully creamy and blends flawlessly.  It warms up with the skin and melts into the skin for a beautiful finish with great coverage. I like to gently pat a little bit under my eyes with my ring finger to brighten up the eyes as well as other areas that need a little bit of extra coverage. A little goes a long way!

4. Good lash

Fitglow Beauty Good Lash Mascara

I have tested out a lot of natural mascaras over the years and it took some time to find one that agreed with my eyes. Not only do I have sensitive eyes that have been known to get easily irritated by certain mascaras, but I also have long lashes that tend to transfer product to my lids and under-eye area. I needed to find one that was gentle but also formulated to stay put. My eyes found their match in Fitglow’s Good Lash Mascara. This is now a staple in my makeup bag.

5. Eyelash Curler

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

The Shu Uemura eyelash curler is an absolute essential in my makeup routine. It’s amazing what a difference a curl of lashes makes to complete your makeup look. I have used different brands over the years and they all generally achieve the same result for me, but this is the one you’ll find in my makeup bag right now. Again, because of my eye sensitivity, I like to keep it nice and clean by spraying it with a little alcohol and giving it a good wipe.

6. Lip stick

Suntegrity Lip C.P.R Sunscreen Lipstick

I’m a huge fan of products that do double-duty, in particular, lip products. These beautiful lipsticks from Suntegrity not only nourish your lips in rich, creamy colour but they keep the lips protected with broad spectrum SPF 30 without chemicals. I love how this lipstick glides on and keeps my lips feeling hydrated with organic jojoba oil, shea butter and cocoa butter. I have been wearing Solar Rose but I also love Sunburst Pink.

7. Too Faced Kabuki Brush

Too Faced Kabuki Brush

Brushes are another important part of my makeup routine, but I’m mindful of keeping brushes made with animal hair (and any product not committed to being cruelty-free for that matter) out of my makeup bag. This “Teddy Bear Hair” brush from Too Faced is great because it’s a) cruelty-free and b) it’s retractable, so it’s easy to keep it clean especially when on-the-go or traveling. I have also been enjoying the sculpting foundation brush from Juice Beauty, made with 100% taklon non-animal fibre.

To stay up to date with the rest of Victoria’s beauty favourites, make sure to follow her on Instagram.

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Images courtesy of Victoria Mallory

Product Info:

  1. Vita-Active Foundation, $59, available at Fitglow Beauty
  2. Velluto Pure Power Foundation, $69, available at Hynt Beauty
  3. RMS Beauty “UN”Coverup, $45, available at Health Hut Boutique
  4. Good Lash, $28, available at Fitglow Beauty
  5. Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, $28, available at Sephora
  6. Suntegrity – Lip C.P.R. – Sunscreen Lipstick, $39, available at Clementine Fields
  7. Too Faced Kabuki Brush, $40, available at Sephora

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Beauty Jobs – Q&A with Victoria DiPlacido, ELLE Canada

Monday, March 20th, 2017

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If you’re anything like us, working as a Beauty Editor at an iconic publication is what career dreams are made out of. Victoria DiPlacido, associate beauty editor at ELLE Canada, gets to do just that out of the Toronto-based head office.

Beauty Nine to Five got the chance to chat with Victoria about her most memorable celebrity encounters, lessons learned on the job and even shares a few tips on landing an internship at the magazine. Read on for the interview below.

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BNTF: Your IG gives us a peek backstage at fashion shows, celebrity selfies, and exclusive media events. We know it’s not glam all the time but what are some other perks of being Elle Canada’s Associate Beauty Editor?

VD: It’s true we get to meet celebrities and models and model/celebrities, but I’m also a huge product innovation nerd and meeting with scientists and visionary hair and makeup artists are probably my favourite part of my job. I interviewed Cara Delevingne recently for a story about Rimmel’s Scandaleyes mascara (she was their spokesperson). She was cool and that experience was amazing, but I also got to grill their VP of Product Innovation on exactly what makes one mascara different from the next—it’s all about how the brush and the formula work together, you can read about it here—and I could have talked to him for hours.

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BNTF: What has been your biggest lesson learned in your third year in this position?

VD: Well, work/life balance is always impressed upon me as being important. I still haven’t mastered it, and I don’t think keeping them entirely distinct is feasible when my work and life are so intertwined, but I’m trying to do better about disconnecting when I can.

BNTF: This industry can be competitive, what are your top five tips for hopefuls wanting to land an internship?

VD: Hmmm I think you really need to take the time to know the magazine or website you are applying for. How handles a story about, say, Urban Decay partnering with Basquiat’s estate for a new collection, is different than how another outlet would — and it’s also different from how we would handle it in print. You need to really think about what the title would look like, what references you would bring in, the types of images you would use and how it would be promoted on social media. That is to say, you have to be a strong writer and editor, first and foremost.

But don’t worry too much if you aren’t 100% there yet. Just showing you are willing to work hard and learn means a lot. I think back about what I did and didn’t know when I was an intern and laugh/cringe. Also, know that the job is a significant time commitment. If I’m sitting with Guido Palau in the lobby of Georges V talking about why so many women are afraid to take major hair risks or out at any daytime event (and especially in beauty, there are a lot of them), then I need to make up that time working later in the day. You really always need to be on.

BNTF: In terms of beauty, who is the “ELLE Girl”. If she was a celebrity or fictional character, who would she be and why?

VD: All our cover stars and women we feature in the magazine are ELLE women in one way or another. For beauty, that means so many things: someone with an interest in skincare and makeup beyond basic tutorials, a playful approach to their look, strength, smarts, and good humour. It could be so many people, but for this exercise, I’ll just say, Rihanna.

BNTF: Lastly, we need to know: what are the 2017 beauty trends you’ll actually be trying this year?

VD: Colour! Everyone needs to fill the contour palette-sized holes in their lives with blush. I’ve been doing a day-to-day appropriate version of draping, which is this crazy ‘80s trend that was all over the spring/summer 2017 runways where you aggressively sweep blush up over your cheekbones and temples. I’ll just put a little bit high up on my cheek (stay away from the center of your face, no one needs any more redness there) or wear it as an eyeshadow, which is a trick I stole from one of M.A.C’s senior makeup artists at their trend presentation last year.

Images courtesy of Victoria DiPlacido, @victoriadiplacido

Taja Jarvis, Toronto, @TVJV

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Beauty Jobs – How to Land an Internship in the Beauty Industry

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

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There’s no avoiding it. Internships are a mandatory part of most beauty careers, especially for PR, Social Media or Marketing positions. Brands want to know you can handle the demands of working in a fast-paced and highly-creative environment – it’s the best way to prove you’re a good fit that can deliver.

Erase thoughts of Starbucks runs, walking the boss’s dog and trips to Paris from your mind. A great internship is a mix of hard work, hands on experience and personal growth. Read on to learn how to land an internship in the beauty industry.

Perfect Your Resume

It’s the 21st century; the days of basic black and white, Times New Roman, 12pt font resumes are over. A quick Google search of “creative beauty resumes” will point you in the right direction and provide tons of makeover inspiration. Give your resume the makeover it needs so you can stand out from the crowd.

Search Wisely

Beauty companies, big and small, are constantly on the lookout for a helping hand. Scan job boards, the ‘Careers’ page on brand websites and social media platforms for any openings. Be prepared to send out a tailored resume dozens of times, eventually you’ll land that coveted interview!

Do Your Research

The key to standing out during your interview is knowing absolutely everything there is to know about the brand. This will help you decide what to wear, answer questions appropriately and which strengths and weaknesses to highlight. An intern is invaluable, know your worth and you’ll be starting on your first day in no time.

The Follow Up

You felt as if the interview went amazing, but almost a week has gone by and you still haven’t heard back from the company. You’re stressed because you don’t know what to do. Can you follow up without reeking of desperation or looking like a pest? Send a quick thank you note to the decision-maker. This way you can affirm to the hiring manager that you’re really interested in the opportunity and that you would bring a ton of value into the position. The bottom line is: Stay top of mind. This will help with the process.

Good luck! Are there any tips we missed in the internship process? Let us know in the comments below.

Inspiration image courtesy of Quiet Rev

Taja Jarvis, Toronto, @TVJV

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Makeup Artist Jobs – NYFW Beauty Looks You Need To Try

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Backstage at Creatures of the Wind RTW 2017

It’s a fact, runway beauty trends typically become mainstream in the months following fashion week. Although looks straight off the runway aren’t necessarily the most wearable, they can be modified (aka toned down) to work for anyone and everyone. Stay ahead of the beauty game by keeping an eye on backstage runway looks during New York Fashion Week. We’ve compiled the top beauty trends from the Fall 2017 Ready to Wear season that you need to try ASAP.

1. Michael Costello

70s Power Woman

“Disco divas” strutted down Michael Costello’s and Brandon Maxwell’s Fall Ready to Wear 2017 this season. Fierce was the most commonly used term used backstage as models sported ultra glam makeup ranging from angular contoured cheekbones to strong brows and prominent lips. Combined with a full ‘fro, this look just says, “I’m a powerful business woman from the ‘70s, nice to meet ya”.2. Jeremy Scott

Bold Bottom Lashes

Jeremy Scott went big (per usual) with the use of false lashes in his Fall 2017 RTW look. To achieve a similar feel without going overboard, apply coats of lash-defining mascara to your bottom lashes without any other eye makeup. Rosy cheeks and a lip-plumping gloss complete this animated look.3. Oscar de la Renta

Bright Monochromatic Eyes

Graphic eyeshadow looks came down the runway multiple times this season, but no one mastered it quite like Oscar de la Renta. The smoldering red eyeshadow manages to make the face pop without being “unwearable”. Although more appropriate for a night out, anyone can pull off this look with the right shade of red and a ton of practice!

Beaufille RTW Fall 2017

Mara Hoffman RTW Fall 2017

Skin Is In

Understated makeup that lets the model’s skin poke through was another trend we spotted this week. Whether paired with a with a deep lip as seen in Mara Hoffman’s presentation or something a little more neutral (à la Beaufille) this effortless look is set to take over for the rest of the year.

5. The Blonds

Modern 1920s Beauty

Whether it was the sleek hair or the bronze smokey eye, the models of Badgley Mischka (top) and The Blonds (bottom) were giving us major 1920s vixen feels. The updated pin-up is a glamorous take on classic beauty and would be perfect to replicate for a date night, drinks with the girls or intense IG selfie sessions.

6. Marchesa bow

6. Marchesa flower

Oversized Hair Accessories

We loved the oversized hair accessories we saw strut down Marchesa’s runway this season. The larger-than-life details of the satin bows and stunning floral hair arrangements added a touch of whimsical romance to the collection. Here’s how to tone it down for work: tie a satin ribbon around your ponytail or pin bangs to the side with a floral-print hair clip

.7. Chromat 7. Cushnie et Ochs

Natural Hair Magic

Have you noticed a change in hair trends? Natural hair is being embraced more and more by the high fashion world! This is proven by how many models rocked their natural kinks and curls throughout NYFW. Images from the runways of Cushnie et Ochs and Chromat add diversity and beauty to the looks of this season.

Micro Nail Details

You’ll have to take a close look to appreciate the mini details making their way down runways this season. Alice+Olivia went matchy-matchy with their accessories and nails. This is one of the easier trends to replicate if you already have an outfit in mind. Use your creativity to ensure small details transcend into aspects of your makeup, hair or nails.

Are there any other beauty trends from NYFW 2017 that you’re dying to try? Let us know in the comments below.

Inspiration Image courtesy of WWD

Image Info:


1. Michael Costello inspiration image courtesy of NY Mag

2. Brandon Maxwell inspiration image courtesy of WWD

3. Jeremy Scott inspiration image courtesy of Vogue

4. Oscar de la Renta inspiration image courtesy of Elle

5. Mara Hoffman inspiration image courtesy of WWD

6. Beaufille inspiration image courtesy of WWD

7. Badgley Mischka inspiration image courtesy of WWD

8. The Blonds inspiration image courtesy of NY Mag

9. Marchesa 1 inspiration image courtesy of The Fashion Spot

10. Marchesa 2 inspiration image courtesy of The Fashion Spot

11. Cushnie et Ochs inspiration image courtesy of Vogue

12. Chromat inspiration image courtesy of NY Mag

13. Alice+Olivia inspiration image courtesy of WWD


By: Taja Jarvis, Toronto, @TVJV