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Best in Show
Spotlighting the stars of the Canadian beauty biz

Since M.A.C debuted in 1984, the world has looked to Canada as a launch pad for the latest and greatest in beauty. Here, FLARE rounds up the top-10 Canadian beauty brands we’d love to see become household names, too.

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Susanne Lang Parfumerie Dermaglow Face Atelier Pink Beauty Cosmetics

Teye Minerals B.Skin Linacare Cover FX

Gee Beauty Ojon


Susanne Lang Parfumerie

Who: Toronto native Susanne Langmuir creates fresh, subtle scents that offer a sophisticated alternative to smelling like the latest “it” girl.
The goods: Susanne Lang Layers, a collection of mix-and-match scents, including Tamboti Wood and Midnight Orchid, allows you to play the nose at home, or work with a perfumer to create Couture, your own custom-blended signature scent.

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Who: Headquartered in Woodbridge, Ont., this seven-year-old skin-care company is keeping Kate Winslet, along with thousands of Canadians, looking young and radiant.
The goods: Dermaglow, sold only where trained cosmeticians can explain the clinical benefits, is backed by straight-up science. Its newest collection, Radiance RX, boasts an exclusive deeply penetrating vitamin C that promotes maximum skin radiance.

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Face Atelier

Who: Everything about this Calgary-based cosmetics line, from the simple yet bold packaging to its slogan, “Because looking good is the best revenge!” reflects founder Debbie Bondar’s forthright confidence.
The goods: Bondar’s mandate is to create innovative makeup that’s easy to use, “because the world does not need just another lipstick.” Ultra Foundation, a highly pigmented silicone-based foundation, is already a cult fave of pro makeup artists.

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Pink Beauty Cosmetics

Who: JT may have brought sexy back, but Pink Beauty, brainchild of makeup artist April Jacob, is bringing Old Hollywood glamour back. Launched last summer, the line is a fave on the set of TV’s Crossing Jordan, starring Canadian beauty Jill Hennessy.
The goods: Pink Beauty’s sheer makeup for eyes, cheeks and lips, including the delicious vanilla-scented Lip Scintillate Lip Gloss, can be applied with a brush or just your fingers.

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Teye Minerals

Who: Launched in 2001, this Calgary-based line of mineral makeup’s name is inspired by Queen Tiye, who reigned over ancient Egypt while also taking time to participate in ritualized beauty regimes.
The goods: This lightweight, water-resistant mineral makeup allows your skin to breathe and heal as if it were bare. Beauty novices will find salvation in the Mineral Finishing Powder, a single formula that can be used as your eyeshadow, blush and lip colour for a harmonized look.

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Who: Disappointed with the mild skin-care choices available when she was diagnosed with dermatitis, Gillian Downes started mixing products in her kitchen and, in 2003, established the B.Skin flagship store on Toronto’s hip King Street West strip.
The goods: A girlie-girl line of bath and beauty products made of gentle, sensitive, skin-friendly ingredients such as soy, shea butter and jojoba oil. Local and online shoppers alike can’t get enough of Mud, the organic, Dead Sea–mud deep cleanser that gently draws out excess oil. Fresh obsessed: Every item is still entirely handmade by Downes in small batches of three.

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Who: Carol Lee is one smart lady. Following compliments on her skin after trying a sample of what is now Linacare’s face cream, she not only dumped her usual pricey day cream but she also partnered with the Harvard-trained scientist behind the sample, Dr. Henry Fung, to establish Linacare Cosmetherapy Inc., in 2003.
The goods: From its Transforming Face Cream to Intensive Foot Therapy, the collection promises to keep your skin moist and healthy-looking from head to toe, thanks to Dr. Fung’s unique process, which delivers and maintains hydration in the skin’s deepest layers. Go west: Based out of Vancouver, the company takes an approach to marketing that is simple, relying on word of mouth from Linacare devotees to promote the six creams.

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Cover FX

Who: What do you get when a corrective makeup specialist, a hospital’s renowned chief of dermatology and a chemical engineer team up? Cover FX’s wide range of foundations and powders, which help camouflage skin conditions and disorders from rosacea to burns.
The goods: Men and women of all skin tones are sure to find a seamless blend with more than 30 shades of Total Coverage Cream Foundation.

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Gee Beauty

Who: Mother-and-daughter team Miriam and Natalie Gee opened their beauty bar in Toronto’s Rosedale neighbourhood in fall 2005.
The goods and services: Toronto’s lovely ladies flock to Gee Beauty for a little girl talk while being treated to an expert brow thread from Natalie or a facial (for hydration, the Give Me Some Air oxygen-boost facial is a must). Makeup is mostly Miriam’s terrain; using her house brand of cosmetics and 20-plus years of makeup-artist experience, she guarantees you’re in expert hands.

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Who: Celebrating its fourth birthday this year with new offices in Burlington, Ont., this skin- and hair-care company gets its name and mojo from the Ojon tree, which grows in the wild in Honduras.
The goods: She may have great genes, but Liv Tyler’s soft, shiny hair stays that way thanks to the Restorative Hair Treatment.

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