Did you know that some of the top beauty brands in the world are actually Canadian? Canadian makeup and skincare companies have been on the rise as of late, expanding their borders internationally and even being featured on the shelves of major beauty retailers, such as Sephora.
Below are five Canadian beauty brands taking the world by storm.
Bite Beauty is a Toronto-based skincare company that has exploded over the past two years. Not only is it carried by Sephora, but it’s also been featured in numerous international publications, including O, The Oprah Magazine; Nylon; and Allure.
What’s it all about, you might ask? Bite Beauty focuses on one thing: lips. From scrubs to bombs to crayons to pencils to lipsticks, you can find every type of lip makeup available. In fact, it even has a specialty Lip Lab that allows customers to create their own customized lipstick — how cool is that? The Amuse Bouche lipstick collection is by far its most popular line, available in a whopping thirty-four shades. Not long ago, Bite Beauty launched its Multistick collection, which you’re also sure to love owing to each item’s three-in-one power (they are intended to provide “weightless colour” for lips, eyes, and cheeks). Despite its international success, Bite Beauty still insists on handcrafting every beauty product in their Toronto factory. You can visit the brick and mortar Toronto location on Queen Street, shop the brand on Sephora, or visit the website for details.
Easy-to-use makeup crayons? Yes, please! Nudestix is a Toronto-based brand that’s made a serious name for itself in the world of lipstick. Founded by a mom and her two daughters, Nudestix focuses on everyday wearability that gives you a fresh-faced glow. They believe that a touch of colour is all it takes to bring out someone’s best features. The brand’s lip colour retails for $28 CAD a pop and comes in endless shades to suit all skin types and personalities. Sometimes they even create exclusive shades in partnership with other beauty brands or bloggers, but be sure to get ’em while they’re hot, because they usually sell out quickly!
Though its specialty is lip crayons, Nudestix has expanded to offer highlighters, bronzers, concealer, eye shadows, and more. Staying true to its roots, you’ll notice that every type of makeup is only available in a pencil/crayon/stick variety (after all, easy application is the name of the game). Yet another benefit? All of the products are gluten and cruelty-free and do not contain preservatives or parabens! Visit the website to shop now.
Healthy, radiant-looking skin? No problem — if you’re using Consonant Skincare, that is! Consonant Skincare has quickly risen to become Canada’s leading premium skincare brand. Its luxurious products are both effective and aesthetically pleasing; we recommend you add them to your daily skincare routine ASAP. Its top-selling products include the Natural Foaming Wash, Skin Perfecting Body Scrub, Ultra Firming Organic Eye Cream, and HydrExtreme. (HydrExtreme is a serum that promises to hydrate, plump, and restore your skin.) Think of it as the most potent moisturizer you’ve ever had! Meanwhile, the body scrub won the “One Minute Miracle Award” from The Kit Magazine for its ability to smooth and hydrate skin almost instantly. Both sugar and salt are used in this scrub, which is toted as a multi-use exfoliant (suitable pre-wax, post-wax, or more generally for anyone with dry skin). From cleansers, sunscreens, and serums to lip treatments, eye creams, and moisturizers, Consonant should be your go-to for all things skincare related. In addition, all Consonant Skincare products are one hundred percent natural (yes, really) and use “the highest possible concentration of organic botanical ingredients.”
Simple and organic is the name of the game at RMS Beauty, a company founded by Vancouverite Rose-Marie Swift. A former makeup artist herself, Swift had seen firsthand the impact of daily exposure to chemicals through makeup. That is why she sought to transform the industry by creating organic, non-toxic beauty products that actually heal and nourish the skin. The RMS Philosophy states, “RMS Beauty products are formulated with raw, food grade and organic ingredients in their natural state, allowing their living, healing attributes to penetrate and rejuvenate the skin. In their purest form, enzymes, vitamins, antioxidants, and their healing properties remain fully intact, encouraging amazing potential for anti-aging effects.” Some of our favourite RMS Beauty products include its Champagne Rosé Luminizer, its Wild With Desire Lipstick, its Vintage Cake Liner, its “Un” Cover-Up, and its Tinted “Un” Powder.
RMS Beauty is first and foremost a makeup brand, but has expanded to include a small skincare line composed of beauty oils, lip and skin balms, makeup removers, and coconut creams.
Made in Toronto, F. Miller (founded by a woman named Fran Miller) is the product of two years spent developing and perfecting a full line of body care products. With luxurious scents and highly effective treatments, you’ll quickly fall in love with F. Miller’s rejuvenating items. Each product is hand bottled and only available in small quantities; however, you can rest assured it’s of the highest quality on the market.
Miller has already made a name for itself in the realm of oils, mists, and cleansers. Oils are definitely its top-selling line, in which there are oils to target specific needs and parts of the body (Eye Treatment Oil, Face Oil, Body Oil, Hair Oil, and even a Beard Oil and a Shave Oil for the gentlemen). Another product we love is the Toning Mist, which contains rosewater, aloe vera, lavender, chamomile, witch hazel, and green tea, all of which works to balance skin tone, reduce redness, soothe and calm skin, and purify pores.