The results are in and the spotlight is on as 12 of the country’s most promising hair and makeup artists get ready for their close-up in the all-new, digital series, Canada’s Best Beauty Talent. With countless coast-to-coast submissions to choose from, Rogers Media and L’Oréal Canada have discovered the crème de la crème of Canadian beauty talent to compete for recognition, prestige, and ultimate beauty stardom. Canada’s Best Beauty Talent premieres April 8 on Best Beauty Talent and will run online every Sunday and Monday night following the television broadcasts of Canada’s Got Talent on Citytv.
Recognized for their beauty savvy, passion and personality, the Top 12 will be teamed up each episode – one beauty artist with one hair artist – to compete in a series of themed challenges in hopes of impressing the panel of renowned judges and industry experts, and ultimately being named Canada’s Best Beauty Talent.
The grand prize winner of Canada’s Best Beauty Talent will receive the esteemed new title and a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Paris to experience the prestigious world of L’Oréal. The lucky hair or makeup artist will receive a customized agenda tailored to his or her area of expertise, and will tour the L’Oréal head offices, meet the experts, explore the affiliated flagship salons, and more. The top two finalists will each be named Canada’s Best Hair Artist and Canada’s Best Makeup-Artist and will be featured in FLARE, HELLO! Canada and LOULOU (whose editors will also review their portfolios), attend the Toronto International Film Festival with L’Oréal Paris, and create a beauty blog with Chatelaine.com.
The Canada’s Best Beauty Talent contestants are:
Shab Aghajani – Maple, ON – At an early age, Shab was exposed to the academic environment of her mother’s hairdressing college and managing her own clientele at age 14. Talented and sought-after, Shab has won and placed in many notable hairstyling competitions.
Matt Collins – Toronto, ON – Matt’s impeccable work has earned him a prestigious runway stylist of the year title, in addition to being featured extensively on television and in print. Matt’s work is also regularly seen at shows during Paris Fashion Week and Toronto Fashion Week.
Isabelle Faure – Toronto, ON – Isabelle has built her experience in acclaimed salons, styled for celebrities and major runway events, and her work has been published internationally. Hair is Isabelle’s art form and her life, and it’s what she believes she is meant to do.
Roger Medina Martin – Winnipeg, MB – Roger’s standout hair artistry has been featured in magazines and major fashion catalogues in New York, Toronto and Western Canada. Roger is also personal stylist to a top Canadian R&B artist.
Patrick Nadeau – Montreal, QC – Patrick has studied and worked under top hair artists in some of the world’s most celebrated cities. His work has been featured in magazines and he is the proud winner of three Color Trophy awards.
Caylee Wasilenko – Vancouver, BC – Caylee’s passion and energy for hair design is evident. With 17 years in the business, she’s competed and taught hair art around the world and owns her own studio. Caylee believes any dream is possible with hard work and courage.
Léa Bégin – Trois-Rivieres, QC – Léa is an accomplished and creative makeup artist with 10 years of experience in many aspects of her field. Léa’s talent came naturally by learning on location, watching other artists at work and reading books by her favourite makeup artist idols.
Kven Chi – Lavaltrie, QC – Kven is passionate about makeup, beauty and makeovers. A freelance makeup artist for the past several years, Kven is excited about the opportunity to amaze and be part of something bigger.
Marcia Garnes – Toronto, ON – Marcia is a makeup artist with enthusiasm and positivity, living her life with purpose and working towards achieving her dreams. Marcia hopes to use this opportunity to showcase her talents to a larger audience.
Jenna Kuchera – Vancouver, BC – Jenna is an award-winning makeup artist with projects that include music videos, commercials, bridal and editorial print work. Jenna also teaches makeup classes at a renowned Vancouver college.
Cait Mizzi – Burlington, ON – Cait exudes creativity and innovation as a makeup artist. With more than seven years of experience, Cait’s work has left a mark on the Toronto commercial and entertainment community and has beautified the pages of many publications.
Andrea Tiller – Vancouver, BC – Andrea Tiller has a passion and flair for artistic expression. An honours beauty graduate, she is currently an instructor of fashion makeup application. Andrea has participated in international fashion shows and her work has been featured in top magazines.
Canada’s Best Beauty Talent is the first talent search of its kind in Canada to be featured solely on a digital media platform, and will showcase a variety of the country’s most skilled and promising beauty artists. Each webisode will see hair and makeup stylists teamed up to create a specific look, corresponding with the theme of each week’s challenge, in hopes of impressing the panel of judges and being named Canada’s Best Beauty Talent. This original digital series is a celebration of the thriving Canadian beauty industry and its multitude of skilled professionals.