New Look, Name & Team Members!

Hey Guys! 

Welcome to esteem! We are a team of highly skilled and trained artists offering luxury glamming services on location and in studio. It started out as Makeup by Brittany. I was a one man show, catering to as many weddings and events as I could handle in a year. There came a point where I was just turning away too much business. From there, I added my first team mate, followed by my second, followed by three consecutive members. We now stand at a total of 6 including myself. We cater to the London, Toronto, and surrounding area's. 

We are so excited to share our new look, name and team mates! I dropped the Makeup by Brittany because it is no longer just me and I needed the company name to represent us as a whole. As most of you know I am Brittany Hall, owner and director of what is now esteem. My two senior artist's are Catherine and Cassidy. Catherine started with me in February of 2015 and Cassidy in August of 2015.  I would like to introduce our newest team mates and pro artists, Britt, Katie and Siobhán! They all come to us with amazing skill and natural God given talent. They see the true beauty in everyone and create pure art with makeup.  

Below is a brief Q and A with each of the new members so you can get to know them a little bit better! 

Britt Havens

Brittany Hall: When did you first fall in love with makeup? 

I first fell in love with makeup around 6th grade. I loved playing with my moms makeup collection and cutting beauty looks out of magazines (vintage Pinterest!) and keeping them in photo albums.  I remember one Christmas getting a brush roll and makeup brushes and at the end of the night my younger sister asked me what my favourite gift was and without a doubt I said the makeup brushes. She couldn't believe that was my answer, because we got other "bigger"  and more fun gifts but I was in love with those brushes. I still have one brush from that set and I never use it but it's always in my kit. I think that Christmas is when I knew that my love of makeup and beauty ran deep. 

Brittany Hall: When did you start free-lancing and putting yourself out there to book in your own clients?  

I started freelancing in 2009. I had heard the quote "whatever you friends always ask you to do for them/help them with, make that your job". The idea of taking a natural skill, that you would gladly do for free and turning it into your job made sense to me so I went for it! 

Brittany Hall: What is your current work experience in the beauty industry (companies, salons, brands)? 

I began my career in the beauty industry as a hairstylist. I worked at an Aveda salon downtown London for a couple of years. From there I began building my freelance makeup business. I started a beauty blog and began to do weddings and photo shoots. I then worked at Sephora as the beauty studio captain and it was such an amazing experience. It exposed me to so many amazing brands and people and it was there that I became really confident in my skills and abilities as a professional makeup artist. I've done makeup for countless weddings, TV shows and photo shoots and am as passionate today as I was when I started this whole journey. 

Brittany Hall: What is your favourite part about the makeup application process? 

My favourite part is hands down, showing my client the completed look. I love to enhance my clients natural beauty while adding a little glam! I find as women we tend put ourselves last so I love to remind my clients that no matter how they feel, they've still got it. My clients are beautiful with and without makeup but I love being able to show them how truly beautiful they are by enhancing the features they already love. I love transforming them into a version of themselves that they don't get to see in the mirror everyday. After doing this for 7 years, seeing their face as they look in the mirror still makes me so happy!   

Brittany Hall: Why did you apply for this position with Makeup by Brittany? 

Brittany and I have been best friends for a couple of years now. We share the same love for both makeup artistry and business. We've loved working together and referring to each other in the past so it seemed natural to finally and officially join her amazing team. I love the business that I have built, but now that I'm a busy mom of two, the idea of working as a team really appealed to me and I knew it was time for something new! Brittany's business is really taking off and I'm thrilled and honoured to be a part of such a talented group of women. 

Brittany Hall: Where are you from?  

I'm originally from Brockville Ontario but have been in London for 10 years.  

Brittany Hall: Lipstick, bronzer or brows? Yes. You can only pick one! (I'm terrible, I know.)

Brows! I'm fair and have blonde hair so if I don't do my brows it literally looks like I have none! Even on clients, nothing completes a look like good brow transformation. I love using a mix of different brow products to get a natural and defined look.   

Brittany Hall: What is your current favourite product to use on yourself and clients alike? 

That could be the hardest question I've ever been asked.  I'm currently loving Anastasia dip brow. It's the best thing I've ever found for my brows and I love using it to achieve different looks! It can create a totally natural brow or a super sharp and defined look. Also - highlighters, I have too many favourites to name but it's probably my favourite product to apply on clients. It allows you to really study their face and decide what features you really want to pop.  

Brittany Hall: Describe your personal style in three words. 

Minimalist, classic and feminine (but with an edge ;)  

 Katie Bowen

Katie Bowen

B: When did you first fall in love with makeup? 

K: I've always loved makeup being a girly girl, collecting Caboodles and Lip Smackers as a kid. My real love affair began after I had my son. I would watch YouTube tutorials while I was feeding him and started branching out with lipstick colours and products. Now I'm a full blown product junkie and my happy place is in my beauty room. 

B: When did you start free-lancing and putting yourself out there to book in your own clients?  

K: I was feeling unfulfilled with my full-time nursing job and decided to do something that really made me happy. I signed up for an online makeup artistry course, did some research and a couple months later I did my first wedding. I have been slowly but surely booking clients and networking throughout the past year and a half and loving every minute of it. 

B: What is your current work experience in the beauty industry (companies, salons, brands)? 

K: Currently I strictly freelance; doing weddings, photo shoots, event makeup and lessons. 

B: What is your favourite part about the makeup application process? 

K: I think for me, like most artists, my favourite part is when your client looks in the mirror and you can see that they feel beautiful. It's rewarding to know you can help someone feel confident and sexy just by accentuating what they already have. 

B: Why did you apply for this position with Makeup by Brittany? 

K: Not only have I been following Britt on social media for the past couple of years, but last year I had the pleasure of having my makeup done in her chair and being involved in a lesson. She was so knowledgeable, supportive and inspiring. When I saw she was hiring I knew I had to give it a shot. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to take on more clients, grow as an artist and learn from the best. Being part of a strong group of hard-working women is a bonus! #squadgoals 

B: Where are you from?  

K: I'm originally from Brantford, Ontario where I was born and raised. I moved to London to pursue a Nursing Degree at UWO and it quickly became home to me.

B: Lipstick, bronzer or brows? Yes. You can only pick one! (I'm terrible, I know.)

K: I think I would have to say brows. I feel naked without filling in my brows! I feel like it makes a huge difference in the makeup application. A good brow frames your face and can totally change a look.   

B: What is your current favourite product to use on yourself and clients alike?

K: I could not live without Mac Fix+. I use it the same way on clients and myself. It is great to prep the skin, blend out foundation, to use as a setting or to spray your brush with before applying eyeshadow to make it more vibrant . I even spray it throughout the day to add life to my makeup. 

B: Describe your personal style in three words ;) 

K: Casual and laid-back with a touch of 90s grunge glam. 

 Siobhán Bolton

Siobhán Bolton

B: When did you first fall in love with makeup? 

S: I first fell in love with makeup around the same time as I discovered my love for acting. The notion of becoming or looking like someone or something different had always caught my interest from a very young age. Makeup was always there to assist me in creating the appearance of the character I was trying to portray. 

B: When did you start free-lancing and putting yourself out there to book in your own clients?  

S: Putting myself out there as a professional make-up artist has been a progressive project of mine! It was only a few months ago that Brittany approached me with the proposition of taking the next step and becoming a professional make-up artist...which of course I jumped at! She has taught me everything I know and we have always had similar styles and interests, her hard work and dedication is very inspiring.

B: What is your current work experience in the beauty industry (companies, salons, brands)?

S: I became involved in the beauty industry while working on sets applying makeup for actors and extras. I was also a style ambassador for a boutique hair extension company based out of Orange County, California. 

B: What is your favourite part about the makeup application process? 

S: I would have to say the best part about the application is when clients allow you to create a look completely out of their comfort zone, they trust you! It leads my clients to make more daring and bolder choices down the road in regards to their makeup and their personal style. 

B: Why did you apply for this position with Makeup by Brittany? 

S: I applied for a position with Makeup by Brittany because who better to work with than the best! I have seen her business flourish since Day 1 and love what her brand represents. 

B: Where are you from?  

I am originally from London, Ontario but grew up in Dublin, Ireland. I lived there for 10 years before returning to Canada and now reside in Toronto where I currently work as an actor and makeup artist! I live in a lovely spot called Liberty Village with my fiancé and little morkie, Zola! 

B: Lipstick, bronzer or brows? Yes. You can only pick one! (I'm terrible, I know.)

S:  ........................Bronzer....only because you made me! 

B: What is your current favourite product to use on yourself and clients alike? 

My current favourite product to use on myself and others is Mac’s Mineralize Skin Finish in 'Light'...and it seems to last an eternity...

B: Describe your personal style in three words ;)  

S: Versatile, quirky, and always classic