Makeup lovers have a new reason to visit M.A.C’s downtown Vancouver flagship. In February, the beauty brand, which was founded in Toronto in 1984 and is now a part of the Estée Lauder Companies, transformed its Robson Street store into the city’s first M.A.C Pro location. The new Pro designation means that, in addition to the consumer favourites that have been available on Robson since 1997, the store now carries every single M.A.C product, including the Pro range designed for professionals and industry performers.
“This is where a freelance makeup artist would come to purchase airbrush or green foundation or buckets of glitter,” explains Caitlin Callahan, a senior artist at M.A.C Cosmetics who has been with the company since 1993. At its Robson Street store, Callahan says they see every type of customer imaginable, from makeup artists working in the city’s bustling film industry to tourists stopping in after a visit to the nearby Vancouver Art Gallery. “This is something that will really service any makeup consumer.”
To spruce up your makeup look this spring, Callahan recommends adding an iridescent lip product to the bow of the lips as a complement to one of M.A.C’s signature lip colours such as Ruby Woo or Russian Red. It’s a chic technique she perfected backstage at Paris fashion week that works just as well off the runway. “We’ve always treated makeup as fashion,” Callahan says. “When you look at makeup as fashion, you’re willing to try new things and experiment, but you [still] look fantastic without it.”
M.A.C Pro Robson, 908 Robson St., Vancouver, 604-682-6588, maccosmetics.ca.
The Green Living Show is back for its 13th edition. Held from March 22 to 24 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the focus of this year’s show is on sustainable living through food and beverage, health and wellness, fashion and beauty, home and garden and energy. In addition to exploring products and ideas, the show offers talks, yoga pavilions, electric vehicle test drives and family-friendly activities. A new feature for 2019 is the Museum of Sustainable Fashion, a time capsule highlighting the achievements of the sustainable fashion movement. For more information, visit greenlivingshow.ca.
The Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards has announced the nominees for the 2019 edition, which will be held in Toronto on May 30. In addition to categories such as the Women’s-wear Designer of the Year Award, the event honours three individuals for their contributions to the industry. This year, that list includes curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot, who will be presented with the Vanguard Award and photographer Douglas Kirkland, who will receive the Outstanding Achievement Award. Aurora James, whose footwear and accessories line Brother Vellies is now available in Canada at Hudson’s Bay, will receive the International Canadian Designer Award. For more information and to see the full list of nominees, visit cafawards.ca.
Tea lovers visiting the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver have a luxurious new venue in which to enjoy high tea service. Located on the hotel’s 17th floor with views of the city’s mountain backdrop, the Spa by JW is offering a post-treatment high-tea service. Designed for two, the tea service features TWG Tea served alongside a selection of classic delicacies such as canapés, mint cucumber sandwiches and pastries. The treatments at the spa, which include massages, facials and more, are focused on four key categories of results: calm, indulge, invigorate and renew. For more information, visit parqvancouver.com.
A 12-year-old documentary about the late French designer Yves Saint Laurent is making its Canadian debut next month. On April 6, Celebration by Olivier Meyrou premieres at Toronto’s Fox Theatre (2236 Queen St. E.). Presented by fashion start-up Archival Toronto, the 2007 film follows Saint Laurent and his life and business partner Pierre Bergé as they prepare for the designer’s final haute couture collection in 2002. Bergé blocked the release of the film until 2015, when it underwent three years of restoration. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit archivaltoronto.com.